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PreSonus announce StudioLive AR USB mixers

Mixers record to SD and playback via Bluetooth

PreSonus extend their StudioLive range with the brand new and fully featured StudioLive AR USB hybrid mixers. Designed with musicians in mind, these new mixers are equipped with a USB 2.0 audio interface that can capture all input channels, plus the main mix, to a Mac or Windows PC, with 24-bit, 96 kHz quality.

In the range are the 18-channel StudioLive AR16 USB, 14-channel StudioLive AR12 USB, and 8-channel StudioLive AR8 USB.

Neat features of the AR range are an onboard stereo SD recorder/player, letting you record the main mix without a computer and play back up to 32GB of MP3 or WAV files; Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless streaming; Class-A preamps; two instrument inputs; three-band semi-parametric EQ; internal stereo effects processing and a dedicated effects return. 

In addition to the main outputs, you get monitor mix outputs with dedicated buses—suitable for feeding stage wedges, a headphone amp, or an in-ear system. Since the StudioLive AR USB is also a studio mixer, you get control-room outputs with level control to feed studio monitors. 

Naturally, all of the mixers also ship with PreSonus’ Capture live-recording software and Studio One 3 Artist DAW.

All models are expected to be available in the third quarter of 2016, with expected street prices of $599.95 (AR16), $499.95 (AR12), and $299.95 (AR8).

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