Presonus StudioLive 16 Series III

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

StudioLive 16 Series III Digital Mixer

The PreSonus StudioLive 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, theatre, or worship services. It also makes a great recording/mixing solution for home studios and desktop producers.

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.   

StudioLive 16 key features and tech:

  • 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

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 Professional today. 

    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 (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
    30 GB hard disk space
    Monitor with 1366x768 resolution
    iOS 9.3 or later
    iPad 2, iPad 2, iPad 2, iPad 2, iPad 2, iPad 2, iPad 2, iPad 2, iPad 2, iPad 2, iPad 2, iPad 2,

    Android ™ 5.0 (Lollipop) or later
    Android smartphone (QMix-UC)
    Android tablet (8-inch) with 1024x768 resolution (UC surface)
    Note: The minimum system requirements may be different for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.

    Note that this is the speed of your processor, the amount of RAM and the size of your harddrive will increase the overall performance of your recording system. So, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) than you might experience.

    Technical Specifications
    Microphone 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
    grade                                                                                                                                          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
    grade                                                                                                                                       RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)

    Maximum Input Level                                                                                                              +12 dBu, ± 0.5 dBu                                     

    XLR Outputs
    grade                                                                                                                                       XLR Male, balanced

    Maximum Output Level                                                                                                            +24 dBu, ± 0.5 dBu

    Output Impedance                                                                                                                   100Ω

    Line Outputs
    grade                                                                                                                                       ¼ "TRS Female, balanced

    Maximum Output Level                                                                                                            + 18 dBu, ± 0.5 dBu

    Output Impedance                                                                                                                   100Ω

    Tape Outputs
    grade                                                                                                                                       RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)

    Maximum Output Level                                                                                                            + 18 dBu, ± 0.5 dBu

    Output Impedance                                                                                                                    100Ω

    Headphone Output
    grade                                                                                                                                        ¼ "TRS Female, active stereo

    Maximum Output                                                                                                                      100 mW / ch. @ 60Ω load

    Frequency Response                                                                                                               20 Hz - 20 kHz (± 0.5 dB)

    THD + N                                                                                                                                    0.01%, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unwtd

    S / N ratio                                                                                                                                  96 dB, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unwtd

    System Crosstalk
    Input to Output                                                                                                                          -90 dB (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd)

    Adjacent Channels                                                                                                                    -87 dB (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd)

    Digital Audio and Control
    ADC Dynamic Range                                                                                                                115 dB (A-wtd, 48 kHz)

    DAC Dynamic Range                                                                                                               115 dB (A-wtd, 48 kHz)

    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, fl oating point

    Sampling rate                                                                                                                              48 kHz (44.1 kHz coming soon)

    A / D / A Bit Depth                                                                                                                       24

    Reference Level for 0 dBFS                                                                                                        +18 dBu

    Total System Latency                                                                                                                  1.9 ms (local routing, analog in-analog out, all processing active)

    jitter                                                                                                                                             <20 ps RMS (20 Hz - 20 kHz)

    Jitter Attenuation                                                                                                                         > 60 dB (1 ns in, 1 ps out)

    Power / Environmental
    Connector                                                                                                                                   IEC

    Input-Voltage Range                                                                                                                   90 to 230 VAC (± 10%)

    Power Requirements (continuous)                                                                                             85W

    Recommended Ambient Operating Temperature                                                                      0˚ to 40˚ Celsius / 32˚ to 104˚ Fahrenheit

    height                                                                                                                                         6.51” (165.36 mm)

    Width                                                                                                                                          17.59” (446.66 mm)

    Depth                                                                                                                                          22.97” (583.48 mm)

    Weight                                                                                                                                        23.15 lbs. (10.5 kg)

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