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PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface  

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  • Max bit depth: 24-bit
  • Max sampling rate: 96kHz
  • Total inputs: 18
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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!

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!

 

Audiobox 1818VSL 18-Channel USB Interface 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
 
3.8

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (16)
  • Durable (14)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Lightweight (11)

Cons

  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (9), Experienced (7), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Multi-Purpose 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...Read complete review

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!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Warning! Incompatible with late 2013 Mac

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...Read complete review

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

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(3 of 3 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.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Warning! Incompatible with late 2013 Mac

By UnhappyGuy

from USA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        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

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        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.

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          (2 of 2 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.

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            (2 of 2 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.

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            (0 of 1 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.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great PreAmps - No Discernible Laetency

              By DLee

              from Atlanta

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              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...

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Presonus 1818 & MusiciansFriend

              By Dr. Bo

              from Maryland

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Kudos to musiciansFriend and Sharon, who helped me decide what to get. When she didn't know the answer to a very technical interface issue, she polled the other experts there and gave me what I needed to decide. Professional, pleasant and fast, no hard sell. Thanks, Sharon, and MusiciansFriend. That's why I always go there first. (P.S.: my 1818 is due this week!)

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                    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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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      The most awesome setup in the world

                      By Alex81

                      from Louisville, KY

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      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.

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