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Control Software for StudioLive AI-series Loudspeakers

PreSonus® StudioLive™ AI-series Active Integration™ PA speakers offer a wealth of system-control and performance-monitoring features that give you unprecedented control. The secret to accessing these features is SL Room Control, a speaker-management system and remote-control/monitoring software for Mac®, Windows®, and iPad®.

A High-End Speaker Processor Onboard


​​Tightly integrated with StudioLive AI-series speakers, SL Room Control connects to the advanced loudspeaker-management processor onboard each AI-series loudspeaker. It works wirelessly or over a wired (Ethernet) local area network, so you can use it from anywhere that you can access the network. And it’s free!

Quickly Customize Your PA for Any Venue

Each loudspeaker is provided with a suite of advanced editing controls to let you customize your system to compensate for room anomalies, create delay systems, eliminate feedback, and more. SL Room Control gives you complete wireless control of these features.

A 500 ms alignment delay provides 0.1 ms increments so you can perfectly time-align delay systems, center fills, and more. The ∞:1 limiter with fully variable threshold lets you control dynamics without a mixer or an output processor.

An eight-band parametric EQ allows you to compensate for room anomalies or dial in the perfect aesthetic effect on each full-range loudspeaker. Eight notch filters provide surgical removal of unwanted frequencies to eliminate feedback in your full-range system as well. Each notch filter has a Q of 24 - that’s 0.72 of a single half-step – allowing you carve out just the offending frequency without effecting those around it.

You can also control the input level to the DSP to set a hard limit on a loudspeaker’s output. This is great if the venue is required to keep the SPL below a specified number of decibels.

Each full-range speaker includes a highpass filter that removes frequency content below 100 Hz. The filter can be used to remove stand thumps, mic-handling noise, etc. or to create a more linear frequency response by smoothing out the phase- and time-aligned overlap at 100 Hz when full-range AI-series loudspeakers are paired with an 18sAI subwoofer.

Each StudioLive 18sAI also lets you reverse the polarity of the input signal. Reversing the polarity can improve the system’s response when low-frequency waveforms from the subwoofer are reinforced or cancelled by waveforms from another subwoofer or from the low-frequency drivers of the full-range loudspeakers.

In addition to providing remote wireless control over all onboard features, SL Room Control includes muting, solo, and output level for each speaker.

Optimize Each Speaker for Its Application

Each StudioLive AI-series loudspeaker is equipped with DSP contours that change the character of the speaker in a fundamental way, adjusting FIR filters, alignment, and crossover settings to customize the loudspeaker for different applications.

SL Room Control provides remote control over these contours, allowing you to optimize each speaker for its application without needing access to the back panel.

  • Normal mode sets dynamics and equalization for live front-of-house applications.
  • When you play low-bit-rate (LBR) MP3 files, a full-range StudioLive AI speaker’s exceptional clarity can reveal the nasty artifacts caused by MP3 compression. LBR Source contour mode reduces the audibility of these artifacts.
  • Floor Monitor mode sets dynamics and equalization for optimum results when a full-range StudioLive AI loudspeaker is used as a stage wedge.
  • Extended LF mode for the 18sAI subwoofer inserts a subharmonic bass synthesizer that boosts subharmonic frequencies for bigger low end.


​Preserve Your Settings—Even When You’re Not Connected

With SL Room Control, you can edit, save, recall, and share speaker-setup parameters, as well as set custom labels and comments for each speaker. Save complete snapshots of every speaker setting and copy-and-paste speaker settings quickly and easily between loudspeakers.

Every setting that you’ve created in SL Room Control (speaker group, individual speaker settings, etc.) is immediately stored onboard your StudioLive AI loudspeaker in the speaker’s User Layer. As a result, you can configure your loudspeaker system with SL Room Control and then disconnect the application without changing the sound you’ve created. The User Layer can be turned on and off from the rear-panel of your loudspeaker.

 

Manage Speakers, Groups, and Entire Systems from One App


SL Room Control not only provides extensive control and performance monitoring for each speaker in your system, it also lets you group speakers in order to manage specific parts of the system, then save all settings for the entire system in a single preset. With SL Room control, you can create settings for each individual speaker, for groups of speakers, and for the entire system in your venue.

The Power of the Group

Grouping StudioLive AI speakers allows you manage and customize each section of your speaker system. For instance, you can create named groups for front-of-house, satellite speakers, stage monitors, balconies, and more and see a visual representation of the group.

With the speakers grouped, you can manage the level of each group while maintaining the relative level of each speaker within the group. Want to mute your floor monitors during a break? Create a Floor Monitor group and mute the entire group at once. Need to send your main mix to the church or theater “cry room” but still maintain independent level control? Easily create a Cry Room group and set the level on your iPad!

Creating a group is quick and easy. SL Room Control scans the network and finds all networked StudioLive AI loudspeakers, then shows you the speakers that have not yet been grouped. Create a new group, name it, and drag-and-drop the icons for the speakers you want to add to your group. And SL Room Control manages your speaker network for you. Once a speaker has been added to a group, it can’t be accidentally added to another.

A custom map is created after any loudspeaker is added to a speaker group. Simply drag the speaker icons to a position that reflects where the speakers are located in the venue. Now you have a visual representation of where every speaker in the group is placed.

Each loudspeaker’s settings are stored in its position within the speaker group map. Any changes to a loudspeaker’s settings are also stored in this map.

Speaker mapping can be useful when loudspeakers are accidentally placed in a different position in the room than their stored location in the speaker group. For example, if you’ve set up your FOH system so that the 312AI that was on the left when you created the speaker group is now on the right side of the system, SL Room Control can easily resolve this: Simply drag the left- side 312AI’s icon over the right-side 312AI’s icon. This will exchange the settings between the two loudspeakers. It’s just another example of how SL Room Control makes it fast and easy to manage your PA system.

If a loudspeaker is not detected on the network, its mapped position is still saved with the group so you can use a different loudspeaker to fill its position. Let’s say a speaker requires repair, and you need to replace it with a new speaker of the same type. You don’t have to reprogram anything; SL Room Control loads all of the settings for the speaker at that position, just drag in your new speaker to the saved position and it is ready to go.

Control the Entire System at Once!

When you first launch SL Room Control, you will be taken to the Venue page. This page allows you to manage multiple loudspeaker groups with a single Venue preset.

As you create Venue presets, SL Room Control automatically stores them, and they are displayed across the bottom of the Venue page. Each preset thumbnail displays the number of groups and the number of speakers inside that Venue preset.

Let’s say you normally use your StudioLive AI PA system in a church, but you’re doing a tent revival and need to temporarily move the system. After the revival, when you reinstall the system in your sanctuary, simply choose the Venue preset, and all of your settings for the sanctuary PA will immediately reload for every speaker in the system.

 

​No Wires and No Hassles


StudioLive AI loudspeakers are ready to network out of the box, so you need only add a Mac, PC, or iPad (or a combination of those); a wireless router; and free SL Room Control. Once you have that, setting up SL Room Control is easy!

Every StudioLive AI PA speaker has an Ethercon (Ethernet) port and a USB 2.0 port that accepts an included Wi-Fi LAN adapter. All you have to do to get going with SL Room Control is to create a local area network using a wireless router.

You can connect your StudioLive AI speakers to the router with the Wi-Fi LAN adapter or use a CAT5 or CAT6 cable to connect the Ethercon port to the router.

Then you simply connect your Mac, PC, or iPad® to the same Wi-Fi network and launch SL Room Control to unlock your StudioLive AI speaker system’s full power. StudioLive AI loudspeakers have been preprogrammed to automatically join a specific wireless network, and SL Room Control’s Network Setup wizard makes it easy to network your entire system. You don’t have to enter IP addresses or know what a subnet mask is.

Once your loudspeakers are wirelessly connected to one network, you can connect them to another network wirelessly, as well, as long as both networks are within range of the loudspeaker and your device.

No-Stress, Real-Time Performance Monitoring

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SL Room Control keeps your stress level low by enabling you to remotely monitor key performance indicators in real time for each StudioLive AI speaker on the network. Spot thermal problems, driver over-excursion, and signal levels that are too hot for the converters so you can correct them before disaster strikes.

Whether you’re a contractor, a venue operator, or a front-of-house engineer, your job is much less stressful when you know how your PA speakers are performing and can anticipate and avoid problems. SL Room Control lets you monitor the performance of StudioLive AI loudspeakers in real time, providing the important information you need. So no worries—with SL Room Control, you’re well informed at all times.

Input metering displays the level of the incoming signal to your loudspeaker.

A clip indicator illuminates red when the signal going to the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) on the loudspeaker exceeds 0 dBFS.

A Limit indicator illuminates yellow when your loudspeaker’s protection limiter has been engaged. All StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers provide reliable operation at high sound-pressure levels by incorporating an innovative new multiband-limiting architecture. This system evaluates both the excursion and voice-coil temperature of every driver and uses that information to maximize the output of the loudspeaker, while preserving the integrity of audio sources that span more than one band. Even when exceeding the threshold of the limiter, StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers continue to provide clean and powerful sound, without the harsh edginess that is characteristic of conventional protection schemes. Because of this, you may need to use the Limit indicator to verify that your loudspeakers are not being driven into the danger zone.

StudioLive AI speakers are designed to operate with no problems in hot, sunny environments but if something goes wrong, SL Room Control warns you so you can power down before it’s too late. A thermal indicator monitors the temperature of the onboard amplifiers. It won’t illuminate while the temperature is within normal operating limits, but when the temperature rises to dangerous level, it will illuminate yellow; it turns red when the temperature rises to a level where your loudspeaker will be severely damaged. The current operating temperature is also available.

The movements of the low- and mid-frequency drivers are monitored to make sure an over-excursion will not occur, as this can significantly damage your loudspeaker. If any of the drivers in the loudspeaker icon illuminate red, the excursion limiter has been engaged to protect the speaker. This indicates that you are driving your loudspeaker too hard and should lower the volume.