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StudioLive Series III - Studio One integration and Audio processing

Reviewed Dec 1, 2020

Before proceeding please be sure your firmware is updated on your respective StudioLive and Universal Control:

StudioLive Series III Console - Firmware Update

StudioLive Series III Rack mixer - Firmware Update

Universal Control:



When setting up and passing audio through Studio One on your mixer, it must be clear where the audio is coming and where it's routing to in each project you start.  Given the ability for digital patching and for sending audio through multiple sources (including Network sources from our StudioLive Rack mixers and NSB stageboxes), the purpose of this article is to instruct on using USB connection for playback and recording, in a simple way that can get you started.

First, the information listed on these KB articles below are necessary to learn general playback audio from your Mac or PC computer.  It is suggested to go through these articles to learn how to route this audio, and the setup expressed will get you prepared to follow the Studio One instructions further.

Tape In USB Playback Routing on the StudioLive Series III


If you are learning how to route this audio through A Rackmount StudioLive console, see this link and follow the USB routing instructions:

Series III Rackmount - Playback Audio Routing


Studio One Setup

Audio Device Setup

  1. In the middle of the Start page, you will see the Setup area. Studio One automatically scans your system for all available drivers and selects a driver. By default, it will choose a PreSonus driver if one is available.



  1. If you do not see your device listed on the Start page when you launch Studio One, click on the Configure Audio Devices link in the Setup area to open the Options window. In the Options window, click on the Audio Setup tab and select your device driver from the pull-down.


I/O routing

  1. From the Start page, select Create a New Song.  Select an Empty Song from the Templates.  Make sure to select the appropriate sampling Rate the interface is using (This is found on the console mixer under Home > System, or on your Rackmount by hitting the "Gear" in the upper left hand corner and looking at "Device Settings).  The Factory Default sampling rate on a StudioLive Console or Rack is 48 khz.



  1. After Creating a new Song, click on “Song Setup” to open the I/O menu in Studio One, clicking on the "Audio I/O Setup" icon afterwards. 





  1. In this menu, you will want to setup all inputs you are recording, which is best to select all 32 (for USB recording) or 56 Inputs (If AVB has been setup and you are using a Mac system - see this AVB Networking Article for setup instructions and use that interface for this process).  Note that AVB routing already has a template you can select in Step 1.



  1. Click on the Outputs tabs to enable any or all of the outputs on your StudioLive Mixer. In this section, you will be creating the assignment for the Main Output of Studio One, and any Cue Mixes you want to create on the StudioLive (this is expressed in the Studio One Integration Manual for more information if you want to do a more advanced setup).

NOTE:  We setup the Tape Input OR the Digital Return from the prior instructions.  If you have not done so, please go back to the beginning of this article and follow the appropriate routing setup.  The Main Output for Studio One should be assigned in the Output tab as depicted to 37 and 38 as this was also the outputs you setup for the general playback in the console by default.

To make the settings recall every time you open a New Song that is an "Empty Song," make sure to click at this time the "Make Default" button on the dialog box.  This will help you to not have to set this back up after doing it once already!


You can also give each output a custom name by simply clicking on the default name. Press the TAB key to edit the next name on the Left Hand Side.  Then press "OK" and this should take you back to the arrange window.


In order to create all inputs quickly, and have all of those inputs route to the Main output (Tape Input through USB), click on Track > Add Tracks for all Inputs



At this time, you should have All input tracks in your project going over to the Main output, which is the "Tape Input" or the "Digital Return" on your console or Rack Mixer.  When pressing the Tape Input Button on your console, you should now have the ability to select the "USB" source and control of the Tape Input from this menu.

An example of where the Digital Return is on UC Surface on a Rackmount mixer is below as well.  The input source is USB and the audio recorded that is played back returns to that fader:


NOTE:  The "Tape Edit" function in a Console mixer is accessable during DAW Mode, so these instructions are the most ideal for routing the Main output through Studio One and control of the return on the board.  Just make sure the Main Fader of your mixer is turned up before entering DAW mode.






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