"It's like a friend helping me set up the mix." "My life on the road became a lot easier." These are the kind of comments we hear about the StudioLive digital mixers from PreSonus. Their remarkable 16.0.2 console can save you time and aggravation, whether you're recording and mixing down 16-track digital music in your home studio, or recalling all the settings and scene changes that worked so well for last Sunday's services, or running a virtual sound check while the band rests up at the hotel, or even letting a musician adjust his own stage monitor mix with his iPhone®. The StudioLive 16.0.2 can do all of that and more, almost by itself.
Versatile mixer for live or studio sound
First of all, the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 digital mixer can process up to 16 different input signals at once, and then combine them together to provide 6 different analog output mixes — that's a stereo main out plus 4 auxiliary outputs for stage monitors or special effects. Secondly, as a digital interface, the StudioLive 16.0.2 harnesses the enormous power and versatility of PreSonus' multi-track signal processing expertise and software design to make your studio recordings and live performances sound fantastic.
The Fat Channel stretches across the board — it's processing can be applied to every input, output, and effects bus.
Fat Channel digital signal processing
A mixer input channel usually consists of a skinny strip of controls running vertically from the top of the mixer's face to the bottom. PreSonus stretched one big channel strip horizontally across almost the entire width of the console, and jammed it full of all the sound processing controls, knobs, and meters you'll need in order to sculpt your music into perfect shape. When you "select" channel 1, the Fat Channel is dedicated to that channel; select channel 2 and…well you get the idea.
Fat Channel digital signal processing can be applied to every input, output, and effects bus, and includes gating, 3-band semi-parametric EQ, dynamic compression, limiting, and a variable high-pass filter (for the input channels only). You can save and recall Fat Channel settings, ensuring you can quickly recreate a particularly good-sounding mic and instrument setup, for instance.
Other digital features
In order to save space on the control surface and still provide you with precise metering, some of the Fat Channel controls and LED meter arrays also function as input channel level meters and auxiliary mix meters/send controls that are easy to access. You'll appreciate that there's a 31-band graphic EQ available on the main output, so you can tame room acoustics. Two effects processors allow you to use two different kinds of reverbs or delays at the same time — and you can store and recall up to 100 effects presets, so you'll be ready for almost any special effects occasions when they arise. MIDI connections allow you to recall scenes and presets, assign effects, and control the master volume of the StudioLive 16.0.2 remotely from your MIDI instrument or device.
PreSonus takes all the hassle out of connecting your laptop to this console and using their amazing software. At its heart are high-speed 32-bit computer processors, a ton of memory, and the connectivity to create and control your own network of sound, whether live or in the studio. Taking it one step farther, if you add a WiFi router to the computer you're using with your mixer, you can control almost all the functions of your StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer wirelessly from an iPad®, or give musicians the power to control their own monitor mixes with their iPhone®.
In the studio
For recording, you connect the StudioLive 16.0.2 to your Mac® or Windows® computer with the included FireWire cable, making a complete digital audio workstation. Once connected, you'll enjoy the ease of analog control surfaces with the wide-ranging feature set that computer processing, recording, mixing, and archiving software bring into the control room. PreSonus includes a collection of integrated software packages that all play nicely together to help you produce the best possible recordings.
StudioLive 16.0.2 connection panel