PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. is a professional audio manufacturing company headquartered in Louisiana, USA, founded by Jim Odom and Brian Smith. Their first product was the DCP8, a multi-channel digital processor that could control analogue audio using MIDI. Soon they started producing microphone preamplifiers, firewire interfaces, and monitor controllers. In 2008, PreSonus developed the AudioBox USB audio/MIDI interface, followed by the launch of its StudioLive series of digital mixers, the first version of their Studio One DAW, and the first edition of their Capture live-recording software. Currently, they manufacture everything from control surfaces and mixing systems to audio interfaces and studio equipment like monitors, microphones, head amps, and more.
PreSonus StudioLive Series III, StudioLive AR, and StudioLive ARc Recording Analog Mixers provide complete, easy-to-use solutions for live and studio applications. The StudioLive console mixers are available in four variants - the 32SC, 32SX, 32S, and 64S - all rack-mountable, with flexible routing options, and with unique, powerful processors on board. The main difference between these controllers is its channel count. PreSonus’ rack mixers serve as AVB stage boxes for their consoles and as a digital mixer with modern and vintage effects, multitrack recording via USB 2.0 and AVB. Lastly, their Analog Mixers are compact and offer wireless solutions to simplify the process. The three models they offer are - AR8c, AR12c, and AR16c - with the main difference being input count. All buttons and controls are pre determined, unlike digital mixers where assigning is the first step in a setup. However, PreSonus’ analogue mixers also feature updated technology like an integrated recording interface, networking features, and tightly integrated software that provides recording, editing, and computer-control, including simultaneous wireless remote control from PCs, iOS, and Android platforms.
The FaderPort series by PreSonus is a premium device that operates as good as it looks. It comes in three variants - FaderPort 16, FaderPort 8, and FaderPort. Each of the USB control surfaces features smooth, touch-sensitive, motorized, 100 mm fader(s) and transport controls, which integrates seamlessly with the PreSonus Studio One. Studio One is Presonus’ DAW with mixing, production, and mastering capabilities. While this control surface is primarily designed to work in perfect sync with Ableton Live, it also supports other DAWs like Logic Pro X, Cubase, Pro Tools, and more.
PreSonus have split their offerings into two segments - Media Reference Monitors and Studio Monitors. The former is aimed at content creators and gamers with models like Eris E3.5, and Eris E4.5 and their Bluetooth variants. The latter is designed and built for artist looking for accurate sound signatures for mixing and mastering audio samples; with models like - Eris E5, Eris E5XT, Eris E7XT, Eris E8XT, Eris E44, Eris E66, R65, R80, Sceptre S6, and Sceptre S8. The latter two are PreSonus’ signature models with its two-way studio monitors that employ an advanced coaxial design and acoustic-adjustment controls made possible by a 32-bit, 96 kHz, dual-core processor and high-end Temporal Equalization technology. The rest of the Eris series monitors in their Studio Monitor range features crystal clear acoustic tuning, an EBM waveguide for wider high-frequency dispersion and a larger, ported enclosure for deeper lows. All the models are two-way speakers with silk-dome tweeters that ensure snappy, accurate transient reproduction. The media reference monitors also share many features with their larger, more advanced versions. Still, they are primarily designed keeping in mind smaller space requirements, convenient Bluetooth wireless connections, and high-quality audio reproduction. All these devices can be paired with one of two Studio Subwoofers for a more defined bass response. The two offerings are the Temblor T10 and Temblor T8.
Audio Interfaces and Bundles
PreSonus makes a variety of interfaces with different inputs and feature sets. For starter studio and home studio purposes, they have the Studio 24c, Studio 26c, Studio 68c, Studio 1810c, and Studio 1824c. The Studio 24c with its 2in/2outs is the perfect pick for a home studio for a solo artist. However, the Studio 68c with its 6in/6out will be an ideal addition for a band of four. Lastly, the top-end Studio 1824c with its 18in/20out can be a great option for semi-professional studios.
Professional artists can avail the functionality of a higher number of inputs and better internals for a small premium - Quantum, Quantum 2626, and Quantum 4848. These are blazingly fast to work with thanks to its Thunderbolt 3 connection, XMAX analogue mic preamps, and pristine ADA converters. The AudioBox series is aimed at Mac, PC, and iPad users - AudioBox iOne and AudioBox iTwo.
Lastly, for beginners looking to start producing out of the box for the first time, PreSonus makes quality bundles. The AudioBox 96 Studio comes bundled with an audio interface (AudioBox USB 96), DAW (Studio One Artist software), condenser microphone (M7 Microphone), and studio headphones (HD7 Headphones). If you’re looking for a slightly more advanced pack, they also have the AudioBox Studio Ultimate Bundle with all of the 96 bundle items and an Eris 3.5 studio monitor. For content creators and EDM enthusiasts, they have the ATOM Producer Lab with an ATOM pad controller, Studio One Artist Production Software, AudioBox USB 96 Audio Interface, M7 Condenser Microphone, and Ableton Live Lite ATOM Integration Features