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PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Interface - Includes Studio One
- 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 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).
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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. I've done this and it records just fine. But if the line volume gets turned up too high, you risk burning out the chip inside the AudioBox, since it wasn't engineered with safety mechanisms for that, thus Presonus says it doesn't do line-in.
It gets 4 stars for what it does well, and minus 1 star because of the caveats / exceptions listed at the beginning. As with all gear buying, my honest recommendation is to save up and get something 1.5X the cost of what you thought you could afford. If I could do it all over again, I would get an Echo Audiofire 4, Focusrite Saffire Pro 14, or Apogee Duet and call it a day. But, my Audiobox has served me well for over two years now, made some great clear recordings, right up until I got new headphones with too low impedance and the bass dropped out.
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.
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