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PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Interface - Includes Studio One

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  • Bus-powered USB audio and MIDI interface
  • 24-bit resolution, 44.1 and 48 kHz sampling rate
  • 2 combo mic/instrument inputs with high-performance, low-noise, high-headroom mic preamplifiers
  • Zero-latency analog monitoring
  • Includes Studio One 3 Artist DAW software and 6+ GB of third-party resources
  • Compatible with almost all recording software for Mac- and Windows
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Product Description

A great choice for mobile musicians and podcasters, the 2-channel AudioBox USB is bus-powered, compact, ruggedly built, and works with virtually any PC or Mac recording software. It boasts high-performance Class A mic preamplifiers and professional-quality, 24-bit converters. And it comes with PreSonus’ amazing Studio One 3 Artist DAW software for Mac and Windows.

Product Details

For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.8 x 5.5 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00154KSA2
  • Item model number: AUDIOBOX USB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

From the Manufacturer

AudioBox USB

2x2 USB Recording System with Studio One Music Software.

AudioBox USB AudioBox Studio AudioBox Stereo AudioBox Music Creation Suite
AudioBox USB
Studio One 3 Artist Music Production Software
Headphones PreSonus HD7 PreSonus HD7 PreSonus HD3
Microphone(s) small-diaphragm condenser microphones PreSonus M7 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic Stereo pair of PS626 small-diaphragm condenser microphones PreSonus M7 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic
Keyboard PreSonus PS49 USB MIDI Keyboard
Notion 5 Notation Software
Additional Accessories Included USB Cable small-diaphragm condenser microphones PreSonus M7 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic Microphone Cables and Stereo Mic Mount, USB Cable USB Hub, Microphone Cable and Mount, USB Cable

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Brand New Review for Nov 2010:

I recommend this only if: 1) you are not recording a guitar with high output pickups through the instrument-in, because it will clip even with the gain turned all the way down on the AudioBox, 2) you are not using an SM57 or some other dynamic mic that requires more than 35dB of gain, otherwise it will be too quiet, and 3) your headphones have an impedance above 100 ohms, otherwise the USB-powered Audiobox can't keep up with the current draw and will have no bass in the headphone monitoring out.

If you meet those conditions, then this is a great, affordable, stable recording interface. On my Mac it's plug-n-play, both on my older G4 powerbook with Tiger and newer 2010 Mac Mini with Snow Leopard. On the Mac, no separate software or drivers are needed. The construction of the AudioBox is very good. All metal box, and metal knobs. The blue metal looks great.

The mic preamps sound pretty darn good, crystal clear if you're using a condenser mic. For recording vocals on condensers, this interface is great. If you're on an old system, however, recording direct guitar and running it through a virtual amp simulation will give you latency problems. Not as much on Core 2 Duo systems and above. Be advised that the zero-latency monitoring is for a clean signal going in, not the processed sound from your software plugin, thus you can't do zero-latency distorted guitar recording that way unless you listen to yourself play clean while recording.

Now officially this does not have line-level recording ability. So you can't take the headphone output from a walkman, guitar amp, or mp3 player into this. But actually that does work as long as you carefully keep the line signal volume low and plug it into the instrument jack on the AudioBox.
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I tried the PreSonus AudioBox recently and was extremely disappointed with it. The preamps run way too hot, and even with the gain all the way down, I was never able to record a DI guitar signal (even with passive pickups) without clipping during palm mutes. You'll find many others on their official forum who have the same problem.

There's also a knob that you use to blend the mix between the hardware direct monitoring signal and the regular output. Even with the knob turned all the way to the regular output side, you still get some "leak" from the direct signal coming through the monitors. This can cause feedback problems, give you inaccurate monitoring (in my situation, because I'm hearing dry/clean guitar signal at the same time as amp sim VSTs), and is just a general pain in the ass.

And just to add icing on the cake...I also discovered that the output starts distorting with the output knob at only 9 O'CLOCK! Ridiculous.

I think PreSonus had a great product on their hands and then intentionally tinkered with the design to lead people towards their higher end stuff when they become inevitably disappointed with the AudioBox. Their official forum moderators used the excuse "well, you can't expect those kind of features from an entry-level interface" when people complain about its shortcomings. Really?! I didn't realize the ability to record a USABLE SIGNAL was apparently something that only the big dogs get. What a joke. Of course you get what you pay for, but excessive preamp gain is not something that can just be chalked up to something to live with from cheaper interfaces. I've owned cheaper interfaces in the past that could handle guitar DI signals without clipping. This was the first one I've encountered that couldn't do so properly, so their excuse holds no weight.

I returned it and bought an E-MU 0404 USB for only 20 bucks more, and I am much happier.
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I'm just going to expand on a few things already said here. I've been working with the Audiobox for several days now and have tested just about everything I have in my studio through it. I have a Dell Core-2 Quad desktop and a HP DV5-1010 laptop. I wanted a mobile setup so I got the Audiobox after returning a Focusrite Pro24--probably nothing wrong with it, but I couldn't get it to work with my laptop--but then, I can't get any firewire device to work properly with it. So what I'll have to say will be confined to how the Audiobox works with my laptop.

I can confirm the reports that the preamps don't have enough gain to handle dynamic mics-- I tested a Shure SM 57, a Beta 58 and and old Audiotechnica dynamic. You have to turn the gain all the way up on the Audiobox and get right up on the mic to get a useable signal. That leads to a problem with Channel 1 -- when the input volume is cranked up all the way, it begins to emit a high-pitched whine which will go into the recording. You can get rid of most of it by unplugging the laptop, so it's a grounding problem with the laptop--other devices have caused that noise also. But it's a nuisance, since the pathetic battery in my HP won't last for more than an hour. Oddly, Channel 2 on the Audiobox doesn't have this noise problem.

My workaround for this is that I have an Art Dual MP preamp that will add more than enough gain so I don't have to crank the Audiobox's inputs up that high. That also diminishes mobility, but it is a good backup. If I want to use just the Box without the preamp, I use Channel 1 for my guitar input--I play both acoustic and electric through mostly a Boss GT-8 processor, and the output from that sounds beautiful recorded through the Audiobox.
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