PreSonus StudioLive AR16c 18-Channel Mixer/USB-C Interface

Build big mixes and capture multitrack audio to your DAW! Record at 24-bit/96 kHz via the 18x4 USB-C I/O -- or record in stereo to the built-in SD card slot.

StudioLive AR16c USB-C 18-channel hybrid mixers make it simple to mix and record live shows, studio productions, band rehearsals, podcasts, and much more. This is a musician's mixer: lightweight, versatile, feature-rich, and packed with analog connections and digital tools, yet easy to learn and use. Mix with PreSonus' famous Class A preamps and three-band EQ. Create multitrack recordings and fly in backing tracks with a 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB 2.0 digital audio interface (via USB-C connection).


See how to livestream with your StudioLive AR or ARc mixer using OBS software:


Record and playback in stereo with the integrated SD digital recorder. Stream program music wirelessly, using onboard Bluetooth 5.0. With a wide variety of connections, two ways to record, and a simple, elegant mixing surface, the StudioLive AR16c USB-C will quickly become the heart of your live and studio sound systems.

Features:

- 8 mono and 4 stereo channels, each with 60 mm level fader, pan, mute, PFL solo, highpass filter, and 3-band semi-parametric EQ (mono channels: sweepable mid band)
- 2 instrument inputs, 16 balanced line inputs, and 12 balanced mic inputs with Class A microphone preamps
- 1 stereo Super Channel (Ch. 17/18) with RCA inputs, 1/8-inch stereo input, switchable SD/USB stereo playback, and Bluetooth 5.0 input
- 2 monitor buses with dedicated channel sends, AFL solo, and balanced TRS output
- 1 stereo effects processor with 16 presets, dedicated send and return, and bypass footswitch read more jack
- 18x4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2.0 audio recording interface (USB-C connection); record every channel plus the main mix
- 2x2 SD recorder (record main mix); supports SD and HCSD formats up to 32 GB
- L/R Control Room outputs and headphone output with dedicated level controls
- Global 48V phantom power
- Rackmount kit included
- Complete recording solution: Includes Capture live-recording software and Studio One Artist DAW for Mac and Windows

This PreSonus product comes with the Studio Magic plug-in bundle -- free!


Includes Studio Magic Plug-in Suite: Over $1000 in Free Software!

With over $1000 of virtual instruments, effects plug-ins and more, PreSonus' Studio Magic plug-in suite offers something for everyone -- and it's included as a free download with this product. Here's a look at everything included in this bundle:

Ableton Live Lite (a standalone DAW) is a lightweight edition of Ableton Live, with essential instruments and effects. It comes with all of Live's essential workflows, instruments and effects -- everything you need to record songs, create hands-on with your controller, take music made in your apps further and so much more. (PreSonus also throws in their Studio One Artist software as a free download, so if you're in need of modern DAW software, you've got two solid choices right off the bat.)

Arturia's Analog Lab Intro gives you access to the most iconic synth and keyboard sounds of all time, taken from Arturia's 28 expertly crafted V Collection instrument emulations. From analog synthesizers to revolutionary digital workstations, these are the sounds that made history.

Brainworx bx_opto compressor compressor combines the best aspects and anomalies from several legendary, light-dependent compressor circuits. The result is a powerful dynamics processor, teeming with character and delivering sounds that can't be achieved with analog optical compressors.

Brainworx bx_rockrack V3 guitar amp modeling plug-in boasts eight famous amp models in a single plug-in. On top of that, 40 impulse responses are included, offering just the right variety of tone and timbre for your guitar rig. Brainworx gives you a powerful selection of perfectly recorded boutique cabinets captured with complete effects chains from studios featuring great-sounding amp rooms and stellar gear.

Cherry Audio Voltage Modular Nucleus is the ultimate introduction to modular synthesis -- a collection of 22 modules and 67 presets. This package includes all of the fundamentals of subtractive analog synthesis. With Voltage Modular Nucleus, you can discover the thrill of patching modules together in new and endlessly creative ways and explore all of the capabilities of Voltage Modular.

Cherry Audio Surrealistic MG-1 Plus is a fun and funky virtual synthesizer from Cherry Audio -- a super-authentic recreation of the Realistic MG-1 synthesizer sold in Radio Shack stores in the '80s. The Surrealistic MG-1 Plus delivers fat analog tone in spades, along with a unique polyphonic oscillator section, "bell tone" ring modulation, glide, auto repeat note triggering, oscillator sync, and a number of improvements that tremendously expand its capabilities.

Ghosthack Essential Sounds is the perfect sound pack for music producers and content creators alike. Expect professional one-shots, loops, MIDI files and full music tracks.

iZotope Neutron Elements is part of iZotope's Neutron family of mixing plug-ins, featuring futuristic assistive technology and four fantastic-sounding audio processors: Compressor, EQ, Exciter, and Transient Shaper. Like having a virtual assistant, Neutron Elements will listen to your audio, identify instruments, and offer custom starting points for your mix decisions while leaving the creative control to you.

Klanghelm SDRR2tube adds warmth, depth and character to your tracks. SDRR2tube can be a saturation processor, a compressor, an EQ, a bit-crusher, or a subtle stereo widener -- or it can simply add movement to your tracks. A comprehensive set of controls enables you to manipulate the character of the saturation to make it sit perfectly in your mix.

KV331 Audio Synthmaster Player is a simplified version of SynthMaster with limited editing capabilities designed for users who prefer to use presets rather than designing their own sounds. It comes with 1800 factory presets. Users can edit the 12 easy parameters or the bypass states of layer/global effects assigned for each preset by the sound designer.

Lexicon's MPX-i Reverb delivers seven classic Lexicon plate, hall, chamber, and room reverbs. A streamlined interface and 100 versatile, finely crafted presets enable you to quickly get the sound you want. Input and output metering let you monitor levels at a glance.

Mäag Audio EQ2 delivers the sound of the Mäag Audio EQ2 two-band hardware equalizer. Mäag Audio's EQ design allows for exceptionally low phase shift across all EQ adjustments, which helps maintain the integrity of your mix's original sound while enhancing the very high "air" frequencies. An input attenuator lets you normalize levels after applying EQ.

Melodics is the ultimate tool for developing your playing skills and building better practice habits. Musicians around the world are using it to stay motivated with their daily practice, work on their rhythm and timing, and practice with music they love. Unlock an exclusive course of piano lessons for free with your qualifying PreSonus product.

Native Instruments' Replika packs two professional-quality delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm into a sleek, streamlined interface. Simple to use with a resonant filter and classic phaser built in, REPLIKA is a versatile delay for anything from subtle slapback to warped sheets of noise.

Output Movement is an exciting effects plug-in for the studio or stage that lets you transform any instrument, synth, raw sound, or full track, by adding powerful rhythms to any input in real-time. Movement's four rhythm engines let you add rhythm with reverb and compressors pumping, filters and EQs opening and closing, delays morphing, and tube distortion warming and cooling.

Soundsnap is home to over 380,00 high-quality, project-ready sound effects. Soundsnap members include filmmakers, podcasters, game designers, and musicians. Working with some of the world's best recordists & sound designers guarantees top-quality sound effects ready to be used in your next project. Join the next .wav today by joining the number one SFX source for some of the industry's biggest names. Studio Magic owners get access to Soundsnap for 30 days.

SPL Attacker Plus Microplug delivers part of the same magical envelope shaping provided by the original Transient Designer hardware, replicating the edge and punch provided by the Attack knob. Providing just a single knob that lets you dial in all the transient punch you could ever need, Attacker Plus also sports a soft peak limiter and a dry/wet control, allowing total flexibility across a wide range of content and a worry-free workflow in the digital world.

UJAM Virtual Bassist Rowdy is your loudmouthed, high-energy bassist with bite! If your bass has to cut through heavy drums and a wall of guitars, ROWDY is the perfect solution. ROWDY confidently adds picked, overdriven electric bass sounds to your track, suitable for a variety of styles, from powerful punk to rock and modern metal. It can be tame, but it's wild. With a hand-picked, heavily modified vintage bass guitar, hot amps, a fuzz box and even an octave guitar. It's definitely a rocker and could use a shower, but we're too scared to ask...

UVI Model D lets you experience the presence and power of a Concert Grand Model D, captured in one of the finest studios in the world with deep tone-shaping tools, pro-grade effects, and adjustable mic positions. Model D delivers a finely tempered software piano exhibiting the effortless playability and sound of a real concert grand. Each note was carefully multi-sampled at a number of velocity levels with and without sustain. These samples were then carefully scripted with advanced keygroup layers and rule switching provided by the UVI Engine, allowing the sustain pedal and release samples to articulate in a natural way, reflective of the physical instrument to ensure the most natural feel and the best playability possible.
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Microphone Preamp:

Type: XLR Female, Class A XMAX
Maximum Input level (unity gain): +9 dBu +/-1.0 dB
Gain Control Range: 43 dB (+12 to +55 dB)
Frequency Response to Analog Outputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
Frequency Response to USB (Direct): 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/- 1.5 dB
S/N Ratio to Outputs (+4 dBu): 94 dB
THD+N (min. gain, A-wtd): < 0.01%
Input Impedance: 1 kOhm
EIN (+55 dB gain, 150 Ohms input, 20 Hz-22 kHz, A-wtd): Mono Channels: < 128 dBu
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz, +55 dB gain): 65 dB
Phantom Power: +48V, +/-3V, Global
Note: All Channel Inputs sum through Mic preamp

Instrument Inputs:

Type: 1/4" TS Female, Unbalanced, Hi-Z
Maximum Input Level (min. gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD+N): +9 dBu +/-1.0 dB
Gain Control Range: 43 dB, +/-1 dB (+12 to +55 dB)
Frequency Response to Analog Outputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
Frequency Response to USB (Direct): 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
Dynamic Range (min. gain, A-wtd): > 105 dB
Dynamic Range (mid. Gain, unwtd): > 108 dB
THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, A-wtd): < 0.01%
THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, unwtd): < 0.01%
Input Impedance: > 1 M Ohm

Line Inputs:

Type: 1/4" TRS Female, Balanced
Maximum Input Level (min. gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD+N): +26 dBu +/-1.0 dB
Gain Control Range:
- Mono Channels: 40 dB, +/-1 dB (-5 to +35 dB)
- Stereo Channels: 0 dB or +10 dB (+10 dB Boost)
Frequency Response to Analog Outputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
Frequency Response to USB (Direct): 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
S/N Ratio to Analog Outputs (+4 dBu): 85 dB
THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, A-wtd): < 0.01%
Input Impedance (Balanced): 10 kOhm

Main, Control Room, Monitor, and FX Outputs:

Type (Main Outputs): XLR Male, Impedance Balanced
Type (Control Room, Monitor, FX Outputs): 1/4" TRS Female, Balanced
Rated Output Level (Main Outputs): +24 dBu, +/-1.0 dB
Rated Outputs Level (Control Room, Monitor, FX Outputs): +18 dBu
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
Dynamic Range (A-wtd): > 108 dB
THD+N (Bandwidth 20 Hz - 20 kHz, -1 dBFS, unwtd): < 0.01%
Output Impedance: 100 Ohms

Headphone Output:

Type: 1/4" TRS Female, Stereo, Unbalanced
Maximum Output Level: 150 mW/channel @ 60 Ohms
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
Dynamic Range (A-wtd): > 103 dB
THD+N (Bandwidth 20 Hz - 20 kHz, -1 dBFS, unwtd): < 0.01%

System Crosstalk:

Input to Output (Ref = +4dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unwtd): -90 dBu
Adjacent Channels (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unwtd): -85 dBu

Signal Level LED:

Signal: -30 dBFS (pre-EQ)
Clip: -3.0 dB before clip (pre- or post-EQ)

Channel EQ:

Low Cut: 100 Hz, -18 dB/Octave
High Shelving: +/-15 dB @ 10 kHz
Mid Peaking (Mono Channels): +/-15 dB @ 140 Hz to 3.5 kHz (variable)
Mid Peaking (Stereo Channels): +/-15 dB @ 2.5 kHz
Mid-Band Q: Boost 1.0, Cut: 2.5
Low Shelving: +/-15 dB @ 100 Hz

Digital Audio:

Host Interface: USB 2.0
ADC Dynamic Range (Component): 114 dB
ADC Dynamic Range (Measured: A-wtd, 48 kHz): 105 dB
DAC Dynamic Range (Component): 114 dB
DAC Dynamic Range (Measured: A-wtd, 48 kHz): 105 dB
Signal-to-Noise (a-weighted): -96 dB
Bit Depth: 24-bit
Internally Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Jitter: < 80 ps RMS (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
Jitter Attenuation: > 60 dB (1 ns in => 1 ps out)

SD Recorder:

Supported Media Format: FAT16 formatted SD card, FAT32 formatted SDHC card
Media Storage Capacity: SD card 2 GB; SDHC card 32 GB
Recording File Format: Stereo WAV
Playback File Formats: Stereo WAV, MP3 (96-320 kbs, 32 / 44.1 / 48 kHz)
Sampling Rate (WAV): 44.1 kHz
Bit Depth:
- Recording: 24-bit
- Playback: 16- or 24-bit

Power/Environmental:

Connector: IEC
Input Voltage Range: 90 to 240 VAC
Recommended Ambient Operating Temperature: 0 to 40 degrees Celsius / 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit

Physical:

Height: 3.5" (89 mm)
Width (Chassis only): 18.9" (480 mm)
Depth: 15.6" (397 mm)
Weight: 14.1 lbs (6.4 kg)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 18.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2779200102
Scratch and Dent, USED
Shipping Weight: 18.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2779200102
Warehouse Resealed, USED
Shipping Weight: 18.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2779200102

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 225-216-7887
Email:
Web: https://www.presonus.com/support

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. (5 ratings)
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"Live sound"
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Excited to try it out with a big let down un hooked my A&H zed10 and couldn’t believe the difference it sounded horrible with no head room maybe for studios Idw I just wanted a bigger board with quality sound and headroom not what I expected form presonus . Returning it back
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