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The PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 USB recording system is an excellent solution for achieving high-quality, professional-sounding recordings no matter where you are. The AudioBox USB is a USB bus-powered ... Read More

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The PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 USB recording system is an excellent solution for achieving high-quality, professional-sounding recordings no matter where you are. The AudioBox USB is a USB bus-powered audio recording interface loaded with 2 microphone/instrument inputs with 48V phantom power, 2 balanced TRS outputs, and MIDI I/O so you can stay portable without sacrificing your sound. The AudioBox USB also comes with Studio One Artist music creation and production software which has the same platform and intuitive interface as Studio One Pro but with an unlimited track count so you can start recording right out of the box.

PreSonus Audio has won numerous awards for designing quality microphone preamplifiers for all price levels. The AudioBox USB is loaded with preamps that deliver high headroom, low noise, and high gain to give you pure, full, and rich sound. Most USB recording devices operate at a 16-bit sample rate and use converters with dynamic ranges of less than 90dB which gives you a pinched and relatively small sound. The AudioBox USB, however, uses professional-grade analog to digital converters with a dynamic range of 102dB and 24-bit sample rate so that the digital conversion is big, quiet, and musical, making it one of the best sounding USB bus-powered interface on the market.

The AudioBox USB is bus-powered giving you the flexibility you need with no wall warts, line lumps, or power cables. Just plug in to a powered USB port and you are ready to record. The AudioBox USB is housed in an all-metal chassis with metal knobs able to withstand the rigors of travel and your touring adventures. Just toss the AudioBox USB in your laptop bag and mobilize your music creation and production. Whether you're recording your shows, creating a mix on the plane, or writing songs in your hotel room, the AudioBox is ready to go.

  • 24-bit/44.1, 48k USB audio recording interface
  • 2 Class A XMAX microphone/instrument preamplifiers
  • 48V phantom power
  • 2 balanced TRS outputs
  • MIDI input/output
  • Powered via USB
Studio One Artist Software:
  • Elegant, single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
  • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  • Automatic delay compensation
  • Advanced automation
  • 32-bit audio processing
  • Easy-to-use sidechain routing
  • Stunning virtual instruments
  • User-friendly sampler
  • Most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available
  • Realtime audio timestretching and resampling
  • K-System metering
  • Compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-, or Core Audio-compliant audio interface
  • Works with key commands from Pro Tools, Cubase, and Logic.
  • Native Effects 32-bit effects library with 20 dynamics processors, reverbs, modulations effects, amp simulators, etc.
  • Ampire - Amplifier-Modeling
  • Auto Filter - Envelope Filter
  • Beat Delay - Tempo-Synchronized Delay
  • Binaural Pan - Stereo Panning Effect
  • Channel Strip - Dynamics Processing and Equalizer
  • Chorus - Mono/Stereo Chorus
  • Compressor - Mono/Stereo Variable Compressor
  • Flanger - Stereo/Mono Flanger
  • Limiter - Mono/Stereo Limiter
  • Mixtool - Phase and MS Utility
  • MixVerb - Mono/Stereo Reverb
  • Phase Meter phase-correlation analysis
  • Phaser mono/stereo phaser
  • Pro EQ 7-band parametric EQ
  • Red Light Distortion distortion processor
  • Room Reverb stereo/mono room reverb
  • Spectrum Meter frequency analyzer
  • Tricomp 3-band compressor
  • Tuner instrument tuner
  • X-Trem mono/stereo tremolo
  • Four virtual instruments
  • Impact Sample Trigger Drum Instrument with 32 drum kits by Ueberschall
  • Presence Sample Player Virtual Instrument with 200 sampled instruments by Digital Sound Factory
  • SampleOne Sampler Virtual Instrument
  • Mojito Analog-Modeling Subtractive Synthesizer
  • Native Instruments Kore Player with 150 instruments
  • Native Instruments Guitar Rig LE
  • System Requirements
  • Windows
  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP or Vista
  • Peripherals: Powered USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
  • CPU/Clock: Pentium or Athlon at 900MHz or higher recommended
  • Memory (RAM): 512MB or higher recommended
  • Macintosh
  • OS: OS-X version 10.3.7 or later
  • Peripherals: Powered USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
  • CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4/800MHz or higher recommended
  • Memory (RAM): 512MB or higher recommended
  • Note: The speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) that you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals.
  • System Requirements for Studio One Artist
  • Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher, PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz processor, 1GB RAM
  • Recommended: PowerPC G5 or better or Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon processor or better, 2GB or more RAM
  • Win: Windows XP or Vista, Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 (Turion), 1GB RAM
  • Recommended: Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz EM64T or better or AMD Athlon 64 3000+ or better, 2GB or more RAM
  • Windows and Macintosh Systems: Internet connection, DVD-ROM drive, a monitor resolution no lower than 1024x768 pixels
  • Microphone Preamp
  • Type: XLR female balanced
  • Frequency response (±3.0 dB): 14Hz to 70kHz
  • Input impedance (balanced): 1200 ohms
  • THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz at +4 dBu output, unity gain): < 0.008%
  • EIN (A-weighted, 55dB Gain, 150 ohms Input, 20Hz to 22kHz): -115 dBu
  • S/N ratio (Unity Gain, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20Hz to 22kHz): > 95 dB
  • Common mode rejection ratio (1kHz, 55dB gain): > 45 dB
  • Gain control range (±1dB): 0dB to 35dB
  • Max input level (unity gain, 1 kHz at 0.5% THD+N): -3 dBu
  • Phantom power (±2 VDC): +48 VDC
  • Instrument Input
  • Type: 1/4"
  • TRS female unbalanced input impedance: 0.5 megohm
  • Line Outputs
  • Type: 1/4" TRS
  • Balanced output impedance: 51 megohms
  • Headphone Output
  • Type: 1/4" TRS active stereo
  • Maximum output: 60 mW/Ch at 60 ohm load
  • Frequency Response: (±1.0 dB): 20Hz — 30kHz
  • MIDI I/O
  • Type: Dual 5-pin female DIN
  • Digital Audio
  • ADC dynamic range (Awtd, 48kHz sample rate): 102dB
  • DAC dynamic range (Awtd, 48kHz sample rate): 110dB
  • Bit depth: 24
  • Reference level for 0dBFS: +4 dBu
  • Internal sample frequency selections (kHz): 44.1, 48
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I am impressed!

I just got a new macbook (yes the kind that does not have a firewire port). Although I love my computer, my Presonus Inspire 1394 was now obsolete. I received my Audiobox...Read complete review

I just got a new macbook (yes the kind that does not have a firewire port). Although I love my computer, my Presonus Inspire 1394 was now obsolete. I received my Audiobox a few days ago and I really could not be more satisfied with the results. Most people say you should buy a firewire interface because USB is slower and the mic preamps are not up to par. I actually think the Audiobox sounds better than the Inspire! It was quick and easy to set up, works great with garageband, and there is very little 'hum' on the recordings (a problem I struggled with on my Inspire). The Audiobox makes recording fast and easy so you can focus on what you are playing instead of complications with the interface.


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Spend just a little more, you won't regret it

Well hopefully my experience with the Audiobox isn't typical. I'd hate to think this happened to many others. So I plug a mic into it. Sounds great, crystal clear. Problem is the...Read complete review

Well hopefully my experience with the Audiobox isn't typical. I'd hate to think this happened to many others. So I plug a mic into it. Sounds great, crystal clear. Problem is the signal I get from plugging in a line level instrument (i.e. guitar, keyboard, etc.) is noisy. Sure I get a signal but there's this annoying background noise to go with it. Of course I tried balanced trs cables but nada. Contacted Presonus tech support. They say, & I quote: "well if you're running a line level signal into a balanced input you will get some noise". What!? You mean to tell me this is normal? It's not normal because I've NEVER experienced this issue with ANY other interface. I've owned presonus units before & loved them. I expected to love the Audiobox too but no, not at all. I still respect Presonus, don't get me wrong. As I said, maybe it was just my particular Audiobox but after doing a bit of research I'm not so sure. I turned around & got a Line6 UX2..cringe..but you know what? It puts the Audiobox to shame & it's totally worth the extra 50 bucks. Bottom line folks, spend a little more cash or take your chances. It's your choice.

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By Paul

from Denver, CO

For the power in this little thing you can get a great warm digital sound with the right preamp and mic. The converters sound great. I love this little beast!

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Don't buy this PreSonus AudioBox !

By Mike

from Scottsdale, AZ.

This PreSonus AudioBox would not work with my Windows 7. After jumping through the PreSonus techs hoops sending info about my computer to them they end up telling me this: "PreSonus is tracking an issue with certain AudioBox USB units that will not connect to more recent Mac and PC computers. These units still function properly with older MAC and PC computers and PreSonus estimates the failure at about 5-10% of the total units based on current information. PreSonus is working quickly to resolve the issue." PreSonus is outrageously irresponsible. They simply can't allow their product to be sold from Guitar Center shelves. A recall is what should happen. PreSonus wasted two days of my time having me think it's my computer. It wasn't read on... I ended up buying a Steinberg UR 22 Audio Interface which was working with Windows 7 within minutes.

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Instant incompatibility

By Ian

from Grapeview WA

Like many others I found that the drivers that ship with the unit were useless. Also like too many others, the drivers available on line were also useless. Life is too short to sweat this anymore so back it goes. I'm running an older Win XP setup, so no excuses about 'beta test' please.Any issues with this OS should have been addressed long ago. It's pretty clear from reading other reviews that you have about a 1 in four chance of drawing a lemon from this deck. Not looking forward to the 'return' trip.

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Audiobox USB

By richard edwards

from kalamazoo, mi

This product was a disappoinment when I bought it.It turned out that the hardware wasn't compatible with my computer. It was supposed to be okay. so I wonder how well the product was made. But a new unit solved the problem. The folks at Kalamazoo Guitar Center provided some support that diagnosed the hardware problem. It does show the value stil exists with personal service - that isn't available for on-line purchases. A lesson indeed.

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Not Macbook Pro compliant


from Harrisburg, PA

Did all my homework. Bought the Presonus. Would not work with the Macbook Pro. Went to the store (Harrisburg GC you rock!) and they tried with a different unit, still no go. Switched to a Focus-rite and synched-up immediately. Be aware of Mac issues.

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As simple as 1,2,3


from Fountain Valley, CA.

I had not considered this unit when I was researching audio interfaces but the salesman at GC recommended it, for the price, why not so I bought it. Got it in my studio, popped it out of the box and plugged it in... done! No drivers or special incantations, just plug and play. I use an older Mac core solo that is only 32 bit so the Studio One software of course would not install, no problem, I already have a DAW I like. I started laying tracks down immediately and the interface works as expected and without any flaws. Great little box, real sturdy metal construction and even though it's USB powered (which is nice) the phantom power is totally adequate to power my vocal condenser mic. I have not used the MIDI in/out yet but I feel confident that will work without a hitch as well. For a buck fifty you can't go wrong... Presonus, you hit this one out of the park!

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No problems what-so-ever.!


from Fountain Valley, CA.

Plugged it in and I was off and running immediately. I use an old Mac Mini core solo with Audacity as my DAW. This little piece of hardware works flawlessly. Clean, clear, noiseless with either TS instrument or XLR to mic. Rugged construction and it's intuitive to use. I did not install the supplied studio DAW software because it will not install on a core solo... no big deal, one of these years I'll have to upgrade that old computer. I have not found anything about it that comes up lacking... great hardware Presonus, and a great price too.

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Good quality, but bad issues with noise/hiss

By Barbara Bardole

from Harrisburg PA

If you are someone who is looking to just play around and not worried about professional recordings, this audio interface is for you. This product was great when I was just messing around with my friends, but now that I'm preparing to record my debut CD and have a much better knowledge on the audio world this product will simply not do. Read up on this product and you will find the issues i'm about to describe to you. Whenever you have this device hooked into a computer that is plugged into a wall (Any desktop...) it will create a lot of hiss/noise. Whenever plugged into a laptop running on battery power it will work just fine. I love presonus and their products, but they have been completely unhelpful about getting this product fixed/replaced and are still selling it! If you are going to get a product either switch to a focusrite for the same price range or grab a higher level presonus interface (Such as the 4 channel VSL).

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bad software, bad tech support, company doesn't care

By Mark Joyce

from Ft Worth, TX

I'm a novice and relied on GC's recommendation. The box itself may be good, I'll never know. The software however, is a complete waste. The on going problem is that after install and running the first time, the CD drive disappears. Have to do a system restore to get it back. worked 2 months with tech support and they failed to come up with a solution. Even bought a new sounds card and CD/DVD drive w/o success. I was able to determine that the Presonus s/w changes one value in the registry but doesn't restore it on exit. They refused to make a patch or fix. Tech support refused to escalate the problem. I now have a paper weight on my desk. Stay away from it and the company. Invest your hard earned money with companies that care about the customer, not PreSonus.

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Good Points and Bad Points

By Jay Atherton

from Derby Kansas

Prior I was using a stand alone DAW, but the CD burner crashed and burned. Since I was mixing and mastering in the stand alone system, I started using a simple stereo in intererface. Since I was getting ready to work in a more major studio, I decided to step up to the 20 century and try to go with a new interface and software. I went in the store intending to purchase M Audio and pro tools 9. The advisor at the counter convinced me to purchase this instead. There are both pros and cons with the interface and the software. The interface is well constructed and rugged. I also was impressed with the built in midi which I knew would decrease latency. Cons as previously discussed were no line level inputs or outputs. The inputs work well for both regular mics and has phantom power as well. The guitars and other instruments work as well. The software is not too bad to install and actually is very user friendly. The midi worked well with the keyboard, and I may be able to use the midi to control the faders from my DAW but I havent tried it yet. Effects work great with no need to bounce tracks. The only downside are you need to purchase the upgrade to import files, mix down, or burn CD to redbook specs. Missing also were the ability to input using a music score like other systems have. Final result is I have a more decent interface but still need to mixdown in my external DAW and then record back to two tracks using audacity free ware to export in waive format and burn with media center. I guess I am not that much better off then before.

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