You love mixing live events but are tired of hearing bands complain about their monitor mixes, no matter what you do. Or you’re in the band, and the sound person never gets your monitor mix right, no matter what you say. You’d like a personal-monitoring system but can’t afford it and don’t want the wiring hassles.
If you have a StudioLive AI-series mixer, those problems are over. Your new onstage personal monitoring system is probably already in your pocket.
With free PreSonus QMix-AI™ software, up to 14 musicians can simultaneously control their StudioLive™ AI-series mixer’s monitor (aux) mixes using an iPhone® or iPod touch®. Each musician can control one of 6 aux mixes with a StudioLive 16.4.2AI, 10 aux mixes with a StudioLive 24.4.2AI, and 14 aux mixes with a StudioLive 32.4.2AI. (To control first-generation StudioLive mixers, please use QMix, rather than QMix-AI.)
Control your monitors from anywhere.
QMix-AI is incredibly easy to set up and use. PreSonus StudioLive™ AI-series digital mixers’ Active Integration™ technology includes powerful real-time, direct, Wi-Fi remote control, so as long as you’re within Wi-Fi range, you’re in control. Goodbye, wiring hassles!
To control the StudioLive mixer wirelessly via QMix-AI, simply connect your iOS device running QMix AI and your StudioLive AI mixer to the same network, using a wireless router. Setup is quick and easy, and you don’t need to enter IP addresses or subnet masks or even know what those are. It just works. Like the iPhone and iPod touch, StudioLive AI-series mixers scan for and display a list of available networks. If you want your mixer to connect to your wireless router with an Ethernet cable, simply plug in the cable to get up and running.
When each iPhone connects to the new network, its copy of QMix-AI will discover all StudioLive AI-series mixers on the network. In this way, each musician can quickly and easily create an aux mix that includes all mixer channels.
Safe, sane, and secure.
Powerful networking and wireless remote control is great—but what if you’re using QMix-AI and someone tries to hack into your Wi-Fi system and take control of your monitors? That guitarist you fired would totally do that to you. Even if you forgot to change the router password, you can put the kibosh on that rogue, thanks to the StudioLive AI mixer’s security features!
If you’ve mixed many shows, you know that securing your wireless remote control system is a big issue, and a hacker could be anywhere in the venue. That’s why StudioLive AI-series mixers have security features that effectively protect the entire system.
StudioLive AI mixers let you set permissions that determine which features can be controlled from each wireless device on the network, including iPhones and iPod touches running QMix-AI. Here’s the best part: You can completely block any wireless device from accessing the network entirely, even if someone has the router password. That hacker who wanted to take over the show? Foiled!
Personal monitor mixing without the cost and complication.
Do the math: Personal monitor-mixing systems run between $200 and $700 per person—not including headphone amps, in-ears, or power amps and stage monitors—and require lots of connections. In contrast, even if you don’t own an iPhone, a used 3G or 4G iPod touch can run you as little as $125.
And QMix-AI on an iPhone or iPod touch controls the monitor aux mixes on your StudioLive AI mixer directly, over a wireless network, so unlike the original QMix, you don’t even need a laptop. And unlike expensive personal-monitor systems, each musician can have their own mix that can be stored and recalled in an instant.
One monitor mix per iPhone.
In the StudioLive-AI mixer, you can set permissions so that each iOS mobile-device user can only control one specified mix (or all mixes). This way, bandmates can’t mess with each other’s monitors, encouraging peace onstage and goodwill to all.
From the StudioLive AI mixer, VSL-AI, and SL Remote-AI, you can also name the mixes with more descriptive names than “Aux 1,” “Aux 2,” etc. When you do, the names are broadcast across the wireless network, automatically updating the aux mix names in QMix-AI.
Pick your channels on the Me page.
On the Me page, you select the mixer channels you want to instantly control in your personal monitor mix. Then you’re ready for the Wheel of Me, a virtual thumbwheel that adjusts the volume of your “Me” channels in relation to the rest of the monitor mix. You can have as much “Me” as you want: If you push “Me” levels past unity gain, QMix-AI simply reduces the level of the other mix channels.
Set your monitor mix’s individual channel levels in QMix-AI Landscape mode.
Unless StudioLive AI mixer permissions are set to Wheel Only, you can rotate your iPhone to Landscape view, which provides control of the aux-mix send level and pan position (for linked auxes) for each channel and aux. Want more kick drum? Dial it in. More keyboard? Dial it in. You can also set permissions to make you the Designated Onstage Monitor Mix Engineer, with access to all of the QMix-AI monitor mixes.
This is just a summary of what QMix-AI can do. Download it from the Apple App Store and put it to work with your StudioLive AI-series mixer!