PreSonus StudioLive AR8 USB Mixer

Mixer with 2 Mono Channels, 2 Stereo Channels, 4 Mic Preamps, 3-band EQ, +48V Phantom Power, 16 Digital FX, Bluetooth 4.1 Streaming, Onboard SD Card Recorder, and Studio One Artist 3 Software
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Captures 96kHz Multitrack Audio as You Mix

A great performance is one you'll want to preserve. Fortunately, the compact StudioLive AR8 USB from PreSonus makes it easy to capture multitrack audio in stunning 24-bit/96kHz as you mix. You can send all channels to dedicated tracks in Studio One (included) for later mixdown. Or for something that's ready to stream instantly to your fans, you can grab a stereo mix of the show via the onboard HCSD card recorder. Class A preamps and all-analog channel EQs capture clean vocals, guitars, and drums. And the AR8 USB's 16 flawless digital stereo reverbs, delays, and chorus let you add space and texture to instruments. You can even stream music wirelessly over easy-pairing Bluetooth 4.1 to keep guests entertained before the show begins.

A compact mixer-recorder for live sets and podcasting

We all know performers who freeze when the record light goes on. So it just makes sense to capture a band or group in their natural element, whether that's onstage feeding off the crowd or sitting around a table casually strumming a guitar. The PreSonus StudioLive AR8 USB makes it easy to record full sets and podcasts while you're mixing. You can capture the whole show live in stereo to an SD card or send all tracks to the included Studio One DAW software for later tweaking.

Clean Class A mic pres and analog 3-band EQs preserve tone

Sweetwater knows the heart of any good mixer is its signal fidelity. That's why we're pleased to see the StudioLive AR8 USB packed with quality audio circuitry: low-noise Class A preamps, all-analog 3-band channel EQs, and musical low-cut filters. Smooth rotary level knobs let you ride vocal levels between choruses or tame guitar signals after the lead player turns up. Dedicated Monitor, Main, Headphone, and Control Room controls ensure your room and talent can hear everything comfortably.

Dedicated Bluetooth 4.1/aux channel gets guests dancing

Running out of tracks for your music player is a bummer. So is calling everyone in your contacts list at 10PM to see if anyone has a spare 1/8"-to-1/4" adapter plug. But these are problems of the past with the StudioLive AR8 USB. Powerful, easy-pairing Bluetooth 4.1 connects to any compatible mobile device in seconds to ensure your dance floor never goes quiet. Older iPods and music devices with standard headphones can be used, too, thanks to a dedicated 3.5mm stereo aux jack.

FREE plug-in suite for your favorite DAW

PreSonus delivers more value than ever with their mixers and interfaces, thanks to the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite. This extensive collection of seven popular plug-ins covers models of top studio gear from manufacturers such as Maag Audio, Lexicon, and Arturia, adding up to hundreds of dollars of extra value. Punch up your mix bus with Brainworx's bx-opto, add ambience with Eventide's SP2016-inspired Stereo Room reverb, fire up transients with SPL's Attacker, and much more. And since these plug-ins are available in AAX, VST, and AU formats, they're compatible with any DAW you choose.

PreSonus StudioLive AR8 USB Analog Mixer Features:

  • Records multitrack audio as you mix — great for live sets, rehearsals, and podcasting
  • Makes a capable front end for your home studio
  • Sends all main tracks to Studio One Artist 3 DAW software (included)
  • Onboard 32GB HCSD card reader records full shows in stereo for instant access
  • 2 mono and 2 stereo channels with +48-volt phantom, pan, mute, and PFL solo
  • 4 Class A mic preamps capture clean vocals, guitars, and drums
  • 4 analog 3-band EQs sculpt your mixes
  • Musical low-cut filters prevent mix mud buildup
  • 16 digital reverbs, delays, and chorus add space and texture to sources
  • Dedicated Bluetooth 4.1 channel streams audio from your phone or other mobile device
  • Smooth rotary level knobs for quick adjustments to fine vocal riding
  • Stereo XLR outs for loudspeakers, plus outputs for studio monitors, stage monitors, and headphones
  • Supports USB 2.0

Additional Media

Live Mixer Buying Guide
PreSonus StudioLive AR Mixers Demo by Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Type Analog Mixer with USB out
Channels 8
Inputs - Mic Preamps 4 x XLR
Inputs - Line 2 x 1/4" (line/instrument), 4 x 1/4" (2 stereo channels)
Inputs - Other 2 x RCA (stereo pair), 1 x 1/8" (stereo)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR
Outputs - Other 2 x 1/4" (control room)
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Bands 3-band EQ
Aux Sends 1 x 1/4" (FX send), 1 x 1/4" (monitor send)
Effects Reverb, Echo, Delay
Computer Connectivity USB
USB 1 x Type B
Bluetooth Yes
Height 3.7"
Width 12"
Depth 12"
Manufacturer Part Number SLMAR8

Customer Reviews

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PreSonus StudioLive AR8 USB Mixer#1

This is amazingly good. Connectivity,Clearity, Crystal clear voice. I use for my professional singing... it's easy to Cary with my Bose L1. I fly to performance all over US and size is perfect. Bluetooth connection is Boone. I give all 100 mark out of 100. Also Team #SweetWater is with me to support. Thx
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I love this mixer just what I wanted and needed I only have used the USD card so far and its great! Happy with this product! And fast shipping!

pricey but well designed

This is an excellent mixer for the size. Easy to use and has all the features you could want. The recording features is a little tricky -- you have to figure out how to stage the gain properly -- but after you figure it out it works well. Extra credit for having the power supply built in to the mixer (you still need a power cord of course but no wall wart). It is quite compact. I've been using it for a few weeks now and quality seems pretty good. I have not used it to record to a computer though, only as a standalone mixer. So I can't comment on the USB interface.
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