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StudioLive 24.4.2 Mixes It Up at the Roller Derby!

July 31, 2010

The RedStick Roller Derby is a major attraction in our hometown, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the cavernous Baton Rouge River Center, the RedSticks attempt to beat down rivals from all over the region, inspired by the cheers of enthusiastic patrons. And while powerful women mix it up on skates, PreSonus Director of International Sales Mark Williams mixes it down with the new StudioLive 24.4.2 digital mixer.

Williams typically runs the sound for the announcers, DJs, band, and halftime entertainment, taking advantage of the StudioLive 24.4.2’s superb sound quality, portability, roadworthiness, flexibility, and powerful onboard signal processing—notably its fully parametric EQ and enhanced gate and limiter on every channel, bus, and send.

He also relies on a feature that might not sound “sexy” but has saved him considerable problems. “To cover all parts of a big arena like the River Center, I need to use four sets of speakers, set a considerable distance apart,” Williams explains. “Because of the distance, the sound from each stack arrives at your ears at a different time. The problem is further complicated by reflections. If I didn’t compensate for this timing disparity, I’d have a sonic mess. I could use outboard delays to fix this, but that’s a hassle.

“Fortunately, the StudioLive 24.4.2 provides a variable delay of 2 to 500 ms on the output of each subgroup, enabling me to delay the signal sent to each stack by just the right amount so that you hear the sound from all four sets of speakers at approximately the same time. In addition, I use the mixer’s onboard 31-band graphic EQs—you get four dual-mono graphics, each of which is assignable to any subgroup, aux send, or the mains—to shape the sound for each speaker stack. Since I started using the StudioLive 24.4.2, I no longer haul a rack of outboard gear, and I get superior sound quality!”

Check out a video of the StudioLive 24.4.2 in action at the roller derby here.