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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
Specifications
  • System Requirements

    Windows
    Windows 7x 64/x86 SP1 or Windows 8/8.1 x64/x86 or Windows 10 x64/x86
    Intel Core 2 processor (Intel Core i3 processor or better recommended)
    4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
    Mac
    Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later
    Intel Core Duo processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Core i3 or better recommended)
    2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
    Windows and Mac Systems
    USB 2.0 Port
    Internet connection (only for activation)
    DVD-ROM drive
    Monitor with at least 1024x768 resolution
    20 GB hard-disk space
    Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
    The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One (please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer)
    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): 14 Hz to 70 kHz
    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, 20 Hz to 22 kHz): -115 dBu
    S/N ratio (Unity Gain, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 22 kHz): > 95 dB
    Common mode rejection ratio (1 kHz, 55 dB gain): > 45 dB
    Gain control range (±1 dB): 0dB to 35 dB
    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 in.
    TRS female unbalanced input impedance: 0.5 megohm
    Line Outputs
    Type: 1/4 in. TRS
    Balanced output impedance: 51 megohms
    Headphone Output
    Type: 1/4 in. 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): 102 dB
    DAC dynamic range (Awtd, 48kHz sample rate): 110 dB
    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
 
3.9

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (4)

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

 

Tons of issues with device and company

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...Read complete review

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.

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(55 of 60 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I am impressed!

By Emily

from New Jersey

Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

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.

(36 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Be sure to know your computer

By John

from Birmingham, AL

Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

Don't make the mistake I made and purchase it and then realize, duh, you have a 64-bit Vista system. Not good when you don't remember your own computer specs. I'm having to take it back and get a Firebox. Presonus told me that there are no plans on developing drivers for a 64-bit system for Audiobox. This looks like a great product that looks to be easy to use once you can figure out how to set it up.

(19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't buy if you're OS is Vista

By Mike

from St. Paul, MN

Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

This does not work with Vista 64 at all. Vista 32 (in some cases) works, but not every case. After installing EVERY available driver ever made for this device for my Vista 32 bit machine, it still doesn't work. There is a 3rd party ASIO (Audio Stream In/Out) that works in SOME cases (not all). The major problem is that the drivers weren't correctly built for Vista. In some cases the drivers will show to be installed correctly, but the device will not allow for audio streaming into the computer. This has been an known issue since Sept 2008 and there is still no absolute fix provided by PreSonus. This is something Presonus even states on their tech support site. This issue is also known in Win7, but not as drastic. So if you're OS is Vista (both 32 and 64) or WIN 7, I highly recommend trying something different than this product.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good Product

By Ramon Clemons

from Bakersfield, Ca

Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

This is a very nice product.. i was going to get the mbox but did not have enough cash for it.So the tech guy suggested this instead and it preforms excellent!! Very Easy to use plug and play!! very strong!!I like to do my music on the go and it goes everywere with me and my laptop! If your low in money but wanting top quality i suggest this usb driver.. one of the best things is that it becomes your sound card and the quality it produces will blow your mind!! Get it and make music everywere!!!!

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful

By 96tele

from Alexandria, VA

Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

I also own the Firepod that I use with my G5 tower. I needed something small and portable to use with my MacBook Pro and since Presonus and Mac are made for each other with never a glitch, never a driver to install or upgrade, plug and play, easy to use - it's a no brainer. It's small, lightweight, sounds great, works all the time. It has phantom power, XLR, TRS, 1/4" MIDI, and is powered by USB. How simple is that?

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome interface

By JR

from Cleveland,OH

Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

I bought this interface for my live rig. Operating a laptop with plugs. CPU usage absolutly had to as minimul as possible. No complaints about this unit. USB powered. Drivers are very non-parasitic to the CPU usage. MIDI in and out is a very convienient feature. Very pleased. I have a Presonus 1394 in the studio that I've been using for about 8 months now and its been flawless. Presonus makes good products, you just have to pay attenion to the system requirements before you buy.

(12 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

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

By frye5150

from DFW, Texas

Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

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.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice little box.

By Sound Tech

from Moulton, OH

Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

This unit works Great once it is set up. It is a little tricky getting it set up correctly under Vista, but once set up, no problems at all. The function of the Mixer knob is not well explained. It doesn't take too much playing around to figure it out though. Performance is amazing. The solid metal enclosure certainly helps prevent stray noise pickup. Overall a Great Buy!

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good product

By johnny

from visalia

Comments about Presonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

well let me start by saying that this product has help me alot in my music industry, i sound better, & what i really like about it, its that it is easy to use, well im enjoying my presonus & well i recommend it to everyone that wants to start recording, now i have 4 albums out already thanx to my presonus.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Tons of issues with device and company

By T

from Washington

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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.

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