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PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI 16-Channel Digital Mixing Systems with Active Integration

With a powerful user interface, unrivaled sound quality, amazing DSP performance, direct Wi-Fi and LAN communication, fast and intuitive workflow, onboard FireWire s800 interface, and tightly integrated software suite for Mac®, Windows®, and iOS®, StudioLive™ AI-series digital mixers create a streamlined working environment for both live and studio use.

Redesigned from the ground up, these state-of-the-art mixers provide analog workflow with extensive dual signal processing on every channel and bus and actively integrated software that solves real-world problems and lets you record and distribute what you mix. Configurable networking and communications option cards ensure your investment won’t be outdated as new technologies emerge.

In short, StudioLive AI-series mixers deliver the very best in digital mixing and recording technology and make it all incredibly intuitive and easy to learn and use.

The future is Active Integration™

StudioLive AI-series mixers start with all the strengths that made the first generation of StudioLive mixers famous: powerful, surface-driven interface; loads of DSP processing and analog I/O; and layerless mixing, thanks to dedicated mix buses. Then they push the technology to the next level. So while the three StudioLive AI-series mixers — the StudioLive 32.4.2AI, 24.4.2AI, and 16.4.2AI —look and feel much like their non-AI counterparts, they have been reengineered from the ground up with far more capabilities and computing power.

The difference is Active Integration™ (AI), a complete, networked, tightly integrated hardware/software ecosystem in which every touch point in the system communicates to enhance the user experience and solve practical problems in ways not previously possible.

Actively integrated software.

PreSonus StudioLive AI-series mixers are tightly integrated with an entire suite of free, state-of-the-art software that helps you mix and record better and have more fun doing it. No other digital mixer anywhere near this price class comes close with respect to software integration and features. In fact, most digital mixers in much higher price classes don’t come close.

Wi-Fi and wired networking.

PreSonus StudioLive™ AI-series digital mixers’ Active Integration™ technology includes powerful real-time, direct, wired and Wi-Fi remote control over a variety of features, using free Mac®, Windows®, and iOS® software. And unlike previous StudioLive mixers, you don’t need to have a Mac or PC attached to have wireless control!

Like all StudioLive mixers, every AI-series mixer integrates a multi-channel recording interface. Unlike previous StudioLive mixers, however, AI-series mixers are equipped with a continuously bidirectional FireWire s800 audio interface that is located on an option card, so you can swap it out and use the latest cutting-edge technologies, such as Thunderbolt, Dante, and AVB.

Safe, sane, and secure.

Powerful networking and wireless remote control is great—but what if someone tries to hack into your Wi-Fi system and take control of the show or some clown attempts to play FOH engineer when you step away from the mixing station? You can put the kibosh on that, thanks to the StudioLive AI mixer’s security features!

A gigantic console in a small package.

If a StudioLive AI mixer were an analog console, it would have 4-foot-long channel strips packed with knobs and buttons or it would require a massive outboard rack of expensive signal processors!

That's because each channel and bus has its own studio-grade compressor, limiter, gate/expander, and 4-band parametric equalizer. Each input channel, aux and FX bus also has a highpass filter, and input channels have polarity invert.

It all fits into one remarkable processing and routing section known as the Fat Channel.

Unlike most competing digital mixers, there are no limitations or compromises, no shared resources, no figuring out what processing is available where. You have all of the processing available at all times.

Because StudioLive AI mixers have so much more processing power and blazing-fast RAM than previous StudioLive models, you can create two complete sets of EQ and dynamics-processor settings for every channel and bus and then make quick A/B comparisons at the touch of the Alt EQ & Dyn button. Does your guitar player use a Strat for some songs and Les Paul for others? Don’t use up two channels, create two completely different Fat Channel settings for each guitar and access them with the press of a button before he’s got the next guitar strap on.

It’s like having two complete channel strips on every input and output—but simpler and more efficient!

Effects you'd expect from a $600 stand-alone processor. Or two.

You get four programmable, 32-bit, stereo DSP effects engines—two of them loaded with reverbs and two armed with delay effects that you can really use. Each stereo processor has its own dedicated internal FX bus, and you can use all four all of the time without compromising other resources.

The reverbs are so rich and detailed that you feel like you're there. Delays are precise. Slap echo sounds like old-school tape effects. And all 50 preset effects have easy-to-use parameter adjustments, tap tempo, store, recall, and Scene selection for ultimate creative flexibility.

Plentiful graphic EQ.

With StudioLive AI-series mixers, you get graphic EQ on every aux bus and on the mains—all at the same time, without compromising other resources. In addition, each graphic EQ has an A/B option, so you can, for example, boost the bass for a rock band and then switch over to a “smiley face” for intermission program music.

Connect to VSL-AI over a FireWire connection, and you can use the Smaart Spectra™ Spectrograph and RTA and StudioLive EQs to quickly kill feedback building up in floor wedges before the musicians even notice it!

A wealth of dedicated analog I/O.

View the rear of a StudioLive AI-series mixer, and you’ll see a familiar jackfield, with individual XLR mic and ¼” line inputs and TRS insert points on every channel, along with a wealth of other dedicated inputs and outputs. Every input channel and bus send has its own dedicated jack—no sharing, no compromises.

Inside, it's pure PreSonus.

Getting a great-sounding mix depends partly on your skill (assisted by StudioLive’s ease of use, features, and integrated software) and partly how good the mixer’s microphone preamps and converters are, how clean the signal path is, and how well the algorithms perform.

That's why you should choose a digital mixer made by PreSonus, a company already famous for its analog mic preamps, pristine digital interfaces, and well-regarded signal processors. And because StudioLive AI mixers were redesigned from the ground up, they sound even better than their predecessors.

The StudioLive’s XMAX™ Class A preamplifiers deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs, and a richer overall sound than the preamps found in competing mixers. High-headroom, 32-bit floating-point processing is used for all digital mixing. The high-end Burr-Brown digital converters on every input and output are state-of-the art, with 118 dB dynamic range.

The StudioLive AI mixer’s synchronization to your computer is stable and robust, thanks to JetPLL™ synchronization technology, resulting in great stereo separation and clear, transparent audio.

The ease of analog meets the power of digital.

Among the employees of PreSonus, there are more band members than you can shake a mic stand at. All of us have lived with conventional mixers for years. And many of us have struggled with the less-than-intuitive interfaces of earlier digital mixers, with their bank switching, layers, nested menus, etc. Many of today’s digital mixers have the same problems.

When you’re mixing a live event or have an artist in the studio, you need to be able to work quickly. So when we designed StudioLive, one of our primary goals was to provide a familiar interface that would keep all critical controls visible and accessible —not buried inside multiple menus. And the few times you do need to access a menu, StudioLive AI-series mixers quickly get you to the page you need.

To ensure you can hear just what you need to hear instantly, with minimal fuss, we paid close attention to solos and mutes. These features have been considerably enhanced in StudioLive AI-series mixers.

All StudioLive AI mixers offer backlit Mute buttons for each channel and aux. The StudioLive 32.4.2AI adds a feature that makes the mutes even more useful: six mute groups with All On and All Off buttons. But we didn’t leave StudioLive 24.4.2AI and 16.4.2AI users out in the cold: VSL-AI provides mute groups even when the mixing surface doesn’t!

Complete store and recall—instantly.

Two factors work against getting that Perfect Mix with an analog mixer. First, the Perfect Mix can be hard to reproduce a week, day, or hour after you perfect it. And second, a good mix should be dynamic: levels, effects, and EQ should be tailored to each song or segment of the show, service, or presentation. This adds up to a lot of settings to remember and reset at every performance.

That's where the power of digital comes in: StudioLive lets you save all of your digital settings for quick setup and recall. Unlike some digital mixers, StudioLive makes it very quick and easy.

The StudioLive 32.4.2AI makes saving and recalling scenes even faster and more convenient with six user-assignable Quick Scene buttons. We added Quick Scenes to VSL-AI for StudioLive 24.4.2AI and 16.4.2AI users too; with Active Integration, StudioLive AI-series mixers aren’t limited to how many buttons will fit on the control surface.

To further ease and speed your workflow, we’ve included a whole library of individual channel settings as starting points for optimizing the sound of instruments, vocals, and spoken word. New in StudioLive AI-series mixers, these presets, as well as your custom settings, can be organized and browsed by category so you can quickly find your favorite vocal preset without scrolling through horn and guitar presets. An Automatic AutoStore feature regularly saves your current settings in case the power fails.

PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Features:

• Dual Fat Channel signal processing on all 16 input channels and all buses, with 4-band semi-parametric EQ, compressor, gate, limiter, and more lets you A/B two complete Fat Channel settings like having two different Fat Channel settings at once on every channel and bus!
• Active Integration software suite includes Capture 2 with Virtual Soundcheck mode and remote StudioLive scene store/recall, Studio One Artist 2 with native Fat Channel plug-in and StudioLive scene compatibility, and Virtual StudioLive-AI with Smaart System Check Wizards and Spectra analysis on every channel and bus.
• One-to-one control over every parameter no layers or banks means your main mix is always at your fingertips
• 12 dedicated mix outputs for easy configuration: 4 subgroups, 6 analog auxiliary buses, and stereo main mix with mono sum
• 4 stereo 32-bit digital effects processors with dedicated aux buses (two reverbs, two delays)
• 16 channel mic preamps, line inputs, analog inserts, and direct outputs for flexible connectivity
• 8 31-band graphic EQs (insertable on main and aux outputs)
• 32-in/18-out FireWire s800 recording interface (24-bit, 44.1 and 48 kHz), compatible with Core Audio and ASIO (Mac/Windows)
• Dedicated Ethernet port and USB 2.0 port for included Wi-Fi LAN adapter for wired or wireless connection to a wireless router
• Optional Thunderbolt, Dante, and AVB connectivity
PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Specifications
StudioLive™ 32.4.2AI / 24.4.2AI / 16.4.2AI
Microphone Preamps (XLR Balanced)
Type XLR Female, Balanced
Frequency Response to Direct Output 20 Hz to 40 kHz ±0.5 dBu
Frequency Response to Main Output 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.5 dBu
Input Impedance (Balanced) 1 kΩ
THD to Direct Output < 0.007%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
THD to Main Output <0.005%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
EIN to Direct Output +125 dB unwtd, +130 dB A-wtd
S/N Ratio to Direct Output 105 dB
S/N Ratio to Main Output 94 dB
Common Mode Rejection Ratio 65 dB
Gain Control Range -15 dB to +65 dB (± 1 dB)
Maximum Input Level (unity gain) +22 dBu
Phantom Power +48 VDC
Line Inputs
Type ¼" TRS Female, balanced mono
Frequency Response to Direct Outputs 10-40 kHz, 0 / -0.5 dBu
Frequency Response to Main Outputs 20-20 kHz, ±0.5 dBu
Input Impedance 10 kΩ
THD to Direct Output <0.007%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
THD to Main Output <0.005%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
S/N Ratio to Direct Output 105 dB
S/N Ratio to Main Output 94 dB
Gain Control Range (±1 dB) -20 dB to +20 dB
Maximum Input level (unity gain) +22 dBu
Tape Inputs
Type RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
Maximum Input Level +22 dBu

Type¼" TRS Female, balanced (2 stereo pairs)

Auxiliary Inputs
Maximum Input Level +22 dBu
Main Outputs
Type Male, balanced (stereo pair); ¼" TRS Female, balanced (stereo pair); XLR Male, balanced  (mono)
Rated Output Level +24 dBu
Output Impedance 100Ω
Aux Outputs
Type ¼" TRS Female, balanced (mono)
Rated Output Level +18 dBu
Output Impedance 100Ω
Subgroup Outputs
Type ¼" TRS Female, balanced (mono)
Rated Output Level +18 dBu
Output Impedance 100Ω
Tape Outputs
Type RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
Rated Output Level +18 dBu
Output Impedance 100Ω
Control Room Outputs
Type ¼" TRS Female, balanced (stereo pair)
Rated Output Level +18 dBu
Output Impedance 100Ω
System Crosstalk
Input to Output (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd) -90 dBu
Adjacent Channels (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd) -87 dBu
Noise Gate / Expander
Threshold Range -84 dB to 0 dB
Attack Time 0.02s to 500 ms / 0.5 ms
Release Time 0.05s to 2s
Expander Attenuation Range 2:1
Gate Attenuation Range -84 dB to 0 dB / ∞
Key Listen Filter 2nd-order resonant bandpass; Q=0.7; OFF, 40 Hz-16 kHz
Threshold -56 dB to 0 dB / -28 dBFS
Ratio ∞:1
Attack 20 ms
Hold 10 ms
Release 20 ms
Threshold Range -56 dB to 0 dB
Ratio 1:1 to 14:1
Attack Time 0.2 ms to 150 ms
Release Time 40 ms to 1000 ms
Auto Attack and Release Attack = 10 ms, Release = 150 ms
Curve Types hard and soft knee
Parametric EQ
Type 2nd-order shelving filter (Q = 0.55)
Low (Lowpass or Bandpass) 36 to 465 Hz, ±15 dB
Low Mid 90 Hz to 1.2 kHz, ±15 dB
High Mid 380 Hz to 5 kHz, ±15 dB
High (Highpass or Bandpass) 1.4 kHz to 18 kHz, ±15 dB
Q 0.1 to 4 / 16.4.2AI*: Low Q= 0.55, Hi Q=2.0
Graphic EQ
31-Band 1/3rd Octave Controls Curve-fitting algorithm
Gain/Attenuation ±15 dB
Digital Audio
ADC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz) 118 dB
DAC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz) 118 dB
FireWire s800, 800 Mb/s
Internal Processing 32-bit, floating point
Sampling Rate 44.1, 48 kHz
A/D/A Bit Depth 24
Reference Level for 0 dBFS +18 dBu
Jitter <20 ps RMS (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
Jitter Attenuation >60 dB (1 ns in ≈ 1 ps out)
Connector IEC
Input-Voltage Range 100 to 230V, 50-60 Hz
Power Requirements 200W
Temperature Range 0˚ to 40˚ Celsius / 32˚ to 104˚ Fahrenheit
Physical (32.4.2AI / 24.42AI /16.4.2AI)
Length 21.31" (54.13 cm) / 21.31" (54.13 cm) / 22.35" (58.6 cm)
Width (chassis only) 31.58" (80.21 cm) / 25.19" (63.98 cm) / 17.22" (43.74 cm)
Maximum Height 7.02" (17.82 cm) / 7.02" (17.82 cm) / 6.9" (17.53 cm)
Weight 50 lbs. (22.68 kg) / 30 lbs. (13.6 kg) / 23 lbs. (10.43 kg)
What’s included:
(1) PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Mixer
(1) StudioLive AI Software Library Manual
(1) 6FT 9-pin FireWire s800 Cable
(1) IEC power Cord
(1) USB Wireless LAN Adapter
(1) StudioLive Software Library Containing:
•PreSonus Studio One Artist program DVD plus gigabytes of third-party content
•PreSonus Capture CD with demo sessions
Download instructions for:
•Universal Control AI with VSL-AI
•SL Remote AI for iPad
•QMix™ AI for iPhone/iPod touch