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Presonus Studio Live CS-18AI

Take Control Of Your Mix with the StudioLive CS18AI. The Control Surface for StudioLive RM and Studio One digital racks.

Powerful, intuitive network control.
Equipped with 100 mm, touch-sensitive, motorized faders and AVB networking, the StudioLive® CS18AI control surface provides a compact, intuitive mixing solution for PreSonus® StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI rack-mount digital mixers and Studio One® 3 digital audio workstation. The CS18AI connects to the network with a CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for cumbersome analog or digital snakes and stage boxes, and offers a host of other useful features. It adds up to a powerful mix control system with a fast, intuitive workflow and the latest networking technology.

Complete control of StudioLive RM-series rack mixers.
Networked with StudioLive RM-series mixers via PreSonus UCNET technology, the StudioLive CS18AI offers complete hardware control of up to 64-channels and all mixer features. Keep your mixing I/O onstage in a rack, while running the mix from hundreds of feet way, using a lightweight Ethernet cable instead of a cumbersome analog snake and separate stagebox. Set up a wireless network and add an iPad®, a large Windows® 8/10 touchscreen, a Mac® or Windows laptop, or any combination for unprecedented mixing and control.

Extensive mix control for Studio One 3.
Unlike DAW controllers that give you some faders and generic controls that try to do too much with too little, the StudioLive CS18AI provides extensive hardware control for Studio One 3. Control channel faders and automation, PreSonus and third-party plug-ins, transport control, and more. Controlling Studio One with a CS18AI is like mixing with a large studio console-but more flexible.

Filter DCAs are better than layers.
Although you can navigate your mixes using traditional layers, a better solution is our unique Filter DCA groups, which bring the elements of the mix to you. Filter DCAs combine concepts of DCAs and view groups into an intuitive workflow designed to make your life easier when you're in the heat of a live mix. For instance, rather than trying to remember which layer the lead guitar is on, select your guitar DCA Filter, and you'll have access to your guitar channels. This is going to change the way you mix! For more about Filter DCAs, see our UC Surface page.

Built-in, 4x2, AVB-networked audio.
Through the power and flexibility of AVB audio networking, the StudioLive CS18AI can not only transmit control data but can also send and receive audio channels across long distances. You get two mic/line inputs with PreSonus' remote-controllable XMAX preamps and two line inputs that you can use as sources for the talkback, 2-track playback, or other sources from front-of-house. The CS18AI's two TRS line-level returns are shared with the monitor line outputs and headphone output and can be sourced from any RM mixer output, including the solo bus, main mix, or any aux 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 20 11-segment LED level ladders. If you need to control it, it lights up.

Integrated software control, too!
When you're mixing a live show, and the heat is on, PreSonus' UC Surface battle-ready, touch control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad has your back, enabling you to accomplish your mission with confidence and providing fast, intuitive access to everything you need. UC Surface can directly control any StudioLive RM rack mixer or StudioLive AI console, and it also works in tandem with the StudioLive CS18AI as an extension to the physical controller, offering complementary views, full metering, and scene recalls. Mix with the CS18AI at front-of-house, or mix from anywhere in the venue using UC Surface for iPad, or both. Either way, you'll enjoy a fast, smart workflow designed for live mixing.

Get your hands on a StudioLive CS18AI.
A StudioLive CS18AI, StudioLive RM Active Integration rack mixer, and Studio One 3 DAW are an unbeatable combination for value and sheer mixing power. Touch a StudioLive CS18AI today at your favorite PreSonus dealer.
18 100mm, touch-sensitive motorized faders: 16 Channel, 1 Flex, 1 Master
Control StudioLive® RM AI mix systems of up to 64-channels
Full PreSonus Fat Channel DSP control with individual encoders and 12-LED displays for
  • Gate Threshold, Range, Attack, Release
  • Compressor Ratio, Attach, Release, Gain
  • Limiter Threshold
  • EQ Low, Low-Mid, High-Mid, High
  • Metering
  • Sixteen 12-LED channel ladder level and Fat Channel displays
  • Three 11-LED Select Channel Level/Compressor/Gate displays
  • 11-LED displays for Main Center/Mono, Left and Right
  • Variable-color (RGB) Select buttons for easy channel and Filter DCA group identification
    16-channels of high resolution 64 x 96 scribble strip display with Pan indicators
    4.3" / 109 mm color touch-sensitive display
  • Compressor
  • EQ
  • Gate
  • Compressor
  • Effects, Scenes, Markers Edit
  • Audio Routing
  • Channel Presets and settings
  • Talkback Assign
  • 4 Effects Mute/Mix button with TAP
    Navigate using traditional layers or with intuitive PreSonus Filter DCA groups
    Active Integration with PreSonus software includes UC Surface software
    Studio One 3 control surface functionality including: touch-sensitive motorized fader control over channel faders and automation, plug-in cotnrol for PreSonus and third-party plug-ins, Channel Mute, Channel Solo and Solo clear, Channel Select, Channel Pan control, Scribble strip names, pan indication, and current automation mode, channel layer navigation, Aux mix and transport control, Automation mode selection, metering
    4x2 AVB audio transport control with Marker Shift, REW/FF options
    Analog I/O
  • 2 remote XMAX mic preamps for talkback, room mic or other local inputs
  • 2 balanced 1/4" TRS line inputs
  • 2 XLR line outputs
  • stereo headphone output with level control
  • Monitor control level control
  • 4-pin XLR lamp connection
    Footswitch input
    Silent internal PSU with no fans
    Same footprint as StudioLive 16.4.2AI for integration in 19" rack mounts and third-party studio desks
    Optional iPad® mount accessory
  • Type: Ethernet / AVB

  • Microphone Inputs
  • Type: XLR Female (via Combo), Balanced Remote
  • Maximum Input Level: +12 dBu, ±0.5 dB, Unity Gain
  • Gain Control Range: 65 dB, ±1 dB
  • Gain: 0 to +65 dB, ±1 dB
  • Frequency Response to Main Output: 20 Hz-20 kHz, ±0.5 dBu
  • Frequency Response (A-D): 10 Hz to 40 kHz, ±0.2 dB
  • Input Impedance: 1 k
  • THD to Main Output: <0.005% max, +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
  • THD+N (min. gain, a-wtd): < 0.005%
  • Dynamic Range (min. gain, a-wtd): > 114 dB
  • Dynamic Range (mid. gain, unwtd): > 105 dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio to Main Output: 94 dB
  • Common Mode Rejection: 65 dB (1 kHz, unity gain)
  • EIN (+55 dB gain, 150 input, 20 Hz-22 kHz, a-wtd): < 128 dBu
  • Phantom Power: +48 V (±2 V, > 8 mA per channel)

  • Line Inputs
  • Type: ¼" TRS Female (via Combo), Balanced
  • Maximum Input Level: +18 dBu
  • Frequency Response (A-D): 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.2 dB
  • Frequency Response to Main Out: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.5 dBu
  • THD to Main Output: <0.005% max, +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
  • THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, a-wtd): < 0.005%
  • Input Impedance: 10 k
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio to Main Output: 94 dB
  • Max Input Level: +18 dBu
  • Dynamic Range (min. gain, a-wtd): > 114 dB
  • Dynamic Range (mid. gain, unwtd): > 105 dB
  • Crosstalk (1 kHz, channel-to-channel): < -80 dB

  • Physical
  • Length: 22.35" (58.6 cm)
  • Width (chassis only): 17.22" (43.74 cm)
  • Maximum Height: 6.9" (17.53 cm)
  • Weight: 23 lbs. (10.43 kg)

  • Monitor Line Outputs
  • Type: XLR Male, Electrically Balanced
  • Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu, ±0.5
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.2 dB
  • Dynamic Range (a-wtd): > 112 dB
  • THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, un-wtd): < 0.005%
  • Output Impedance: 100
  • Crosstalk (1 kHz, channel-to-channel): < -80 dB

  • Headphone Outputs
  • Type: ¼" TRS Female, Stereo, Unbalanced
  • Maximum Output Level: 120 mW/channel @ 60
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.5 dB
  • Dynamic Range (a-wtd): > 103 dB
  • THD+N: 0.01%, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unwt
  • Crosstalk (1 kHz, channel-to-channel): < -80 dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 96 dB 1kHz, max gain, 20 kHz BW, unwtd

  • System Crosstalk
  • Input to Output: -90 dBu +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd
  • Adjacent Channels: -87 dBu +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd

  • Digital Audio
  • ADC Dynamic Range: 118 dB min (A-wtd, 48 kHz)
  • DAC Dynamic Range: 118 dB min (A-wtd, 48 kHz)
  • Sample Rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
  • Reference Level for 0 dBFS: +18 dBu

  • Clock
  • Clock Jitter: <20 Ps RMS, 20 Hz-20 kHz
  • Jitter Attenuation: >60 dB 1 ns in ~1 ps out

  • Power / Environmental
  • Connector: IEC
  • Input-Voltage Range: 100 to 230V, 50-60 Hz
  • Power Requirements: 200W
  • Temperature Range: 0 to 40 Celsius / 32 to 104 Fahrenheit
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