PRESONUS CS18AI 64 CHANNEL CONTROL SURFACE WITH MOTORISED FADERS
PRESONUS CS18AI 64 CHANNEL CONTROL SURFACE WITH MOTORISED FADERS
Complete Mix Control
PreSonus® StudioLive™ mixers redefined affordable compact mixing, forever changing the world and setting the standard for what digital mixers could be. Built from this award-winning legacy, the StudioLive CS18AI is a compact, intuitive mixing solution for the StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI rack-mount digital mixers and Studio One® digital audio workstation (Version 3 or higher). All StudioLive products are at home both live and in the studio, are easy to learn, and incorporate uniquely PreSonus workflows and features.
- 18 100 mm, touch-sensitive motorized faders: 16 Channel, 1 Flex, 1 Master
- Navigate using traditional layers or with intuitive PreSonus Filter DCA group
- 2 XMAX™ preamps, 2 balanced TRS line inputs, 2 XLR and stereo headphone output
- Connects via a simple Ethernet cable eliminating the need for cumbersome analog or digital snakes and stage boxes
- Studio One control surface functionality
Networked with StudioLive RM-series mixers via AVB Ethernet and PreSonus UCNET technology, the StudioLive CS18AI enables complete hardware control of all mixer features. With a CS18AI and a StudioLive RM mixer, you can keep your mixing I/O onstage in a rack, while running the mix from hundreds of feet way using a lightweight Ethernet cable—eliminating the need for a cumbersome analog snake and a separate stagebox.
In addition to mixing with the StudioLive CS18AI’s touch-sensitive motorized faders, a StudioLive RM as your mix core allows you to integrate an iPad®, a large Windows® 8 touchscreen, or a combination of them all for unprecedented mixing and control.
The power of Active Integration™.
Your needs are unique. PreSonus AI systems are designed to address your individual requirements. With several control options and exclusive software integration features, you can accomplish more and have exactly the control and capabilities you need.
The StudioLive CS18AI connects to RM mixers with a single CAT 5 Ethernet cable. That enables Active Integration with PreSonus software including UC Surface control software for iPad, Windows 8 touchscreen, and Mac computers; iPhone and iPod management of personal monitor mixes with QMix-AI; and direct Capture™ control for live recording and virtual soundchecks.
UC Surface works with the StudioLive CS18AI as an extension to the physical controller, with complementary views for the selected channel strip, full metering, and scene recalls. Or leave the CS18AI at front-of-house and navigate the room and fine-tune the mix with UC Surface for iPad.
The StudioLive CS18AI also integrates directly with Studio One to provide a big-console mixing experience, giving you the most comprehensive, hands-on control of your Studio One mix using the controller's touch-sensitive, motorized faders. Plug-ins, scribble strips, Channel Select button colors, channel banking, and transport control bring your Studio One session into the physical world. Easily create channel automation and navigate your mix with intuitive StudioLive workflows.
Filter DCAs are better than layers.
We’ve never liked the complexity that comes with navigating your mix using channel layers. That’s why StudioLive mixers have traditionally featured a one-to-one channel configuration, with no layers. While the StudioLive CS18AI does support classic layer navigation, it also features our unique Filter DCAs for controlling and navigating your mix.
The StudioLive CS18AI is the first live mix system that lets you control 64 channels from a 19-inch, rack-mountable control surface. Filter DCA groups bring the elements of the mix to you. Rather than trying to remember which layer the lead guitar is on, simply select your guitar DCA Filter, and you'll have access to your guitar channels. Filter DCAs take concepts of DCAs and view groups and combine them into an intuitive workflow designed to make your life easier when you’re in the heat of a live mix. No other mixing system can offer such compact and affordable mixing system that’s so easy to use.
You don’t need to see or individually adjust 32 or 64 channels!
Rather, you need to be able to adjust groups of channels: Drums, background vocals, horn section, etc. Or individual performer groups such as lead vocal and their keyboard. Or even more granular groups like toms only. This gives you more control with less channels and faders.
DCAs – Digitally Controlled Amplifiers – are the traditional solution used on large-format mixers. DCAs are like remote controls for a group of channel faders: Change the DCA fader; change all the component channel fader levels at once. This is a great solution as far as it goes. The problem is, no mixer of any size has enough DCAs to build all the combinations of channels that could make mixing easier. And mixers in StudioLive RM's price range do not have them at all.
We realized that users needed a more sophisticated way to control mixer channels in all sorts of combinations. So we combined DCAs and population groups into an elegant, integrated solution: Filter DCAs.
This breakthrough feature for navigating and controlling a mix lets you get the most from channel grouping because it enables dynamic changes in the context of the mix.
The StudioLive CS18AI and UC Surface give you more than 25 Filter DCAs, each of which can contain any combination of available input channels. Select a Filter DCA, and the channel view changes to only show the channels belonging to that group. The Flex fader switches context to adjust the relative level of all channels in the group.
Filter DCAs stay active until exited, allowing you to address the same group independently across different mixes. You can also flip between groups on the fly to change the context of a selected mix. So rather then navigating through layers of channels, the channels you want come to you.
All primary mixing functionality is at your fingers, without the need to navigate complex views or deep menus.
This is going to totally change the way you 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 16 11-segment LED level ladders. If you need to control it, it lights up.
Not all faders with little motors inside are touch-sensitive. Many controllers use motion-sensitive faders that you have to grab and move to change the level, which can be a real problem if you’re trying to write automation or if the fader is already in motion.
With the StudioLive CS18AI’s touch-sensitive faders, you can simply touch a fader to take control. They’re essential when mixing with automation because they allow the system to drop into Automation Record mode the moment you touch the fader and stop recording automation as soon as you release it. In live mixing, touch sensitivity provides valuable channel information, such as the fader value, without actually changing the value.
Audio forums have plenty of laments about some manufacturers’ moving faders “jumping their belts” or simply burning out. PreSonus uses ultra-high-duty-cycle, motorized faders that have been put through thousands of hours of rigorous testing to ensure quality performance. They won’t break, even after years at front-of-house in a smoke-filled club.
The perfect DAW controller for Studio One 3.
With a simple Ethernet connection, the StudioLive CS18AI becomes the control for Studio One, giving you an instant studio upgrade and closing the loop between studio and stage. Now you can get the performance of a big mixing console in a compact controller with a natural feel. Other DAW controllers give you some faders and generic controls that try to do too much with too little. The CS18AI is a complete mix controller that doesn’t skimp on functionality. You get all the classic mixer controls and workflows while still keeping the footprint compact.
With the CS18AI, you can take control the following functionality in Studio One:
- Touch-sensitive motorized fader control over channel faders and automation
- PreSonus and third-party plug-in control
- Channel Mute
- Channel Solo and Solo Clear
- Channel Select with matched RGB LED channel colors
- Channel Pan control
- Scribble-strip names, pan indication, and current automation mode
- Channel layer navigation
- Aux mix control
- Transport control
- Marker navigation
- Automation mode selection
Built-in 4x2 networked AVB audio.
Through the power and flexibility of audio networking, the StudioLive CS18AI can send and receive audio channels across long distances with just a single Ethernet cable. Use the two mic and two line inputs as sources for the talkback, digital return, or networked sources for Channels 31 and 32 on StudioLive RM mixers. The two returns are shared with the monitor line outputs and headphone output and can be sourced from any output of the RM mixers, including the Solo bus, main mix, or any aux mixes.
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