PreSonus has introduced the 22-channel StudioLive AR22 USB hybrid mixers, the newest member of the company’s StudioLive AR series. The StudioLive AR22 USB mixer is equipped with a Mac- and Windows-compatible, 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB 2.0 audio interface that can capture all input channels and the main mix.
The StudioLive AR22 USB mixer comes equipped with an on-board stereo SD recorder that lets you record the main mix without a computer — just hit record and go. You can also use the SD recorder to play up to 32 GB of MP3 and WAV files for hours of program music or backing tracks without needing a computer.
The StudioLive AR22 USB provides a flexible array of inputs and outputs. Featuring 16 Class A mic preamps and a whopping 26 analog line inputs, the StudioLive AR22 USB has all the features you’d expect in an analog console. In addition to a 60 mm fader, each of the 12 mono channels and four stereo channels gives you a low-cut filter, mute, pan and solo with prefader listen. As a result, you can plug in mics, keyboards and much more with the same types of controls found in larger mixing consoles. Phantom power can be enabled globally for use with condenser microphones.
All mono channels feature three-band, semi-parametric EQ with a sweepable mid band. You also get four channel inserts (on Channels 1-4) to add external processors. Each of the four stereo channels provides a single mic input, plus balanced ¼-inch left and right line inputs and a basic three-band, semi-parametric EQ.
The StudioLive AR22 USB mixer also features the PreSonus Super Channel, which allows you to play audio from four stereo sources simultaneously. Plug a media player into the Super Channel’s unbalanced RCA inputs. Connect your tablet to the 1/8-inch stereo input. 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 USB mixer and instantly have wireless access to your music library for break music, backing tracks or ear-training. The Super Channel allows you to play back audio from four stereo sources at one time.
Like every PreSonus mixer, the StudioLive AR22 USB is bundled with everything you need to record, mix and distribute your music. Create multitrack recordings with one click in PreSonus’ Capture live-recording software, then mix, edit and distribute from award-winning Studio One 3 Artist DAW production software; both are included free. You also get the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for Mac and Windows, which includes seven popular plug-ins in VST, AU and AAX formats.
Compact and road-ready, the StudioLive AR22 USB mixer is packed with the connections and features needed to mix and record live, in the studio, and in rehearsal. It’s expected to be available Q4 2017 at an anticipated U.S. MAP/street price of $799.95. For more information, go here.