Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer

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The 16-channel StudioLive 16.4.2Ai takes all the innovation built into the first generation of SL mixers and raises it to a whole new level, adding more processing, more features, better workflow and Active Integration technology.

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The 16-channel StudioLive 16.4.2Ai retains the same surface-driven functionality that made StudioLive mixers famous, while adding even more processing power, enhanced workflow features, and Active Integration technology. Like the original StudioLive series, they’re incredibly intuitive and easy to learn and use.

Unrivaled sound quality is provided by premium Burr-Brown A/D/A converters and new DSP architecture based on the acclaimed 64-bit Studio One® audio engine. Robust DSP performance, direct Wi-Fi and LAN communication, fast and intuitive workflow, an onboard FireWire s800 interface, and a tightly integrated software suite for Mac®, Windows®, and iOS® create a streamlined working environment for both live and studio use.

Redesigned from the ground up, this state-of-the-art mixer provides analog workflow with extensive dual signal processing on every channel and bus and actively integrated software that solves real-world problems and lets you record and distribute what you mix. All signal processing—Fat Channel processing, reverb and delay effects, graphic EQs, the works — is available on all channels and buses at all times. Configurable networking and communications option cards ensure your investment won’t be outdated as new technologies emerge.

Active Integration is the difference.
PreSonus Active Integration (AI) is a complete, networked, tightly integrated hardware/software environment in which every aspect of the system interacts to simplify operation, yet provide highly-advanced solutions in ways that were never possible before.

Thanks to Active Integration, the StudioLive 16.4.2AI delivers an extended feature set, including twice as many internal effects buses as first-generation StudioLive mixers (two reverbs and two delays on dedicated buses), the ability to create two complete sets of parametric EQ and dynamics-processor settings for each channel and bus and make quick A/B comparisons at the touch of a button, and more.

Seamlessly integrated software
The StudioLive AI Software Library has been redesigned for the Active Integration platform and includes the latest versions of PreSonus’ tightly integrated software bundle for Mac and Windows: Capture™ 2.1 multitrack-recording software, Studio One Artist® 2.6 DAW, and Virtual StudioLive-AI editor/librarian/control software with Smaart Measurement Technology™.

In addition, StudioLive Remote-AI control software for iPad® and QMix™-AI aux-mix control for iPhone®/iPod® touch will be available free from the Apple App Store.

Things You Will Get:

    Mixer
    Power Cable
    Owners Manual
    Software DVD
Series .
Model 16.4.2AI
Weight 23 lbs.
Dimensions 22.35 x 17.22 x 6.9 inches (LxWxH)

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PresonusStudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer
 
5.0

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Simple controls (10)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Compact (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Professional recording (9)
    • Performances (8)
    • Music videos (7)
    • Soundtracks (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (7), Experienced (3)

    Reviewed by 10 customers

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    5.0

    GREAT BOARD

    By 

    from Indianapolis, IN

    About Me Professional Musician

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Music Videos
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer:

      I have used this board live and in the studio. Being able to multi -track record a live performance and then dump it in to studio one is simply amazing. The ease of use blows away the competition. From easily being able to find the 48V button (hidden in scrolling pages on other boards) to easily switching between effects and being able to dial them in on each individual channel. Great overall board and should be in the arsenal of all churches, clubs and touring acts.

       
      5.0

      Just what I wanted!!!

      By 

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Music Videos
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer:

        It's easier to use than it looks. This is being used in a church setting. We are still just learning the basics of this new mixer board but plan on using features that we only dreamed about having available to us. The preset mixes are really easy to program and use. Once you understand how the board works it's really easy to create your own custom mixes. This is a real hands on product review from Richard@ Sam Ash Miami

         
        5.0

        The future is now!

        By 

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer:

          Digital has become the way of the world in live mixing community with Presonus leading the way. Its definitely one of the more user friendly consoles on the market, making the transition from analog to digital that much easier. 16 XLR inputs, 6 AUX outputs allowing for up to 6 separate monitor mixes, as well as multiple FX on different buses. The board can also be controlled wirelessly with iPad with the use of a router and the free Capture app. This console is the perfect choice for the gigging or touring musician

          This is a hands on review from Boz @ Sam Ash Richmond

           
          5.0

          Mixer or Interface. You decide.

          By 

          from Canoga Park, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Music Videos
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer:

            Back in the day, some clubs used to offer to record your show for 10-50 bucks and hand you a cassette tape directly from the board. In the future, I think it will be that they'll hand you a flash drive with the complete session files that you can then mix and edit. This unit is how they'll do it.

            This is a real hands on product review from Josh @ Sam Ash Canoga Park.

             
            5.0

            Thumbs up across the board

            By 

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Music Videos

              Comments about Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer:

              Smooth, clean mic pres and lots of headroom. This board has a lot of great features, but clean pres and headroom are things that we look for in every board. This one has them, for sure. Great on board effects, as well. The two effects busses can really get you anywhere you need to go. Great all around digital mixer. This is a real hands on review from Bryan at Sam Ash Dallas.

               
              5.0

              Amazing Mixer!

              By 

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer:

                This mixer can pretty much DO IT ALL!
                with amazing preamps and a super easy to use mixing board this is a no-brainer. definitely NEED TO GO CHECK THIS THING OUT.
                I am a staff reviewer from Sam Ash music Dallas

                 
                5.0

                Raising the bar!

                By 

                from Sam Ash Music Ontario

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Music Videos
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer:

                  An incredible board! The StudioLive 16.4.2Ai is in a class all its own. Intuitive, easy to use and easy to get used to. Sound quality is awesome, direct Wi-Fi and LAN communication, onboard FireWire s800 soundcard gives you the ability to accurately record and distribute what you mix. A pro studio must
                  have! This is a real hands on product review by EpR@ Sam Ash Ontario.

                   
                  5.0

                  STUDIO LIVE is the perfect name for this

                  By 

                  from Indianapolis, IN

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Staff Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Controls
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Music Videos
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording
                    • Small Tours
                    • Soundtracks

                    Comments about Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer:

                    I have been partly responsible for this board showing up in so many venues, concerts halls, recordings and small tours throughout Indy in the past 4 years. This line is so great due to all of the variables involved.

                    First : It sounds amazing. The pre amps, the EQ and the IO are super clean.

                    Second : The headroom to move is so vast, it seems like there is almost no end to what this board can do.

                    Third : For a digital board (and you all know what i mean) it is easy to use. The navigation is set up that makes sense with nominal training. The Youtube videos are grew BTW....

                    Fourth : For the price, why would you choose anything else?

                    Fifth : When someone says industry standard....it means a lot to the people i the industry. And this board is now called just that.

                    Sixth : What other reasons do you need? Go try one out, I dare you!

                    "This is a real hands-on product review from Jamie @ Sam Ash Indy."

                     
                    5.0

                    Powerful Studio MIxer!

                    By 

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Staff Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer:

                      Super clean mic preamps. I love the long throw faders.
                      The workflow and layout is what is most impressive.
                      Very logically designed.
                      This desk is a hit!
                      "This is a real hands on product review from Mike@  Sam Ash Paramus"

                       
                      5.0

                      More of a good thing!

                      By 

                      from Ontario, CA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Staff Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Controls
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Music Videos
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording
                        • Soundtracks

                        Comments about Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Audio Mixer:

                        So, why new version?...To make a great product even better.

                        They added mute groups, better sounding pres, which wasn't needed seeing how the 1st gen. pres sounded very good. They also added built in wi-fi, an expansion card slot, more effects channels, more of everything I loved and some things that simply were missing from the older mixers.

                        So, you don't want to use a PC when using an iPad? You don't need to. Want to manage who has access to your wifi? No sweat! It is completely controllable via permissions on the board. You can even let everyone on stage use their iPhones to control their own monitor mix!. Don't worry, you can set it up so those in the band are the only ones who can change their monitor mix as well. This is literally just the tip of the iceberg.

                        The Studiolive 16 Ai can do more, it is easier to operate, comes with more useful presets, sounds better than the older models and other mixers on the market, and is built for touring. What I have had proven is how reliable and consistently good sounding these mixers are and how truly professional grade they are. A good ear and and knowledge will get you nowhere if your hardware simply isn't up to the task. Need more channels or monitor mixes? Move on up to the 24 Ai or the 32Ai. Just more and more of a great thing. Simply amazing!

                        A hands on reviewer for Sam Ash#41

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                        The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.