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Same great interface in a sleek black finish.

The PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 USB recording system is an excellent solution for achieving high-quality, professional-sounding recordings no matter where you are. The AudioBox USB is a USB bus-powered audio recording interface loaded with 2 microphone/instrument inputs with 48V phantom power, two balanced TRS outputs, and MIDI I/O so you can stay portable without sacrificing your sound. The AudioBox USB also comes with Studio One Artist music creation and production software which has the same platform and intuitive interface as Studio One Pro but with an unlimited track count so you can start recording right out of the box.

PreSonus Audio has won numerous awards for designing quality microphone preamplifiers for all price levels. The AudioBox USB is loaded with preamps that deliver high headroom, low noise, and high gain to give you pure, full, and rich sound. Most USB recording devices operate at a 16-bit sample rate and use converters with dynamic ranges of less than 90dB which gives you a pinched and relatively small sound. The AudioBox USB, however, uses professional-grade analog to digital converters with a dynamic range of 102dB and 24-bit sample rate so that the digital conversion is big, quiet, and musical, making it one of the best sounding USB bus-powered interface on the market.

The AudioBox USB is bus-powered giving you the flexibility you need with no wall warts, line lumps, or power cables. Just plug in to a powered USB port and you are ready to record. The AudioBox USB is housed in an all-metal chassis with metal knobs able to withstand the rigors of travel and your touring adventures. Just toss the AudioBox USB in your laptop bag and mobilize your music creation and production. Whether you're recording your shows, creating a mix on the plane, or writing songs in your hotel room, the AudioBox is ready to go.

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
Two dual-purpose front-panel input channels, each with high-quality mic preamplifiers
Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range
24-bit resolution and 44.1 and 48 kHz sampling rate
Zero-latency monitoring via internal mixer
Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs

Show off your passion for recording with the black AudioBox 2x2 today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Audio Quality		
Max bit depth: 24-bit
Max sampling rate: 48kHz

Inputs
Total inputs: 2
Analog inputs: 2
Digital inputs: 0
Mic preamps: 2
XLR/TRS combo jacks: 2
XLR only jacks: 0
1/4” only jacks: 0
S/PDIF in: 0
ADAT/optical in: 0
RCA in: 0
AES/EBU DSUB: 0
MADI: No
Dante: 0

Outputs
Total outputs: 2
Analog outputs: 2
Digital outputs: 0
XLR out: 0
1/4” out: 2
S/PDIF out: 0
ADAT/optical out: 0
RCA out: 0
AES / EBU DSUB: 0
MADI: No
Dante: 0

Other Connectivity
Connections: USB
MIDI I/O: In/Out
Headphone output(s): 1
Word-clock I/O: No

Onboard Features
Computer platform: Mac, Windows
Phantom power: Yes
Direct monitoring: Yes
Onboard DSP: No
Metering: No
Display: No
Latency control: Yes
Monitor control: Yes
Headphone control: Yes

Other
Width: 5.5 in.
Height: 5.5 in.
Depth: 1.75 in.
Weight: 5 lb.
Rack-mountable: No
Included software: Yes
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PreSonusAudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System
 
4.2

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (22)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Good audio (19)
  • Durable (18)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (10), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good solution for home recording.

I use the presonus audiobox usb to connect all of my existing music equipment to my computer for quality at-home recordings. The build is solid, mostly metal components. The included Studio One Artist...Read complete review

I use the presonus audiobox usb to connect all of my existing music equipment to my computer for quality at-home recordings. The build is solid, mostly metal components. The included Studio One Artist software is great. I can plug my mics in no problem, and I can either plug my guitar in through my amp's direct out or I can use the Studio One Artist Ampire plugin to plug my guitar directly into the Audiobox. The included 48V phantom power is a nice touch as well. Now that I've figured out how to use it, it's great.

That being said, the instructions included are very limited. They help you install the free software and plug the box in and that's it. I had some problems with latency and delay at first, but after a bit of fiddling around with settings in Studio One and with my Audiobox, I was able to get it to work fairly well. There's a bit of a learning curve with the Audiobox and with Studio One.

Check on the Presonus website if it will work with your setup. I'm running Windows 10 with an AMD A10 processor and 12 GB of RAM. I haven't had any hardware or software compatibility issues.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very bad experience w this

This was supposed to come with the software disc, but it did not. I attempted to download from Presonus several times and when it did not download, I called tech support at Presonus....Read complete review

This was supposed to come with the software disc, but it did not. I attempted to download from Presonus several times and when it did not download, I called tech support at Presonus. Tech support sent me numerous articles and directions to download, but nothing worked! I asked them to send me a disc, explaining the the owner's manual even says it is supposed to have a disc, but they said they could not and that they no longer include them in the package. After numerous attempts to make it work, I called Musicians Friend and requested to send it back for a refund and they told me because it is a software item, it is non-returnable! Now how wrong it that? I tried to reason with the lady, but she did not want to discuss it any further, saying there was nothing she could do!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good solution for home recording.

By Spence

from Utah

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

I use the presonus audiobox usb to connect all of my existing music equipment to my computer for quality at-home recordings. The build is solid, mostly metal components. The included Studio One Artist software is great. I can plug my mics in no problem, and I can either plug my guitar in through my amp's direct out or I can use the Studio One Artist Ampire plugin to plug my guitar directly into the Audiobox. The included 48V phantom power is a nice touch as well. Now that I've figured out how to use it, it's great.

That being said, the instructions included are very limited. They help you install the free software and plug the box in and that's it. I had some problems with latency and delay at first, but after a bit of fiddling around with settings in Studio One and with my Audiobox, I was able to get it to work fairly well. There's a bit of a learning curve with the Audiobox and with Studio One.

Check on the Presonus website if it will work with your setup. I'm running Windows 10 with an AMD A10 processor and 12 GB of RAM. I haven't had any hardware or software compatibility issues.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smart, efficient, inexpensive interface for laptop!

By none

from Middle America

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

    If you're a song writer, buy this. If you use a laptop as an audio sketchbook or as a mobile recording platform, buy this. If you're on a tight budget and need EXCELLENT sound without a bunch of technical hassles, buy this.

    It connects to your computer via USB 1.1, which is pretty old technology, BUT...the MIX KNOB avoids all latency issues (latency is the delay you hear when trying to record a new track in sync with existing DAW tracks). The Mix knob blends the level of your live signal with your existing (pre-recorded) tracks IN REAL TIME, so there's absolutely NO LATENCY. NO AUDIBLE DELAY. That's really, really good.

    For very little money, the PreSonus AudioBox USB gives you pristine audio that's simple to use. And it includes a FREE DOWNLOAD OF PRESONUS STUDIO ONE *ARTIST* (most basic version). That in itself is worth the price. I own other PreSonus gear and software, and frankly, I always buy the PreSonus version of what I need, if it exists. I haven't regretted it yet. The AudioBox USB is yet another smart, well designed PreSonus product.

    Thanks to CONNER in Sales (extension 2115)

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Very bad experience w this

    By Indybandman

    from Fort Myers

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    Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

    This was supposed to come with the software disc, but it did not. I attempted to download from Presonus several times and when it did not download, I called tech support at Presonus. Tech support sent me numerous articles and directions to download, but nothing worked! I asked them to send me a disc, explaining the the owner's manual even says it is supposed to have a disc, but they said they could not and that they no longer include them in the package. After numerous attempts to make it work, I called Musicians Friend and requested to send it back for a refund and they told me because it is a software item, it is non-returnable! Now how wrong it that? I tried to reason with the lady, but she did not want to discuss it any further, saying there was nothing she could do!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible Deal, Very Sturdy & Stylish Workmanship!!!

    By COOL 1NE

    from Columbia, Maryland

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

      I purchased the Presonus Audiobox for use with my Laptop AmpSim Set-up for Solo Performances. However, I can see the Presonus Audiobox replacing the USB Interface that I'm currently using in my Home Studio. For which I paid nearly twice the money. The Presonus Audiobox is very easily set up with Drivers easily loaded. Their focus on the details is evident with the knobs even having notches to allow for easy optimum settings. The Included Studio One Artist Software purchased separately would cost the same that your paying for The Presonus Audiobox. So with this purchase, your actually purchasing a DAW with an Exceptional Free USB Interface, along with many other added features that make this an incredible deal. Bravo Presonus!!!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect for me

      By Bones

      from TN

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

        I use it to record onto my laptop, from a 16 channel powered mixer. It works great. The included software is amazing(studio one 3)
        There's a learning curve to it but great product. You can't go wrong.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        TERRIBLE get another one

        By Stuttenator

        from Oakland, CA

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

          I've worked with other USB devices to great success, but this one is a piece of expletive dog doo. There is a noticeable hiss, which I thought I could deal with in EQ but lately.. after a few uses there is a super loud crackle that isn't coming from any of the chords. Major waste of money of the little money it costs- would almost be better off just using your phone than this device!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          knob detail

          By nada

          from Minnesota

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

            Can't see what level you're on as the mark blends in with the rest of the knob.

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            love it

            By Mouse

            from New Orleans

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

              Boom operator

              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              this is my second buy

              By van Dyck

              from calexico ca.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • the inside parts are fragile

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

              I make recording

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Nightmare to install

              By TD Smith

              from Kentucky

              About Me Professional Musician

              Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

              I've used many daw's and recording devices without problems. This thing is NOT user-friendly at all. I've been screwing around with it for two days with no luck. I'm sure the problem is with some obscure "setting" but it's extremely frustrating. Presonus does not have phone support for this item. Only email support. Close to returning this thing.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great for laying down ideas and building on them

              By Nik

              from Denver CO

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

                I've been able to copy older recordings from other media and enhance them...cool

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Still Figuring Things Out

                By MC

                from Sacramento, CA

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

                  the hardware seems to be working fine, but am still working through a very steep learning curve that comes with the Studio One software. The "routine" install path does not include the required hardware drivers and does not specifically address dealing with them - I assumed the drivers were part of the StudioOne download. Vendor customer support is not at all useful for west coast users who have daytime jobs - they are not available after hours or even early enough for working stiffs. Email support provided links to useless FYI docs.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Not bad! But install was sketchy!

                  By KDCRP

                  from Northern California

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Build Quality
                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Driver Install Buggy

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

                  Once installed the Presonus Audiobox works well. The driver install was sketchy at best, failing 2 times before actually installing. I'm using Windows 8.1 64bit, Six Core AMD FX6200, in a way more than capable PC. Studio One software is NOT in the box or on the install disk. You MUST go to Presonus and sign up/register to obtain a link to download the Studio One software. I find Studio One way easier to use vs Ableton, which like Pro Tools, is a nightmare to figure out.

                  My previous experiences with home recording include using MAudio with Pro Tools, as well as Line 6 TonePort UX2 series with POD software and Ableton Live 5 through 9.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Plug & Play

                  By Donny K

                  from Pottsville PA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

                    I am running an old G5 MAC and I plugged the audiobox interface in and there it was, no problem. No problem until I tried to install the Studio One software that came with the interface. Online specs stated you needed to be running OS 10.4 or better. When I went to the site to download the software it stated to be running OS 10.6 or better. Thankfully Presonus was able to provided me with the older version of the software that was compatible with my computer. Problem solved!

                     
                    5.0

                    Great product for a good price.

                    By JT

                    from Coldwater, MI

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

                      We own two now and they work perfect for our needs.

                       
                      5.0

                      Works great stop bugging me to write a review

                      By E

                      from Central valley

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

                      It was awesome ok!? Stop bugging me with this , works great, delivered quickly. Good stuff?

                       
                      5.0

                      It won't die! Thanks

                      By Rob

                      from NW Florida

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

                        I've been putting this bad boy though it's paces for almost a year now and I must say I am impressed. I love the ease of use, virtually no noise or latency. Great buy for a producer looking for great sound on a ramen noodle budget. Seriously this will get point across in your mix paired with a good set of headphones and studio monitors.

                         
                        4.0

                        Simple but effective. Great little box

                        By My color is Red

                        from Central Nj

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances

                        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

                        Simple solid easy to use 2 channel interface. Perfect for a start up studio, pres are fine for the price. Comes with studioone and enough plugins to get your ideas down. Blend knob is a simple solution to latency issues letting you direct monitor. Phantom power and instrument input. Unless you need more inputs should be perfect for you.

                         
                        5.0

                        working good

                        By Frankie

                        from Rock Island, Tn.

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

                          I was afraid using USB instead of firewire might give me latency issues but so far have only noticed a small amount on vocals and haven't even tweaked the mix dial at all. I have used multitrackers for years and just decided to go computer software so a novice at computer recording but not recording, I am running windows 10 Presonus Studio One Producer and while it requires a lot of study for me the audio box was recognized immediately and sounds really good.

                           
                          5.0

                          So easy and sounds great

                          By Jabba

                          from Maryland

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about PreSonus AudioBox 2x2 Black Edition USB Recording System:

                            Super impressed.
                            Cheap.
                            Sounds great.
                            Very quiet (no noise recordings).
                            No latency (Mix knob is wonderful).
                            Good preamps.
                            Easy to use.
                            Learning curve for Artist One v3 but seems to be great , and FREE with the Audio Box.
                            Loving it.
                            and...thanks MF for a no hassle exchange.

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