Presonus

AR12C

PreSonus StudioLive AR12c 12-channel USB-C™ Compatible Audio Interface/Analog Mixer/Stereo SD Recorder

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Don’t let the classic analog mixer design fool you—the StudioLive® AR12c was built to record. With a pristine analog front-end, eight high-gain XMAX mic preamps, and a 14x4 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB-C compatible USB 2.0 audio interface, its hybrid design makes it simple to record studio productions and mix live shows from a single, intuitive console. Add in a musical 3-band analog EQ, mic/line boost for low-level vintage synths and broadcast microphones, 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 fulfils the needs of both modern musicians and content creators.

Features

Recording

  • 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 to capture the main mix
    • Supports SD™ and SDHD™ formats up to 32 GB

Mixing

  • 14-channel analog mixer
  • 8 balanced microphone inputs with XMAX mic preamps
  • 2 insert points
  • 2 instrument/line inputs
  • 12 balanced line-level inputs:
    • 4 mono
    • 4 stereo pairs
  • Stereo Super Channel (Ch. 13/14) with Bluetooth 5.0 input, RCA inputs, 1/8-inch stereo input, and switchable SD/USB stereo playback
  • 4 mono and 4 stereo channels, each with level knob, pan, mute, PFL solo, highpass filter, and 3-band semi-parametric EQ
  • 2 monitor buses with dedicated channel sends, AFL solo, and balanced TRS output
  • L/R Control Room outputs with level control
  • Headphone output with level control

Signal Processing

  • Highpass filter on every channel
  • 3-band quasi-parametric EQ with sweepable mid-band on each mono channel
  • 3-band semi-parametric EQ on each stereo channel
  • Stereo effects processor with 16 presets, dedicated send and return, and bypass footswitch jack
  • Mic/line boost on stereo channels for low-level input sources and consumer devices

Included Software

  • Capture™ live multitrack recording software
  • Studio One ® 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 XMAX
Maximum Input level (unity gain) #ERROR!
Gain Control Range
43 dB (+12 to +55 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) 94 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
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz, +55 dB gain) 65 dB
Phantom Power #ERROR!
Instrument Inputs
Type
¼” TS Female, Unbalanced, Hi-Z
Maximum Input Level (min. gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD+N) #ERROR!
Gain Control Range
43 dB, ±1 dB (+12 to +55 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
Line Inputs
Type
¼” TRS Female, Balanced
Maximum Input Level (min. gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD+N) #ERROR!
Gain Control Range
Mono Channels: 40 dB, ±1 dB (-5 to +35 dB)
Stereo Channels: 0 dB or +10 dB (+10 dB Boost)
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) 85 dB
THD+N (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, A-wtd) < 0.01%
Input Impedance (Balanced) 10 kΩ
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) #ERROR!
Rated Outputs Level (Control Room, Monitor, FX Outputs) #ERROR!
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) -90 dBu
Adjacent Channels (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unwtd) -85 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 @ 10 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: 1.0, Cut: 2.5
Low Shelving
±15 dB @ 100 Hz
Digital Audio
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-bit
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-bit
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 3.5” (89 mm)
Width (Chassis only) 15” (381 mm)
Depth 15.6” (397 mm)
Weight 11.9 lbs (5.4 kg)

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