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OVERVIEW

Portable 24-bit/96kHz USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface lets you record with near-zero-latency dynamics processing.

The AudioBox 22VSL introduces a new generation of PreSonus USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces that take hardware/software integration to the logical next step. 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. Now you can monitor and record with or without real-time dynamics processing and EQ!

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 who 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 we've 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 portable, roadworthy interface
Bus-powered, compact, and rugged, the AudioBox 22VSL offers two convenient front-panel mic/instrument combo inputs with global phantom power and provides two line-level outputs. It sports the same high-headroom Class A XMAX preamps as the StudioLive mixers and has 24-bit/96kHz converters with 114dB dynamic range for clear, clean audio. And it boasts PreSonus' legendary 150 mW headphone output, which is loud enough to explode the oysters in a Po'-Boy sandwich. (Be careful with your level control!)

When we tell you PreSonus made the AudioBox 22VSL "rugged," we're not fooling! It employs the same heavy-duty steel case as the original AudioBox USB-the unit Presonus famously stomped, kicked, and drove over with a full-size truck before using it to make a very nice recording. (You can witness this in the video AudioBox USB Built for the Road.) Now that's what we call "roadworthy." And this mighty mite fits in just a third of a rackspace and can be screw-mounted to a standard rack tray (not included).

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 22VSL interface works with virtually all Mac and Windows audio-recording software. And unlike most things nowadays, it's very easy on your budget.

FEATURES
  • 24-bit/96kHz 2 x 2 USB 2.0 recording interface
  • 2 Class A XMAX mic / instrument preamps
  • 2 instrument inputs
  • 2 balanced main outputs
  • Near-zero-latency monitoring with extensive signal processing thanks to¦
  • VSL (Virtual Studio Live): 4 x 2 DSP mixer with StudioLive16.0.2 Fat Channel dynamics processing and EQ for each analog input and its DAW return and two stereo effects buses with reverb and delay
  • Over 50 Fat Channel DSP presets for enhancing instrument and vocal recordings
  • Headphone amplifier
  • Analog monitor mixing with playback/Input mix control knob
  • Clip lights for both channels
  • Globally switchable phantom power
  • MIDI I/O
  • Bus-powered via USB
  • Rugged metal chassis
  • Rack-mountable in 1/3 rack space
  • Includes Studio One Artist software with unlimited track count

Get the next-generation USB 2.0 interface that gives you real-time, low-latency effects; rock-solid construction; and high-end audio for low-end prices: AudioBox 22VSL. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System

  • 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: -129dB, 20kHz BW, max gain, Rs=40 ohm, A-wtd
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz, ±0.3dB, unity gain
    THD+N: 0.005%, 0dBu, 1kHz, unity gain, 20kHz BW, A-wtd
    S/N Ratio: 94dB, 0dBu, 1kHz, unity gain, 20kHz BW, unwtd
    Gain Control Range: -15dB to +65dB
    Input Max Headroom: +10dBu, < 0.5% THD
    Input Impedance: 1.7k ohm
    Phantom Power: +48 VDC, 10mA total

    Instrument Inputs
    Connector Type: Combo, 1/4 TS, female, unbalanced
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20kHz, ±0.3dB, unity gain
    THD+N: 0.006%, 0dBu, 1kHz, unity gain, 20kHz BW, A-wtd
    S/N Ratio: 89dB, 0dBu, 1kHz, unity gain, 20kHz BW, unwtd
    Gain Control Range: -30dB to +50dB
    Input Max Headroom: +15dBu, < 0.5% THD
    Input Impedance: 1M ohm

    Analog Outputs
    Connector Type: 1/4" TRS, female, impedance balanced
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz, ±0.2dB
    THD+N: 0.002%, 1kHz, 20kHz BW, A-wtd
    S/N Ratio: 107dB, 1kHz, max gain, 20kHz BW, unwtd
    Output Level: +10dBu
    Output Impedance: 51 ohm

    Headphone Outputs:
    Connector Type: 1/4" TRS, female, stereo
    Maximum Power: 30mW/ch @ 60 ohm load
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz, ±0.5dB, max gain
    THD+N: 0.08%, 1kHz, max gain, 20kHz BW, A-wtd
    S/N Ratio: 90 dB, 1kHz, max gain, 20kHz BW, unwtd

    Power:
    Type: USB bus-powered, +5 VDC, < 500mA

    Digital:
    Host Interface: USB 2.0 high-speed
    Bit Depth: 24-bit
    Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
    Latency: 2.8ms - 6ms, analog in to out.
    ADC Dynamic Range: 114dB, 48kHz sample rate, A-wtd
    DAC Dynamic Range: 114dB, 48kHz sample rate, A-wtd

    Physical:
    1/3U rack-mountable (with optional 3UMR rack-mounting system)
    Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
    Weight 1.6 lb. (0.7 kg)
    Powered via USB bus”no wall wart!
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PreSonusAudiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System
 
4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Compact (9)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent, but "rookie" learning curve

I have now had this interface and the included Studio One daw software up and running for about four months. It is as advertised. The interface itself is simple, solid, and portable....Read complete review

I have now had this interface and the included Studio One daw software up and running for about four months. It is as advertised. The interface itself is simple, solid, and portable. However some of the reviews here may paint too good a picture of instant success for "rookies" operating the included software for the audiobox and the daw. I have been a musician for years, but the world of recording with mixers etc. was a new adventure for me even though I am completely computer "literate". If you don't have any knowledge or experience in this area, then there is a definite learning curve on how to get started, and then getting your recording sounding good. The answers though,are all out there on the information "superhighway". I purchased a video series online by Groove 3 called Studio One 2 explained which was a big help for the ins and outs of the daw. The Presonus website also provides a lot of supplemental information. I just wish the Studio One manual(which is the "help" menu on the daw) had come with some of that extra information I needed instead of just the bare essentials of how to operate the daw. Nevertheless I found Presonus tech support to be absolutely helpful in answering any questions or problems that I had, whether I contacted them by e-mail or phone. Now that I have learned a lot about this field of recording(and I know I still have a lot more to learn)and learned how to comfortably use the interface and the software, I am having a great time with it and getting some really nice recordings even with my still limited knowledge in this regard. If you want to make some nice recordings with minimal monetary outlay, this is the direction to go.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but limited....

Presonus makes good products but they are a bit pricey when compared to the competition, with no apparent reasons for that. They all have pros and cons and similar quality. This unit, for...Read complete review

Presonus makes good products but they are a bit pricey when compared to the competition, with no apparent reasons for that. They all have pros and cons and similar quality. This unit, for example, is not designed to take line-level inputs, making it a little limiting if you want to connect a drum machine, keyboard, synthesiser or even an electric acoustic guitar with a built-in pre-amp. At least they are honest enough to tell you this in the manual (page 5).

You would need to buy the 44VSL to be able to connect active instruments, but it would cost you 300. A better option would be the NI Komplete Audio 6 for 230, or the Presonus Firestudio Mobile or the Focusrite Saffire 14 for about 250. These have more line-level connections in their backs.

The other small units from Mackie, Focusrite and Steinberg also offer the same quality (again, with pros and cons), but their inputs allow for line-level instruments. The Presonus 22 does not. They are also 50 cheaper. Some have Midi connection, others don't. Some offer USB 1.1, while others have USB 2.0. You will need USB 2.0 or Firewire if you plan to record more than two tracks at the same time (if you have more than two inputs, of course). The new Steinberg UR 22 is a great unit for 150, however, it allows the connection of only one guitar without a DI box, i.e., it has only one Hi-Z input.

At the end, think twice before buying these interfaces. You need to know exactly what you will (or may) be playing and what you want to do while recording. Many of these units were launched years ago, so can we expect some upgrades in terms of hardware soon?!?! I hope so. There are still a lot of obsolete equipment out there that allows multiple inputs but only two tracks recording due to the limited connection (USB 1.1) and design. I am now getting into the mixer/interface combo world, but this would be a more expensive option.

Anyway, good luck in your search for the "perfect" low cost interface. Do your research. Get to know the unit's inputs, connection to the computer, sampling rate, the "bit", quality of the pre-amps, etc. You will need all of this to make a sound decision.

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5.0

It delivers what it promises

By Jozina

from Curitiba, Brazil

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

    I bought a piece which was previously returned to the store. It came in the original box.
    Product appearance was perfect and it worked well.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It will show who you are

    By Bo Fiddly

    from MO

    About Me Novice

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

      It works great. Because I do not know all about recording and mixing I have found welcome tutorial videos. This box is time and money saver, because you can do recording at home and any time of day.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      good product at a great price

      By Redbear5577

      from Holbrook NY

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

        a very good unit for the price easy set-up easy navigation a real keeper for sure

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible product and value

        By Foxx991

        from Lafayette,LA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Voice Over

          Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

          Sonic quality is awesome. Noise floor non-existent!

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          (24 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good but limited....

          By Dr. N

          from Vancouver

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          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Limited Functions
          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

            Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

            Presonus makes good products but they are a bit pricey when compared to the competition, with no apparent reasons for that. They all have pros and cons and similar quality. This unit, for example, is not designed to take line-level inputs, making it a little limiting if you want to connect a drum machine, keyboard, synthesiser or even an electric acoustic guitar with a built-in pre-amp. At least they are honest enough to tell you this in the manual (page 5).

            You would need to buy the 44VSL to be able to connect active instruments, but it would cost you 300. A better option would be the NI Komplete Audio 6 for 230, or the Presonus Firestudio Mobile or the Focusrite Saffire 14 for about 250. These have more line-level connections in their backs.

            The other small units from Mackie, Focusrite and Steinberg also offer the same quality (again, with pros and cons), but their inputs allow for line-level instruments. The Presonus 22 does not. They are also 50 cheaper. Some have Midi connection, others don't. Some offer USB 1.1, while others have USB 2.0. You will need USB 2.0 or Firewire if you plan to record more than two tracks at the same time (if you have more than two inputs, of course). The new Steinberg UR 22 is a great unit for 150, however, it allows the connection of only one guitar without a DI box, i.e., it has only one Hi-Z input.

            At the end, think twice before buying these interfaces. You need to know exactly what you will (or may) be playing and what you want to do while recording. Many of these units were launched years ago, so can we expect some upgrades in terms of hardware soon?!?! I hope so. There are still a lot of obsolete equipment out there that allows multiple inputs but only two tracks recording due to the limited connection (USB 1.1) and design. I am now getting into the mixer/interface combo world, but this would be a more expensive option.

            Anyway, good luck in your search for the "perfect" low cost interface. Do your research. Get to know the unit's inputs, connection to the computer, sampling rate, the "bit", quality of the pre-amps, etc. You will need all of this to make a sound decision.

            Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent, but "rookie" learning curve

            By RW

            from Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

              I have now had this interface and the included Studio One daw software up and running for about four months. It is as advertised. The interface itself is simple, solid, and portable. However some of the reviews here may paint too good a picture of instant success for "rookies" operating the included software for the audiobox and the daw. I have been a musician for years, but the world of recording with mixers etc. was a new adventure for me even though I am completely computer "literate". If you don't have any knowledge or experience in this area, then there is a definite learning curve on how to get started, and then getting your recording sounding good. The answers though,are all out there on the information "superhighway". I purchased a video series online by Groove 3 called Studio One 2 explained which was a big help for the ins and outs of the daw. The Presonus website also provides a lot of supplemental information. I just wish the Studio One manual(which is the "help" menu on the daw) had come with some of that extra information I needed instead of just the bare essentials of how to operate the daw. Nevertheless I found Presonus tech support to be absolutely helpful in answering any questions or problems that I had, whether I contacted them by e-mail or phone. Now that I have learned a lot about this field of recording(and I know I still have a lot more to learn)and learned how to comfortably use the interface and the software, I am having a great time with it and getting some really nice recordings even with my still limited knowledge in this regard. If you want to make some nice recordings with minimal monetary outlay, this is the direction to go.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Poor Drivers Make This Box useless

              By guitarmike

              from Earth

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

              I bought this box to use with a laptop running Sonar8. There where compatibility problems from the very beginning. I was told that I must upgrade to Sonar X1; I did, but problems persisted.

              Very simply, the drivers available make this unit absolutely useless for working with Sonar. I have tried different computers, operating systems, and spent countless hours following instructions from Presonus only to end up with a box that constantly pops and drops out, if it works at all.

              Never could get the midi to work.

              I have worked with many other products and never had problems this frustrating. Very disappointed with Presonus.

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              (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              You need to know a lot about recording

              By Pasigenyo

              from Vallejo, CA

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              Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

              There is probably nothing wrong with this product and it may just be me knowing nothing about recording an acoustic guitar, but after several frustrating attempts to come up with a clean recording, the end product did not not meet my expectations. The recording was almost inaudible, the vaunted presets didn't do anything to make the audio closer to sounding professional. I have produced better recordings with my portable recorder without the numerous cables wrapped around my leg and having to "steal" my daughter's laptop just so I can record with Studio One. I'm sure it's me, but then again I expected the product to help me out - and it didn't.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Product

              By rca6716

              from Louisville, KY

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

                Great Product. Shipped on time as always with Musician's Friend. Had a bit of an issue installing the software on one of my computers. Presonus customer service technician sent an email that fixed it instantly.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very cool

                By TimCrawford

                from Anchorage

                About Me Novice

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • NONE YET

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

                I was recording within one hour of opening the box! Be sure to install the USB drivers before plugging the unit in the first time!!!!! I downloaded all the updates and was off and running!

                The included software Studio One could not have been easier to learn. This was my first experience with any type of recording software. I missed around with the included demos to get my feet wet.

                I will be upgrading to the next model up with 4 mic ports in the near future!

                I installed this on windows 8, laptop with i7 1.2GHZ and 8 gig
                (Older Alienware MX14)

                I would recommend this to any one wanting a decent unit to get into recording.

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