The perfect partner for a StudioLive Series III console.
The StudioLive 16R Series III rack mixer is a perfect partner for your StudioLive Series III console/recorder, serving as either a simple stage box or a combination stage box and monitor mixer. Since Series III rack mixers and consoles can network using AVB, you can connect your StudioLive 16R to a Series III front-of-house console with one lightweight CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for a heavy, expensive copper snake—and the signal degradation that goes with long analog cable runs. You can even remote control the StudioLive 16R’s preamps and phantom power from your networked Series III console. In stage box + monitor mixer mode, the StudioLive 16R not only serves as an excellent networked stage box, it is a full blown monitor mixer with far more processing and mixing power than any mixer in its class—all packed into just one rackspace. (1U).
The most powerful rack mixer in its class.
When we say the StudioLive® Series III stage boxes and rack mixers are by far the most powerful rackmount digital mixers in their class, that’s no idle claim. The result of ten years of R&D, third-generation StudioLive Series III rack mixers are fully recallable, including remote-controlled XMAX preamps. Yet despite their extensive features, StudioLive Series III rack mixers actually improve upon PreSonus®’ legendary ease of use while letting you customize their workflow and operations in software to fit the way you work. The coveted StudioLive sound is better than ever, including third-generation Fat Channel processing, re-engineered from the ground up, and vintage-style EQs and compressors. Add built-in AVB networking, multitrack recording via USB 2.0 and AVB, onboard stereo recording to SD Card, and a complete suite of software, and you have a mixing and recording powerhouse that’s equally formidable as a stage box/monitor mixer, as a rackmount front-of-house mixer controlled from a touchscreen computer or tablet, and as the heart of your studio.
A third-generation Fat Channel.
StudioLive Series III rack mixers boast the same third-generation Fat Channel processing found in StudioLive Series III consoles. Delivering digital precision with the heart and soul of analog, the Series III Fat Channel implements a plug-in-style workflow that features vintage-style EQ and compression options on every channel, from classic tube limiters to passive EQs. In addition to channel processing, all StudioLive Series III mixers offer 6-band, fully parametric EQ on all mix outputs. Enjoy extensive, studio-style processing when recording, mixing monitors, or even running the front-of-house system.
StudioLive Series III Fat Channel processing includes an input or output delay, highpass filter, gate, compressor, limiter, and fully parametric EQ on all channels and buses. There are no limitations, no shared resources, no figuring out what processing is available where. You have all of the Fat Channel processing available at all times, with no compromises or caveats, along with a library of professionally crafted, useful presets and the ability to save, selectively recall, and A/B-compare processor settings.
This next-generation Fat Channel also offers a plug-in-style workflow that’s instantly familiar to any DAW user, with alternative vintage compressor and EQ models available on all channels. The compressors emulate the sound of classic models that would set you back a few grand on eBay. Even cooler, the state-space-modeled EQs model the individual components of the original hardware so they sound and behave just like vintage EQs of yesteryear, overflowing with germanium diode mojo.
In addition to Fat Channel processing, StudioLive Series III mixers offer all-new reverb and delay effects, again including all-old vintage options—in all their plate and tape glory.
Customize scenes and presets in new and powerful ways—including your way.
With StudioLive Series III, we’ve upped the ante and given you more flexibility when working with scenes and presets. Mixer scenes now include Scene Safe. Similarly, we’ve expanded the concept of Fat Channel presets so that presets have, for practical purposes, become like scenes for individual channels, not only saving input and Fat Channel settings but also aux send and bus assignments. Of course you can also use preset filters to choose what you want to recall.
Creating, saving, and recalling scenes is as easy as ever with StudioLive Series III rack mixers, and now you can customize scenes even more precisely. You could always decide which settings would be recalled in a global StudioLive scene change. Now, with Scene Safe, a scene change won’t alter the settings on designated “safe” channels. These are invaluable tools, whether you’re mixing for theater, festivals, or houses of worship.
We’ve also significantly enhanced Fat Channel presets so that they now save every setting for a specific mixer channel. Of course the presets still include Fat Channel parameters but they also save send levels, bus assignments, and channel names. It’s like having a scene for each individual channel.
Imagine, for instance, you’re mixing for a praise band that uses different bass players, depending on who is available. Bass Player 1 is an awesome player, and the rest of the band wants to hear her loud and clear in their monitors. Save a preset with her level raised in the aux mixes, and you’re all set. However, to be honest, Bass Player 2 sucks, and the rest of the band would rather hear less of that guy. No problem; you create a preset with less Bass Player 2 in the monitors.
Create buses and groups to suit your workflow with FlexMixes.
Don’t you hate it when you’re setting up for a show and find you have an unused subgroup—but you’re short one monitor mix? That’s not a problem anymore, thanks to six FlexMixes that can be individually designated as aux, subgroup, or matrix mixes. These 6 FlexMixes are in addition to the 2 internal effects sends and the stereo main bus, giving you a total of 10 mix buses, not counting the solo buses. We also provided eight Filter DCAs so you can more easily and flexibly control groups of channels. These are only a few of the many ways you can customize your StudioLive Series III rack mixer exactly to your needs and workflow.
Integrated software package with professional DAW, remote-control apps, and one-touch recording.
PreSonus StudioLive Series III mixers are tightly integrated with an entire suite of state-of-the-art software. Mix wirelessly or over a wired network from anywhere using UC Surface touch-control software for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPad®. Remote control the mixer’s recallable XMAX preamps and Fat Channel processing with Studio One Artist for low-latency recording with effects. (Reverb-drowned singers: rejoice!) Completely automate virtual soundchecks and record shows with Capture. Save mixer scenes with your live recordings in Capture and edit both in Studio One Artist. StudioLive Series III mixers and software work together to form a cohesive ecosystem that helps you achieve your creative vision.
All StudioLive mixers come with PreSonus’ powerful, easy-to-use Studio One Artist recording and production software for Mac and Windows. Studio One features a straightforward design, a powerful file browser with extensive use of drag-and-drop, in-depth editing, and a wealth of effects plug-ins, virtual instruments, and loops. It’s Internet-connected, with a direct link to SoundCloud and a built-in news feed, and can be expanded with Add-ons.
Moreover, Studio One integrates tightly with PreSonus mixers, configuring automatically—no need to map inputs and outputs. We took care of that for you. You can remote control the StudioLive Series III mixer’s recallable XMAX preamps and Fat Channel processing with Studio One for low-latency recording with effects.
Or record your live shows with Capture, saving the StudioLive mixer scene along with your Capture Session; when you open the Session in Studio One, the scene will load into the Studio One mixer, including Fat Channel processing. You can even edit the scene in Studio One and send it back to the mixer and to UC Surface. And Studio One’s sound quality is, quite simply, unparalleled. These are just a few of the reasons that Studio One is the new standard for DAWs.
Network-ready, with a choice of recording methods.
Networking isn’t the future of professional audio systems; it’s here now. StudioLive 16R Series III rack mixers come equipped with an AVB Ethernet connection that enables you to network multiple StudioLive Series III mixers and compatible computers and stream up to 32 channels of audio to and from a Mac or Windows PC. You also get 18x18 recording via USB 2.0, giving you a choice of computer recording methods. Each channel can independently access its analog input or its dedicated digital return from your computer. Alternatively, quickly and easily record the main mix—or any other stereo mix—to the built-in SD Card recorder. Upload a show for fans, give the band a reference recording, and more, no computer required. You can even simultaneously multitrack record to your laptop via USB or AVB and record in stereo to SD.
AVB (Audio Video Bridging, also known as Time Sensitive Networking, or TSN) is a collection of IEEE 802.1 networking standards that define a single digital network for transmitting audio, video, and other forms of data via “smart” switches that can process AVB traffic without compromising network integrity.
With an AVB network, you can connect digital audio devices over long distances using CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable and route your audio anywhere on the network with extremely low latency. AVB offers several unique benefits that make it a better choice for audio than other networking protocols. For example, AVB provides a high-precision clock that significantly reduces harmonic distortion and phasing, ensuring your audio stays clear and clean. AVB ensures you always have enough bandwidth to carry your low latency audio—even when your intern starts streaming a movie. These important benefits are an inherent part of AVB; you don’t need to do anything special to your devices or AVB switch. And you can only get them with AVB.
AVB networks employ an AVB switch (such as the PreSonus SW5E) that is an active part of the network, throttling non-AVB traffic to ensure you always have enough bandwidth to carry your audio with extremely low latency. This means you get guaranteed low-latency audio performance regardless of other network traffic.
Finally, AVB uses easily available conventional network CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable and jacks—not proprietary systems.
SD Card is a standard format used in many digital cameras, and it’s a great format for live recording. The cards must adhere to strict testing and performance standards. Each SD Card is class rated and must go through rigorous testing to qualify for that rating. SD Cards are extremely low profile and mount flush with the surface of the mixer, so you’ll never accidentally hit a card and break it—unlike USB thumb drives. SD Cards have no moving parts, so they are more roadworthy and more reliable than hard drives. And since SD Cards are used in so many consumer devices, they’re readily available.
Remote mix control available on a plethora of both wired and wireless devices.
In addition to the AVB recording connection, StudioLive Series III rack mixers sport a 1 Gb Ethernet port that can connect to a wireless router or directly to a computer, providing remote control of virtually all features. Mix wirelessly or over a wired network from anywhere using UC Surface for Mac®, Windows®, iPad®, and Android ™ tablet. Even add a second—or third, or even fourth!—screen for fast workflow. Musicians can control their monitor mixes onstage with QMix®-UC for iPhone®, iPod® touch, or Android device without the need for large monitor networks. Go wireless, wired, or both.
Simple but versatile audio connections.
We kept the StudioLive Series III rack mixers’ front and rear panels clean and simple, yet they have all the connections you need. All 16 channel inputs on the StudioLive 16R use locking combo jacks to accept microphone- or line-level signals. You also get a pair of unbalanced RCA jacks as additional inputs for Channels 15 and 16 for easy connectivity to smartphones, media players, and other consumer audio sources. In addition to main L/R outputs and headphone jack, you get six FlexMix outputs that can each be independently configured as subgroups, monitor outputs, or matrix outputs. The result is a versatile set of connections that provide the access you need in a compact, 1U package.
Connect a StudioLive Series III rack mixer, and you’ll instantly hear details and an open high end you’d expect to find only in an expensive studio console. We built our reputation designing great-sounding analog circuits, including our famous XMAX solid-state, Class A preamps, and we put all of that experience into designing StudioLive Series III consoles and rack mixers. We didn’t cut corners on components, and we just say “No!” to noisy, crosstalk-y ribbon cables. As a result, StudioLive Series III mixers deliver the high-end audio quality you need to preserve your hard-earned reputation for producing great-sounding mixes and recordings.
We start with a great microphone preamplifier, arguably the most important stage of any device that accepts a microphone. A good preamp boosts the level to almost 400 times that of the original signal. A cheap, off-the-shelf, op-amp-type mic preamp delivers thin, noisy, harsh results. But with XMAX preamps, the sonic quality is limited only by the microphone you plug into it.
XMAX preamplifiers are built with three key elements:
- Class A. Class A circuits have no crossover distortion and deliver purer, clearer, and more musical results than the Class AB designs that are found in many preamps.
- High Voltage. The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. Most off-the-shelf, op-amp-based designs run on power rails of 10V to 18V. Higher-voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs, and a richer overall sound.
- Discrete components—not op-amps. We only use genuine transistors, resistors, and capacitors. Op-amps add noise, coloration, and harshness to a signal. Our discrete design delivers ultra-low noise and transparency.
The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range, extended frequency response, and—most important—musicality and transparency.
The XMAX preamps in StudioLive Series III mixers offer another advantage: They are recallable. In 1995, PreSonus patented digital control over analog circuits with our first studio product. Building on this legacy, we created a separate digital volume-control circuit ahead of our analog XMAX preamp design, providing the convenience of digital recall without sacrificing fidelity. So StudioLive Series III XMAX preamps can be remote-controlled with UC Surface software or with Studio One Artist, and when you load a mixer scene, the preamp trim values are recalled along with the other settings.
Includes Studio Magic Plug-in Suite.
This suite of plug-ins adds a wealth of fresh sounds and effects to Studio One. Cherry-picked from the first names in virtual instruments and effects, each plug-in brings a different flavor of practical magic to your songs. These plug-ins aren't gimmicky one-trick ponies — these are real-deal workhorses that you'll rely on for countless mixes.
Content and terms of the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite are subject to change.
Listening to the 16R is a rewarding experience - I tried running some expensive mic amps into the line inputs and also recorded through the 16R E to E to get a feel for audio quality and it is certainly no slouch.Alistair McGhee, Audio Media International