Our friends at PreSonus have been busy, recently introducing two new series of studio monitors, a new line of StudioLive PA loudspeakers, and an updated 32-channel version of their popular StudioLive digital mixer. The current crop of StudioLive products incorporates PreSonus’s Active Integration technology. These are intelligent products that sense each other, feature 32-bit floating-point DSP and integrated software, interface together wirelessly, and run on CPUs with staggering horsepower. For example, thanks to Active Integration, the StudioLive 32.4.2AI mixer boasts 64 times the processing power – and 10,000 times more RAM – than its predecessor!
StudioLive Active Integration Loudspeakers
PreSonus’s new 3-way coaxial powered PA speakers deliver studio-monitor-grade accuracy and give you the convenience of wireless as well as wired remote control and monitoring. Packing 2,000 watts of tri-amped power, the 312AI, 315AI, and 328AI each incorporate ferrite woofers (12″, 15″, and 2 x 8″, respectively) plus an 8″ midrange driver and a 1.75″ titanium compression driver configured in a unique coaxial design that utilizes proprietary Temporal Equalization and Coaxial Speaker Coherence Alignment technology. Combine them with a StudioLive 18sAI powered sub, and the result is jaw-droppingly powerful and lucid sound reproduction that will floor you.
Eris Series Studio Monitors
If you’re in the market for accurate studio monitors but don’t want to break the bank, you should give the PreSonus Eris 2-way active monitors a serious look. A high-quality, high-value alternative to computer speakers, the Eris E5 and Eris E8 employ 5″ and 8″ Kevlar woofers respectively, as well as a low-mass silk-dome tweeter, Class D amplification, and professional acoustic-adjustment controls. You get true studio-monitor accuracy. You even get controls for flattening frequency response to facilitate accurate mixing.
Sceptre Series Studio Monitors
The Sceptre series comprises PreSonus’s state-of-the-art next-generation 2-way studio monitors. Bi-amplified with 180 watts of Class D power, the Sceptre S6 and Sceptre S8 employ a cutting-edge coaxial point-source design, CoActual DSP time correction, and acoustic-adjustment controls facilitated by a 32-bit/96kHz dual-core processor and advanced Temporal Equalization technology. The result of all this high-tech engineering? Wide panoramic soundstaging, astonishing detail, and stunning dynamics.
The Digital Mixer That Does It All
The PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI is a next-gen 32-channel digital mixer that packs pristine sonics and staggering functionality into an easy-to-use mixer. Take this self-contained powerhouse to the gig and use its built-in effects and the PreSonus-exclusive Fat Channel – now with quick A/B comparisons – to manage your sound. With 32 mic pres and line inputs, 14 aux mixes, four internal effects buses with reverb and delay, Quick Scenes, four subgroups, mute groups, a 48 x 34 FireWire 800 audio interface, and more, the PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI is ready to rock.
The StudioLive 32.4.2AI ups the ante with its Fat Channel section, which gives you a 4-band parametric EQ plus studio-grade gating with Key Filter and Key Listen – across all your channels. Want to record the show? FireWire makes it happen. Just plug the PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI into any FireWire-equipped computer, and you’re good to go. QMix lets you control your aux sends from up to 10 Apple iPhones, iPads, or iPod touches. You can even let the performers create their own custom monitor mixes from individual iPhones. And the Class A XMAX preamps onboard the StudioLive 32.4.2AI sound like they belong in the studio – a fitting quality for the hybrid StudioLive.
PreSonus enjoys a formidable presence in just about every area of pro audio. Just add a few great mics and a dash of A-game talent – and you’re ready to roll!