PreSonus StudioLive 312AI 12" 3-Way Powered PA Speaker
PreSonus StudioLive 312AI 12" 3-Way Powered PA Speaker, Studio monitors are designed to accurately reproduce music across a broad spectrum without signal loss or distortion but they can’t handle the SPL demands of a live show.
Conventional PA speakers can deliver plenty of volume, but except for very high-end systems, they can’t deliver the extremely clear, accurate sound one expects in a studio. As a result, an affordable PA speaker that delivers studio-monitor quality for live shows has remained an unfulfilled fantasy—until now.
This fantasy has, at last, become reality thanks to a partnership between PreSonus and Fulcrum Acoustic’s legendary engineer David Gunness (formerly of EAW and Electro-Voice). Rather than take the usual brute-force approach to PA-speaker design, the team designed a coaxial loudspeaker that would employ Fulcrum’s unique DSP-based approach.
The result is PreSonus StudioLive™ AI-series Active Integration Loudspeakers, the first affordable, active PA speaker systems that deliver studio-monitor accuracy on stage—exceptionally clear, coherent sound—while supplying the features and protection systems required to mix a live show that sounds great in a wide variety of venues, and with virtually any musical genre. These features include wireless and wired control of all setup, tuning, and monitoring functions, using an iPad® or laptop.
Coaxial designs offer the advantages of a single point source for a consistent acoustic centre and a symmetrical dispersion pattern. But designing coaxial systems without acoustic anomalies has been extremely expensive—until now.
Each StudioLive AI-series loudspeaker contains a DSP chip that enables the use of Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ algorithms. The result is speakers that deliver the full benefits of coaxial design. Products that sense each other, interact and work together via wireless and wired communication, are seamlessly integrated with software, and run on CPUs far more powerful than competitors’ current audio products—PreSonus® has realised this dream with its new Active Integration technology.
The StudioLive™ 312AI is an active PA speaker system with a 12-inch ferrite woofer and an 8-inch midrange driver and 1.75-inch titanium compression driver that are configured in a unique coaxial design and are driven by 2,000 watts of tri-amped, Class D amplification (1,000W for the woofer, 500W for the midrange driver, and 500W for the tweeter). This model is great for mains when used with a subwoofer, and it makes a great sidefill or floor monitor.
Unique coaxial design integrates a custom-designed, 8-inch, ferrite midrange driver and 1.75-inch titanium compression driver
12-inch, custom-designed, ferrite, low-frequency transducer
2,000 watt, tri-amped, Class D amplification
LF 2x500 watts / 1x1,000 watts
MF 1x500 watts
HF 1x500 watts
Active Integration 32-bit, 96 kHz DSP with more processing power than three rack speaker processors
32-bit floating-point DSP with asymmetric three-way crossover
XMAX™ Class A mic preamp with 12V phantom power
Universal Switch mode power supply with power-factor correction
4 operation modes optimised for:
Normal — live front-of-house
MP3 — music playback
Floor Monitor — stage wedge
User — customisable preset
Line-level input with attenuation
Balanced XLR Mix output