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PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System  

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Portable USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface lets you record four tracks simultaneously and offers near-zero-latency dynamics processing.

The AudioBox 44VSL is the second model in 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.

Furthermore, thanks to the power of VSL, the AudioBox 44VSL includes an 8x4 software mixer. As a result, with just an AudioBox 44VSL and your laptop or other computer running VSL, you can mix a studio session or a live show featuring, say, a guitar duo with vocals, a small band, a DJ rig with mixer and stereo synthesizer, or a panel discussion—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.

To top it off, while the classic PreSonus AudioBox USB is a fine-sounding unit, the new AudioBox VSL series sounds even better, with 24-bit, 96 kHz recording and top-of-the-line PreSonus XMAX preamps.

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 PresSonus have 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
Compact and rugged, the AudioBox 44VSL offers two convenient front-panel mic/instrument combo inputs and two mic/instrument combo inputs, global phantom power, and a total of six 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 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. We only use 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.

Built for the rigors of the road
PreSonus gear has a well-earned reputation for extreme roadworthiness, and the AudioBox 44VSL is no exception. It employs a heavy-duty steel case that is every bit as rugged as that of the smaller AudioBox 22VSL and 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 it fits in a half-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, ProSonus 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 44VSL interface works with virtually all Mac and Windows audio-recording software. And unlike most things nowadays, it’s very easy on your budget.

So get the next-generation USB 2.0 interface that gives you real-time, low-latency effects; rock-solid construction; software mixing; and high-end audio for low-end prices: AudioBox 44VSL!

FEATURES
  • 24-bit/96kHz, 4x4, USB 2.0 recording interface
  • 4 Class A XMAX mic / instrument preamps
  • 2 instrument inputs
  • 2 balanced line inputs
  • Balanced main L/R outputs
  • 4 balanced line outputs
  • Near-zero-latency monitoring with full effects and processing thanks to…
  • VSL (Virtual Studio Live): 8 x 4 ultra-low-latency software mixer with StudioLive 16.0.2 Fat Channel dynamics processing and EQ for each analog input and DAW return, plus two stereo effects buses with reverb and delay
  • Over 50 Fat Channel processor presets for enhancing instrument and vocal recordings
  • Analog monitor mixing with playback / input mix-control knob
  • Clip lights for each channel
  • USB Sync LED
  • MIDI I/O
  • Headphone amplifier
  • Globally switchable phantom power
  • Rugged metal chassis
  • Rack-mountable in ½-rack space
  • External 12 VDC power supply included
  • Includes Studio One Artist software with unlimited track count and over 4GB of third-party resources

Recording without effects is like playing a video game blindfolded. Order an AudioBox 44VSL today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System

  • Minimum computer-system requirements:
  • Windows
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Turion) (2.8 GHz or faster recommended)
  • 1GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
  • Macintosh
  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later (32- and 64-bit)
  • Intel Core 1 Solo 1.5 GHz processor (Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon processor recommended)
  • 1GB RAM (2 GB 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 - 22kHz, ±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: -15dB to +65dB
  • Input Max Headroom: +21 dBu, < 0.5% THD
  • Input Impedance: 10k ohm
  • Phantom Power: +48 VDC, 10mA total
  • Line Inputs:
  • Connector Type: Combo, 1/4" TRS, female, balanced
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 22kHz, ±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 -20 dB to +20 dB
  • 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, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22kHz BW, A-wtd
  • S/N Ratio: 89dB, +4dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22kHz BW, A-wtd
  • 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 @ 60Ω load
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz, ±0.5dB, max gain
  • THD+N: 0.01%, 1kHz, max gain, 20kHz BW, A-wtd
  • S/N Ratio: 90 dB, 1kHz, max gain, 20kHz BW, unwtd
  • Power:
  • External Power Adapter: +12VDC, 1A, center-positive
  • Connector Type Barrel: 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, 48 kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • Latency: 2.8 ms - 6 ms, analog in to out
  • MIDI I/O: 5-pin DIN connectors
  • Physical
  • 1/2U rack-mountable (screw-mount to standard rack tray, not included)
  • Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
  • Weight 2.6 lb. (1.2 kg)
  • 12VDC external power supply (included)
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PreSonusAudiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System
 
4.0

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Compact (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (6)
    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Performances (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    AMAZING!

    The interface is amazing for the price! 4 inputs with realtime no delay effects thanks to the VST. wow. the Quality of this box is amazing. I"m using audiobox software 1.2.1 and...Read complete review

    The interface is amazing for the price! 4 inputs with realtime no delay effects thanks to the VST. wow. the Quality of this box is amazing. I"m using audiobox software 1.2.1 and have no problems at all.

    Tips

    your daw buffer size is very important to your recordings, for this box and its actual capabilities, unless you have a 8 or 12 core computer.. keep your daw buffer at absolute min of 256... i use 512 on a 2011 mac mini, and have crystal clear audio. recordings if i keep to 48000 kHz or under.

    Second big tip, don't software monitor in your daw if you are using the VSL effects live monitoring. if you do you create two monitoring streams. So one or the other, VSL or DAW, for input monitoring. ... But use your VSL because it is zero latency.

    I am very happy with this device & I am switching all my recording equipment and software to Presonus.

    Presonus is a company that really cares about the music and products they make. There is a reason why when you go to their web site, its not your average company that hides behind the corporate structure. Their faces are all over the website, and you can clearly see these guys love what they do.

    Also check out the great youtube videos right from the presonus guys.

    I tried studio one and love it to. Comes with the Artist level of the daw. I am blown away by it. Its a treat to use it. I will be upgrading to professional to take advantage of the full features especially the mastering project side of it.

    I had read a review somewhere that they complained of the lack of VST support... My take is that is uncalled for. Studio one is not garage band, it is a pro recording DAW. The artist series is to obviously get you in the door and familiar and in my case addicted to Studio One and Presonus. I am glad to actually PAY for an amazing DAW that is frequently updated and improved on. Nimbit was an UPDATE and plug in, which is revolutionary for a DAW, just one example.

    All I have to say is THANKS to presonus, and keep it up!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    VSL software yields clicks and pops

    VSL software should provide near-zero latency while recording. However, the known problem of VSL creating clicks and pops makes this unusable for the vsl feature. Just a nice 4-input system. Not much...Read complete review

    VSL software should provide near-zero latency while recording. However, the known problem of VSL creating clicks and pops makes this unusable for the vsl feature. Just a nice 4-input system. Not much more. Very disappointing.

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    5.0

    Starting over? Start here...

    By A Lost Soul

    from Bergen County, New Jersey

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • 1st Song In 10 Hours
    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Installed Quick
    • Lightweight
    • Moderately Easy To Set Up
    • Super Effects Graphics
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

      I haven't had a home studio in 10 years.... This set up was extremely easy to install and is a lot more than I expected... It will do everything you need with a little studying... I am working with the Artist version but have a feeling I will upgrade to the professional one soon...

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      5.0

      Very Good Preamps

      By k9

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

        Had over a littler a month and so far so good...

        Amazing sound...

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        5.0

        A Solid piece of great USB2.0 Interface

        By hadzimurad

        from N Hollywood, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • 4 Inputs 4 Dawsame Time
        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • No Noise At All
        • Very Strong Preamp

        Cons

        • Hi Price But Worthy

        Best Uses

        • Mobile Recordingeq'ing
        • Performances

        Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

        We currently use this piece of equipment to record on the go. It works very well and very reliable. the software included the VSL 44 utility with Gate/ Compression and EQ's for 4 channels + 4 DAWs. All of them are stereo and can be set Solo in mono if wanted. The graphic interface of each individual parameter is awsome. they can be tweaked using the PC mouse in ea of the graphic spectrum. This can be offered in DAW Plug-in but with the VSL- virtual Studio Live- it is there for you to play around with. And to me they all works more than expected. Besides, it has 30 FAT channel to modify your recording and playback on the go. i think PreSonus is doing very good job in design this 44VSL interface. So long, this is a solid piece of mobile recording equipment and any serious recording Artist or ProAudio engineer should be considered to acquire in their professional musical gear box. Thanks for reading!

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        once fixed, its unstopable

        By homehardbody

        from hawaii

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • EXCELLENT SOUND
        • Great preamps
        • Lightweight
        • Robust
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Came With Bad Driver

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Live Projects
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

        so first off, im hearing a lot of gripes from these other guys about the pops and the clicks but Presonus made a mistake of employing a lacky on the driver software creation. Needless to say it made a bad first impression when I bought the thing. but I knew presonus wasn't letting its customers down due to a driver problem. they finally made the new driver version and I downloaded it immediately. AND NOW, the 44vsl is the heart of my studio. It is completely reliable and I'm loving the new sound I'm getting. Always remember to check for the latest versions of drivers for your devices before you make that second trip to the store ok guys

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Buyer beware

        By PresonusBrick

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

          Buyer beware on this product. There is a known problem where the output constantly drops out. Do research in the Presonus Forums before proceeding. The consensus is to buy Focusrite or the Presonus 1818 instead.

          http://forums.presonus.com/forums/show/45.page

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          VSL software yields clicks and pops

          By Eschers Enigma

          from New York

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Limited Functions
          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

          VSL software should provide near-zero latency while recording. However, the known problem of VSL creating clicks and pops makes this unusable for the vsl feature. Just a nice 4-input system. Not much more. Very disappointing.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Incredibly Disappointing

          By Strat

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Glitchy
            • Pricey / Poor Value
            • Terrible Customer Support
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • BOAT ANCHOR
            • Door stop
            • Garden Ornament

            Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

            I wanted to love Presonus. I purchased this unit with high expectations and was severely disappointed with the results. It functioned correctly for exactly 4 days before becoming useless. Customer support only pointed me to forum posts which solved nothing. I waited for an hour on hold before being put through to a voicemail. I'll speak with them one last time before returning the unit and becoming the most outspoken advocate against presonus the Internet has ever seen.

            Comment on this review

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Couldn't be happier!

            By Tatum Studios

            from Minnesota

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Recording

              Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

              WOW, presonus you have done a great job with this 4 channel interface! The evening my entire studio arrived from Musicians Friend, I dove right in and starting setting up. I was truly amazed how easy the software was to install and I was recording right away. The Pots on this thing are bullet proof, and I watched a video of a car driving over this thing to show how strong the case is.....it REALLY is! It has nice boots that keeps it place, 48v phantom power for your DI boxes and microphones, XLR and 1/4 inputs, great sound quality, and just simply looks great. For a singer/songwriter looking to capture ideas, and create overdubs and layer....this is the interface for you! Oh....and of coarse I dig that the Phones volume goes to 11!

              Comment on this review

              (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome Interface!

              By Funnel

              from Melbourne,FL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

                I've owned this interface for some time now and it has performed wonderfully. Didn't have any issues at all installing, The VSL software is easy to use and sounds great,the preamps are low-noise high-headroom, loud outputs including headphone jack(but all very clear)good sturdy build, nice look and feel on the knobs. The included artist version of Studio One(which would be 2.5 at this point0, has more than enough tools to help you turn out great sounding tracks. If your leaning towards this unit just buy it, you won't regret it.

                Comment on this review

                (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AMAZING!

                By njd

                from Ontario, Canada

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Cost
                • Durable
                • Inputs
                • Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about PreSonus Audiobox 44VSL USB 2.0 Recording System:

                  The interface is amazing for the price! 4 inputs with realtime no delay effects thanks to the VST. wow. the Quality of this box is amazing. I"m using audiobox software 1.2.1 and have no problems at all.

                  Tips

                  your daw buffer size is very important to your recordings, for this box and its actual capabilities, unless you have a 8 or 12 core computer.. keep your daw buffer at absolute min of 256... i use 512 on a 2011 mac mini, and have crystal clear audio. recordings if i keep to 48000 kHz or under.

                  Second big tip, don't software monitor in your daw if you are using the VSL effects live monitoring. if you do you create two monitoring streams. So one or the other, VSL or DAW, for input monitoring. ... But use your VSL because it is zero latency.

                  I am very happy with this device & I am switching all my recording equipment and software to Presonus.

                  Presonus is a company that really cares about the music and products they make. There is a reason why when you go to their web site, its not your average company that hides behind the corporate structure. Their faces are all over the website, and you can clearly see these guys love what they do.

                  Also check out the great youtube videos right from the presonus guys.

                  I tried studio one and love it to. Comes with the Artist level of the daw. I am blown away by it. Its a treat to use it. I will be upgrading to professional to take advantage of the full features especially the mastering project side of it.

                  I had read a review somewhere that they complained of the lack of VST support... My take is that is uncalled for. Studio one is not garage band, it is a pro recording DAW. The artist series is to obviously get you in the door and familiar and in my case addicted to Studio One and Presonus. I am glad to actually PAY for an amazing DAW that is frequently updated and improved on. Nimbit was an UPDATE and plug in, which is revolutionary for a DAW, just one example.

                  All I have to say is THANKS to presonus, and keep it up!

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