PreSonus StudioLive AR12

  • 4 Mono and 4 Stereo Channels
  • Stereo Super Channel
  • 14x4 24-Bit/96 kHz USB Audio Interface
  • Built-In 2x2 SD Recorder
  • 8 Class-A Microphone Preamps
  • Two Instrument Inputs
  • 3-Band EQ
  • Wireless Bluetooth Streaming
  • Capture and Studio One Software Included
Special Price $599.99 Regular Price $699.95
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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!


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)


  • Internal power supply
  • Standard IEC power connector


  • Sturdy metal construction
  • 60 mm faders
  • Rackmount kit optional

Computer system requirements:

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


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


  • 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

TypeXLR Female, Class A
Maximum Input level (unity gain)+22 dBu, ±1.0 dB
Gain Control RangeMono Channels: 50 dB, ±1 dB (Unity to +50 dB), Stereo Channels: 40 dB, ± 1 dB (+5 to +45 dB
Frequency Response to Analog Outputs20 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 Impedance1 kΩ
EIN (+55 dB gain, 150Ω 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

Type¼” TS Female, Unbalanced, Hi-Z
Maximum Input Level (min. gain, 1 [email protected]% THD+N)+22 dBu ±1.0 dB
Gain Control Range50 dB, ±1 dB (Unity to +50 dB)
Frequency Response to Analog Outputs20 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 MΩ
Note: All Channel Inputs sum through Mic preamp

Line Inputs

Type¼” TRS Female, Balanced
Maximum Input Level (min. gain, 1 [email protected]% THD+N)+22 dBu, ±1.0 dB
Gain Control RangeMono Channels 50 dB, ±1 dB (-20 to +30 dB), Stereo Channel 50 dB, ±1 dB (-15 to +25 dB)
Frequency Response to Analog Outputs20 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 kΩ
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 Response20 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 Impedance100 Ω

Headphone Output

Type¼” TRS Female, Stereo, Unbalanced
Maximum Output Level150 mW/channel @ 60 Ω
Frequency Response20 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 Cut100 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 QFixed, 0.55
Low Shelving±15 dB @ 80 Hz

Digital Audio

Host InterfaceUSB 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 Depth24 bits
Internally Supported Sample Rates44.1, 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 FormatFAT16 formatted SD™ card, FAT32 formatted SDHC™ card
Media Storage CapacitySD card: 2 GB; SDHC card: 32 GB
Recording File FormatStereo WAV
Playback File FormatsStereo WAV, MP3
Sampling Rate (WAV)44.1 kHz
Bit Depth (Recorded WAV)24 bits




Height3.7” (95 mm)
Width16” (402 mm)
Depth15.4” (390 mm)

More Information
MPN (manufacturer part number)SLMAR12
UPC (Universal Product Code)00673454004230
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