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PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface

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OVERVIEW

An 18-channel audio interface with the power of a PreSonus StudioLive digital mixer.

The flagship in PreSonus' new generation of USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces, the AudioBox 1818VSL takes hardware/software integration to the next level and delivers a combination of features, audio quality, and value that is unprecedented in this product category. Using your computer CPU and PreSonus Virtual StudioLive (VSL) software, AudioBox VSL-series interfaces provide reverb and and delay effects and the same Fat Channel compression, limiting, semi-parametric EQ, and high-pass filter, as the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 digital mixer- all with inaudible latency. It's a great choice for project studios, performing bands, school music labs, and a wide variety of corporate installations and other contractor applications.

This is a pro product all the way, with high-end 24-bit, 96 kHz converters; Class A XMAX preamps; ADAT optical I/O; S/PDIF coaxial I/O; word-clock output; and MIDI I/O, housed in a heavy-duty, rack-mount metal chassis.

Furthermore, thanks to the power of VSL, the AudioBox 1818VSL includes a 26x8 software mixer. As a result, with just an AudioBox 1818VSL and your laptop or other computer, you can mix a studio session or live show featuring a full band-all while monitoring and recording with or without real-time processing! And you can do it simply and easily, with no hardware mixer, no outboard effects rack, and minimal wiring, thanks to the tight integration between PreSonus hardware and software.

What's so great about effects and processing on monitors?
Tracking without hearing effects and signal processing is like playing a video game with your eyes closed. Musicians rely on aural cues when performing, and their performance can vary depending on what they hear in their monitors. Adding just the right amount of compression, EQ, and reverb can make a huge difference in their ability to hear themselves clearly and to experience their performance as if it occurred in a natural space rather than in the artificial sonic environment of the studio. The result is a better performance and ultimately a better recording.

You have plenty of effects plug-ins for your DAW, but processing audio with a DAW takes more time than you might think. True, we're talking milliseconds, but it's long enough that if you put DAW effects in your studio monitors, you'll hear the original sound slightly before the processed signal, which is very disorienting. That much delay might be acceptable for live gigs, where the band is playing together in an ambient space that has natural delay. But you can't record that way in the studio.

Fortunately, PreSonus' engineering wizards have dramatically reduced processing delay in the AudioBox VSL series. The result: dynamics processing, EQ, reverb, and effects that feel real, with no audible delay.

And if you like what you hear, you can record with AudioBox VSL-series effects, too! These are the same high-quality StudioLive 16.0.2 Fat Channel dynamics processors and EQs that professional musicians, engineers, and producers record with every day.

Great processors are a PreSonus tradition
PreSonus didn't invent the first audio interface with effects. They simply did it better and for less money. Sure, some interface manufacturers that don't normally make signal processors have added a compressor, EQ and a few effects to their interfaces. But the AudioBox VSL series provides all that, plus a separate limiter, expander, and high-pass filter-and PreSonus has been making high-quality signal processors since 1995. The AudioBox VSL-series' Virtual StudioLive (VSL)-based effects and Fat Channel processing have been extensively field-tested and proven popular by tens of thousands of StudioLive-series mixer users, including many top professionals.

Of great importance, thanks to VSL's drag-and-drop convenience, adding processing and creating and loading presets is easy. Pro-level processing and superior ease of use mean you'll get better results and have more fun!

High-end sound in a versatile, roadworthy interface
Versatile and portable, the AudioBox 1818VSL offers 2 convenient front-panel mic/instrument combo inputs and 6 front-panel mic/instrument combo inputs, true 48V phantom power (switchable in 2 banks), and 8 line-level outputs. ADAT optical I/O provides 8 more channels of input and output (at 44.1 or 48kHz; 4 channels at 88.1 or 96kHz). S/PDIF coaxial digital I/O adds 2 more channels, bringing the total to 18 audio input channels and 18 output channels.

The sound is pure PreSonus, with the same high-headroom, Class A solid-state XMAX preamps found in StudioLive mixers and high-quality, 24-bit, 96 kHz converters with 114 dB dynamic range for clear, clean audio. And it boasts PreSonus' legendary 150mW headphone output, which is loud enough to explode the oysters in a Po'-Boy sandwich. (Be careful with your level control!)

The superior sound of PreSonus preamplifiers has long been a major reason that so many audio professionals prefer PreSonus interfaces. The XMAX is the finest solid-state preamplifier we make, offering three key advantages:

* 1. High Voltage. The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. Most off-the-shelf, op-amp-based designs run on power rails of 10V to 18V. Higher-voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs, and a richer overall sound.
* 2. Discrete components - not op-amps. PreSonus only uses genuine transistors, resistors, and capacitors for ultra-low noise and transparency. Op-amps add noise, coloration, and harshness to a signal.
* 3. Class A circuitry. Class A circuits have no crossover distortion and deliver purer, clearer, and more musical results than the Class AB designs that are found in many preamps.

The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range, extended frequency response, and-most important-musicality and transparency, with smooth highs; solid, deep lows; and everything in between.

Pause and ponder this for a moment: a great-sounding 18x18 interface with a computer-based mixer and full complement of dynamics processing and EQ, with reverb and delay effects on dedicated buses, plus MIDI and word clock, all in a single rackspace! And there's more.

The flexibility and power of software
VSL enables you to easily manage the processing and mixing from your Mac or Windows PC and provides editor/librarian functions, making it simple to create and use a library of presets. To get you started, PreSonus included the same library of more than 50 Fat Channel presets that comes with StudioLive mixers. These presets were created by professional musicians and engineers and let you instantly set up dynamics processing and EQ for vocals, guitar, and much more.

Seamlessly integrated with the included Studio One Artist DAW and VSL, the AudioBox 1818VSL interface works with virtually all Mac and Windows audio-recording software. And unlike most things nowadays, it's very easy on your budget.

So check out the AudioBox 1818VSL: the next-generation USB 2.0 interface that gives you extensive I/O, including eight analog inputs and outputs; ADAT optical and S/PDIF digital input and outputs; real-time, low-latency processing and effects; word-clock output; rock-solid construction; software mixing; and high-end audio-all for a price you have to see to believe!

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
Audio Quality
Max bit depth: 24-bit
Max sampling rate: 96kHz
Inputs
Total inputs: 18
Mic preamps: 8
XLR/TRS combo jacks: 8
XLR only jacks: 0
1/4" only jacks: 0
S/PDIF in: 2
ADAT/optical in: 8
RCA in: 0
Outputs
Total outputs: 18
XLR out: 0
1/4" out: 10 (TRS balanced)
S/PDIF out: 2
ADAT/optical out: 8
RCA out: 0
Other Connectivity
Computer connection: USB 2.0
MIDI I/O: 5-pin In/Out
Headphone output(s): 1
Word-clock I/O: Yes
Onboard Features
Platform compatibility: Mac & Windows
Phantom power: Yes
Direct monitoring: Yes
Onboard DSP: No
Metering: LED meters
Display: No
Latency control: Yes
Monitor control: Yes
Headphone control: Yes
Other
Width: 19" (483mm)
Height: 1.75" (44mm)
Depth: 5.5" (140mm)
Weight: 4.6 lb.
Construction: All-metal chassis & knobs
Rack-mountable: Yes
Included software: PreSonus Virtual StudioLive and Studio One Artist 2

The AudioBox 1818VSL interface lets you record and mix a whole band with effects. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Minimum computer-system requirements:

Windows
Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Turion) (2.8GHz or faster recommended)
1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended)

Macintosh
Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later (32- and 64-bit)
Intel Core 1 Solo 1.5GHz processor (Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon processor recommended)
1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended)

Windows and Macintosh Systems
USB 2.0 Port
Internet connection recommended
DVD-ROM drive (required to install Studio One Artist)

Microphone Inputs
Connector Type: Combo, XLR, female, balanced
Mic Preamp EIN: -133dB, 20kHz BW, max gain, Rs=40 ohm, A-wtd
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz, ±0.25dB, unity gain
THD+N: 0.002%, +4dBu, 1kHz, unity gain, 22kHz BW, A-wtd
S/N Ratio: 97 dB, +4dBu, 1kHz, unity gain, 22kHz BW, A-wtd
Gain Control Range: -15dB to +65dB
Input Max Headroom: +16dBu, < 0.5% THD
Input Impedance: 1.7k ohm
Phantom Power: +48VDC, 10mA total

Line Inputs
Connector Type: Combo, 1/4" TS, female, unbalanced
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz, ±0.25dB, unity gain
THD+N: 0.002%, +4dBu, 1kHz, unity gain, 22kHz BW, A-wtd
S/N Ratio: 98dB, +4dBu, 1kHz, unity gain, 22kHz BW, A-wtd
Gain Control Range -20dB to +20dB
Input Max Headroom +21dBu, < 0.5% THD
Input Impedance 10k ohm

Instrument Inputs
Connector Type: Combo, 1/4" TS, female, unbalanced
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz, ±0.25dB, unity gain
THD+N: 0.003%, +4dBu, 1kHz, unity gain, 22kHz BW, A-wtd
S/N Ratio: 89dB, 0dBu, 1kHz, unity gain, 20kHz BW, unwtd
Gain Control Range: -30dB to +50dB
Input Max Headroom: +21 dBu, < 0.5% THD
Input Impedance: 1M ohm

Analog Outputs
Connector Type: 1/4" TRS, female, impedance balanced
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz, ±0.25dB
THD+N: 0.003%, 1kHz, 22kHz BW, A-wtd
S/N Ratio: 109dB, 1kHz, 22kHz BW, A-wtd
Output Level: +10dBu, <0.5% THD
Output Impedance: 51 ohm

Headphone Outputs
Connector Type 1/4" TRS, female, stereo
Maximum Power 120mW/ch @ 60 ohm load
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz, ±0.5dB, max gain
THD+N: 0.01%, 1kHz, max gain, 20kHz BW, A-wtd
S/N Ratio: 96dB, 1kHz, max gain, 20kHz BW, A-wtd

Power
External Power Adapter +18VDC, 2.6A, center-positive
Connector Type 5.5 mm OD, 2.1 mm ID, 9.5 mm length

Digital
ADC Dynamic Range: 114dB, 48kHz, A-wtd
DAC Dynamic Range: 114dB, 48kHz, A-wtd
Host Interface: USB 2.0 high-speed
Bit Depth: 24-bit
Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
Latency: 2.8 ms - 6 ms, analog in to out
ADAT: Optical I/O Toslink connectors, ADAT/SMUX formats
S/PDIF: I/O RCA female connectors
Word Clock: Output BNC connector, 4.5 Vpp @ 75 ohm load
MIDI I/O: 5-pin DIN connectors

Physical
1U rack-mountable
Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
Weight 4.6 lb. (2.1 kg)
18VDC external power supply (included)
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PreSonusAudiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface
 
3.6

(based on 28 reviews)

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    (14)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (6)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (17)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Durable (14)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Lightweight (12)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (11), Experienced (9), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great PreAmps - No Discernible Laetency

I'm a guitar player and I purchased the 1818VSL primarily for home practice, band practice and some home recording. I wanted something <= 500 bones that could handle at least 8 inputs &...Read complete review

I'm a guitar player and I purchased the 1818VSL primarily for home practice, band practice and some home recording. I wanted something <= 500 bones that could handle at least 8 inputs & outputs. The combination of solid preamps, VSL software, Stuido One (DAW) and ipad remote app initially attracted to PreSonus, however, I ended up not using any of that stuff!

When the 1818VSL arrived I immediately went to work mixing my electric guitars (thru my analog effects pedal board), acoustic guitars, drums, backing music (I use itunes via airplay/airport which gives me complete remote control via ipad), and a couple of vocal mics. I'm using fairly new mac book pro laptop for the host computer. While I was satisfied with VSL (the virtual mixing board software PreSonus provides) and Stuido 1 (DAW), I had just purchased Logic Pro X and decided to give it a try.

Amazing! The updated Logic X guitar effects and virtual drummers are simply awesome. It works flawlessly with the 1818VSL - using it for both audio input and output. In no time, I had scrapped VSL & Studio One and started shaping sounds using Logic X. I was so pleased with my results, I decided to give MainStage a second look (I had played with version 2 a few years ago but the guitar effects sounded synthetic to me and the latency was noticeable).

The 1818VSL works so well with MainStage, I packed up all my analog effects and put them in the closet. I'm now playing straight into the 1818 using MainStage for my live performance/practice rig. I had a GIO pedal board collecting dust from my last go-round with MainStage - plugged it in using the base layout Apogee now provides for for MainStage 3 (free on their website) and I've got all the same "pedal power" I had without all the connections and noise. I should say that I'm only using the GIO for midi control - I'm not using the GIO for any audio signal input (that's all 1818).

The 1818VSL into MainStage (and back out to my mains and aux's) gives me some of the best stereo guitar sound (using a 66' Fender Super & Egnater Rebel 30 amp) I've ever produced on my own. The vocal and acoustic effects are equally strong! I've used up to 14 channel strips so far within MainStage (including 3 independent loopers) giving me all the mixing & signal-routing flexibility I could possibly need - with no discernible latency...

The PreSonus 1818VSL is what makes the whole thing work and I'm very happy with my purchase - even if I bought with a completely different intended use! I'm going to play right now...

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Do not use if you have a new Mac

I bought this unit to replace an outdated tascam usb interface because of the VSL features and the ADAT IO - which most interfaces don't have for the price.

I first...Read complete review

I bought this unit to replace an outdated tascam usb interface because of the VSL features and the ADAT IO - which most interfaces don't have for the price.

I first used it on a Windows PC, then proceeded to use it on a Macbook Pro. Once those machines were out of commission for me, I got my hands on a Macbook Air released mid 2013. The AudioBox 1818VSL is NOT compatible with ANY Mac released in 2013. The unfortunate thing about this, is they blame it on a hardware engineering change made by Apple, and aren't doing anything to adjust.

According to an article in their support, they are investigating the problem, but aren't able to do anything about it, and have let apple know about it.. REALLY? Since when do hardware and software manufacturers not comply with industry standards and changes - especially with such a young product?

Many users in Presonus's forums are explaining that an upgrade to Mavericks has caused an issue, and that the unit doesn't work at all, or works improperly - even with their latest drivers.

What is Presonus's suggestion and response? "Use another machine." Really? So, friends who rely on Mac's for music production, steer clear from this unit.

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(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Warning! Incompatible with late 2013 Mac

By UnhappyGuy

from USA

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

The 1818VSL does not work with newer Mac products. Wish I would've known this before I bought it. The following was taken right from Presonus's website:

iMac series 14,1 and 14,2 (late model 2013), Apple MacBook Air 6,2 (late model 2013) and MacBook Pro (11,1 - 13"::11,2 - 15" :: 11, 3 - 15 ") (released October 22, 2013) are incompatible with PreSonus AudioBox VSL-series products.

The aforementioned MacBook Pro, iMac and MacBook Air models will not work with the AudioBox 1818VSL in either mode with VSL software installed or in class-compliant mode with no VSL software installed due to a problem with Apple's hardware design that we cannot address. We suggest using a different computer with the AudioBox 1818VSL. Apple has been notified of the incompatibility.

http://support.presonus.com/entries/22719929-MacBook-Pro-MacBook-Air-and-iMac-late-model-2013-AudioBox-VSL-Series-compatibility

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Do not use if you have a new Mac

By DavidC.

from San Jose, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio

Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

I bought this unit to replace an outdated tascam usb interface because of the VSL features and the ADAT IO - which most interfaces don't have for the price.

I first used it on a Windows PC, then proceeded to use it on a Macbook Pro. Once those machines were out of commission for me, I got my hands on a Macbook Air released mid 2013. The AudioBox 1818VSL is NOT compatible with ANY Mac released in 2013. The unfortunate thing about this, is they blame it on a hardware engineering change made by Apple, and aren't doing anything to adjust.

According to an article in their support, they are investigating the problem, but aren't able to do anything about it, and have let apple know about it.. REALLY? Since when do hardware and software manufacturers not comply with industry standards and changes - especially with such a young product?

Many users in Presonus's forums are explaining that an upgrade to Mavericks has caused an issue, and that the unit doesn't work at all, or works improperly - even with their latest drivers.

What is Presonus's suggestion and response? "Use another machine." Really? So, friends who rely on Mac's for music production, steer clear from this unit.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good hardware - not USB 3 compatible

By The Flower Guy

from Phoenix

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Decent Pre-amps
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Compatability
  • No Stand-alone Function

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

Well, this is a real mixed bag. It has decent electronics and comprehensive mixing and processing, and is well integrated with Studio One.

The main limitation of the electronics is a lack of stand-alone capability. The FireStudio Project could be set-up from the computer and then would remember the settings when disconnected. This will not work with the VSL1818. It must be hooked to a compatible computer USB port in order to work at all.

The other drawback is a lack of USB 3.0 compatibility and some limited compatibility with USB 2 ports, especially those on laptops. The latest Ivybridge and Haswell chipsets with Intel's USB 3.0 controllers (most of the higher end new laptops) will not work with the VSL1818. It is probably Intel's fault, as apparently they screwed up the isochronous USB 2.0 large data transfer mode, which many USB interfaces use, including this one. So make sure you have a compatible USB 2 port for any computer you want to use, or something other than an Intel USB 3.0 port- which might work. Check Presonus knowledge base to see compatibility.

I have an older laptop, and only half of those USB 2.0 prorts work. I just returned a Toshiba QOSIMO Laptop, as it only had Intel USB 3 ports. So be careful, or you will be very disappointed.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great PreAmps - No Discernible Laetency

By DLee

from Atlanta

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Low cost
  • Versatile

Cons

  • 100 Computer Depandant
  • 100 Computer Dependant
  • Computer Required-always

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

I'm a guitar player and I purchased the 1818VSL primarily for home practice, band practice and some home recording. I wanted something <= 500 bones that could handle at least 8 inputs & outputs. The combination of solid preamps, VSL software, Stuido One (DAW) and ipad remote app initially attracted to PreSonus, however, I ended up not using any of that stuff!

When the 1818VSL arrived I immediately went to work mixing my electric guitars (thru my analog effects pedal board), acoustic guitars, drums, backing music (I use itunes via airplay/airport which gives me complete remote control via ipad), and a couple of vocal mics. I'm using fairly new mac book pro laptop for the host computer. While I was satisfied with VSL (the virtual mixing board software PreSonus provides) and Stuido 1 (DAW), I had just purchased Logic Pro X and decided to give it a try.

Amazing! The updated Logic X guitar effects and virtual drummers are simply awesome. It works flawlessly with the 1818VSL - using it for both audio input and output. In no time, I had scrapped VSL & Studio One and started shaping sounds using Logic X. I was so pleased with my results, I decided to give MainStage a second look (I had played with version 2 a few years ago but the guitar effects sounded synthetic to me and the latency was noticeable).

The 1818VSL works so well with MainStage, I packed up all my analog effects and put them in the closet. I'm now playing straight into the 1818 using MainStage for my live performance/practice rig. I had a GIO pedal board collecting dust from my last go-round with MainStage - plugged it in using the base layout Apogee now provides for for MainStage 3 (free on their website) and I've got all the same "pedal power" I had without all the connections and noise. I should say that I'm only using the GIO for midi control - I'm not using the GIO for any audio signal input (that's all 1818).

The 1818VSL into MainStage (and back out to my mains and aux's) gives me some of the best stereo guitar sound (using a 66' Fender Super & Egnater Rebel 30 amp) I've ever produced on my own. The vocal and acoustic effects are equally strong! I've used up to 14 channel strips so far within MainStage (including 3 independent loopers) giving me all the mixing & signal-routing flexibility I could possibly need - with no discernible latency...

The PreSonus 1818VSL is what makes the whole thing work and I'm very happy with my purchase - even if I bought with a completely different intended use! I'm going to play right now...

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great interface but beware a few quirks

By K Seldon

from Ottawa Canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Small Light Powerful

Cons

  • Requires A Fast Pc Which

Best Uses

    Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

    Buyer beware, this interface uses the PC to process all effects. If you lose your USB connection the thing dies. If your PC goes to sleep it dies. In my case my laptop has an over aggressive position switch on the display/cover if I move it past 90 degrees the PC goes to sleep and the 1818VSL stops dead. Otherwise an awesome audio interface with incredible sound. If they find a solution to the need for a constant USB connection it will be fantastic.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome interface

    By bern

    from siler city nc

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Expandable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Software

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

    I read many reviews before buying and every other one complained about pops and crackles and then the others were all stars. I had none of those problems. Everything worked smooth. I did figure out though if you plug it into a usb 3.0 instead of 2.0 the pops and crackles began. To fix this I downloaded the beta driver version for windows and it fixed all those issues. studio one seems a bit buggy but you can record through any daw. I used reaper for my test. not problems. recorded 8 tracks at once flawlessly. I recording another 8 tracks to go with the first 8 just as a test and no latency issues. I even recorded some midi drums and 8 tracks of real drums together as test and it worked. had to adjust buffer size for the midi latency but it worked.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome interface

    By wesley harmon

    from NC

    Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

    Overall, its a great product, really the only two things i do not like about it is the power switch being in the back(kind of hard to access when places in a rack) and only having one headphone port(although you can set up more headphone mixes on outputs 7+8, but if you dont know what your doing, or you dont read the manual, one would never know this haha
    This interface is perfect for anyone running a home studio, or a professional studio. The pre-amps sound amazing and have more than enough gain. The ADAT I/O works perfectly, i have had no problems running external preamps through it. The Spdif I/O works great as well.
    Built solid, not flimsy at all, the kind of quality i would expect from presonus
    Its an amazing value, the VSL mixer that emulates the studiolives fat channel is just amazing. Alot of other interfaces in this price range can not compare.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works perfect with Linux!

    By Jim

    from Omaha

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Records 8 channels at a time
    • Works with Linux

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

      I bought this to record my band in a home studio. Was a little unsure about this model because my studio computers are all Linux based. Read a few articles about people getting it to work with Linux machines. Took a chance...bought it and hoped for the best. When it arrived I had it up and running within about an hour. That included all the time to take out my old A/D, reroute all my cables, and figure out how to set up Jack for this box. It works like a champ and I don't have to learn new software. All my favorite Linux programs work, all my old recordings work, everything works! Made several recordings with no trouble. They sound great! Would recommend this to anyone with a Linux-based studio.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The most awesome setup in the world

      By Alex81

      from Louisville, KY

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Amazing Port Mapping
      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

        I got this and very quickly realized how awesome this box is. I later picked up an ipad specifically for the remote control program on it, and it has simplified alot of the minor adjustments needed in pretty much any scenario, you don't have to go back to the computer, you can do it anywhere in the building with wifi and an ipad. The ipad mixing interface is even more user friendly than the console on PC.

        My rig -
        Audiobox 1818VSL
        Digimax D8
        Individual headphone amps
        iPad 3

        I am able to get a beautiful live monitoring mix via VSL Mixer and iPad. I am also able to add effects and such in my DAW, and mix those into the monitoring mixes with NO LATENCY ANYWHERE. 4 Independent headphone mixes without a primary headphone amp is just awesome, saved me several hundred $$ on that alone. Sure 2 of the headphone mixes share buses (7/8 and Main Headphone, 1/2 and Main Mix), but with the right tweaking and port mapping it becomes a full studio very quickly. "More me in my headphones!" is very easy to accomplish with this setup.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Do not buy this product.

        By TJ

        from Portland Oregon

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

            Outdated software out of the box. Terrible customer service, expect an hour on hold. Tech was condescending and out of touch. They could not get my unit working and sent me to their website which also did not work. If you have a problem, you are out of luck.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Multi-Purpose Interface!

            By malnack

            from Omaha, NE

            About Me Experienced

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Can Be Complex

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Individual Monitor Mixer
            • Live Sound Mixer
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

            This is an amazing interface! I'm using it for several applications:

            1) Audio interface. I'm using the Audiobox 1818 as an audio interface into a laptop with Studio One Pro 2.5. Setup is easy and it integrates perfectly into S1. Having at least 8 channels of input makes it perfect to record a drum kit or even a full band. (You can have more than 8 input channels using ADAT).

            The mic preamps are very good and running instruments such as a bass guitar in direct sound great. In some recent demo recordings, I used the bass sound as it was recorded with no EQ.

            2) Silent Rehearsal Device. I was considering a JamHub for rehearsals to reduce the volume level. When I was researching the Audiobox 1818 I was convinced that I could create enough individual mixes to make it work. Although it took a bit of effort, I am able to get an individual mix for each of the 5 band memebers. To do this I'm using the 3 standard mix outs and an added SPDIF out (by using an inexpensive converter) and the main out for the 5th mix. While we don't always use headphones, we have placed some small powered monitors (Voice Solo) in the space so that each member can get their own mix. Some of us use in-ear monitors or headphones. As a result, the rehearsal volume is a lot lower even though our drummer has an acoustic kit. We run the guitars and bass into the unit via a direct line out.

            3) On Stage PA/Monitor Mixer. In smaller venues we are now using the 1818 as both the FOH mixer and individual monitor mixer. To do this we keep a laptop on stage to control both the FOH and the monitor mixes. We've also mapped a mixer to our M-Audio Axiom 49 keyboard so that the FOH levels can be adjusted from the sliders on the keyboard.

            We run either a mic on each guitar amp or take a direct line out.

            Using this setup we bypass the house floor wedges and use a combination of hot spot monitors and in-ear monitors.

            To do the mix we're using Studio One rather than the included VSL software. The main reason for this is the number of sub mixes that we have and it allows us to multitrack record the show if we want to.

            This setup is rather complex but once you get it setup you can save your mixer settings so that it is quicker the next time. You'll want to patch your mics and instruments into the same channels each time.

            In larger venues we still plan to bring the 1818 to use in place of the house monitor system. This might mean an extra mic on each amp to feed the 1818 along with a splitter for each mic to feed the FOH as well. It will allow us to get a consistent stage mix no matter the venue.

            Summary: One key component of using the 1818 is to use the Zero Latency option on each channel. Otherwise the latency is enough to through you off.

            This has turned out to be a remarkable device. It is a sturdy unit that can handle trips out of the house when needed. The only negative is the some of the flexibility comes with some complexity. I wouldn't recommend using it live without practicing the setup a time or two before.

            Given the price and the flexibility, I highly recommend the 1818!

            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            I do not like this interface

            By Todd Allen

            from USA

            Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

            I am sure I will loose money on this but I've had this thing 6 months and cannot wait to get rid of it. I'm not sure what I'm replacing this with but I would not consider buying this thing again.

            I use Studio One Pro and like it but this interface is getting pulled out of my rack and going away ASAP. Sorry Presonus. This thing is not ready for prime time by any stretch of the imagination.
            I bought this before reading many reviews. It looked like it would satisfy my needs. That was a mistake.
            I'll give them that the box is well made and the preamps sound pretty good. That said the VSL (Virtual Studio Live) software that drives it is total crap. It's a memory hog, poorly designed and likes to do thing like turn your headphones off just because it can.
            I don't consider it to have any. Every time I try and do something new I end up wasting 90 minutes and only get it to do what I was trying to do about half the time. Much of it's functionality is not intuitive and at times down right illogocal. i.e. headphones do not mirror the main outs, they are routed by soft outs on channels 7&amp;8. That one alone cost me a few hours.

            (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Waste of Money and time

            By RMD

            from East Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Pricey / Poor Value
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

              Poorly designed. Inputs are on front of interface which makes for a messy workspace. The biggest issue I've had is compatibility. I've tried this interface on both Windows and Mac based computers and I can never get it to initialize. After countless hours of uninstalling, downloading and reinstalling software and drivers the Audiobox VSL software will not initialize. When it did work it would drop out constantly, pop and distort through the monitors. I have since purchased the Roland Studio-Capture interface with absolutely no issues what so over on both my mac and windows computer. Spend a little more money and get a Roland.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Buy it.

              By Jeff

              from Columbia, IL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

                I bought this for a home studio. Mainly to record drums, but I've also recorded guitar. I am by no means an expert in recording or gear like this in general but, within an hour of receiving, I had recorded a decent drum mix. Presonus has been very responsive as well. Oh, Studio One is brilliant. I've used Logic and Sonar in the past and have had no problems switching over to Studio One. I would make the same recommendation to others. Give it a shot. Buy without hesitation.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Very easy to set up

                By Sheena

                from Vidalia, GA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

                  The setup was very easy. So far its been fun learning and has been a new experience for myself and our group.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great interface in its class.

                  By TheEtherInc

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

                    This interface can make some high quality home studio recordings. It has had some driver issues but they have been fixed at least on Mac with a beta driver 1.2.2. Unfortunately this has given the interface a bad rep, but when working it is awesome. The ability to have a low-latency virtual live mixer, fat channel effects to easily create a headphone mix for practice with eq/compression/reverb, a recording interface, and Studio One Artist v2 DAW. I can't speak for windows users at this point but the issues some were having appear to be fixed on mac and I know the windows drivers are on the way. I'd give it 5 stars for what you get in the under 500 prosumer interface range, but the driver issues set them back a bit. I like PreSonus so I hope they will be more careful in the future with compatibility statements (that said it is very difficult in today's pc/mac world to make anything 100% compatible).

                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Buyer Beware

                    By Pharkas

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Noisy
                    • Poor Sound Quality
                    • Pops Clicks
                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

                    An interface with nice specs, but poor functionality.

                    I just recently purchased the 1818 with the hopes of using it for recording my band into my PC. Unfortunately, this unit seriously let me down.

                    After connecting the unit and installing the drivers, I tried recording in Adobe Audition. I was greeted by endless pops & clicks. I played with the buffer settings, changed the sample rate, and tried different software (including the included Studio One software), to no avail. I spent many hours optimizing my computer to ensure that extraneous programs were running, unnecessary hardware disabled, updated drivers, different USB ports, etc. The PC specs are 2.6ghz processor with 8gb ram. After no success on my primary machine, I tried running the device on several different computers. Still, pops and clicks in every recording. I was able to get the unit working somewhat on a MacBook Pro (2ghz, with 4gb RAM); at 44khz, 2048 bit buffer, I was getting only occasional pops and clicks (not as bad as the PC, but still present).

                    I spent many hours trying to get this interface working, but I figure after 3 computers if I am still getting the same results, I should probably just try a different unit. I am of the opinion that an audio interface should just work out of the box on any reasonably equipped machine. Know what you are getting into before purchasing this audio interface. Take a look at the Presonus forums and you will see a number of people complaining of the same problems. I think the audio drivers are to blame.

                    This unit looks great on the surface, but is seriously flawed, in my opinion. I am sure a lot of people have had success with this unit, but I am not one of them.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    WOW! Just Amazing..

                    By Daniel94

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

                      I haven't found anything just as useful as the Presonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface. It was really easy easy to set up, i learned a whole lot in a week. Its just a great product. Not to mention the important reason to buy this interface. You get GREAT quality sound a a good price. Mic up drums is easy as one, two, three. Studio One is what makes everything a lot easier. There's a lot to deal with, but thats what makes Studio One so good. I found it to be reliable and nothing wrong has ever happened to me in the past 4 to 5 months. If you want a good Recording Interface at a price like this. BUY the Presonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great For Mixing Down Tracks

                      By Joe Hillbilly

                      from Kansas

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

                        Presonus is the most guitar friendly interface for guitar players I've used. Most producers only use two musicians in a session which make the 1818SVL the best compressors under 1000.00. You can get the head room you need for your mixes to be heard.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Pretty Amazing

                        By Gelllssur

                        from Paramaribo Suriname

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                        • Clean Sound
                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nicely Build
                        • Nicly Build
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Recording Studio
                          • Professional

                          Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface:

                          Great product ,nice preamps.For the price you cant go wrong . Comes with studio one which is also a delight to use .

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