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PreSonus StudioLive AR12c Mixer and Audio Interface with Effects

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PreSonus StudioLive AR12c Mixer and Audio Interface with Effects

Audio recording made easy.

Don't let the classic analog mixer design fool you - the StudioLive® AR12c was built to record. With a pristine analog front-end, eight high-gain XMAX mic preamps, and a 14x4, 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 AR12c audio interface operates at up to 96 kHz for high-definition mixing and recording. Record each of the 12 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. Eight of PreSonus' lauded XMAX mic preamps provide all the gain you need to capture even the most subtle details without adding any extra noise. The analog mixer front end makes connecting your gear intuitive, and creating monitor mixes is quick and easy. With a USB-C connection, your StudioLive AR12c 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, making 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 it 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 AR12c 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 AR12c, you're ready to record right out of the box.

You also get Ableton® Live Lite.

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 AR12c'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.

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

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

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

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) 15" (381 mm)
Depth 15.6” (397 mm)
Weight 11.9 lbs (5.4 kg)

Computer system requirements:

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for StudioLive AR12c.

macOS®

  • macOS version 10.13 or later
  • 200 MB storage space and 8 GB RAM for Universal Control (required for firmware updates)
  • Available USB port

Windows®

  • Windows 10 or later (64-Bit Only)
  • 200 MB storage space and 8 GB RAM for Universal Control (required for firmware updates and low-latency ASIO support)
  • Available USB port

The above are the hardware system requirements for this product.
DAW software and Operating System requirements vary.


Click here for Studio One’s system requirements.

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