PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2
PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2

StudioLive 16.0.2, Digital Mixer from PreSonus in the StudioLive Classic series.

Oliwoods 08/28/2012

PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 : Oliwoods's user review

«  Nice little table »

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I refer to the datasheets for details.

Basically, it is a digital console automation without physical, ie that the faders do not move on their own, although their level can be programmed scenes. This is a good thing when you know the fragility of a motorized fader, and its price, which weighs on models so equipped.

Gate, compressor, parametric EQ 3 bands every and each output.

What might be missing: you can not use for the external effects, except to sacrifice a portion of the console to the effect return.


Use deserves a bit of look to it. Do not expect to get the best from the first night.

Use the supplied software helps a lot of things. In the absence of displays on the table, it allows to visualize much better compressors and equalizers.

The very best thing is to make it work with the iPad: a free app and is available very ergonomic. Your table must be connected to a computer that is connected to the iPad via a wifi adhoc. The creation of this network can be complicated, but once configured, everything works well.

So when we play somewhere, we recorded a few songs quickly. It then starts playing, and it is virtual scales with the ipad in the room.

You can also use the ipad when you live background music for a group. Instead of sitting stupidly in your mixer, take the opportunity to go and sit in the audience. It's very nice and you will see some surprised looks.

In the same spirit, each player can use his iphone (another free application) to set one of the four aux sends for his return (every level and overall volume).


The preamps are very clean. No worries consider using home studio.

Effects quite transparent. They have chosen to put only reverb and delay, but suddenly it's the good stuff.


I use it for a year. We made a dozen dates with and a studio session.

Presonus made a smart choice to provide a tool devoid of features "comfort" very expensive (motorized faders, displays complex, multi effects). They were able to offer a quality product at a price accessible, suitable both for studio than live.

Beware though, the product is really interesting when it is used with the iPad, which also needs to have a computer connected to the table. If you already have these devices, go for it.

Personally, I love this little compact table, which allows me to make virtual balances when we do not have a soundman, to record our concerts multitrack rework later. At first, we recorded our répèts same, and everyone could walk away with the mix of the recording without his instrument, in order to work at home.

I think I would do this choice.