PreSonus has launched new additions to its StudioLive range in the form of the AR hybrid mixers.
The series includes three models: the 18-channel StudioLive AR16 USB; 14-channel StudioLive AR12 USB; and 8-channel StudioLive AR8 USB. All of these feature plenty of digital I/O that should cover most of the bases needed in today's home studios.
Every AR USB mixer is equipped with a USB 2.0 24-bit/96kHz audio interface, onboard stereo SD recorder (which takes a feed from the main mix) and a Bluetooth 4.1 connection so that you can mix in tracks wirelessly via your phone. These digital connections feature alongside an RCA and 1/8-inch stereo input in what PreSonus is calling the 'Super Channel'.
Each mixer also includes stereo effects processing. There are 16 presets - various reverb, chorus and delay effects are represented, and there's also a preset that emulates an acoustically treated studio room. PreSonus promises that this will "provide a warmer, more intimate tone".
PreSonus's Capture live recording software and Studio One 3 Artist DAW are both included with each mixer. All models are expected to be available late in the Summer of 2016, with expected street prices of $599.95 (AR16), $499.95 (AR12), and $299.95 (AR8). For more information check out the PreSonus website.