PreSonus StudioLive AR12C Analog Mixer and Audio Interface

SKU: 2779200101
Sale price$599.99 USD Regular price$749.99 USD

Don’t let the classic analog mixer design fool you—the StudioLive® AR12c was built to record. Featuring a pristine analog front end with eight high-gain XMAX mic preamps and an 14x4, 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB-C™-compatible USB 2.0 audio interface, the StudioLive AR12c’s hybrid design makes it simple to mix and record. Add in a musical 3-band analog EQ, mic/line boost for low-level sources including vintage synths, all-new digital effects with rich reverbs and lush delays, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a stereo SD recorder... and you have a mixing and recording powerhouse that fulfills the needs of both modern musicians and content creators.


  • 14x4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2.0 (over USB-C™ connection) 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
  • 14-channel analog mixer with:
    • 8 balanced microphone inputs with XMAX mic preamps plus two instrument inputs, 12 balanced line level inputs, and 2 insert points
    • Stereo Super Channel (Ch. 13/14) with Bluetooth®0 wireless, RCA inputs, 1/8-inch stereo input, and switchable SD/USB stereo playback
    • Stereo effects processor with 16 presets, dedicated send and return, and bypass footswitch jack
  • Complete recording solution: Includes Capture™ live-recording software and Studio One® Artist DAW for Mac® and Windows

The Channel That Does It All

The unique Super Channel makes it easy to connect up to four consumer devices at once. You get RCA inputs, a ⅛-inch stereo input, and a stereo Bluetooth input all at once. Toggle between playback from your computer and the onboard SD recorder to add bumpers and sound effects to your podcast in real time or practice along with your favorite recordings.

Onboard Effects.

The StudioLive AR12c mixer’s onboard effects processor lets you add high-quality reverb, delay, or chorus to any channel for a professional monitor mix. Like what you hear in your headphones? Record the main mix and capture the effects mix, too—with or without the dry channels—to blend with your multitrack recording. Experiment in post-production to your heart's content.

One-Click Recording

The StudioLive AR12c is tightly integrated with PreSonus® Capture® live-recording software. Capture is designed to make recording easy by instantly configuring with your mixer and allowing you to record every channel plus the main mix with a single mouse click. Even better, your Capture sessions open natively in Studio One!


  • Voltage


  • Connection Type

Microphone Preamp

  • Total Harmonic Distortion
    <0.01% (Minimum Gain, A-Weighted)
  • Signal To Noise Ratio
    94 dB (+4 dBu)
  • Common Mode Rejection Ratio
    65 dB (1 kHz, +55 dB Gain)
  • Gain Control Range
    43 dB (+12 to +55 dB)
  • Maximum Input Level
    +9 dBu ± 1.0 dB (Unity Gain)
  • Phantom Power
    + 48V, ± 3V, Global
  • Frequency Response
    20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
  • Input Impedance
    1 kΩ
  • Equivalent Input Noise
    <128 dBu

Line Inputs

  • Maximum Level
    +26 dBu ±1.0 dB (Minimum Gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD + N)
  • Line Inputs Gain Range
    Mono: 40 dB, ± 1 dB, Stereo: 0 dB or +10 dB
  • Line Inputs Frequency Response
    20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
  • Line Inputs Total Harmonic Distortion
    <0.01% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, A-Weighted)
  • Line Inputs Impedance
    10 kΩ (Balanced)

Main And Line Outputs

  • Main And Line Outputs Frequency Response
    20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
  • Main And Line Outputs Total Harmonic Distortion
    <0.01% (Bandwidth 20 Hz - 20 kHz, -1 dBFS, Unweighted)
  • Main And Line Outputs Dynamic Range
    >108 dB (A-wtd)

Headphone Outputs

  • Maximum Output
    150 mW /Channel at 60 Ω
  • Frequency Response
    20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB
  • Dynamic Range
    >103 dB (A-Weighted)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion
    <0.01% (Bandwidth 20 Hz - 20 kHz, -1 dBFS, Unweighted)

Digital Audio

  • Dynamic Range
    105 dB (A-Weighted, 48 kHz)
  • Bit Depth
  • Supported Sample Rates
    44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz