Published 8th of September, 2020.
In this article we will cover how to setup your Series III mixer to use external hardware on audio in Studio One.
This example has the following being used.
- Studio One 5 Pro
- StudioLive 32SC
- Studio Channel
Step 1: Ensure you are using the most up to date Firmware/Universal Control
When you launch Universal Control and it's not updated you will be prompted to update. Once done please ensure your mixer is running the latest firmware.
Please see the following knowledge base article to update your mixer.
- Link: https://support.presonus.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000957983-StudioLive-Series-III-Console-Firmware-Update
- Video on SD update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXdca_vWSfQ
- Video on Universal Control update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ0LtJJhN_U
Please see the following knowledge base article to update your rack mixer.
- Link: https://support.presonus.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004855963-StudioLive-Series-III-Rack-mixer-Firmware-Update
Step 2: Making the connections
Connect your StudioLive console to your computer using a USB connection, the USB cable that came with your mixer is perfect for this.
- Connect MIX 1 to the input on the Studio Channel, this is an XLR connection
- Connect the output from the Studio Channel to Input 2 on your Series III mixer
Power on your setup as you would normally
Step 3: Setting up Studio One
Launch Studio One and create a new song using the template for your connected mixer. Templates are a feature of Studio One Artist and Pro versions only. The reason for using templates is that by default all the channels in Studio One are setup on a 1:1 basis, we do not have to do any routing in Studio One, it is done for you.
I'm going to use an audio loop in Studio One and I've placed this onto Ch1 in the session. I've made it loop to allow for the correct dialling in of settings on the Studio Channel. I normally reduce the fader in Studio One to zero as USB sends can be hot out into the mixer, its best to do this and then higher up the fader during Step 4.
Now Studio One is all setup.
Step 4: Setting up StudioLive Series III mixer
I'm starting with a fresh Project/Scene in this example.
- Change Ch1 on the mixer to have its input as USB.
- Then higher up the fader in Studio One to reach the desired level of output that you require for the sound in Studio One.
- You should now have your audio from Studio One showing on Ch1 on the mixer. If you wish to monitor this sound on the mixer then adjust its main mix level as desired. Having the fader up on the main mix will not impact the sends to the AUX which is in the next step
- Now go to Flex Mix one and set it up as an AUX, be default on a fresh Project/Scene this is already done
- Higher the main fader to unity and then increase Ch1 on AUX 1, this will then send audio out into the Studio Channel. Please ensure you are keeping an eye on your external hardware to ensure the levels being sent are what you require
- Go to Ch2 on the mixer and you may see some signal being returned from your external hardware. You can then monitor this signal as this is the signal being processed by the external hardware
- Adjust your settings on the external hardware to your liking
- Go back to Studio One
- On Ch2 engage the Record/Monitor Button
- You will now see the return audio from the external hardware into the StudioLive and then on into Studio One. If you make adjustments on the external hardware it will now show on Ch2 in Studio One
Important points to note:
- This knowledge base article covers using a Series III StudioLive 32SC. The same process works for all Series III consoles and rack mixers.
- You may wish to setup a Bus in Studio One to feed your external equipment. This is another way of working this kind of setup. The routing out from Studio One is the same along with you chosen channels on the mixer to make the sound go out the AUX outputs on the back of the mixer
- The same process on your Series III console applies to your chosen DAW