Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 First Look with Karl McBryde
Presonus comes correct with their line of StuioLive mixers and the addition of the 16.0.2 to their range does well to maintain their elite status in the world of affordable digital mixing consoles. With its incredible signal-processing power on every channel, easy store and recall of every setting, and the ability to record it all with just two mouse clicks, you’ll get spoiled fast! Easier to use, better sounding, and flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software, it delivers the most creative environment possible for both live performance and studio music production.
The 16.0.2 comes bundled with Presonus Studio One recording software, Capture for live recording and Virtual StudioLive (VSL) for control of the 16.0.2 from Mac of Windows based computers. It also allows for iPad control using the Virtual StudioLive Remote application which we previewed at Winter NAMM here. It is also compatible with all of the major DAW recording platforms in the market. This makes for an extremely versatile, smaller, portable mixer that will rock your world. We brought Presonus Rep and TechRep Marketing president Karl McBryde in to drop some science on the new 16.0.2. Check it out, tell us what you think.
Transcript:Hi, I’m Karl McBryde of Techrep Marketing and Sales Rep for Presonus. I’m here today at UniqueSquared.com to introduce you guys to a brand new product. This is the Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2. This is the third console in our line of digital mixers. And if you’ll notice here, one of the things that is obvious is that it’s smaller than some of the other boards we have in our product line. So let’s get right into it and talk about some of the features of this console. First off we have sixteen inputs, we have twelve of that are on XLR XMax mic preamps. We have four auxiliary synths, we have built in effects processors. Every channel on the console has a complete channel strip that includes a compressor and a gate, and all of the dynamics processing and a three band equalizer. We also have a 31 band EQ on the main outputs of the console. Now, just like the other two consoles in the line, this one comes with the same included software. It comes with a copy of captures, which lets you really easily record live concerts. It comes with StudioOne Artist, which is our DAW recording software so you can do audio and MIDI. And it comes with Virtual StudioLive so that we can control the console from our computer or our iPad. We have a built in 16 in and 16 out firewire interface on the back of the console. So now that we’ve talked about some of the basic features of it, let’s move on to some of the details that are going on within the console. So first off, let’s talk about easy use. This console is laid out to be very analog friendly. There are no layers you have to go through, seldom do you have to look at the screen. If you’ve got signal coming in, you can change its gain structure from this input here. I can select that channel, then everything I can do to an individual channel is right here in front of me on the fat channel. I have the high pass filter, I have built in gating, I have a compressor which lets me control the compression and the ratio and the gain. And then I have the three bands of parametric EQ built into the console. Now, let’s say I want to build an AUX mix for example, wouldn’t it be nice if I could just hit AUX one and I would see all the settings for the individual channels on the board without having to go through any layers or any menus. And then if I want to set those over all levels I have my AUX returns right here on the console. I also have the ability to set up the 31 band equalizer, so I go into the EQ here. And then you can see that whatever band I have highlighted is the one that I’m working with, and we can go through and make EQ adjustments for the main outputs of the console. Now, the console comes with, which I mentioned earlier, Capture, StudioOne Artist, and StudioLive. And it’s also compatible with all the other DAW’s that are out there on the market. So the StudioLive is great for live, it’s great for recording, it’s small, and it’s a great value. You definitely have to check this console out if you get the chance. So check with these guys here at UniqueSquared.com or check out the Presonus web site for more information. Again my name is Karl McBryde, thank you.