PreSonus StudioLive AR8 8 Channel Hybrid Mixer
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PreSonus StudioLive AR8 8 Channel Hybrid Mixer

PreSonus StudioLive AR8, 8-Channel Hybrid Studio & Performance Mixer Lightweight, compact and affordable, the StudioLive AR8 USB is an easy-..

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PreSonus StudioLive AR8, 8-Channel Hybrid Studio & Performance Mixer

Lightweight, compact and affordable, the StudioLive AR8 USB is an easy-to-use, all-in-one solution for audio mixing/recording that was built to be mobile. Featuring a wide array of connections, two recording options and a simple, aesthetically pleasing mixing surface the StudioLive AR8 is perfect for the band-on-the-go.

Connections, preamps and EQ

Each of the mono and stereo channels on the mixer feature their own level control, a mic input (with one of PreSonus' famous Class A preamps), three-band EQ and more! As well as the usual two speaker outputs you get a monitor mix output (with dedicated bus for feeding a stage wedge monitor), headphone amp or in-ear system, and control room outputs to feed your studio monitors.

DI Boxes? Not Necessary

With most other mixers, when plugging a guitar or bass directly into the desk it would need to be connected via an external direct (or DI) box. However, with the StudioLive AR8, channels 1 and 2 have high-impedance instrument inputs, meaning that you can plug your instrument directly into the board with no box needed!

Built by musicians, for musicians!

Is it an input? Is it for playbacks? It's the Super Channel!

The StudioLive AR series is home to a unique Super Channel (stereo channel 7/8 on the StudioLive AR8) which allows you to connect up to four stereo sources at once (analogue AND digital) and control the mixer using your high-tech devices (such as mobile or tablet). Whether you're making use of the Super Channel's unbalanced RCA and 1/8-inch stereo inputs, or utilising the onboard SD recorder/USB connection to play stereo audio, you get the opportunity to playback recordings, make full use of stereo backing tracks or even click tracks should you want to. Additionally, pair your mobile device with the onboard Bluetooth 4.1 interface in order to audibly remind the band of what song it is you're trying to learn!

Build professional-quality mixes & recordings quickly and easily

Recording on the go

Whether you want to record your live performances or produce a studio project, the StudioLive AR8 is perfect for both. This little mixer gives you the option of recording one of two ways: either via computer/laptop hooked up to the USB 2.0 interface and running as a Digital Audio Workstation (or DAW) with an industry-standard 24-bit/96kHz quality; OR recording directly to the onboard stereo SD recorder, accurately capturing the main mix at the touch of a button without the need for a computer!

Bags of effects at your disposal

For a mix to sound truly great you need to make use of high-quality effects: On that front, the StudioLive AR8 certainly has you covered! Featuring an internal effects processor, complete with 16 presets, you certainly won't be found wanting with this compact little mixer. Included within the effects are an assortment of room, hall and plate reverbs; chorus & delay effects; even a preset that emulates an acoustically treated studio room to provide a warmer, more intimate tone. You can adjust the levels of these effects in your main and monitor mixes through the dedicated effects return (complete with master level fader and dedicated monitor send) and even bypass the effects completely with a footswitch (optional).

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Channels & Buses:

  • 8-channel mixer
  • 2 mono and 2 stereo channels, each with -
    • Level knob
    • Pan
    • Mute
    • PFL solo
  • 1 stereo Super Channel (Ch. 7/8)
  • 1 monitor bus with PFL solo
  • 1 stereo effects bus
  • 1 stereo effects return with -
    • Level knob
    • Dedicated monitor sends
    • Effects bypass footswitch jack

Inputs & Outputs:

  • 2 instrument inputs
  • 8 balanced line inputs
  • 4 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
  • 1 balanced TRS monitor output
  • 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
  • 3-band semi-parametric EQ (Channels 1-6)
  • Stereo effects processor with 16 presets

Recording Options:

  • 8x24-bit/96kHz, USB 2.0 audio recording interface
    • Record every channel plus the main mix
  • 2x2 SD recorder
    • Record main mix
    • Supports SD and SDHD formats up to 32GB

Integrated Software:

  • Capture recording software
  • Studio One 3 Artist recording and production software (DAW)


  • Internal power supply
  • Standard IEC power connector


  • Sturdy metal construction
  • Rackmount kit optional

Computer System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Apple) OR Windows 7/8/10 (PC)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor (Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon X4 or faster recommended)
  • 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 that the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.

Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size/speed of your hard drive with greatly affect the overall performance of your recordig 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 herin, at any time, without notification.


Weight (kg)4.7600
Software Includedpresonus capture, studio one artist daw
Power Supplyiec
Channels8 channels

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