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Setting Up Logic to Use with the StudioLive

March 20,2009

Aside from working with Capture, the StudioLive 16.4.2 also is a great front end for Apple’s Logic Studio. In this blog, we’ll show you how to set up a Logic Project from scratch that will allow you to record all of the analog inputs of your Studiolive mixer and route the outputs correctly so you can mixdown using the board.

Category StudioLive | 128 Comments »
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  • Sbello

    Do I need to install a driver on my Macbook Pro to use The studio Live as an interface with Logic Pro?

    • PreSonus Audio Electronics

      Yep! I’m not sure which StudioLive you’re using, but you can get the driver from your account or from the product pages’ download tab.

  • musikermoss

    Hello! I got a Presonus Studiolive in my studio. I have connected it to a headphone amplifier out from aux1-2 , aux3-4, aux5-6, aux7-8, aux9-10 so the musicians can get a stereo headphones mix. But my problem is how to setup this up in my Logic pro x Daw so i can hear the plugins/sounds I’m using in my daw, with using mix button and have the same control so i can turn up every channel in the aux mix on the presonus. And a other quiestion is how i can use the compressor when I’m recording. just to compress a better signal in my daw. but the thought after recording is to mix in logic and use plugins/effects.

    hope i can get some helps for this.

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  • geoffvernon

    I also had another question. For some reason our board is acting slightly crazy now. When we turn it on it seems as if the preamps or something aren’t turning on every time. We’re having to shut the board off and turn it on multiple times for any of the XLR or Jack inputs to register audio. What could be the issue? We’ve reset the board to factory settings and made sure we’re up to date. Thanks!

    • PreSonus Audio Electronics

      Hey Geoff—you did the right thing by resetting and getting the latest firmware installed. Also make sure you’re running the most recent version of the drivers, available from the 16.0.2 page:

      We would still like to know more about this issue, if you could please contact our tech support team and let us know about it, I’d appreciate it! And while we’re working on that, we’re happy to help you with your question about routing with Logic. Cheers!

      PreSonus tech support:

      • geoffvernon

        Thanks so much guys! I’ll contact tech support!

        My routing with Logic question is how can get get the stereo outputs in Logic to go to the “Main” fader instead of channels 1 and 2 on the board itself. Right now when we push audio through channels 1 and 2 so we can mix everything comes through which is not what we’re wanting! Looking forward to getting this fixed! :-)

  • geoffvernon

    Question! My church is using a 16.0.2 in the studio. When in Logic the stereo outs are set to channels 1 and 2. However we’re wanting to use these for recording, playback and mixing on the console. How can we reroute the stereo outs to shop up to the main fader or something instead of having to use the stereo 1 and 2 channels? Thanks!

  • Sebastian Vasquez

    Hey I just bought a macbook pro it doesn’t have the firewire port, so i bought the thunderbolt to firewire adapter to connect the macbook to myPresonus studio live but the macbook is not recognizing the Presonus, im checking preferences, audio, output device input divide ti should show me the presonues there but is not please help i need to record some drums and now i don’t know what to do

  • JoeWright

    How do you set it up in Logic 8? There’s only an input device in the menu, no output; and the presonus isn’t being picked up in that menu anyway. Is it possible to do in that version of LP? Perhaps there’s an order I need to fire them up in? Please help.

    • PreSonus Audio Electronics

      Hey Joe, best to contact our tech support team on this one, as we’ll need a little more info to get you up and running on Logic 8. Kindly submit a ticket at the following link, thanks!

  • ash

    Hi. Can the studiolive work as a simple fader control surface with logic pro x?

  • Jonny

    I know this was posted a long time ago but I’m having trouble with getting a live return feed for stage monitors. For example I have half the band recorded from home an I need to use the studio live for drums and I need the drummer to be able to hear what was already recorded while he is on the stage through his normal monitor mix. He keeps getting a mono mix. I want it to be mono but the left and right need to be joined to one mix. Right now he is only getting right.. I’m using logic X BTW… I hope that made sense.

    • PreSonus Audio Electronics

      Hey Jonny, we would be happy to help out. Kindly submit a tech support ticket detailing your setup and we will help you find a solution!

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  • Kele

    Hi Guys!
    I have just started enjoying my Presonus 32.4.2 Studio Live Ai today the 20th of Jan, 2014. I purchased one last Friday. I am using a Macbook with Audio Logic pro Software for recording. I just needed to learn more about the desk but works really smooth with Logic. My first mistake: Well, I don’t believe to be a total thick head but i went crazy just thinking that the interface “FireStudio” was suppose to appear by itself in audio. Infect, it was driving me nuts the whole of yesterday but then i calmed down slowly and realise that i had to download the driver first online before it could show up in my Audio thing after restart. What almost got me mad again, it was not called FireStudio directly but this “UniversalControl” if you are using a Mac. I hope you will find this helpful to your setup. God bless and enjoy! Mr Fiji :))

  • Troy Ricciardi

    I am having a very serious problem using the 16.4.2 with logic on my mac. Capture and then the slow loading process sucks. I want to use the 16.4.2 like I used the FP10. If I can’t do that I may as well get a power supply to replace the broken one on my FP10 and send the 16.4.2 back for refund. Hugely frustrating, lots of forum diving, and no answers. This is losing me business and costing me money. Any help???

    • Mr Fiji

      Hi Ric, unplug all your stuff and let everything cool down… even yourself :). Have positive attitude towards what you bought and believe. It’s very easy!

      let’s get to work – Connect only your Mac to the 16.4.2 and the Internet. Your desk has a build in presonus interface called “Firestudio” but it will not show up on your core audio ( Output / Input device ) until you download the driver online. Google type in: Firestudio or go directly to presoinus webpage and look for download. On down load, you will see the Firestudio interface that fit’s your board. MIne is called a “UniversalStudio” for Mac. Maybe yours too but please check.

      Keep you Mac/Desk connected. After download, restart – open your logic ( looks better ) with the input 1 now showing when you open a new track??. Now, check your core audio – Presonus FireStudio should appear. Click both Input and out to the same name and you are ready to rock. i Just hope you are familiar to the presonus desk more then me. It’s my first Digital desk but i am finding my way out of it slowly.

      It took me 10 hours to break my head before i can proudly inform you on this. I truly hope this will help you. Enjoy while you have it. It’s a great pieces of equipment and not many have such opportunity like you do. God bless you!

      Mr Fiji ( Kele )

    • Mr Fiji

      Sorry Troy, just realised that you asked the question since July 2013. You sure have the solution already by now i believe. I am just so excited about my desk esp. now i know how to manoeuvre few things :)


  • Jeremy

    Hey guys, I was wondering how the most effective way to use outboard gear as a means of bussing it back into Logic and being able to use hardware like a plugin. I’ve succeeded in sending a signal to a preamp and receive signal from the desired channel I want to I/O, but I’m not sure whether the audio from the preamp is actually being sent back into Logic. All I’m receiving is feedback and cannot tell if the audio is being routed back into Logic. Thank you for your help.

  • Jonathan

    Hey i have a question.

    When recording in logic pro, how would i make the tracks come out of the monitors we have set in Aux 1-6 on our board?

  • Jim Joyce

    I am trying to find the Logic Templates you talked about you created for the 24.4.2

  • Jason Jones

    Will the Sonus plug and play with Logic Pro 8? Or does it just interface with newer versions of Logic?


    • Kele

      Hi Jason, are you refering to just an interface or the build-in interface in the Presonus desk(s)? Are using a Mac or a PC? If your Logic Pro 8 uses a Macbook Pro with 10.7 or 10.6.8 / 2.66 GHz intel Core i7 / 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 should work out good. So far, LOGIC works well with Presonus as long as you download the right driver from presonus website directly. Hope this helps.

      Mr Fiji ( Kele )

  • Diego Bernard

    It is important for to get some kind of software up date for the ability to use the Studiolive 16.0.2 with Logic, and that implies to TRULY synch with it such as the faders etc. After all, isn’t this a digital work station? The more flexible and accommodating a company is, the more welcome their product become.

  • Matt K

    I have the same question as Joshua above I believe, in that is it possible to use the faders on the studio live to control the faders in logic? I know the faders aren’t motorized, so it won’t go the other direction, but is that way possible?

  • Joshua

    Could I use the physical faders as DAW in Garageband or Logic during mixing? Joshua

  • Anonymous

    all the firewire returns works but final mix is not working.

  • Anonymous

    I can't set up 2 Studiolives on a g5 I Tried everything and don't work.

  • ricknaqvi

    Yes, absolutely. A single StudioLive can actually record a total of 32 simultaneous channels. The first sixteen audio streams are of course the 16 channels of the mixer. There is a Router application that is part of the Universal Control Panel. This is where you can configure what the next 16 audio streams will be. You can choose from the MAIN output, any of the auxes, subgroups, Aux Returns, Tape In, even the Talkback mic! Hope this helps.

  • Anonymous

    Rick is it possible to simultaneously record a stereo mix of a live show along with an independent 16 track recording with Logic. I know that the Presonus Software allows this. I am interested in being able to deliver cd's or multiple thumb drives after the show.

  • ricknaqvi

    Hi Andy, I'll definitely bring that request up to our product management people. Great idea. Thanks for the input.

  • andrew smith

    Hi there Rick, is it possible to put the new EQ page higher up the chain, as every time I want to come back to it I have to scroll through pages 1 thru 6… Page 1 is dimmer settings, which whilst useful I think getting to the eq quickly for me has a higher priority… What's your thinking. Oh did I say.. awesome product…..thanks a lot

    Andy Smith
    Vancouver Live Sound

  • Anonymous

    Wich Mac I should buy???

  • Anonymous

    Awesome but.. how i find those???…is an Interface?

  • ricknaqvi

    Absolutely. We use two Mac Mini's in our tradeshow booth with the StudioLive and they work fine. I would probably recommend recording to a faster hard drive than the one inside the Mac Mini. You need a 7200 rpm drive.

  • Anonymous

    Can I used with my Mac mini? because it has a firewire entrance

  • Boz

    Never mind, I figured it out. :P

  • Boz


    These videos are great, but I am having a problem…

    Under the Global Audio settings in logic, I have the StudioLive selected as my audio unit, but for some reason I cannot change any IO's on the channel strips. All that can be active is Input 1 and the master bus output….

    I feel as though I must be doing something stupid. Please cure me?

    I've tried using the StudioLive template, and I've tried following the process described in the video (Creating a new 16 track project).


  • Anonymous

    These videos are exactly what fung-shway i needed to be satisfied with the SL and Logic. I am an experienced Logic Pro user that is looking for an upgrade, and the SL is that upgrade thanks for you wonderful men!

  • Anonymous

    How about Cubase SX? do you have a template for it too?

  • ernesto

    I have one more question… does it have latency? i mean, when you are recording, if you want to do a litlle mix not affecting the recording, but to listen to it nicer… does it have latency? in the main outputs as in the aux outputs. thanks

  • Ernesto

    WOW! you can save the eq settings, and the effects and the dynamic changes too?? amazing. thanks a lot.

  • ricknaqvi

    Yes, the StudioLive works with Nuendo, Cubase, DP, Logic, Sonar and basically every ASIO and Core Audio DAW except ProTools. However, if you are a ProTools user, you can record into Capture and easily export the files into PT.

    Regarding your 2nd question: Yes, you can save the EQ settings on the board itself to recall the settings for a mix.

  • Ernesto

    Hi, I´m Ernesto, from Argentina…
    My two questions are: Does it run with Nuendo? I mean, is it compatible with Asio driver? And the other one, if you want to mix the recorded tracks in the console, you are not able to save that mix, so if you want to review it later, yo can´t. right?
    thanks a lot!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Rick,
    I have been looking for a mixer board in a while and after I watched all of your video, now I think I have found it. This is a very good board for the money with lots of features on it. The most important thing is that, you have put out all these wonderful video to support it, and also this is why I am going to invest my hard working money on it. Thank you very much for doing the good works. So, Is the StudioLive been shipped yet? I have been looking around, and no one seems to have it in stock. Any idea to when will it be in the store?

  • ricknaqvi

    The firmware to daisy chain 2 StudioLive Consoles will be released sometime within the next 30 days. The actual transition piece that physically locks them together should be available not long after that.

  • ricknaqvi

    StudioOne should be shipping this summer/early fall. It’s going to have a US MAP of $399 and will ship with a ton of plug ins, virtual instruments and samples. We’ll be starting a separate Studio One blog series soon and will have videos showing how it works. The really cool thing is that you can open up Capture Sessions directly into StudioOne and do all of your editing and add plug ins, etc

  • jason rice


    We have our first studiolive and love it. The clarity of the output is amazing, we were using an allen and heath gl3300. We are supposed to have our second studiolive next week so we can daisy chain them.

    Any idea of when the part will be available to hook the two together physically? And then how do we get those parts? Thanks for your work on this. We are church in a box and are pumped to have these boards because of the size and then all of the recording capabilities. Thanks!!


  • Anonymous

    Hello Rick,

    What is the release date for ‘Studio One’ software? And the price?


  • Anonymous

    Man, stereo 31 band EQs on the main. Very cool! Add an RTA with auto eq, I’ll be in heaven.

  • Anonymous

    Rick, I hope you getting your bonus this year buddy!! :) That is excellent news! cheers Anton

  • ricknaqvi

    Believe it or not, you’ll have that functionality very soon. The next driver/firmware update for the StudioLive will add the following: compatibility with 64bit computers, daisy chainable with another StudioLive, daisy chainable with any Firestudio Family Recording Interface, stereo 31 band EQ on main outputs. We’re working hard to have this released as soon as possible. It should be in beta later in April and released in late April/May.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Rick, wow that was quick – I figured as much, going to Maplin (UK’s equalivalant of RS electronics). Just a note I think you have me sold on this mixer. Just a point after reading through the other blogs; something that I think you guys do have within your power and grasp, you have to get this to integrate with those FireStudio interfaces. I would love to have that FireStudio Tube as extended I/O for the StudioLive.

  • ricknaqvi

    Yup, those are old photos. The ones on our site are correct and on the shipping StudioLive’s. There are still some dealers that have the old photos and haven’t updated them. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Anonymous

    Rick, I’ve been viewing the web for photos of the StudioLive and i see there are a few of what appears was a prototype which does not have the SPDIF out, and the DSUB’s are male. I assume the photos on the PreSonus site itself are of the production model then… i.e.: SPDIF and Female DSub’s?

  • ricknaqvi

    Hi Anton,

    Yes, there are a ton of routing configurations with the StudioLive. Plus each of the Aux’s and Subgroups also have the Fat Channel (EQ and Dynamics) on their outputs. You can also link adjacent Aux’s and Subgroups as pairs. So that way, you can eq the pairs with one set of controls.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Rick, so going by this, like most other interfaces you’re not restricted by the channels. If you wanted you could run as many channels of audio to the same two channels of output, if that was a requirement… So in addition it does potentially have the ability to route the 6 AUXs for 5.1… During playback hard left / right the channels 1 to 6 and then route to AUX1 through 6 for each… if you have a patch panel that would work nicely… as a studio integration. Or if not mistaken include the Subs 1-4 that has the potential for up to 9.1 ? One last question – if sending audio via the FireWire, does it route to direct outs as well… ? You can guess where I’m going with that each being 8 channels :).
    Thanks Anton

  • Mario

    I just signed up for your email list. Thanks!

  • ricknaqvi

    Hi Mario,
    Yes, the StudioLive will work fine with GarageBand and Soundtrack. Just go to your AudioMidi Setup and select the PreSonus Firestudio Driver as the default input and output device.

    Regarding your second question: We are in beta testing of the new firmware update. We hope to have it implemented within the next 14-30 days into all new mixers. But it will be a firmare update for existing StudioLive customers that you will be able to get from our website. If you are on our email list, I’ll send an update as soon as it is available. Here’s the link if you’d like to sign up for the email list:


  • Anonymous

    Very cool and helpful on the latest video. I have a MAC preloaded with GarageBand and Soundtrack. Will these work with StudioLive?

    Order my StudioLive a couple of weeks ago. Will the ones shipping now have the latest updates and functionality?

    Lastly, as new updates and functionalities are added, how would users get them?

    Can’t wait to get my hands on them.


  • Anonymous

    Absolutely COOL!!