PreSonus StudioLive 32SX Review | Build Your Studiolive Ecosystem
StudioLive® 32SX: 32-channel PreSonus Digital Mixer and USB Audio Interface
Designed for live sound reinforcement, live recording, and studio recording applications, the PreSonus StudioLive 32SX is a Series III S 32-channel digital console, recorder, and audio interface in a low-profile, space-saving frame.
Loaded with the processing power, studio-grade audio quality, and flexible routing options that made StudioLive mixers famous, the StudioLive 32SX is the perfect compact 32-channel digital mixing solution. Powered by the dual-core PreSonus FLEX DSP Engine, the StudioLive 32SX digital mixer is equipped with 40 mixing channels, 26 mix buses, and 286 simultaneous processors—including 4 stereo reverberation systems, and Fat Channel plug-in models on every input and mix.
The low profile of the StudioLive 32SX makes it an ideal solution for any mixing environment where desk real estate is at a premium. The split-fader workflow lets you manage 32 input channels in two fader layers, while still providing access to your mix outputs on eight additional faders. With 32 XMAX mic preamps and 16 balanced mix outputs, the StudioLive 32SX packs connectivity and power into efficient use of space.
We built our reputation designing great-sounding analog circuits for critical studio-recording environments, and we put all of that experience into designing the StudioLive 32SX digital mixer. In 1995, PreSonus patented digital control over analog circuits with our first studio product. Building on this legacy, we created a separate digital volume-control circuit ahead of our lauded analog XMAX mic preamp design, providing the convenience of digital recall without sacrificing fidelity. This allows the StudioLive 32SX mic preamps to be remote-controlled with UC Surface software or Studio One®, and when you load a StudioLive 32SX mixer scene, the mic preamp trim values can also be recalled along with the other settings.
Remote control of your digital mixer from anywhere—on any device.
PreSonus StudioLive Series III digital mixers are tightly integrated with an entire suite of state-of-the-art software. Mix wirelessly using UC Surface touch-control software for macOS®, Windows®, iPadOS® and Android™. Control your monitor mixes with QMix®-UC for iPhone®, iPod® touch, and Android devices. Whether you’re adjusting monitor mixes on stage, moving around the room to dial in your mix, or using your mobile device as a second screen for your StudioLive 32SX digital mixer, remotely controlling your mix from anywhere just got easier.
Features of StudioLive 32SX
- Powered by the new dual-core PreSonus FLEX DSP Engine to provide the most processing of any mixing console in its class
- 40 input-channel digital mixer with 25 touch-sensitive motorized faders
- 32 local digitally controlled XMAX mic/line inputs
- 2 balanced stereo aux inputs
- 1 stereo tape input (RCA, USB, AVB or SD)
- 4 FLEX FX returns
- 1 Talkback
- 26 mix buses
- 16 FlexMixes (Aux, Subgroup, Matrix)
- 4 dedicated FLEX FX buses
- 4 dedicated subgroups
- Stereo Main bus
The scalable Digital Mixer – Presonus StudioLive 32SX
The StudioLive 32SX digital mixer and the complete PreSonus StudioLive Series III ecosystem of AVB networking products allow you to create a system that is truly customized for your needs. AddEarMix 16M personal monitor mixersto give your musicians their own customizable 16-channel monitor mixes. Connect a StudioLive 32R to use as a remote stage box or monitor mixer. Multiple StudioLive Series III digital mixers can be networked, allowing you to route audio to and from any device on the audio network thanks, to the flexibility of Digital Patching onboard your StudioLive 32SX digital mixer and in UC Surface remote mixer software.
Flexible mixing for studio and stage.
The StudioLive 32SX was designed to fit well in any application. Its 16 FlexMixes can be individually configured to function as an aux bus, a subgroup, or a matrix mix. Four designated effects buses provide a total of 24 mix buses plus an independent solo bus and the main mix. We also provided 24 DCAs so you can more easily and flexibly control groups of channels. Inputs and buses can be freely routed internally, out to your AVB network, and over the USB bus, allowing you to customize your StudioLive 32SX for your unique mixing style.
Record music with or without a computer.
PreSonus Capture® recording software is an intuitive multitrack recording application with a fully integrated Virtual Soundcheck mode that runs directly on your StudioLive 32SX digital mixer or on your Mac® or Windows® computer. Record all 32 channels plus a stereo mix of your choosing via USB, to an SD Card, or both for the ultimate redundant live-recording rig. StudioLive mix scenes can be stored with your recordings to speed up virtual soundchecks. Best of all, Capture sessions open natively in Studio One with the entire StudioLive mix scene re-created in the Studio One console, complete with fader levels, Fat Channel settings, mutes, solos, and more. No other multitrack software makes recording as fast, simple and hassle-free so you can focus on mixing the show.
The Best Music Recording Software Included
Studio One revolutionized music recording, making common mixing and production tasks as easy as drag-and-drop. Tight integration with StudioLive 32SX digital mixers allows you to control preamp levels and more right from the Studio One software console. Press the DAW button on your StudioLive 32SX, and your Studio One controls are right under your fingertips on your digital mixer.Studio One control can be toggled on and off, allowing you to quickly switch between your live mix and your production mix with the press of a button. Studio One Artist is included with the StudioLive 32SX, so you can start recording right out of the box.
The best USB audio interface for mixing.
With 128 (64×64) channels of recording over USB, you can record every input channel and bus on your StudioLive 32SX for the ultimate recording rig. Each channel can independently access its analog input or its dedicated digital return from your computer. Six preinstalled vintage EQ and classic compressor Fat Channel plug-in models can be used onboard your mixer as well as within Studio One. And you also get Fat Channel Collection Vol. 1, which includes 15 additional vintage-modeled EQs and compressors—a $149 (USD) value if purchased separately. Fat Channel plug-ins can be inserted on every input channel and output bus, giving you extensive, studio-style processing while mixing and recording.
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StudioLive Ecosystem Products
StudioLive Series III digital mixers are a part of a full networkable ecosystem of products that are designed to work together seamlessly. Whether you’re managing your AVB network from your StudioLive Series III console or UC Surface on your computer or tablet, PreSonus makes it easy to route audio and configure your network fast so you can get on with the show or the session.
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. Connect to StudioLive Series III rack mixers and add a dedicated monitor mixer. Route audio to EarMix 16M personal monitor mixers for customized mixes on stage. With powerful plug-in processing, advanced recording features, and a full complement of analog I/O in a compact chassis, the StudioLive 32SX is an ideal centerpiece for sound systems of any size.
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.