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Presonus RM16AI Rackmount StudioLive AI Digital Mixer

Quick Overview

The Presonus RM16AI is the smaller of the two RM-AI units but offers all the quality and features you have come to expect from Presonus. The RM16AI is set to change the way you look at live sound.
The Presonus RM16AI is the smaller of the two RM-AI units but offers all the quality and features you have come to expect from Presonus. The RM16AI is set to change the way you look at live sound.

Rack-mount convenience, AI power, and total recall.

Based on the StudioLive™ AI-series mix engine and controlled with battle-ready UC Surface software for Mac®, Windows®, and iOS®, the StudioLive RM32AI and RM16AI 32-channel, 25-bus rack-mount Active Integration™ digital mixers are scalable, compact, and 100 percent recallable.

Complete recallable touch control.

PreSonus® UC Surface control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad was carefully designed for intuitive and quick performance in a live mixing environment but also serves well in the studio.

The power of Active Integration

StudioLive RM-series mixers are based on Active Integration™ (AI), a complete, networked, tightly integrated hardware/software ecosystem in which every touch point in the system interacts to enhance the user experience and solve practical problems in ways not previously possible.

Actively integrated software.

PreSonus StudioLive RM-series mixers are tightly integrated with a suite of free, state-of-the-art software that helps you mix and record better and have more fun doing it. No other mixer near this price class offers comparable software.

Wi-Fi and wired networking.

PreSonus StudioLive™ RM-series digital mixers’ Active Integration™ technology includes powerful real-time, direct, wired and Wi-Fi remote control over a variety of features, using free Mac®, Windows®, and iOS® software.

A gigantic console in a few rack spaces.

If a StudioLive RM mixer 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! Instead, all that processing fits in three (RM16AI) or four (RM32AI) rack spaces under software control.

Effects you'd expect from a stand-alone processor. Or four.

Two 32-bit stereo effects engines on dedicated buses, loaded with reverbs so rich and detailed that you feel like you're there. Two more with delay effects that you can really use. Use all four without compromising other resources.

Dedicated I/O.

View the front of a StudioLive RM-series rack-mount mixer, and you’ll see a straightforward jackfield with XLR channel inputs, XLR mix outputs, and other important connections.

The sound is pure PreSonus.

Getting a great-sounding mix depends in part on how good the mixer’s components are and how well the algorithms perform. That’s especially true with RM Series analog (but digitally recallable) XMAX™ mic preamps.

Complete store and recall—instantly.

With UC Surface, it’s very quick and easy to save all of your StudioLive RM settings for quick setup and recall—unlike some digital mixers.

Safe, sane, and secure.

Powerful networking and wireless remote control is great—but what if someone tries to hack into your Wi-Fi system and take control of the show or that jokester bass player tries to use his iPhone to mess with the lead singer’s monitor mix?

Which StudioLive RM for You?

That depends on how many inputs and outputs you need. We currently make two models, the StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI. The only differences are the number of channel inputs and Mix outputs, channel activity LEDs, and DB25 connectors that mirror the Mix outputs. Otherwise, the two models are identical.

Computer system requirements:

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for UC Surface. Apple iPad
  • iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPad (3rd generation), or iPad 2
  • iOS 7.03 or later
  • Mac® OS X 10.8 64-bit or later
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
  • Windows® 7 x64/x86 SP1, Windows 8 x64/x86
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Mac and Windows Systems
  • Wired or wireless network connection
  • Internet connection
  • For Capture and Studio One: - FireWire S800 (IEEE 1394b) port - Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended - Monitor with 1280x800 resolution
Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) than you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals.


Microphone Preamp
  • Input Type: Locking Balanced XLR Female
  • Frequency Response (Direct Out): 20 - 40 kHz, +/- 0.5 dBu
  • Frequency Response (Main Out): 20 - 20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1 kohm
  • THD to Main Output (1 kHz): 0.005%, +4 dBu, 20 - 20 kHz, Unity Gain, Unwtd
  • S/N Ratio to Main Output (Ref +4 dB, 20 kHz): 94dB
  • Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz): 65 dB
  • Gain Control Range (+/- 1 dB): 0dB to + 65dB
  • Maximum Input Level: +12 dBu
  • Phantom Power: 48V, Switchable Per Channel
Tape Inputs
  • Type: Unbalanced RCA Female (Stereo Pair)
  • Maximum Input Level: +/- 12 dBu
Main Outputs
  • Type: Balanced XLR Male
  • Rated Output Level: +/- 24 dBu
  • Output Impedance: 100 ohm
Mix Outputs
  • Type: Balanced XLR Male
  • Rated Output Level: +/- 24 dB
  • Output Impedance: 100 ohm
Headphone Output
  • Type: 1/4" TRS Female, Active Stereo
  • Maximum Output: 120 mW/ch. @ 60 ohms
  • 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
System Crosstalk:
  • Input to Output: -90 dB (Ref = +4 dBu 20 - 20 kHz, unwtd)
  • Adjacent Channels: -87 dB (Ref = +4 dBu 20 ? 20 kHz, unwtd)
Noise Gate / Expander
  • Threshold Range: -84 dB to 0 dB
  • Attack Time: 0.002s to 500 ms / 0.5 ms
  • Release Time: 40 ms to 1,000 ms
  • Auto Attack: 10 ms
  • Auto Release: 150 ms
  • Curve Types: Hard and Soft Knee
  • Threshold: -56 dB to 0 dB / -28 dBFS
  • Ratio: ∞ : 1
  • Attack: 20 ms
  • Hold: 10 ms
  • Release: 20 ms
Parametric EQ
  • Type: 2nd-Order Shelving Filter
  • Low (Lowpass or Bandpass): 36 to 465 Hz, +/- 15 dB
  • Low Mid (Bandpass): 90 Hz to 1.2 kHz, +/- 15 dB
  • High Mid (Bandpass): 380 Hz to 5kHz, +/- 15 dB
  • High (Highpass or Bandpass): 1.4 kHz to 18 kHz, +/- 15 dB
  • Q (Sweepable for Each Band): 0.1 to 4 / Low Q = 0.55, Hi Q = 2.0
Graphic EQ
  • Gain/Attenuation: +/- 15 dB
Digital Audio
  • ADC Dynamic Range: 118 dB (A-wtd, 48 kHz)
  • DAC Dynamic Range: 118 dB (A-wtd, 48 kHz)
  • FireWire: S800, 800 Mb/s
  • S/PDIF Output: RCA Female
  • Internal Processing: 32-Bit, Floating Point
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
  • A/D/A Bit Depth: 24
  • Reference Level for 0 dBFS: +18 dBu
  • Type: JetPLL™
  • Jitter:
  • Jitter Attenuation: >60 dB (1ns in, 1 ps out)
  • Connector: IEC
  • Input-Voltage Range: 90 to 240 VAC
  • Power Requirements: 200 W
  • Recommended Ambient Operating Temp: 0º - 40º Celsius / 32º to 104º Fahrenheit
  • Height: 5.25" (13.34 cm)
  • Width: 19" (48.26 cm)
  • Depth: 10.5" (26.67 cm)
  • Weight: 8.62 Kg
Manufacturer Presonus
Passive or Powered Passive
Number of Mic Inputs 16