Presonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI Digital Performance and Recording Mixer
Digital mixer with an utterly comprehensive set of features, whether you're running a theatre performance, recording session or rock gig. Start off by room tuning with SMAART functionality then get the great sound of Presonus preamps, use the built in suite of effects for mixing and setup the monitors right on stage with wireless control.
StudioLive 32.4.2AI is built with next-generation Active Integration technology that adds unprecedented power for mixing consoles anywhere near this price class. So while the 32.4.2AI looks and feels much like its non-AI counterparts it has with far more computing power, which makes possible some very useful new features.
For starters, you get twice as many internal effects buses and 31-band graphic EQs. We’ve added six mute groups and user-assignable Quick Scene buttons. You’ll love the ability to create two complete sets of EQ and dynamics settings for a channel or bus and then make quick A/B comparisons at the touch of a button.
A built-in 48x34 FireWire S800 interface is standard equipment but Thunderbolt and Ethernet (Dante) cards are expected by the end of 2013. A dedicated USB 2 port and included Wi-Fi LAN adapter lets you control the mixer wirelessly—even without a Mac® or Windows® PC.
Of course, you get the latest version of our tightly integrated software bundle, including updated Capture™ 2.0 recording software, Studio One Artist® DAW, and Virtual StudioLive-AI editor/librarian/control software with Smaart Measurement Technology™. StudioLive Remote-AI for iPad® and QMix™-AI for iPhone®/iPod® touch will both be available free from the Apple App Store.
A quick look at the StudioLive 32.4.2AI reveals a now-familiar, user-friendly mixing surface. It sports 100 mm faders for the 32 channels, 4 subgroups, and main bus. As with all StudioLive mixers, convenient knobs and buttons abound, and all core mixing features are immediately accessible from the mixing surface, without using the LCD, providing an intuitive, analog-like user experience. The unique Fat Channel section delivers a compressor, limiter, gate/expander, and four-band fully parametric EQ on every channel, bus, and subgroup, plus a high-pass filter and polarity invert for each channel—not to mention routing, panning, and Scene and setting store and recall.
Select buttons assign the channels, buses, and subgroups to the Fat Channel for processing and routing. There’s a Talkback section, Cue section, and extensive metering. And of course you get aux buses—14 of them—and 32-bit floating-point stereo reverb and delay on dedicated buses—two of each. View the rear, and you’ll see a familiar StudioLive jackfield, with XLR mic and ¼” inputs and TRS insert points on every channel, along with a wealth of other inputs and outputs. A pair of FireWire ports—FireWire S800, rather than the FireWire 400 ports found on the StudioLive 24.4.2, 16.4.2, and 16.0.2—provides wired networking to a Mac or PC, with options for Thunderbolt and Ethernet (Dante). Stereo S/PDIF digital outputs—check! Analog direct channel outputs on DB25 connectors—check! Obviously, flexible connectivity is no problem.
The audio quality, as always with PreSonus, is first rate. Like all StudioLive models, StudioLive 32.4.2 offers PreSonus’ widely lauded Class A XMAX™ mic preamps and top-notch converters with 118 dB of dynamic range. Reviewers have raved about the high quality of StudioLive mixers’ dynamics processing, EQ, high-pass filters, and effects. The only difference with the StudioLive 32.4.2 is that we’ve given you even more of them.
The future is Active Integration
Products that sense each other, interact and work together via wireless and wired communication, feature 32-bit floating-point DSP and seamlessly integrated software, and run on CPUs far more powerful than competitors’ current audio products—PreSonus has realized this dream with its new Active Integration technology. Thanks to Active Integration, the StudioLive 32.4.2AI mixer has 64 times the processing power and an incredible 10,000 times more RAM than the StudioLive 24.4.2. This makes possible the aforementioned extended feature set.
Even better: wireless control!
You’re mixing a live show, and you need to check the sound underneath the balcony—or in the balcony, for that matter. Or you’re sound-checking and want to hear the stage monitors for yourself. If you can’t leave the mixing station, you have to rely on someone else’s ears. If you don’t have a reliable crew, you don’t have a chance. You can say goodbye to that problem if you use a StudioLive 32.4.2AI and an Apple iPad®! The StudioLive 32.4.2AI sports an Ethernet port that allows you to connect to a wireless router for wired Ethernet and wireless Wi-Fi networking. In addition, the mixer has a USB 2.0 port that hosts the included USB Wi-Fi LAN adapter, providing wireless networking without a router for situations where a less powerful, ad hoc Wi-Fi connection is sufficient. In this way, the mixer can be controlled from a laptop using VSL and from an iPad® using StudioLive Remote-AI, which is available free from the Apple App Store. SL Remote-AI is easy to use, provides control of almost every feature of the StudioLive—including Scene changes and Smaart®. And it looks and feels like an iPad app should.
A gigantic console in a small package thanks to the Fat Channel.
If StudioLive 32.4.2AI were an analog console, it would have 4-foot-long channel strips packed with knobs and buttons or it would require a massive outboard rack of expensive signal processors! That's because each channel has its own studio-grade compressor, limiter, gate/expander, 4-band parametric equalizer, and high-pass filter. In all, we've packed 60 compressors, 60 limiters, 60 gate/expanders, 54 high-pass filters, and more, into one remarkable Fat Channel.
The big picture
Easier to use, better sounding, and flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software and extensive remote-control features, StudioLive 32.4.2AI delivers the most creative environment possible for both live performance and studio music production. But StudioLive is not simply a mixer, it's a rapidly growing family of state-of-the-art, integrated hardware-software mixing and recording systems that deliver the features you need for live sound, live recording, and studio recording. The StudioLive 32.4.2AI is a fine choice for those who want to mix medium-sized and large shows and worship services, and it's a great choice for club systems, corporate applications, and educational institutions. And it's the perfect hardware core for a sophisticated project studio. Here, in one device, are high-headroom XMAX™ microphone preamplifiers, a built-in 48x34 FireWire S800 recording and playback interface, more than 300 signal processors, a big library of DSP effects, 14 aux buses, 4 subgroups, extensive LED metering, mixer save and recall, channel-strip save/recall/copy/paste, talkback, and more. Build live mixes that glisten with clarity and detail—then record and enhance the performance with the power of StudioLive 32.4.2AI. Get creative in the studio. Build mixes, loops, sound effects, and more, then bring them out to your show and mix them live. Process channels using your favorite plug-ins and completely automate your entire performance. That’s just the start. Control the StudioLive 32.4.2AI from your Mac, PC, or iPad®. Manage monitor mixes from an iPhone® or iPod touch®. Tune your system to the room and fix feedback problems with VSL-AI’s integrated Smaart Measurement Technology™.
- 32 mic/line inputs with high-headroom Class A XMAX™ mic preamplifiers
- 4 subgroups
- Stereo/mono main out
- 14 auxiliary mixes
- 48-in/34-out FireWire S800 digital recording interface (24-bit/44.1 kHz and 48 kHz)
- Studio One® Artist Digital Audio Workstation software for Mac® and Windows®
- Capture™ 2.0 recording software for Mac® and Windows®
- StudioLive Remote-AI mixer-control software for iPad® available free from Apple App Store
- QMix™-AI aux-control software for iPhone® and iPod touch® available free from Apple App Store
- Direct recording interface compatible with Logic®, Nuendo, Cubase, Sonar™, Digital Performer™, Ableton™ Live, and more
- 60 channel strips
- Trim control with –20 to +20 dBV line/-15 to +65 dBu mic gain range (80dB!)
- +48V phantom power switch for condenser microphones
- Digital Audio Input Select
- 100 mm precision faders
- Lighted Solo and Mute buttons
- 6 mute groups with All On/All Off switches
- Access to Fat Channel functions
- 15-LED ladder metering + clip LED
- Analog ¼" insert (rear panel)