Presonus AR16c Mixer

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Presonus AR16c Mixer

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Manufacturer's ID: AR16C

What we say:

At A Glance:

The AR16c by Presonus is a powerful 16 track mixing desk that offers stereo hard disk recording and doubles as a multitrack audio interface. With excellent built-in effects, Bluetooth connectivity and a huge selection of bundled software, the AR16c makes an excellent addition to any PA or studio setup.

Features We Love:

As a Mixing Desk

The AR16c is a fully functioning yet compact mixing desk that's suitable for live and studio use. Featuring a mix of 12 XLR inputs and 16 line inputs, plus a stereo tape input with Bluetooth connectivity and USB playback, you have more than enough connectivity for smaller gigs and sessions. The desk also features inserts on channels 1 + 2, which is ideal for use with outboard gear for vocals or kick and snare drums. Finally, the desk features an FX send output for use with hardware and two Aux outputs that can be great for channelling independent monitor or headphone mixes.

Hard Disk Recording

The desk can record your stereo mix direct to an SD card, this is great for recording band practices, live performances or even broadcast productions like podcasts without needing to be connected to a computer.

As an Audio Interface

One of the AR16c's most powerful features is its ability to work as a 18 track audio interface, letting you record your 16 individual tracks plus your master mix simultaneously.

Built-in Effects

The desk features a great selection of reverb and delay effects that can be used to fatten up sounds and soften vocals, giving your production a professional sheen.

Powerful Software Bundle

Included with the AR16c is a huge selection of software that's designed to get you creating and recording music straight out of the box. The accompanying software includes

  • Ableton Live Lite DAW Software
  • Native Instruments Replika delay plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP)
  • Cherry Audio Voltage Modular Nucleus guitar amp modeling plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP)
  • Cherry Audio Voltage Modular Nucleus (VST, AU, AAX)
  • KV331 Audio Synthmaster Player (VST, AU, AAX)
  • UVI Model D (VST, AU, AAX)
  • SPL Attacker Plus SPL Attacker Plus (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP)
  • UJAM Virtual Drummer 2 "Phat"
  • Neutron Elements
  • StudioLinked Trophies
  • Mäag Audio EQ2
  • Lexicon’s MPX-i Reverb
  • Klanghelm SDRR2tube
  • Output Movement
  • The Brainworx bx_opto compressor
  • Arturia’s Analog Lab Lite 3


  • An extremely versatile full sized mixer
  • Easy multitrack recording to your computer
  • Great for live and studio use



  • 18x4 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


  • 18-channel analog mixer
  • 12 balanced microphone inputs with XMAX mic preamps
  • 2 insert points
  • 2 instrument/line inputs
  • 16 balanced line level inputs:
    • 8 mono
    • 4 stereo pairs
  • Stereo Super Channel (Ch. 17/18) with Bluetooth 5.0 input, RCA inputs, 1/8-inch stereo input, and switchable SD/USB stereo playback
  • 8 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


  • Internal power supply
  • Standard IEC power connector


  • Sturdy metal construction
  • 60 mm faders
  • Rackmount kit included

Customer reviews

Overall Rating 4/5 (1 reviews)

The Presonus Arc16 is simplicity itself to install. It has much more headroom than its predecessor. Audio sounds clear with only minimal EQ tweaking. Controls are intuitive and easy. The SuperChannel allows you to pair a USB device (such as a phone) to stream into the mixer and play over the PA - worked flawlessly. The SD card recording feature also works well. Register with PreSonus and you get to download lots of software to run on your DAW, if that's your thing. Haven't tried recording to a laptop from the mixer yet but there is a USB connection and a cable provided. The 3-year warranty offered by Guitarguitar was a significant incentive to buy here. The only downside is that the plastic sliders feel a little cheap compared to the rest of the product.

Ajit P. - 7/10/2021