StudioLive AR8 USB 8-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 soundsJust because you don’t need a lot of channels doesn’t mean you don’t need them all to sound g... Click To Read More About This Product
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StudioLive AR8 USB 8-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 AR8 USB features an internal stereo effects processor with 16 presets, including room, hall, and plate reverbs, chorus and delay effects. 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 AR8 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 AR8, you can.
All of the connections and controls you need.
StudioLive AR8 USB mixers feature connections and controls needed to mix and record live, in the studio, and in rehearsal. Each of the two mono channels and two 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 AR8 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 AR8 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 AR8 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.
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Comments about Presonus StudioLive AR8 8-Channel Hybrid Digital/Analog Performance Mixer:
This new Presonus mixer is fantastic. We can use the usb section to record to our ipad or daw. The build is solid and has a neat layout. We replaced our old analog Mackie Mixer with the Presonus AR 8. We use a lot of gear at American One Productions, so we get to really put equipment to the test. So far, our AR8 is a great addition to our studio. We use it for podcasting and recording band rehearsals. We tried a few other USB mixers including Soundcraft, A&H, Behringe, Alesis. They all went back! That is not to say they were not good( with the exception of Behringer which in our opinion has quality issues). They just did not have what we were looking for in a digital mixer. A great feature we love about the AR 8 is that it is iPad friendly with Blutooth. At least with the Apps we use it with...
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