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 (18x18) 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.
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 (18x18) audio interface lets you record with a complete rack of vintage EQ and dynamics processors for every channel and bus. You get six models pre-installed, plus the additional 15 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.
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.
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
Gate / Expander
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 (18x18) recording over USB
Onboard stereo SD recorder with true Virtual Soundcheck mode
AVB Networking onboard (64x64) to connect with other mixers, NSB-series stage boxes, EarMix 16M personal monitor mixers and more
Monitor Mix and Stage Box Mode 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
Mi crophone Preamplifier
Combo locking XLR mic- TRS line
Frequency Response to Main Output (at unity gain)
20-20 kHz, 0.5 dBu
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, unitygain, A-wtd)
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz at unity gain)
Gain Control Range (1 dB)
0 dB to +60 dB
Maximum Input Level (unity gain)
Phantom Power (2 VDC)
48 VDC, switchable per channel
Unbalanced Inputs (Ch. 15-16)
RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
Maximum Input Level
+12 dBu, 0.5 dBu
XLR Male, balanced
Maximum Output Level
+24 dBu, 0.5 dBu
TRS Female, balanced
Maximum Output Level
+18 dBu, 0.5 dBu
TRS Female, active stereo
100 mW/ch. @ 60 load
20 Hz 20 kHz ( 0.5 dB)
0.01%, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unwtd
96 dB, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unwtd
Input to Output
-90 dB (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd)
-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
AVB Audio Network Port
Locking XLR Ethernet
32-bit, oating point
48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
A/D/A Bit Depth
Reference Level for 0 dBFS
Total System Latency
1.9 ms (local routing, analog in-analog out, all processingactive)
<20 ps RMS (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
>60 dB (1 ns in, 1 ps out)
Power / Environmental
90 to 230 VAC (10%)
Power Requirements (continuous)
Recommended Ambient Operating Temperature
0 to 40 Celsius / 32 to 104 Fahrenheit
8.6 lbs. (3.9 kg)
Computer system requirements:
Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for UCSurface, QMix-UC, and Studio One.
macOS 10.11 or higher (64-bit only)
Intel Core 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or fasterrecommended)
4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Windows 7 x64 SP1 + platform update, Windows 8.1 x64,Windows 10 x64
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
Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highlyrecommended
34 GB hard disk space
Monitor with 1366x768 resolution
iOS 10 or later
iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini withRetina display, iPad (4th generation)
Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or later
Android smartphone (QMix-UC)
Android tablet (8-inch) with 1024x768 resolution (UCSurface)