PreSonus StudioLive AR8 USB Mixer, 8-Channel

PreSonus StudioLive AR8 USB Mixer, 8-Channel

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!

Overall User Ratings (based on 3 ratings)
Overall:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Sound:
5 out of 5 stars
Features:
5 out of 5 stars
Ease of Use:
5 out of 5 stars
Quality:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Value:
5 out of 5 stars
Manufacturer Support:
4.5 out of 5 stars
The Wow Factor:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Submitted September 18, 2016 by William H in San Antonio, TX
"Beautiful Sound"
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.
Musical Background:
DJ for private events. Been in the business for over 30 years
Musical Style:
Reggae, Soca, Salsa Merengue, Afrobeats, Lounge Chillout, R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, Neo-Jazz
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Submitted September 16, 2017 by Robert H in Boise, ID
"Presonus Packed A Lot of Studio Inside"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I bought a StudioLive AR8 Mixer to use for voice-over work. I love the onboard 32G SD recorder...it's like getting two pieces of equipment in one. I have not used the software package that came with the mixer since I use Sound Forge Pro 11 in the studio. I wish I had gotten the AR12 now that everything is connected. I trusted Presonus after I tried out an EV RE20 mic using a Presonus iTwo and the mic amp was at 50% with loud, clean sound! I figured I couldn't go wrong connecting my Neumann mic into any Presonus USB device after that! The StudioLive AR8 USB Mixer has transparent mic amps and is very clean sounding. It has replace a more expensive UA Apollo Twin USB device because of the quality of its mic amps. This compact 8x4 usb mixer is working great for a variety of voice-over projects. The only drawback is the drivers and software which are 64 bit and sound Forge Pro 11 is still 32 bit. To solve the problem I'm dumping the win10 PC and loading everything onto a MACBook Pro. But, Presonus drivers and the included recording software package works with either OS.
Musical Background:
Voice Over Studio - 40yrs
Musical Style:
Meditation, Commercials, MultiMedia, Audiobooks, OnHold, Training Programs mixed with music and multiple voice tracks.
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Submitted April 4, 2020 by Don S in Cleveland, OH
"Great Little Mixer"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I mix live sound and often track live events and needed a USB mixer to use on my computer desktop where I drive headphones and studio monitors to mix down my live recordings ( I've been using Studio One for years). I also need a small format mixer for simple gigs. This mixer shines in both capacities. 4 mic pre-amps, three stereo inputs Bluetooth, USB AND SD recording make this a really versatile tool.
Musical Background:
40 years of live sound, recording, DSP software writing
Musical Style:
everything
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