PreSonus AudioBox 1818 VSL Advanced 18x18 USB 2.0 Recording Interface

Brand: Presonus

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The flagship in PreSonus' new generation of USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces, the AudioBox 1818VSL takes hardware/software integration to the next level and delivers a combination of features, audio quality, and value that is unprecedented in this product category. Using your computer CPU and PreSonus Virtual StudioLive™ (VSL) software, AudioBox VSL-series interfaces provide reverb and and delay effects and the same Fat Channel compression, limiting, semi-parametric EQ, and high-pass filter, as the PreSonus StudioLive™ 16.0.2 digital mixer— all with inaudible latency. It's a great choice for project studios, performing bands, school music labs, and a wide variety of corporate installations and other contractor applications.

This is a pro product all the way, with high-end 24-bit, 96 kHz converters; Class A XMAX™ preamps; ADAT optical I/O; S/PDIF coaxial I/O; word-clock output; and MIDI I/O, housed in a heavy-duty, rack-mount metal chassis.

Furthermore, thanks to the power of VSL, the AudioBox 1818VSL includes a 26x8 software mixer. As a result, with just an AudioBox 1818VSL and your laptop or other computer, you can mix a studio session or live show featuring a full band—all while monitoring and recording with or without real-time processing! And you can do it simply and easily, with no hardware mixer, no outboard effects rack, and minimal wiring, thanks to the tight integration between PreSonus hardware and software.

What’s so great about effects and processing on monitors?
Tracking without hearing effects and signal processing is like playing a video game with your eyes closed. Musicians rely on aural cues when performing, and their performance can vary depending on what they hear in their monitors. Adding just the right amount of compression, EQ, and reverb can make a huge difference in their ability to hear themselves clearly and to experience their performance as if it occurred in a natural space rather than in the artificial sonic environment of the studio. The result is a better performance and ultimately a better recording.

You have plenty of effects plug-ins for your DAW, but processing audio with a DAW takes more time than you might think. True, we're talking milliseconds, but it's long enough that if you put DAW effects in your studio monitors, you'll hear the original sound slightly before the processed signal, which is very disorienting. That much delay might be acceptable for live gigs, where the band is playing together in an ambient space that has natural delay. But you can't record that way in the studio.

Fortunately, our engineering wizards have dramatically reduced processing delay in the AudioBox VSL series. The result: dynamics processing, EQ, reverb, and effects that feel real, with no audible delay.

And if you like what you hear, you can record with AudioBox VSL-series effects, too! These are the same high-quality StudioLive 16.0.2 Fat Channel dynamics processors and EQs that professional musicians, engineers, and producers record with every day.

PreSonus AudioBox 44 VSL Advanced 4x4 USB 2.0 Recording Interface features:

  • 24-bit/96 kHz 18x18 USB 2.0 recording interface
  • 2 dual-purpose, front-panel, mic/instrument input channels with:
    - Combo XLR mic and balanced 1/4" instrument input
    - Class A XMAX mic/instrument preamp
    - Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range
  • 6 dual-purpose, front-panel, mic/line input channels with:
    - Combo XLR mic and balanced 1/4" line input
    - Class A XMAX mic preamp
    - Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range
  • True +48V phantom power for condenser microphones (switchable in two banks for channels 1-4 and 5-8)
  • Headphone jack with level control
  • Main-output level control
  • Power/USB sync LED
  • LED clip indicator for each channel
  • L/R main output meter (dual 7-segment LED ladder)
  • Mix, adjust input and playback-returns levels, and add effects and signal processing from your laptop or other computer
  • Studio One Artist digital audio workstation software included
  • Virtual StudioLive (VSL) control software included; manages:
    - Near-zero-latency monitoring with extensive signal processing
    - 26x8 DSP mixer
    - StudioLive 16.0.2 Fat Channel compressor, limiter, expander, high-pass filter, and and semi-parametric EQ for each analog input and its DAW return
    - 2 stereo effects buses with reverb and delay
    - More than 50 Fat Channel DSP presets for enhancing instrument and vocal recordings


  • Input/Output
    - 1 USB 2.0 port
    - 2 combo XLR / 1/4" mic/instrument inputs
    - 6 combo XLR / 1/4" mic/line inputs
    - 2 balanced 1/4" main (L/R) line outputs
    - 6 balanced 1/4" auxiliary (L/R) line outputs
    - 8 channels ADAT optical input and output (at 44.1 or 48 kHz; 4 channels at 88.2 or 96 kHz)
    - 2 channels (stereo) S/PDIF coaxial input and output
    - 1 stereo 1/4" headphone output
    - 1 BNC word-clock output
    - MIDI In/Out
  • Digitalia
    - 24-bit resolution and 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz sampling rate
    - Professional-grade A/D/A converters (+114 dBu dynamic range)
    - Zero-latency analog monitoring with playback/input Mix control knob
    - Mac & Windows-compatible, including Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Windows 7
    - Supports ASIO, Core Audio, Direct Sound (Windows XP), Windows Audio Session API (Windows Vista and Windows 7)
  • Physical
    - 1U rack-mountable
    - Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
    - Weight: 4.6 lb (2.1 kg)
    - 12 VDC external power supply (included)

Computer System Requirements:


  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Turion) (2.8 GHz or faster recommended)
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Internet connection recommended
  • DVD-ROM drive (required to install Studio One Artist)


  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later (32- and 64-bit)
  • Intel Core 1 Solo 1.5 GHz processor (Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon processor recommended)
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Internet connection recommended
  • DVD-ROM drive (required to install Studio One Artist)


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the low latency monitoring is nice but it is annoying to have to fire up a daw when i would just like to flip on a synth and play a little. is there really no way to treat the presonus 18 as an analog mixer?
A shopper on May 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can absolutely use this like an analog mixer. You would need either powered speakers or a power amp for passive speakers, though. But, you would run it just like you would run any other passive mixer.

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