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Presonus StudioLive AR8 USB 8-Channel Hybrid Mixer

The Presonus StudioLive AR8 USB mixers are packed with the connections and controls needed to mix and record live, in the studio, and in rehearsal


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StudioLive AR8 USB 8-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.

At A Glance:
  • 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: a superior all-in-one solution for mixing and recording your performances

All of the connections and controls you need
StudioLive AR8 USB mixers are packed with the connections and controls needed to mix and record live, in the studio, and in rehearsal. Each of the two mono channels and two stereo channels includes level control; a mic input with one of PreSonus’ prized Class A preamps; three-band EQ; and more. Besides the main outputs, you get a monitor mix output with a dedicate bus for feeding a stage wedge, headphone amp, or in-ear system. Since the StudioLive AR8 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 7/8) 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 AR8 USB mixer to your computer via USB 2.0, and you have an 8x4 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.

Integrated software makes recording a snap
PreSonus StudioLive AR mixers are tightly integrated with state-of-the-art recording software to help you achieve your creative vision. Record with PreSonus’ Capture live-recording software, then edit in our award-winning Studio One Artist DAW (recording and production software); both are included free.

Sweeten with digital effects for a polished, professional-caliber sound
To get a great mix, you need high-quality effects. The StudioLive AR8 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 send, 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 AR8 USB 8-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 AR8 USB Mixer
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Owner's Manual

Finally a low cost mixer and interface in one that delivers


It can always be tough as a musician on a budget to get your music heard. Many of us want to be able to record and gig with our own setups to save money over a studio and paying a live sound engineer/renting a PA. Well until recently you almost had to get a strictly live mixer setup or a strictly recording based setup to serve both of these tasks on a budget and to record a show decently was a near impossible feat on a budget. Sure many lower cost mixers integrate a USB output to send to your computer but the trouble is that many of them only send the stereo mix out giving you no control in recording software so the mix in the room might sound great but sound awful on a recording. Conversely if you got an audio interface to record it was difficult to use in a live context as routing to mains/monitors and generating the mix was all done thru a computer via software. Presonus has created the perfect solution with their new line of StudioLive AR Hybrid mixers. You get the great sound Presonus has become known for, mic and DI inputs to handle your instruments and mics, an SD recorder, USB 2 output so you can finally multi track with the mixer into your computer, Bluetooth to stream music wirelessly, digital effects to sweeten your performances, and most importantly an easy to use highly powerful recording program (Presonus Studio One, my favorite recording program out). It seems Presonus have thought of everything one could want in this type of mixer/interface and somehow managed to pack it in a price most can afford. Can't recommend it enough check it out! Works great for live sound, recording, or recording shows.

Nate M

Cincinnati, OH




Presonus has been putting out high quality live sound and recording equipment for years and their new series of Hybrid mixers are no exceptions! The AR8 is an 8 channel mixer that has multi-track capability with its USB audio interface! With 4 high quality mic pre's and the ability to record directly to an SD card right on the mixer itself, this is the perfect solution for live recordings or even as a studio piece. Not only this but presonus was nice enough to include Studio One Artist so you can record right out the box! Be sure to check one out at your local Sam Ash music store today!

Nate The Great

Las Vegas NV




This is by far the most versatile mixer I have seen in both this price and product range. Not only does the StudioLive have the basic functions of many other 8 channels FX mixers in its class, but it also packs a slew of other features to compliment it. It has Bluetooth pairing features out of the box and also allows you to capture digital recordings via its SD card slot.

Darius Taylor

Edison, NJ

Great Hybrid Mixer!


This is a great hybrid mixer, which is designed to mix and record on the fly, mixing analog and digital technology. The sound is great and the mixer is easy to use. The look and feel of the knobs are great. I would recommend all my musician friends check out these great versatile mixers.






Bluetooth ready mixer that can also be used as an interface WITH great preamps. Presonus has really come a long way with their products. It also has an SD card slot which is great as well.

Lee @ Sam Ash Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH


StudioLive AR8 USB 8-Channel Hybrid Mixer

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Connection Types XLR; 1/4"; RCA
Media SD Card
File Format WAV; MP3
Series StudioLive
Number of Channels 8
Model AR8
Included Software Capture Live recording software
Studio One Artist DAW
Effects 16
USB 2.0
Phantom Power Yes
Outputs-Main XLR
Aux Sends 2 (FX, MON)
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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