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Presonus StudioLive AR12 14-Channel Hybrid Mixer

The Presonus StudioLive AR12 USB 14-channel hybrid mixer makes it simple to mix and record live shows, studio productions, band rehearsals, podcasts, and much more.


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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. Record and playback in stereo with the integrated SD digital recorder. Stream program music wirelessly, using onboard Bluetooth. Compact and road-ready, StudioLive AR mixers provide a superior all-in-one solution for mixing and recording your performances.

The connections and controls you need
StudioLive AR12 USB mixers are packed with the connections and controls needed to mix and record live, in the studio, and in rehearsal. Each of the four mono channels and four stereo channels includes a 60 mm fader for level control; a mic input with one of PreSonus’ prized Class A preamps; three-band EQ; and more. Besides the main outputs, you get two monitor mix outputs, each with a dedicate bus, for feeding stage wedges, a headphone amp, or an in-ear system. Since the StudioLive AR12 USB is also a studio mixer, you also get control-room outputs with level control to feed your studio monitors.

Plug guitars and basses directly into the mixer
Most mixers make you route acoustic and electric guitars and basses through external direct boxes before connecting to a mixer input. But with StudioLive AR mixers, Channels 1 and 2 have high-impedance instrument inputs, so you can plug a guitar or electric bass straight into the board—no direct box needed.

It’s inputs; it’s playback; it’s the Super Channel!
Our unique Super Channel (stereo Channel 13/14) allows you to connect four stereo analog and digital sources at once, enabling you to 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 StudioLive AR mixer and instantly have wireless access to your music library for break music, backing tracks, or ear-training. Have a song you want the rest of the band to learn? Pair your phone and start rehearsing!

Record in the studio or at the gig—with or without a computer!
Naturally, you want to record your gigs, as well as producing studio projects, podcasts, and so on. It’s smart to record your rehearsals, too. So StudioLive AR mixers offer two different ways to record. Connect a StudioLive AR12 USB mixer to your computer via USB 2.0, and you have a 14x4 multitrack digital recorder, ready to capture all input channels plus the main mix to a Mac or Windows PC with professional, 24-bit/96 kHz quality. An onboard stereo SD recorder lets you record the main mix without a computer—just hit Record and go. Recording can’t get much easier than this!

Fly in backing tracks and play break music, too!
Both the integrated USB recording interface and the SD recorder have multiple uses beyond simply recording. With just a few backing tracks, your small band can sound like a much larger act, so we enabled the USB interface to play back two stereo streams through the mixer—great for backing tracks, click tracks, or program music. Use the SD recorder to play up to 32 GB of MP3 and .WAV files for hours of program music or backing tracks without needing a computer. And don’t forget the Bluetooth feature in the Super Channel, which lets you play break music straight from your smartphone. With several ways to get the job done, you can work the way you want to.

Digital effects for a polished, professional-caliber sound
To get a great mix, you need high-quality effects. The StudioLive AR12 USB has you covered with an internal stereo effects processor with 16 presets, including an assortment of room, hall, and plate reverbs; chorus and delay effects; even a preset that emulates an acoustically treated studio room to provide a warmer, more intimate tone. A dedicated effects return, complete with master level fader and dedicated monitor sends, lets you adjust the amount of the effects in your main and monitor mixes. You can even bypass the effects with a footswitch (optional). It’s just another way that StudioLive AR mixers enable you to build professional-quality mixes and recordings quickly and easily.

Get your Presonus StudioLive AR12 14-Channel Hybrid Mixer today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • StudioLive AR12 USB Mixer
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Owner's Manual

A mixer for everyone!


The AR12 from Presonus is a musicians dream come true. Finally, a mixer that is affordable, and gives you true flexibility. Want to record? Great, multi track output via USB. Don't have a computer handy? Record the master output straight to an SD card? Have a gig? No sweat, take the AR12 and play with confidence knowing you have a clean, discreet, robust mixer to plug into. One of the most feature rich mixers to come out in the past decade!


Lyndhurst, OH


Perfect Live Mixing Solution


This is a really wonderful little live/studio mixer. 10 on board inputs opens up a variety of options for you, record and mix an entire band with ease! Also the SD card function and ability to plug into a computer and run with Studio One Artist is awesome. This would be great for a multitude of applications from live sound for a moderately sized venue to just tracking your band in your garage. Great deal.


Cincinnati, OH


Great Hybrid Mixer!


This great hybrid mixer works for live sound or rehearsals and recording sessions. A great mixer with many options. What a great new technology! I would recommend to a friend.




Awesome Workhorse Mixer!


This is the first ever analog/USB mixer in the Presonus Studio Live Series. How awesome is that?! This mixer has 14 analog channels to hook up your band and get to practicing! There is a Super Channel function on the back of the board that connects 4 stereo sources at once. There is an SD recorder, which is great for playing loading MP3's to be played through the mixer. There is a built-in Interface, which allows you to record your band! Playback function is great. This mixer also has Bluetooth function. So, you can hook up your smartphone or tablet. This board has 16 built in effects. It also comes with Studio One and Capture Software. A great mixer for the gigging musician. This is a product review from Rocky @ Store 57 Sam Ash.

Rocky Rodriguez

Indianapolis, IN


Incredible Board


Presonus has made a board that has the capability to record onto an SD Card. This is huge for any kind of artist that wants to record their sets or even their practices. This opens a whole new world to musicians looking for pro sound and a way to prove it. The faders on this board fell great as well. There's not too much resistance or too little so that making minor adjustments is more possible than ever.

Drew Johnson

Indianapolis, IN


Versatile and Easy to Use!


This mixer was built with the musician, not producer, in mind and it shows in every aspect. With the AR12, you have the ability to create multitrack recordings, stream wirelessly through Bluetooth, and playback is in stereo. There are four mono channels and four stereo channels, and a mic input. This mixer can be used for live recording or studio work which is really helpful to have one mixer that can do both and doesn't weight a ton. You also have the ability to record without having to use a computer due to the onboard stereo SD recorder. After you have recorded either your rehearsal, gig, podcast or studio work, you have the ability to then modify and perfect your recordings with the 16 onboard effects. Included, there are an assortment of delay, reverb, hall, and chorus effects. I'm sure I have only explored the tip of the iceberg with this compact, versatile and lightweight mixer, but already I am extremely impressed.


Edison, NJ




The AR12 is a hybrid live/recording mixer. It is packed with effects, a recording interface and SD card slots for recording in the studio or live. Great versatile workhorse.

Lee @ Sam Ash Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH


StudioLive AR12 14-Channel Hybrid Mixer

4.9 7


Connection Types XLR, 1/4", RCA
Media SD Card
File Format WAV; MP3
Series StudioLive
Number of Channels 14
Model AR12
Included Software Capture Live recording software
Studio One Artist DAW
Effects 16
USB 2.0
Phantom Power Yes
Outputs-Main XLR
Aux Sends 3 (FX, MON1, MON2)
Audio Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Bluetooth Compatible Yes
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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