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PreSonus StudioLive ARc Hybrid Mixers

FOH Staff • New Gear • January 5, 2020
StudioLive AR16c (shown) delivers 12 mic preamps and 16 balanced line inputs for 18x4 recording/playback

StudioLive AR16c (shown) delivers 12 mic preamps and 16 balanced line inputs for 18×4 recording/playback

PreSonus’ new StudioLive ARc series combines a multi-channel 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB-C compatible, USB 2.0 audio interface with an analog mixer front-end, to create a hybrid design that simplifies recording and mixing using a single intuitive console. Featuring newly designed high-headroom analog circuits, along with the company’s high-gain XMAX Class-A mic preamps, StudioLive ARc audio interface mixers fulfill the needs of both modern musicians and content creators.

Three models are available: The StudioLive AR8c offers 4 mic preamps and 6 balanced line inputs for 8×4 recording/playback, while the StudioLive AR12c sports 8 mic preamps and 12 balanced line inputs for 14×4 recording/playback, and the StudioLive AR16c (shown) delivers 12 mic preamps and 16 balanced line inputs for 18×4 recording/playback. All models support recording every channel plus the main mix over USB and feature a musical, 3-band analog EQ on every channel; mic/line boost for low-level vintage synths, broadcast microphones, and consumer electronics; and Bluetooth® 5.0 connectivity. The onboard stereo SD recorder is great for recording a rehearsal or a mobile podcast interview or quickly capturing songwriting ideas. An all-new digital effects processor with 16 presets supplies rich reverbs, lush delays, and fat chorusing and includes a dedicated send and return, as well as a bypass footswitch jack (footswitch optional).

All StudioLive ARc series mixers have PreSonus’ unique Super Channel, which can handle four stereo analog and digital sources at once. The Super Channel combines wireless stereo Bluetooth 5.0 input, stereo input from the onboard SD recorder or from a USB-connected Mac or Windows PC, and RCA and 1/8-inch stereo inputs—great for use with turntables and high-tech devices.

The new mixers come with a powerful recording software suite for Mac and Windows. Make multitrack recordings for your podcast or band with one click using Capture® live recording software. Create complete studio productions and design effects and bumpers with Studio One® Artist recording and production software, augmented with the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite, a collection of useful plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX formats by the top names in virtual instruments and effects.

With their powerful and flexible recording and mixing capabilities, combined with classic analog sound and familiarity, PreSonus StudioLive ARc series hybrid mixers fulfill the diverse needs of today’s musicians and content creators. All three models are available now at PreSonus dealers at U.S. street prices of: StudioLive AR8c $499.95, StudioLive AR12c $599.95, and StudioLive AR16c $699.95.

For more info, visit www.presonus.com/products/StudioLive-AR-Hybrid-Mixers

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