Last year we reported on a new digital desk coming from PreSonus, the StudioLive 32. Accompanied today at NAMM 2017 by a new StudioLive 16, PreSonus launch their new StudioLive Series III digital mixers. These are sure to become successful consoles in this highly competitive market. We’ve seen PreSonus make waves with recent versions of their DAW software StudioOne, and now much of that development carries through to these new mixers.
PreSonus StudioLive Series III Digital Mixers
Here’s the promo video for the StudioLive 32 console, which also shows many of the features that this generation of console will sport. Seen here from the PreSonus Audio Electronics YouTube channel:
There are some really nice features included on these consoles. The user interface and general build quality looks like they will be a marked improvement from the existing AI line. The vintage EQ and compression emulations should be very useful, along with the FlexMixes and new Fat Channel. PreSonus are making a big fuss about multi-track recording directly on the console, which is great. However, they’re also proud that the mix settings also transfer to StudioOne. Personally I’m not sure if that would be useful at all. Live audio processing is very different to post production processing, but hey, you can do it for speed I guess.
Here’s their overview video for the other console in this Series III product line, the StudioLive 16 which was only announced today:
This looks like a really useful compact desk, which I’m pleased to see has a full 32 channels of processing available. Even though there are only 16 mic inputs, a stage box or other AVB device would permit the use of higher channel counts. The only confusion is the way PreSonus have advertised the channel count options. This desk for example is called the StudioLive 16, albeit there are 17 faders, the website reads 24 inputs and this video explains there are 32 channels available for processing. I’m sure there is a clearer way to get these numbers across.
We need some better quality and up to date consoles in the budget end of the live console market. This is a really important release for PreSonus and they needed to get them out fast. Let’s see what the likes of Digico and Midas present this year too! The Midas Heritage D96 rumour is still a very active topic.
For more information, visit the PreSonus webpage for these two StudioLive Series III consoles. Apparently the StudioLive 32 is already shipping at a US recommended retail price of 2,999.95 USD and the StudioLive 16 will ship later in Q1 of this year at a US recommended retail price of 1,999.95 USD. I wonder what the UK prices will end up being.