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PreSonus AudioBox 44 VSL Advanced 4x4 USB 2.0 Recording Interface

Brand: Presonus

$299.95

MSRP: $379.95

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The AudioBox 44VSL is the second model in 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.

Furthermore, thanks to the power of VSL, the AudioBox 44VSL includes an 8x4 software mixer. As a result, with just an AudioBox 44VSL and your laptop or other computer running VSL, you can mix a studio session or a live show featuring, say, a guitar duo with vocals, a small band, a DJ rig with mixer and stereo synthesizer, or a panel discussion—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.

To top it off, while the classic PreSonus AudioBox USB is a fine-sounding unit, the new AudioBox VSL series sounds even better, with 24-bit, 96 kHz recording and top-of-the-line PreSonus XMAX™ preamps.

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 4x4 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
  • 2 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 (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
  • Power/USB sync LED
  • LED clip indicator for each channel
  • 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
    - 8x4 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 combo XLR / 1/4" mic/line inputs
    - 2 balanced 1/4" main (L/R) line outputs
    - 4 balanced 1/4" auxiliary (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
    - 1/2U rack-mountable (screw-mount to standard rack tray, not included)
    - Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
    - Weight: 2.6 lb (1.2 kg)
    - 12 VDC external power supply (included)

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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A shopper on Mar 8, 2012
Best Answer: Here is a review from one of our product managers:

It’s a great interface for anybody looking to get into direct recording to their computer, whether it’s for studio-like recording or live concerts (like concert bands or choral concerts for instance).

Because it includes 4 combination XLR-1/4” inputs, you can use either microphones or direct instruments, making it very versatile. The biggest and best feature about this interface is the FAT Channel capabilities. It takes the easy to use mixing power of their higher end mixers and turns it into a virtual interface to mix. Even if you are unsure about how it all works, it’s easy to use and comes with a lot of presets (so if you are recording a guitar, there is a preset for you to use that will sound great!)

If you are an educator, school or student, this interface is available at an educational price: http://www.westmusic.com/1002412-sound-recording/s2010-audio-interfaces-controls/s2010a-audio-interfaces/presonus-audiobox44-vsl-audio-interface-education-pricing.htm

We will just need proof that you are a teacher, school or student. Please give us a call or send us an email if you have any other questions!
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