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How to get just stereo main mix output from StudioLive 16.0.2 USB sound cable?

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asked Jun 8, 2018 in StudioLive Series III by filipkraucher (210 points)

Hello, I am new into the PreSonus family. For our small studio, we bought StudioLive 16.0.2 USB version and now I am wondering that I am unable to make somehow work PreSonus with Xsplit or OBS or for instance: Audacity.

I am kinda noob in this, but I did my homework and read everything I could about ASIO drivers and how they are different from other types like WDM. My problem is: the driver right now missing the routing channel setup.

In the device manager I see the StudioLive 16.0.2 USB audio cable and when I capture sound via Audacity I get sound from Channel 1 and Channel 2. The driver shows that there is 18 channels as whole and my understanding is that 17/18 channel in this driver should be main mix. Unfortunately, I can't find where to tell Windows that he needs to listen on these two channels instead of 1/2 ...

Is there any way how to solve this? I would love to use this StudioLive also as a device for recording. I am not right now in need to recording different channels separately, I just need to find a way how to route 1/16 to one stereo output ... basically what is Main Mix into Windows stereo recording (i know, weird usage).

I have workaround for this now. Another DAC - Focusrite which is used for this - as I have to plug main mix ouput XLR's into it ... it would be awesome to use just USB connection which PreSonus offers in the first place without using another DAC.

I am adding bunch of screenshots to better understand my problem:

Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated.

Thank you,


Edit: I forgot to mention: Using StudioLive 16.0.2 USB with newest firmware and Universal Control and drivers. Newest Windows 10 64bit. Czech language. Intel Core i7 4770K, 32 GB DRR3 RAM, USB 3.0 on the board,... besides the routing, everything works for me as a charm with no problem at all.

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answered Jun 15, 2018 by filipkraucher (210 points)
selected Jun 22, 2018 by benpierce
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Yay me! I found a way, and it's absolutely insane. So in order to get it working as intended, you need to sacrifice the Channel 1 and Channel 2 - and hard-wire the main mix into it. That way, you can create internal loopback, which then is recognized by every software as classic stereo.

In any way. Sorry for my passive agression... but... thanks for nothing!

Also I am unable to connect with my iPad to UC Surface - there is StudioLive recognized, I click on it and nothing happens.

I am on my way to return the StudioLive back to the store. Because this is really bad experience. There isn't anyone answering... same applies to the ticket.
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answered Jun 28, 2020 by vadzsavchenko (180 points)

It's awful that a new USB mixer has such a loose support of WDM. Many PC users will be dissapointed.

I own both FireWire and USB versions, and the FW one has more flexible routing of WDM, allowing to route WDM input and output to any physical input and output of the mixer. So, it allows to do a 'loopback' for third-part software, such as OBS, recording / streaming of everything that comes from the mixer, etc...

Here's the screenshot of WDM Setup in FireWire version:

But maybe a problem weak WDM driver is a problem of Microsoft, not Presonus... Is there a chance that infuture we'll have a proper WDM support for 16.0.2 USB?

PS: And of course all this is just an awful job of marketing strategy of Preonus guys. Don't turn back to the people who love your products!