Presonus Studiolive 24.4.2 Review

It has been a few days since I last posted on here so I decided to do some blogging today.  I want to talk somewhat briefly about my experience with a new mixing console that could potentially change the way people view small format digital consoles.  I had the opportunity to use the Presonus Studiolive 16.4.2 and 24.4.2 consoles and must admit I am impressed.  As far as bang for your buck, it is all it says it is and gets the job done.  For a smaller sized church that is looking to upgrade, this might just be your ticket.  Both consoles can be daisy-chained to another console of the same model to give your more inputs.

The Presonus Studiolive 24.4.2 features 24 channels, 10 aux busses, and 4 subgroups.  It features four dual 31 band EQ’s that can be routed to the mains, or any of the aux busses.  You can recall settings and copy and paste settings across channels.  It also features an auto save function so that if the console crashes or loses power, you do not lose all the settings you created or modified.

The features are solid.  The EQ section features 4 band fully parametric EQ, gates, and compressors for each channel.  Each part of the signal chain has factory presets to give beginners a starting point for EQ’ing everything from a kick drum or snare to a guitar or vocal.  The rotary encoders that stretch horizontally across the console and are clearly labeled control these options.  It has some great effects built into it, which also have some presets to get beginners started.

Another awesome option that the console has is a Firewire record out.  This allows you to multi-track your live performance directly to your computer.  The preamps are the Presonus studio quality XMAX preamps that are installed in many of their recording interfaces and produce solid results.  The included Studio One Artist software is a basic multitracking program that is easy for most people to work with yet still includes solid features and plug-ins for post-production tweaking and producing.  Studio One also allows you to play the track back through each channel so that you can use the console to mix your tracks or to perform a virtual sound check.  This can be great for beginners who need to practice mixing without the pressure of a start time or a band waiting on stage.  They can play back a recording and work with EQ’s, compressors, and gates until they are perfect.  Not to mention, the console supports VNC which allows remote control of the console from a computer, iPod, iPhone, iPad or another VNC device.

This console lists for $3999 but you can find it for about $3299 which is a great deal for the price.

This is just a brief review.  There are quite a few other features that this console has and things it is capable of.  I would love to hear from anyone that has had exposure to or experience with this console.  Please feel free to contact me at jason@jasoncastellente.com.

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  1. Jeff R December 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Where did you get to use one? I’m also a big fan; I just got one installed at my church in October. We just used it for the Christmas musical and it was a champ. Two button presses, and I recalled the scene to go right back to a regular Sunday morning!

    One thing; you cannot VNC directly to the console; you have to have a computer plugged into it with firewire, running the control software (and/or recording software) and VNC to that. That lets you use your iPhone, iPad, etc remotely. Pretty nifty!

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