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Presonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System

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A great choice for mobile musicians and podcasters, the 2­-channel AudioBox USB 96 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, 96 kHz converters. And it comes with PreSonus’ amazing Studio One 3 Arti...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

A great choice for mobile musicians and podcasters, the 2­-channel AudioBox USB 96 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, 96 kHz converters. And it comes with PreSonus’ amazing Studio One 3 Artist DAW software for Mac and Windows.

Studio Magic Plug-in Suite Included
Both new and existing registered owners of any currently available PreSonus audio interface or mixer are receiving a free bonus: the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for Mac and Windows. The software bundle includes seven popular plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX formats. Currently eligible interfaces and mixers include the PreSonus AudioBox USB, AudioBox i-series, and Studio-series interfaces and StudioLive Series III, StudioLive AR USB, and StudioLive RML-series mixers. The software will be automatically added to registered users’ online MyPreSonus accounts and can be downloaded at any time—even if they bought the eligible PreSonus interface or mixer years ago. The suite includes: SPL Attacker, Maag Audio EQ2, Lexicon MPX-i Reverb, Eventide H910, Eventide 2016 Stereo Room, Brainworx bx Opto Compressor and Arturia's Analog Lab Lite.


Features

Bus-powered USB 2.0 audio and MIDI interface
Compatible with almost all recording software for Mac and Windows
24-­bit resolution; 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz sampling rates
2 combo mic/instrument inputs with high­-performance, low-­noise, high-headroom mic preamplifiers
Zero-latency analog monitoring
Includes Studio One
3 Artist DAW software and 6+ GB of third­-party resources
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PreSonusAudioBox USB 96 Recording System
 
3.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

25%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great sounding DACs and Preamps!

Pros: This is an excellent inexpensive portable audio interface. The sound is great--whether you are using a dynamic mic, a condenser mic, or plugging in a guitar. Clean and pristine...Read complete review

Pros: This is an excellent inexpensive portable audio interface. The sound is great--whether you are using a dynamic mic, a condenser mic, or plugging in a guitar. Clean and pristine sound. Very nice DACs and preamps. You get great bonuses, too, with a free plugin suite and the Studio One Artist DAW software.

Cons: The supplied USB cable was bad. Kept disconnecting (getting a device failed to initialize message after 2 minutes of recording). I had to swap it out with another cable which solved the problem. The Audiobox is also a little quirky to set up. Make sure you plug it into a USB 2.0 port--NOT USB 3.0! Also, always use the same port, otherwise Windows will create an "unknown" device.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Piece of junk , with noisy pre-amps and muddy sound

My go to DAW took a dive and I needed to record my wife's new song. I first tried my Microsoft Surface Notebook computer and the internal Mic to record her song along with...Read complete review

My go to DAW took a dive and I needed to record my wife's new song. I first tried my Microsoft Surface Notebook computer and the internal Mic to record her song along with a a free download of Audacity. The results were OK, about what I expected, nothing like my goto daw. So being on a budget and reading reviews on line, I decided to buy the PreSonus USB 96 from the Guitar Center. When I went to pay for it, the salesman said there are no returns on this item (even though it was brand new in a box) because it has software that must be registered. I was a little apprehensive about buying the item under those conditions, but I was in a bind and besides that I read good things online about the PresSonus USB96. I took it home loaded the software and experimented with it for a day. After the first day I tried to do a recording and it produced a very low quality horrible reproduction, very muddy, lifeless. The pre-amps in the PreSonus USB 96 are incredibly noisy. I thought I was doing something wrong so I read more about the software, in hopes that I could figure out what "I" was doing wrong. After 3 more days of learning (total waste of time) the software, I tried to do another recording, again it was horrible!! The phantom 48 volt mic supply has nowhere near enough voltage to supply my condenser microphone and the other mics I had sounded bad as well. The Presonus USB 96 is a piece of junk. The first recording I did on my notebook with the internal mic and Audacity was easily twice as good as this PreSonus USB 96 piece of junk!
Very disappointed about the Guitar Center return policy. They should no longer sell this PreSouns USB 96 piece of junk to other unsuspecting customers!!!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sounding DACs and Preamps!

By Steven

from Maryland

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bad USB cable
  • Setup can be problematic

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System:

Pros: This is an excellent inexpensive portable audio interface. The sound is great--whether you are using a dynamic mic, a condenser mic, or plugging in a guitar. Clean and pristine sound. Very nice DACs and preamps. You get great bonuses, too, with a free plugin suite and the Studio One Artist DAW software.

Cons: The supplied USB cable was bad. Kept disconnecting (getting a device failed to initialize message after 2 minutes of recording). I had to swap it out with another cable which solved the problem. The Audiobox is also a little quirky to set up. Make sure you plug it into a USB 2.0 port--NOT USB 3.0! Also, always use the same port, otherwise Windows will create an "unknown" device.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sounding interface, fantastic DACs and preamp.

By Steven

from Maryland

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Verified Buyer

Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System:

Well, first, the sound is fantastic. Clean, quiet, pristine sound. I think this unit has excellent DACs and pre-amp. Installation can be tricky on a Windows workstation. Make sure you plug this in a USB 2.0 port and not USB 3.0. Also, don't change the port--always use the same port, otherwise you'll create an "unknown device" if you plug it into a different USB port from the first one you used.

Another issue was the supplied USB cable was faulty. The AudioBox kept disconnecting until I swapped it out with another USB cable I had. The AudioBox cable seems to work fine with other devices so maybe the Audiobox isn't very tolerant of cables that aren't top notch quality.

It's a fantastic unit. I would give it 5 stars except the supplied USB cable was an issue with the unit.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Piece of junk , with noisy pre-amps and muddy sound

By Ben

from Port St Lucie Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System:

    My go to DAW took a dive and I needed to record my wife's new song. I first tried my Microsoft Surface Notebook computer and the internal Mic to record her song along with a a free download of Audacity. The results were OK, about what I expected, nothing like my goto daw. So being on a budget and reading reviews on line, I decided to buy the PreSonus USB 96 from the Guitar Center. When I went to pay for it, the salesman said there are no returns on this item (even though it was brand new in a box) because it has software that must be registered. I was a little apprehensive about buying the item under those conditions, but I was in a bind and besides that I read good things online about the PresSonus USB96. I took it home loaded the software and experimented with it for a day. After the first day I tried to do a recording and it produced a very low quality horrible reproduction, very muddy, lifeless. The pre-amps in the PreSonus USB 96 are incredibly noisy. I thought I was doing something wrong so I read more about the software, in hopes that I could figure out what "I" was doing wrong. After 3 more days of learning (total waste of time) the software, I tried to do another recording, again it was horrible!! The phantom 48 volt mic supply has nowhere near enough voltage to supply my condenser microphone and the other mics I had sounded bad as well. The Presonus USB 96 is a piece of junk. The first recording I did on my notebook with the internal mic and Audacity was easily twice as good as this PreSonus USB 96 piece of junk!
    Very disappointed about the Guitar Center return policy. They should no longer sell this PreSouns USB 96 piece of junk to other unsuspecting customers!!!

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Sounds like hot garbage

    By Jim the Runner

    from Atlanta

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System:

        Hooked it up, works fine. Sounds like absolute garbage. DO NOT buys this.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good equipment

        By Travis

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System:

        Good product but program not as user friendly for a beginner.

         
        4.0

        Presonus has another winner

        By VIC

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System:

        AudioBox USB 96 Recording System is perfect for small scale production

         
        3.0

        Less than impressed

        By Jester

        from Northern, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Crackles in mid recording
          • Limited Functions
          • No power switch
          • Pricey / Poor Value
          • Unreliable
          • Weak phantom power

          Best Uses

          • In a pinch - recording
          • Paper Weight

          Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System:

          For the price, this system is a let down. WARNING: DO NOT attempt to use the provided USB cable, it will BREAK the USB connection! Switch the USB cable out for one that fits an M-Audio device instead. The Drivers don't install correctly. Had to override the installation process several times. Downloaded from the presonus web site after restarting my PC twice... third times a charm. The loops and sound samples are a joke. Sound like they are from a cheap midi keyboard... only dub-step folks would like this. Even the add-ons which are somewhat pricey in my opinion, still sound like toys... not real at all. Getting the "free" software takes a very long time... patience is a virtue. I bought this while building my recording studio, so I don't expect it to last more than a few months, which is fine since I'll have an upgraded device buy then.

           
          4.0

          great entry level interface

          By kevin

          from undisclosed

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System:

          does it's job. plug and play easy.

           
          4.0

          GC was great, but...

          By Zapple

          from Murrieta CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System:

            Got it last week and have been struggling to make it work. So far it is not supporting phantom power. Also, when I click to record, all levels etc seem perfect but it doesn't actually record. Don't know if those are hardware or software problems (the unit or PreSonus Studio One 3 software). Hoping they follow up soon with the Support Ticket I've filed.

             
            5.0

            An all around great product!

            By Donald

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Recording System:

            I use this interface with my mobile recording rig. I recently used it while on the road. I really like not needing a power source other than the USB port on my computer to run it. I was able to use it in along with my NI Maschine MK3. The included Studio One 3 Artist DAW that came with the package also convinced me to change DAWs and upgrade to Professional. The converters on this interface are superb and very clean. An all around great product!

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