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Something Unseen This Way Comes: #UnveilPreSonus

August 27,2013

Sure, we’ve been talking a lot about the StudioLive 32.4.2AI, and how elegantly it integrates with the StudioLive AI PA systems. And of course you MUST know about PreSonuSphere, coming up in October.  And the RC 500 solid-state preamp? Come on. That jazz is so last-week.

On Thursday, August 29 2013, at 3:00 p.m. CST, (4:00 p.m. EST | 1:00 p.m. PST | 20:00 GMT) head over to, where we’ll dagger the cloak, tip our hand, and reveal the other players in our triumvirate. But what is it?

Exactly. We encourage you to speculate about precisely what the H-E-double-hockey-sticks we have going on over here using the hashtag #UnveilPreSonus. You are also welcome to direct questions to us on the matter, but are decidedly less welcome to expect useful answers.

At least until the 29th.



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Posted by Ryan Roullard

127 thoughts on “Something Unseen This Way Comes: #UnveilPreSonus

  1. Hi, We already owned studiolive 24.4.2 and we’re planning to buy 32.4.2. Is there an option to use digital snake for stage box? Thanks

  2. 32 channel mixer, now STANDARD with Thunderbolt… and any Presonus mixer they’ve ever sold magically updates to Thunderbolt when the registered user replies to this message thread

  3. How about som e new SL’s: 16.4.2 and 16.0.2 that don’t need a computer for ipad control(Vsl), and doubles as a complete control surface for Studio One, not just an audio interface! Now, that would be ultimate integration!

  4. How about wireless modules that plug into the mains out of the StudioLive board (or any board) and into the input of your active PA speakers (regardless of brand) for transmitting your audio. No more speaker cables. EVERYBODY HATES SPEAKER CABLES!

  5. How about a bigbutt touch screen monitor that networks to the SL on stage, no snakes, no fuss, FOH anywhere. Oh..wait…already doing that…
    Ok, how about a SL that records? Hmm… do like the control surface idea.. Mackie HUI is ok, but dated.
    How about total vertical integration of the entire PA rig from mics to speakers, all controlled via wireless i-things…. Done already?
    Jeez…then I’ll go with the Droids and Landspeeder…..a hoverboard?

  6. A 20″ touch screen wireless interface that acts like the main board. All software based. Basically a giant ipad. Place it on a foh table, and your ready to go.

  7. Presonus is joining the Empire, that silhouette looks a bit like Darth Vader’s Hat. I’m guessing they are using digital communications to root out the rebels strongholds….

  8. I’ve got it! Alligator season in Louisiana starts today, so they’re making a Special Edition ADL600 with an alligator skin front panel and alligator teeth for knob pointers.


    Well since I”m no longer a member of the gang, I guess I’ll have to wait until PreSonus sends me one for a review (if they dare). Then I’ll be able to tell you what they’re building in there, what they put inside, what it does, what it doesn’t do, what works, what doesn’t work, what’s great, and what’s dumb. Unless of course it’s just more software. ;)

    See ya!

  9. the ability to set a compressor on the main outputs POST FADER and before the GEQ’s. Having the compressor prefader is OK, but I am seriously considering hooking up an external compressor to push the output into, which sort of defeats one of the reasons why I got the PRESONUS 1642 in the first place. Apart form that, no complaints, brilliant desk, works great via my own wireless network, laptop PC and Ipad. My singer even has the hang of using the” wheel of me”…..keep up the good work.

  10. My wish for Christmas+Easter+Birthday:
    For Firewire is dying – no, FW is dead – it can only – no, it has to – be an adapter for Firewire400 to USB/eSata/Thunderbolt…
    Say this is true…!!!! Please…!!!! And my SL24 will live on…!!!

  11. How could this be bigger than having a fix for the VSL drivers?
    Waiting for 1 year and 10 months for a fix is not big enough?

    And the answer to the wait was: sorry, we are currently busy coming up with new products. Once that is out, we will be working on supporting the other stuff….

    Trouble is: when does a company stop coming out with new products? Never!

  12. Im guessing a 32 input or 48 input console. so it can be used for real environments not just small clubs and basement studios??

  13. I really don’t understand the fascination with motorized faders unless they function as control surface, or if the faders are multifunctional as in layers. As the StudioLive is now, motorized faders don’t even make it onto my long wish list. I love not having to double check to make sure what I’m adjusting when I grab a fader. I’m sorta old skool. Hey Jimmyfoot, head on over to the Studio Live Mixer users FB page and share more details about your woes. great community there that just may have some answers. And get a new firewire cable. Just a guess, but it’s amazing what that can fix

  14. Oh they are so totally resurrecting the “Pod” branding and going hardcore with it:
    -FireStudioPOD ProducerPOD
    -FP10POD ;P

    I can’t wait to Pod my Pod’s via PodWire

  15. I know what it is. It is a multi-touch touchscreen mixer. At Presonus price point. and it will feature a special mapped window for StudioOne. And it will eat the Behringer unit for breakfast. And it shall be called Wonderful, Counselor.

    Umm. OK maybe not that last part. But it shall be mighty.

  16. It’s a hardware DAW built with an Intel i486 66MHz DX2 processor, 16 MB RAM, and a 250 MB disk. If you’re lucky, it gets you 4 simultaneous mono audio tracks, 16 midi tracks, and 3-4 minutes of recording time.

    Yes, we’ve come a long way in 10 years.

  17. did anyone else notice the shape of the silhouette behind the ” to be unveiled 8-29-13″ looks like a studiolive so I would guess it has something to do with that line of products. I would bet a 24 and 16 channel AI board. Hopefully motorized faders and more inputs.

  18. … and, while I’m wishing… its probably not a wireless digital input built into the board (since we have analog, and firewire, why not a digital RF input…. could be put in cheap, money would be made on selling the mic. & instrument) dongle/xmitrs

  19. How about a dedicated midi controller/keyboard that is actually built by and for S1 users?! None of this maudio/protools, novation/ableton nonsense. Let’s partner up and get something going here! ;)

  20. I bought the 16.4.2. and I wish I had the better EQ Like my buddies 24 …..but It is a workhorse I use it every weekend ….no problems ….

  21. Most time I’m working on an Soundcraft Vi4, sometimes on Yamaha desks. I´m an certificated L-Acoustics Kiva, Kara System Operator and for bigger Venues we rent K1 or my company is using JBL VERTEC 4889. I´m using SMAART 7 for measurements and LAKE´s as main EQ´s. I think i know what “Good Stuff” is, and i tell you, i was shocked how wounderful this cheap 24CH Presonus desks preform! It looks funny and it isn’t “Jump and Run” but, this desk sound´s nice. PS: For Recording we use LWL MADI from the Vi4 Studer LocalRack, RME MADI-Face and….. :-) Studio One :-) Many greetings from Germany

  22. Cool little video, from Tom Waits’ awesome album “Mule Variations”. Album recorded by Oz Fritz and Jacquire King. Song title “What’s He Building?”..Little FYI…we will jut have to wait and see what the folks @ Presonus unveils.

  23. Those missing tires are leading me to believe there may be an in-dash version of the AudioBox. The AutoBox!


  24. If I was a betting man, sounds like there are going to be some brand new colors. That old grey/silver and blue shit is getting old.

  25. Maybe another more expensive version of FIRESTUDIO Project that gets the “END of LIFE” death sentence as far as driver support for newer versions of MacOS … ??
    Thanks, but I’ve been suckered once too many times -

  26. Whatever it is, I doubt that I’ll be able to afford it!!! Would love it to be a 24 channel for the price of my 16.4.2!!!

  27. Betting on “AI” versions of the SL24 & 16, hopefully some card slot options including a digital snake, and updates to Universal Control, Capture, and Studio One… And maybe some actual concrete shipping dates for the new products announced @ NAMM.

    • …And the “something unseen” is the vaporware actually becoming a physical product that is available for purchase! #UnveilPreSonus

  28. Major points for Tom Waits, if the song is any indication I’m sure the new product will allow mixing with an eye patch and a pegleg.

    Also, I have an x32 that I love, so please- win me over! Compete!

  29. I hope they are announcing that the new SL32 is becoming available finally. That would be enough to make me happy. If they add DAW integration/ motorized faders with out raising the price i will actually cry i would be so happy. Oh, add a digital snake and i will personally through a party and everyone will be invited. It will be the best day EVER!!!

  30. I’d be hoping for some sort of analog summing device to marry with the Studio Live boards.

    Also useful would be some 500-series gear. Like the front end of an ADL pre…

    More useful for most everyone else: a digital snake for use with the next revision of the SL boards.

  31. I like most of the guesses above, but I’m going to go with something similar to the iLive system that records/acts as a control surface/has integrated digital snake/monitoring like aviom system. All for less than $3k #disrupt

  32. Thunderbolt: 24/192 all channel i/o to DAW. Emulated Brittish EQ’s, compression on each channel. upgraded mic-pre’s. Mixing amp has a new circuit called “AIR” (not to be confused with the studios) that can be likened to removing a dirty window pane. WIFI lock link to iPad/Android for remote control. Tom Waits approved digital effects.

  33. It damn well better be a digital snake/stage box connecting via Cat5e to a control surface w/ motorized faders, with iPad app as an alternative control surface capable of communicating directly with the stage box. So pretty much what another couple companies already have…but at a PreSonus price point. That’s what I’m sure hoping for! Seems way, way overdue to me…a stage box would be so easy for them I would think, just take basically a couple Firestudio Projects, put them in a single enclosure, make them communicate via Cat5 instead of firewire…and then 9 motorized faders like the FaderPort…boom, ultimate live sound solution (particularly if they do an ipad app as well.)

    • Why not just get a Behringer X32 with the S16 stage boxes? It’s exactly what you’re talking about…..except without the FAT CHANNEL

  34. It’s a digital multicore, and additionally the possibility for long term users to upgrade their gear for it (e.g. replace the mainboard of a 2011 SL24)

    • Yes please… Rick said next year late… but maybe that’s what they were building in there… A CONTROL SURFACE! I don’t want to go to iPad… for a surface..

  35. I think it is about upgrades to the other StudioLive consoles so they get the same features as the 32 channel desk.

    There may be a controller surface for Studio One.

    I can think of still one more thing but I will keep that a secret.

  36. A mixer/recorder that has video camera sound integration, video projection integration, in ear sends with break off personal mixers, and a coffee maker plus cup holder…oh yeah, coffee prrof too.

  37. I am actually quite happy with my copy of Studio One 2. It beats the other DAW’s that I used for years hands down. For simplicity and usability, you won’t find a DAW that does it better. Oh, and I think the instrument sections sound great.
    I will be closely watching to see what develops on the next couple days.

    I love a good cliffhanger!

  38. Decent 8ch mixer with six monitor sends all the gubbins and remote control via ipad no pc Required all in a 1 u rack


  39. Well it better be something that will stop the bleeding to Presonus that the Behringer X32 has caused Presonus…..LOL……

  40. It is definitely a double rackmountable StudioLive 24.8.2 that fits in a roadcase designed for “on-the-go” live and studio applications. What was the name again? umm, I think it was StudioLive Rapture… I think…lol

    • …Oh yah! The name was Racture with DIGITAL/USB integration. Very good work “The Folks @ Presonus”!! It’s about time… :)

  41. #unveilpresonus using Bluetooth/ wifi to send in ear monitors through iPhone app. From universal control / MacBook Pro. PLEASE :-)))

  42. Im hoping a fix for the noise and Clicks on the VSL1818? a Firmware that will allow the Studio Live Boards to be uses as A/D converters on Playback…

    • Post 65, RR said this is a small thing, so probably not important fix in the eyes of Presonus…

      There are after frying bigger fish than poor us with our unreliable and mostly unsupported piece of equipment that is called the 1818vsl.

  43. A firmware update on all Studiolive’s that allows you to record each track feed direct to USB for better mix down’s after the show. No extra computer to bring – just your thumb drive!

  44. Studiolive with an analog section. Today is my 16.4.2′s 4th birthday.
    Solid since day one, actually just bounced a mix on it an hour ago.
    Whatever you do, make a new one with a similar footprint to the original,
    I had a custom desk built which I should send you a picture of.

  45. This is torture. I could survive waterboarding easier than this. I will miss it. Please send me a link to on demand info. ASAP. Thanks.

  46. I hope it is an invisible virtual maintenence person that could keep my Presonus system running properly without me having to spend half of my time working around problems! Some kind of stabilizer….that would emulate the dependability of my older analog gear that always worked as it sghould, but I have a feeling it’s just gonna be more gobbledegook that steals my musical creativity and turns it into more cyber time wasting and stress in the guise of a new, must have tool.

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