I purchased the Presonus Studio Live 24.4 to eliminate outboard gear and have all the onboard compression, eq’s etc. Oh yea 24 ch recording! Easy to use and built well. Plan on buying a $450 L and M case to protect this puppy. I have already tweaked and recorded with this thing in less than 4 hours. I just need a crossover and feedback destroyers now! Effects on board sound good too although limited to reverbs and delays.
The Presonus Studio Live 24.4 is a great sounding console, clean but not sterile sounding. The processing power is great. Compression, gating and eq on all the channels including the buses. Very easy to learn and get around on. Wish it had a way for routing the reverb to the monitors.
Mutes on the aux masters would be nice to cut reverbs between songs. Also the current firmware (v1.0 build 166) has at least one bug that I have found. Build 165 had a couple. Tech support is very slow to respond, that disappointed me I like good customer service.
The size, it is deeper than our old mixer but about half the width. Once it is setup, it is as simple to operate as an analog mixer. It looks intimidating, all the buttons, but it is very straight forward to use. Add bonus: it is quite pretty when it is powered on. I would highly recommend this mixer to any one looking for a high quality mixer. But the price may steer you away, there are a lot of other mixers out that can do what this one can do for a much cheaper price. You will have to test the market to see what all there is out there but you will find something similar if you arent willing to fish out the money for the Presonus Studio Live 24.4.
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