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Simplified recording and mixing

Simplified recording and mixing
StudioLive AR8c

Simplified recording and mixing

PreSonus’ StudioLive ARc mixers have been designed for today’s musicians and content creators

The StudioLive ARc series from PreSonus combines a multichannel, 24-bit/96kHz, USB-C-compatible, USB 2.0 audio interface with an analogue mixer front end, to create a hybrid design that is said to simplify recording and mixing using a single console. The three models in the series feature newly designed, high-headroom analogue circuits, along with the company’s high-gain XMAX Class-A mic preamps.

The StudioLive AR8c offers four mic preamps and six balanced line inputs for 8x4 recording/playback, while the StudioLive AR12c comes with eight mic preamps and 12 balanced line inputs for 14x4 recording/playback. The StudioLive AR16c delivers 12 mic preamps and 16 balanced line inputs for 18x4 recording/playback. All models support recording every channel plus the main mix over USB and feature a musical, three-band analogue EQ on every channel; mic/line boost for low-level vintage synths, broadcast microphones and consumer electronics; and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

The on-board stereo SD recorder has been included for recording a rehearsal or a mobile podcast interview or quickly capturing songwriting ideas. An all-new digital effects processor with 16 presets is said to supply ‘rich reverbs, lush delays and fat chorusing’ and includes a dedicated send and return, as well as an optional bypass footswitch jack. All of the mixers come with the manufacturer’s Super Channel which can handle four stereo analogue and digital sources at once. The Super Channel combines wireless stereo Bluetooth 5.0 input, stereo input from the on-board SD recorder or from a USB-connected Mac or Windows PC, and RCA and 1/8-inch stereo inputs.

Quantum 2626
Quantum 2626

In other news, PreSonus has added to its Quantum series of audio interfaces with the Quantum 2626. Using a Thunderbolt 3 bus to reportedly achieve a roundtrip latency as low as 1ms, users can record and monitor with up to 24-bit/192kHz fidelity through their favourite plug-ins, without leaving the DAW. The interface provides up to 26 inputs and 26 outputs, plus eight of PreSonus’ XMAX Class-A analogue microphone preamps, two instrument inputs to directly connect basses and guitars, and six balanced line level inputs for synths, all on front-mounted combo jacks. The first two inputs are equipped with direct outputs and dedicated returns to patch in outboard gear. An additional 18 inputs and outputs are available via ADAT/dual SMUX and S/PDIF. Also included are eight ¼-inch TRS outputs that are DC coupled for sending control voltages, plus two balanced main outputs, two high-volume headphone outs with dedicated volume controls and MIDI I/O.

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