We strongly recommend you watch the snazzy release video above (mostly to enjoy the way the narrator pronounces ‘multitouch’), but also because it contains all kinds of useful specs.
The RM16AI gives you 16 recallable inputs with XMAX mic preamps and eight XLR line-outs, while the larger RM32AI offers 32 preamps and 16 line-outs. Otherwise they’re pretty much identical, both offering three XLR main outputs with analogue trim pots, 25 mix buses, dual fat channel signal processing on all channels and buses, a 52×34 digital FireWire recording bus and an option card slot, all crammed into 4U of rack space.
The RM16AI and RM32AI can be connected to any computer or mobile device via WiFi or Cat-5 cable, where you can control each element using StudioLive’s UC Surface GUI. Your rackmount StudioLive mixer will also support Capture2 one-touch recording straight from the mixer, and they’ll include support for QMix AI, so you can create monitor mixes on up to 16 different iPhones at the same time.
As our resident audio expert Rob explains, “The RM32AI is designed to meet the needs of live sound digital mixing, but is equally at home in the studio. The included UC Surface control surface gives you immediate access to all the key parameters needed, effectively replacing the fader section of a mixer. Importantly, the design means that the mixer itself can be located on the stage, where cable run can be kept to a minimum, and fully controlled wirelessly from anywhere in the venue. If you’re mixing a band, app control means that each member can dial in their own monitor mix independently via an iOS device.”