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PreSonus StudioLive 32 Series III Digital Mixer - 40-Input with Motorized Faders

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32-Channel Digital Mixer with moving faders & 32 remote XMAX preamps


The most powerful mixer in its class:

The StudioLive® 32 digital console/recorder is by far the most powerful mixer in its class. The result of nine years of R&D, our third-generation StudioLive mixer is fully recallable, with 33 touch-sensitive, motorized faders and 33 recallable XMAX preamps. Yet despite its extensive features, the StudioLive 32 actually improves upon PreSonus®' legendary ease of use while letting you customize its workflow and operations to fit the way you work. The coveted StudioLive sound is better than ever, including all-new Fat Channel processing, re-engineered from the ground up, and vintage-style EQs and compressors. Add built-in AVB networking, onboard multitrack Capture™ recording to SD Card, and a complete suite of software, and you have a mixing and recording powerhouse that's equally formidable in live and studio applications.

Integrated multitrack recording and virtual soundcheck — no computer required:

PreSonus Capture recording software is an intuitive, rock-solid multitrack recording application with virtual soundcheck. It's installed directly into the StudioLive 32 so you can leave your laptop at home. Capture's one-touch recording makes it easy to record to the StudioLive 32's onboard SD multitrack recorder. When you're finished recording, open your Capture session in Studio One® Professional for Mac® and Windows® (included), and the entire mix scene will transfer to your Studio One session, including fader levels, Fat Channel setting, and yes, any drum solos that you may have had to endure that night.

A re-envisioned Fat Channel:

The StudioLive 32's Fat Channel has received a major overhaul while continuing to offer digital precision with the heart and soul of analog. Our new Fat Channel implements a plug-in-style workflow that features vintage-style EQ and compression options on every channel, from classic tube limiters to passive EQs. And in addition to channel processing, the StudioLive 32 offers 6-band, fully parametric EQ on all mix outputs. Enjoy extensive, studio-style processing when recording on location or running shows on the road!

Define your own layouts, views, and workflows:

StudioLive 32 goes above and beyond in providing ways to customize things to best fit the way you work. User layers for the channel faders let you place any channel or bus fader anywhere you want — and they're easy to set up. But we didn't stop there. How about customizing your Fat Channel layout, putting the parameters you care about most right at your fingertips? There are even several workflow options to personalize your mixing experience. For instance, you can control the mixer with multiple iPads and –optionally– a computer, each running UC Surface with a different view, enabling you to see and touch all of the controls you need at a given time.

Customize scenes and presets in new and powerful ways—including your way:

With StudioLive 32, we’ve upped the ante and given you more flexibility when working with scenes and presets. Mixer scenes now include Scene Safe, which enables you to protect individual channels from parameter changes when recalling a scene. Similarly, we’ve expanded the concept of Fat Channel presets so that presets have, for practical purposes, become like scenes for individual channels, not only saving input and Fat Channel settings but also aux send and bus assignments. Of course you can also use preset filters to choose what you want to recall.


General Controls

33 touch-sensitive, motorized faders with choice of:

o 1-to-1 workflow—assign all channels to the top layer, with one fader per input channel

o Split-layer workflow—split the faders between inputs and outputs, including DCAs and Aux outputs

RGB Select buttons with user-assignable colors

Transport control

8 user-assignable buttons for mute groups, scenes, and more

All-new Fat Channel controls including

o 8 scribble strips, encoders, and multicolor buttons

o Customizable user layer

o 7-inch color touchscreen

Inputs and Outputs

40 total inputs

32 channel inputs: 16 mic, 16 mic/line

1 XLR Talkback mic input with recallable XMAX Class A preamp

2 stereo Aux inputs

16 FlexMix outputs: 12 XLR, 4 balanced TRS

4 TRS subgroup outputs

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

32 input channels with recallable XMAX Class A mic preamps

2 stereo aux inputs

26 buses:

o 16 FlexMixes (can be designated as aux, subgroup, or matrix mixes)

o 4 dedicated subgroups

o 4 internal effects sends

o Stereo main bus

24 Filter DCAs for easily and flexibly controlling groups of channels

Networking Connections

1 Ethernet control network port

o 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, will be available in 2017


Onboard 34x34 SD recorder (using Capture™)

38x38 USB recording interface

55x55 AVB recording interface

Signal Processing

Intuitive Fat Channel signal processing on every channel with:

o A/B settings comparison

o Highpass filter and polarity reverse

o Gate/expander with sidechain

o Compressor with sidechain

o 4-band parametric EQ on inputs

o 6-band parametric EQ on outputs

o Limiter

o Delay on every input

o Delay on every output

o Professionally programmed library of presets

Vintage EQ and compressor models available on every input

o Passive EQ

o Vintage EQ

o Tube compressor

o FET compressor

8 31-band graphic EQs

4 internal effects buses: combination of reverbs and delays with modern and vintage options

Built-in real-time analyzer and signal generator


7-inch color touchscreen

Input meter on every channel

Full-size Fat Channel metering

o Input meter

o Gate gain reduction meter

o Compressor gain reduction meter

Full-size stereo Main output meters

Scenes and Presets

Create, save, and edit up to 100 scenes

Scene management with:

o 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:

o Channel type and name

o Input settings (preamp, +48V phantom power, polarity, pan)

o Fat Channel A & B settings

o Bus assignments

o Aux and effects send levels and pan

o 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® Professional 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

Computer system requirements:

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for UC Surface, QMix®-UC, and Studio One®.


·   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)


·   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 and Windows Systems

·   USB 2.0 port

·   Internet connection

·   Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended

·   30 GB hard disk space

·   Monitor with 1366x768 resolution


·   iOS 9.3 or later

·   iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2

Android (QMix-UC)

·   Android™ 5.0 (Lollipop) or later

·   Android smartphone or tablet

Note: The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.

Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) than you might experience while monitoring audio signals.

Technical Specifications

Mi​crophone Preamplifier

Input Type

XLR Female, balanced

Frequency Response to Main Output (at unity gain)

20-20 kHz, ±0.5 dBu

Input Impedance

1 kΩ

THD to Main Output

<0.005%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd

S/N Ratio to Main Output (Ref = +4 dB, 20 kHz BW, unity gain, A-wtd)

94 dB

Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz at unity gain)

65 dB

Gain Control Range (±1 dB)

0 dB to +60 dB

Maximum Input Level (unity gain)

+12 dBu

Phantom Power (±2 VDC)

48 VDC, switchable per channel


Line Inputs


¼” TRS Female, balanced

Frequency Response to Main Output (at unity gain)

20-20 kHz, ±0.5 dBu

Input Impedance

10 kΩ

THD to Main Output

<0.005%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd

S/N Ratio to Main Output (Ref = +4 dB, 20 kHz BW, unity gain, A-wtd)

94 dB

Maximum Input Level

+18 dBu


Tape Inputs


RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)

Maximum Input Level

+12 dBu, ±0.5 dBu


XLR Outputs


XLR Male, balanced

Maximum Output Level

+24 dBu, ±0.5 dBu

Output Impedance



Line Outputs


¼” TRS Female, balanced

Maximum Output Level

+18 dBu, ±0.5 dBu

Output Impedance



Tape Outputs


RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)

Maximum Output Level

+18 dBu, ±0.5 dBu

Output Impedance


Headphone Output


¼” TRS Female, active stereo

Maximum Output

100 mW/ch. @ 60Ω load

Frequency Response

20 Hz – 20 kHz (± 0.5 dB)


0.01%, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unwtd

S/N Ratio

96 dB, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unwtd


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