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PreSonus Studiolive 16.4.2 AI 16-Channel Digital Mixer with Active Integration, 1kOhms Microphone Preamp / 10kOhms Line Input Impedance


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  • Digital Circuit
  • 4 Bus Outs
  • 16 Channels
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About PreSonus Studiolive 16.4.2

The PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 is a 16-channel (16x4x2) digital mixer that is designed for live events, live and studio recording and corporate, institutional and other installations. Each channel features an XLR mic input and high-headroom Class A XMAX mic preamps, individually switched 48V phantom power, ¼" balanced line inputs and insert points. Channel, subgroup and main levels are set with 100 mm faders.

The StudioLive 16.4.2 has six aux buses, four subgroups with variable (2 to 500 ms) output delay, a talkback section with Class A XMAX preamp, extensive LED metering, mixer Scene save and recall and channel-strip save/ recall/copy/paste. A stereo, graphic EQ is available on the Main output bus and four more dual-mono graphic EQs are available for the aux buses. Every channel and subgroup has Solo and Mute buttons, the two FX buses have Mute buttons and the Aux buses have Solo buttons. A Solo-in-Place (SIP) button is provided and the Cue bus is switchable between AFL and PFL. The Solo and Main bus, Tape Input and Main FireWire return can be monitored via the Control Room Outputs. All buttons on the mixing surface glow gently when inactive and brightly when selected for easy viewing in lowlight conditions. The mixer also offers a 12 VDC, BNC lamp socket.

Main outputs are on both XLR and balanced ¼" jacks and a full-range XLR Mono output is provided. The subgroup, aux send and control room outputs are balanced ¼" jacks, as are the two stereo Aux returns. The stereo tape sends and returns use RCA jacks. Pre-insert, analog direct outputs are provided on DB25 connectors. A stereo coax S/PDIF digital output is included. The mixer incorporates a built-in 32x18 FireWire recording/playback engine and has two FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394) ports. In addition to providing computer connectivity, the ports permit pass through for connecting a hard drive and they allow two StudioLive 16.4.2s to be daisy-chained, providing a 32x8x2 or 32x4x2 (selectable) mixer with computer recording. Up to four StudioLive 16.4.2s can be daisy-chained for live mixing without recording. The StudioLive 16.4.2's Fat Channel processing section offers 4-band quasi-parametric EQ (with high/low Q switch on the two mid bands and switchable shelving on the low and high bands), compressor, limiter and expander/gate on every channel, aux and subgroup, as well as a high-pass filter and phase reverse on each channel, aux and effects bus.

• 16 mic/line channel inputs with 100 mm faders and insert sends/returns
• 17 Class A XMAX solid-state mic preamplifiers (16 ch. + talkback)
• 4 subgroups with variable output delay
• 6 auxiliary buses (pre/post-fader send)
• 2 stereo 32-bit digital effects processors
• Fat Channel signal processing on all channels and buses, with high-pass filter, 4-band quasi-parametric EQ, compressor, gate and limiter
• Stereo 31-band graphic EQ on the main bus and 4 dual-mono 31-band graphic EQs on the aux buses.
• 32-in/18-out FireWire recording interface (24-bit/44.1 kHz and 48 kHz)
• Scene and individual settings store and recall
• Software bundle for Mac and Windows includes PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW, Capture live-recording software, Virtual StudioLive bidirectional mixer control software
• Daisy-chain 2 StudioLive 16.4.2s for 32x8x2 (or 32x4x2, selectable) mixing and recording or 4 mixers for 64x16x2 live mixing (no recording)
• Free StudioLive Remote iPad wireless control software and QMix iPhone /iPod touch wireless aux-control software available from the Apple App Store

Capture Multitrack Recording
• Up to 34x34 multitrack recording application
• Record with two mouse clicks
• Essential editing suite (copy, cut, paste, splice, resize)
• Peak LED-style meter bridge with clip indicators
• Marker placement and recall
• Export between markers
• Record stereo mix of StudioLive mixer
• Full transport control
• Import/export individual WAV or OpenTL files
• Mac and Windows

Virtual StudioLive Remote Control
• Remote control of all main StudioLive 16.4.2 mixer functions via FireWire connected computer
• Easy drag-and-drop workflow
• Drag presets directly to channels
• Drag parts of presets directly to components in the Fat Channel
• Adjust the Fat Channel gate, compressor and EQ, plus the graphic EQs and effects, in a huge pop-up window
• Quickly drop entire Scenes to the mixer for instant recall of all channel, effects and graphic EQ settings
• Load effects quickly by simply dragging presets into the GUI
• Use the mouse to quickly assign channels to multiple buses, mute, solo, etc.
• Timestamp backups of the entire board
• Copy and load channels, copy main mix to aux mix (and aux to aux), link channel faders so that they move together
• Remote-control VSL wirelessly using Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
• Set permissions for iOS devices

Studio One Artist 2 DAW
• Elegant single-window work environment
• Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
• Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses and FX channels
• Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
• Most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available
• Real-time audio time-stretching and resampling
• Multitrack comping and MIDI editing
• Transient detection and editing and groove extraction
• Automatic delay compensation
• Advanced automation
• Integrates tightly with Celemony Melodyne
• Instantly configures to PreSonus interfaces
• Compatible with ASIO-, Windows Audio- and Core Audio-compliant interfaces
• 26 Native Effects 32-bit effects and virtual instrument plug-ins
• 10+GB of third-party software, loops and instruments
• Mac & Windows

In addition, the Fat Channel provides panning, subgroup and main assigns and sends to each aux and effects bus. The Fat Channel's 16-segment, multipurpose LED meters offer 4 modes for the levels of all 16 inputs: post-gain and predynamics and fader; post-dynamics and fader; the amount of gain reduction; or the fader settings for a saved Scene. These meters can also be used to display output volume of each of the 6 Aux Sends. Channels can be linked in stereo as odd-even pairs (Ch. 1-2, 3-4, etc.) and a horizontal LED Pan meter displays the pan position for the selected channel or linked channels. The Fat Channel is available anywhere there is a blue Select button; when a Select button is fully lighted, the Fat Channel is active on that channel, aux, etc. Time-based effects such as delay and reverb are delivered by two stereo 32-bit effects processors, which are assigned to dedicated effects buses and come with 50 user-editable factory presets and 49 empty locations for user-created presets. Both internal effects returns can be directly patched to any of the analog Aux Buses. An LCD display gives access to the effects parameters, graphic EQ, Scene store/recall, channel strip store/recall and system settings. In addition to the multifunction meters in the Fat Channel, the StudioLive 16.4.2 has a main metering section featuring 15- segment LED meters that display the levels of the currently selected channel or bus, the four Subgroups and the Left and Right channels of the Main bus. This section features the same metering modes as the Fat Channel: pre-dynamics and pre-fader, post-dynamics and post-fader, the amount of gain reduction applied to each subgroup and the Main bus, or the fader settings for a saved Scene. In addition, the main meter section offers a dedicated Gain Reduction meter for the currently selected channel. The StudioLive 16.4.2 can be rack mounted (12U), using the included rack rails. The mixer operates on 100- 240 VAC and employs a standard IEC power connector. Bundled software includes PreSonus Capture multitrack audio-recording application (primarily intended for recording live events), PreSonus Studio One Artist digital audio workstation (for audio and MIDI production) and PreSonus Virtual StudioLive (VSL) bidirectional mixer-control application, which provides preset- and Scene-management features and enables real-time adjustment of the most commonly used mixer settings. In addition, VSL enables the user to copy and load channels, copy Main mix to Aux mix (and Aux to Aux) and link channel faders so that they can move together. VSL can optionally make the StudioLive mixer default to Fader Locate Mode once a fader has been adjusted using either VSL or StudioLive Remote for iPad (described next). The StudioLive 24.4.2 can be controlled wirelessly by networking, via Wi-Fi, an Apple iPad running PreSonus' StudioLive Remote app with a computer, running VSL, that is connected to the StudioLive mixer via FireWire. This enables the iPad to control VSL and in turn, the StudioLive mixer. The Tap Tempo feature for the StudioLive's time-based effects can be controlled both from VSL and from StudioLive Remote. Any Aux bus can be wirelessly controlled from an Apple iPhone or iPod touch that is running PreSonus' QMix app. As with StudioLive Remote, the iPhone/iPod touch must be networked via Wi-Fi to the FireWire-connected computer running VSL. Aux buses can be named in VSL or in QMix and the names will appear in both programs. Permissions can be set in VSL so that each networked iPad can only control front-of-house mixer features or a specified aux and so that each iPhone/iPod touch can only control a specified aux-or is ignored entirely. StudioLive Remote and QMix are free from the Apple App Store.

PreSonus Studiolive 16.4.2 Specifications

Microphone Preamp: Type
XLR Female, balanced
Microphone Preamp: Frequency Response
To Direct Output: 20Hz-40kHz, 0 / -0.5dBu (at unity gain)
To Main Output: 20Hz-20kHz, ± 0.5dBu (at unity gain)
Microphone Preamp: Input Impedance
1 kOhms
Microphone Preamp: THD to Direct Output
0.005%, +4dBu, 20Hz-20kHz, unity gain, unweighted (1kHz at unity gain)
Microphone Preamp: THD to Main Output
0.005%, +4dBu, 20Hz-20kHz, unity gain, unweighted (1kHz at unity gain)
Microphone Preamp: EIN to Direct Output
125dB unweighted, +130dB A-weighted
Microphone Preamp: S/N Ratio
To Direct Output: 97dB (Ref = +4dB, 20kHz BW, unity gain, A-weighted)
To Main Output: 94dB (Ref = +4dB, 20kHz BW, unity gain, A-weighted)
Mic Preamp: Common Mode Rejection Ratio
65dB (1kHz at unity gain)
Microphone Preamp: Gain Control Range
16dB to +67dB (± 1dB)
Microphone Preamp: Maximum Input Level
16dBu (unity gain)
Microphone Preamp: Phantom Power
48V DC (± 2V DC)
Line Inputs: Type
1/4" TRS Female, balanced mono
Line Inputs: Frequency Response
To Direct Outputs: 10Hz-40kHz, 0 / -0.5dBu (at unity gain)
To Main Outputs: 20Hz-20kHz, ± 0.5dBu (at unity gain)
Line Inputs: Input Impedance
10 kOhms
Line Inputs: THD to Direct Output
<0.0007%, +4dBu, 20Hz-20kHz, unity gain, unweighted (1kHz at unity gain)
Line Inputs: THD to Main Output
<0.005%, +4dBu, 20Hz-20kHz, unity gain, unweighted (1kHz at unity gain)
Line Inputs: S/N Ratio to Direct Output
105dB (Ref = +4dBu, 20kHz BW, unity gain, A-weighted)
Line Inputs: S/N Ratio to Main Output
94dB (Ref = +4dBu, 20kHz BW, unity gain, A-weighted)
Line Inputs: Gain Control Range (± 1dB)
-20dB to +20dB
Line Inputs: Maximum Input Level
22dBu (unity gain)
Tape Inputs: Type
RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
Tape Inputs: Maximum Input Level
Auxiliary Inputs: Type
1/4" TRS Female, balanced (2 stereo pairs)
Auxiliary Inputs: Maximum Input Level
Main Outputs: Type
XLR Male, balanced (stereo pair); 1/4" TRS Female, bal- anced (stereo pair); XLR Male, balanced (mono)
Main Outputs: Rated Output Level
Main Outputs: Output Impedance
Aux Outputs: Type
1/4" TRS Female, balanced (mono)
Aux Outputs: Rated Output Level
Aux Outputs: Output Impedance
Subgroup Outputs: Type
1/4" TRS Female, balanced (mono)
Subgroup Outputs: Rated Output Level
Subgroup Outputs: Output Impedance
Tape Outputs: Type
RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
Tape Outputs: Rated Output Level
Tape Outputs: Output Impedance
Control Room Outputs: Type
1/4" TRS Female, balanced (stereo pair)
Control Room Outputs: Rated Output Level
Control Room Outputs: Output Impedance
System Crosstalk: Input to Output
90dB (Ref = +4dBu 20Hz-20kHz, unweighted)
System Crosstalk: Adjacent Channels
87dB (Ref = +4dBu 20Hz-20kHz, unweighted)
Noise Gate / Expander: Threshold Range
-84dB to 0dB
Noise Gate / Expander: Attack Time
Noise Gate / Expander: Release Time
0.05s to 2s
Compressor: Threshold Range
-56dB to 0dB
Compressor: Ratio
1:1 to 14:1
Compressor: Attack Time
0.2ms to 150ms
Compressor: Release Time
40ms to 1000ms
Compressor: Auto Attack and Release
Attack = 10ms, Release = 150ms
Compressor: Curve Types
hard and soft knee
EQ: Type
2nd order shelving filter (Q = 0.55)
EQ: Low (Lowpass or Bandpass)
36 to 465Hz, ± 15dB
EQ: Low Mid (Lo Q: 0.55; Hi Q: 2)
90Hz to 1.2kHz, ±15dB
EQ: High Mid (Lo Q: 0.55; Hi Q: 2)
380Hz to 5kHz, ±15dB
EQ: High (Highpass or Bandpass)
1.4kHz to 18kHz, ±15dB
Digital Audio: ADC Dynamic Range
118dB (A-weighted, 48kHz)
Digital Audio: DAC Dynamic Range
118dB (A-weighted, 48kHz)
FireWire: FireWire
S400, 400Mb/s
FireWire: Internal Processing
32-bit, floating point
FireWire: Sampling Rate
44.1, 48kHz
FireWire: A/D/A Bit Depth
FireWire: Reference Level for 0dBFS
Clock: Jitter
20 ps rms (20Hz-20kHz)
Clock: Jitter Attenuation
60dB (1 ns in = 1 ps out)
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