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Presonus StudioLive AR16 USB 18-Channel Hybrid Mixer

The Presonus StudioLive AR16 USB 18-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 AR16 USB mixers are packed with the connections and controls needed to mix and record live, in the studio, and in rehearsal. Each of the eight 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 AR16 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!
The unique Super Channel (stereo Channel 17/18) 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 AR16 USB mixer to your computer via USB 2.0, and you have an 18x4 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 AR16 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 AR16 USB 18-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 AR16 USB Mixer
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Owner's Manual

I would recommend the AR16.


It works as it is supposed to. I've only had it for a bit more than a week so I can't say more than I like it.



it is a good mixer, but it's build is cheap


This is a really good mixer, very quiet preamps, nice efx, recording a show is crazy simple..I used this last night for the first time...The flaw in this mixer is it's cheap faders, they wobble and my concern is over time they will either bend or just break off...Presonus did themselves a disservice in not putting together a better built unit..That's why I could only give it 3.5 stars...Sound quality is 4 stars.... Also there is a way to hook up a compressor etc, that we're not told about either by the Presonus techs or the manual.....You can go out from one of the monitor sends into the compressor and out from the compressor into the RCA returns...I used the set up last night and my BBE max compressor worked great...I would recommend this mixer simply for the recording and very clean sound, and good efx...It is a very good mixer, but not great.. cheaply built knobs and faders, too bad cause this mixer could have been awesome...




StudioLive AR16 USB 18-Channel Hybrid Mixer

3.5 2


Format FAT16 formatted SD card, FAT32 formatted SDHC card
Capacity SD card: 2 GB; SDHC card: 32 GB
Signal to Noise Ratio 94 dB
Phantom Power +48V, ±3V, Global
Included Software PreSonus’ Capture Live-recording software
Studio One Artist DAW ,  Capture Live recording software
Studio One Artist DAW
Frequency Response Analog Outputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
USB (Direct): 20 Hz to 40 kHz, +0.5/- 1.5 dB
Crosstalk 85 dBu (In to Out); -80 dBu (Adjacent Channels)
USB 2.0
Audio Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Bluetooth Compatible Yes
Connection Types XLR, 1/4", RCA
Media SD Card
File Format WAV, MP3
Series StudioLive
Number of Channels 18
Model AR16
Effects 16
Phantom Power Yes
Outputs-Main XLR
Aux Sends 3 (FX, MON1, MON2)
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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