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PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Show your passion for sonic quality with this limited edition audio interface.

Now this popular recording system comes in a stylish white color design, but only for a limited engagement. Show your passion for music and recording with this limited edition audio interface from PreSonus.

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 two 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.

FEATURES
  • Stylish limited edition white color design
  • 24-bit/44.1, 48k USB audio recording interface
  • 2 Class A XMAX microphone/instrument preamplifiers
  • 48V phantom power
  • 2 Balanced TRS outputs
  • MIDI input/output
  • Powered via USB

Order this special edition white AudioBox before it’s gone.

SPECIFICATIONS

AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition

  • System Requirements
  • Windows
  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP or Vista
  • Peripherals: Powered USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
  • CPU/Clock: Pentium or Athlon at 900MHz or higher recommended
  • Memory (RAM): 512MB or higher recommended
  • Macintosh
  • OS: OS-X version 10.3.7 or later
  • Peripherals: Powered USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
  • CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4/800MHz or higher recommended
  • Memory (RAM): 512MB or higher recommended
  • Note: The speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) that you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals.
  • System Requirements for Studio One Artist
  • Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher, PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz processor, 1GB RAM
  • Recommended: PowerPC G5 or better or Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon processor or better, 2GB or more RAM
  • Win: Windows XP or Vista, Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 (Turion), 1GB RAM
  • Recommended: Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz EM64T or better or AMD Athlon 64 3000+ or better, 2GB or more RAM
  • Windows and Macintosh Systems: Internet connection, DVD-ROM drive, a monitor resolution no lower than 1024x768 pixels
  • Microphone Preamp
  • Type: XLR female balanced
  • Frequency response (±3.0 dB): 14Hz to 70kHz
  • Input impedance (balanced): 1200 ohms
  • THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz at +4 dBu output, unity gain): < 0.008%
  • EIN (A-weighted, 55dB Gain, 150 ohms Input, 20Hz to 22kHz): -115 dBu
  • S/N ratio (Unity Gain, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20Hz to 22kHz): > 95 dB
  • Common mode rejection ratio (1kHz, 55dB gain): > 45 dB
  • Gain control range (±1dB): 0dB to 35dB
  • Max input level (unity gain, 1 kHz at 0.5% THD+N): -3 dBu
  • Phantom power (±2 VDC): +48 VDC
  • Instrument Input
  • Type: 1/4"
  • TRS female unbalanced input impedance: 0.5 megohm
  • Line Outputs
  • Type: 1/4" TRS
  • Balanced output impedance: 51 megohms
  • Headphone Output
  • Type: 1/4" TRS active stereo
  • Maximum output: 60 mW/Ch at 60 ohm load
  • Frequency Response: (±1.0 dB): 20Hz — 30kHz
  • MIDI I/O
  • Type: Dual 5-pin female DIN
  • Digital Audio
  • ADC dynamic range (Awtd, 48kHz sample rate): 102dB
  • DAC dynamic range (Awtd, 48kHz sample rate): 110dB
  • Bit depth: 24
  • Reference level for 0dBFS: +4 dBu
  • Internal sample frequency selections (kHz): 44.1, 48
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PreSonusAudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition
 
3.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (12)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

  • Unreliable (4)
  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Product

Good product, works well. Took about 4 hours to setup as it took 3:59 to figure out that the USB cord was defective right out of the box. Last thought was to...Read complete review

Good product, works well. Took about 4 hours to setup as it took 3:59 to figure out that the USB cord was defective right out of the box. Last thought was to run down to the computer store for a new cord and that ended up working.

Probably wouldn't buy another Presonus product because of that. But the Audiobox works well once you toss away their defective cable they clearly tried to save money on.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Couldn't get it to work

I got this unit, and despite repeated discussions with the Presonus tech support, they were never able to get this unit working with my PC, which is new and met all requirements stated...Read complete review

I got this unit, and despite repeated discussions with the Presonus tech support, they were never able to get this unit working with my PC, which is new and met all requirements stated by the units specs. I uninstalled and re-installed the drivers countless times at their suggestion, and no luck. I went back and forth with them over and over, and still to this day have not been able to record one note on the Presonus USB, and tech support could not get the unit to work, or explain why it wouldn't work, and refused to refund me. I would gladly buy from Musicians Friend, but never from PreSonus again, because at the end of the day, I ended up with a paperweight. It really got my start in computer based recording off on a bad note. They marketed it as an easy to use unit, just plug and play, and it was anything but that.

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3.0

Needs warranty work right out of the box

By Jtkeys

from Rochester, NY

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition:

I posted "Unreliable" only because it doesn't stay connected to PreSonus' StudioOne software and I had to send it to them for warranty work. It does work very well with MainStage and Garage Band. PreSonus claims they were tracking a group of these units with this issue. Wish I new that ahead of time.....
Not my first PreSonus product to go back for warranty work...
Not sure if I'd recommend at this time.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good product - easy setup

By guitaric60

from Kansas City, MO

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition:

    Bought the unit on sale. I like the "universal" input jack. Controls are straightforward. Integrates seamlessly with existing software on my mac. Pretty good sound. I got the unit so I could quickly record ideas for songs, and it fits that bill perfectly.

    Comment on this review

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Did not work at all

    By Popoman

    from St. Louis

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact

    Cons

    • Pc Did Not Recognize

    Best Uses

    • Paperweight

    Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition:

    Recieved a "USB device not recognized" error on two different computers. The driver installation program is flawed in that you have to have the unit plugged into the computer when it installs them, but the computer won't recognize the unit in order to install the drivers. Sent it back.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Would not work with my Windows 7 system

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Problems With Drivers
      • Unreliable
      • Would Not Connect

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition:

      Simply would not interface with my Windows 7 system (Toshiba laptop, Core i3, 4 gigs RAM). I ended up buying the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and am extremely pleased with that setup.

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Satisfied!!

      By MusicDaily!!

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition:

        Does exactly what I needed,Easily Installed!!

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Product

        By MD

        from WA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition:

              Good product, works well. Took about 4 hours to setup as it took 3:59 to figure out that the USB cord was defective right out of the box. Last thought was to run down to the computer store for a new cord and that ended up working.

              Probably wouldn't buy another Presonus product because of that. But the Audiobox works well once you toss away their defective cable they clearly tried to save money on.

              Comment on this review

              (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Couldn't get it to work

              By Guitar player

              from NJ

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition:

                  I got this unit, and despite repeated discussions with the Presonus tech support, they were never able to get this unit working with my PC, which is new and met all requirements stated by the units specs. I uninstalled and re-installed the drivers countless times at their suggestion, and no luck. I went back and forth with them over and over, and still to this day have not been able to record one note on the Presonus USB, and tech support could not get the unit to work, or explain why it wouldn't work, and refused to refund me. I would gladly buy from Musicians Friend, but never from PreSonus again, because at the end of the day, I ended up with a paperweight. It really got my start in computer based recording off on a bad note. They marketed it as an easy to use unit, just plug and play, and it was anything but that.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The Best Audio Interface For The Price !

                  By CVD13 Entertainment

                  from Cleveland, Ohio

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • 441khz 48khz
                  • Class A Xmax Preamps
                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Mixer Playback
                  • Usb powered
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition:

                  The Presonus AudioBox USB is all you need! If you need the extra pre monitor mix with the VSL software then you may want to look into the 22VSL. In addition the 22VSL has a usb 2.0 interface for better latency and VSL monitoring. If your debating between the Audiobox and the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2...get the AudioBox! Why...the Scarlett lacks MIDI and the additional mixer playback to allow you to hear either more input or computer audio...it is vital to have a great premix for monitoring. Although the Audio has USB 1.1, it can still give you great latency with 256 buffer/20ms or below! Your best audio DAW and driver performance will come from reducing your OS resources decreasing CPU core and RAM utilization. The Presonus AudioBox for this price is unbeatable...the preamps are class A XMAX that are like Focusrite, Yamaha D-Pre's, or Mackie Onyx preamps. I researched them all and I am happy with both of my Presonus AudioBox USB boxes! Plus you get the StudioOne V2 Artist DAW for free with up to 5 activations...what other software does that!

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect

                  By 2ndfret

                  from Akron, Ohio

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Perfect With A Mac

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Laying Tracks Dow

                    Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition:

                    This unit does exactly what it is supposed to do. Straight audio in, no latency issues, perfect for recording guitars, keys and vocal tracks.

                    Easy to use. No additional power supply needed.

                    For the price, this is a great buy. You can spend much more and you couldn't tell the difference.

                    Overall: great buy!!

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Had it for 2 years

                    By Scott

                    from Mcalester, OK

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 Audio Recording Interface Limited Edition:

                        I have been playing music since reel to reel was the only thing available. Getting this product,and learning how to use it has been a lot of fun. The sound is superior to anything a hand held will produce although when I got the large diaphram condenser things got even better. As the sales for Studio One came along I have upgraded and am quite happy w/ the program. Having a treated room to record in makes a huge difference as well. It's hard to go wrong w/ this given the box and a laptop equal recording in the field. There is a lot online on how to use this product (see youtube) as well as some good books. I came to this product w/ a good idea of how to do live sound and what the different processors did.

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