Presonus StudioLive AR12

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Overview Built by musicians, for musicians. StudioLive® AR12 USB 14-channel hybrid mixers make it simple to mix and record live shows, studio productions, band rehearsals, podcasts, and much more. This is a musician’s mixer: lightweight, versatile, feature-rich, and packed with analog...


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Overview
Built by musicians, for musicians.
StudioLive® AR12 USB 14-channel hybrid mixers make it simple to mix and record live shows, studio productions, band rehearsals, podcasts, and much more. This is a musician’s mixer: lightweight, versatile, feature-rich, and packed with analog connections and digital tools, yet easy to learn and use. Mix with PreSonus’® famous Class A preamps and three-band EQ. Create multitrack recordings and fly in backing tracks with a 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB 2.0 digital audio interface. Record and playback in stereo with the integrated SD™ digital recorder. Stream program music wirelessly, using onboard Bluetooth®. Compact and road-ready, StudioLive AR mixers provide a superior all-in-one solution for mixing and recording your performances.
All of the connections and controls you need.
StudioLive AR12 USB mixers are packed with the connections and controls needed to mix and record live, in the studio, and in rehearsal. Each of the four mono channels and four stereo channels includes a 60 mm fader for level control; a mic input with one of PreSonus’ prized Class A preamps; three-band EQ; and more. Besides the main outputs, you get two monitor mix outputs, each with a dedicate bus, for feeding stage wedges, a headphone amp, or an in-ear system. Since the StudioLive AR12 USB is also a studio mixer, you also get control-room outputs with level control to feed your studio monitors.
Plug guitars and basses directly into the mixer.
Most mixers make you route acoustic and electric guitars and basses through external direct boxes before connecting to a mixer input. But with StudioLive AR mixers, Channels 1 and 2 have high-impedance instrument inputs, so you can plug a guitar or electric bass straight into the board—no direct box needed.
It’s inputs; it’s playback; it’s the Super Channel!
Our unique Super Channel (stereo Channel 13/14) allows you to connect four stereo analog and digital sources at once, enabling you to use the mixer with your high-tech devices. Plug a media player into the Super Channel’s unbalanced RCA and 1/8-inch stereo inputs, play stereo audio from the onboard SD™ recorder or from your USB-connected Mac® or Windows® PC. Use onboard Bluetooth 4.1 to pair your phone to your StudioLive AR mixer and instantly have wireless access to your music library for break music, backing tracks, or ear-training. Have a song you want the rest of the band to learn? Pair your phone and start rehearsing!
Record in the studio or at the gig—with or without a computer.
Naturally, you want to record your gigs, as well as producing studio projects, podcasts, and so on. It’s smart to record your rehearsals, too. So StudioLive AR mixers offer two different ways to record. Connect a StudioLive AR12 USB mixer to your computer via USB 2.0, and you have a 14x4 multitrack digital recorder, ready to capture all input channels plus the main mix to a Mac or Windows PC with professional, 24-bit/96 kHz quality. An onboard stereo SD recorder lets you record the main mix without a computer—just hit Record and go. Recording can’t get much easier than this!
Fly in backing tracks and play break music, too!
Both the integrated USB recording interface and the SD recorder have multiple uses beyond simply recording. With just a few backing tracks, your small band can sound like a much larger act, so we enabled the USB interface to play back two stereo streams through the mixer—great for backing tracks, click tracks, or program music. Use the SD recorder to play up to 32 GB of MP3 and .WAV files for hours of program music or backing tracks without needing a computer. And don’t forget the Bluetooth feature in the Super Channel, which lets you play break music straight from your smartphone. With several ways to get the job done, you can work the way you want to.
Integrated software makes recording a snap.
PreSonus StudioLive AR mixers are tightly integrated with state-of-the-art recording software to help you achieve your creative vision. Record with PreSonus’ Capture™ live-recording software, then edit in our award-winning Studio One® Artist DAW (recording and production software); both are included free.
Sweeten with digital effects for a polished, professional-caliber sound.
To get a great mix, you need high-quality effects. The StudioLive AR12 USB has you covered with an internal stereo effects processor with 16 presets, including an assortment of room, hall, and plate reverbs; chorus and delay effects; even a preset that emulates an acoustically treated studio room to provide a warmer, more intimate tone. A dedicated effects return, complete with master level fader and dedicated monitor sends, lets you adjust the amount of the effects in your main and monitor mixes. You can even bypass the effects with a footswitch (optional). It’s just another way that StudioLive AR mixers enable you to build professional-quality mixes and recordings quickly and easily.
A complete solution that’s compact, easy to use, and built for the road.
Compact and built for the road, the StudioLive AR12 USB is an easy-to-use, all-in-one solution for audio mixing and recording. With a wide variety of connections, two ways to record, and a simple, elegant mixing surface, it will quickly become the heart of your live and studio sound systems. Check it out now at your favorite PreSonus dealer!
Features
Channels and Buses

14-channel mixer
4 mono and 4 stereo channels, each with:

60 mm level fader
Pan
Mute
PFL solo

1 stereo Super Channel (Ch. 13/14)
2 monitor buses with PFL solo
1 stereo effects bus
1 stereo effects return with:

60 mm master fader
Dedicated monitor sends
Effects bypass footswitch jack

Inputs and Outputs

2 instrument inputs
12 balanced line inputs
2 unbalanced inserts
8 balanced mic inputs with:

Class A microphone preamp
Global 48V phantom power

Stereo Super Channel with:

Stereo RCA inputs
1/8-inch stereo input
Switchable SD™/USB stereo playback
Bluetooth 4.1 input

L/R XLR main outputs
2 balanced TRS monitor outputs
1 balanced TRS effects output
L/R Control Room outputs with level control
Headphone output with level control

Signal Processing

Highpass filter on every channel
Mono channels: 3-band semi-parametric EQ with sweepable mid-band
Stereo channels: 3-band semi-parametric EQ
Stereo effects processor with 16 presets

Recording Options

14x4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2.0 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

Integrated Software

Capture™ recording software
Studio One ® 3 Artist recording and production software (DAW)

Power

Internal power supply
Standard IEC power connector

Physical

Sturdy metal construction
60 mm faders
Rackmount kit optional

Specifications

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

Mac® OS X 10.8.5
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)

Windows

Windows® 7 x64/x86 SP1 +platform update, Windows 8.1 x64/x86, Windows 10 x64/x86
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD® Athlon™ X2 processor (Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon X4 or faster recommended)

Mac and Windows Systems

4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
30 GB hard-drive space (Studio One)
Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
Monitor with 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)

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.
As a commitment to constant improvement, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., reserves the right to change any specification stated herein, at any time, without notification.??

Technical Specifications

Microphone Preamp 

Type
XLR Female, Class A

Maximum Input level (unity gain)
+22 dBu, ±1.0 dB

Gain Control Range
Mono Channels: 50 dB, ±1 dB (Unity to +50 dB), Stereo Channels: 40 dB, ± 1 dB (+5 to +45 dB

Frequency Response to Analog Outputs
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB

Frequency Response to USB (Direct)
20 Hz to 40 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 k?

EIN (+55 dB gain, 150? input, 20 Hz-22 kHz, A-wtd)
< 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)
+22 dBu ±1.0 dB

Gain Control Range
50 dB, ±1 dB (Unity to +50 dB)

Frequency Response to Analog Outputs
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB

Frequency Response to USB (Direct)
20 Hz to 40 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB

Dynamic Range (min. gain, A-wtd)
> 105 dB dB

Dynamic Range (mid. Gain, unwtd)
> 100 dB

THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, A-wtd)
< 0.01%

THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, unwtd)
< 0.01%

Input Impedance
> 1 M?

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)
+22 dBu, ±1.0 dB

Gain Control Range
Mono Channels 50 dB, ±1 dB (-20 to +30 dB),? Stereo Channel 50 dB, ±1 dB (-15 to +25 dB)

Frequency Response to Analog Outputs
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB

Frequency Response to USB (Direct)
10 Hz to 40 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB

S/N Ratio to Analog Outputs (+4 dBu)
94 dB

THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, A-wtd)
< 0.01%

Input Impedance (Balanced)
10 k?

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 ?

Headphone Output 

Type
¼” TRS Female, Stereo, Unbalanced

Maximum Output Level
150 mW/channel @ 60 ?

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)
-85 dBu

Adjacent Channels (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unwtd)
-80 dBu

Signal Level LED 

Signal
-50 dBFS (pre-EQ)

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

Graphic EQ 

Low Cut
100 Hz, -18 dB/Octave

High Shelving
±15 dB @ 12 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
Fixed, 0.55

Low Shelving
±15 dB @ 80 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

Bit Depth
24 bits

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

Sampling Rate (WAV)
44.1 kHz

Bit Depth (Recorded WAV)
24 bits

Power/Environmental 

Connector
IEC

Physical 

Height
3.7” (95 mm)

Width
16” (402 mm)

Depth
15.4” (390 mm)

As a commitment to constant improvement, PreSonus® Audio Electronics, Inc., reserves the right to change any specification stated herein, at any time, without notification.

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