Live Recording Made Easy

Designed exclusively for StudioLive® mixers, free Capture™ multitrack recording software for Mac® and Windows® allows instant setup and one-click recording at up to 96 kHz directly from the mixer, with no configuration. Capture simplifies your live-recording environment, providing only the tools necessary to do a true virtual soundcheck and record a great performance, without placing huge demands on your CPU. And because Capture looks and feels like a classic multitrack hard-disk recorder, it’s instantly familiar.

Work in stereo or in glorious multitrack.

In addition to recording all channels of any StudioLive mixer—up to 64 channels with two cascaded StudioLive AI-series or StudioLive RM-series mixers—Capture allows you to record a stereo track from the mixer’s main outputs, subgroup outputs, aux sends, solo bus, talkback mic, aux inputs, internal FX sends, or internal FX returns. Capture even lets you work away from your mixer, playing back a stereo mix with your computer’s soundcard. Edit your mixes on the band bus or the silver bird, or even at the beach. (Don’t get sand in your laptop!) Best of all, Capture uses the highly lauded, 64-bit, Studio One® audio engine, so your tracks will sound amazing!

Soundcheck without the hassle, er, artist.

Capture makes getting ready for the next show or the next artist a breeze because you can soundcheck before the artist even arrives! Let’s say you recorded a band last night, and you’re going to mix their show again tonight—and they’re stuck in traffic. Capture’s Virtual Soundcheck mode lets you dial in a mix while you’re waiting.

Learn more about Capture’s Virtual Soundcheck mode.

To soundcheck before the band arrives, Just create a new session in Capture and click the Virtual Soundcheck button. Capture will give you a list of Sessions, and if you’ve been using your session tags, this list will be well organized. Just click on the session you want; all of the audio will be loaded for you, and the digital returns on your StudioLive mixer will be engaged.

Even better: If you stored a StudioLive mixer scene with your session, it will be loaded into your mixer to give you a jumping-off point. All track names from the soundcheck session will be broadcast throughout the network, so your UC Surface, QMix-UC, and mixer channels will be labeled. When you’re done, click the Virtual Soundcheck button again to remove all of the audio files and arm every track for recording.

Now your front-of-house and monitor mixes are dialed in, and you’re ready to record tonight’s gig before the musicians even walk onstage. After your virtual soundcheck, all you have to do is trim your inputs and go.

Simple—but not dumbed down.

As straightforward and easy to use as Capture is, it gives you several important features. Of course you get basic transport and cut/copy/paste edit functions. But there’s much more than you might expect from a “simple” recording application. Capture makes it easy to see your meters in a dark space, drop markers and export each song separately, do virtual soundchecks, edit sessions offline in stereo, and create new sessions. In fact, Capture makes it easy to do everything you need during live recording.

Learn about how Capture’s features make live recording easy.

When you’re recording a live show, visibility can be a problem. Furthermore, you need to pay attention to what’s happening in the room and onstage. Because Capture is preconfigured for the StudioLive mixer, as long as your StudioLive mic trims are properly set, you don’t have to worry about clipping, so you can hit Record Now and forget about Capture during the song. And thanks to Capture’s Big Meter mode, which turns your monitor into a gigantic meter bridge, you can see your levels clearly at a glance while staying focused on mixing the show.

Most people prefer to record a live set straight through, hitting Record at the start of the set and stopping at the end. Capture allows you to drop markers between songs, on the fly during recording. Then you can use the markers to jump quickly to the start of the next song and to export individual songs as separate files.

Using markers is easier than even with the Marker List, which provides an overview of every marker in your Session and offers an easy way to quickly add, delete, and name markers and move them around your Session. Drag-and-drop markers where you want them or simply click on the Move Marker button to move the selected marker to the current playback position in the timeline.

Capture allows you to tag your sessions with Artist, Performance, and Location information. Once you add these tags, Capture will organize your audio for you on your hard drive. Have all the sessions from your summer tour organized in a labeled folder by location and date. Or locate all the sessions by a particular artist in the same folder organized by venue and location. Keeping your audio organized is now as easy as naming a session.

You can save WAV and OpenTL files, with selectable sample rates and bit depths, then edit your tracks in the audio software of your choice. Or save a Capture file, complete with markers, and open it for editing directly in Studio One, which is also bundled with all StudioLive mixers. Capture enables you to stereo-link channels so you can record interleaved stereo files from linked channels on the StudioLive mixer.

You also can record in Capture, mix through the StudioLive, and then print your mix back to Capture. This allows you to take full advantage of the StudioLive’s Fat Channel processing, effects, and other features during mixdown, as well as during recording. It’s fast, it’s easy, and the sound quality is first-rate at every stage.

Another useful way to use Capture is to stream audio into the StudioLive while mixing a live show. For instance, to integrate previously recorded material into a live performance, simply bring prerecorded tracks into Capture—it can import WAV and AIFF files—and send the tracks to channels on a StudioLive while recording live audio from the other mixer channels.

Integrated software for a fast, efficient workflow.

As part of the StudioLive Software Library, Capture is tightly integrated, not only with StudioLive mixers, but also with our Studio One DAW for Mac and Windows; UC Surface control software for Mac, Windows and iPad®; and QMix®-UC for iPhone®/iPod® touch. This tight integration enables a fast, efficient workflow that saves you a lot of work.

Learn more about how Capture integrates with other PreSonus software.

PreSonus StudioLive mixers are tightly integrated with an entire suite of state-of-the-art software. All of the applications in the StudioLive Software Library are on the same software platform and can interact in powerful and useful ways—and we can add more such capabilities in the future.

For example, Capture can save and load a StudioLive mix scene and remotely engage digital returns for quick playback and Virtual Soundcheck. It shares track names with UC Surface, QMix-UC and the StudioLive mixer’s channel info, so you only have to name a channel once—and you can name it from anywhere, including Capture.

Studio One can import Capture Sessions seamlessly. When you import a Capture Session that includes a StudioLive mixer scene, the Studio One mixer is set to match your mixer scene, including Fat Channel processing.

No other recording application and digital mixer anywhere near this price class can come close to this amazing degree of integration. In fact, most digital mixers in much higher price classes don’t come close.

Safety matters.

As thousands of users will attest, Capture is rock-solid software, and crashes are almost unheard of. But surprises are endemic to live performances, and some of them can be rude and unwelcome. So we’ve built extra safety features into Capture to help you survive these dangers with your recordings intact.

Read more about Capture’s safety features.

Capture offers several features that give your recording sessions an extra margin of safety.

It’s not uncommon when recording a live performance that the artist launches into a song a bit sooner than the engineer expects, so the first few seconds of the song don’t get recorded. Not with Capture! Its Prerecord feature acts as a preroll, capturing audio up to a minute before you press Record.

Don’t you hate it when someone (you would never be this clumsy, of course!) accidentally hits the computer keyboard, causing your recording software to quit or glitch? That’s why Capture’s Session Lock feature is automatically engaged when you begin recording, preventing keyboard access to Capture. The lock can only be disengaged with a direct click of the mouse.

A power failure can do all sorts of damage to a live show, but at least you won’t lose anything you’ve already recorded because as soon as Capture is relaunched, it will automatically recover the session and all files.

Even if you forgot to save your recording, Capture has you covered with an Auto-Save feature that saves at user-definable intervals.

To top it off, Capture lets you monitor disk performance and remaining record time in real time. You’ll never run out of disk space because you didn’t realize the drive was almost full.

So breathe easy! Live recording is a lot safer with Capture!