Making music is like building a house: you have to have the right tools for the job if you don't want things to fall apart. And that doesn't just go for the instruments; it goes for your studio gear as well. Taking full advantage of software is easier when you have the right hardware to go with it, like one of these PreSonus VSL interfaces together with Virtual Studio Live. They're built to professional recording studio standards but priced to a home studio budget, so even if you're new to the recording game, they'll get you off to a great start without emptying your pocketbook. Plus, they work with just about any other software package as well, so you can expand your digital toolbox to your heart's content.
As with any series of interfaces, choosing the best PreSonus VSL model for your application can be as easy as deciding how many channels you need. For a simple, straightforward setup, the AudioBox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System is a great starting point with 2 inputs, 2 balanced outputs and a pair of class A preamps. Need more? Try the AudioBox 44VSL on for size, with double the outputs, 2 balanced inputs to supplement the instrument ones, and another two class A preamps to go with them. Still not enough? In that case, you're probably looking at the AudioBox 1818VSL, which sports a professional-grade series of I/O options, including a total of 18 inputs with 8 mic preamps.
No matter which interface you go with, you'll get the Studio One Artist DAW bundled in so you'll be ready to rock right off the bat. And with the hardware that's packed into PreSonus VSL interfaces, that means real-time dynamics processing and EQ with reverb, delay, compression, limiting and more. They bring plenty of goodies to your toolkit, whether you're picking up a smaller portable model for a project studio or grabbing the big one to mount in your professional rack. So there's really just one question left to ask: what will you accomplish with yours?