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PreSonus StudioLive AR16c 18-Channel USB-C Hybrid Digital/Analog Performance Mixer, Unpowered
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- 18x4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2. 0 (over USB-C connection) audio recording interface; record every channel plus the main mix
- 2x2 SD recorder (record main mix); supports SD and SDHC formats up to 32 GB
- 18-channel analog mixer with 12 balanced microphone inputs with XMAX mic preamps plus two instrument inputs, 16 balanced line level inputs, 2 insert points, Stereo Super Channel (Ch. 17/18) with Bluetooth 5. 0 wireless, RCA inputs, 1/8-inch stereo input, and switchable SD/USB stereo playback, Stereo effects processor with 16 presets, dedicated send and return, and bypass footswitch jack
- Complete recording solution: Includes Capture live-recording software and Studio One Artist DAW for Mac and Windows
- Global +48V phantom power
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Audio recording made easy.
Don’t let the classic analog mixer design fool you—the StudioLive AR16c was built to record. With a pristine analog front-end, 12 high-gain XMAX mic preamps, and an 18x4 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB-C compatible USB 2.0 audio interface, its hybrid design makes it simple to record studio productions and mix live shows from a single intuitive console. Add in a musical 3-band analog EQ, mic/line boost for low-level vintage synths and broadcast microphones, all-new digital effects with rich reverbs and lush delays, Bluetooth connectivity, and a stereo SD recorder... and you have a mixing and recording powerhouse that fulfills the needs of both modern musicians and content creators.
A full-featured audio interface.
The StudioLive AR16c audio interface operates at up to 96 kHz for high-definition mixing and recording. Record each of the 16 inputs, plus the main mix for even more flexible recording options. Play back up to four streams for monitoring previously recorded tracks—plus a click. Twelve lauded XMAX mic preamps provide all the gain you need to capture even the most subtle details without adding any extra noise. The analog mixer front-end makes connecting your gear to your computer intuitive, and creating monitor mixes is quick and easy. With a USB-C compatible connection, your StudioLive AR16c is ready to use as an audio interface for nearly any computer.
A complete recording solution for studio and stage.
The StudioLive AR16c audio interface and analog mixer is tightly integrated with state-of-the-art recording software to help you realize your creative vision. Record multitrack live performances with one click thanks to PreSonus’ Capture live-recording software. Create complete studio productions with our award-winning Studio One Artist DAW. With two professional recording applications included with your StudioLive AR16c, you’re ready to record right out of the box.
Effects without latency
Monitoring with reverb and delay helps to create better recordings. Any vocalist or guitarist will tell you that a little reverb makes them feel more comfortable while performing. The StudioLive AR16c mixer’s onboard effects processor lets you add high-quality reverb, delay, or chorus to any channel for a professional monitor mix. Like what you hear in your headphones? Record the Main Mix and capture the effects mix, too—with or without the dry channels—to blend with your multitrack recording. Experiment in post-production to your heart's content.
All the connections you need with a familiar look.
Packed with all the connections and controls needed to mix and record in the studio and on the stage, the StudioLive AR16c is the ultimate recording solution. The eight mono channels and four stereo channels include a musical three-band EQ, plus one of PreSonus’ famed XMAX high-gain mic preamps. Two dedicated monitor mixes with balanced outputs provide your musicians the custom mix they need. The USB-C compatible connector ensures your StudioLive AR16c audio interface will be the center of your studio for years to come. And with high-resolution 96 kHz recording, a full complement of connections, and an instantly familiar workflow, the StudioLive AR16c is the perfect recording and mixing solution for the modern musician and content creator.
The channel that does it all… even Bluetooth connectivity!
The unique Super Channel can handle four stereo sources at once and makes it easy to integrate consumer devices into your studio workflow. Connect a turntable to the RCA inputs, use the ⅛-inch stereo input to plug-in your smartphone, or forget the cable and connect it via Bluetooth wireless technology. You can also toggle between a stereo playback stream from your computer and playback from the onboard SD recorder, making rehearsal a snap.
Stereo recording without a computer.
Imagine you’re rehearsing with your band and want to record your session to analyze later. Or perhaps you’re in the middle of a songwriting session and want to capture your ideas as quickly as they come to you. Either way, the StudioLive AR16c’s stereo SD recorder has you covered. Insert any SD/SDHC card and you’re ready to record your main mix to listen to later, so you’ll never forget a great song idea or an amazing guitar solo. Doing mobile interviews for your podcast? Leave the computer at home and record straight to SD.
Includes Studio Magic Plug-in Suite.
This suite of plug-ins adds a wealth of fresh virtual instruments and effects to Studio One. Cherry-picked from the first names in virtual instruments and effects, each plug-in brings a different flavor of practical magic to your songs. These plug-ins aren't gimmicky one-trick ponies — these are real-deal workhorses that you'll rely on for countless mixes.
|StudioLive AR8c||StudioLive AR12c||StudioLive AR16c|
|Input Channels||8 total: 2 Mono, 3 Stereo||14 Total: 4 Mono, 5 Stereo||18 Total: 8 Mono, 5 Stereo|
|Recording Options||8x4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2.0 (via USB-C) audio recording interface||14x4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2.0 (via USB-C) audio recording interface||18x4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2.0 (via USB-C) audio recording interface|
|Studio One Artist Included||✓||✓||✓|
|Studio Magic Plugin Suite Included||✓||✓||✓|
|2x2 SD Recorder||✓||✓||✓|
|Stereo effects processor with 16 presets||✓||✓||✓|
|Rackmounting||Rackmount Kit Optional||Rackmount Kit Optional||Rackmount Kit INCLUDED|
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|Item Dimensions||15 x 20 x 3.7 inches||16.93 x 13.98 x 3.54 inches||15.56 x 16 x 5.5 inches||12 x 12 x 3.7 inches||17.7 x 17.1 x 4.3 inches|
Don’t let the classic analog mixer design fool you—the StudioLive AR16c was built to record. Featuring a pristine analog front end with 12 high-gain XMAX mic preamps and an 18x4, 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB-C-compatible USB 2. 0 audio interface, the StudioLive AR16c’s hybrid design makes it simple to mix and record. Add in a musical 3-band analog EQ, mic/line boost for low-level sources including vintage synths, all-new digital effects with rich reverbs and lush delays, Bluetooth connectivity, and a stereo SD recorder. . . and you have a mixing and recording powerhouse that fulfills the needs of both modern musicians and content creators.
From the Manufacturer
High-definition 18x4, 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2.0 digital audio interface with an intuitive analog mixer design; USB-C connectivity; 12 high-gain XMAX mic preamps; integrated stereo SD digital recorder; stereo Super Channel offers connections for four devices at once including via Bluetooth 5.0 wireless, plus RCA and ⅛-inch stereo line inputs as well as computer/SD playback; all-in-one recording solution with both Studio One Artist and Capture multitrack recording software included.
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I quote the "12 Channel" part of the title because It's really a nine channel audio mixer to me and from what I've tried, thus far, it's one pretty cool all-in-one machine, especially for Livestreaming. But as all mixers go, it's not without its quirks and oddities.
This sure is a compact, pretty sleek look'n device that will fit right in with my home-made Livestreaming rig. Unit. The well-placed buttons are easy to navigate and the sliders (although a little plastic-y) feel smooth and have plenty of travel for minute adjustments.
First, let's talk about the obvious features... It's got a USB connection, to output to Livestream units for DAW thoroughput, that sounds real clean to my ears. This has not been my experience with other mixers and analog-to-digital converters. Although there still is a small latency, it's probably one of the least noticeable.
Next feature is the FX generator, for the once-in-a-while singing speaker on stage, that really sounds better with a tiny bit of reverb. Sounds pretty clean as long as you don't "over-pod" the thing. It can get pretty distorted and you have to tone down your volume to match your previous output levels.
One innovation is the addition of a BlueTooth input. This is just unbelievably COOL that I can have all my cell phone/iPad conference background music ready to play wirelessly to this mixer and save that extra input for something else. The BlueTooth sound is... well.... its' BlueTooth... What did you expect, but you know... The average audience will never know the difference.
Its also got a mini 1/8" input. Way rare in a mixer of this size. This is great, to input the sound of the room's PowerPoint laptop, when using an 1/8" cable run.
Another really really cool thing is the onboard digital SD card recorder. How many times has a client wanted to record the audio of a speech separately for CD or file sales? Now you can offer this too without having to hire another sound guy for that task. Easy Peazy!
Finally, as far as features are concerned, this unit also shows up in Livestreaming Studio software as your choice if "main L+R, and/or each of twelve channels individually.
Now for my "necessary" Bastardization of a perfectly good new mixer, as my "slight" ADHD forces me to customize the thing to my exact liking. This includes some oddities that not everyone else may agree with me on, like if you have eight XLR inputs, why do they call inputs 1-thru-4 "1-thru-4" and then call inputs 5-thru-8, "5/6, 7/8/, 9/10, 11/12" respectively? Now before some people people get into a tissy-fit on how I should know my inputs and that the 1/4" phono inputs are exactly those extra numbers.... I know that.
It's just that if I'm almost never gonna use them that way, then why not just re-name all the labels to fit my exact need? This way when all hell breaks loose and we're hot in the game and you got 8-mikes live on-stage and music playing and PowerPoints cued-up and Livestream needing switching and titles galore, you don't get mixed up when mike#7 needs adjustment and you have to remember that its label says "9/10".
So I digress back to my original point, which is that I re-label the mixer by printing out my preferred label names on shipping label paper, cut them out to fit, and place them carefully on top of the offending original mixer labels. (see pictures below)
First I call inputs # "5, 6, 7 & 8" just that, and input #9 = "music" That's where I'd use the BlueTooth for my ipad music and/or input from a PowerPoint PC/Mp3 player and/or an analog player via the RCA's.
Next, I covered up (with electrical tape) the "Mon1 & Mon2" along with their respective 1/4" phone connectors, as I have no use for these as of yet. (see pictures below)
Now you might ask why I covered up the "MAIN" XLR outputs? Because they weren't able to be separated from the USB output volumes, and I needed a way to have separate USB to Livestream volumes as of the "Room" volume control which in many cases have to be different.
So I took the "Ctl Room" output, as this DOES in fact have a separate master volume control and made that my "MAIN ROOM" output to go to the house speakers. I just have to have a 1/4" to XLR adapter for each output.
Now I have separate "Main Output" Volume Controls. One for Livestream "WEB" and one for the House Sound, "MAIN ROOM" (see pictures below)
I'm now really happy with the outcome, with exception of the fact that I'd prefer to reverse the "MAIN ROOM" and "WEB" knob/sliders to have the slider be the "ROOM" and the knob be the USB, but unfortunately it doesn't work that way.
Lastly, This mixer come bundled with lots and lots of software for music editing, sounds, recording and audio mixing. Way too much for what I need it for, but it's nice to know its there if I need it. It's a matter of fact it's kind of confusing which software to actually use in case all you want is the DAW. The instructions aren't all that logical to me and it's amazing that I got it to work at all.
Anyway, I've taken enough of your time with my review here, that of which many of you might not fully understand my convoluted ways of navigating my equipment to my preferences.
I tried repeatedly to contact Presonus' customer support but always got a message about extremely high call volumes and COVID 19. Then I was invited to contact them via e-mail. I only received automated responses. Never a human being who might actually been able to help.
I finally sent the unit to Asurion . After waiting nearly a month I received a voice mail telling me my equipment was still under factory warranty and was being sent to Presonus. God only knows how long they'll futz with it.
Sorry for a negative review but I am not at all happy with Presonus or Amazon for their handling of this situation.
I didn't know only 4 channels had sweepable mid eq. I am disappointed in this.
Love the output capabilities.
Bluetooth is cool and easy.
The verbs in fx are simple but effective, at least on drums anyway.
32gig max Sdhc card and it must be formatted to Fat32.
Think I am gonna really enjoy this.
With this sweet digital/analog hybrid mixer, I can record and edit in Studio One and master music. Indeed, with the StudioLive AR16c, I literally have no more excuses to not make music.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2020
Would not power up ☹️ Dead as a Dodo! Shame otherwise a good bit of kit
Leider war bei mir die Treiberinstallation ziemlich fummelig, ich musste nach Fehlermeldungen und Internetrecherche 3 verschiedene Microsoft Fixes herunterladen bis der Treiber und Presonus Universal Control funktioniert haben. Das Softwarepaket ist auch recht unpraktisch, da jedes Plugin bei verschiedenen Herstellern einzeln registriert und heruntergeladen werden muß. Beim Lexicon Hall kam der Download Link bei meiner Email Adresse erst gar nicht an.
Wegen dieser Software Capriolen einen Stern Abzug, ansonsten empfehlenswert - 4 Sterne in Summe von mir.
Unter Ubuntu Linux funktioniert das Presonus übrigens ohne Treiberinstallation, mit Traktion 7 getestet.