This major update to PreSonus’ popular multi-purpose mixers endows them with a host of new features — including, for the first time, motorised faders!
The PreSonus StudioLive mixing consoles have always been interesting products, and whilst they have consistently delivered good audio performance and a pretty comprehensive feature set, they have stuck to their ‘analogue-like’ non‑motorised faders. This wasn’t a particular issue for users migrating across from the analogue mixer world, but it did restrict the modern workflow expected of a typical fully digital console. The Series III models (available in 16, 24 and 32-channel versions) make good on that and a lot more besides, and the StudioLive desks are now pushing for attention in this increasingly crowded market. The name ‘StudioLive’ says everything about the design philosophy and target market of these consoles; they are perhaps more focused on studio integration than some of their purely live‑sound rivals, and have an advanced level of integration with PreSonus’s own Studio One DAW application.
Writing a brief review of current digital mixers is a bit of a challenge, as they are all so feature-rich these days; however, when you strip away all the various bells and whistles, you do actually have to mix on them, whether for a live show or in a recording situation (or sometimes both at the same time) so the surface workflow and layout are just as important to me as the list of impressive tricks they can perform. The StudioLive Series III has inherited the clear, logical and easy-on-the-eye approach of the previous AI models in the series, and if you favour a more hardware‑oriented approach using banks of dedicated, clearly labelled buttons, as opposed to a screen-based menu approach, then this console should very much appeal to you.
The third-generation StudioLive 24 has 25 touch-sensitive motorised faders and 25 fully recallable preamps that employ PreSonus’ established...
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