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PreSonus StudioLive AR22 USB 22-Channel Hybrid Performance and Recording Mixer

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Built by musicians, for musicians.

StudioLive® AR22 USB 22-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 16 of 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 AR22 USB mixers are packed with the connections and controls needed to mix and record live, in the studio, and in rehearsal. Each of the 12 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; 3-band EQ; and more. Besides the main outputs, you get two monitor mix outputs, each with a dedicated bus, for feeding stage wedges, a headphone amp, or an in-ear system. You also get control-room outputs with level control to feed your studio or front-of-house 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.

Features

Channels and Buses

  • 22-channel mixer
  • 12 mono and 4 stereo channels, each with:
    • 60 mm level fader
    • Pan
    • Mute
    • PFL solo
  • 1 stereo Super Channel (Ch. 21/22)
  • 2 monitor buses with AFL solo and dedicated channel sends
  • 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
  • 20 balanced line inputs
  • 4 unbalanced inserts
  • 16 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 ¼-inch TRS monitor outputs
  • 1 balanced ¼-inch TRS effects output
  • L/R ¼-inch TRS 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, dedicated send and return, optional output, and bypass footswitch jack

Recording Options

  • 22x4 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)
  • Studio Magic Plug-in Suite

Power

  • Internal power supply
  • Standard IEC power connector

Physical

  • Sturdy metal construction
  • 60 mm faders

Technical Specifications

Microphone Preamp

Type XLR Female, Class A
Maximum Input level (unity gain) Mono Channels +18 dBu, ±1.0 dB, Stereo Channels: -5 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 20 kHz, +0.5/- 1.5 dB
S/N Ratio to Outputs (+4 dBu) 89 dB
THD+N (min. gain, A-wtd) < 0.01%
Input Impedance 1 kΩ
EIN (+55 dB gain, 150Ω input, 20 Hz-22 kHz, A-wtd) Mono Channels: < 128 dBu, Stereo Channels: <120 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

Type ¼” TS Female, Unbalanced, Hi-Z
Maximum Input Level (min. gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD+N) +12 dBu ±1.0 dB
Gain Control Range 50 dB, ±1 dB (Unity to +50 dB)
Frequency Response to Analog Outputs 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
Frequency Response to USB (Direct) 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
Dynamic Range (min. gain, A-wtd) > 105 dB
Dynamic Range (mid. Gain, unwtd) > 108 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

Type ¼” TRS Female, Balanced
Maximum Input Level (min. gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD+N) Mono Channels: +18 dBu, ±1.0 dB, Stereo Channels: +22 dBu, ±1.0 dB
Gain Control Range Mono Channels 50 dB, ±1 dB (-30 to +20 dB),​ Stereo Channel 50 dB, ±1 dB (-15 to +25 dB)
Frequency Response to Analog Outputs 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
Frequency Response to USB (Direct) 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
S/N Ratio to Analog Outputs (+4 dBu) 82 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 Response 20 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 Impedance 100 Ω

Headphone Output

Type ¼” TRS Female, Stereo, Unbalanced
Maximum Output Level 150 mW/channel @ 60 Ω
Frequency Response 20 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 -30 dBFS (pre-EQ)
Clip -3.0 dB before clip (pre- or post-EQ)

Channel EQ

Low Cut 100 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 Q Boost: 0.55, Cut: 2.5
Low Shelving ±15 dB @ 80 Hz

Audio Interface

Host Interface USB 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
Signal-to-Noise (a-weighted) -96 dB
Bit Depth 24 bits
Internally Supported Sample Rates 44.1, 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 Format FAT16 formatted SD™ card, FAT32 formatted SDHC™ card
Media Storage Capacity SD card: 2 GB; SDHC card: 32 GB
Recording File Format Stereo WAV
Playback File Formats Stereo WAV, MP3 (96-320 kbs, 32 / 44.1 / 48 kHz)
Sampling Rate (WAV) 44.1 kHz
Bit Depth Recording: 24 bits, Playback: 16- or 24-bit

Power / Environmental

Connector IEC
Input Voltage Range 90 to 240 VAC
Recommended Ambient Operating Temperature 0˚ to 40˚ Celsius / 32˚ to 104˚ Fahrenheit

Physical

Height 3.7” (95 mm)
Width (Chassis only) 23” (584 mm)
Depth 15” (390 mm)
Weight 17.2 lbs (7.8 kg)


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