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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.

FEATURES
  • 24-bit/44.1, 48k USB audio recording interface in a black enclosure
  • 2 Class A XMAX microphone/instrument preamplifiers
  • 48V phantom power
  • 2 balanced TRS outputs
  • MIDI input/output
  • Powered via USB
  • AudioBox 1.2 software update adds USB 3.0 compatibility and enhanced Windows integration
  • Included 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

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Black Audiobox 2x2 USB Recording System

  • 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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PreSonusBlack Audiobox 2x2 USB Recording System
 
4.1

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (19)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Durable (17)
  • Good audio (16)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (9), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Smart, efficient, inexpensive interface for laptop!

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...Read complete review

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)

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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5.0

So easy and sounds great

By Jeff B.

from Bozman , MD

About Me Experienced

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about PreSonus Black Audiobox 2x2 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.

     
    4.0

    good interface

    By M Ellis

    from suffolk va

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about PreSonus Black Audiobox 2x2 USB Recording System:

      all good.

      (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 Black Audiobox 2x2 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.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I will refer this product to others.

      By Mike

      from Pa

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about PreSonus Black Audiobox 2x2 USB Recording System:

        Very simple to connect. Price was good. Shipping quick.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for laying down ideas and building on them

        By Beckole

        from Denver

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about PreSonus Black Audiobox 2x2 USB Recording System:

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

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Smart, efficient, inexpensive interface for laptop!

          By no nickname

          from Middle America

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about PreSonus Black Audiobox 2x2 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)

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            knob detail

            By nada

            from Minnesota

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about PreSonus Black Audiobox 2x2 USB Recording System:

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

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good solution for home recording.

              By Spence

              from Utah

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about PreSonus Black Audiobox 2x2 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.

              (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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              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about PreSonus Black Audiobox 2x2 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.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                love it

                By Mouse

                from New Orleans

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about PreSonus Black Audiobox 2x2 USB Recording System:

                  Boom operator

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