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PreSonus outboard gear vs StudioLive Classic

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asked Jan 4, 2020 in PreAmps, Signal Processors and Monitoring Hardware by ajflinne (200 points)
I use a StudioLive Classic 16.0.2. As of right now, I do all my processing in the box with plugins, although I do sometimes use the "Post" button on my mixer add compression, gate, and EQ from the board (all digital effects) before it gets to my DAW. Since the mixer has solidstate XMAX preamps to begin with, how worth it would it be to invest in outboard PreSonus gear? Tubepre? Studio Channel? Those are the pieces I'm most interested in - I'm welcoming informed opinions (knowing it's subjective anyway), but I'm especially interested in hearing from anyone who has directly compared the Tubepre vs onboard StudioLive preamps.

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answered Jan 4, 2020 by wahlerstudios (105,310 points)
It's the traditional approach to compare equipment, but we are mot living in an analog world anymore. All processing is happening in the digital domain. And this makes it obvious that PreSonus preamps have a good quality and always had. The "problem" is the processing of the mixer generations and if you would compare a classic 16.0.2 with just the smallest of the Series III rack mixers (the 16R), you would hear the difference right away! There ARE worlds between the mixers, which means remarkable differences between their DSP processing. Unfortunately the SL 16.0.2 USB is not a different or "newer" mixer. It's the same old mixer with the same old processing, but with USB connection.

Do not look for "more" or "better" external gear. Improve the processing unit you are using and find out what the Fat Channel Collection can do for you and what DAW Mode is.