PreSonus Studiolive 24:4:2 to make UK debut on March 20th

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PreSonus StudioLive 24:4:2The PreSonus Studiolive 24:4:2 mixer is set to make its UK debut on March 20th when it appears at a special Presonus event taking place at DV East London, with a £500 prize voucher awaiting one attendee.

A raft of PreSonus experts including the Vice President Rick Naqvi, International Sales Director Mark Williams, Marketing Communications manager Steve Oppenheimer and Product Specialist Rodney Orpheus are travelling from Baton Rouge (Louisiana) to Romford to personally introduce the 24-channel mixer, which was first announced at the 2010 NAMM show in California and is intended for use in both live settings and studios. Running from 12pm until 4pm on the Saturday afternoon, the event will include two workshops that aspiring engineers will certainly appreciate. The first is promising to teach visitors how to mix and record a live performance using the Studiolive 24:4:2, while the second will concentrate on how the new mixer integrates with PreSonus’ Studio One DAW.

The Studiolive 24:4:2 was met with enthusiasm upon its launch at NAMM, following in the footsteps of its already well-established 16-channel cousin, the 16:4:2, but this time offering “third-generation mixing” according to the manufacturer. Here at DV247 Blog we brought you news of the mixer’s arrival on January 20th, when Paul Dakeyne speculated that its feature set might “drag a few users away from their 100% ‘in the box’ workflow”.

A big part of the reason why is the inclusion of increased FireWire power in the new design, offering users 32 channels in and 26 out, plus high-headroom XMAX mic preamps. More than 90 signal processors are also included alongside a library of DSP effects that Paul Dakeyne described as “huge”, plus 10 aux buses, four subgroups, mixer save and recall and channel-strip save and recall with copy and paste. Like the 16:4:2 before it, the new mixer’s core is based upon PreSonus’ own Fat Channel, delivering an interface for EQ, dynamics processing, high-pass filter, and signal routing that Paul decided was “rather cool and creatively inspirational”. Users also receive a bundled copy of Studio One Artist.

Alongside the workshops, visitors who pre-register for the StudioLive 24:4:2′s UK debut will also be entered into a prize draw to win a £500 voucher, valid for three months, to spend on any PreSonus product.

As enticing an offer as that sounds however, we at DV247 Blog are simply curious to see whether the 24:4:2 really does have the potential to become a challenge to in-the-box mixing, as Paul Dakeyne has speculated. For the opportunity to make your own mind up before anyone else, you can pre-register your attendance at the March 20th event by emailing eastlondon@digitalvillage.co.uk, and look out for a full DV247 Blog review of the PreSonus Studiolive 24:4:2 very soon.

About Barney Jameson

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A contributor, editor and in some cases creator of more music and pro audio magazines than he cares to remember, Barney Jameson is a veteran of writing about gear, and a pretty keen singer songwriter to boot.

Having started his musical education reading old copies of the Melody Maker while riding the tube to University in the mid-nineties, Barney once sang in a band called Sugarstone, troubling record company chequebooks not quite enough to make it a career option. Instead, he achieved his goal of starting a music magazine of his own when he founded Playmusic in the early noughties. Later on, having exploited VIP access to as many festivals as possible, he wrote about the pro audio industry throughout Europe and the Middle East, travelling to far-flung destinations such as Dubai, Doha and Muscat (nice mountains).

As the latest addition to the DV247 team, Barney has big plans. But when he’s not plotting online domination of the musical instrument world, he keeps himself busy writing songs on a battered old acoustic guitar and playing them to audiences in his home town.

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