PreSonus is now shipping the StudioLive 16.4.2 digital recording and performance mixer ($1,999 MSRP).
Designed for both studio recording and live sound, the StudioLive offers an array of inputs and outputs. There are 16 mic inputs with XLRs, and each channel has 1/4-inch TRS balanced line inputs and insert points. Four Subgroup outputs and six Aux bus inputs and outputs are also on 1/4-inch balanced jacks, and the main outputs are on both XLR and 1/4-inch TRS jacks, along with a 1/4-inch mono output. Stereo tape sends and returns are on RCA jacks. Additionally, the mixer includes a mic input for the talkback channel, 1/4-inch control-room outputs, a 1/4-inch headphone jack, and coax S/PDIF digital outputs.
The StudioLive 16.4.2 also serves as a dual-port FireWire audio interface that can route all channels and buses to and from a computer (Mac/Win). Its QuickTouch design allows for fast access to every parameter, mix, effect, and aux bus. All mixing is done with high-headroom, 32-bit floating-point processing, which eliminates digital clipping. In addition, the mixer works with any ASIO-compliant audio application.
The unit comes bundled with PreSonus Capture (Mac/Win) recording software, which is preconfigured to record with the StudioLive, with all mixer channels correctly routed to Capture tracks. Launch the software, open a new session, click once to arm all tracks, click on Record, and then you're all set to capture the audio from all 16 channels and the stereo bus.
To learn more, please visit presonus.com.