PreSonus has launched the StudioLive ARc series, which combines a multi-channel 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB-C compatible, USB 2.0 pro audio interface with an analogue mixer front-end. The aim is to simplify recording and mixing using a single intuitive console.
The series aptly combine the newly designed high-headroom analogue circuits and PreSonus’ high-gain XMAX Class A mic preamps.
For versatility, three models are available: The StudioLive AR8c offers four mic preamps and six balanced line inputs for 8×4 recording/playback, while the StudioLive AR12c sports eight 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 feature a musical, three-band analogue EQ on every channel; mic/line boost for low-level vintage synths, broadcast microphones, and consumer electronics; and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
The onboard stereo SD recorder is ideal for recording a rehearsal, a mobile podcast interview or even quickly capturing songwriting ideas. An all-new digital effects processor with 16 presets supplies rich reverbs, lush delays, and fat chorusing, including a dedicated send and return and bypass footswitch jack.
All StudioLive ARc series mixers have PreSonus’ Super Channel, which can handle four stereo analogue and digital sources at once. The Super Channel also combines wireless stereo Bluetooth 5.0 input, stereo input from the onboard SD recorder or from a USB-connected Mac or Windows PC, and RCA and 1/8-inch stereo inputs, which is great for use with turntables and high-tech devices.
The product comes with two professional recording applications, Capture and Studio One Artist.
All three models are available now at PreSonus dealers at US street prices of: StudioLive AR8c $499.95, StudioLive AR12c $599.95, and StudioLive AR16c $699.95.