Networking the mix
AVB networking is the major highlight of the StudioLive AVB Mix Systems from PreSonus. The four family members combine one or two StudioLive RM Series rack mixers, a StudioLive CS18AI Ethernet/AVB control surface and integrated control, recording and production software. The various options aim to put the I/O in an onstage, rack-mount mixing system with an integrated recording interface, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet networking, while providing a control surface at FOH with 18 touch-sensitive, motorised faders and 4x2 I/O.
The smallest member of the family is the StudioLive AVB 16AI Mix System, with one StudioLive RM16AI mixer. Moving up in scale, the StudioLive AVB 32AI Mix System features a StudioLive RM32AI. Next in line is the StudioLive AVB 48AI Mix System which calls on one of each RM model cascaded to form a 48-input, 64-channel system. Finally, the StudioLive AVB 64AI Mix System uses two cascaded RM32AIs for a 64-input system.
According to the manufacturer, it is possible to start with a single-mixer AVB Mix System and expand it later by cascading a second RM-series mixer. Both mixers in a cascaded AVB Mix System can be controlled from the CS18AI and from UC Surface touch-control software.
Away from mixing technology, the manufacturer has also unveiled the Studio 192 Mobile USB 3.0 22x26 audio interface and studio command center. The audio interface reportedly delivers the same functionality as the Studio 192 interface but in a smaller format aimed at studio and mobile use.
The Studio 192 Mobile records at up to 192kHz and combines two digitally controlled XMAX Class-A, solid-state mic preamps and Burr-Brown converters with 118dB of dynamic range. It offers 18 channels of digital I/O, and 16 remote-controlled microphone preamps can be added when expanded with two DigiMax DP88 A/D/A converters. The system also provides talkback control, mono and dim for the main mix output, word clock I/O, a dedicated DAC for the headphone output, and the ability to use its six balanced outputs for monitor mixing or for speaker switching.
The unit also features the same Fat Channel plugin found in PreSonus’ Studio One DAW as well as integration with the Studio One production environment, including full preamp control and zero-latency monitor mixing.
The Studio 192 Mobile offers a pair of front-panel mic/instrument inputs and two rear-panel direct-to-ADC line inputs; 16-channel ADAT Optical In and Out (eight channels at 88.1 or 96kHz); coaxial, stereo S/PDIF I/O; and BNC word-clock I/O. There are four balanced TRS outputs, balanced stereo main outputs, and a headphone amplifier with independent output, level control, and Cue Source switching.