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PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 24-Ch Digital Mixer 24 x 4 x 2

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The 24-channel, 10-aux, StudioLive 24.4. has incredible signal-processing power on every channel, easy store and recall of every setting, and the ability to record it all with just two mouse clicks.
  • 24 mic/line inputs with high-headroom Class A XMAX™ mic preamplifiers
  • 4 subgroups
  • Stereo/mono main out
  • 10 auxiliary mixes
  • 32-in/26-out FireWire digital recording ­interface (24-bit/44.1 kHz and 48 kHz)
  • Studio One Artist Digital Audio Workstation software for Mac™ and PC
  • Capture™ 1.1 recording software for Mac™ and PC
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PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 24-Ch Digital Mixer 24 x 4 x 2

You'll never go back to an old-school analog mixer once you've used StudioLive™. Easier to use, better sounding, and flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software, it delivers the most creative environment possible for both live performance and studio music production. But StudioLive is not simply a mixer, it's a rapidly growing family of state-of-the-art, integrated hardware-software mixing and recording systems that deliver the features you need for live sound, live recording, and studio recording. The StudioLive 24.4.2 is a fine choice for those who want to mix small to medium-sized shows and worship services, and it's a great choice for club systems, corporate applications, and educational institutions. And it's the perfect hardware core for a project studio.

Here, in one device, are high-headroom XMAX™ microphone preamplifiers, a built-in FireWire recording and playback interface, more than 90 signal processors, a big library of DSP effects, 10 aux buses, 4 subgroups, extensive LED metering, mixer save and recall, channel-strip save/recall/copy/paste, talkback, and more. Yet despite its many controls and features, it’s compact and easy to transport.

Sit down at a StudioLive 24.4.2, and you see real hardware Mute and Solo buttons, trim controls, and clearly labeled, individual knobs for the parametric EQ and dynamics processing. The master section—complete with Talkback, Monitor, Cue, and a choice of headphone sources—looks just like the master section on an analog board but with far more power and flexibility. Aux sends have their own controls. Every channel has a big, bright meter display.

Which StudioLive is Best for You?

Your mixing and recording needs aren’t necessarily exactly the same as everyone else’s. That’s why we created a StudioLive family of digital mixers, starting with the StudioLive 16.4.2 and the StudioLive 24.4.2. Let’s say you want more than 16 channels but want to keep your system compact. Perhaps the acts and events you mix require lots of monitor mixes, so you need more than the six auxiliary buses in the 16.4.2, and you want fully parametric EQ, rather than semi-parametric. You could use an enhanced gate with Key Listen and Key Filter features, and a Threshold control on the limiter would be handy. A stereo graphic EQ on the mains is mandatory but you also want graphic EQ on the subgroups and auxes at times—four dual-mono, 31-band graphic EQs would do the job nicely. No problem! You get all of these enhancements and more with the 24-channel, 10-aux, StudioLive 24.4.2.

A gigantic console in a small package thanks to the Fat Channel. If StudioLive were an analog console, it would have 4-foot-long channel strips packed with knobs and buttons or it would require a massive outboard rack of expensive signal processors! That’s because each channel has its own studio-grade compressor, limiter, gate, 4-band parametric equalizer, and high-pass filter. In all, we’ve packed 43 compressors, 43 limiters, 43 gates, 24 high-pass filters, and more, into one remarkable Fat Channel. Engaged by pressing any Select button, the StudioLive 24.4.2’s Fat Channel features extensive EQ and dynamics for every input channel, every aux output (including the two internal FX buses), every subgroup output, and the main outputs.

You get two programmable, 32-bit, stereo DSP effects engines, loaded with 50 reverbs, delays, and time-based effects that you can really use. The reverbs are so rich and detailed that you feel like you’re there. Delays are precise. Slap echo sounds like old-school tape effects. All 50 effects have easy-to-use parameter adjustment, tap tempo, store, recall, and Scene selection for ultimate creative flexibility.

All of these features add up to a lot of settings to remember and reset at every performance. That’s where the power of digital comes in: StudioLive lets you save all of your digital settings for quick setup and recall. Save Scenes that include every setting on the mixer or save just the Fat Channel settings. Copy-and-paste settings across multiple channels. Save individual DSP effects for ultimate ease, speed, and control. This means that for fixed applications like clubs, churches, and auditoriums, you can always count on the same sound and can fine-tune Scenes for different songs and call them up instantly.

Microphone Preamp 1-24 (XLR Balanced)

  • Type: XLR Female, balanced
  • Frequency response to directoutput: 20 Hz to 40 kHz ±0.5 dBu
  • Frequency Response to main output: 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.5 dBu
  • Input impedance (Balanced): 1 k ohm
  • THD to direct output: <0.005%, +4dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
  • THD to main output: <0.005%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
  • EIN to direct output: +125 dB unwtd,, +130 dB A-wtd
  • S/N Ratio to direct output: -97 dB
  • S/N Ratio to main output: -94 dB
  • Common Mode Rejection Ratio +65 dB
  • Gain control range: -16 dB to +67 dB (+/-1 dB)
  • Maximum input level (unity gain): +16 dBu
  • Phantom power: +48 VDC

    Line Inputs

  • Type: 1/4" TRS Female, balanced mono
  • Frequency response to direct outputs: 10-40 kHz, 0/-0.5 dBu
  • Frequency response to main outputs: 20-20 kHz, +/-0.5 dBu
  • Input impedance: 10 k ohm
  • THD to direct output: <0.0007%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
  • THD to main output: <0.005%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
  • S/N ratio to direct outpu: -105 dB
  • S/N ratio to main output: -94 dB
  • Gain control range: -20 dB to +20 dB (+/- 1 dB)
  • Maximum input level (unity gain): +22 dBu

    Tape Inputs

  • Type: 1/4" TRS female, balanced mono
  • Maximum input level: +10 dBu

    Auxiliary Inputs

  • Type: 1/4" TRS Female, balanced (2 stereo pairs)
  • Maximum input level: +22 dBu

    Main Outputs

  • Type: Male, balanced (stereo pair); 1/4" TRS Female, balanced (stereo pair); XLR Male, balanced (mono)
  • Rated output level: +24 dBu
  • Output impedance: 10 k ohm

    Aux Outputs

  • Type: 1/4" TRS female, balanced (mono)
  • Rated output level: +18 dBu
  • Output impedance: 51 ohms

    Subgroup Outputs

  • Type: 1/4" TRS Female, balanced (mono)
  • Rated output level: +18 dBu
  • Output impedance: 51 ohms

    Tape Outputs

  • Type: RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
  • Rated output level: +18 dBu
  • Output impedance: 100 ohms

    Control Room Outputs

  • Type: 1/4" TRS Female, balanced (stereo pair)
  • Rated output level: +18 dBu
  • Output impedance: 51 ohms

    System Cross Talk

  • Input to output: -90 dBu
  • Adjacent channels: -87 dBu

    Noise Gate/Expander

  • Key listen filter (2nd order resonant bypass): Q=0.7; OFF, 40 Hz-16 kHz
  • Threshold range: -84 dB to 0 dB
  • Gate attenuation range: -84 dB to 0 dB
  • Attack time: 0.02s to 500ms
  • Release time: 0.05s to 2s
  • Expander attenuation range: 2:1


  • Threshold: -28 dB FS
  • Ratio: ohms:1
  • Attack: 20ns
  • Hold: 10ms
  • Release: 20ms


  • Threshold range: -56 dB to 0 dB
  • Ratio: 1:1 to 14:1
  • Attack time: 0.2 ms to 150 ms
  • Release time: 40 ms to 1000 ms
  • Auto attack and release: Attack = 10 ms, Release = 150 ms
  • Curve types: hard and soft knee


  • Type: 2nd order shelving filter (Q = 0.55)
  • Q: 0.1 to 4
  • Low (Lowpass or Bandpass): 36 to 465 Hz, ± 15 dB
  • Low mid: 90 Hz to 1.2 kHz, ±15 dB
  • High mid: 380 Hz to 5 kHz, ±15 dB
  • High (Highpass or Bandpass): 1.4 kHz to 18 kHz, ±15 dB

    Graphic EQ

  • 31-Band 1/3rd octave controls: Curve-fitting algorithm
  • Gain/Attenuation: ±15 dB

    Digital Audio

  • ADC dynamic range (A-wtd, 48 kHz): 118 dB
  • DAC dynamic range (A-wtd, 48 kHz): 118 dB
  • FireWire: S400, 400Mb/s
  • Internal processing: 32-bit, floating point
  • Sampling rate: 44.1, 48 kHz
  • A/D/A Bit depth: 24
  • Reference level for 0 dBFS -18 dBu


  • Connector: IEC
  • Input-voltage range: 100 to 240 V~, 50-60 Hz
  • Power Requirements (continuous): 100 watts
  • Temperature range: 0 - 40 degrees celsius


  • Dimensions: 21.31" L x 25.19" W x 7.02" max H (541.27 x 639.80 x 178.21 mm)
  • *Please see complete mechanical drawings when building a custom rack, desk or case.
  • Weight: 30 lbs.

    • Mixer TypeDigital
    • Special FeaturesBuilt-In Digital Effects,USB Firewire Connectivity
    • XLR Mic Inputs24 +
    PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 24-Ch Digital Mixer 24 x 4 x 2
    • BrandPreSonus
    • ModelStudioLive 24.4.2
    • Part Number246-2522
    • UPC788581014974
    • Product CategoryMixers - Live Sound & Recording
    • Unit of MeasureEA
    • Product Rating
      (3 Reviews)
    • Weight55 lbs.
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    PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 24-Ch Digital Mixer 24 x 4 x 2
    PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 24-Ch Digital Mixer 24 x 4 x 2 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding & long lasting honeymoonIt lives in my truck and has been on the road..cold, damp, heat etc, this has proven very reliable even after 3 years and 100's of show to it's credit. I do bring it and my amp racks inside between shows during the winter months though.No failures however a couple of software burps when I did the update without reading the instructions first. Not the board's fault and was quickly remedied via free software updates & firmware updates from Presonus.On super hot days I do keep it in the shade and put a fan on it since I do know better with a lifetime of electronics repair under my belt. It does seem to run a little hot and I do feel it could use a little more airflow, thus the fan in the summer heat. I think I actually cooked it once in the summer heat (smelled burnt for a few months) but it’s never failed and is still going strong.Entry level user? This does not get any better. Unity gain on inputs, subgroup your in’s and use the board’s gain structure ….. just like analog only 100’s of lbs lighter and no FOH rack or snake! …and in 30 seconds the presets will get you in the ballpark and sound better than most analog weekend warrior soundmen out there.Advanced user? PC (mac or PC) interface to iPad is outstanding and unparalleled with other manufacturer's products I’ve used. Preamps sound awesome and I'd not even consider the new Behringer X32 even with the Midas pres. Bellringer has not proven to be reliable in my experience so I’d NEVER risk my customer’s events and my reputation to this supplier.Live? I’m considering another to strap to 48 channels for the larger shows. Onstage monitor mixing is fantastic however in a ‘sound for hire’ application, I do not give my customers access to my wireless router for Qmix. Secure and solid.Studio? I’ve recently upgraded my software to the new Presonus Studio One and Capture versions and while easy to use, the new version is significantly improved/different than the previous. I was extremely familiar with the old versions so I now have a new learning curve. Not a bad thing just new tools & toys to work with.Overall? I do honestly give this product a 12 out of 10. 10/10 for hardware with a +1 bonus for a solid software product and +1 for after sales support with software\firmware updates. Presonus did their homework and released a rock solid functional product unparalleled in the industry even after 3 years. Great job Presonus!
    Date published: 2013-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mean & Clean - The Best Mixer for the Money!I have been using a StudioLive 24.4.2 for about 9 months and this little mixer is just awesome! We installed it into our 500 seat church venue in 2011. While you can use the StudioLive 24.4.2 as a stand alone mixer, it really comes to life when you attach a Mac to the built in firewire port. Add an iPad along with a dedicated router/internet connection for the Mac and now you are no longer "tied to the board"!Standing on the stage dialing in all 10 monitor mixes using the iPad is an unbelievable time saver when the console is 125 feet away out in the house. Each musician can mix their own monitor using their iPhone or iPad and there's no worries because the sound engineer can control what each iPad will operate by assigning permissions (at the host Mac) to every iPhone/iPad that connects to the network. This prevents band members from accidentally tweaking each other's monitor mixes or the house mix/EQ.I can also move about the room during sound check/live performance and adjust the house mix using the iPad.All this comes from an old die hard Big 80's concert sound engineer who vowed never to go digital and people would have to pry my old gigantic Yamaha console out of my cold, dead hands!HA HA - PreSonus has shown me the light and now I wouldn't go back to all that cable and heavy gear for all the money it is no longer worth!Those who bash the StudioLive console probably have not taken the time to really study and understand the way it works and how the Mac and iPad all connect. Once you "get it", you'll never want to use another console.This one tiny console replaced my entire monitor mix console/racks/wiring as well as the house console/racks/patch cables.For those who say it does not have enough channels for multiple band shows, simply save each band's mix at the conclusion of sound check and then recall the appropriate mix (scene) about 5 minutes before they take the stage. BAM - you are right back where you left that band at sound check! It doesn't get any easier!Need to record? The StudioLive 24.4.2 comes with built in "Capture" software. One mouse click to arm all 24 tracks, another to click RECORD and now you are recording all 24 raw tracks to the Mac which you can go back and remix later.The PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 is mean and clean - both in performance and appearance. You just can't find a better mixing console for the money.
    Date published: 2012-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from All in one...I don;t own this mixer yet, but I will soon. I would buy it here from Parts Express, but my employer is a dealer for Presonus and I am going to get it at a better price, and with financing.Anyway, buying this board will allow me to get rid of my (filled to capacity) 4 foot outboard rack (keeping only the headphone amp and the QuadraVerb). My system will be less than a third of the foot print at FOH as my older one, yet be 10 times more useful and flexible. I like to refer to this board as a "Poor man's M7-CL". Don't get me wrong, Yamaha makes an amazing digital mixer, but the only difference between the two boards (as far as I can tell at least) are that the Prsonus only has 24 mic pre instead of 48, 4 sub instead of 8 and no motorized faders. To some people the difference does warrant getting the M7 instead, but for me the choice is obvious, either this or a $25,000 board. I don't think I need to spell out which suits my budget better.
    Date published: 2011-02-17

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