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PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System   

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High-quality pres and pro-grade A/D conversion turn your laptop into a powerful recording rig.

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, 2 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
  • 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
  • Studio One Artist Software:
  • Elegant, single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
  • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  • Automatic delay compensation
  • Advanced automation
  • 32-bit audio processing
  • Easy-to-use sidechain routing
  • Stunning virtual instruments
  • User-friendly sampler
  • Most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available
  • Realtime audio timestretching and resampling
  • K-System metering
  • Compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-, or Core Audio-compliant audio interface
  • Works with key commands from Pro Tools, Cubase, and Logic.
  • Native Effects 32-bit effects library with 20 dynamics processors, reverbs, modulations effects, amp simulators, etc.
  • Ampire - Amplifier-Modeling
  • Auto Filter - Envelope Filter
  • Beat Delay - Tempo-Synchronized Delay
  • Binaural Pan - Stereo Panning Effect
  • Channel Strip - Dynamics Processing and Equalizer
  • Chorus - Mono/Stereo Chorus
  • Compressor - Mono/Stereo Variable Compressor
  • Flanger - Stereo/Mono Flanger
  • Limiter - Mono/Stereo Limiter
  • Mixtool - Phase and MS Utility
  • MixVerb - Mono/Stereo Reverb
  • Phase Meter phase-correlation analysis
  • Phaser mono/stereo phaser
  • Pro EQ 7-band parametric EQ
  • Red Light Distortion distortion processor
  • Room Reverb stereo/mono room reverb
  • Spectrum Meter frequency analyzer
  • Tricomp 3-band compressor
  • Tuner instrument tuner
  • X-Trem mono/stereo tremolo
  • Four virtual instruments
  • Impact Sample Trigger Drum Instrument with 32 drum kits by Ueberschall
  • Presence Sample Player Virtual Instrument with 200 sampled instruments by Digital Sound Factory
  • SampleOne Sampler Virtual Instrument
  • Mojito Analog-Modeling Subtractive Synthesizer
  • Native Instruments Kore Player with 150 instruments
  • Native Instruments Guitar Rig LE
SPECIFICATIONS

AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System

  • 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 USB Recording System
 
3.7

(based on 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (19)

66%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (22)
  • Good audio (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Durable (18)
  • Lightweight (14)

Cons

  • Unreliable (9)
  • Limited functions (6)
  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (22)
  • Home studio (19)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (11), Novice (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Interface!

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a professional this is a fantastic interface that every musician and producer should have in their recording tool kit.
I have a degree in Audio...Read complete review

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a professional this is a fantastic interface that every musician and producer should have in their recording tool kit.
I have a degree in Audio Engineering and Music production. This interface is an incredible piece of equipment. I have had no problems what so ever with it and have had fantastic results!
Well built, and laid out. Easy to set up and use.
For the price you can't beat it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty Good Unit!

The Audiobox USB is, for the price, a pretty decent piece of equipment. Recordings are clear and have fairly good quality. For my use, I only use the Audiobox for rough recording...Read complete review

The Audiobox USB is, for the price, a pretty decent piece of equipment. Recordings are clear and have fairly good quality. For my use, I only use the Audiobox for rough recording on the go or when inspiration strikes, as the the quality is only demo worthy at best. Don't get me wrong- this interface is the absolute best out there for the price! For what I purchased this unit for, it cant be beaten. It is also very durable and easy to set up. I can just throw this in my bag and head out whenever needed. One of my only complaints for this unit is that when I have it hooked up to my new MacBook Pro, and the charger is also plugged in, you can not get a clean recording. There is all kind of hissing a cracking going one. I played around with all kinds of settings in Logic but none worked out. Later I was using the Audiobox as a live MIDI interface and just during practice, I ran a click track through my IPhone 5 (also while it was charging) and same thing, hiss and cracks everywhere. I took the charger out and it sounded fine. This is what leads me to believe that it is a problem with the unit, not my software. Overall great sounding unit with basic features to get the job done. Unless the problem that I encountered would be a major set back for you, I would say get the unit. Noting better for the price.

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2.0

Hard to work with a mac

By thebigempire

from Hot

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

I got this to have a light recording rig for live shows, buddies house ect. They claim (PreSonus) that this is a core audio device and will work with the new mac's and they will, sort of. At first it wouldn't work at all with my new MacBook Pro. I tried three different usb cables and nothing, so I called PreSonus, don't call PreSonus you don't talk to them just their cattle shoot phone people, and they claimed that it was my Mac. So i tried it on my guitar players older iMac and bam, worked great. So did some digging and the only thing really different was that his Mac was usb 2.0 and mine is 3.0. So hours of surfing and days later I find just about everyone in my place has the same issue with no solution, so back to PreSonus. They still claim that their device works with usb 3.0 just fine (it doesn't) and it must be my machine. Then when all hope was lost I happened upon someone out there with a solution, can't remember the name but I still give them the credit. If you take a usb 2.0 extension cable or multi point interface and plug it into the 3.0 port in the Mac and then the cable from the PerSonus to the extension it works, sometimes. Still it's hit or miss and I never know witch it will be and it never quite works right plugged in like this. I still can't use 2 mics at once, but I can plug my guitar in direct and use a mic at the same time, weird hun. But it works great on older Mac's and PC's.

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5.0

Excellent for home studio use.

By Steve at Frogstory

from Dover, NH

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

    Front panel is well designed. PreSonus form has good tips on optimizing the computer for it, and offering advice on usage.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is some cool stuff

    By Bruce

    from Chandler AZ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • High Tech
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

      I bought this to try home recording. I've been subscribing to The Recording Revolution for a while but I didn't have the gear to do anything. This AudioBox solved that mostly, and I just did my first session with my new toy. I did break down and buy another computer. My old Dell XP with 1 GB of Ram was not enough. And I had other priorities - new house, sewer problems, new truck, brake problems, etc - so it took me a few weeks to get around to it. Bottom line: it takes some work to figure it out. It is not as intuitive as I would like, and the manual is too nerd-techy for an old geezer like me. But it works, and it's cool stuff.

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      4.0

      Fun Recording Interface

      By turbo07748

      from Port St. Joe, Florida

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

        I like the discounted price and free delivery. This item has been getting great reviews so I figured I'd try it. The software has to be updated - that takes a while. You can get a free upgrade to Vol. #3 on the web site.

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        5.0

        Great solution

        By King Author

        from Arizona

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

          My desktop - with a Mia Midi Echo sound card - had been having problems for a while, and finally conked out. I didn't want to mess with it anymore, and hoped there was an easy way to record with my Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet. The Dell's audio is primitive, but the Presonus Audiobox USB allows me to record everything (including midi data) through the Dell's USB port. The Presonus controls are simple, but intuitive and powerful. The inputs accept mic or guitar cables in the same hole, and the sound is excellent. I'm back in the recording business for much less than I would've had to pay to get the desktop working again.

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          4.0

          Great Product to learn digital Recording!

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          By D. Brown

          from Alabama

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Digital Recorder

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

          This is a great way to get into digital recording! It was easy to set up and install.
          I had to download the driver online because the disc would not install it!
          I am satisfied with this purchase because of all you get with the price!
          The Presonus Artist software that comes with it is great!

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          4.0

          Great product and great value for the price!

          By Soul man

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

            I'm a novice but it was pretty easy to set-up and operate. It's a great product for the price!

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            4.0

            usb port is better than thru soundcard

            By james

            from north carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

            works well with any recording program I have used.

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            1.0

            DONT BUY!

            By WASTE

            from ILLINOIS

            Pros

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

                DONT BUY! i was sent 2 and both were bad! warranty does not help because they will avoid replacing product! BEWARE!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love it.

                By DudeWithNoLife

                from Birrmingham Alabama

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB 2X2 USB Recording System:

                I have had this for years now, and it hasn't failed me yet. It's lightweight, well built, has great sound quality and it's easy to use. It doesn't have dozens of features, but it's more than enough if you're just starting out, need a backup unit, or on the go.

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