Studio Consoles 2011

Nov 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher



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Nady Systems offers the MM-15USB ($199.99 MSRP) desktop mini-mixer with a built-in USB 1 audio interface that comes in 7x8-inch durable-steel casing. It uses SMD technology for compact design and accommodates up to 15 simultaneous inputs and 10 outputs (including the complete USB interface), and has two mono channels with balanced mic and line inputs and two stereo channels with line and RCA inputs. Each channel has trim, 3-band EQ, aux send, pan and level controls with peak indicator LEDs. The MM-15USB has a stereo mini-jack input that accommodates iPods and MP3 players, as well as a stereo mini-jack output. It uses ultra-low-noise mic preamps for optimum signal integrity; offers a full-spectrum frequency response with wide dynamic range and superior headroom; separate main mix, control room and headphone outputs; stereo aux; return inputs with level control; tape in/out RCA connectors; and dual 4-segment LED bargraph meters.

The Phonic Digital Mixer ($2,749.99 MSRP) is a 16-channel mixer (16 mono mic/line with insert points and grouped phantom power) with XLR and ¼-inch inputs on each channel. It has 17 100mm motorized faders, of which 16 faders offer three layers of operation (channel, aux/group and multi). It also has eight balanced ¼-inch phone jack multi outputs (eight aux and eight group buses are assignable to multi outputs), and XLR main and control room outputs. All input and output channels offer delay, EQ and dynamics processing, 4-band parametric EQs, multi outputs and main outputs. Two stereo digital FX processors are assignable to input channels and aux buses. The unit also includes a 40-bit floating-point digital signal processor, AES/EBU inputs and outputs, an internal digital sampling rate of up to 24-bit/96 kHz, a full-color touchscreen, and an optional FireWire and USB 2 expansion card (16-in, 16-out) for multitrack recording.

PreSonus offers three StudioLive digital mixer models. All have built-in, tightly integrated FireWire audio interfaces that work with any recording application that supports ASIO or Core Audio. The mixers are bundled with PreSonus Capture multitrack recording software, Studio One Artist DAW software, and Virtual StudioLive bi-directional control/librarian software for Mac and Windows. StudioLive mixers feature PreSonus XMAX Class-A solid-state preamps and high-definition converters (118dB dynamic range). Their distinctive Fat Channel processing section provides a separate compressor, limiter and expander (as well as gate in the two larger models); multiband parametric EQ; highpass filter; panning; and bus assignment. Two internal effects buses serve dual-stereo 32-bit floating-point effects processors for reverb and delay effects. You can save/recall mixer Scenes and save/recall and copy/paste channel strip settings. The 24.4.2 and 16.4.2 also can be controlled from an iPad using free PreSonus SL Remote software.

PreSonus StudioLive 16.02

PreSonus StudioLive 16.02

The StudioLive 24.4.2 ($3,999.95 MSRP) offers 24 input channels with preamps, four subgroups, 10 aux buses, eight 31-band graphic EQs and a 32x26 FireWire interface. The StudioLive 16.4.2 ($2,499.95 MSRP) provides 16 input channels with preamps, four subgroups, six auxes, eight 31-band graphic EQs and a 32x18 FireWire interface. Finally, the StudioLive 16.02 ($1,599.95 MSRP) has 12 mono input channels with preamps, two stereo channels with line inputs only, four auxes, one stereo graphic EQ (on the mains) and a 16x16 FireWire interface. The 16.0.2 also has MIDI I/O, serves as a MIDI interface and offers MIDI control over main level, effects and scene recall.

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