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PreSonus StudioLive AR16 USB - 18-Channel Hybrid Performance and Recording Mixer

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StudioLive AR16 USB 18-channel hybrid mixers make it simple to mix and record live shows, studio productions, band rehearsals, podcasts, and much more. This is a musicians mixer: lightweight, versatile, feature-rich, and packed with analog connections and digital tools, yet easy to learn and use. Mix with PreSonus famous Class A preamps and three-band EQ. Create multitrack recordings and fly in backing tracks with a 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB 2.0 digital audio interface. Record and playback in stereo with the integrated SD digital recorder. Stream program music wirelessly, using onboard Bluetooth. Compact and road-ready, StudioLive AR mixers provide a superior all-in-one solution for mixing and recording your performances.

All of the connections and controls you need.

StudioLive AR16 USB mixers are packed with the connections and controls needed to mix and record live, in the studio, and in rehearsal. Each of the eight mono channels and four stereo channels includes a 60 mm fader for level control; a mic input with one of PreSonus prized Class A preamps; three-band EQ; and more. Besides the main outputs, you get two monitor mix outputs, each with a dedicate bus, for feeding stage wedges, a headphone amp, or an in-ear system. Since the StudioLive AR16 USB is also a studio mixer, you also get control-room outputs with level control to feed your studio monitors.

Plug guitars and basses directly into the mixer.

Most mixers make you route acoustic and electric guitars and basses through external direct boxes before connecting to a mixer input. But with StudioLive AR mixers, Channels 1 and 2 have high-impedance instrument inputs, so you can plug a guitar or electric bass straight into the boardno direct box needed.

Its inputs; its playback; its the Super Channel!

Presonus' unique Super Channel (stereo Channel 17/18) allows you to connect four stereo analog and digital sources at once, enabling you to use the mixer with your high-tech devices. Plug a media player into the Super Channels unbalanced RCA and 1/8-inch stereo inputs, play stereo audio from the onboard SD recorder or from your USB-connected Mac or Windows PC. Use onboard Bluetooth 4.1 to pair your phone to your StudioLive AR mixer and instantly have wireless access to your music library for break music, backing tracks, or ear-training. Have a song you want the rest of the band to learn? Pair your phone and start rehearsing!

Integrated software makes recording a snap.

PreSonus StudioLive AR mixers are tightly integrated with state-of-the-art recording software to help you achieve your creative vision. Record with PreSonus Capture live-recording software, then edit in our award-winning Studio One Artist DAW (recording and production software); both are included free.


Channels and Buses
• 18-channel mixer
• 8 mono and 4 stereo channels, each with:
- 60 mm level fader
- Pan
- Mute
- PFL solo
• 1 stereo Super Channel (Ch. 17/18)
• 2 monitor buses with PFL solo
• 1 stereo effects bus
• 1 stereo effects return with:
- 60 mm master fader
- Dedicated monitor sends
- Effects bypass footswitch jack

Inputs and Outputs
• 2 instrument inputs
• 16 balanced line inputs
• 2 unbalanced inserts
• 12 balanced mic inputs with:
- Class A microphone preamp
- Global 48V phantom power
• Stereo Super Channel with:
- Stereo RCA inputs
- 1/8-inch stereo input
- Switchable SD/USB stereo playback
- Bluetooth 4.1 input
• L/R XLR main outputs
• 2 balanced TRS monitor outputs
• 1 balanced TRS effects output
• L/R Control Room outputs with level control
• Headphone output with level control

Signal Processing
• Highpass filter on every channel
• Mono channels: 3-band semi-parametric EQ with sweepable mid-band
• Stereo channels: 3-band semi-parametric EQ
• Stereo effects processor with 16 presets

Recording Options
• 18x4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2.0 audio recording interface
- Record every channel plus the Main Mix
• 2x2 SD recorder
- Record main mix
- Supports SD and SDHC formats up to 32 GB

Integrated Software
• Capture recording software
• Studio One 3 Artist recording and production software (DAW)

• Internal power supply
• Standard IEC power connector

• Sturdy metal construction
• 60 mm faders
• Rackmount kit included
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 3.7 x 20 x 15.4" (95 mm x 507 mm x 390 mm)

Computer System Requirements:

• Mac OS X 10.8.5
• Intel Core 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)

• Windows 7 x64/x86 SP1 +platform update, Windows 8.1 x64/x86, Windows 10 x64/x86
• Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor (Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon X4 or faster recommended)

Mac and Windows Systems
• 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
• 30 GB hard-drive space (Studio One)
• Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
• Monitor with 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)

The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.

Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) than you might experience while monitoring audio signals.

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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
my band was looking at the X32 but find this mixer way easier to work on. its our jam space and recording mixer. we have never connected it to my macbook for recording just the sd card. sounds great. i think our old mackie had all metal construction and felt a lot heavier. this one is good too and the effects are sweet. i will probably buy one in the near future so we can take it for shows.
Posted by D on Apr 7, 2018
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