Presonus StudioLive CS18AI Mixing Desk

  • R 35,999.00


Powerful, intuitive network control.

Equipped with 100 mm touch-sensitive motorized faders and AVB networking, the StudioLive® CS18AI control surface provides a compact, intuitive mixing solution for PreSonus®StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI rack-mount digital mixers and Studio One® 3 digital audio workstation. The CS18AI connects to the network with a CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for cumbersome analog or digital snakes and stage boxes, and offers a host of other useful features. It adds up to a powerful mix control system with a fast, intuitive workflow and the latest networking technology.

Complete control of StudioLive RM-series rack mixers.

Networked with StudioLive RM-series mixers via PreSonus UCNET technology, the StudioLive CS18AI offers complete hardware control of up to 64-channels and all mixer features. Keep your mixing I/O onstage in a rack, while running the mix from hundreds of feet way, using a lightweight Ethernet cable instead of a cumbersome analog snake and separate stagebox. Set up a wireless network and add an iPad®, a large Windows®8/10 touchscreen, a Mac® or Windows laptop, or any combination for unprecedented mixing and control.

Extensive mix control for Studio One 3.

Unlike DAW controllers that give you some faders and generic controls that try to do too much with too little, the StudioLive CS18AI provides extensive hardware control for Studio One 3. Control channel faders and automation, PreSonus and third-party plug-ins, transport control, and more. Controlling Studio One with a CS18AI is like mixing with a large studio console—but more flexible.

Filter DCAs are better than layers.

Although you can navigate your mixes using traditional layers, a better solution is our unique Filter DCA groups, which bring the elements of the mix to you. Filter DCAs combine concepts of DCAs and view groups into an intuitive workflow designed to make your life easier when you’re in the heat of a live mix. For instance, rather than trying to remember which layer the lead guitar is on, select your guitar Filter DCA, and you'll have access to your guitar channels. This is going to change the way you mix! For more about Filter DCAs, see our UC Surface page.

Built-in, 4x2, AVB-networked audio.

Through the power and flexibility of AVB audio networking, the StudioLive CS18AI can not only transmit control data but can also send and receive audio channels across long distances. You get two mic/line inputs with PreSonus’ remote-controllable XMAX preamps and two line inputs that you can use as sources for the talkback, 2-track playback, or other sources from front-of-house. The CS18AI’s two TRS line-level returns are shared with the monitor line outputs and headphone output and can be sourced from any RM mixer output, including the solo bus, main mix, or any aux mix.

Mix in touch-sensitive techno-color.

Every aspect of the CS18AI was designed to help you mix with ease and reliability. RGB Select buttons make it easier to identify channels, layers, and mixes based on color. True touch-sensitive faders know when your finger makes contact so the fader will never fight you, and you can experience real automation functionality in the studio. The CS18AI lights your way through mixing with 146 illuminated buttons; 16 high-res, 64x96-pixel scribble strips; a touch-sensitive, 4.3-inch (109 mm) LCD display; and 20 11-segment LED level ladders. If you need to control it, it lights up.

Integrated software control, too!

When you’re mixing a live show, and the heat is on, PreSonus’ UC Surface battle-ready, touch control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad has your back, enabling you to accomplish your mission with confidence and providing fast, intuitive access to everything you need. UC Surface can directly control any StudioLive RM rack mixer or StudioLive AI console, and it also works in tandem with the StudioLive CS18AI as an extension to the physical controller, offering complementary views, full metering, and scene recalls. Mix with the CS18AI at front-of-house, or mix from anywhere in the venue using UC Surface for iPad, or both. Either way, you’ll enjoy a fast, smart workflow designed for live mixing.

Get your hands on a StudioLive CS18AI.

A StudioLive CS18AI, StudioLive RM Active Integration rack mixer, and Studio One 3 DAW are an unbeatable combination for value and sheer mixing power. Touch a StudioLive CS18AI today at your favorite PreSonus dealer.

Computer system requirements:

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for UC Surface, QMix-UC, and Studio One®.

Mac

  • Mac® OS X 10.8.5 64-bit or later
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

Windows

  • Windows® 7 x64/x86 SP1 + platform update, Windows 8.1 x64/x86, Windows 10 x64/x86
  • 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
  • Internet connection
  • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
  • 30 GB hard disk space
  • Monitor with 1366x768 resolution

iOS

  • iOS 9.3 or later
  • iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2


Android

  • Android™ 5.0 (Lollipop) or later
  • Android smartphone (QMix-UC)
  • Android tablet (8-inch) with 1024x768 resolution (UC Surface)
Note: The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.
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 signals.

Technical Specifications

Network

Type Ethernet / AVB

Microphone Inputs

Type XLR Female (via Combo), Balanced Remote
Maximum Input Level +12 dBu, ±0.5 dB, Unity Gain
Gain Control Range 65 dB, ±1 dB
Gain 0 to +65 dB, ±1 dB
Frequency Response to Main Output 20 Hz-20 kHz, ±0.5 dBu
Frequency Response (A-D) 10 Hz to 40 kHz, ±0.2 dB
Input Impedance 1 kΩ
THD to Main Output <0.005% max, +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
THD+N (min. gain, a-wtd) < 0.005%
Dynamic Range (min. gain, a-wtd) > 114 dB
Dynamic Range (mid. gain, unwtd) > 105 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio to Main Output 94 dB
Common Mode Rejection 65 dB (1 kHz, unity gain)
EIN (+55 dB gain, 150Ω input, 20 Hz-22 kHz, a-wtd) < 128 dBu
Phantom Power +48 V (±2 V, > 8 mA per channel)

Line Inputs

Type ¼” TRS Female (via Combo), Balanced
Maximum Input Level +18 dBu
Frequency Response (A-D) 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.2 dB
Frequency Response to Main Out 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.5 dBu
THD to Main Output <0.005% max, +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, a-wtd) < 0.005%
Input Impedance 10 kΩ
Signal-to-Noise Ratio to Main Output 94 dB
Max Input Level +18 dBu
Dynamic Range (min. gain, a-wtd) > 114 dB
Dynamic Range (mid. gain, unwtd) > 105 dB
Crosstalk (1 kHz, channel-to-channel) < -80 dB

Physical

Length 22.35" (58.6 cm)
Width (chassis only) 17.22" (43.74 cm)
Maximum Height 6.9" (17.53 cm)
Weight 23 lbs. (10.43 kg)

Monitor Line Outputs

Type XLR Male, Electrically Balanced
Maximum Output Level +24 dBu, ±0.5
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.2 dB
Dynamic Range (a-wtd) > 112 dB
THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, un-wtd) < 0.005%
Output Impedance 100Ω
Crosstalk (1 kHz, channel-to-channel) < -80 dB

Headphone Outputs

Type ¼” TRS Female, Stereo, Unbalanced
Maximum Output Level 120 mW/channel @ 60 Ω
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.5 dB
Dynamic Range (a-wtd) > 103 dB
THD+N 0.01%, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unwt
Crosstalk (1 kHz, channel-to-channel) < -80 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 96 dB 1kHz, max gain, 20 kHz BW, unwtd

System Crosstalk

Input to Output -90 dBu +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd
Adjacent Channels -87 dBu +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd

Digital Audio

ADC Dynamic Range 118 dB min (A-wtd, 48 kHz)
DAC Dynamic Range 118 dB min (A-wtd, 48 kHz)
Sample Rate 44.1, 48 kHz
Reference Level for 0 dBFS +18 dBu

Clock

Clock Jitter <20 Ps RMS, 20 Hz-20 kHz
Jitter Attenuation >60 dB 1 ns in ~1 ps out

Power / Environmental

Connector IEC
Input-Voltage Range 100 to 230V, 50-60 Hz
Power Requirements 200W
Temperature Range 0˚ to 40˚ Celsius / 32˚ to 104˚ Fahrenheit
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