SKU: STUDIOLIVE1602 MPN: STUDIOLIVE1602Portable, rack-mountable, easy to use with high-end audio quality, and flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software, the Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 is a great choice for small live events and personal recording studios.
Introduced in 2011, the StudioLive 16.0.2 is the youngest sibling in the StudioLive family of digital mixers. It has most of the features of its bigger brothers the 16.4.2 and 24.4.2 except for a smaller channel count and no subgroups. This still leaves it with almost all of the other functionality, just in a smaller package.
The StudioLive 16.0.2 is the mixer for small churches, schools, bands, and clubs, and itís perfect for a small studio on a budget. It features 16 channel inputs, 4 of them stereo channels, and 12 with XMAX™ mic preamps; a built-in FireWire interface; extensive signal processing on every channel and bus; 4 aux buses; extensive metering; Scene and setting save/recall; MIDI control; and more. Yet itís lightweight and rack-mountable, operates much like an analog console, and delivers superb audio quality.
One of the benefits of owning at StudioLive digital mixer from Presonus is the constant free software updates they continue to provide. These aren't just patches and fixes mind you, but with each release usually comes completely new functionality. Let's take a look at a few examples of new features that have been added to the StudioLive 16.0.2 after it was originally released.
Smaart Measurement Technology™
The newest and one of the greatest software features implemented into the StudioLive 16.0.2 is Rational Acoustics' Smaart Spectra™ real-time analyzer spectrograph. It has been integrated right into the VSL software, directly underneath the graphic EQ on the main outputs. The unique spectrogram shows you not only frequency and level, but time as well. The spectrograph flows upwards in real time showing you if that spike in the 3k range was just a one time thing because of a guitar note, or a frequent problem frequency in your mix. This is a great way to "ring out" your system for possible feedback issues. There's also a 1/3 octave RTA view available as well for a more traditional view of your mix.
Ever been at a gig or run sound at a venue where there is not a good FOH mix position? That's no longer a problem with the Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 and VSL. As long as you have a laptop connected to the mixer running the included VSL software, you can have complete wireless control of the mix with an iPad. Available for free from Apple's App Store, StudioLive Remote connects to the host computer via Wi-Fi over an existing Wi-Fi network or an AdHoc (direct connection to the computer) network. With StudioLive Remote you are able to control everything from faders, EQs, compressors, limiters, and FX. Imagine how great the mix will sound when you're able to tweak it from any position in the venue.
Now that your sound guy is free to move about the venue with StudioLive Remote, what about the musicians on stage? The sound guy can still adjust their monitor feeds, but wouldn't it be nice if they could just do it themselves without an expensive dedicated personal monitor mixing rig? QMix is the answer. Available for free from the App store, QMix runs on the iPod Touch and iPhone. QMix connects wirelessly via the same Wi-Fi network to the host computer running VSL. It gives each musician on stage the ability to control their own monitor mix. With the ability to assign specific Aux mixes from the StudioLive 16.0.2 to each device, there's no risk of the guitar player adjusting the drummers mix by mistake. It doesn't get much better than that.
Window and Mac Systems
*The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.
*Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) than you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals. Monitor resolution for both PC and Macintosh should be no lower than 1024x768 pixels.