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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, versatile, and loaded with analog connections and di... Click To Read More About This Product


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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.

Super Channel
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.


Analog/digital: Hybrid
Number of channels: 18
Busses/groups: L, R
Aux sends: 1/4" TRS-F
Powered: No

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
USB: Yes
ADAT/optical out: 0
SpeakON: 0
AES / EBU: 0
Other Connectivity
Connections: Audio
Headphone output(s): 1
Wi-Fi: No
USB: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes

Onboard effects
Compression: Yes
Reverb: Yes
Delay: Yes
Chorus/flange: Yes

Type: Shelving, swept mid
EQ bands: 4
Master graphic: No

Width: 20"
Height: 3.7"
Depth: 15.4"
Automation: No
Fader type: 60 mm
Motorized faders: No
Bundled software: No
Rackmountable: No
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Great sound board

By FBC Lady Lake

from Lady Lake, FL

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    • It records in WAV and I need to convert to MP3

    Best Uses

      Comments about Presonus StudioLive AR16 18-channel Hybrid Digital/Analog Performance Mixer:

      We are a Church and needed a sound board that was easy to use and didn't need a lot of fine tuning every time we use it. This is easy to use and easy to teach others to use.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Does everything, except record through USB

      By chaoticgtr666

      from Chicago, IL


      • Easy to use
      • Great Sound


      • Customer service is not live.
      • USB did not recognize the mixer was attached.

      Best Uses

      • As a mixing board.
      • Recording with SD card off the board.

      Comments about Presonus StudioLive AR16 18-channel Hybrid Digital/Analog Performance Mixer:

      I use this for band practice. I'm able to plug in 2 guitars, 4 vocals, a sampler, triggered kick drums (and probably the whole metal kit). The SD card needs to be a specific format (I do now, ask questions later). No SDXHC. It records files as .wav, so make sure you get a card with enough memory. Sound quality off the SD card is excellent, but you can't change the mix if you record with the SD card. You also need a separate driver program to be able to use it through Studio One. Unfortunately, my computer is not even able to recognize the fact that the USB is plugged in. New unit, and I'm supposed to pay to ship it to their facility in NOLA? I think that is completely ridiculous. That is my only complaint. You pay about $650 for a unit that doesn't work. As a mixer, this is awesome. And it's also awesome that you can record the mix from the board. As a computer interface, not so good.

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