Presonus Studiolive RM16AI Rack-Mount Digital Mixer (Ex-Display)
Based on the StudioLive™ AI-series mix engine and controlled with battle-ready UC Surface software for Mac®, Windows®, and iOS®, the StudioLive RM16AI 16-channel, 25-bus rack-mount Active Integration™ digital mixer is scalable, compact, and 100 percent recallable.
- Fully recallable rackmount digital mixer
- 16 input channels with XLR inputs
- Presonus XMAX CLass A mic preamps
- 25 mix busses
- UC Surface live mixing software for Mac, Windows and iPad
- Full complement of dynamic processors per channel
- Four studio grade digital effects processors
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Like all StudioLive Active Integration mixers, the RM16AI delivers unrivaled sound quality, XMAX™ Class A solid-state preamps, amazing DSP performance, direct Wi-Fi and wired LAN communication, fast and intuitive workflow, an onboard FireWire S800 interface, and a tightly integrated software suite for Mac®, Windows®, and iOS®, creating a streamlined working environment for both live and studio use.
Complete Recallable Touch Control
PreSonus® UC Surface control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad was carefully designed for intuitive and quick performance in a live mixing environment but also serves well in the studio.
When you're mixing a live show, and the heat is on, you don't have time to search for controls and meters, as you must do with most digital mixers. You never have that problem with a StudioLive RM16AI mixer because every control you need to mix a show is under your fingers in PreSonus UC Surface remote-control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad®.
UC Surface is termed 'battle-ready' because some live gigs seem like a war zone, with danger at every turn. UC Surface has your back, enabling you to accomplish your mission quickly and confidently. UC Surface is extremely reliable, and its layout provides quick, intuitive access to everything you need during a show or studio session.
The software is the same on Mac, Windows, and iPad, so you only need to learn one app, regardless of platform. And it supports iPad and Windows 8 touchscreens (not included), taking full advantage of these intuitive multi-touch interface technologies. You can control your StudioLive RM16AI mixer with your laptop, with or without touchscreen, or with your iPad, or any combination.
In UC Surface, you always know what each button, fader, and parameter box controls and which parameter each meter displays. Virtual faders and meters are clearly marked. Each parameter is controlled by a clearly labelled button or a parameter box that enables you to type in a value or adjust the parameter in a graphic display. And UC Surface's well-planned layout enables you to manage everything you need at the same time.
You always have full use of all 25 dedicated mix buses (16 aux buses, 4 internal effects buses, the stereo mains, the mono/centre main, and the stereo Solo bus), along with the tape return and digital return.
To further enhance your workflow, you can assign Channel Types. Channel Types will set a default channel name that can be customised, along with a channel icon for quick identification. Channel types will also setup unique channel filters for your presets, making it easy to find and audition Fat Channel settings designed specifically for that channel type.
The Power Of Active Integration™
StudioLive RM16AI mixers are based on Active Integration™ (AI), a complete, networked, tightly integrated hardware/software ecosystem in which every touch point in the system interacts to enhance the user experience and solve practical problems in ways not previously possible.
Active Integration products combine powerful 32-bit floating-point DSP, wireless and wired networking, and proprietary software to solve real-world problems. PreSonus leads the industry in hardware/software integration, and Active Integration takes this concept to a new level, offering capabilities that have never been available before.
In PreSonus StudioLive RM-series digital mixers, Active Integration technology bridges the gap between the stage and studio. A powerful suite of integrated software makes it easy to mix and record a live performance and then take that mix to the studio, complete with levels, pans, and Fat Channel plug-ins. From there, you can use PreSonus' Nimbit® distribution and promotion service to share and sell your recordings. The combination of StudioLive RM digital mixers, UC Surface control software, Capture recording application, Studio One DAW, and Nimbit publishing provides an end-to-end solution.
StudioLive Active Integration mixers have more than enough DSP to power a deep and clear mix bus, four internal effects buses, and two complete sets of Fat Channel EQ and dynamics settings per channel and bus so you can make quick A/B comparisons—all built on the same 64-bit architecture that makes Studio One® sound so amazing.
With Active Integration, new features and enhancements can be added in future firmware and software updates—and PreSonus has earned a reputation for regularly supplying such updates in its digital products.
Actively Integrated Software
PreSonus StudioLive RM16AI mixers are tightly integrated with a suite of free, state-of-the-art software that helps you mix and record better and have more fun doing it. No other mixer near this price class offers comparable software.
Wi-Fi And Wired Networking
The PreSonus StudioLive™ RM16AI 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.
If you connect a wireless router to your StudioLive RM mixer with an Ethernet cable, the system assumes (just like Mac OS X and Windows) that you have permission to be on that network, and your mixer automatically connects to it. If you want to go wireless, you can scan for available wireless networks and scroll through them by name. If you name your wireless network 'StudioLive', your mixer will even connect automatically. You never have to create an IP address or enter a subnet mask, or even know what those are.
Upgradeable Networking And Recording Connections
Like all StudioLive mixers, every RM-series mixer integrates a multi-channel recording interface. A pair of FireWire S800 ports let you connect the StudioLive RM mixer to a Mac or Windows PC for recording. The integrated recording interface can send up to 54 audio streams to a computer and return up to 34 playback streams.
Every StudioLive RM-series mixer offers a special USB 2.0 port with an included USB wireless (Wi-Fi) LAN adapter for connection to your wireless router. A standard Ethernet port provides a hard-wired connection to your wireless router. So you have two different ways to connect to a router and can use whichever works best for the gig. But you aren't limited to FireWire and standard Ethernet. The FireWire S800 and Ethernet ports come preinstalled on a card that can be replaced with optional Dante, AVB, or Thunderbolt cards so you can use the latest technology. A standard Ethernet port provides a hard-wired connection to your wireless router. So you have two different ways to connect to a router and can use whichever works best for the gig.
A Gigantic Console In A Few Rack Spaces
Each StudioLive RM mixer channel and bus has its own studio-grade compressor, limiter, gate/expander, and 4-band parametric equaliser. Each input channel, aux and FX bus also has a highpass filter, and input channels have polarity invert.
It all is part of a 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 RM mixers have so much processing power and blazing-fast RAM, 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 a button in UC Surface. Does the 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 touch of a button before he has the next guitar strapped on.
Four Studio Quality Effects Engines
Two 32-bit stereo effects engines on dedicated buses, loaded with reverbs so rich and detailed that you feel like you're there. Two more with delay effects that you can really use. Use all four without compromising other resources.
View the front of a StudioLive RM-series rack-mount mixer, and you'll see a straightforward jackfield with XLR channel inputs, XLR mix outputs, and other important connections.
With a StudioLive RM-series mixer, every channel has an individual analogue XLR mic input on the front panel. Every aux mix has a dedicated XLR Mix Output on the front panel, mirrored in DB25 connectors (Mix Outputs 1-8 and, with the RM16AI, 9-16) on the rear. You never have to guess which input feeds which channel or which aux mix goes to an output because they're always the same. Aux Mix 1 goes to Mix Output 1, Aux 2 to Mix Out 2, and so on. It's all part of a design that enables you to work quickly and without confusion.
Want the stereo main bus output in digital format? No problem: The StudioLive RM16AI' preinstalled digital option card also includes coaxial S/PDIF output.
The Sound Is Pure Presonus
Getting a great-sounding mix depends in part on how good the mixer's components are and how well the algorithms perform. That's especially true with RM16AI analogue (but digitally recallable) XMAX™ mic preamps. 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 Burr-Brown digital converters on every input and output are state-of-the art, with 118 dB dynamic range.
Until now, recallable mic preamps meant using a cheap integrated circuit that compromised sound quality in favour of digital recall. Presonus didn't want to change the sound of their superb Class A preamps, so we came up with a separate digital volume-control circuit ahead of the analogue preamp.
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