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StudioLive III 32S - How many channels in DAW mode vs. how much DSP Power

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asked Jan 1, 2022 in StudioLive Series III by Slash411 (120 points)

Hi, 

I reading up on the 32S vs. the 64S, specifically focusing on DAW Mode as I want to use the surface as a controller + using the DSP Power. 

I come across these specs on the Presonus Website:

StudioLive II Series

32S

64S

DSP Processing Power listed under product features
https://www.presonus.com/products/StudioLive-64S/features

286 simultaneous processors

526 simultaneous processors

DSP Mix channels listed under "compare models"
https://www.presonus.com/products/StudioLive-64S/compare-models

40 Mix Channels

16 FlexMixes

76 Mix Channels

32 FlexMixes

In the product features section, a processor is listed as one of the following: 

  • HPF
  • Gate/Expander
  • Compressor with Fat Channel plug-in models
  • 4-band/6-band parametric EQ with Fat Channel plug-in models
  • Limiter
  • 31-band graphic EQ
  • 4 FLEX FX slots featuring legendary classic reverb emulations and delays

Let's say I want to use the 32S in DAW mode and have Studio One 5 Pro running with 50 Mono Audio Tracks - how would DAW Mode and my DSP power pan out?

Will I be able to control al 50 Channels in then 3 Banks of Faders to control my studio one mixer?

Let's say I don't have an HPF or a Limiter running in most channels, but want a Fat Channel Compressor and an EQ on all Audio Tracks (50 x 2 = 100 Processors) - is that possible? Or does 1 Mix Channel correspond to 1 Fat Channel instance meaning I can load and control a maximum of 40 Fat Channels on the DSP of the board?

What I would like it to be is: I can control all of the 64 Channels that the USB Interface offers with the Surface and can load as many of the 286 processors across as many audio tracks as I want using the DSP form the 32S until I have 286 total processors running across channels, busses or FX.

Is that possible or will only the 64S have that kind of power?
Thanks for the help. 

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