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
4 mono and 4 stereo channels, each with:
60 mm level fader
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
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
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
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.
XLR Female, Class A
Maximum Input level (unity gain)
+22 dBu, ±1.0 dB
Gain Control Range
Mono Channels: 50 dB, ±1 dB (Unity to +50 dB), Stereo Channels: 40 dB, ± 1 dB (+5 to +45 dB
Frequency Response to Analog Outputs
20 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)
THD+N (min. gain, A-wtd)
EIN (+55 dB gain, 150Ω input, 20 Hz-22 kHz, A-wtd)