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PreSonus StudioLive AR16c Hybrid USB Interface and Mixer

$699.95
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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 three-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 of PreSonus®' lauded XMAX mic preamps provide all the gain you need to capture even the most subtle details without adding 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 connection, your StudioLive AR16c is ready to use as an audio interface for nearly any computer.

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 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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

Features

Recording

  • 18x4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2.0 (over USB-C connector) audio recording interface
    • Record every channel plus the main mix
  • 2x2 SD recorder to capture the main mix
    • Supports SD™ and SDHD™ formats up to 32 GB

Mixing

  • 18-channel analog mixer
  • 12 balanced microphone inputs with XMAX mic preamps
  • 2 insert points
  • 2 instrument/line inputs
  • 16 balanced line level inputs:
    • 8 mono
    • 4 stereo pairs
  • Stereo Super Channel (Ch. 17/18) with Bluetooth 5.0 input, RCA inputs, 1/8-inch stereo input, and switchable SD/USB stereo playback
  • 8 mono and 4 stereo channels, each with level knob, pan, mute, PFL solo, highpass filter, and 3-band semi-parametric EQ
  • 2 monitor buses with dedicated channel sends, AFL solo, and balanced TRS output
  • L/R Control Room outputs with level control
  • Headphone output with level control

Signal Processing

  • Highpass filter on every channel
  • 3-band quasi-parametric EQ with sweepable mid-band on each mono channel
  • 3-band semi-parametric EQ on each stereo channel
  • Stereo effects processor with 16 presets, dedicated send and return, and bypass footswitch jack
  • Mic/line boost on stereo channels for low-level input sources and consumer devices

Included Software

  • Capture® live multitrack recording software
  • Studio One® Artist recording and production software (DAW)
  • Studio Magic Software Suite

Power

  • Internal power supply
  • Standard IEC power connector

Physical

  • Sturdy metal construction
  • 60 mm faders
  • Rackmount kit included

    Computer system requirements:

    Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for use with Capture® and Studio One®.

    Mac®

    • macOS® 10.13 or higher (64-bit only)
    • Intel® Core™ i3 or better (Native support for Apple Silicon)
    • Minimum 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

    Windows®

    • Windows 10 (64-bit only)
    • Intel Core i3 / AMD® A10 processor or better
    • Minimum 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

    Mac and Windows Systems

    • USB 2.0 port
    • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
    • 30 GB hard disk space
    • Monitor with 1366x768 resolution

    The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.

    Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) than you might experience while monitoring audio signals.

    Technical Specifications

    Microphone Preamp

    Type XLR Female, Class A XMAX
    Maximum Input level (unity gain) +9 dBu ±1.0 dB
    Gain Control Range 43 dB (+12 to +55 dB)
    Frequency Response to Analog Outputs 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
    Frequency Response to USB (Direct) 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/- 1.5 dB
    S/N Ratio to Outputs (+4 dBu) 94 dB
    THD+N (min. gain, A-wtd) < 0.01%
    Input Impedance 1 kΩ
    EIN (+55 dB gain, 150Ω input, 20 Hz-22 kHz, A-wtd) Mono Channels: < 128 dBu
    Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz, +55 dB gain) 65 dB
    Phantom Power +48V, ±3V, Global
    Note: All Channel Inputs sum through Mic preamp

    Instrument Inputs

    Type ¼” TS Female, Unbalanced, Hi-Z
    Maximum Input Level (min. gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD+N) +9 dBu ±1.0 dB
    Gain Control Range 43 dB, ±1 dB (+12 to +55 dB)
    Frequency Response to Analog Outputs 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
    Frequency Response to USB (Direct) 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
    Dynamic Range (min. gain, A-wtd) > 105 dB
    Dynamic Range (mid. Gain, unwtd) > 108 dB
    THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, A-wtd) < 0.01%
    THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, unwtd) < 0.01%
    Input Impedance > 1 MΩ
    Note: All Channel Inputs sum through Mic preamp

    Line Inputs

    Type ¼” TRS Female, Balanced
    Maximum Input Level (min. gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD+N) +26 dBu ±1.0 dB
    Gain Control Range

    Mono Channels: 40 dB, ±1 dB (-5 to +35 dB)

    Stereo Channels: 0 dB or +10 dB (+10 dB Boost)

    Frequency Response to Analog Outputs 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
    Frequency Response to USB (Direct) 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
    S/N Ratio to Analog Outputs (+4 dBu) 85 dB
    THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, A-wtd) < 0.01%
    Input Impedance (Balanced) 10 kΩ
    Note: All Channel Inputs sum through Mic preamp

    Main, Control Room, Monitor, and FX Outputs

    Type (Main Outputs) XLR Male, Impedance Balanced
    Type (Control Room, Monitor, FX Outputs) ¼” TRS Female, Balanced
    Rated Output Level (Main Outputs) +24 dBu, ±1.0 dB
    Rated Outputs Level (Control Room, Monitor, FX Outputs) +18 dBu
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
    Dynamic Range (A-wtd) > 108 dB
    THD+N (Bandwidth 20 Hz - 20 kHz, -1 dBFS, unwtd) < 0.01%
    Output Impedance 100 Ω

    Headphone Output

    Type ¼” TRS Female, Stereo, Unbalanced
    Maximum Output Level 150 mW/channel @ 60 Ω
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
    Dynamic Range (A-wtd) > 103 dB
    THD+N (Bandwidth 20 Hz - 20 kHz, -1 dBFS, unwtd) < 0.01%

    System Crosstalk

    Input to Output (Ref = +4dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unwtd) -90 dBu
    Adjacent Channels (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unwtd) -85 dBu

    Signal Level LED

    Signal -30 dBFS (pre-EQ)
    Clip -3.0 dB before clip (pre- or post-EQ)

    Channel EQ

    Low Cut 100 Hz, -18 dB/Octave
    High Shelving ±15 dB @ 10 kHz
    Mid Peaking (Mono Channels) ±15 dB @ 140 Hz to 3.5 kHz (variable)
    Mid Peaking (Stereo Channels) ±15 dB @ 2.5 kHz
    Mid-Band Q Boost: 1.0, Cut: 2.5
    Low Shelving ±15 dB @ 100 Hz

    Digital Audio

    Host Interface USB 2.0
    ADC Dynamic Range (Component) 114 dB
    ADC Dynamic Range (Measured: A-wtd, 48 kHz) 105 dB
    DAC Dynamic Range (Component) 114 dB
    DAC Dynamic Range (Measured: A-wtd, 48 kHz) 105 dB
    Signal-to-Noise (a-weighted) -96 dB
    Bit Depth 24-bit
    Internally Supported Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    Jitter < 80 ps RMS (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
    Jitter Attenuation > 60 dB (1 ns in => 1 ps out)

    SD Recorder

    Supported Media Format FAT16 formatted SD™ card, FAT32 formatted SDHC™ card
    Media Storage Capacity SD card: 2 GB; SDHC card: 32 GB
    Recording File Format Stereo WAV
    Playback File Formats Stereo WAV, MP3 (96-320 kbs, 32/44.1/48 kHz)
    Sampling Rate (WAV) 44.1 kHz
    Bit Depth

    Recording: 24-bit

    Playback: 16- or 24-bit

    Power/Environmental

    Connector IEC
    Input Voltage Range 90 to 240 VAC
    Recommended Ambient Operating Temperature 0˚ to 40˚ Celsius / 32˚ to 104˚ Fahrenheit

    Physical

    Height 3.5” (89 mm)
    Width (Chassis only) 18.9” (480 mm)
    Depth 15.6” (397 mm)
    Weight 14.1 lbs (6.4 kg)

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