New Gear Review: Presonus StudioLive 48AI Mix System


The Presonus StudioLive 48AI Mix is a fully fledged 48x8x2 digital mixing/recording system. It consists of two cascaded StudioLiveTM 24.4.2AI 24-channel consoles combined into a single 48-channel large-format mixer featuring Dual Fat Channel signal processing with 4-band parametric EQ, compressor, gate, limiter on all 48 input channels and buses. There is an analog patch bay plus onboard 64x50 FireWire s800 interface capable of 24-bit and up to 96 kHz sample rates.

It has Active Integration technology that provides direct network connection using either a dedicated Ethernet port or a USB 2.0 port with Wi-Fi adapter for connection to a wireless router. It comes with a software suite for Macs, Win and iOS and includes CaptureTM 2.1 recording software with Virtual Soundcheck, Studio One® Artist 2.6 DAW, Virtual StudioLiveTM-AI mixer-control software with Smaart Measurement TechnologyTM, StudioLive Remote-AI iPad® app and QMixTM-AI iPhone monitor mix control.

Linking adapter, PRM-1 Precision Reference Microphone and custom dust cover are included with upcoming options (cards) for Dante (Audio over IP), and AVB connectivity to live stage boxes over a single Cat-5e cable. This is a deeply featured and intuitive system capable of up to 48 channels for under $5,500 MAP.

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.