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StudioLive Series III: How to use your StudioLive Series III with external hardware in Studio One with Pipeline

Published Feb 11th, 2022

Before proceeding, please be sure your firmware is updated on your StudioLive,

StudioLive Series III Console - Firmware Update

StudioLive Series III Rack mixer - Firmware Update

Latest Universal Control:



In this article we will cover how to setup your Series III mixer to use external hardware on audio in Studio One that is already recorded. 

This example has the following being used. 

We are using the external hardware connected to the Mix Outputs 13/14 & 15/16 and returning audio into AUX inputs on the mixer. This is a stereo based setup for external equipment. This will help with permanent hooking up the external equipment and not use up inputs/outputs on the mixers main analog inputs/outputs that are commonly used for tracking instruments and for musicians monitor etc. This would be a common studio based type setup. 


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.

Please see the following knowledge base article to update your rack mixer.

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.

1st PreSonus BlueTube v2. 

  • Connect Mix outputs 13/14 to the inputs on your external device. 
  • Connect the outputs from the external device to AUX 1/2 

   2nd PreSonus BlueTube v2. 

  • Connect Mix outputs 15/16 to the inputs on your external device. 
  • Connect the outputs from the external device to AUX 3/4

Step 3: Setting up Studio One and your StudioLive

Open Studio One v5 and create a new song and select an empty song. 

Create 2 new Stereo Tracks

Open up browse > Loops and drop a loop of your choice onto each newly created stereo channel. 

If you do not have any loops then go to Studio One > Studio One Installation  and download some content from the Loop Libraries. 

Then adjust your main fader in Studio One to your Tape Inputs/Dig RET Channel. This is 37/38 for all mixers aside from the StudioLive 64s Series III, which would be 63/64


Then change your Tape Input/Dig RET to USB. 


When you press play in Studio One you will now hear this audio being sent to the Tape Input/DIG RET on the mixer. Ensure you have you speakers/headphones setup correctly to hear this audio. 

Next we need to setup out outputs in Studio One. 

Open Song Setup > Audio I/O Setup > Outputs tab

Add two Stereo outputs and assign them to be Channel 29/30 and 31/32 and press apply. 


Next you need to create your inputs

Open Song Setup > Audio I/O Setup > Inputs Tab

Add two Stereo inputs and assign them to be Channel 33/34 and 35/36 and press apply. 

Channels inputs 33/34 and 35/36 are the AUX inputs on the mixer. 


Insert Pipeline Stereo onto both tracks. 



Step 4: Setting up your StudioLive

Create 2 Flex Mixes as Stereo AUXES. 

Select AUX 13/14 and link them. 


Then change Channels 29-32 to have their input source as USB


Then select each newly created stereo AUX mix called BlueTube 1 and raise the fader for Channel 29/30 to unity. 

Then select each newly created stereo AUX mix called BlueTube 2 and raise the fader for Channel 31/32 to unity. 

At this point do not raise the master fader, as this will be used to control the levels being set to the BlueTube units. 


Ensure you check your USB sends from the mixer. 

The source into Pipeline is USB inputs 33/34 and 35/36, you need to ensure you StudioLive USB Sends are set to those. 


Step 5: Getting audio passing and recording

Once you are at this stage you may press play in Studio One, please ensure any speakers/headphones are lowered down. 

Let us work on Track 1. Press play and you will see Track One playing audio out of Studio One into your StudioLive on channels 29/30. You have setup channels 29/30 to be sent to AUX mix 13/14. 

In Pipeline setup BlueTube 1 send and returns. 


Now, raise the fader for AUX 13/14 and you will have have audio from Studio One going into your StudioLive on channels 29/30, out of your StudioLive via AUX 13/14, into your BlueTube and from your BlueTube into AUX 1/2 inputs on the StudioLive and back into Studio One and being processed by Pipeline. Any adjustments made on the BlueTube can now be heard and Pipeline is working its magic. 

Simple repeat the above for your second BlueTube. 

Now you have 2 options. You can continue working on your Studio One session and have you desired Studio One audio sent to your BlueTubes or you can record that external processing to your Studio One session. 

To record the BlueTube processed audio while using Pipeline then simply create a new Stereo track. Assign its input to be BlueTube 1, record enable the track and press record. 


If you would like to use the Studio One v5 Template as shown in the above example then please download this file. 

Studio One v5 and StudioLive Pipeline template session. 

Point to note. 

  1. You need to ensure that all your sends, channel faders, gain on external equipment is all set correctly and you understand how one setting impacts another. 
  2. The above is a guide to using AUX inputs on your mixer and USB inputs into the mixer on high channels to allow for normal tracking to be done on lower inputs. This is just one means to setup such a configuration. You can of course return and send audio into any combination you wish. 
  3. This article covers using any type of external device with Studio One and your StudioLive
  4. This article covers using stereo based external equipment. Mono based external devices require no linked AUX and the use of Pipeline Mono.


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