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Presonus Studiolive 48Ai Mix System

Model: Studiolive 48Ai Mix System

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About: Presonus Studiolive 48Ai Mix System

You can price medium-format mixers until your search engine overheats and you’ll discover that only our Mix Systems give you one-to-one, hands-on control of 48 or 64 channels for such a low price.  No bank switching or layers.  Plus more digital processing and effects than our competition, and the unique power of our StudioLive Software Suite.

Only with StudioLive.

When PreSonus designed StudioLive mixers, our goal was to combine the ease of a surface-driven analog workflow with the power of digital mixing. At a price that anybody could afford. The StudioLive 16.4.2 and 24.4.2 revolutionized modern mixing by combining a powerful, continuously bi-directional audio interface, massive DSP horsepower, and the flexibility to mix your show and monitors from anywhere in the venue. StudioLive AI Mix Systems build on this legacy, taking full advantage of the StudioLive cascading feature, adding even more processing, and a level of software integration only found in high-end touring consoles.

The Secret Power.

Only StudioLive AI-series mixers have a secret power: they can literally double in size in two easy steps:

STEP 1: Connect a FireWire 800 cable from on StudioLive AI mixer to the other.
STEP 2: Set the mixer on the left to “Slave”.

Enjoy your new large format console!

The ease of analog meets the power of digital.

When you’re mixing a live event or have an artist in the studio, you need to work quickly. Unique to the StudioLive design is its familiar interface that keeps all critical controls visible and accessible —not buried in multiple layers, menus, or banks. Our design philosophy is simple: One fader for every channel, one output for every bus. This is the power of a surface driven workflow. But don’t let the analog feel fool you, StudioLive mixers provide total recall and a unique soft-takeover feature that makes each fader reactivate the moment its position is recalled.

The future is Active Integration™

StudioLive AI-series mixers start with all the strengths that made StudioLive mixers famous. Then we pushed the technology to the next level with Active Integration™ (AI). Each Active Integration component is designed to communicate with the entire networked system and provide a focused workflow for the task at hand. This allows you to use the device most suited for what you are doing, when you are doing it: Ring out monitors with your iPad while you’re standing in front of them; dial in your musicians’ monitor mixes from stage with an iPhone and then hand it off for them to control; view the frequency content of channels and buses while you EQ them; and that’s just the beginning…

The Hardware / Software Solution

Only PreSonus StudioLive AI-series mixers are tightly integrated with an entire suite of state-of-the-art software that helps you mix, record, produce, and distribute your recordings to the world. StudioLive AI-series mixers are the center of a cohesive universe of software that works together to help you achieve your creative vision.

Front-of-house is anywhere you want or need it to be with SL Remote-AI for iPad®.
Tune your entire system with the Smaart® System Wizards in VSL-AI for OS X and Windows.
Give your musicians the power to control their own monitor mixes with QMix-AI for iPhone® and iPod® Touch.
Do a completely automated Virtual Soundcheck and record your show with just one click and up to 96 kHz with Capture for OS X and Windows.
Load your Capture sessions and StudioLive AI mix scene into Studio One Artist and create a professional quality mix.
Push your mix from Studio One Artist directly to your fans and monitor your sales using the integrated Nimbit dashboard.

A gigantic console in a small package.

Individually, StudioLive AI mixers provide more DSP processing power than any other mixer in their class. Cascaded into a Mix System, you have double the power! There are no limitations or compromises, no shared resources, no figuring out what processing is available where. You have all of the processing available at ALL times. No compromises or caveats: a compressor, limiter, expander/gate, and fully parametric EQ on every Channel and Bus; four effects processors, each with their own dedicated mix bus; a 31-band graphic EQ on every aux mix plus the mains; and 500 ms of delay available to each of the four subgroups.

A Digital Console with Abundant Analog Connections

Take a look at back panel of a StudioLive AI-series mixer, and you’ll find the robust analog connections you’d expect from an expensive analog mixer: separate balanced mic and line inputs and insert points on every channel; dedicated balanced outputs for every aux bus, subgroup, and the mains as well as a wealth of other dedicated inputs and outputs. Every input channel and bus send has its own dedicated jack—no sharing, no compromises.

Inside, it's pure PreSonus

PreSonus has its roots deep in the studio world. Our founder, Jim Odom, set out to make quality studio equipment and that legacy carries on today with our boutique line of microphone preamps and studio monitors. We understand that a great mix is dependent on a great front end. Getting a great mix in the digital environment means that front end has to include great converters and a high-quality summing engine, like the one you’ll find in our award-winning DAW, Studio One. We use this same 64-bit summing engine in our StudioLive AI mixers. So when we say “StudioLive” we mean studio sound with live sound durability and performance.

48 input channels, each with:

  • XLR mic and ¼” line inputs
  • High-headroom Class A XMAX™ mic preamplifiers
  • Analog ¼" inserts (rear panel)
  • Trim control with –20 to +20 dBV line / -15 to +65 dBu mic gain range (80 dB!)
  • +48V phantom power switch for condenser microphones
  • Digital Audio Input Select
  • 100 mm precision faders
  • Phase reverse, highpass filter, noise gate/expander, compressor, 4-band EQ, limiter—all with A/B and Quick Null

Included Accessory Pack:

  • PRM-1 Precision Reference Microphone
  • Mix System Joining Adapter
  • Custom Dust Cover
  • StudioLive AI Software Suite

64 in x 50 out  continuously bi-directional FireWire s800 audio interface (24-bit/44.1 kHz and 48 kHz)

  • Compatible with ASIO and Core Audio; works with Logic®, Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar™, Digital Performer™, Live, and more

28 dedicated mix buses for easy configuration

  • 14/10 aux buses with analog outputs
  • 8 internal FX buses
  • 8 subgroups with analog outputs
  • Stereo main bus with analog outputs
  • Access to Fat Channel functions

8 subgroup buses, each with:

  • Subgroup unmerge lets you use subgroups as group masters
  • Balanced TRS output
  • Solo
  • Mute
  • Noise gate/expander, compressor, 4-band EQ, limiter — all with A/B and Quick Null
  • 300 ms output delay
  • Available sources: 32/24/16 input channels; Aux In A and B; FXA, FXB, FXC, FXD returns

10 aux buses, each with:

  • Balanced TRS output
  • Solo
  • Mute
  • Pre1/Pre2/post-fader send
  • Output-level control
  • Highpass filter, noise gate/expander, compressor, 4-band EQ, limiter — all with A/B and Quick Null
  • 31-band graphic EQ with A/B and Quick Null
  • Available sources: 64/48 input channels, Aux In A and B, Tape Input, Main digital-audio return, FXA, FXB, FXC, FXD, Talkback

8 internal effects buses (four reverbs, four delay effects), each with:

  • Mute
  • Pre1/Pre2/post-fader send
  • Output-level control
  • High Pass filter, noise gate/expander, compressor, 4-band EQ, limiter — all with A/B and Quick Null

Stereo Main bus with:

  • Balanced XLR outputs
  • Balanced TRS outputs
  • Mono sum XLR output
  • Noise gate/expander, compressor, 4-band EQ, limiter — all with A/B and Quick Null
  • 31-band graphic EQ with A/B and Quick Null

Master Section

  • Aux Input A and B
    • Level Control and stereo pan
    • Balanced ¼” TRS inputs
  • Talkback System
    • Mic Level control
    • Output Select (Auxes, Main)
    • Talk button
    • Dedicated rear-panel XLR mic input with trim control and continuous 48V phantom power
  • 2 Track In
    • Level control
    • Unbalanced Stereo RCA Inputs
    • Tape Input to Mains button
    • Main Digital Audio Return on/off
  • Solo Bus
    • Cue Mix volume control
    • PFL/AFL and Solo In Place (SIP) buttons
    • Latch, Radio, and CR Modes
    • Solo Clear
  • Monitor Bus
    • Dedicated ¼” TRS Headphone output with level control
    • Dedicated Balanced ¼” TRS Control Room outputs with level control
    • Solo Bus to Monitor button
    • Tape Input to Monitor button
    • Main Digital Audio Return to Monitor button
    • Main Mix to Monitor button
    • Summing amp

Fat Channel with rotary encoders:

  • Pan with dedicated 15-LED display
  • Stereo link for input channels, aux buses, and subgroups
  • Phase reverse (input channels only)
  • High-pass filter: -6 dB/oct., sweepable from Off to 1 kHz (main channels and aux's only)
  • Gate: Threshold: 0 to -84 dB; Attack: 0.02 to 500 ms; Release: 0.05 to 2 sec; Bandpass Key Filter: 40 Hz to 16 kHz; second-order resonant bandpass filter Q (0.7) with Key Listen function
  • Compressor: Threshold -56 to 0 dB; Ratio 1:1 to 14:1, LIM=∞:1; Attack 0.2 to 150 ms; Release 2.5 to 900 ms; Makeup Gain 0 to 28 dB; Soft Knee switch; Auto Mode with 10 ms Attack and 150 ms Release
  • 4-band fully parametric equalizer (32.4.2AI / 24.4.2AI / 16.4.2AI with VSL-AI or SL Remote-AI)
  • Low EQ: sweepable from 36 Hz to 465 Hz, ±15 dB, switchable shelf or peaking
  • Low Mid EQ: sweepable from 90 Hz to 1.2 kHz, ±15 dB, variable Q 0.1 to 4.0
  • High Mid EQ: sweepable from 380 Hz to 5 kHz, ±15 dB, variable Q 0.1 to 4.0
  • High EQ: sweepable from 1.4 kHz to 18 kHz, ±15 dB, switchable shelf or peaking
  • Master EQ On/Off button
  • 4-band semi-parametric equalizer (16.4.2AI mixing surface)
  • Low EQ: sweepable from 36 Hz to 465 Hz, ±15 dB, switchable shelf or peaking
  • Low Mid EQ: sweepable from 90 Hz to 1.2 kHz, ±15 dB; Low Q = .0.55, Hi Q = 2.0
  • High Mid EQ: sweepable from 380 Hz to 5 kHz, ±15 dB; Low Q = .0.55, Hi Q = 2.0
  • High EQ: sweepable from 1.4 kHz to 18 kHz, ±15 dB, switchable shelf or peaking
  • Master EQ On/Off button
  • Limiter: variable Threshold -28 dBfs to 0, ∞:1 Ratio
  • Alt EQ & Dyn button for quick A/B comparisons of two complete sets of Fat Channel settings for each channel and bus
  • Output Assign: 4 subgroups and main
  • All settings can be copied among channels and buses and can be saved as user presets.
  • 50 channel-strip presets for drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, and vocals
  • Quick Parameter Null easily zeroes out any Fat Channel parameter

4 internal digital effects-processors (2 reverbs, 2 delays), each with 50 customizable presets

12 31-band graphic equalizers

  • Assignable to each aux bus and the Main bus

Scene Store and Recall

  • Global Scene Storage: all current StudioLive settings
  • Up to 80 at a time
  • 6 Quick Scene buttons for instant Scene save/recall—like “speed dial” for Scenes (available on the 64AI mixing surface and on 48AI via VSL-AI and SL Remote-AI)
  • Automatic Global AutoStore
  • Customizable naming (for example, "Saturday Gig" or "Main Worship Service")

Individual channel-strip setting storage

  • Up to 99 at a time,
  • 50 customizable factory presets for instruments and vocal
  • Copy and Paste between channels
  • Can be browsed by category (DRM, VOX, HRN, GTR, BAS, MISC, SYS)

Lockout mode to keep inspired amateurs from changing your settings


  • 48 x 16- LED Fat Channel matrix:
    • Pre-dynamics/pre-fader input
    • Post-dynamics/post-fader output
    • Gain reduction
    • Aux 1-14/10 and EFX A-D output
    • Fader-position recall
  • 8 x 15-LED main meter bank
    • Selected channel level
    • Selected channel gain reduction
    • Subgroups
    • Main stereo outputs
    • 15-LED horizontal Pan/Balance display
    • 64 x 194 LCD matrix
    • Effects parameters
    • Scene creation, storage, and recall
    • System menus
    • Channel Info page with custom naming
    • GEQ Select
  • 2-digit Channel Selected display


  • 48 channel inputs, each with XLR mic, ¼" line, and ¼" inserts
  • 2 ¼" balanced stereo (L/R) aux inputs
  • 1 XLR talkback-mic input with XMAX™ preamp, phantom power (always on), and level control
  • Unbalanced RCA stereo (L/R) tape inputs and outputs
  • XLR stereo (L/R) main outputs with level control
  • ¼" balanced stereo (L/R) main outputs
  • XLR mono output with level control
  • ¼" balanced stereo (L/R) control-room outputs
  • ¼" headphone output
  • 4 ¼" balanced subgroup outputs
  • 14/10/6 ¼" balanced aux outputs
  • 32/24/16 pre-insert, balanced direct outputs, Ch. 1-8, 9-16 (17-24, 25-32) on DB25 sockets
  • Dedicated USB 2.0 port and included Wi-Fi LAN adapter for wireless communications
  • Installed Option Card with:
    • S/PDIF digital out
    • 2 FireWire S800 ports
    • 1 RJ45 port for control network
  • Optional I/O cards:
    • Dante (coming early 2015)
    • AVB (coming 2015)
    • Thunderbolt (coming 2016)

Integrated software

  • Virtual StudioLive-AI bidirectional control/editor/librarian with Smaart Measurement Technology™
  • Studio One® Artist Digital Audio Workstation software for Mac® and Windows®
  • Capture™ multitrack recording software for Mac and Windows
  • StudioLive Remote-AI mixer-control software for iPad® available free from Apple App Store
  • QMix™-AI aux-control software for iPhone® and iPod touch® available free from Apple App Store
  • Nimbit™ Digital Distribution and Fan Management Solution


  • High-definition Burr-Brown analog-to-digital converters (118 dB dynamic range)
  • Unlimited-headroom, 32-bit floating point, digital mixing and effects processing
  • Internal sample frequency 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz


  • Rugged, non-flex steel chassis
  • 100 mm long-throw faders
  • Military-grade, quick-touch buttons
  • BNC 12V lamp socket is a Canadian authorized Presonus retailer.

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Warranty: Presonus Studiolive 48Ai Mix System Warranty:

30 Days

Manufacturer's Warranty:

1 (One) Year, parts and labour against manufacturer defects.