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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 - NEW VERSION goes to 96 kHz
- 2 combo mic/instrument inputs with high-performance, low-noise, high-headroom mic preamplifiers
- Zero-latency analog monitoring
- Includes free download of Studio One 3 Artist DAW software and 6+ GB of third-party resources after product registration
- Compatible with almost all recording software for Mac- and Windows
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2x2 USB Recording System with Studio One Music Software.
Simple, Convenient, Reliable, and Portable.
Whether you're just getting into recording or are a veteran producer who wants to go mobile, the AudioBox USB will give you great sound in a bus-powered, rugged chassis that's ready to hit the road when you are. This simple, handy little recording interface has just the right features for basic recording needs, allowing you to plug in and start recording right away. The perfect companion for any recording software, the AudioBox USB comes equipped with Studio One Artist to provide you with a complete recording solution right out of the box.
Roadworthy and Ready to Travel.
Just the RIght Size
The AudioBox USB’s two front-panel combo mic/instrument inputs make it ideal for singer/songwriters, podcasters, and guitar or guitar-bass collaborations. Simply connect a couple of mics to the AudioBox USBs Class A Preamps and you have an easy-to-use stereo recording system.
Control Your Mix and More
A mix control lets you control the level between the input signal and computer playback, without hearing annoying delays. You also get a pair of balanced line-level outputs, an ultra-loud, crystal-clear headphone out, plus MIDI I/O, so you can connect your favorite synth or MIDI controller. The result is a simple, affordable, mobile recording solution.
Built Road Tough
AudioBox USB has a heavy-duty steel chassis and metal knobs, so it can take a serious pounding and remain completely reliable. We were so convinced that the AudioBox USB was built tough enough for the rigors of the road that we drove a truck over it, then held a recording session. It sounded just as good as the day it rolled off the production line. It looked as good too, minus some dusty tire tracks.
Studio One 3 Artist Included
Why struggle with some bundled 'lite' version of a DAW when you can have the power and drag and drop convenience of Studio One Artist? Create full songs with unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, tracks, four virtual instruments, and 30 high quality Native Effects. Includes 6+ GB of beats and sample content to get started. The Latest version of Studio One is available via download after product registration.
|AudioBox USB||AudioBox Studio||AudioBox Stereo||AudioBox Music Creation Suite|
|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|
Now Includes Studio Magic Plug-In Suite.
This suite of plug-ins brings extended sonic functionality into Studio One. Cherry-picked from the first names in virtual instruments and effects, each one brings a different flavor of practical magic to your songs. These plug-ins aren't gimmicky one-trick ponies — these are real-deal workhorses that you'll find yourself relying on for countless mixes.
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 (free download after registration).
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EDIT Just used this in 3 hour jam with output running to an amplifier and it was flawless. Elecelent for live performances. Smaller footprint than the 6i6 too.
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. I plug my vocal mic into the quieter Channel 2 and can put down a good-enough quick and easy recording that way.
I've also recorded a stereo acoustic guitar track with a pair of Oktava MC-012 condenser mics. They provided plenty of gain for a good signal without having to crank the input on the Audiobox up to the noisy range, producing a very good recording. I can also plug my Martin acoustic with an active piezeo pickup directly into the Audiobox and get a good signal. I've also recorded the output of my Roland electronic drums directly into the Audiobox with good results.
The Studio One Artist software that comes with the box is really well-designed and probably worth what you pay for the Audiobox alone. I'm working with the full demo version of Studio One, and it is fantastic--I will probably upgrade to the full version when the demo period runs out. It has many great features, but I'll just mention its mastering presets--they save a lot of time and you can usually find one that gets you pretty close to the punch and presence you want. There are some good reverbs as well. I have several other DAWS on different computers, and in the past I've recorded with one computer and mixed and mastered with another. I think that with the Audiobox and Studio One, I'll be able to do respectable recordings from start to finish on my laptop. I can confirm that the Audiobox also works well with Adobe Audition, both the newest version and the old Version 1.5 that I have.
One final issue--latency. I found that working with the "Normal" setting in Studio One (the middle of 5 settings) my laptop was emitting occasional clicks and pops that got into the recordings. I found that to eliminate these pops, I had to move the setting to "Relaxed Normal" which causes greater latency. That is not a problem for me because I record and overdub using just the raw signals coming in from my instruments and voice, and so I don't need to monitor the input with the software's effects. This allows me to record with zero latency. It might be a problem for others who need to hear the software's effects on the input as they record. I might add here, that the "Mix" control on the Audiobox is very convenient for getting just the right blend of recording output and input as you're overdubbing-- just crank it one way for more of the recording in your headphones, and the other way for more of the input. Studio One also makes punch-ins and editing of tracks, as well as mixdown ridiculously easy.
One other annoying thing--if I unplug the Audiobox from the computer while I have a session going, it causes the drivers to go haywire, and they have to be reinstalled. After the second time I did that, I learned my lesson.
Conclusion: this is a good cheap interface to get signal into a laptop computer. The software alone is probably worth the price of the box, and you will probably also be tempted to buy the upgrade later on. I give it about a 4-1/2 because I think the input gain could somehow be calibrated better. If you have any kind of preamp or processor around like the Art or the Boss, you won't have any problem getting enough gain. The box allows me to go mobile with my recording and the 48k, 24-bit sound is a noticeable improvement over 44.1k, 16-bit, at least to my ears.
Response time is insane, with minimal latency between input and output with a computer inserted in between source and output. Quality is stellar, nonexistent line noise and fantastic quality of signal. Interface itself seems to be Chuck Norris-proof, knobs are responsive yet have perfect stops for helping you align levels. Input/output jacks all durable, not easily bent or broken. LEDs clearly seen from across a room, even brightly lit.
Included StudioOne software worth the cost in and of itself. I'm not going to review it in detail here, but it is more than competitive against professional DAWs available for a much higher cost. Great entry software.
Sound quality paired with a good microphone gives beautiful results. While gaming, recording, and streaming, my friends and I immediately noticed the difference in clarity in my voice.
I would give 5 stars, but it needs a switch to turn the input into stereo. While streaming, mi voice is only mono. Without the use of third party software you will only get mono audio.