PreSonus is now shipping its StudioLive AR USB-series hybrid mixers. The series includes three models: the 18-channel StudioLive AR16 USB, 14-channel StudioLive AR12 USB and eight-channel StudioLive AR8 USB.
StudioLive AR USB mixers are equipped with a Mac- and Windows-compatible, 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB 2.0 audio interface that can capture all input channels and the main mix. Like every PreSonus mixer, StudioLive AR USB mixers are bundled with everything you need to record, mix, and distribute your music. Create multitrack recordings with one click in PreSonus’ Capture live-recording software, then mix, edit and distribute from award-winning Studio One 3 Artist DAW production software; both are included free. Every StudioLive AR USB mixer comes equipped with an onboard stereo SD recorder that lets you record the main mix without a computer — just hit Record and go. You can also use the SD recorder to play up to 32 GB of MP3 and WAV files for hours of program music or backing tracks without needing a computer.
StudioLive AR USB mixers also feature the unique PreSonus Super Channel, which allows you to play audio from four stereo sources simultaneously. Plug a media player into the Super Channel’s unbalanced RCA inputs. Connect your tablet to the 1/8-inch stereo input. 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 USB 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. The Super Channel allows you to play back audio from four stereo sources at one time.
Compact and road-ready, StudioLive AR USB mixers are packed with the connections and features needed to mix and record live, in the studio and in rehearsal, including Class A mic preamps; instrument and line inputs; semi-parametric three-band EQ; and an internal stereo effects processor, providing a superior all-in-one solution for mixing and recording your performances. All models are shipping and the prices are StudioLive AR16 USB, $599.95; StudioLive AR12 USB, $499.95; and StudioLive AR8 USB, $399.95. Here are all the details.