Presonus will take the opportunity to demonstrate many of the product announcements, made at the past NAMM, to the European audience. At this years Messe Presonus will give an in-depth demonstration of the recently announced version 1.5 of its Studio One™ DAW software. This major free update adds so many important features and enhancements that the company decided to skip the previously planned version 1.1 and go directly to this more advanced version.
Key additions include support for video playback and sync for composing to picture, major enhancements to the Browser’s drag-and-drop capabilities, the ability to draw your own automation waveforms, automation points that are locked to events, a new key-command editor, changing tempos within a event without slicing the event into separate events, and support for song and album art. A first-of-its-kind, built-in SoundCloud client enables you to upload audio files from Studio One directly to the Web. The MIDi features have been improved, including a new MIDI file player in the Browser. We’ve enhanced the Native Effects plug-ins and added new ones. This new version 1.5 is expected in April 2010 and will be a free update to registered users.
Following up on the runaway success of its StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer, PreSonus announced a new member of the family: the StudioLive 24.4.2. Like its 16-channel sibling, the 24-channel StudioLive 24.4.2 is designed for both studio recording and live sound, without compromising the requirements for either.
StudioLive 24.4.2 sports the same friendly user interface, robust feature set, and extensive I/O configuration as the StudioLive 16.4.2 but with several significant additions and enhancements. The most obvious difference is that the new mixer provides 24 input channels and 10 aux buses, whereas the StudioLive 16.4.2 has 16 channels and 6 auxes. In addition, the new mixer’s Fat Channel has fully parametric EQ, rather than semi-parametric, and the gate and limiter have been enhanced. Instead of one stereo 31-band graphic EQ on the main bus, you get four dual 31-band graphic EQs that can be assigned to the mains, subgroups, and aux buses.
As with the 16.4.2, each input features a trim pot, XLR mic input with XMAX™ mic preamp, 1/4-inch TRS balanced line inputs, and unbalanced insert points. Both StudioLive models provide four subgroups, and both serve as dual-port FireWire audio interfaces that can route all channels and buses to and from a Mac or Windows PC. But where the 16.4.2 is a 32×18 FireWire interface, the 24.4.2 can send 32 channels to the computer and can return 26 channels via FireWire. It works with any ASIO- or Core Audio-compliant audio application and is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Latency is so low that you can use your host program and plug-ins with your StudioLive in real time for live performances.
StudioLive comes bundled with PreSonus’s Capture™ 1.1 recording software for Mac OS X (including OS X 10.6) and Windows (including Windows 7). Designed primarily for live recording, Capture is preconfigured to record with the StudioLive, so all mixer channels are correctly routed to Capture tracks. Launch Capture, open a new session, click once to arm all tracks, click on Record, and you’re capturing the audio from all 24 channels and a stereo bus of your choice! It could not be simpler.
You also get a free copy of PreSonus’ groundbreaking Studio One™ Artist digital audio workstation software for Mac and Windows, which features unlimited track count, a full complement of PreSonus Native Effects plug-ins, and more than 4 GB of third-party resources.
To top it off, all StudioLive-family mixers are bundled with PreSonus Virtual StudioLive™ (VSL) bidirectional control software for Mac and Windows.
With outstanding ease of use, top-quality sound, roadworthiness, cascading multiple units, bundled recording software, and the features you want for both studio and live applications—and now more channels and aux sends, fully parametric EQ, an enhanced gate, and more flexible graphic EQs—the StudioLive 24.4.2 is absolutely loaded. To top it off, it is an outstanding value that competes head-to-head with digital mixers that cost several times its price.
Virtual StudioLive™ Brings the StudioLive™ Under Computer Control
StudioLive mixer owners will be delighted to learn that they can control the most-used StudioLive parameters directly from a computer, thanks to PreSonus’ new Virtual StudioLive (VSL) software for the StudioLive 16.4.2 and StudioLive 24.4.2 digital mixers. VSL provides bidirectional control of channel, subgroup, and main-bus levels; Fat Channel parameters; aux mixes; effects; and the graphic EQ. You get a visual overview of your StudioLive settings so you can see, tweak, and organize them and can easily manage your presets and Scenes. The software will be available for Mac OS X and Windows by the end of the first quarter of 2010 and will be a free download.
Controlling your StudioLive with VSL is as easy as drag-and-drop. Drag different Fat Channel presets into each channel in seconds—or just drag part of a preset to the appropriate processor within the Fat Channel. Assign channels to multiple buses and control mute and solo on every channel with a sweep of the mouse. Load effects; adjust the Fat Channel’s gate, compressor, and EQ; and adjust the graphic EQ quickly and easily from your computer. You can even load an entire mixer Scene by dragging it from a list that you see at all times.
The popular PreSonus FireStudio™ series of FireWire 400 interfaces is well known for its professional-quality audio, rugged construction, generous feature set, and affordability. The new FireStudio Mobile 10-input, 6-output interface, which will ship in September 2009, delivers all this and much more in a convenient, lightweight, compact form that is perfect for portable recording rigs and small studios. With eight analog inputs, the FireStudio Mobile offers the most analog inputs in the smallest chassis of any recording interface on the market.
Powered from the FireWire bus or using the included 12 VDC adapter, the FireStudio Mobile is built tough to withstand the rigors of travel. You can simply place it on a tabletop or screw it onto any standard 19-inch rack tray. Just slip the FireStudio Mobile and a FireWire cable into your Mac or Windows PC laptop case, add a microphone or two, and you’re ready to record wherever you go.
The FireStudio Mobile is compatible with any ASIO- or Core Audio-compliant audio application for Mac OS X or Windows XP/Vista and integrates tightly with PreSonus Studio One™ Artist recording and production software (included).