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PRESONUS StudioLive 16 Series III £2,029

PreSonus knows what producers want, and with the new Series III StudioLive, is very much trying to put it all in one box. Andy Jones opens it up…

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As great as mixing in the DAW has become, nothing really beats getting your hands dirty with real knobs and sliders, with hands-on action and the tactile feedback that you get from a proper mixing desk. And with a resurgence in musicproduction hardware, led by modular synths and keyboards, the hardware mixer is most definitely back in vogue. Today’s mixers are now much more fully featured affairs; units that have to sit side-by-side with a computer-production setup, work well with it, or replace it. The latest PreSonus StudioLive Series III is a new instalment in a group of mixers/interfaces attempting to do all this.

THE NEW SERIES III

There are several models in the StudioLive mixer range, which is now at Series III. There’s the 16 (on test here), the 24 (actually 25 mic ins) and the 32 (over twice the physical size and with 32 input channels). They look very similar in terms of controls and screens. The PreSonus website also notes the older StudioLive RML32AI, one I’ve previously tested, as still being still available; and the 32.4.2AI is also still around and is a fully featured bigger, older brother. According to PreSonus, all three Series III mixers “provide exactly the same mixing capabilities internally”. It’s only those different ins and outs that really separate them, so looking at the 16 should give us a good taste of the range. As I’ve hinted at, the StudioLive series works seamlessly with a DAW setup – you can even use it as a control surface for PreSonus’ Studio One software (and I suspect other DAWs will be included in firmware updates).

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