Based on the StudioLive AI-series engine and controlled by UC Surface software, PreSonus has released the StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI 32x16x3 rackmount Active Integration digital mixers.

PreSonus StudioLive RM16AI/RM32AI PreSonus’ new UC Surface control software is designed to provide an interface for live mixing but also serves a studio environment. The layout of the mixing features provides quick, intuitive access to everything needed induringmixing.

The remote-control software runs on Mac, Windows and iOS, so it supports use of iPad and Windows 8 touchscreens, taking full advantage of multi-touch interface technologies.

The 3U-high rackmount RM16AI provides 16 locking XLR inputs with recallable XMax class-A preamps, eight XLR line outs, and three main outputs (left, right, and mono/centre); 32 internal channels and 25 buses; a 52x34 FireWire 800 recording interface; 96kHz operation; and extensive signal processing.

The 4U-high rackmount RM32AI offers 32 inputs with recallable XMax preamps and 16 line outputs but otherwise has the same features as the 16-input version. Both mixers offer individual 48V phantom power on all inputs; a 48V Meters button displays phantom-power assignment on the input meter grid.

Along with their scalable design, the RM-series mixers’ Active Integration technology includes direct Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking and integrated Capture recording software with true Virtual Soundcheck mode and Studio One Artist DAW for Mac and Windows.

StudioLive RM-series mixers feature Fat Channel signal processing on all input channels and all buses, including a four-band parametric EQ, compressor, gate, limiter, and more. Unlike StudioLive AI mixers, the RM series’ recallable XMax preamps mean that every parameter on the mixer can be saved and recalled. The front panel provides input signal-present and clip LEDs (16 for the RM16AI, 32 for the RM32AI) and provides stereo RCA tape inputs, a headphone output with volume knob and source-select buttons, a Mute All button that temporarily mutes all inputs and outputs, and a USB type-A jack that hosts the included Wi-Fi LAN adapter.

The rear panel contains an option slot that comes with two FireWire 800 ports, an Ethernet control port, and SPDIF I/O. The slot also accepts the same option cards as the StudioLive AI-series digital mixers. With Dante, AVB, and Thunderbolt cards to follow, StudioLive RM-series mixers can be updated to the latest networking technologies. Also on the rear are a power jack and switch, Midi I/O, and a mirror of the line outputs on a DB25 connector for connecting to wireless in-ear systems.

In addition to UC Surface, the software bundle includes PreSonus Capture live-recording software with true Virtual Soundcheck and Studio One Artist DAW. StudioLive RM-series mixers also work with PreSonus’ QMix-AI aux-mix control software for iPhone/iPod touch, enabling musicians to control their own monitor mixes.

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