PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI Digital Mixing System
The 32-channel, 14-aux PreSonus® StudioLive™ 32.4.2AI starts with all the strengths of previous StudioLive models—and then pushes the technology to the next level.
- 32 channel digital console
- 48-in/34-out Firewire 800 recording interface
- Four internal effects processors
- Dynamic processors on every input
- Fat Channel features analogue-like control interface
- Comprehensive software package including remote control for Ios devices
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StudioLive 32.4.2AI is built with next-generation Active Integration technology that adds unprecedented power for mixing consoles anywhere near this price class. So while the 32.4.2AI looks and feels much like its non-AI counterparts it has with far more computing power, which makes possible some very useful new features.
For starters, you get twice as many internal effects buses and 31-band graphic EQs. Presonus have added six mute groups and user-assignable Quick Scene buttons. You'll love the ability to create two complete sets of EQ and dynamics settings for a channel or bus and then make quick A/B comparisons at the touch of a button.
A built-in 48x34 FireWire S800 interface is standard equipment but Thunderbolt and Ethernet (Dante) cards are expected by the end of 2013. A dedicated USB 2 port and included Wi-Fi LAN adapter lets you control the mixer wirelessly—even without a Mac® or Windows® PC.
You also get the latest version of the tightly integrated software bundle, including updated Capture™ 2.0 recording software, Studio One Artist® DAW, and Virtual StudioLive-AI editor/librarian/control software with Smaart Measurement Technology™. StudioLive Remote-AI for iPad® and QMix™-AI for iPhone®/iPod® touch will both be available free from the Apple App Store.
The future is Active Integration
Products that sense each other, interact and work together via wireless and wired communication, feature 32-bit floating-point DSP and seamlessly integrated software, and run on CPUs far more powerful than competitors' current audio products—PreSonus has realized this dream with its new Active Integration technology.
Thanks to Active Integration, the StudioLive 32.4.2AI mixer has 64 times the processing power and an incredible 10,000 times more RAM than the StudioLive 24.4.2. This makes possible the aforementioned extended feature set.
It's A Studiolive—Only More So
A quick look at the StudioLive 32.4.2AI reveals a now-familiar, user-friendly mixing surface. It sports 100 mm faders for the 32 channels, 4 subgroups, and main bus. As with all StudioLive mixers, convenient knobs and buttons abound, and all core mixing features are immediately accessible from the mixing surface, without using the LCD, providing an intuitive, analogue-like user experience. The unique Fat Channel section delivers a compressor, limiter, gate/expander, and four-band fully parametric EQ on every channel, bus, and subgroup, plus a high-pass filter and polarity invert for each channel—not to mention routing, panning, and Scene and setting store and recall.
Select buttons assign the channels, buses, and subgroups to the Fat Channel for processing and routing. There's a Talkback section, Cue section, and extensive metering.
And of course you get aux buses—14 of them—and 32-bit floating-point stereo reverb and delay on dedicated buses—two of each.
View the rear, and you'll see a familiar StudioLive jackfield, with XLR mic and 1/4 inch inputs and TRS insert points on every channel, along with a wealth of other inputs and outputs. A pair of FireWire ports—FireWire S800, rather than the FireWire 400 ports found on the StudioLive 24.4.2, 16.4.2, and 16.0.2—provides wired networking to a Mac or PC, with options for Thunderbolt and Ethernet (Dante). Stereo S/PDIF digital outputs—check! Analogue direct channel outputs on DB25 connectors—check! Obviously, flexible connectivity is no problem.
The audio quality, as always with PreSonus, is first rate. Like all StudioLive models, StudioLive 32.4.2 offers PreSonus' widely lauded Class A XMAX™ mic preamps and top-notch converters with 118 dB of dynamic range.
Virtual StudioLive-AI: The magic of computer control.
Despite its analogue-like mixing surface, this is very much a digital console, and it offers features no analogue mixer—and very few digital boards—can match. For example, the ability to control the StudioLive mixer from a laptop adds tremendous flexibility and convenience and with the bundled Virtual StudioLive-AI bidirectional control/editor/librarian software, you get it all for free.
Written exclusively for StudioLive mixers, Virtual StudioLive (VSL) provides a complete visual representation of the mixer, allowing you to control the features with a mouse, trackpad, or trackball on a networked Mac® or Windows® PC. Add third-party VPN software, and you can even control StudioLive mixers over the Internet making it ideal for contractors.
With PreSonus' free QMix™-AI, each band member can control their own StudioLive 32.4.2AI aux (monitor) mix from an iPhone® or iPod® touch. QMix lets you adjust a single aux mix per iPhone. Select inputs and levels for your custom monitor mix, and then use the Wheel of Me to get, well… 'more me'… quickly during performances.
A Gigantic Console In A Small Package Thanks To The Fat Channel
If StudioLive 32.4.2AI were an analogue 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 has its own studio-grade compressor, limiter, gate/expander, 4-band parametric equaliser, and high-pass filter. In all, Presonus have packed 60 compressors, 60 limiters, 60 gate/expanders, 54 high-pass filters, and more, into one remarkable Fat Channel.
More Effects Than Ever Before
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. 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. All 50 preset effects have easy-to-use parameter adjustments, tap tempo, store, recall, and Scene selection for ultimate creative flexibility.
The StudioLive 32.4.2AI's 16 31-band graphic equalisers are pre-inserted on each aux mix and on the Main bus so you can fix feedback problems and adjust the frequency balance of your main mix.
Furthermore, with Smaart Measurement Technology™, you'll be able to really put StudioLive's 4-band, fully parametric EQs to work improving the sound of your P.A. Precisely identify nasty feedback frequencies. Get your loudspeakers to play nicer with the room they're in. Set the correct subgroup output-delay time for remote speakers. All without having a degree in acoustical engineering.
A Smaart Addition To Your System
Building a great mix is almost impossible unless you tune your system to account for the acoustic properties of the room—and every room is different. If the room overemphasises the lows, sucks out the highs, or emphasises frequencies that tend to cause feedback, you could have a long night ahead of you. With other mixing systems, you use your eyes, ears, and EQs, wade in and do the best you can. If you're a top pro, you know how to read a difficult room and compensate, but the rest of us usually just muddle through—with uncertain results.
Fortunately, it's a lot easier with StudioLive mixers because the included VSL control/editor/librarian software incorporates Rational Acoustics' Smaart Measurement Technology™. Smaart is a collection of visual audio-measurement tools and techniques for sound-system analysis and optimisation that makes tuning the system, squelching feedback, and setting delay times for remote speakers much easier and more precise and you don't need an engineering degree to use it.