PreSonus StudioLive RML16 AI 16-channel Rackmount Digital Mixer




Equally at home in houses of worship, schools, broadcast facilities, live venues, touring rigs, and recording studios, the PreSonus® StudioLive® RML16AI rack-mount Active Integration™ digital mixer is a versatile and flexible solution for live sound and recording. These versatile 25-bus mixers offer 8 mic inputs, 8 combo mic/line inputs, and 16 digital inputs via FireWire, AVB, or Dante, for a total of 32 input channels, expandable up to 64. StudioLive RML16AI mixers are flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software and boast an integrated multitrack recording interface, advanced AVB or Dante networking, and multiple control options. Yet they’re easy to use, with a workflow that will let you focus on mixing, without being distracted by the technology.

Powerful, real-time, wired and Wi-Fi networking enables recording and remote control over all StudioLive RML16AI features. Use the included AVB networking connection or choose optional Dante networking. Control your StudioLive RML16AI wirelessly from anywhere in the venue using free Mac®, Windows®, iOS®, and Android™ software. Network the RML16AI to a StudioLive AI-series front-of-house console, using the rack-mount mixer as a stage box and monitor mixer. Send and receive networked audio via optional Dante for multitrack recording. Connect to hundreds of Dante-enabled products. Once you’ve used a networked StudioLive RML16AI, you’ll never go back to the old way of mixing!
Inputs and Outputs

8 locking XLR mic inputs and 8 combo locking XLR mic-¼” TRS line inputs, each with:
Recallable XMAX Class A analog mic preamps
+48V phantom power
Stereo tape input (RCA jacks)
8 XLR line-level Mix outputs
Four 300 ms alignment delays on the last four Mix outputs
1 DB25 jack mirrors 8 line-level Mix outputs
3 XLR main outputs (left, right, mono/center) with analog trim pots
S/PDIF digital output on removable option card
Headphone output with volume knob and selectable source
1×1 MIDI I/O (for future implementation)

Channels and Buses

32 internal channels
25 mix buses
16 aux mix buses
3 main mix buses (left, right, mono/center)
Stereo solo bus
4 internal FX buses (2 reverb, 2 delay)
Fully integrated, continuously bidirectional, 52-in/34-out, FireWire 800 direct recording interface (24-bit, 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz)

UC Surface Live Mixing and Control Software

Designed specifically for live sound mixing
Multiplatform support for Mac ® , Windows ® , and iPad ®
Windows 8/10 multi-touch-compatible for large touchscreen mixing
Flexible and expandable computing options: Use a laptop with or without a touchscreen, an iPad, or any combination
Contextual-based navigation for quick, intuitive access to all mixing functions
8 Mute Groups with All On and All Off
Scene Store and Recall
Global Scene Storage: all current StudioLive RML settings
Up to 99 at a time
8 Quick Scenes for instant scene save/recall—like “speed dial” for scenes
Automatic Global AutoStore
Customizable naming (for example, “Saturday Gig” or “Main Worship Service”)
Individual channel-strip setting storage
Up to 100 at a time, plus…
50 channel-strip presets included for drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, and vocals
Copy and paste among channels and buses
Can be saved as user presets
Can be browsed by category (Drums, Vocals, Horns, Guitar, Bass, and more)
Contextual Presets System
Presets filtered by Channel Types
Quickly audition presets on the fly
Edit auditioned preset before loading
Exit Audition mode with out loading to return to previous settings
Save and load presets on all platforms including iOS
Filter DCAs
Unlimited groups
Automatic group creation using Channel Types
Custom groups
Security features to monitor and restrict access to the mixer’s controls

Other Actively Integrated Software

Capture™ one-click recording software with true virtual soundcheck (Mac/Windows)
Studio One ® Artist full-featured digital audio workstation software (Mac/Windows)
QMix®-UC aux-control software for iOS® and Android™ available free from Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon App Store

Networking Connections

2 FireWire S800 ports and 1 Ethernet control port with AVB Networking on removable option card. FireWire ports fully compatible with Apple Thunderbolt-to-FireWire adapter.
SL-Dante-Mix option card available separately
Use AVB to cascade two RM/RML-series mixers to create a larger system (up to 64 channels) or connect the RML mixer to a StudioLive ® AI-series front-of-house console

Signal Processing

Dual Fat Channel signal processing on all channels and buses with:
Variable highpass filter -6 dB/oct., sweepable from Off to 1 kHz (main channels and auxes only)
Variable lowpass filter on the mono/center bus
4-band fully parametric EQ
Low EQ: sweepable from 36 Hz to 465 Hz, ±15 dB, switchable shelf or peaking
Low Mid EQ: sweepable from 90 Hz to 1.2 kHz, ±15 dB, variable Q 0.1 to 4.0
High Mid EQ: sweepable from 380 Hz to 5 kHz, ±15 dB, variable Q 0.1 to 4.0
High EQ: sweepable from 1.4 kHz to 18 kHz, ±15 dB, switchable shelf or peaking
Master EQ On/Off
Compressor: Threshold -56 to 0 dB; Ratio 1:1 to 14:1, LIM=∞:1; Attack 0.2 to 150 ms; Release 2.5 to 900 ms; Makeup Gain 0 to 28 dB; Soft Knee switch; Auto Mode with 10 ms Attack and 150 ms Release
Gate with sidechain: Threshold: 0 to -84 dB; Attack: 0.02 to 500 ms; Release: 0.05 to 2 sec
Bandpass Key Filter: 40 Hz to 16 kHz; second-order resonant bandpass filter Q (0.7) with Key Listen function
Limiter: Variable Threshold -28 dBfs to 0, ∞:1 Ratio
Stereo link for input channels and aux buses
Polarity reverse (input channels only)
Quick A/B comparisons of two complete sets of Fat Channel settings for each channel and bus
15 graphic EQs (for the first 12 aux buses plus the Main left, right, and mono/center buses)
4 32-bit floating point effects processors (2 reverb, 2 delay) on dedicated buses

Hardware Controls

32 LED meter grid
Front-panel Mute All button temporarily mutes all inputs and outputs
+48V Meters button to display phantom power assignment on the meter grid
Headphone source selection between Main and Cue
StudioLive CS18AI AVB control surface available separately


High-definition Burr-Brown analog-to-digital converters (118 dB dynamic range)
Unlimited-headroom, 32-bit floating point, digital mixing and effects processing
Internal sample frequency 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz


3U rack-mount steel chassis

Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 12 x 20 x 6 in