PreSonus StudioLive-AR16 18-channel Hybrid USB Mixer




StudioLive® AR16 USB 18-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.

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.

Our unique Super Channel (stereo Channel 17/18) 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!

Channels and Buses

18-channel mixer
8 mono and 4 stereo channels, each with:
60 mm level fader
PFL solo
1 stereo Super Channel (Ch. 17/18)
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
16 balanced line inputs
2 unbalanced inserts
12 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

18×4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2.0 audio recording interface
Record every channel plus the Main Mix
2×2 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)


Internal power supply
Standard IEC power connector


Sturdy metal construction
60 mm faders
Rackmount kit included

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 18 x 11 x 6 in