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Mike Rivers is correct. Apart from being an analog mixer, the Allen & Heath ZED-R16 would probably be the closest comparison to the Presonus StudioLive for many reasons. -They both have built-in JetPLL multi-channel firewire interfaces, allowing you to route each channel into your DAW so they can be recorded on seperate tracks. Then with the press of a button, each track can be re-routed back into the mix channels again for mixing down & mastering; (Which is excellent). Yet neither of the two consoles feature Word Clock in/out, (Which is not-so-excellent).
I'm still waiting for my review unit. I think that it will probably really be available by January, about a year after they first showed it at NAMM.
The Capture program is essentially a one-button recorder that will bring your mic signals home, and feed them back into the console so you can take another shot at mixing when the pressure of the show is off. It's not intended to be a studio program (like Cubase or Sonar) for the person who writes, arranges, and plays all the parts himself.
Compare it to the Allen & Health Zed R16. It, too, is a 16-channel mixer with multi-channel Firewire I/O. The difference is that the Presonus is a digital mixer with all of its advantages and disadvantages, while the A&H is an analog mixer with all its advantages and disadvantages.
This would be a good side-by-side shootout for a magazine with an editor who has enough clout to get both at the same time and has some suitable test cases (live shows, mostly) to get a sense of the strengths and weaknesses of each one.
If the A&H came in a 24-channel version and had a meter bridge, I'd probably go for that one because I like having all the knobs in front of me and I don't have much need to recall a mix. But since it doesn't, for me there isn't a clear winner. If they both sound good (and I see no reason why they shouldn't) it would be a matter of workflow preference.
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