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PreSonus StudioLive 16 Series III Digital Mixer – 16-Channel Digital Console/Recorder


The PreSonus StudioLive 16 Series III Digital Mixer is designed for live sound reinforcement, live recording, and studio recording applications. In its third released version, the mixer features an integrated hardware and software system with 17 touch-sensitive, motorized faders and 17 recallable XMAX preamps. The redesigned digital Fat Channel was re-engineered from the ground up and features vintage-style EQs and compressors on every channel, recallable scene presets, virtual sound check, remote control using a Windows computer, Mac, or iPad, remote monitor mixing using an iPhone or iPod Touch, and all the software you need for live mixing, recording, and distributing your music online.

The unit features 24 total inputs with eight 48V phantom powered XLR XMAX microphone preamplifiers and 8 mic/line inputs via XLR-1/4″ combo jacks. Additional inputs include four 1/4″ aux inputs and a dedicated XLR talkback mic input with phantom power. The mixer includes a balanced XLR mono output, a left and right pair of balanced stereo XLR main outputs, 6 XLR mix outputs, four 1/4″ mix outputs, and a pair of 1/4″ monitor outputs. A digital output of the main mix is available via XLR AES/EBU. Additionally, unbalanced stereo RCA tape inputs and outputs are provided.

For effects, the mixer features 32-bit, floating-point processing with 4-band parametric EQs on inputs, 6-band parametric EQ on outputs, eight 31-band graphic EQs, high-pass filters, limiters, compressors, expander/gates with key listen and key filter, reverbs, and delays.

For mixing, each channel features a touch-sensitive, motorized fader. Users can choose a 1-to-1 workflow, which assigns all channels to the top layer (with one fader per input channel), or a split-layer workflow, which splits the faders between inputs and outputs, including DCAs and aux outputs. The RGB select buttons offer user-assignable colors, while user-assignable buttons are provided for mute groups, scenes, and more. The new Fat Channel control offers 8 scribble strips, encoders, multicolor buttons with a customizable user layer, and a 7″ color touchscreen.

The mixer comes with an actively integrated software library. UC Surface allows for touch-control via an iPad, Mac, or Windows computer, while QMix-UC is a free, downloadable app that enables wireless aux-mix control via iPhone or iPod touch. Capture is a multitrack recording software that allows for virtual soundchecks and recording without a computer, and Studio One Artist is a professional digital audio workstation well suited for music recording, mixing, mastering, sharing, and collaboration.

General Controls
  • 17 touch-sensitive, motorized faders with 1-to-1 workflow
  • RGB select buttons with user-assignable colors
  • Transport control
  • Updated Fat Channel controls including
    • 8 scribble strips, encoders, and multicolor buttons
    • Customizable user layer
    • 7-inch color touchscreen
Inputs and Outputs
  • 24 total inputs
  • 16 channel inputs: 8 mic, 8 mic/line
  • 1 XLR talkback mic input with recallable XMAX Class-A preamp
  • 2 stereo aux inputs
  • 10 FlexMix outputs: 6 XLR, 4 balanced TRS
  • Unbalanced stereo (RCA) tape input and output
  • Bluetooth 4.1 wireless tape input
  • Stereo AES/EBU digital output
  • 2 XLR (L/R) main outputs
  • XLR main summed mono output
  • 2 TRS monitor outputs
  • Stereo headphone output
Channels and Buses
  • 16 input channels
    • 16 with recallable XMAX Class-A mic preamps
    • 16 via USB and AVB
  • 2 stereo aux inputs
  • 20 buses:
    • 10 FlexMixes (can be designated as aux, subgroup, or matrix mixes)
    • 4 internal effects sends
    • Stereo main bus
  • 2 filter DCAs for easily and flexibly controlling groups of channels
Networking Connections
  • 1 Ethernet control network port
    • Dynamic, self-assigned, and manual IP address modes
  • 1 Ethercon AVB audio network port
  • Complete ecosystem of AVB solutions, including stageboxes and personal monitor mixers (available in 2017)
  • Onboard 34 x 34 SD recorder (using Capture)
  • 38 x 38 USB recording interface
  • 55 x 55 AVB recording interface
Signal Processing
  • Intuitive Fat Channel signal processing on every channel with:
    • A/B settings comparison
    • High-pass filter and polarity reverse
    • Gate/expander with sidechain
    • Compressor with sidechain
    • 4-band parametric EQ on inputs
    • 6-band parametric EQ on outputs
    • Limiter
    • Delay on every input
    • Delay on every output
    • Professionally programmed library of presets
  •     Vintage EQ and compressor models available on every input
    • Passive EQ
    • Vintage EQ
    • Tube compressor
    • FET compressor
  • Eight 31-band graphic EQs
  • Four internal effects buses, featuring a combination of reverbs and delays with modern and vintage options
  • Built-in, real-time analyzer and signal generator
  • 7″ color touchscreen
  • Input meter on every channel
  • Full-size Fat Channel metering
    • Input meter
    • Gate gain reduction meter
    • Compressor gain reduction meter
  • Full-size stereo main output meters
Scenes and Presets
  • Create, save, and edit up to 100 scenes
  • Scene management with:
    • Scene Safe—prevents a scene change from affecting designated “safe” channels
  • Create, save, and edit channel settings and copy/paste between channels
  • Advanced channel preset options can save and recall:
    • Channel type and name
    • Input settings (preamp, 48V phantom power, polarity, pan)
    • Fat Channel A & B settings
    • Bus assignments
    • Aux and effects send levels and pan
    • Select button color
  • 8 Quick Scenes
  • Studio-quality converters with 115 dB dynamic range
  • 48 kHz operation with 24-bit resolution (44.1 kHz option coming soon)
Actively Integrated Software
  • UC Surface touch control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad
  • Studio One Artist digital audio workstation software for Mac and Windows
  • Capture multitrack recording software for Mac and Windows
  • QMix-UC aux-control software for iOS and Android available free from Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon App Store
  • Includes Studio Magic Plug-in Suite with Maag Audio EQ 2, SPL Attacker, Arturia instruments and more


UPC: 673454004865


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Mic Preamp
Type Balanced XLR female
Frequency Response To Main Output (at Unity Gain): 20 Hz to 20 kHz at ±0.5 dBu
Input Impedance 1 kOhm
THD To Main Output: <0.005%, +4 dBu, 20 to 20 kHz, unity gain unweighted
S/N Ratio To Main Output (Ref = +4 dB, 20 kHz BW, Unity Gain, A-weighted): 94 dB
Common Mode Rejection Ratio 1 kHz at Unity Gain: 65 dB
Gain Control Range 0 to +60 dB (±1 dB)
Maximum Input Level +12 dBu (unity gain)
Phantom Power 48 VDC, switchable per channel
Line Inputs
Type 1/4″ (6.3 mm) TRS female, balanced mono
Frequency Response To Main Output (at Unity Gain): 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.5 dBu
Input Impedance 10 kOhms
THD To Main Output: <0.005%, +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unity gain, unweighted
S / N Ratio To Main Output (Ref = +4 dB, 20 kHz BW, unity gain, A-weighted): 94 dB
Maximum Input Level +18 dBu
Type Inputs: RCA female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
Outputs: RCA female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
Maximum Level Maximum Input Level: +12 dBu, ±0.5 dBu
Maximum Output Level: +18 dBu, ±0.5 dBu
Output Impedance 100 Ohms
XLR Outputs Type: XLR male, balanced
Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu, ±0.5 dBu
Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
Line Outputs Type: 1/4″ (6.35 mm) TRS female, balanced
Maximum Output Level: +18 dBu, ±0.5 dBu
Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
Headphone Output
Type 1/4″ (6.35 mm) TRS female, active stereo
Maximum Output 100 mW/ch. @ 60 Ohms load
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz (± 0.5 dB)
THD+N 0.01%, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unweighted
S/N Ratio 96 dB, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unweighted
System Crosstalk
Crosstalk Input to Output: -90 dB (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unweighted)
Adjacent Channels: -87 dB (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unweighted)
Digital Audio
ADC Dynamic Range A-weighted at 48 kHz: 115 dB
DAC Dynamic Range A-weighted at 48 kHz: 115 dB
USB USB Recording Port: USB 2.0, Type-B
Bluetooth 4.1, stereo
AES/EBU Audio Output XLR male
Network Port Network Control Port: RJ-45
AVB Audio Network Port: Ethercon
Internal Processing 32-bit, floating point
Sampling Rate 48 kHz (44.1 kHz coming soon)
Audio Bit Depth 24-bit
Reference Level For 0 dBFS: +18 dBu
Latency Total System Latency: 1.9 ms (local routing, analog in – analog out, all processing active)
Jitter <20 ps RMS (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Attenuation >60 dB (1 ns in, 1 ps out)
Computer Requirements
General USB 2.0 port
Internet connection
Internal or external 7200 rpm storage drive highly recommended
30 GB hard drive space
Monitor with 1366×768 resolution
Windows System Requirements Windows 7 x64/x86 SP1 + platform update, Windows 8.1 x64/x86, Windows 10 x64/x86
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor (Intel Core i3 or Athlon X4 or faster recommended)
4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Mac System Requirements Mac OS X 10.8.5 64-bit or later
Intel Core 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
iOS Compatibility iOS 9.3 or later
iPad Pro, Air 2, Air, mini 4, mini with Retina display, (4th generation), mini, (3rd generation), 2
Android Android (QMix-UC)
Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher
Android smartphone or tablet
General Specifications
Power Connector IEC
Input Voltage Range 90 to 230 VAC (±10%)
Power Consumption 85 W
Temperature Range 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions (H x W x D) 6.5 x 17.6 x 23.0″ / 165.4 x 446.8 x 583.4 mm
Weight 23.2 lb / 10.5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 33.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.4 x 22.9 x 12.4″

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