All summer long (and then some) select dealers in the USA are offering discounts of Kozmic proportions on StudioLive mixers. These deals include savings of up to $700, which is enough to get you and several high school friends into the Guns’n’Roses reunion tour, and almost enough to get you and a friend to Oldchella in October.
Just so things aren’t all purple-hazey, let’s be clear. This includes the following StudioLive Mixers:
One of these is the right mixer for you. If you haven’t checked in on the StudioLive mixers for a while, take a look at the below. We’ve done a lot to add features to these boards in the last few years via firmware and software updates. Some recent feature additions include:
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In this video we’ll explain some of the basics you’ll need to know about networking for the StudioLive AI Console and StudioLive RM Rackmount mixing systems. You’ll hear about switches and routers while learning what a DHCP server does. We’ll also explain what an IP Address mode is and the differences between the modes supported by the StudioLive AI and RM mixers.
In this video we’ll explain some of the basics you’ll need to know about networking for the StudioLive AI and RM mixing systems. You’ll hear about switches and routers while learning what a DHCP server does. We’ll also explain what an IP Address mode is and the differences between the modes supported by the StudioLive AI and RM mixers.
Good news for the home studio and live sound crowd—until May 31, 2016, we’re offering up to 17% (That’s $200 in the USA) off of our RM-series mixers. The RM-series mixers recently had cascading support added in the most recent firmware update, allowing you to get up to a 64-channel mixing powerhouse for not a lot of cash. Not to mention, the same firmware update also came with significant advances when using the StudioLive RM as an audio interface with Studio One 3.2, including remote preamp control and hybrid fat channel DSP for low latency recording with FX. And yes through cascading you can have up to 64 channels of I/O in your studio now.
What is cascading you ask? Cascading provides the ability to link two RM mixers together to create one integrated mix system, in this case via Ethernet. Which begs the next question: is this offer is good for only “one per customer.” No, you can take advantage of this offer on as many RM mixers as you’d like.
If you’re a StudioLive AI Console user, this offer will be of interest to you as well. That’s because the new firmware update also added a stagebox mode to the StudioLive RM for integrating it with your Trusty StudioLive 32.4.2 AI (or any console in the series) at front of house. We know, this all sounds great, but why choose the RM? Lots of other reasons… here’s what Front of House had to say about it, in part:
“Clearly there’s a lot here and I could spend the next 20 pages getting deeper into the possibilities of this versatile system. But for me, the bottom line here is that the RM mixers are affordable, with a solid build, great sound and an overflowing feature set with more to come, such as AVB integration. Unfortunately, my experience with this system left me with an seemingly incurable addiction for multi-touch, and it’s hard to break that habit.”
Worth noting is that this is a great opportunity to do the promo combo mambo. We’re also currently running a deal on the StudioLive CS18AI, the touch sensitive control surface for the StudioLive RM that includes a free backpack. So, if you’re looking to get a full-on 64-channel mix system (or even just a 16) while saving a significant amount of money, and get a useful, practical freebie while you’re at it—now’s your chance!
Wow, there’s a lot going on today. This is a long post, so let’s jump right in!
Studio One 3.2 is available now! This is a FREE update to existing owners of Studio One 3, including Artist and Professional editions. Click “Check for updates” in Studio One to get it for yourself. Click here to visit the newly-updated Studio One site for even more details.
Read the full change log by clicking here, but here’s the short version of what’s new:
New firmware is available for the entire StudioLive AI line from your my.presonus.com account, allowing for control from UC Surface 1.5.
The new firmware for RM Mixers brings hotly-anticipated cascading to the RM series StudioLive Rackmount Mixers. Any two RM mixers can be cascaded via AVB to combine their channel counts. This update also adds a new Stage Box mode, in addition to the existing Remote I/O + Monitor-mixer mode.
This mega-release also brings a number of other new features and refinements, including a whole slew of bug fixes. To see the full rundown of new features and fixes, check out the UC Surface 1.5 Release Notes and the UC Surface 1.5 Release Addendum, available on your my.presonus.com account as well as on the Dowloads section of the Product page for each mixer at PreSonus.com.
This update adds support for cascaded RM mixers and Capture control—if you’ve installed the above-mentioned firmware and Capture 2.2. This update also adds support for USB 3.0 on Mac OS X 10.11.2 or higher. Get UC Surface 1.5 here.
Capture can now be remotely controlled by a StudioLive CS18AI and UC Surface. You can now control virtual soundcheck, transport, and Record arm; drop markers; and keep an eye on record times from anywhere in the venue—among other improvements and some bug squashing. Get it here.
Studio One Remote has been updated for Studio One 3.2 compatibility, and is also now available for Windows tablets! Studio One Professional owners can get the Windows version from their my.presonus.com accounts; Apple users can get it via this link to The App Store.
Startisan has taken the PreSonus StudioLive RM16AI on the road for their live shows, taking advantage of the unit’s digital inputs to incorporate sophisticated backing tracks and effects processing into their live shows. They can even run VSTs and virtual instruments live.
Using the same configuration, the band is also able to record all of their shows and rehearsals.
The result? Concerts that sound more like their records. Well, that, and ticket sales.
It’s always exciting to see where PreSonus gear shows up all over the world through social media and other various ways. But when PreSonus shows up at the biggest, most watched sporting event of the year, we can’t help but share! Here’s what PreSonus fan and sound reinforcement engineer Vic Thomas had to say about using PreSonus StudioLive at the the big game last week!
“The PreSonus StudioLive was used by the NFL Network at their Digital Media Set, The Huddle, in Super Bowl City,” says Vic. “Our set was located at Justin Herman Plaza in the heart of Super Bowl City in downtown San Francisco. We were one of four sights that did interactive hits back to NFL Network’s control room at Culver City for integration into all there social networking channels.”
On set, the large crowd proved to create somewhat of a challenge. With 34 years of experience, Thomas knew exactly what to do. “We had up to four talents on set, using RF microphones, which had to be routed directly to Culver City to be mixed into the show. The XMAX preamps proved to be vital, as I had to send each microphone, with no EQ or processing. For this I used the direct out function of the insert point of each channel. The quality and headroom of the preamps handled the changes of the talent’s levels masterfully. You can imagine with the cheering crowds behind them how their levels fluctuated.”
Thomas goes on to say, “I also had four mix minus, IFB feeds coming to me from Culver City. An IFB feed is an Interruptible Fold Back that is fed to the talent via an earpiece so they can hear program minus themselves, as well as the producer in Culver City directing them. You can probably call it an in-ear monitor mix with a cueing function.”
“The StudioLive proved great for this as I could mix each individual IFB to the talent’s taste and send it to their IFBs using the group outs. This gave me the option of having compression and EQ on each incoming feed. This was critical, as I needed to safeguard each of the talents’ hearing. They appreciated that.”
Thomas’s experience in San Fransisco highlights the ease of use and versatility of the StudioLive family. “The StudioLive made a long week very easy and definitely made my job a lot less complicated.”
Check it out—Lighting & Sound America has a great review of the StudioLive RM32AI. Click here or the image to the right to read the full review [PDF]—but here’s a quick quote:
“The StudioLive RM32AI offers a glimpse into the future of live mixing. There is a lot going on with this mixer. Although you can get going pretty quickly, as you live with the RM you’ll be able to invoke other capabilities and functionalities of the system. The RM was designed from the get-go to play well with other AI products from PreSonus, though practically any system where you would want a digital mixer is fair game for the RM. You just get the benefit of interoperability with the other AI gear. A list price of $2,499.95, allows you to be on the leading edge of innovation with a relatively small investment. Medium-sized houses of worship, nightclubs, local production facilities, and regional sound companies are all in the wheelhouse of this new product.”
Big thanks to LSA for the kind words. Give ’em a follow on Facebook for their trouble, why don’t you?
Check out this two-part video from John Tendy detailing his use of the StudioLive RM16AI to mix and record a real gig, and then take home the recordings to do a quick (and I mean quick) mix in Studio One!
This is a great no-frills, real-world look at the practicality and power of the StudioLive RM16AI. Tremendous thanks to John for his work on this and support of PreSonus! We appreciate you.
Hey folks—the time has come to add cascading to the StudioLive RM mixers, and we’ve decided to run a public beta to stomp out any bugs before the update goes into wide release. We expect to have the beta concluded after around 30 days.
With cascading added to the RM series, users will be able to combine two RM32AI mixers for a 64-channel mix system to be controlled via the StudioLive CS18AI or UC Surface. You’ll also be able to cascade any two RM mixers, allowing for an RM32AI and RM16AI to work in tandem.
This update will also add:
Sound fun? You’re welcome and encouraged to join in! All you need to do is register your
StudioLive AI Console, RM mixer, or CS18AI to your user account at my.presonus.com, and you’ll then have access to the StudioLive AI Public Beta section of the PreSonus forums. Note that only users who have registered a qualifying product will have access to the beta section of the forum.
Please know that with beta firmware and software, there is always a risk of encountering a bug, so we don’t recommend using the public beta firmware and software for mission-critical gigs without first testing it out in a non-production scenario. Also, we ask that all questions and bug reports for public beta issues be directed to the public beta forum, and not via technical support tickets or calls. Tech Support will not be able to assist with beta software and firmware.
I like to think of The StudioLive 16.0.2 as the scrappy little brother of the StudioLive family. Well into the StudioLive AI era, this Classic model is still one of the best-selling digital mixers we offer.
Why? In short, the 16.0.2 punches with heavyweight power in a bantamweight frame. You get sixteen inputs and four Aux Outs, the same XMAX preamps and Fat Channels found in more expensive StudioLive mixers, and Smaart Measurement Technology via VSL. This all makes it ideal for both project studios and mobile PA/DJ rigs. Pound for pound, it’s arguably the most feature-rich mixer in the line. And don’t forget the 16.0.2’s secret weapon that no other StudioLive mixer in the line has: MIDI control! You can adjust mixer settings live, in-performance, with a standard MIDI controller.
While more wallop for your wallet has always been part of what makes the 16.0.2 what it is, we’ve made that end of the deal even better for a while. Until Dec. 31, we’ve dropped the price on the StudioLive 16.0.2 for customers in the USA down by a hundred bucks to a mere $899.
Take one home. With a little training, your productions will be punching well above your weight class. Just make sure to bring in this new gear before the New Year—this offer ends December 31.