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Rating and Reviews: PreSonus StudioLive AR8

It's a compact analog mixer with 4 XLR ins. It's an 8x4 USB recording interface for your DAW. It's a stereo SD card recorder. The StudioLive AR8 does it all!

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"Beautiful Sound" submitted September 18, 2016

By William H in San Antonio, TX
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Musical Background: DJ for private events. Been in the business for over 30 years
Music Style: Reggae, Soca, Salsa Merengue, Afrobeats, Lounge Chillout, R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, Neo-Jazz
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Overall: I'm a DJ running dual Bose L1 systems and needed a mixer that could live up to the sound expectations of these speakers and my clients. The PreSonus AR8 does a beautiful job. The gain staging is precise and clean, almost no hiss in the speakers. After setting the levels for mics and mixer board, the main output level was barely at quarter the way up and it was almost too loud!!... and this was an outdoor event! The Bose speakers were set to the halfway mark. Bluetooth paired quickly and sounds fantastic. I only wish there was EQ on the super channel, but I only used it for sound effects so it was fine... also very loud. The SD card recording feature is superb. I was able to record part of my performance and I will be using it to improve on future gigs. I have not used the usb in or out as yet, so I have no review for that. The sound effects are very nicely done. I scrolled through them all and they really are usable in many situations. I particularly love the "spacey", "short delay" and "large club" effects. The 3 band EQ really gives music a nice warm feel. The knobs are a little wobbly, not like the Allen & Heath which has knobs mounted on individual metal stems, but that's not a deal breaker at all. I just expected a stiffer feel. Overall, this is an excellent mixer. Really high headroom and super clean. Lightweight and it sits with a perfect slope for performances. I would recommend it to any band, DJ or producer out there, after all, it's a PreSonus! These guys know what they're doing.
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