Presonus StudioLive RML16AI

16-Channel digital rack mixer

  • Intuitive software/app "UC Surface" for real-time control via Mac, Windows or iPad
  • Compatible with Windows 8 for large touchscreen mixing
  • Network-capable - wireless or wired
  • USB port for optional Wi-Fi adapter (router required)
  • Ethernet port
  • Monitor mix via iPhone and iPod touch possible (with the free QMix-AI app)
  • 16 XLR inputs with recallable XMAX microphone preamplifiers
  • Separately switchable 48 V phantom power on each input
  • Stereo AUX input (RCA pair L/R)
  • 16 LEDs to display the input signal and phantom power
  • Dual Fat Channel processing (A/B, alternatively selectable) with phase switch, high-pass filter, fully-parametric 4-band EQ, compressor, limiter, noise gate with sidechain and key filter
  • 50 Fat Channel presets for drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and vocals
  • 100 User locations
  • 15 Graphic EQs (31 band) for the first 12 line- and three main outputs
  • Controllable low-pass filter for the mono output
  • Programmable line delays for the last four XLR outputs (up to 300 ms)
  • 4 Master-send effects: 2x Reverb, 2x Delay
  • 8 Mute groups
  • 8 Quick scene memory
  • 99 Memory locations for complete scenes
  • 8 XLR line outputs + DB25 jacks mirrored on rear-panel
  • 3 XLR main outputs (left, right, mono / centre) with analog trimpots
  • S/PDIF output (coaxial)
  • Headphone output with volume control and source selection button (Cue/Main)
  • Built-in 52/34 audio interface (FireWire 800)
  • Burr Brown Digital Converter
  • 118 dB Dynamic range
  • 24 Bit / 96 kHz
  • Pre-prepared for alternative, optional Dante card
  • Robust steel housing
  • Design: 19"/ 3U
  • Dimensions: 48.3 x 26.7 x 13.4 cm
  • Weight: 8.7 kg
  • Included software licenses (may be connected via download): Capture (Mac, Windows) for live recording (with one mouse click) and virtual soundcheck; Studio One Artist DAW software (Mac, Windows)

System requirements for "UC Surface"

  • Apple iPad: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPad 3 or iPad 2, iOS 7.03 or later
  • Mac: OS X 10.8.5 or later, Intel Core 2 Duo (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended), 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended), wired or wireless network connection, internet connection
  • Windows 7 x64/x86 SP1, Windows 8 x64/x86, Windows 10 x64/x86, Intel Core 2 Duo (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended), 4 GB of RAM (8 GB or more recommended), wired or wireless network connection, internet connection

System Requirements for Capture and Studio One (Mac and Windows):

  • FireWire S800 (IEEE 1394b) or Thunderbolt port
  • Internal or external hard drive (7200 RPM strongly recommended)
  • Monitor with a resolution of 1366 x 768

Further Information

Buses 25
Inputs 16
Channels (max. amount) 16
DCA (Digitally Contr. Amp.) Yes
Card Slot (external) Yes
Touchscreen No
Offline Editing Yes
Demountable Stagebox No
External Power Supply No
Port For Ext. Power Supply No
19" Rack Unit Yes
Built in Audio player No
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Solid device with intuitive operation and class sound

14.11.2016
The device I got Thursday, on Saturday the 1st (carnival) event mixed:
Task: Small band (3 musicians, drums, keyboard, sax, complete microphone) as well as 3 radio transmitters and music preserve with about 400 listeners / spectators.
To the device in general:
The design of the mixer is logical and self-explanatory. The device makes a great impression in quality, does not rattle or rattle, the power switch sits securely on the back of the housing so that accidental switching off is impossible. Practically (and mE also a little risky) the mute button on the front of all output channels is muted.

The quality of the input and output jacks (partial jack / XLR combobuchsen and XLR jacks) was perfect, there is nothing to complain about.

Hardware:
The operation is exclusively via PC or tablet. There is even a Windows version of the UC Surface software. This I have before the purchase times for test purposes installed, at the event, but then I have customarily given preference to the Ipad. The Apple and Windows versions of the software are identical to the operation and functionality, so the evaluation of the software is also valid for the Windows version.
I have at the event the mixer by LAN cable to a Fritz box 4020 connected as access point. As expected, there was no problem with range and link quality. The UC Surface App on my two Ipads immediately found the mixer without hesitation.

Operation software:
The interface of the software is logical and largely intuitive. The manuals I had downloaded before, but had to make no use so far. I could at the operation, synonymous from about 25 meters distance to the Fritzbox no time lag (latency), synonymous misfires or the like I had not. I mix with larger setups currently with Yamaha TF3 and Stagebox. The Presonus software is in my opinion even more intuitive to use than the Yamaha StageMix software! "Fucking" I would in this regard only the Yamaha app looks more chic. However, the paths to the individual functions (eg gate, compressor, etc.) in the Presonus are shorter. With the range of functions I have so far nothing missing.

Sound:
The sound is there from my point of view nothing to complain about, the Xmax preamplifiers are nice pegelfest, try, I sometimes provoked an oversteering. The input level indicator on the front of the unit (LED chain, one LED per channel) then changes to red so that the overdriven channel can also be found directly on the mixer. - Practically! The corresponding channel is also marked in the Ipad app. When the signal was not scraped, the signal was truncated. In my test, this sounded like a drop out of a radio microphone.

My conclusion:
In terms of processing, sound and usability, I have absolutely nothing to complain about. Also the extensibility by Dante card and a system extension eg with an RML32AI or an extension with a Pulthardware like the CS18AI is m. E. is important for the future and expansion potential.
For setups up to 16 channels a great, mature mixer with "great" functions. At the target events for this mixer size I need no Pulthardware, with a setup over 16 channels, I have at least at the time (still) rather a "real" desk in the fingers. From me there for the RML16AI a clear recommendation!
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Great mixer !!!

AndiPRS, 29.10.2017
We use the StudioLive desk only for the In Ear Mix in combination with two splitters .. the software and the console are logically structured and you can find your way around very quickly ...
The only negative point that I have noticed so far is that at the beginning very often the backups have disappeared and I could not import them anymore which was very annoying ...
But when I updated the software (Macbook Pro) and updated the firmware on the mixer, everything is working perfectly as it should.
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