The PreSonus NAMM 2017 stand was buzzing with the introduction of the third generation of StudioLive consoles. The Series III consoles have re-designed processing and DSP capabilities, and impressive new touch-sensitive motorised faders! These alone, make the StudioLive Series III worth the investment - especially when it comes to DAW control, and the added advantage of being able to automate your tracks in touch mode.
Studio Live Mixing Consoles
The Series III StudioLive also has an all-new Fat Channel that is now more akin to plugin style workflow. The Fat Channel has 8 x encoders and 8 x RGB buttons. There are new FX algorithms, and enough DSP to run them across all channels. All this processing comes up on the 7-inch touch screen, that boasts multi-layer access from channel-strip settings to dynamics processing.
The StudioLive Series III Digital Consoles are fully-recallable, and ship in two new models. The StudioLive 16 - 17 touch-sensitive motorised faders and 16 XMAX preamps, and StudioLive 32 - 33 touch-sensitive motorised faders and 32 XMAX preamps.
There is also a StudioLive 16 Series III. Prices and availability in Australia set to be released soon. The StudioLive 32 is currently shipping in the US, with a MAP price of around US$ 3000.00.
The PreSonus Studio 26 and Studio 68 USB Audio/MIDI Interfaces.
PreSonus have also added a further two small format high-quality USB audio interfaces to their product range. Of particular note, is the all-metal construction and durability of both these portable boxes. These are designed to be taken on the road, and for using live and in the studio.
The Studio 26 is bus powered via USB 2.0, and features 2 x XMAX class-A microphone preamps with global 48 volt phantom power, over combination XLR/TRS jacks; Both switchable to become line or instrument inputs too. There are 4 x TRS line outputs, MIDI and headphones too.
The Studio 68 features 4 x XMAX class-A preamps. All four can function as balanced line inputs, and inputs 1 & 2 can also be used as instrument inputs. The Studio 68 also has SPDIF I/O, along with 4 x TRS outs, MIDI and headphones. This model requires an included power supply to operate.
Both interfaces feature LED metering, and a Cue-Mix A/B function allows for toggling between two separate mixes. Stay tuned for more information including pricing and availability in Australia.
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