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 read more processor with 16 presets, dedicated send and return, and bypass footswitch 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!


See how to install your Studio Magic plug-ins in this video:


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. (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 Lite 3 (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) is a "Greatest Hits" collection of physically modeled — not sampled — classic analog synths, organs, string machines, and pianos from Arturia's V-Collection of virtual instruments.

Brainworx bx_opto compressor (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) 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 (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) provides boutique tube guitar amp simulations that sound and feel like the real thing, with 8 famous amp models and 40 impulse responses in one plug-in.

Cherry Audio Voltage Modular Nucleus (VST, AU, AAX) is a terrific introduction to modular synthesis with 22 modules and 67 presets.

iZotope Neutron Elements (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) features 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 (VST, AU, AAX) can be a saturation processor, a compressor, an EQ, a bit-crusher, or a subtle stereo widener to add warmth, depth, and character to your tracks.

KV331 Audio Synthmaster Player (VST, AU, AAX) is a simplified version of the developer's SynthMaster semi-modular software synthesizer and effects plug-in, with limited editing capabilities. It comes with 1,800 factory presets from a world-class team of sound designers and offers 12 editable parameters.

Lexicon's MPX-i Reverb (VST, AU, AAX) 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.

Mäag Audio EQ2 (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) 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.

Native Instruments' Replika delay plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) packs two professional quality delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm into a sleek, streamlined interface.

Output Movement (VST, VST3, AU, AAX) is an exciting effects plug-in for the studio or stage that adds powerful rhythms to any input in real-time. Movement's four rhythm engines blend seamlessly, while analog modeled effects optimized for modulation let you add rhythm with reverb and compressors pumping, filters and EQs opening and closing, delays morphing, and tube distortion warming and cooling.

SPL Attacker Plus (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP), from Plugin Alliance, is a micro-plug-in that enables all attack events to be amplified, regardless of their signal level. By focusing on the initial transient instead of specific frequencies, SPL Attacker Plus amplifies just the attack curves of a sound event, allowing instruments to be mixed at lower levels.

StudioLinked Trophies (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) is an intuitive and easy-to-use collection of R&B sounds assembled by nine-time Grammy-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox. It includes 500 multi-sampled presets across 13 categories, onboard effects, ADSR controls, filtering controls, and a robust library of chord progressions that you can drag and drop into your instrument track.

UJAM Virtual Drummer 2 "Phat" (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) is all about funky urban drums suitable for everything from retro soul to g-funk. You get 30 different drum styles and 720 patterns recorded across 5 drum kits.

UVI Model D (VST, AU, AAX) lets you experience the presence and power of a Concert Grand Model D piano, captured in the brilliant Guillaume Tell soundstage in Paris.
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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): PRS SLMAR16C
Scratch and Dent
Shipping Weight: 18.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DSP PRSSLMAR16C
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 225-216-7887
(4 ratings)
Submitted September 13, 2021 by a customer from gmail.com
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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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