PreSonus StudioLive 16 Series III

SKU: StudioLive 16 Series III
$ 2,599.95 -23%
$ 1,999.95

The PreSonus StudioLive 16 Series III Digital Mixer is a fully recallable, 24-input digital mixer with 17 touch-sensitive, motorized faders and 16 recallable XMAX preamps. (17 if you count the talkback mic).


The StudioLive 16 is the baby of PreSonus Series III digital mixers and has been spoiled by its parents (PreSonus) with more features than any digital mixer in its class. Offering the features and sound quality previously only attainable in large-format digital mixers, the affordable StudioLive 16 is built for small to mid-size applications, such as smaller houses of worship with blended services, local club bands, or small project studios. Perhaps the greatest advantage of StudioLive mixers is found in settings where live performances will be recorded, such as band rehearsal and gigs, theater, or worship services. It also makes a great recording/mixing solution for home studios and desktop producers.

PreSonus StudioLive 16 Series III—Just the Facts:

  • 17 touch-sensitive, motorized faders with 1-to-1 workflow
  • RGB Select buttons with user-assignable colors
  • Transport control
  • All-new Fat Channel controls including
  • 8 scribble strips, encoders, and multicolor buttons
  • Customizable user layer
  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • Studio One DAW control (MCU and HUI coming soon)

Inputs and Outputs

  • 24 total inputs
  • 16 channel inputs: 8 mic, 8 mic/line
  • 1 XLR Talkback mic input with recallable XMAX Class A preamp
  • 2 stereo Aux inputs
  • 10 FlexMix outputs: 6 XLR, 4 balanced TRS
  • 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
  • 16 with recallable XMAX Class A mic preamps
  • 16 via USB and AVB
  • 2 stereo aux inputs
  • 26 buses:
  • 16 FlexMixes (can be designated as aux, subgroup, or matrix mixes)
  • 4 dedicated subgroups
  • 4 internal effects sends
  • Stereo main bus
  • 24 Filters DCAs for easy and flexible control groups of channels
  • Networking Connections
  • 1 Ethernet control network port
  • Dynamic, Self-Assigned, and Manual IP address modes
  • 1 Locking XLR Ethernet AVB audio network port
  • Complete ecosystem of AVB solutions, including stageboxes and personal monitor mixers


  • Onboard 34x34 SD recorder (using Capture)
  • 38x38 USB recording interface
  • 55x55 AVB recording interface

Signal Processing

  • Intuitive Fat Channel signal processing on each channel with:
  • A / B settings comparison
  • High pass filter and polarity reverse
  • Gate/expander with sidechain
  • Compressor with sidechain
  • 4-band parametric EQ on inputs
  • 6-band parametric EQ on outputs
  • limiter
  • Delay on every input
  • Delay on every output
  • Professionally programmed library of presets
  • Vintage EQ and compressor models available on every input
  • Passive EQ
  • Vintage EQ
  • Tube compressor
  • FET compressor
  • 8 31-band graphic EQs
  • 4 internal effects buses: a combination of reverbs and delays with modern and vintage options
  • Built-in real-time analyzer


  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • Input meter on every channel
  • Full-size Fat Channel metering
  • Input meter
  • Gate gain reduction meter
  • Compressor gain reduction meter
  • Full-size stereo Main output meters

Scenes and Presets

  • Create, save, and edit up to 100 scenes
  • Scene management with:
  • 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:
  • Channel type and name
  • Input settings (preamp, +48V phantom power, polarity, pan)
  • Fat Channel A & B settings
  • Bus assignments
  • Aux and effects send levels and pan
  • Select button color
  • 8 Quick Scenes


  • Studio-quality converters with 115 dB dynamic range
  • 48kHz operation with 24-bit resolution (44.1kHz option coming soon)

Actively Integrated Software

  • UC Surface touch control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad
  • Studio One Artist digital audio workstation software for Mac and Windows
  • Capture multi-track recording software for Mac and Windows
  • Qmix -UC aux-control software for iOS and Android available free from Apple's App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore

PreSonus StudioLive 16 Series III—Beneath the Surface

With comprehensive analog and digital I/O, AVB (Audio Video Bridging) networking, and Ethernet, you can implement a sophisticated system without cumbersome and expensive copper cables. The StudioLive 16 control capabilities are truly formidable, with your choice of wired, wireless (or both) remote control, a redesigned Fat Channel that puts eight of your preferred processors at your command, plus the ability to assign all channels to the top layer of the desk, for a one-to-one workflow—no searching through layers of menus in the heat of performance. Plus, with the included StudioMagic software bundle, you can process like the pros with plug-ins and virtual instruments from names such as Arturia, output, Lexicon, Mäag Audio, brainworx, and Plug-in Alliance. And if you don’t mind switching out your I/O, you can take your StudioLive out of the studio and on the road—it’s designed to handle both with ease and high-quality sound.   

The PreSonus StudioLive 16 Series III digital mixer is a “best of both worlds” solution, offering comprehensive features and sound quality that were once the sole province of high-end, large-format consoles, now available to all. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Specialist today. 

Microphone Preamplifier

  • Input Type: XLR Female, balanced
  • Frequency Response to Main Output (at unity gain): 20-20kHz, ±0.5dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1k ohm
  • THD to Main Output: <0.005%, +4dBu, 20-20kHz, unity gain, unwtd
  • S/N Ratio to Main Output (Ref = +4 dB, 20 kHz BW, unity gain, A-wtd): 94dB
  • Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1kHz at unity gain): 65dB
  • Gain Control Range (±1dB): 0dB to +60dB
  • Maximum Input Level (unity gain): +12dBu
  • Phantom Power (±2 VDC): 48VDC, switchable per channel

Line Inputs

  • Type: ¼" TRS Female, balanced
  • Frequency Response to Main Output (at unity gain): 20-20kHz, ±0.5dBu
  • Input Impedance: 10k ohm
  • THD to Main Output: <0.005%, +4dBu, 20-20kHz, unity gain, unwtd
  • S/N Ratio to Main Output (Ref = +4 dB, 20 kHz BW, unity gain, A-wtd): 94dB
  • Maximum Input Level: +18dBu

Tape Inputs

  • Type: RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
  • Maximum Input Level: +12dBu, ±0.5dBu

XLR Outputs

  • Type: XLR Male, balanced
  • Maximum Output Level: +24dBu, ±0.5dBu
  • Output Impedance: 100 ohm

Line Outputs

  • Type: ¼" TRS Female, balanced
  • Maximum Output Level: +18dBu, ±0.5dBu
  • Output Impedance: 100 ohm

Tape Outputs

  • Type: RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
  • Maximum Output Level: +18dBu, ±0.5dBu
  • Output Impedance: 100 ohm

Headphone Output

  • Type: ¼" TRS Female, active stereo
  • Maximum Output: 100mW/ch. @ 60-ohm load
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz (± 0.5dB)
  • THD+N: 0.01%, 1kHz, max gain, 20Hz BW, unwtd
  • S/N Ratio: 96dB, 1kHz, max gain, 20Hz BW, unwtd

System Crosstalk

  • Input to Output: -90dB (Ref = +4dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd)
  • Adjacent Channels: -87dB (Ref = +4dBu, 20Hz-20kHz, unwtd)

Digital Audio and Control

  • ADC Dynamic Range: 115dB (A-wtd, 48kHz)
  • DAC Dynamic Range: 115dB (A-wtd, 48kHz)
  • USB Recording Port: USB 2.0, Type-B
  • Bluetooth™ Input: 4.1, stereo
  • AES/EBU Output: XLR Male
  • Network Control Port: RJ-45
  • AVB Audio Network Port: Locking XLR Ethernet
  • Internal Processing: 32-bit, floating point
  • Sampling Rate: 48kHz (44.1kHz coming soon)
  • A/D/A Bit Depth: 24
  • Reference Level for 0dBFS: +18dBu
  • Total System Latency: 1.9 ms (local routing, analog in-analog out, all processing active)


  • Jitter: <20ps RMS (20Hz - 20kHz)
  • Jitter Attenuation: >60 dB (1ns in, 1ps out)

Power / Environmental

  • Connector: IEC
  • Input-Voltage Range: 90 to 230VAC (±10%)
  • Power Requirements (continuous): 85W
  • Recommended Ambient Operating Temperature: 0˚ to 40˚ Celsius / 32˚ to 104˚ Fahrenheit


  • Height: 6-1/2" (165.36 mm)
  • Width: 17-5/8" (659.81 mm)
  • Depth: 23" (583.84 mm)


  • 23.15 lb. (10.5 kg)


  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 64-bit or later
  • Inte 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 (Intel Core i3 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™ 5.0 (Lollipop) or later
  • Android smartphone (QMix-UC)
  • Android tablet (8-inch) with 1024x768 resolution (UC Surface)


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