Network Your StudioLive Mixers

The PreSonus SW5E is a five-port AVB switch for networking multiple StudioLive Series III consoles. You can also link a StudioLive AI-series console and StudioLive RML rack mixer, using the rack mixer as a stagebox. Or connect a StudioLive RML rack mixer with a StudioLive CS18AI control surface. You can also use an SS5E to cascade a pair of StudioLive RML-series mixers into one large system via AVB networking. A heavy-duty all-metal chassis and rugged etherCON connectors ensure reliable road-worthiness. At Sweetwater, we appreciate that the SW5E eschews a wall wart for an internal power supply. If you want to network your second- or third-generation PreSonus StudioLive gear, the SW5E makes it easy.

StudioLive® 32R: The networkable, rack-mount, mixing and recording solution.

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The SW5E connection.

PreSonus’ SW5E AVB switch supplies five AVB ports with secure. locking XLR Ethernet jacks. This, along with its robust construction, makes the SW5E an especially good choice for live sound systems. Network Link/Activity indicators help you ensure that network data is flowing properly.

Digital Mixing Redefined. Again.

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What is an AVB network?

Audio networking is much more than just a way to connect a digital snake. With an AVB network, you can connect digital audio devices over long distances using CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable and route your audio anywhere on the network with extremely low latency. AVB offers several unique benefits that make it a better choice for audio than other networking protocols. For example, AVB provides a high-precision clock that significantly reduces harmonic distortion and phasing, ensuring your audio stays clear and clean.

AVB ensures you always have enough bandwidth to carry your low latency audio—even when your intern starts streaming a movie. These important benefits are an inherent part of AVB; you don’t need to do anything special to your devices or AVB switch. And you can only get them with AVB.

Audio Video Bridging (AVB) in a nutshell

AVB, or Audio Video Bridging, is a set of IEEE standards that employ a local Ethernet network to transport audio signals in real-time. It maintains the full quality of encoded audio and video and supports nanosecond sync accuracy, regardless of network activity. AVB networks use standard Cat 5e or Cat 6 cables for connections, and multiple AVB devices can be connected via AVB switches like the PreSonus SW5E. Using an Ethernet network in lieu of analog cables simplifies installation drastically — instead of running bulky audio cables all over a building, you can simply take advantage of the existing Ethernet infrastructure.

Digital Mixing Redefined. Again.

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A great networking solution for StudioLive digital mixers.

Digital Mixing Redefined. Again.

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When used with StudioLive digital mixers, an SW5E AVB switch makes many wonderful things possible. Use an SW5E to network StudioLive Series III consoles or to connect a StudioLive AI-series console and StudioLive RML-series rack mixer (as a stage box). Put an SW5E at the center of your network to connect a StudioLive RML-series rack mixer with a StudioLive CS18AI control surface. You can even cascade two StudioLive RML-series mixers to create a larger system by AVB networking them with an SW5E.

You also can use the SW5E to connect non-PreSonus AVB-enabled equipment. As long as the product is compatible with the AVB specification, it is compatible with the SW5E.

Tough enough for live sound.

Live sound gigs are hard on gear, and if your network fails, the show could be over. That’s why the SW5E is built to stand up to the rigors of live sound and perform reliably every time.

In addition to using rugged, locking XLR Ethernet connectors, the SW5E is housed in a heavy-duty, all-metal chassis and can be rack mounted using a rack tray (not included). The unit also employs an internal power supply with standard IEC connector—not a clumsy “wall wart” supply that could easily get bumped loose.

Digital Mixing Redefined. Again.

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PreSonus SW5E Features:

  • 5-port AVB switch for second- and third-generation StudioLive gear
  • 4 ports feature Power over Ethernet (PoE) for carrying electrical power over network cables
  • Network multiple StudioLive Series III consoles
  • Link a StudioLive AI-series console and StudioLive RML rack mixer, using the rack mixer as a stagebox
  • Connect a StudioLive RML rack mixer with a StudioLive CS18AI control surface
  • Cascade a pair of StudioLive RML-series mixers into one large system via AVB networking
  • Heavy-duty all-metal chassis and rugged etherCON connectors ensure reliable road-worthiness
  • Employs an internal power supply in lieu of a wall wart
  • Also compatible with non-PreSonus AVB-enabled gear
  • Rackmountable (rack tray not included)