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PreSonus AudioBox 22 VSL Advanced 2x2 USB 2.0 Recording Interface

Brand: Presonus

$199.95

MSRP: $249.95

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The PreSonus AudioBox is a great affordable and easy way to start producing pro sounding recordings at home. It is easy to set up and you will be recording with the included Studio One Artist DAW in no time. The AudioBox VSL series comes with dynamics processing, EQ, reverb to help you achieve the best quality recordings possible.  -Mark

The AudioBox 22VSL introduces a new generation of PreSonus USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces that take hardware/software integration to the logical next step. 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. Now you can monitor and record with or without real-time dynamics processing and EQ!

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 22 VSL Advanced 2x2 USB 2.0 Recording Interface features:

  • 24-bit/96 kHz 2x2 USB 2.0 recording interface
  • 2 dual-purpose front-panel input channels, each 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
    - 48V phantom power for condenser microphones (global)
  • Mixer control (blends the input signal with the computer playback stream for zero-latency monitoring)
  • Headphone jack with level control
  • Main-output level control
  • LED clip indicator for each channel
  • Studio One Artist digital audio workstation software included
  • Virtual StudioLive (VSL) control software included; manages:
    - Near-zero-latency monitoring with extensive signal processing
    - 4x2 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

Specifications:

  • Input/Output
    - 1 USB 2.0 port
    - 2 combo XLR / 1/4" mic/instrument inputs
    - 2 balanced 1/4" main (L/R) line outputs
    - 1 stereo 1/4" headphone 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
    - 1/3U rack-mountable (with optional 3UMR rack-mounting system, not included)
    - Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
    - Weight: 1.6 lb (0.7 kg)
    - Powered via USB bus - no wall wart!

Computer System Requirements:

Windows

  • 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

  • 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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What's the difference between this advanced version and the 2x2 version that is $100 cheaper?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2015
Best Answer: This product comes with an upgraded XMAX preamp and integrated VSL software that provides a mixer and real time dynamic processing, EQ, and effects.
Reply · Report · Mark JStaff on Jul 23, 2015
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