StudioLive® 16R: 18-input, 16-channel Series III stage box and rack mixer
One rack space to rule them all.
The StudioLive® 16R digital mixer is four audio tools in a single rackspace. Use it as a standalone digital mixer with UC Surface remote mixing software. Pair it with your StudioLive Series III console mixer to use as a stage box or integrated monitor mixer. Connect it with EarMix 16M monitor mixers for the ultimate personal monitor system. Plug it into your studio computer, and you have a continuously bidirectional, 36-channel (18×18) USB audio interface with modeled vintage dynamics and EQ plug-ins on every input and bus. Whether used standalone or as part of a complete audio system, no other rackmount digital mixer is as flexible or as powerful.
- Powered by the new single-core PreSonus® FLEX DSP Engine to provide the most processing of any digital mixer in its class
- 18 input-channel digital rack mixer
- 16 local digitally controlled XMAX mic/line inputs
- 2 FLEX FX returns
- 10 mix buses
- 6 FlexMixes (Aux, Subgroup, Matrix)
- 2 dedicated FLEX FX buses
- Stereo Main bus
- 130 simultaneous processors
- Compressor with Fat Channel plug-in models
- 4-band/6-band parametric EQ with Fat Channel plug-in models
- 31-band graphic EQ
- 4 FLEX FX slots featuring legendary classic reverb emulations and delays
- State Space Modeled Fat Channel compressor and EQ plug-ins available on every input channel and output bus
- FLEX FX multi-effects processor with 2 slots to load legendary reverb emulations and delays with 2 dedicated effects buses
- 6 DCAs to control groups of channels
- 36-channel (18×18) recording over USB
- Onboard stereo SD recorder with true Virtual Soundcheck mode
- AVB networking onboard (64×64) to connect with other mixers, NSB-series stage boxes, EarMix 16M personal monitor mixers, and more
- Monitor Mix and Stage Box modes for use with StudioLive® Series III console mixers
- Pair with EarMix 16M personal monitor mixers for the ultimate personal monitor system
- Remote control every mix function from your computer, iPad®, or Android™ tablet with UC Surface (included)
- Put your musicians’ monitor mix under their fingers with QMix®-UC (included) for iOS® or Android
- Capture® 3.0 multitrack software included
- Automated Virtual Soundcheck
- Store StudioLive mix scenes with your audio
- Advanced Studio One® integration (Studio One Artist Included)
- XMAX mic preamp control from Studio One
- Control Fat Channel parameters from Studio One mixing console
- Ableton® Live Lite included
|Input Type||Combo locking XLR mic-¼” TRS line|
|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|
Unbalanced Inputs (Ch. 15-16)
|Type||RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)|
|Maximum Input Level||+12 dBu, ±0.5 dBu|
|Type||XLR Male, balanced|
|Maximum Output Level||+24 dBu, ±0.5 dBu|
|Type||¼” TRS Female, balanced|
|Maximum Output Level||+18 dBu, ±0.5 dBu|
|Type||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|
|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|
|Network Control Port||RJ-45|
|AVB Audio Network Port||Locking XLR Ethernet|
|Internal Processing||32-bit, ﬂoating point|
|Sampling Rate||48 kHz, 44.1 kHz|
|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
|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||1.75” (45 mm)|
|Width||19” (483 mm)|
|Depth||12” (305 mm)|
|Weight||8.6 lbs. (3.9 kg)|
Computer system requirements:
Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for StudioLive 16R.
- macOS version 10.13 or later
- 200 MB storage space and 8 GB RAM for Universal Control (required for firmware updates)
- Available USB port
- Windows 10 or later (64-Bit Only)
- 200 MB storage space and 8 GB RAM for Universal Control (required for firmware updates and low-latency ASIO support)
- Available USB port
The above are the hardware system requirements for this product.
DAW software and Operating System requirements vary.
The best 16-channel digital mixer for your rack.
Inside the StudioLive 16R, the single-core PreSonus® FLEX DSP Engine powers 18 mixing channels, 10 mix buses, and 130 simultaneous processors, including 2 stereo reverberation systems and Fat Channel plug-in models on every input channel and mix bus. This is a true 16-channel digital mixer that can comfortably fit in any size rig. Simply connect it to a standard wireless router and control every mix parameter from your iPad®, Android™ tablet, or Windows® Touch computer, using UC Surface. UC Surface was designed to make mixing on a touch screen as intuitive as mixing on faders but with the benefit of allowing you to mix front-of-house from anywhere in the venue.
An integrated monitor mixer.
Professional venues and touring acts know that having a dedicated monitor mixer is the best way to ensure musicians can hear themselves clearly on stage. When connected to a StudioLive Series III console mixer, the StudioLive 16R provides remote inputs and main outputs while simultaneously retaining full control over its FlexMixes, so you can create up to six monitor mixes complete with independent gate, compression, EQ, and effects on every channel and bus.
The perfect personal monitoring system.
Modern musicians sometimes want more than just remote control: They want total control. When combined with up to 16 EarMix 16M personal monitor mixers, the StudioLive 16R is the most powerful personal monitoring hub available. With 6 FlexMix buses that can be configured as aux mixes, subgroups, or matrix mixes, the StudioLive 16R makes it easy to create simplified mixes for some EarMix 16M personal monitor mixers, while giving other EarMix 16Ms on the same network access to all 16 channels. Two dedicated effects buses let you add reverb and delay and let the musicians control the blend from stage. No other personal monitoring system offers so much powerful processing with flexible, easy-to-use routing features.
The digital stage box.
As a digital stage box for StudioLive Series III console mixers, the StudioLive 16R provides 16 remote digitally controlled XMAX preamps that can be gain-staged right from your StudioLive Series III console Fat Channel. The outputs of the StudioLive 16R automatically mirror the mixes available on your console mixer, making routing fast and easy. Best of all, when you need a rackmount mixer for a small mobile gig, simply disable Stage Box mode, and you have a full-featured, 16-channel digital mixer that fits into a single rackspace.
The USB audio interface with vintage sounds.
Recording engineers searching for a USB audio interface with near-zero latency monitor mixing, integrated plug-in models, and recallable mic preamps need look no further than the StudioLive 16R. An integrated 36-channel (18×18) audio interface lets you record with a complete rack of vintage EQ and dynamics processors for every channel and bus. You get 6 models preinstalled, plus the additional 15 models from the Fat Channel Collection Vol. 1—a $149 (USD) value if purchased separately.
Modeled after classic analog studio designs, these compressor and EQ plug-ins load both natively on the StudioLive 16R and inside Studio One®, providing the ultimate mixing and recording flexibility. Like every PreSonus interface, the StudioLive 16R is ready to record right out of the box with Studio One Artist or Capture®—both of which are included. You also get Ableton® Live Lite.
A complete networked solution.
StudioLive Series III networked products form an ecosystem that is easily expanded and quickly configured. Designed to enhance each other, these products are at the forefront of AVB networking technology. The StudioLive 16R combines the powerful processing for which StudioLive Series III mixers are known, with flexible modes to pair perfectly with console mixers and EarMix 16M personal monitoring mixers. Whether used standalone as a digital mixer and audio interface, or utilized with other StudioLive Series III ecosystem products, the StudioLive 16R combines flexibility with DSP power to become the ultimate compact audio solution.
Apple Silicon, iOS, and iPadOS compatibility—standard.
The PreSonus StudioLive 16R is natively compatible with Apple Silicon-based Mac computers*, as well as iOS and iPadOS devices, including iPad Pro, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPod Touch, and iPhone. Because it’s USB class-compliant, there are no special drivers or applications to download and install. You’ll be able to produce on the go—everything from podcasts to folk rock to trap—wherever sound takes you.
For more on iOS/iPadOS compatibility, click here.
*Universal Control 3.4.2 or later is required for Native Apple Silicon compatibility.
Three year warranty—for all Series III and III S mixers
When we introduced the StudioLive Series III S mixers, we upgraded all Series III mixer warranty programs to three years as well, including both console and rack mixers. Even if you bought yours two and a half years ago, you’re covered.
We take our build quality seriously, and if anything goes wrong with your mixer in your first three years of ownership (assuming you don’t throw it in a swamp or anything like that) we’ll repair it.
Make your own magic.
At PreSonus, we want to make sure that our audio products come with everything you need to craft your own mesmerizing spells in the studio. That’s why we include Studio One Artist with every audio interface and controller product we make, from the 2-channel AudioBox USB 96 to the 64-channel StudioLive 64S, ATOM to FaderPort 16, but we didn’t stop there. Why? Because here in Louisiana, we have a word: lagniappe. It means “a little something extra,” and it’s in that spirit that we also include the Studio Magic Suite of software with our audio interface products and–new for 2021–our award-winning controllers as well.
The 2021 Studio Magic includes tutorials from Melodics, sound libraries from Ghost Hack, 7 virtual instruments, and 9 effects plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX formats to use in Studio One Artist or your DAW of choice with a retail value of over $1000 (US).