PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 Digital Mixer

16-channel Digital Mixer with 12 XMAX Preamps, QMix, Built-in DSP Effects, and Software
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Digital Mixer of the Future

The PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 is an excellent-sounding compact digital mixer with a flair for connectivity and extensibility. You get unprecedented freedom to work the way that works best for you. StudioLive technology certainly lives up to its name: a powerhouse in the studio - with stunning live capabilities that give us more than a glimpse into the future of live mixing. The PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 even offers QMix wireless aux mix control software for your iPhone and iPod Touch!

PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 Digital Mixer at a Glance:
  • Pristine preamps for stellar recordings
  • Onboard effects help you say goodbye to your live sound rack
  • Wirelessly control your aux mixes with your iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Fat Channel gets you a great sound fast
  • iPad Wireless Remote Control is convenient both onstage and in the studio
Pristine preamps for stellar recordings

The StudioLive 16.0.2 gives you 12 crystalline XMAX Class A mic preamplifiers (13, if you include the talkback), 16 line inputs, 4 aux mix buses, and MIDI I/O. Now throw in a 16 x 16 FireWire interface and PreSonus' acclaimed Fat Channel signal processing, and you've got your proverbial 800-pound audio Chihuahua. Essentially a mammoth console in a minuscule package, Fat Channel is fitted with a highpass filter on every channel and aux; phase reverse for each channel strip; and a gate, compressor/limiter, and 3-band parametric EQ on every channel, aux output, FX bus, and main output.

Onboard effects help you say goodbye to your live sound rack

A treasure trove of onboard effects give you the tools to artfully sculpt your musical inspirations. PreSonus has armed the 16.0.2 with two programmable 32-bit floating point stereo DSP effects engines packing 50 reverb, delay, and time-based effects presets. The reverbs sound opulent and highly detailed, the delays are precise, and the slap echo harkens back to good old tape delay. On top of all this, you get a 31-band stereo graphic EQ strapped across the main outs, enabling you to adjust for room acoustics and loudspeaker response.

Wirelessly control your aux mixes with your iPhone or iPod Touch

PreSonus StudioLive mixers feature QMix, which lets you control your mixer's aux sends from up to 10 Apple iPhones or iPod Touches! You can even let the performers create their own custom monitor mixes from individual iPhones. With the Wheel of Me, you can choose multiple Me channels and tweak their levels simultaneously. All you need is a Mac or PC running PreSonus Virtual StudioLive software.

Fat Channel gets you a great sound fast

To give you effortless access to all this processing power, the Fat Channel has clearly labeled physical knobs, a slick multifunction 16-ladder LED display, highly visible Selected Channel readout - and even a separate horizontal pan display. Visible feedback always lets you know what's afoot. And so you don't have to remember a zillion-and-one settings, StudioLive never forgets. Store and Recall lets you save Scenes that include every setting, across-the-board. Or save just the Fat Channel settings. Copy and paste settings across multiple channels and buses or save individual DSP effects. This means that for fixed applications like clubs, churches, or auditoriums, you can always rely on getting the same sound. Fine-tune Scenes for different songs and call them up in an instant.

iPad Wireless Remote Control is convenient both onstage and in the studio

Let's talk about iPad remote control. Virtual StudioLive (VSL) serves up a complete visual representation of your mixer, letting you control your mix with a FireWire-connected Mac or PC. That's great, but digital mixers have had computer integration for a while now. What's revolutionary here is that this can happen wirelessly - from your Apple iPad via StudioLive Remote for iPad - available free from the Apple App Store.

StudioLive Remote gives you real-time wireless remote control over Virtual StudioLive, which in turn offers real-time control over your StudioLive mixer. There's a lot of technology under the hood, but to the user it's quite transparent: a wireless connection between your iPad and computer (which is connected via FireWire to the 16.0.2), gives you total control over your mixer. Check the mix under the balcony and in the mezzanine, rebalancing on the fly. Tweak the stage monitors from - you guessed it - the stage. Go ahead - move freely about the venue, enjoying your newfound independence.

StudioLive Remote offers four discrete views: Channel, Aux, Fat Channel, and Graphic EQ (with draw-by-finger EQ curves). Input levels in real time. Scroll through all your input channels. Switch channels seamlessly. Awesome, but what if you wear both performer and sound mixer hats, and your hands are busy playing your instrument? Simple: just use a MIDI footpedal (or DAW) to control your Main Output volume, Effects parameters, and Scene switching.

PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 Digital Mixer Features:
  • 16 channel inputs (8 mono input channels and 4 stereo channels) with 60mm faders
  • 13 Class A XMAX solid-state mic preamplifiers (12 channels + talkback)
  • 4 auxiliary buses (pre/post-fader send) and 2 internal FX buses
  • 2 stereo 32-bit digital effects processors
  • QMix wireless aux mix control software for your iPhone and iPod Touch!
  • Fat Channel signal processing on all channels and buses:
    • 3-band semi-parametric EQ
    • Dynamics: gating, compressor, downward expander, and limiter
  • Stereo, 31-band graphic EQ on the main bus
  • 16-in/16-out FireWire recording interface (24-bit/44.1kHz and 48kHz)
  • Scene and individual settings store and recall
Start mixing the future with the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2!

Additional Media

Compare StudioLive Mixers
Live Mixer Buying Guide
PreSonus Universal Control 1.7 for StudioLive
Hands On Review: Compact Recording Interfaces with StudioLive Flexibility

Tech Specs

Type Digital
Channels 16
Inputs - Mic Preamps 12 x XLR
Phantom Power 16 x Channels
Inputs - Line 16 x TRS, 4 x RCA
Inputs - Other 1 x XLR Talkback Mic
Outputs - Digital 16 x FireWire
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR (L/R), 1 x XLR (Mono), 2 x TRS (L/R)
Outputs - Direct 4 x TRS (Aux), 2 x TRS (Monitor)
Aux Sends 4 x TRS (Balanced)
Busses/Groups 4 x Aux
Data I/O 2 x FireWire
Computer Connectivity 2 x FireWire
Headphones 1 x 1/4" (TRS)
Faders 12 x 60mm
EQ Bands 3-band
Effects Yes
Talkback Yes (XLR)
Rackmountable Yes
Height 5.15"
Depth 15.75"
Width 16"
Weight 20 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SL-1602

Customer Reviews

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Rock solid in studio and shows

I've used this unit to record our recent CD release, and I can't say enough great things about this unit. It's built like a tank, super smooth faders, interfacing with the Mac FireWire was instant, clean work flow in the studio. Live stage, it's awesome! The fat channel is so easy to assign to each track, setting up on stage monitors was a no brainier, perfect sound quality with all the ease of use you could imagine. The way they laid it out is exactly what a pro needs, no endless lcd GUI's to scroll through, hard buttons and kinetic control, brilliant! Thank you Presonus! Thank you Stephen Opinhiem at Sweetwater. I will be buying more Presonus equipment in the future.
Music background: Pro

Presonus 16.0.2

I am a DJ experimenting with a digital mixer..I wanted a product to use with modern technology..I haven't fully used all of the option available because this is my first time using a product of this type. I can say that it is very easy to figure out and is built very well. I am sure that my investment in this mixer will be money well spent.I spent countless hours reading about Presonus and feel it is one of the best companies that specializes in mixers.. Again...thanks to the Sweetwater company and Ms. Katie Stockman for her professional customer service..Customer service is more important than anything these days and your company ranks very very high...great quality products
Music background: Mobile dj

Sounds Great

I was very impressed. It sounded great, and I received lots of compliments on how much better our band sounded. It was also real easy to set up to record, just plugged into my macbook pro, and was easy to start recording right away with Protools. It takes a little bit to get used to using the fat channel, but after a few minutes it was a breeze to navigate.

Great Board - Some Compromises

This is an amazing digital console at an incredible price. You won't find a better, more portable board at this price point. Also, I'd like to point out that I owned the 16.0.2 and the 16.4.2 and know them inside and out. I would like to point out that there are indeed some very major differences between the 16.4.2 and this new 16.0.2. Even though it's a small version of the StudioLIVE, there are some things that can be game changers to some people, and may not seem obvious up front. Here are just a few. Differences (16.0.2 vs 16.4.2)NO Level Metering without button press vs Full Time Level Meters4 Aux Sends vs 6 Aux Sends0 Sub Groups vs 4 Subgroups3 Band EQ vs 4 Band Semi Parametric EQ12 Mono XLR Channels vs 16 Mono XLR Channels4 Stereo Channels vs 0 Stereo ChannelsMultimode buttons for Mute, Solo, Firewire Return vs Individual Buttons60mm Faders vs 100mm FadersNO insert jacks vs Insert Jacks on Every Channel on .4.2All FX or nothing on .0.2 vs Individual FX Send Levels for each Aux Those are the major ones that come to mind.
Music background: Full Time Musician (8+ years)


It seems Presonus improves the software/functionality with each new mixer (16.4 to 24.4 to 16.0). Advantages for the 16.0.2 include the small size, the small price, and the same preamps as for the larger mixers. MIDI control is unique to this unit and great if you are a one-man-band guitar player. I assume, but have not verified, that MIDI control can be used at the same time as Studio Live Remote control with an iPad. The SL Remote is a great feature for all the Presonus mixers to be able to mix front-of-house without the mixer being FoH. Another plus is being able to use the mixer as a controller for Pro Tools 9/10. An important missing feature for the 16.0.2 is the lack of direct outs for my 16-channel Aviom personal monitoring system. However, since most my inputs are line level, I route them through the Aviom ADC to the mixer with 4 XLR mic channels going from the mixer to the Aviom through the Aux outs (not need for monitoring since using Aviom). I also miss the SPDIF out that the 16.4 has (don't need a laptop to record).
Music background: Hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

PreSonus raises the bar for affordable audio interfaces, with their new AudioBox VSL lineup. Available in 2-, 4-, and 18-channel models that come loaded with PreSonus's award-winning Class A XMAX preamps, there's an AudioBox VSL interface for any-sized rig. But the hardware is only the beginning. These great-sounding USB audio interfaces give you the power and flexibility of PreSonus's amazing Virtual StudioLive software. Have you ever tried to record vocals without having basic reverb or delay in the monitor mix? It's like trying to drive with one eye closed -- you can do it, but it's not comfortable. True, most DAW software will allow you to add processing to your monitor outputs, but the considerable delay this adds can be disorienting instead of helpful. The included Virtual StudioLive software sits between your AudioBox VSL interface and your DAW, providing you with the near-zero-latency monitor processing typically found on only expensive DSP-powered interfaces. Now you can get the same pro-caliber monitoring options you'd expect from a pro studio, without the added expense of onboard DSP processing. But that's not all! PreSonus's Virtual StudioLive software gives you the same high-quality Fat Channel dynamics processors and EQs featured in the StudioLive 16.0.2 recording mixer. You can even use these same processors to record and monitor, so you can produce polished recordings as you track. What's more, PreSonus's Virtual StudioLive software is fully compatible with their StudioLive Remote iPad app for hands-on control that's perfect for mixing and punching in from the vocal booth. To find out more about PreSonus's amazing AudioBox VSL interfaces, call your Sales Engineer today! PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 Recently, I spent time with the PreSonus 24.4.2 digital mixing console -- the big dog in the PreSonus digital mixer family. I really enjoyed that console; it took me back to when I used a "real" board in my studio. The question was, would the new StudioLive 16.0.2 digital mixer, the smallest member of the StudioLive family would stack up? Well, I can tell you right now, it more than stacks up! The StudioLive 16.0.2 may be physically smaller than the 24.4.2, but that doesn't mean that it lacks power or features. With 16 channels, 16 line inputs, 12 mic preamps, four aux sends, and two built-in digital effects (with two additional dedicated sends and two stereo returns), the StudioLive 16.0.2 is equipped for a good-sized live sound situation. Plus, you get a full-featured gate, a compressor, a 3-band sweepable EQ, and a sweepable highpass filter on each channel; a talkback mic input with level control; two sets of stereo main outputs; a mono output; and stereo monitor and headphone outputs. In the studio, you can connect it to your computer via FireWire for remote control, setup, editing, and archiving purposes. (You can control everything from the mixer's front panel, but being able to see it all on-screen is very nice.) You can also use that same FireWire connection to route the 16 mixer inputs into your DAW, or to route 16 outputs from your DAW back into the mixer. The StudioLive 16.0.2 comes with PreSonus's Capture software for quick recordings, as well as their Studio One Artist software for applications that require a more full-featured DAW. I used the 16.0.2 with my MacBook and the PreSonus software, but also with Reason 6 (see page 8) and Pro Tools 9. It worked flawlessly in each case. I used it for simple stereo monitoring, for multitracking, and for sending 16 channels out from the DAW for mixdown. I found working with the digital mixer in conjunction with a DAW is a true joy! I substituted the onboard EQ and compression for the plug-ins I was using on my mixes, as well as the two onboard effects processors for plug-in reverbs and delays. I was pleased with the results in every case! There's just something that works about using a real mixer with your DAW. The combination of a laptop and the 16.0.2 (which doesn't have a much bigger footprint than the laptop itself) is a powerhouse -- you could easily base your entire studio around this pairing. And you still have a great mixer to take out to live gigs. That all adds up to a tremendous value and a very cool mixer.
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