EDIT: New PreSonus StudioLive Racks
PreSonus introduces a new rackable version of its StudioLive AI digital mixers, with two 16 and 32 input models.
The new StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI are designed for live situations. Their stagebox form factor include all the inputs and outputs as well as a few features, but their control is made remotely via the new UC Surface software for Mac OS X, Windows (Window 8 touchscreen compatible) and iPad, which allows the setup and control both on stage and in studio.
The 3U rack-mount RM16AI provides 16 locking XLR inputs with recallable XMAX™ Class A preamps, 8 XLR line outs, and 3 main outs (left, right, and mono/center); 32 internal channels and 25 buses; a 52x34 FireWire 800 recording interface; 96 kHz operation; and extensive signal processing.
The 4U rack-mount RM32AI offers 32 inputs with recallable XMAX preamps and 16 line outputs but otherwise has the same features as the 16-input version. Both mixers offer individual +48V phantom power on all inputs; a +48V Meters button displays phantom-power assignment on the input meter grid.
Scalable and designed for live-sound mixing and studio recording, the RM-series mixers' Active Integration technology includes direct Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking and tightly integrated Capture recording software with true Virtual Soundcheck mode and Studio One Artist DAW for Mac and Windows.
StudioLive RM-series mixers are true Active Integration mixers, with Fat Channel signal processing on all input channels and all buses, including a 4-band parametric EQ, compressor, gate, limiter, and more. However, unlike StudioLive AI mixers, the RM series' recallable XMAX preamps mean that every parameter on the mixer can be saved and recalled.
The front panel of the stageboxes feature LEDs meters for each input, RCA Tape input, a headphone output with dedicated volume control and source select button, an All Mute button to momentarily mute all channels, a USB-A port that hosts the included LAN WiFi adapter.
On the back, you’ll find MIDI I/O, a mirror of the line outputs on a DB25 connector and an option slot that comes with two FireWire 800 ports, an Ethernet control port, and S/PDIF I/O. The slot also accepts the same option cards as the StudioLive AI-series digital mixers; with Dante, AVB, and Thunderbolt cards coming soon.
The StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI ship with a software bundle comprising the UC Surface remote control software, Capture and Studio One Artist DAW. Both mixers are compatible with the QMix-AI personal monitoring apps for iOS.
EDIT: The RM16AI will have a UK price of £1129 incl. taxes and £1749 for the RM32AI, both are expected in November, 2014. Full details are online at www.presonus.com.
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