- by Jacob Coakley
The PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI is a 32-channel performance and recording digital mixer. It uses PreSonus’ new Active Integration, dual-core computing engine to pack more than 64 times the processing power and 10,000 times more RAM than the previous top-of-the-line StudioLive 24.4.2. This extra processing and communications power also allows wireless control of the mixer without requiring an external computer. The mixer has 32 Class A XMAXTM mic preamps with individually switched phantom power (plus an XMAX preamp for the Talkback input with always-on phantom), 32 line inputs, 14 aux mixes, 4 subgroups with variable output delay, Fat Channel dynamics processing and parametric EQ, a 48x34 FireWire S800 audio interface, and much more. StudioLive 32.4.2AI incorporates the same Fat Channel features as the award- winning StudioLive 24.4.2, including routing, panning, a high-pass filter and polarity reverse on every channel, and a full-feature gate, full-featured compressor, limiter, and 4-band fully parametric EQ on every channel, aux, subgroup, and effects bus. Taking advantage of the Active Integration engineʼs processing power, the new mixer allows users to create two complete sets of EQ and dynamics settings for a channel and then make quick A/B comparisons with the Alt EQ/Dyn button.
Also new in this model are six mute groups with All On/All Off switches and six user-assignable Quick Scene Recall buttons that let you load specified, saved mixer scenes—sort of a speed dial for mixer scenes. The StudioLive 32.4.2AI also sports four internal effects buses: two with reverb and two with delay effects.
Unlike previous models, the StudioLive 32.4.2AI sports a USB 2.0 port to host the included USB Wi-Fi LAN adapter. By networking this adapter to a wireless router, the mixer can be wirelessly controlled from a laptop, iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch—even when not FireWire-connected to a laptop.
The mixerʼs option-card slot comes with the default dual-FireWire S800-plus- S/PDIF stereo output card and admits optional Thunderbolt-plus-Ethernet (Dante) or Thunderbolt-plus-dual-FireWire S800 I/O cards for even faster transfers and networking.
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