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PreSonus StudioLive AR16 18-channel Hybrid Digital/Analog Performance Mixer
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StudioLive AR16 USB 18-channel hybrid mixers make it simple to mix and record shows, productions, rehearsals, podcasts and more. It is lightweight, v...Click To Read More About This Product
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(Open Box) Small footprint tabletop mixer with streaming and recording capacity.
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StudioLive AR16 USB 18-channel hybrid mixers make it simple to mix and record shows, productions, rehearsals, podcasts and more. It is lightweight, versatile, and loaded with analog connections and digital tools, yet it is easy to learn and use.
How it sounds
Just because you don’t need a lot of channels doesn’t mean you don’t need them all to sound great. PreSonus’ famous Class A preamps are the envy of the industry, and the AR8 three-band EQ is famously sweet and musical. Plus, the StudioLive AR16 USB features an internal stereo effects processor with 16 presets, including room, hall, and plate reverbs, chorus and delay effects. All respond beautifully to the 60 mm channel faders. There are two important aspects of a mixer: what it does and how it sounds, and this mixer sounds good.
What it does
With the AR16 you can create multitrack recordings and fly in backing tracks with a 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB 2.0 digital audio interface. You can record and playback in stereo with the integrated SD™ digital recorder. You can stream program music wirelessly, using onboard Bluetooth. With the AR16, you can.
All of the connections and controls you need.
StudioLive AR16 USB mixers feature 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 level control, a mic input, three-band EQ and more. Apart from the main outputs, you get a monitor mix output with a bus for monitoring. You also get control-room outputs with level control to feed studio monitors.
The Super Channel allows you to connect four stereo sources at once so you can use the mixer with your high-tech devices. Plug a media player into the Super Channel’s 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 AR16 and instantly have wireless access to your music library for break music or backing tracks.
Record in the studio or at the gig—with or without a computer.
StudioLive AR mixers offer two ways to record. Connect a StudioLive AR16 USB mixer to your computer via USB 2.0 and you have an 8x4 multi-track digital recorder ready to capture all input channels plus the main mix to a Mac or Windows PC with 24-bit/96 kHz quality. Or, an onboard stereo SD recorder lets you record the main mix.
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 the Studio One Artist DAW; both are included.
A complete solution that’s compact, easy to use, and built for the road.
The StudioLive AR16 USB is an, all-in-one solution for audio mixing and recording. With a wide variety of connections, two ways to record, and a simple, elegant mixing surface, it will quickly become the heart of your live and studio sound systems.
Studio Magic Plug-in Suite Included
Both new and existing registered owners of any currently available PreSonus audio interface or mixer are receiving a free bonus: the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for Mac and Windows. The software bundle includes seven popular plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX formats. Currently eligible interfaces and mixers include the PreSonus AudioBox USB, AudioBox i-series, and Studio-series interfaces and StudioLive Series III, StudioLive AR USB, and StudioLive RML-series mixers. The software will be automatically added to registered users’ online MyPreSonus accounts and can be downloaded at any time—even if they bought the eligible PreSonus interface or mixer years ago. The suite includes: SPL Attacker, Maag Audio EQ2, Lexicon MPX-i Reverb, Eventide H910, Eventide 2016 Stereo Room, Brainworx bx Opto Compressor and Arturia's Analog Lab Lite.
Number of channels: 18
Busses/groups: L, R
Aux sends: 1/4" TRS-F
Total inputs: 18
Mic preamps: 12
XLR/TRS combo jacks: 0
XLR only jacks: 12
1/4" only jacks: 16
TRS only jacks: 1 x 3.5 mm
ADAT/optical in: No
RCA in: Stereo pair
Total main outputs: 2 x XLR
1/4” out: 2 x 1/4" TRS
ADAT/optical out: 0
AES / EBU: 0
MIDI I/O: No
Headphone output(s): 1
Type: Shelving, swept mid
EQ bands: 4
Master graphic: No
Fader type: 60 mm
Motorized faders: No
Bundled software: No
Highly capable mixer for studio and live. Order soon.
Musician's Friend Gold Coverage
Gold Coverage goes above and beyond the manufacturer's warranty to protect your gear from unexpected breakdowns, accidental damage from handling and failures. This plan covers your product for one, two, three or up to five years from your date of purchase, costs just pennies per day and gives you a complete "no-worry" solution for protecting your investment.
Gold Coverage Includes:
- Unexpected and unintentional spills, drops and cracks
- Normal wear and tear
- Power surges
- Dust, internal heat and humidity
Other plan features include:
- For products over $200, No Lemon Policy applies. If it fails for the same defect 3 times, it is replaced on the 4th breakdown. (Does not apply to failures due to drops, spills, and cracks)
- For products under $200 experiencing the above failures, a Musician's Friend gift card will be issued for the full price of the product + tax.
- Shipping fees covered if required for repair or replacement
- Plans are transferable in the event merchandise is sold
- Plans are renewable on new gear
*Limitations and exclusions apply. See terms and conditions (Opens in new window) for program details
Term for New Gear begins on date of purchase but does not replace the store return policy or manufacturer coverage.
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- Everything you could want in a hybrid mixer
- Lack of more sub/aux outs
Comments about PreSonus StudioLive AR16 18-channel Hybrid Digital/Analog Performance Mixer:
Mine just showed up last night, woke up early to set it up and was not disappointed. I have had lots of PreSonus gear over the years and this is the best piece of equipment, in my experience, thus far. Seamless integration with SONAR, took little time to set up (digital outputs required a bit of reading for their specific setup) and sounds great out of the box. The software they allow you to download was easy to deal with, though I haven't tried recording with them yet. Capture looks particularly intriguing with the auto population of the tracks, specifically designed for quick recording set up. Admittedly, some will bemoan the lack of more sub/aux channels, but for a regularly gigging band who like to record their gigs, this is absolutely the best thing out there by leaps and bounds. I bought the Onyx with firewire back in 2008 and the AR makes it look like a doorstop in terms of ease of use for recording. You will not be disappointed...
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