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Studiolive 32 Series III

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The StudioLive 32 digital console/recorder is by far the most powerful mixer in its class. The result of nine years of R&D, the Presonus third-generation StudioLive mixer is fully recallable, with 33 touch-sensitive, motorized faders and 33 recallable XMAX preamps.
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The most powerful mixer in its class.

The StudioLive 32 digital console/recorder is by far the most powerful mixer in its class. The result of nine years of R&D, the Presonus third-generation StudioLive mixer is fully recallable, with 33 touch-sensitive, motorized faders and 33 recallable XMAX preamps. Yet despite its extensive features, the StudioLive 32 actually improves upon PreSonus' legendary ease of use while letting you customize its workflow and operations to fit the way you work. The coveted StudioLive sound is better than ever, including all-new Fat Channel processing, re-engineered from the ground up, and vintage-style EQs and compressors. Add built-in AVB networking, onboard multitrack Capture recording to SD Card, and a complete suite of software, and you have a mixing and recording powerhouse that's equally formidable in live and studio applications.

Integrated multitrack recording and virtual soundcheck — no computer required.

PreSonus Capture recording software is an intuitive, rock-solid multitrack recording application with virtual soundcheck. It's installed directly into the StudioLive 32 so you can leave your laptop at home. Capture's one-touch recording makes it easy to record to the StudioLive 32's onboard SD multitrack recorder. When you're finished recording, open your Capture session in Studio One Professional for Mac  and Windows  (included), and the entire mix scene will transfer to your Studio One session, including fader levels, Fat Channel setting, and yes, any drum solos that you may have had to endure that night.

Capture continues to be the most reliable and easiest-to-use live recording software. Now you get all the advantages of Capture without a computer. Record 34 channels direct to SD Card. Get started quickly with one-touch recording: Just put in an SD Card, press Record and Capture does the rest. If you have time, you can manually name your session and individually record-arm selected channels. It makes recording fast, simple, and hassle-free.

SD Card is a standard format used in many digital cameras, and it's a great format for live recording. The cards must adhere to strict testing and performance standards. Each SD Card is class rated and must go through rigorous testing to qualify for that rating, so you can trust that the Class 10 U3 SD Card required for recording 34 channels of uncompressed live audio isn't going to fail. SD Cards are extremely low profile and mount flush with the surface of the mixer, so you'll never accidentally hit a card and break it unlike USB thumb drives. SD Cards have no moving parts, so they are more roadworthy and more reliable than hard drives. And since SD Cards are used in so many consumer devices, they're readily available.

A re-envisioned Fat Channel.

The StudioLive 32's Fat Channel has received a major overhaul while continuing to offer digital precision with the heart and soul of analog. Our new Fat Channel implements a plug-in-style workflow that features vintage-style EQ and compression options on every channel, from classic tube limiters to passive EQs. And in addition to channel processing, the StudioLive 32 offers 6-band, fully parametric EQ on all mix outputs. Enjoy extensive, studio-style processing when recording on location or running shows on the road!

StudioLive 32's Fat Channel processing includes both input and output delays, highpass filter, gate, compressor, limiter, and fully parametric EQ on all channels. There are no limitations, no shared resources, no figuring out what processing is available where. You have all of the Fat Channel processing available at all times, with no compromises or caveats, along with a library of professionally crafted, useful presets and the ability to save, selectively recall, and A/B-compare processor settings.

But this next-generation Fat Channel also offers a plug-in-style workflow that's instantly familiar to any DAW user, with alternative vintage compressor and EQ models available on all channels. The compressors emulate the sound of classic models that would set you back a few grand on eBay. Even cooler, though, the state-space-modeled EQs model the individual components of the original hardware so they sound and behave just like vintage EQs of yesteryear, overflowing with germanium diode mojo.

In addition to Fat Channel processing, the StudioLive 32 offers all-new reverb and delay effects, again including vintage options in all their plate and tape glory.

Define your own layouts, views, and workflows.

StudioLive 32 goes above and beyond in providing ways to customize things to best fit the way you work. User layers for the channel faders let you place any channel or bus fader anywhere you want and they're easy to set up. But we didn't stop there. How about customizing your Fat Channel layout, putting the parameters you care about most right at your fingertips? There are even several workflow options to personalize your mixing experience. For instance, you can control the mixer with multiple iPads and optionally a computer, each running UC Surface with a different view, enabling you to see and touch all of the controls you need at a given time.

Vintage sounds and a plug-in-style workflow are not all that's new in the redesigned Fat Channel. An entirely new user interface provides intuitive and detailed control not possible with previous Fat Channel layouts. Eight digital scribble strips, encoders, and multicolor buttons, paired with a seven-inch touch screen, deliver detailed information and offer amazingly fast navigation. In addition, StudioLive 32's exclusive, user-customizable User Fat Channel layer puts your eight most important channel-processing elements right on top. With these features, you can quickly breeze through all Fat Channel functions in an intuitive and extremely detailed layout.

Are you mixing monitors? Then perhaps you want to set up your workflow options to automatically select and solo your currently selected mix. Working in the studio? Set up solo options to behave like a studio console rather than a live sound mixer. Want to link the mutes across all aux mixes or just link the main mix mutes? How about globally linking all channel mutes across all buses? These and many more options are available to keep you feeling more warm and fuzzy than the snuggie you got last Christmas.

Customize scenes and presets in new and powerful ways—including your way.

With StudioLive 32, we’ve upped the ante and given you more flexibility when working with scenes and presets. Mixer scenes now include Scene Safe, which enables you to protect individual channels from parameter changes when recalling a scene. Similarly, Presonus expanded the concept of Fat Channel presets so that presets have, for practical purposes, become like scenes for individual channels, not only saving input and Fat Channel settings but also aux send and bus assignments. Of course you can also use preset filters to choose what you want to recall.

Creating, saving, and recalling scenes is as easy as ever with the StudioLive 32, and now you can customize scenes even more precisely. You could always decide which settings would be recalled in a global StudioLive scene change. With Scene Safe, a scene change won’t alter the settings on designated “safe” channels. These are invaluable tools, whether you’re mixing for theater, festivals, or houses of worship.

We’ve also significantly enhanced Fat Channel presets so that they now save every setting for a specific mixer channel. Of course the presets still include Fat Channel parameters but they also save send levels, bus assignments, and channel names. It’s like having a scene for each individual channel.

Imagine, for instance, you’re mixing for a praise band that uses different bass players, depending on who is available. Bass Player 1 is an awesome player, and the rest of the band wants to hear her loud and clear in their monitors. Save a preset with her level raised in the aux mixes, and you’re all set. However, to be honest, Bass Player 2 sucks, and the rest of the band would rather hear less of that guy. No problem; you create a preset with less Bass Player 2 in the monitors.

Create buses and groups to suit your workflow with new FlexMixes.

Don’t you hate it when you’re setting up for a show and find you have an unused subgroup—but you’re short one monitor mix? That’s not a problem anymore, thanks to 16 FlexMixes that can be individually designated as aux, subgroup, or matrix mixes. These 16 FlexMixes are in addition to the 4 fixed subgroups giving you a total of 20 mix buses, not counting the main mix and solo buses. We also provided 24 DCAs so you can more easily and flexibly control groups of channels. To top it off, you can choose between 1-to-1 or split-layer workflows: Assign all channels to the top layer, with one fader per input channel, or split the faders between inputs and outputs, including DCAs and aux outputs. These are only a few of the many ways you can customize your StudioLive 32 mixer exactly to your needs and workflow.

Integrated, multiplatform software for flexible control and one-click recording.

PreSonus StudioLive 32 mixers are tightly integrated with an entire suite of state-of-the-art software. Mix wirelessly or over a wired network from anywhere, using UC Surface touch-control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad®. Remote control the mixer’s recallable XMAX preamps and Fat Channel processing with Studio One Professional for low-latency recording with effects. (Reverb-drowned singers: rejoice!) Completely automate virtual soundchecks and record shows with Capture. Save mixer scenes with your live recordings in Capture and edit both in Studio One Professional. StudioLive 32 mixers and software work together to form a cohesive ecosystem that helps you achieve your creative vision.

Network-ready, with a choice of computer recording methods.

Networking isn’t the future of professional audio systems; it’s here now. StudioLive 32 mixers come equipped with an AVB Ethernet connection that enables you to network multiple StudioLive 32 mixers and compatible computers and stream up to 55 channels of audio to and from a Mac or Windows PC. You also get 38x38 recording via USB 2.0, giving you a choice of computer recording methods. Each channel can independently access its analog input or its dedicated digital return from your computer. And recording is simple and easy: Just launch the included, preconfigured Capture software for one-click recording of all channel inputs and your main mix. Or record with the included Studio One Professional DAW or with any recording software that supports ASIO or Core Audio. A complete ecosystem of AVB solutions, including stageboxes and personal monitor mixers, will be available in 2017.

AVB (Audio Video Bridging, also known as Time Sensitive Networking, or TSN) is a collection of IEEE 802.1 networking standards that define a single digital network for transmitting audio, video, and other forms of data via “smart” switches that can process AVB traffic without compromising network integrity. This means you get guaranteed low-latency audio performance regardless of other network traffic.

The StudioLive 32 incorporates second-generation PreSonus AVB networking, enabling complete 55x55 audio networking with Mac and Windows computers. Macs support AVB audio networking natively, so no additional hardware or software is required. If you have an Ethernet jack (or a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter) and the latest version of macOS®, you’re ready for networked audio between your computer and StudioLive 32 mixer. Third-party network cards and drivers for Windows PCs provide AVB/TSN networking with the StudioLive 32.

Remote mix control available on a plethora of both wired and wireless devices.

In addition to the AVB recording connection, StudioLive 32 consoles sport a 1 Gb Ethernet port that can connect to a wireless router or directly to a computer, providing remote control of virtually all features. Mix wirelessly or over a wired network from anywhere using UC Surface for Mac, Windows, and iPad. Even add a second or third, or even fourth screen for fast workflow. Musicians can control their monitor mixes onstage with QMix-UC for iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device without the need for large monitor networks. Go wireless, wired, or both.

Extensive connections for flexible signal flow.

The back panel of a StudioLive 32 console sports all of the connections you need for live sound and studio production. With flexible connectivity, superior audio quality, the ability to customize for your workflow, and powerful processing, mixing, and routing capabilities, you’ll create your mixes in whatever manner works best for you. Presonus just provides the tools.

Superior sound.

Connect a StudioLive 32 mixer, and you’ll instantly hear details and an open high end you’d expect to find only in an expensive studio console. We built our reputation designing great-sounding analog circuits, including our famous XMAX solid-state, Class A preamps, and we put all of that experience into designing the StudioLive 32. We didn’t cut corners on components, and we just say “No!” to noisy, crosstalk-y ribbon cables. As a result, the StudioLive 32 delivers the high-end audio quality you need to preserve your hard-earned reputation for producing great-sounding mixes and recordings.

Presonus starts with a great microphone preamplifier. The job of a microphone preamplifier in a digital mixer is to boost a microphone-level signal to line level before conversion to the digital domain. A good preamp boosts the level to almost 400 times that of the original signal, making the preamp one of the most important stages in an interface. A cheap, off-the-shelf, op-amp-type mic preamp delivers thin, noisy, harsh results. But with XMAX preamps, the sonic quality is limited only by the microphone you plug into it.

XMAX preamplifiers are built with three key elements:

  • Class A. Class A circuits have no crossover distortion and deliver purer, clearer, and more musical results than the Class AB designs that are found in many preamps.
  • High Voltage. The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. Most off-the-shelf, op-amp-based designs run on power rails of 10V to 18V. Higher-voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs, and a richer overall sound.
  • Discrete components—not op-amps. We only use genuine transistors, resistors, and capacitors. Op-amps add noise, coloration, and harshness to a signal. Our discrete design delivers ultra-low noise and transparency.

The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range, extended frequency response, and—most important—musicality and transparency.

The XMAX preamps in StudioLive 32 consoles offer another advantage: They are recallable. In 1995, PreSonus patented digital control over analog circuits with our first studio product. Building on this legacy, we created a separate digital volume-control circuit ahead of our analog XMAX preamp design, providing the convenience of digital recall without sacrificing fidelity. So StudioLive 32 preamps can be remote-controlled with UC Surface software or with Studio One Artist, and when you load a StudioLive 32 mixer scene, the preamp trim values are recalled along with the other settings.

Features

General Controls

  • 33 touch-sensitive, motorized faders with choice of:
    • 1-to-1 workflow—assign all channels to the top layer, with one fader per input channel
    • Split-layer workflow—split the faders between inputs and outputs, including DCAs and Aux outputs
  • RGB Select buttons with user-assignable colors
  • Transport control
  • 8 user-assignable buttons for mute groups, scenes, and more
  • All-new Fat Channel controls including
    • 8 scribble strips, encoders, and multicolor buttons
    • Customizable user layer
    • 7-inch color touchscreen

Inputs and Outputs

  • 40 total inputs
  • 32 channel inputs: 16 mic, 16 mic/line
  • 1 XLR Talkback mic input with recallable XMAX Class A preamp
  • 2 stereo Aux inputs
  • 16 FlexMix outputs: 12 XLR, 4 balanced TRS
  • 4 TRS subgroup outputs
  • Unbalanced stereo (RCA) tape input and output
  • Bluetooth™ 4.1 wireless tape input
  • Stereo AES/EBU digital output
  • 2 XLR (L/R) Main outputs
  • XLR Main summed mono output
  • 2 TRS monitor outputs
  • Stereo headphone output

Channels and Buses

  • 32 input channels with recallable XMAX Class A mic preamps
  • 2 stereo aux inputs
  • 26 buses:
    • 16 FlexMixes (can be designated as aux, subgroup, or matrix mixes)
    • 4 dedicated subgroups
    • 4 internal effects sends
    • Stereo main bus
  • 24 Filter DCAs for easily and flexibly controlling groups of channels

Networking Connections

  • 1 Ethernet control network port
    • Dynamic, Self Assigned, and Manual IP address modes
  • 1 Ethercon AVB audio network port
  • Complete ecosystem of AVB solutions, including stageboxes and personal monitor mixers, will be available in 2017

Recording

  • Onboard 34x34 SD recorder (using Capture™)
  • 38x38 USB recording interface
  • 55x55 AVB recording interface

Signal Processing

  • Intuitive Fat Channel signal processing on every channel with:
    • A/B settings comparison
    • Highpass filter and polarity reverse
    • Gate/expander with sidechain
    • Compressor with sidechain
    • 4-band parametric EQ on inputs
    • 6-band parametric EQ on outputs
    • Limiter
    • Delay on every input
    • Delay on every output
    • Professionally programmed library of presets
  • Vintage EQ and compressor models available on every input
    • Passive EQ
    • Vintage EQ
    • Tube compressor
    • FET compressor
  • 8 31-band graphic EQs
  • 4 internal effects buses: combination of reverbs and delays with modern and vintage options
  • Built-in real-time analyzer and signal generator

Metering/Displays

  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • Input meter on every channel
  • Full-size Fat Channel metering
    • Input meter
    • Gate gain reduction meter
    • Compressor gain reduction meter
  • Full-size stereo Main output meters

Scenes and Presets

  • Create, save, and edit up to 100 scenes
  • Scene management with:
    • Scene Safe prevents a scene change from affecting designated “safe” channels
  • Create, save, and edit channel settings and copy/paste between channels
  • Advanced channel preset options can save and recall:
    • Channel type and name
    • Input settings (preamp, +48V phantom power, polarity, pan)
    • Fat Channel A & B settings
    • Bus assignments
    • Aux and effects send levels and pan
    • Select button color
  • 8 Quick Scenes

Digital

  • Studio-quality converters with 115 dB dynamic range
  • 48 kHz operation with 24-bit resolution (44.1 kHz option coming soon)

Actively Integrated Software

  • UC Surface touch control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad
  • Studio One Professional digital audio workstation software for Mac and Windows
  • Capture™ multitrack recording software for Mac and Windows
  • QMix-UC aux-control software for iOS and Android available free from Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon App Store

Physical

 
  • Height

6.51” (165.36 mm)

  • Width

32.37” (822.21 mm)

  • Depth

22.97” (583.48 mm)

  • Weight

37.2 lbs. (16.9 kg)

 iOS

  • iOS 8 or later
  • iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2


Product Details

Product Details

UPC 673454004919
Platform Hybrid (Mac and PC)
Manufacturer PRESONUS
System Requirements (Windows)
  • Windows 7 x64/x86 SP1 + platform update, Windows 8.1 x64/x86, Windows 10 x64/x86
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor (Intel Core i3 or Athlon X4 or faster recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Internet connection
  • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
  • 30 GB hard disk space
  • Monitor with 1366x768 resolution
System Requirements (Mac)
  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 64-bit or later
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Internet connection
  • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
  • 30 GB hard disk space
  • Monitor with 1366x768 resolution
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