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April 6, 2011

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.


Hi, I’m Karl McBryde of Techrep Marketing and Sales Rep for Presonus. I’m here today at 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 or check out the Presonus web site for more information. Again my name is Karl McBryde, thank you.


  1. Jared M. says:

    16 I/O, built in Eq’s, dynamics 4 aux sends, and Compatibility. What more could you want? Love the graphic displays, this is a bad ass little package right here! I am demo-ing that Studio One DAW and first thing that I liked was the User Interface, looks great, and it is pretty simple to use. I might have to get one of these, it definitely blows any of the other 16 ch. mixers I have been looking at, out of the water.

    I was wondering Is this expandable ?

  2. Anwarri Abdullah says:

    I love it very much..!!! Mwah mwah mwah.. =P

  3. Ness says:

    This is super dope!

  4. Denis says:

    Very nice mixer, love it

  5. Cam says:

    I would absolutely love to own this mixing console. The live loop based setup my partner and I are running requires at least one AUX channels, and with this baby having FOUR I am drooling right now. The project we are working on is one that has taken a lot of careful planning, lots of experimentation, successes, failures and overall dedication to seeing our ultimate dream and goals realized. As of right now we are using a budget Behringer with just one AUX (seen here: )

    It’s a pretty complex set up so this mixer would suite it well. Hell, this mixer would suite any setup, but I literally am drooling over this thing. Its the perfect size for our rig and its options are dynamic. Wish I had some extra dough for this thing!

    { Here are some more outdated pictures of our setup if anyone is interested!/album.php?id=133726613335321&aid=24457 …… and if you would please “like” us so we can active the ability to upload songs and other needed FB features ! THANKS ! }

    1. Cam says:

      ((( THE SECOND LINK I POSTED MUST BE COPY/PASTED. For some reason the clickable link got cut off )))

  6. John Peters says:

    You know if won this I would probably be the next Justin Beiber, well except for the talent and credibility…. Maybe the next Ronan Keating then…. Well maybe not.

  7. Jason J says:

    I heard Apple is coming out with an Ipad that has this on it. Another thing to look forward to is the Ipoop App where you can take a dump on a Virtual toilet and it will actually flush it. For real though I envy people who can afford this stuff. P.S. his office is very boring. Maybe he should try getting ahold of HGTV. Tell Carl Mcbride that he should check out this ehow article

  8. Zarif R says:

    I am definately going to purchase one of these units to compliment my little home studio that is currently being built..from the overview video i can see this unit as having alot of potential to produce some fantastic mixes. Its a very reasonably priced item and will work perfect for me.. i will rate it 5 stars.