The StudioLive line of digital mixers entered the market to great acclaim several years ago, establishing Presonus as one of the affordable “players” (Behringer’s X-series then took this game even further, though). Now, the company are launching an integrated scalable system, combining their StudioLive RM-series rack mixer with their control surface CS18AI and a host of software options.
Presonus mentions four different system sizes, from 16 channels with one RM16AI up to two RM32AI rack mixers and two cascaded control surfaces for a total of 64 input channels with total recall capabilities. Software control is also possible: You can use their UC Surface mix-control on iPad, Mac or Windows, the QMix-AI monitor mix control app on iOS or Capture live recording software. The company’s own DAW Studio One also integrates with the system.
An interesting add-on comes in the shape of a firmware update to the RM-series mixers, adding a “stage box mode” that turns the rack units into I/O devices when used in conjunction with StudioLive AI-series consoles. As the components are all connected using CAT5e or 6 Ethernet cables, conventional snakes or stage boxes are not required. In other news, the Capture 2 recording software now offers remote control from the CS18AI or UC.
Pricing (street prices):
CS18AI Controller – EUR 2.099
RM16AI Rackmixer – EUR 1.199
RM32AI Rackmixer – EUR 1.799
More information: http://www.presonus.com