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Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System  

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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Features
  • 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
Specifications
  • 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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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PresonusAudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System
 
3.8

(based on 151 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (26)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (26)
  • Good audio (25)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Durable (19)
  • Lightweight (18)

Cons

  • Unreliable (11)
  • Limited functions (9)
  • Poor sound quality (5)
  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (25)
  • Home studio (24)
  • Performances (7)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Novice (11), Professional musician (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty Good Unit!

The Audiobox USB is, for the price, a pretty decent piece of equipment. Recordings are clear and have fairly good quality. For my use, I only use the Audiobox for rough recording...Read complete review

The Audiobox USB is, for the price, a pretty decent piece of equipment. Recordings are clear and have fairly good quality. For my use, I only use the Audiobox for rough recording on the go or when inspiration strikes, as the the quality is only demo worthy at best. Don't get me wrong- this interface is the absolute best out there for the price! For what I purchased this unit for, it cant be beaten. It is also very durable and easy to set up. I can just throw this in my bag and head out whenever needed. One of my only complaints for this unit is that when I have it hooked up to my new MacBook Pro, and the charger is also plugged in, you can not get a clean recording. There is all kind of hissing a cracking going one. I played around with all kinds of settings in Logic but none worked out. Later I was using the Audiobox as a live MIDI interface and just during practice, I ran a click track through my IPhone 5 (also while it was charging) and same thing, hiss and cracks everywhere. I took the charger out and it sounded fine. This is what leads me to believe that it is a problem with the unit, not my software. Overall great sounding unit with basic features to get the job done. Unless the problem that I encountered would be a major set back for you, I would say get the unit. Noting better for the price.

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(0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

JUNK

By David

from LaFollette, Tennessee

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

I have Windows 97 and the usb interface doesn't play nice with Windows. I tried everything also, Presonus gives you a download addy but no cd or dvd. Do not buy this product unless you love aggravation. Get a product that comes with the download cd or dvd.

 
5.0

I'm so happy with my AudioBox

By Stavie

from Payson,AZ

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

      It's easy to use just have some patience at first because it can be a bit of a learning curve.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Some troubles with buying, but the product is great.

      By Daniel

      from São Paulo Brasil

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

        Use it for home studio!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        The hardware works well but the DAW is not very good

        By dentrodeunmensaje

        from el paso Tx

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Software

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

        This DAW is not very good. The hardware works fine and is pretty reliable but this software SUCKS. There is no other way to put it. My main problem with it is that is does not support MIDI channels.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Buy

        By Mike A

        from Kentucky

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

          Very nice for the price, the software that came with it exceeded my expectations. I would recommend it for a novice to recording but would probably go higher end if you expect to make pro sound tracks. But for what I am currently using it for it works great.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Hard to work with a mac

          By thebigempire

          from Hot

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Functions
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

          I got this to have a light recording rig for live shows, buddies house ect. They claim (PreSonus) that this is a core audio device and will work with the new mac's and they will, sort of. At first it wouldn't work at all with my new MacBook Pro. I tried three different usb cables and nothing, so I called PreSonus, don't call PreSonus you don't talk to them just their cattle shoot phone people, and they claimed that it was my Mac. So i tried it on my guitar players older iMac and bam, worked great. So did some digging and the only thing really different was that his Mac was usb 2.0 and mine is 3.0. So hours of surfing and days later I find just about everyone in my place has the same issue with no solution, so back to PreSonus. They still claim that their device works with usb 3.0 just fine (it doesn't) and it must be my machine. Then when all hope was lost I happened upon someone out there with a solution, can't remember the name but I still give them the credit. If you take a usb 2.0 extension cable or multi point interface and plug it into the 3.0 port in the Mac and then the cable from the PerSonus to the extension it works, sometimes. Still it's hit or miss and I never know witch it will be and it never quite works right plugged in like this. I still can't use 2 mics at once, but I can plug my guitar in direct and use a mic at the same time, weird hun. But it works great on older Mac's and PC's.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Clean and Blue, and Brand new!

          By Xanderful

          from North Bay Area

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

          Great all around because it can be useful and compatible with many good DAWS and mics.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Working great

          By dcicora

          from Pennsylvania

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

            I use on windows 10 in combination with my guitars and amp modelers. Worked without a hitch.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Tons of issues with device and company

            By T

            from Washington

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Company's support staff hard to work with
              • Extremely ineffective repairs from company
              • Short life
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

              The product worked fairly well for the first couple months. The recording quality was fine, but then it started producing such a large amount of bqckground noise that the intended recording could hardely be made out in playback. I called the company (Presonus) for support and I spent a very long time on hold before going through a long diagnosis process before learning that I had to ship the unit in for repairs. I did that, and over a month later the unit came back and had even worse problems. It would not be recognized by any computer. I jumped through numerous hoops on online support tickets as the Presonus support staff made ineffective suggestions for remedying the problems. I ended up having to ship it in again. It came back back still with the same problems, and I had to ship it in a third time. It came back, still without the ability to be revognized by any computer. I went through the whole process over again, and once again had the unit returned to me, not in working order. I jumped through hoops trying to get the Audiobox repaired for over 6 months without receiving a successful repair. In that time I spent quite a bit of money shipping the box across the country several times for repairs. I do not recommend purchasing the AudioBox USB or any other Presonus Product.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Does Not Accept Line Level

              By Broken Box

              from Tulsa, OK

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

              I purchased a Yamaha keyboard. I connected the keyboard output to the two inputs of the Audiobox USB using a TRS to split TS cable. I set the output of the keyboard about half volume and then adjusted the gain of the Audiobox USB to keep the clip lights off. I then connected speakers to the output of the Audiobox USB and headphones to the headphone connector of the Audiobox USB. The Audiobox USB and the keyboard are also connected to a laptop for recording and playback.

              This worked well for a couple of months. I am able to hear Youtube and the keyboard simultaneously, and select whether to listen through the headphones or speakers or both. I can my DAW to/from the keyboard through MIDI over USB. It is a nice, clean solution to audio / MIDI routing.

              Now I am hearing cracks and pops through the headphones from the Audiobox USB. I substituted headphones to no avail. I varied the buffer size but could not eliminate the pops. I searched the Presonus knowledgebase and found an excellent article for removing and re-installing the driver (as one way to eliminate the pops). I performed the procedure but the pops are still there.

              I continued to search the knowledgebase and found another article that states that the inputs to the Audiobox USB should NEVER be used as line inputs. Damage could result. Nowhere on the Audiobox USB is this stated and I do not believe it is stated in any documentation that came with the Audiobox USB.

              So, I have used the Audiobox USB in a manner forbidden by the manufacturer so my warranty is void. A repair would cost as much as the box itself. Replacement is the only option.

              If you are planning on using line level outputs, DO NOT use the Audiobox USB. There are several comparably priced options (Alesys IO2/ M-Audio M-Track for example) that accept line level inputs. Sadly, I own an M-Track and could have easily used it in place of the Audiobox USB.

              Look carefully at your interface and beware of assumptions. Mice cost me.

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