PreSonus StudioLive 32SC – Audio Interface


The Artist's Audio Interface

The portable ultra-high-def USB-C™ compatible audio interface.

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  • 40 Inputs
  • 17 Touch Sensitive Pads
  • 26 Mix Buses
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Small digital mixer. Big power.

The StudioLive 32SC is a compact, rack-mountable 32-channel digital mixer that can be quickly and easily scaled for 16-, 24-, and 32-channel applications. Don't let the road-ready size fool you; the StudioLive 32SC sports a dual-core PreSonus FLEX DSP Engine powering 40 mixing channels, 26 mix buses, and 286 simultaneous processors—including 4 stereo reverberation systems and Fat Channel plug-in models on every input channel and mix bus. With 128 (64×64) channels of USB recording and AVB network audio I/O, flexible routing options, and studio-grade audio quality, the StudioLive 32SC provides all the tools you need—whether you’re building your dream studio or putting together a pro touring rig.

The scalable digital mixer.

The StudioLive 32SC digital mixer and the complete PreSonus® StudioLive Series III ecosystem of AVB networking products allow you to create a system that is truly customized for your needs. Connect NSB-series stage boxes to add remote analog inputs and outputs wherever they’re required and complete your 32-channel, 16-bus StudioLive 32SC. Add EarMix 16M personal monitor mixers to give your musicians their own customizable 16-channel monitor mixes. Multiple StudioLive Series III digital mixers can be networked, allowing you to route audio to and from any device on the audio network thanks to the flexibility of Digital Patching on your StudioLive 32SC digital mixer and in UC Surface remote mixer software.

Superior sound.

We built our reputation designing great-sounding analog circuits for critical studio recording environments, and we put all of that experience into designing the StudioLive 32SC digital mixer. In 1995, PreSonus patented digital control over analog circuits with our first studio product. Building on this legacy, we created a separate digital volume-control circuit ahead of our lauded analog XMAX mic preamp design, providing the convenience of digital recall without sacrificing fidelity. This allows the StudioLive 32SC mic preamps to be remote-controlled with UC Surface software or Studio One®, and when you load a StudioLive 32SC mixer scene, the mic preamp trim values can also be recalled along with the other settings.

The mobile music recording studio.

PreSonus Capture® recording software is an intuitive multitrack recording application with a fully integrated Virtual Soundcheck mode that runs directly on your StudioLive 32SC digital mixer or on your Mac or Windows computer. Record all 32 channels plus a stereo mix of your choosing via USB, to an SD Card, or both for the ultimate redundant live recording rig. StudioLive mix scenes can be stored with your recordings to speed up virtual soundchecks. Best of all, Capture sessions open natively in Studio One with the entire StudioLive mix scene re-created in the Studio One console, complete with fader levels, Fat Channel settings, mutes, solos, and more. No other multitrack software makes recording as fast, simple, and hassle-free so you can focus on mixing the show.

The best music recording software… included.

Studio One revolutionized music recording, making common mixing and production tasks as easy as drag-and-drop. Tight integration with StudioLive 32SC digital mixers allows you to control preamp levels and more right from the Studio One software console. Press the DAW button on your StudioLive 32SC, and your Studio One controls are right under your fingertips on your digital mixer. Studio One control can be toggled on and off, allowing you to quickly switch between your live mix and your production mix with the press of a button. Studio One Artist is included with the StudioLive 32SC, so you can start recording right out of the box.

Remote control your digital mixer from anywhere—on any device.

PreSonus StudioLive Series III digital mixers are tightly integrated with an entire suite of state-of-the-art software. Mix wirelessly using UC Surface touch-control software for macOS®, Windows, iPad® and Android™. Control your monitor mixes with QMix®-UC for iPhone®, iPod® touch, and Android devices. Whether you’re adjusting monitor mixes on stage, moving around the room to dial in your mix, or using your mobile device as a second screen for your StudioLive 32SC digital mixer, remotely controlling your mix from anywhere just got easier.

The bus that takes you everywhere.

Everyone has a unique mixing style, so PreSonus designed the StudioLive 32SC to be configured to work the way you like to mix. The 16 FlexMixes in the StudioLive 32SC digital mixer can be individually configured to function as aux buses, subgroups, or matrix mixes. Four designated effects buses provide a total of 24 mix buses plus an independent solo bus and the main mix. We also provided 24 DCAs so you can more easily and flexibly control groups of channels. Inputs and buses can be freely routed internally, out to your AVB network, and over the USB bus, allowing you to customize your StudioLive 32SC to fit your needs—even when those needs change.

The digital mixer built to record music.

With 128 (64×64) channels of recording over USB, you can record every input channel and bus on your StudioLive 32SC for the ultimate recording rig. Each channel can independently access its analog input or its dedicated digital return from your computer. Six pre-installed vintage EQ and classic compressor Fat Channel plug-in models can be used onboard your mixer as well as within Studio One. And you also get Fat Channel Collection Vol. 1… which includes 15 additional vintage-modeled EQs and Compressors—a $149 (USD) value if purchased separately. Fat Channel plug-ins can be inserted on every input channel and output bus, giving you extensive, studio-style processing while mixing and recording.

A complete networked solution.

StudioLive Series III networked products form an ecosystem that is easily expanded and quickly configured. Designed to enhance each other, these products are at the forefront of AVB networking technology. The StudioLive 32SC’s integrated AVB networking allows you to expand your mixer as your needs grow. Add NSB-series stage boxes to add analog inputs and outputs. Route audio to EarMix 16M personal monitor mixers for customized mixes on stage. With powerful plug-in processing, advanced recording features, and flexible mix buses, the StudioLive 32SC is the best digital mixer for mobile live sound and recording music.

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Three year warranty—for all Series III and III S mixers

When we introduced the StudioLive Series III S mixers, we upgraded all Series III mixer warranty programs to three years as well, including both console and rack mixers. Even if you bought yours two and a half years ago, you're covered.

We take our build quality seriously, and if anything goes wrong with your mixer in your first three years of ownership (assuming you don't throw it in a swamp or anything like that) we'll repair it.

Make your own magic.

At PreSonus, we want to make sure that our audio interfaces come with everything you need to craft your own mesmerizing spells in the studio. That’s why we include Studio One Artist with every audio interface product we make. But here in Louisiana, we have a word: lagniappe. It means "a little something extra," and it’s in that spirit that we also include the Studio Magic Suite of software with our audio interface products.

The 2020 Studio Magic is a major step up from the 2019 edition, and includes Ableton Live Lite, tutorials from Melodics, 6 virtual instruments, and 9 effects plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX formats… all unlocked for use inside Studio One Artist with a retail value of over $1000 (US).


    Powered by the new dual-core PreSonus FLEX DSP Engine to provide the most processing of any digital mixer in its class
    40 input-channel digital mixer with 17 touch-sensitive motorized faders
        16 local digitally controlled XMAX mic/line inputs
        16 digital channels (AVB, USB, or SD)
        2 balanced stereo aux inputs
        1 stereo tape input (RCA, USB, AVB or SD)
        4 FLEX FX returns
        1 Talkback
    26 mix buses
        16 FlexMixes (Aux, Subgroup, Matrix)
        4 dedicated FLEX FX buses
        4 dedicated subgroups
        Stereo Main bus
    286 simultaneous processors
        Gate / Expander
        Compressor with Fat Channel plug-in models
        4-band/6-band parametric EQ with Fat Channel plug-in models
        31-band Graphic EQ
        4 FLEX FX slots featuring legendary classic reverb emulations and delays
    State Space-Modeled Fat Channel compressor and EQ plug-ins available on every input channel and output bus
    FLEX FX multi-effects processor with 4 slots to load legendary reverb emulations and delays with 4 dedicated effects buses
    24 DCAs to control groups of channels
    128-channel (64×64) recording over USB
    Onboard multi-channel SD recorder (34×34) with true Virtual Soundcheck mode
    AVB Networking onboard (64×64) to connect with other mixers, NSB-series stage boxes, EarMix 16M personal monitor mixers and more
    User Profiles for managing multiple operators with custom permissions
    Per channel digital patching from any analog, AVB, USB, or SD Card source
    DAW Control
        Advanced Studio One control integration
        MCU emulation mode optimized for Logic
        HUI emulation mode optimized for ProTools
    Remote control every mix function from your computer, iPad, or Android tablet with UC Surface (included)
    Put your musicians’ monitor mix under their fingers with QMix-UC (included) for iOS or Android
    Capture 3.0 multitrack software included
        Automated Virtual Soundcheck
        Store StudioLive mix scenes with your audio
    Advanced Studio One integration (Studio One Artist Included)
        XMAX mic preamp control from Studio One
        Control Fat Channel parameters from Studio One mixing console
    Fits in a standard 19-inch rack with optional rack mount kit

Computer system requirements:

    macOS® 10.11 or higher (64-bit only)
    Intel® Core ™ 2 Duo processor (Intel® Core i3 or faster recommended)
    4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)


    Windows® 7 x64 SP1 + platform update, Windows 8.1 x64, Windows 10 x64
    Intel Core 2 Duo (Core i3 or faster recommended)
    4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

Mac and Windows Systems

    USB 2.0 port
    Internet connection
    Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive
    30 GB hard disk space
    Monitor with 1366×768 resolution


    iOS 10 or later
    iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad (4th generation)


    Android ™ 5.0 (Lollipop) or later
    Android smartphone (QMix-UC)
    Android tablet (8-inch) with 1024×768 resolution (UC surface)

Technical Specifications
Microphone preamplifier   

Input Type – XLR Female, balanced
Frequency Response to Main Output (at unity gain) – 20-20 kHz, ± 0.5 dBu
Input Impedance – 1 kΩ
THD to Main Output – <0.005%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
S / N Ratio to Main Output (Ref = +4 dB, 20 kHz BW, unity gain, A-wtd) – 94 dB
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz at unity gain) – 65 dB
Gain Control Range (± 1 dB) – 0 dB to +60 dB
Maximum Input Level (unity gain) – +12 dBu
Phantom Power (± 2 VDC) – 48 VDC, switchable per channel

Line Inputs   

grade – ¼ "TRS Female, balanced
Frequency Response to Main Output (at unity gain) – 20-20 kHz, ± 0.5 dBu
Input Impedance – 10 kΩ
THD to Main Output – <0.005%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
S / N Ratio to Main Output (Ref = +4 dB, 20 kHz BW, unity gain, A-wtd) – 94 dB
Maximum Input Level – +18 dBu

Tape Inputs   

grade – RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
Maximum Input Level – +12 dBu, ± 0.5 dBu

XLR Outputs
grade – XLR Male, balanced
Maximum Output Level – +24 dBu, ± 0.5 dBu
Output Impedance – 100Ω

Line Outputs

grade – ¼ "TRS Female, balanced
Maximum Output Level – + 18 dBu, ± 0.5 dBu
Output Impedance – 100Ω

Tape Outputs   

Grade – RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
Maximum Output Level – + 18 dBu, ± 0.5 dBu
Output Impedance – 100Ω

Headphone Output   

grade – ¼ "TRS Female, active stereo
Maximum Output – 100 mW / ch. @ 60Ω load
Frequency Response – 20 Hz – 20 kHz (± 0.5 dB)
THD + N – 0.01%, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unwtd
S / N ratio – 96 dB, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 Hz BW, unwtd

System Crosstalk

Input to Output – -90 dB (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd)
Adjacent Channels – -87 dB (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd)

Digital Audio and Control
ADC Dynamic Range – 115 dB (A-wtd, 48 kHz)
DAC Dynamic Range – 115 dB (A-wtd, 48 kHz)
USB Recording Port – USB 2.0, Type-B
AES / EBU output – XLR Male
Network Control Port – RJ-45
AVB Audio Network Port – Locking XLR Ethernet
Internal Processing – 32-bit, fl oating point
Sampling rate – 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
A / D / A Bit Depth – 24
Reference Level for 0 dBFS – +18 dBu
Total System Latency – 1.9 ms (local routing, analog in-analog out, all processing active)


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 – 90 to 230 VAC (± 10%)
Power Requirements (continuous) – 85W
Recommended Ambient Operating Temperature – 0˚ to 40˚ Celsius / 32˚ to 104˚ Fahrenheit


height – 6.51” (165.36 mm)
Width – 17.59” (446.66 mm)
Depth – 22.97” (583.48 mm)
Weight – 23.15 lbs. (10.5 kg)