PreSonus StudioLive 32 Series III Digital Mixer

32-channel Digital Mixer with 32 Microphone Preamplifiers, 33 Motorized Faders, 38x38 USB Audio Interface, 55x55 AVB Ethernet Interface, Built-in SD Card Recorder, and Studio One Professional DAW Software
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Versatile Digital Mixer with Powerful Recording Capabilities

The PreSonus StudioLive 32 digital mixing console/recorder represents the third generation of the acclaimed StudioLive series, and it's just as capable in the studio as it is for live sound. The revamped signal processing workflow provides vintage-style EQ and compression for every channel. You've got 32 PreSonus XMAX recallable preamps onboard, 33 touch-sensitive motorized faders, and a built-in SD card slot for multitrack recording and virtual soundchecks. Artists have full control over their own monitor mixes via the free QMix app, and the included UC Surface 2 touch-control software, Capture recording software, and Studio One Professional DAW software equip you for recording, mixing and mastering. For live sound and studio recording, the PreSonus StudioLive 32 stands out in its class.

Three options for multitrack recording

The PreSonus StudioLive 32 gives you three efficient options for multitrack recording. A built-in SD card recorder allows you to record all inputs simultaneously, and you can also play back from the SD card to do virtual soundchecks without a computer. You can also connect to a computer via USB for 38 channels of recording and playback. And the StudioLive 32 supports AVB over Ethernet too, allowing for 55 channels of recording and playback.

Pristine XMAX preamps for sound reinforcement and recording

Simply put, the 32 Class A XMAX preamps onboard the StudioLive 32 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. And mic preamp settings are fully recallable, which is a huge time saver when you mix or record the same band or show on a regular basis.

Flex Mixes offer a ton of freedom for any mixing application

At Sweetwater, we know it can be frustrating trying to use the same mixer for many different tasks. That's why we're excited about the 16 Flex Mixes offered on the PreSonus StudioLive 32. Flex Mixes can be set up as Aux mixes, Subgroups, or Matrix mixes, depending on what your show demands. Need a ton of different monitor mixes for a large group of musicians? No problem, you can create up to 16 aux sends if you need to. Same with Subgroups and Matrix mixes — perfect for theater productions and multi-zone venues, respectively. Basically, the StudioLive 32's Flex Mixes allow you to adapt your mixer to the mixing task at hand, instead of adapting your workflow to the limitations of your mixer.

LAN port provides convenient monitoring options, live and in the studio

The PreSonus StudioLive 32's native LAN port lets you connect with Apple iOS devices for incredible remote-control convenience. In addition to being able to walk the venue and tweak your mix from the palm of your hand, this gives musicians remote access to the StudioLive 32's QMix function. That means each performer can potentially tweak his or her own monitor mix onstage, without requiring a separate personal monitoring system.

Advanced processing for EQ, compression, and effects

The StudioLive series of consoles has always been known for outstanding effects and processing capabilities, and the StudioLive 32 takes it even further. Four internal effects buses allow you to combine reverbs, delays, and other effects for processing monitor mixes, groups, or individual channels. You can use effects as inserts on up to four channels too, and on top of that, Fat Channel processing offers vintage EQ and compressor models on every channel.

Includes a full version of Studio One Professional DAW software

PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional raises the bar. Sporting an elegant single-window workspace with robust drag-and-drop functionality and multi-touch support, version 3 of this powerhouse DAW gives you more smart features aimed at making you a total creative beast. These include an on-the-fly Arranger Track with Scratch Pads that let you freely experiment with musical or sonic ideas; an upgraded browser that lets you find, preview, and drag and drop tempo-matched backing tracks, samples, effects, instruments, presets, and more; and the Mai Tai analog modeling polysynth with character morph, mod matrix, and zero-feedback filters.

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 32 Digital Mixing Console/Recorder Features:

  • 32-channel digital mixing console with built-in SD card recorder
  • Record and play back up to 38 channels via USB, or up to 55 channels via AVB Ethernet
  • Built-in SD card support for multitrack recording and virtual soundchecks
  • Fully recallable XMAX preamps with ultra-low noise floor
  • 33 touch-sensitive motorized faders allow you to mix with precision
  • 24 DCA groups help you manage complex productions with high channel counts
  • 4 internal effects buses
  • Support for insert effects on up to 4 channels
  • Fat Channel processing provides vintage EQ and compression options for each channel
  • Better visual feedback than ever, with full-color touchscreen and channel scribble strips
  • Advanced scene management helps you manage complex mixing tasks more efficiently
  • 16 Flex Mixes can be used as Aux mixes, Subgroups, or Matrix mixes
  • Bluetooth wireless streaming makes it easy to play music from a smartphone or tablet
  • Software package includes UC Surface 2 touch-control software (Mac/PC/iOS), Capture recording software (Mac/PC), Studio One Professional DAW software (Mac/PC), QMix personal monitoring app (iOS/Android)

Additional Media

Live Mixer Buying Guide
PreSonus StudioLive 32 Series III Digital Mixer/Recorder Overview
PreSonus StudioLive 32

Tech Specs

Type Digital Console/Recorder
Channels 32
Inputs - Mic Preamps 16 x XLR, 16 x XLR-1/4" combo
Phantom Power Switchable per channel
Inputs - Line 16 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line)
Inputs - Other 2 x stereo RCA (tape in), 4 x 1/4" (2 stereo aux in)
Inputs - Digital Bluetooth streaming
Outputs - Digital 1 x XLR (AES/EBU)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR (main out), 1 x XLR (mono sum), 2 x 1/4" (monitor out)
Outputs - Other 12 x XLR (mix out), 4 x 1/4" (mix outputs), 4 x 1/4" (sub outputs), 2 x stereo RCA (tape out)
Busses/Groups 16 FlexMixes (aux, subgroup, matrix)
Data I/O 1 x Ethercon (AVB Audio Network), 1 x RJ45 (network control)
USB 1 x Type B
Bluetooth v4.1
Computer Connectivity USB
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Faders 33 x touch sensitive, motorized
EQ Bands Parametric EQ per channel, Graphic, Vintage EQ's
Effects Reverb, Delay, Vintage modeling, Studio Magic plug-in suite
Signal Processing Fat Channel processing (filter, gate, compressor)
Features 38x38 USB interface, 55x55 AVB Ethernet interface
Talkback 1 x XLR (with phantom power)
Transport Controls Yes
DAW Control Yes (Studio One)
Screen 7" touchscreen
Storage SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32GB)
Software Studio One Artist (PC,Mac), QMix-UC control software (iOS, Android)
Height 6.51"
Depth 22.97"
Width 32.37"
Weight 37.2 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SLMAD32

Customer Reviews

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PRESONUS StudioLive 32 Series III

Excelent board, love it. Thanks Brian for the smooth transaction.
Music background: Recording and live Engineer

Presonus StudioLive 32 Series iii

I cannot say enough about the team at Presonus. You really knocked it out of the park with this one. I am completely blown away. Thank you Presonus for putting out such a great product!!!
Music background: Producer, Livesound, Recording, Musician


Wow, very amazed at how solid this mixer is, and the endless flexibility to get to where you need to on this mixer. A while ago I had the chance of standing in front of a set up and running Soundcraft Expression board, and for the life of me I simply could not figure out how to get around on it. Not so with this board. Everything makes sense, and you can customize it to your liking. Been using the 32AI board for a long time, but after just a short evening with this board, I am ready to take this into live use. And I'm using 28 to 29 channels.


This review may sound a bit cliche but i'm very serious about my review. I finally got my new mixer and let me tell ya, I'm loving' it. I waited a very long time to get my previous mixer the Studiolive 32.4.2AI and instantly was hooked. Then when this one came out i was so geeked. I immediately ordered mine. Me being old school and like the "all inputs" approach, love that i have both options here. Never cared for the menus and banks but this is pretty intuitive.Presonus really listened to their users requests and implemented them into this board. It's almost like having the best of all worlds. I am not as advanced as some that own these but i find theme VERY easy to learn and navigate. I agree with some others that i wish it had all of its intended features active out of the box but i look at it this way, I just have more Christmas to look forward to when they arrive with the firmware updates. I have been SOLD on presonus stuff since i made the switch about 5 years ago and will not look back. The team has done a great job at working out the bugs (even though it took longer than i liked) before shipment. I have not gotten to use it anywhere near its potential, but as of now i have not had one issue with it. I have also had the best of luck with the Presonus support team. In my opinion they are second to none. I've personally gotten phone calls from tech support after hours on weekends to help me through a situation before. I am giving this a thumbs up 5 star rating.
Music background: Multi Instrument Musician,Sound/Recording Engineer.

Studiolive32 series iii

Well first off this is the 3rd Presonus Mixer that i have bought. By far the best yet. I've recorded to sd card , and done a virtual sound check. That was a breeze. Getting around the mixer and switching between aux mixes and main mix is just to easy. Not to mention The mortorized faders ( to slick) The whole work flow on this board was really thought of in high regards as far as i can see. Adjusting different things like eq,gate,compression is also easy. I was really surprized how quickly i was up and running. Ipad set up was quick and straight foward, along with bluetooth setup. If there would be one thing to say right now (that is not a game changer at all) i would say that being able to only use a 32 gig sd card for recording. Like i said not a game changer! Keep up the great work Presonus , I love my Presonus Equipment. P.S. Just take a little time read up and you will not have a problem. Knowledge is king! 😉😉
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