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PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface

You Pay: $94.99
Product Highlights
  • 2 Input/2 Output
  • Portable
  • USB 1.1 or 2.0
  • Studio One Artist Software Bundle
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

The AudioBox from Presonus is a two-channel USB computer audio interface. It utilizes high-grade components to ensure optimum performance and features 24-bit converters that sample at 44.1 or 48kHz, two high-quality PreSonus microphone preamps with switchable 48V phantom power, MIDI I/O and solid drivers.

The interface is bundled with the Studio One Artist DAW software for Mac OS X, and Windows and includes 20 PreSonus Native Effects plug-ins and virtual instruments and third-party loops, software and instrument sounds.

24-bit/44.1, 48kHz USB audio recording interface bundled with PreSonus Studio One Artist
Two Class-A XMAX microphone/instrument preamps
Switchable 48V phantom power
Balanced 1/4" TRS phone outputs
Headphone output (1/4" TRS) with dedicated volume control
MIDI input and output
All metal chassis ready to withstand the rigors of the road
Powered via the USB bus
Frequency Response 14Hz to 70kHz
Input Impedance 1.2kΩ
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.008%
Signal to Noise Ratio >95dB
Connectors 2 x XLR/TRS Combo Inputs (1 Mic, 1 Line)
2 x MIDI Connectors (1 In, 1 Out)
1 x 1/4" Stereo Main Out (2 Jacks)
1 x 1/4" Headphone Jack
1 x USB Connector
Power USB Bus-Powered
Phantom Power +48V
System Requirements PC:
Pentium or Athlon 900MHz or higher (1.5GHz or higher recommended)
Windows XP, Vista or 7
1GB or more
Powered USB 1.1 or 2.0 port

Mac:
PowerPC G4 800MHz or higher (Dual 1GHz G5 or higher recommended)
OS X 10.3.7, 10.4.x, 10.5.x or later
1GB or more
Powered USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.5 x 5.5 x 1.75" (140 x 140 x 44mm)
Weight 5 lbs (2.3kg)
PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface
  • 6' USB Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Studio One Artist
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PreSonusAudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface
     
    3.8

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    78%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Excellent sound (12)
    • Low distortion (8)
    • Versatile (7)
    • Good power output (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (10)
      • Home studio (10)
      • Professional recording (7)
      • Performances (5)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      AUDIO RECORDING AT IT'S BEST

      I purchased this devise and hooked it up to a handheld ENG Mic and didn't work. Then I paired it with the Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone and wow. I can't believe the quality...Read complete review

      I purchased this devise and hooked it up to a handheld ENG Mic and didn't work. Then I paired it with the Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone and wow. I can't believe the quality this thing puts out. Phantom power, mixer control, MIDI inputs and outputs. This little fella is a keeper. As for the software that came with it. I don't like it, very difficult to learn, and to print the audio you have to upgrade for $$$, not worth it, and it also acted goofy in my G5 MAC. However MAC Users don't need any drivers or software so no issue for us, PC Users: Good Luck! I used it with Soundtrack Pro for vocals and voice overs and I love it.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      WARNING! CROSSTALK AND FEEDBACK!

      The overall construction of this interface is solid and for very basic recording of vocal and guitar tracks, it probably works fine.

      But be warned! The zero latency feature of this...Read complete review

      The overall construction of this interface is solid and for very basic recording of vocal and guitar tracks, it probably works fine.

      But be warned! The zero latency feature of this interface is made possible by a direct analog connection between the inputs and the outputs. In short that means that you CAN NOT use this interface for any sort of mobile measurement system (SMAART) or any other application where you don't want the inputs being sent to the outputs. Even at the lowest monitor setting, the inputs are routed directly to the main outputs at a fairly high level. There are plenty of applications where you might want the interface outputs playing one thing (test signal, backing track, etc) while simply recording the inputs to the computer. Trying to do that with this interface will result in skewed measurements at best and feedback at the worst. Very poor showing on the part of PreSonus not to include a simple switch that completely disconnects the inputs from the outputs.

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      5.0

      Solid Audio Interface

      By expensivetoys

      from California

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

        Great product at a great price.. i have had no complaints and the build quality is excellent. I have PreSonus studio monitors and Sennheiser HD 380's connected- works flawlessly. Make sure you check PreSonus updates page on the website for your product to get current drivers/updates.

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        2.0

        WARNING! CROSSTALK AND FEEDBACK!

        By Byron Flagg

        from Millbury, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Crosstalk
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Unnecessary Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

        The overall construction of this interface is solid and for very basic recording of vocal and guitar tracks, it probably works fine.

        But be warned! The zero latency feature of this interface is made possible by a direct analog connection between the inputs and the outputs. In short that means that you CAN NOT use this interface for any sort of mobile measurement system (SMAART) or any other application where you don't want the inputs being sent to the outputs. Even at the lowest monitor setting, the inputs are routed directly to the main outputs at a fairly high level. There are plenty of applications where you might want the interface outputs playing one thing (test signal, backing track, etc) while simply recording the inputs to the computer. Trying to do that with this interface will result in skewed measurements at best and feedback at the worst. Very poor showing on the part of PreSonus not to include a simple switch that completely disconnects the inputs from the outputs.

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        1.0

        Didn't Work with New Windows 8

        By David

        from Collinsville IL

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

        Didn't plug and play with Windows 8. Known problem by PreSonus and at the time the only fix was to send in interface. We went with the FocusRite and it worked perfectly (update drivers needed)

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        I would not recommending this product

        By Francis

        from Hawaii

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • None

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Poor Tech Support

        Best Uses

          Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

          I needed to install the device on a Windows 7 laptop. I kept getting "Unknown Device" errors. I then tried reloading my laptop but got the same errors. Called PreSonus technical support. Stayed on hold for over 30 minutes. Then got a notification to submit my request and they would respond back. Never got a call for three days. Finally got a e-mail response which gave some solutions to try which none of them worked. Asked tech support to escalate this request as if I can't get it to work I would need to send back to B&H. No response to date. It has been over a week. Product is not very good since you have to load drivers to get it to interface with a PC.

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          4.0

          Good enough

          By Jake

          from New York, NY

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

            I normally have to turn the mic levels all the way up to get a readable sound. It could be the microphone, but I would love some more leeway there. Regardless, it works and sounds great.

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            4.0

            Works as advertised!

            By Vino

            from Birmingham, AL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Needs XLR Output

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

            Purchased these for our Radio Studio to use for recording and playing spots for fill.
            They arrived quickly, set up was extremely easy, and they work as advertised.

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            5.0

            Excellent Audio box

            By Moshe Steiner

            from Israel

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion

            Cons

            • Not cheap

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

            Easy to install; no need to open your PC. all done via USB connectivity.
            Simple driver install. Great sound quality.

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            4.0

            Solid, simple, sounds good.

            By bjsalami

            from Oshawa, ON

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

              I use this to record into a laptop. It's small and bus-powered. It sounds good, isn't noisy and is easy to use. Installation was a little annoying, but easy.

              It comes bundled with the "artist" version of Presonus's Studio One DAW, which is pretty excellent and naturally integrates well. The artist version has one huge limitation - no VSTs. But it comes with a lot of effects already, upgrading is cheaper than most other DAW software costs, and you can obviously use whatever other software you prefer.

              Overall, nothing to complain about - it's inexpensive, it sounds good, it seems well-built, it's very easy to use, and it takes XLR, Line, or Instruments in either of its inputs. Phantom power is on or off for both inputs at the same time, but you can't expect much else at this price.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Clean sound and wide frequency response.

              By PommyBass

              from New Jersey

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

              • Software installation

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

              I came to this item by a long route. Low cost 16 bit USB interfaces gave a thin weak sound. Other 24 bit interfaces had clicks, pops and dropouts due to software incompatibility with my hardware or software. (After 9 months I never resolved these.) So eventually I got the Presonus unit. Software appeared to instal from website OK, but no icons added to desktop. Helpdesk advised there is no separate application, just launch your DAW and change USB settings from in there. Sound is just flawless. Bass is so deep I had to go back over old recordings and cut off below 75Hz. TRS inputs are for instruments only, so use the XLR for line in.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Product!

              By BigBarn8

              from Palm Bay Florida

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion

              Cons

              • Need More Outputs

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

              As always, PreSonus has delivered an outstanding product. Out of the box, it was very easy to use and easy to adjust. My only complaint is that it does not have multiple 1/4" outs (more than 2) like the now-cancelled FireBox has. Just make sure the driver stays current and try to plug in the box BEFORE you power up the PC or MAC. I found if not, the DAW you are using will not communicate properly and completely skip in the middle of the performance! (Because it certainly wont happen in practice when it can be fixed!)

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AUDIO RECORDING AT IT'S BEST

              By A.J. Miller

              from West New York, NJ

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Design
              • Software

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

              I purchased this devise and hooked it up to a handheld ENG Mic and didn't work. Then I paired it with the Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone and wow. I can't believe the quality this thing puts out. Phantom power, mixer control, MIDI inputs and outputs. This little fella is a keeper. As for the software that came with it. I don't like it, very difficult to learn, and to print the audio you have to upgrade for $$$, not worth it, and it also acted goofy in my G5 MAC. However MAC Users don't need any drivers or software so no issue for us, PC Users: Good Luck! I used it with Soundtrack Pro for vocals and voice overs and I love it.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Upgrade PC sound system

              By JJ

              from Pacific Palisades, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

                  I used the Audiobox USB to hook up my M-Audio Bx5a's Speakers and Subwoofer to my PC. This device has enabled me to have a great 2.1 system.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Practical and quality

                  By Ney Moreira

                  from São Paulo , Brazil

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Low Distortion
                  • Powerful
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

                    Home studio, practical and easy to use and professional quality ..

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                    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Not Bad

                    By Audio Boy

                    from San Jose CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

                      I use this interface with Adobe Audition and Windows Vista 64. The drivers that came with the device did not work, but I was able to download the correct drivers from the PreSonus website.

                      Cons:
                      - You cannot turn off the phantom power.
                      - The phone plug part of the jacks don't work that well (clipping, sound coloration).
                      - Included drivers don't work for Vista 64.

                      Pros:
                      - The XLR part of the jacks work well (fairly transparent sound, no clipping).
                      - There is no noticeable latency (with the low-latency hardware settings).
                      - Works with Vista 64 (with correct drivers) and Adobe Audition.
                      - USB powered (no external power needed).

                      Overall, this product is well-worth the price.

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                      5.0

                      Powerful little box

                      By Independent Artist

                      from Palo Alto, Ca.

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Low Distortion
                      • Powerful
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

                        I use this to connect my M-Audio BX5a speakers to my Mac. No software to download. Just connect it to your Mac and your set.

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                        2.0

                        Waste of money

                        By Konvict

                        from atlanta

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Poor Quality Construction
                        • Weak

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording

                        Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

                        The sound is decent, but do not get the USB version. I have it connected to my mac pro 8 core, and no matter how fast I have the buffer set to, there is always latency when recording. I have tried everything, and it will not correct the latency. I was told it's because I was on a mac pro. Dont waste your time or your money on this.

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                        5.0

                        AudioBox USB is more than it appears

                        By SargeHero

                        from Puerto Rico

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Low Distortion
                        • Powerful
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

                          This little piece of hardware (tough as a rock) is an amazing addition to any musician and audio recordists. In my case I mostly use it for video production to record live wherever I go. You can use the Audiobox as your "external microphone" for your camera. Even if your camcorder have XLR inputs the AudioBox give you much more options and opportunities to record great audio (using Cubase LE, which is included). You can use phantom power microphone without any problem, just press 48V button and you are set. A con of using it for video production is that you will need to spend a little more time in post-production linking the audio with the video, but is not that bad.
                          It have two main outputs which you connect to a receiver. I try it out at home and it sounded incredible.
                          I'm also looking foward to record with my violin and along with my friend in the piano.

                          The AudioBox USB clearly have the power to record anything you want.

                          PROS

                          USB powered. No need for external power source.

                          In Mac is very easy to use, just plug it in and you are ready to go (no drivers needed) In Windows you need to install the included drivers.

                          Phantom Power (48V)

                          You can use it in many programs. I have use it in: Adobe Soundbooth, BoinxTV and Videoglide.

                          CONS

                          Cubase LE 4 have a high learning curve, so you will spent a few weeks learning how to use it.

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                          4.0

                          Great first time recording system

                          By EJ

                          from Israel

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Mobile DJ

                            Comments about PreSonus AudioBox USB - Audio Recording Interface:

                            The computer just didn't cut it anymore for our budding musician. This system is simple, connects to our electric keyboard and guitar as well as a Midi interface for editing compositions.

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