The new StudioLive ARc series of mixers from PreSonus combines a multi-channel 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB-C compatible, USB 2.0 audio interface with an analog mixer front end to create a hybrid design intended to simplify recording and mixing using a single mixer.
Three models are available: The StudioLive AR8c offers 4 mic preamps and 6 balanced line inputs for 8×4 recording/playback while the StudioLive AR12c has 8 mic preamps and 12 balanced line inputs for 14×4 recording/playback, and the StudioLive AR16c delivers 12 mic preamps and 16 balanced line inputs for 18×4 recording/playback. All models support recording every channel plus the main mix over USB and have a 3-band analog EQ on every channel; mic/line boost for low-level vintage synths, broadcast microphones, and consumer electronics; and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
All models also have PreSonus Super Channel, which can handle four stereo analog and digital sources at once. The Super Channel combines wireless stereo Bluetooth 5.0 input, stereo input from the on board SD recorder or from a USB-connected Mac or Windows PC, and RCA and 1/8-inch stereo inputs.
The new mixers come with a recording software suite for Mac and Windows. All three new ARc mixers are available now at PreSonus dealers at these U.S. street prices: StudioLive AR8c — $499.95, StudioLive AR12c — $599.95, and StudioLive AR16c — $699.95.
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