PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI Digital Mixer

24-channel Digital Mixer with Active Integration DSP, FireWire 800 Audio Interface, 24 XMAX Microphone Preamps, Dual Effects, QMix, Onboard LAN/Wi-Fi, Expansion Capability and Recording Software
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From Live Mixing to Studio Recording!

The PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI 24-channel digital mixer will absolutely change the way you approach live mixing while providing you with a full set of truly useful studio-quality recording tools as well. Based around 24 PreSonus XMAX microphone preamps and Active Integration onboard DSP, you can be sure that the StudioLive 24.4.2AI will provide exquisite sound quality and flexible processing. What's more, native LAN (with Wi-Fi) and extensive FireWire 800 recording capability make recording and remote control easy. If you want a competitive, easy-to-use digital mixer for a phenomenal price, the StudioLive 24.4.2AI is for you.

Pristine XMAX preamps for sound reinforcement and recording

Simply put, the 24 Class A XMAX preamps onboard the StudioLive 24.4.2AI sound like they belong in the studio. Their high headroom and low noise floor deliver extremely clean and clear sound you simply wouldn't expect from a live console. Combine that with the StudioLive 24.4.2AI's amazing FireWire recording capabilities, and you can comfortably create live records right as you record. And with the included Studio One 2 Artist DAW software, you can easily record additional tracks, add in virtual instruments, and perform in-depth editing later.

PreSonus Fat Channel processing = great sound, efficiently

The StudioLive 24.4.2AI's Active Integration DSP ups the ante over other digital mixers. With Fat Channel processing for each of your mixer tracks, you get 4-band, fully parametric EQ; extensive dynamics; and much more. PreSonus's AI DSP is so fast and powerful that you can load up two complete Fat Channel processing chains on every mixer channel and A/B them for instant comparison. The best part about all of this, though, is that you don't have to dive into mile-long menus to take advantage of all the processing. The PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI's Fat Channel section provides you with clearly labeled knobs, an intuitive multifunction LED display, and a separate pan display for getting clear visual feedback whenever you need it.

Wireless Remote Control: convenient live and studio options

The PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI's native wireless LAN lets you connect with Apple iOS devices for incredible remote-control convenience, without needing to cart around your computer or other networking gear. In addition to being able to walk the venue and tweak your mix from the palm of your hand, this gives up to 10 people remote access to the StudioLive 24.4.2AI's QMix function. Sweetwater performing artists love this added accessibility and being able to dial in their own monitor mix onstage with no fancy or expensive additional dedicated hardware.

FREE Plug-in suite for your favorite DAW

PreSonus delivers more value than ever with their mixers and interfaces, thanks to the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite. This extensive collection of seven popular plug-ins covers models of top studio gear from manufacturers such as Maag Audio, Lexicon, and Arturia, adding up to hundreds of dollars of extra value. Punch up your mix bus with Brainworx's bx-opto, add ambience with Eventide's SP2016-inspired Stereo Room reverb, fire up transients with SPL's Attacker, and much more. And since these plug-ins are available in AAX, VST, and AU formats, they're compatible with any DAW you choose.

PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI 24-channel Digital Mixer Features:

  • 24 Class A XMAX microphone pres with individual phantom power deliver studio-quality sound
  • USB wireless LAN included for direct wireless remote control of laptops, iPad, or iPhone/iPod touch — no computer connection or separate network needed!
  • 4 onboard digital effects processors let you add depth and dimension to your mixes
  • Integrated FireWire 800 interface makes live recording easy
  • 2 Fat Channel processors per channel provide highpass filter, full-featured gate and compressor, limiter, 4-band parametric EQ, and the ability to A/B 2 completely different setups
  • Smaart Measurement Technology integration lets you quickly tune your system to any room
  • Direct integration with PreSonus's Capture 2.x multitrack recorder and Studio One 2.x DAW makes music production seamless
  • Optional AVB and Dante cards provide easy integration into advanced recording/production setups
  • An exhaustive software suite including Studio One 2 Artist and Capture 2 included

Additional Media

Live Mixer Buying Guide
Upcoming Firmware Update to StudioLive AI Mixers to Add Cascading
Presonus StudioLive AI Advanced Integration Demo
PreSonus and L'Angelus at Sweetwater
New StudioLive AI Mixers

Tech Specs

Type Digital
Channels 24
Inputs - Mic Preamps 24 x XLR
Phantom Power Yes
Inputs - Line 24 x 1/4", 2 x RCA (Tape)
Inputs - Other 2 x Stereo Aux Returns, 1 x Talkback Mic
Inputs - Digital 32 x Returns
Outputs - Digital 1 x S/PDIF
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR, 1 x XLR (Mono)
Outputs - Direct 3 x DB25
Outputs - Other 2 x 1/4" (CR), 4 x 1/4" (Subgroup)
Send/Return I/O 4 x 1/4" (Aux In), 10 x 1/4" (Aux Out)
Channel Inserts Yes (32)
Aux Sends 6 x Pre/Post, 4 x Internal FX
Busses/Groups 4 x Bus
Data I/O FireWire 800 (AVB & Dante Optional)
Computer Connectivity 2 x FireWire 800
I/O Expansion Slots 1 x Slot (Filled w/ FireWire 800 and S/PDIF Card
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Faders 29 x 100mm
EQ Bands 4-band Semi-parametric (Channel), 31-band Graphic (Main)
Effects Yes
Talkback Yes
Height 7.02"
Depth 21.31"
Width 25.19"
Weight 30 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SLM24.4.2AI

Customer Reviews

4/5
Based on 17 reviews
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5/5

All in one Amazingness

Buying this mixer was definitely two steps in the right direction. It has just been an amazing mixer with all its amazing features and its flexibility at an affordable price. Seeing how digital will definitely be in the future of pro audio, this a great way to get your feet wet in the world of digital mixers. I bought this for my church and I've never regret replacing our old allen and heath gl2200 mixer. Don't get me wrong that was a great mixer but it could never do as much as this mixer can. I can mix, I can mix from my iPad, I can record and mix at the same time... its just so OP in the amount of things this mixer can do. Every channel (24 channels) has its own fat channel including sub groups (4), auxes (10), fx channels (4) not to mention the stereo buss. Each fat channel contains a low cut, gate, compressor, limiter and EQ. The possibilities are insanely endless. I can definitely hear a huge difference in quality of audio with this mixer than with the gl2200. Everything sounds more clear and transparent and can easily be molded using the tools you are given. I don't hear electronic noise or white noise for that, everything is just clear and as loud as you want. I don't think I can ever go back to an analog mixer since I've been memorized by this product. I was kind of skeptical from the beginning if this mixer would be worth it and it has already paid for itself in what it can do for me. I would highly recommend looking into these mixer if you're looking for an upgrade thats worth it. The only downside to this mixer is that the 16 and 24 channel versions don't come with mute groups. I really wish I could've been given a few mute groups. I was really looking forward to muting people. :( Thats the only downside though. Everything else is simply amazing.
Music background: Audio Engineer, House of Worship
5/5

Does what it says and more

This mixer is incredible! I've only had it a month and am still learning all of the things it can do. I have had Peavey and Behringer mixers in the past and they were okay but the technology in the StudioLive AI is incredible! I am in the process of a new project and this mixer is working flawlessly.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer & Musician
5/5

Even better than the original

I was an early adopter of the original StudioLive mixers and absolutely fell in love with the sound quality, speed, and capabilities for the price. I'm glad I did because they just got better and better.I'm glad to be an early adopter of this one. They kept everything that I liked about the originals and made it better.It sounds better thanks to what they did in the programming (it was not a change of A/D-D/A converters, contrary to popular thought). The top sounds much smoother and the bottom end feels much fuller.I really like the modification they made to the fader locate operation. I find moving faders to be little more than a convenience on any mixer under 32 channels.The additional effects busses are a godsend and now I can send reverb to in ears with a different mix than I need for the mains. The effects themselves are very serviceable and I can get really good results out of them.The dual Fat Channels are freaking great! Love it when I've got multiple instruments on the same channel or I have to A/B some changes that I made to the channel.The card slot even with FireWire as a standard is absolutely awesome. I've heard that there will be a Dante card eventually and I hope they will do the same with the Presonus Ai Speakers (which I also own) so I can have a complete Cat5 solution.I love that I don't have a doctorate in networking to get the wifi and the SL Remote and QMix apps working. Just log in the the router and tell the system what the device can do. Dead simple! And the apps work just as well as the previous version.Recording is still dead simple with the included Capture and Studio One Software. Multichannel playback is a button press away. It integrates perfectly with my Windows 8 computer via thunderbolt and hopefully soon via Dante.Durability seems equally on par with the previous models and they've even added the little plastic strips on the faders to keep crud out of the inner workings.For a small single operator like me it is everything I need and many more things I never thought I needed. Presonus turned a home run into a grand slam for me with this mixer
Music background: 20 years live sound engineer
5/5

Great value and function

Great unit. Easy to use.
5/5

Solid and sounds great!

Owned the 16.0.2 for a few years and upgraded to this model a couple months ago, with the massive SKB hard case. I'm glad they didn't change too much as the work flow is very similar. I did notice the recording quality improved. It's a hair better, not that it was bad before. Coming from someone that has been on board with Presonus since the Firepod era, they have come leaps and bounds. And if I had to compare it to my Apogee Duet, which I've used just about every day, the 24AI holds it's own in that department. I use this mixer for mobile recording work, and often run sound at the same time. The audio quality is a little more HD, that's all I know how to describe it. Last week this mixer did 3 things at once. A big band that I regularly work with wanted to record the show for a live album, run a PA for vocals/monitors, and provide a separate hands on mix for a live radio broadcast. Imagine doing that with a traditional set up! Now I need to re-think my contract agreements as I am doing three separate duties at once! Thank you again for my longtime rep AJ Becerra and putting up with me asking questions about the features for months leading up to the purchase. That is the Sweetwater difference.
Music background: Full time mobile recording and drummer
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