PreSonus used this year's Prolight + Sound to announce updates to its StudioLive range of digital mixers.
New for 2012 is QMix, which enables up to 10 musicians to simultaneoulsy control their monitor mixes using an iPhone or iPod touch and the QMix free app. According to PreSonus, QMix is the only solution that allows multiple users to control their own aux from separate iDevices.
Also new is Smaart Engine Technology. PreSonus has begun incorporating Rational Acoustics' Smaart Measurement Technology for sound-system analysis and optimisation directly into PreSonus Virtual StudioLive remote-control/editor/librarian software. With Smaart technology and VSL, users can easily identify nasty feedback frequencies. The first version of VSL to incorporate Smaart technology will be part of PreSonus Universal Control 1.6, which is expected to be available later this spring.
Also new is Universal Control 1.5.3, which features an improved version of Virtual StudioLive that supports the new QMix iPhone app, including QMix permissions (so that each user controls only one specified aux mix) and the ability to name aux buses. Universal Control 1.5.3 also adds VSL features that work with PreSonus StudioLive Remote 1.2 for iPad to enable SL Remote permissions so that iPad users can only control front-of-house mixer features or a specified aux. Tap tempo has been added to both VSL and StudioLive Remote. Finally, VSL adds the ability to copy and load channels, copy main mix to aux mix (and aux to aux), link channel faders so that they can move together, and make your StudioLive mixer default to Fader Locate Mode once a fader has been adjusted in VSL or in StudioLive Remote for iPad. www.presonus.com