PreSonus AudioBox USB Audio Interface Review
The PreSonus Audiobox is a wildly successful USB audio interface adored by a wide ranging audience from beginners to professionals. This simple audio interface is equipped to record any signal, including MIDI, in professional 24-bit resolution and 44.1 and 48 kHz sampling rate, making it one of the best money-to-value options in its class.
PreSonus hold a strong reputation for designing outstanding microphone preamps in their products for all price levels. The PreSonus Audiobox is loaded with 2 Class-A mic preamps that offer high headroom, low noise, and plenty of gain allowing you to fully capture the integrity of the incoming signal.
Whether you’re new to recording, a seasoned professional, or a podcaster who’s looking for a more compact, mobile solution, the Audiobox USB offers an incredible sound in rugged design. It features all the necessary features for basic recording and extreme ease of use to get you recording into nearly any major DAW immediately.
The front panel features two “combo” style inputs (XLR, TS, TRS) ready for any instrument or microphone. Microphones connected via XLR will enjoy the benefits of the mic preamps which become automatically bypassed when instruments plugged in via 1/4”, at which point the AudioBox USB becomes an instrument preamplifier. Two Input Gain/Trim Control dials manage the gain structure of these connections: XLR—40 dB of variable gain (-10 to +30 dB), TS ¼-inch—60 dB of variable gain (0 dB to +60 dB).
Singer/songwriters, podcasters, and all guitar players will enjoy the Mix Control dial that allows precise control of the level between the input signal and computer playback. This lets the talent adjust the mix perfectly with zero delay in the headphones, all from the front panel. Connect your choice of condenser microphone in any of the two inputs as they are both equipped with 48V phantom power, and be sure not to have this on if using a ribbon mic.
Lastly on the front panel are controls for the main out being sent to your speakers, and your headphone volume level. Outputs connections for these 1/4” TRS and are found on the rear panel, along with MIDI I/O for connecting your favourite synth or MIDI device.
- 2 balanced “combo” XLR/¼” mic/instrument inputs, each with high-quality mic preamplifiers
- 2 balanced ¼” main (L/R) line outputs
- Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range
- 48V phantom power for condenser microphones
- Mixer control (blends the input signal with the computer playback stream for zero-latency monitoring)
- Professional-grade A/D/A converters (+102 dBu dynamic range)
- 1 USB 1.1 port
- MIDI I/O
- Headphone output with volume control
- LED clip indicator for each channel
- 24-bit resolution and 44.1 and 48 kHz sampling rate
- Very competitively priced considering its features
- Durable, mostly constructed of metal
- Quality preamps
- Zero-Latency monitoring
- MIDI I/O a big bonus
- Included software is feature rich, great for podcasters and beginners
- Extremely portable, great for gigs and nomad producers
- No S/PDIF or ADAT expandability
Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
Minimum: Intel Core Duo 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM
Recommended: Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel iCore processor or better, 4 GB or more RAM
Windows Operating Systems (32- or 64-bit) Windows 7, Vista
Minimum: Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 processor, 2 GB RAM
Recommended: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X4 or better, 4 GB or more RAM