PreSonus AudioBox™ 22VSL
USB 2.0 computer recording interface
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Item #: 861AB22VSL
Your price: $199.99 Earn up to 200 Rewards points
The PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL may look like a simple USB interface. But for musicians looking for a device with advanced monitoring capability without latency issues, it's a welcome sight at this price point. With the same "Fat Channel" dynamic processors and EQ as their StudioLive 16.0.2 digital mixer, the AudioBox 22VSL offers studio-quality monitoring to help you get the most out of every performance. Plus, the compact design and rugged construction of this interface make it perfect for taking on the road to record anyplace where inspiration strikes.
One of the challenges of live recording through a computer audio interface is latency. Adding effects to monitor mixes of live vocals and instruments can introduce a delay as they are processed by your computer and routed back through your interface to your headphones. PreSonus designed the AudioBox 22VSL to eliminate this issue. Their Virtual StudioLive™ is powerful mixing and monitoring software taken from the StudioLive mixing boards used for live sound. The VSL software allows you to add real-time dynamic, EQ, and delay effects to your monitor mix with negligible latency. That means you can get pro-quality monitoring that will enhance your performance, leading to better-sounding recordings.
Virtual StudioLive mixing and monitoring software lets you add effects to your monitor mix without introducing latency.
The front panel of the AudioBox 22VSL has two combination mic/instrument inputs. You can plug in an XLR cable to send your mic signal to a high-quality, low-noise Class A mic preamp, even activating phantom power for both inputs for use with condenser mics. Or connect 1/4" instrument cables from an electric guitar or bass. Both inputs have dedicated gain knobs along with LED clipping indicators. Connect MIDI-compatible keyboards and controllers through the rear-panel MIDI input/output jacks. It's just the right amount of connectivity to provide a solid introduction to solo music production in your home.
In addition to the VSL mixer interface, the AudioBox 22VSL comes with PreSonus Studio One® Artist 2. This sophisticated recording software lets you create dozens of tracks within a project and add effects with drag-and-drop simplicity. In addition to its native plug-ins, PreSonus includes 4GB of third-party plug-ins for more instruments, samples, and loops to experiment with. Once you've recorded your song in the Studio One digital audio workstation, the possibilities for editing and mixing are endless. Tweak your performance to make it just right before mixing down to a 24-bit/96kHz file for high-resolution sound quality or an MP3 for easy sharing with friends.
Want to record music using your computer? You'll need a way to connect your instruments and microphones. That's the purpose of a computer audio interface. These devices route incoming signals to your PC or Mac®, and most even include recording software. Interfaces can feature mic, instrument, and line inputs, as well as connections for MIDI controllers and external signal processors.
Overview: Using your Windows or Mac computer and PreSonus Virtual StudioLive (VSL) software, the AudioBox 22VSL interface provides a 4x2 mixer, reverb and delay effects, as well as Fat Channel compression, limiting, semi-parametric EQ, and high-pass filter. All you need is a computer with a USB 2.0 connection, a few microphones and cables, powered speakers, and your instruments; and you are ready to record in the studio or in front of a live audience.
24-Bit/96kHz DAC: The AudioBox 22VSL employs a high-definition 24-bit/96kHz analog-to-digital converter for exceptional sound quality and recording with up to 108 dB dynamic range.
XMAX Preamps: The AudioBox 22VSL is equipped with PreSonus XMAX microphone preamplifiers for use with all types of microphones. The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range, extended frequency response, and most importantly, musicality and transparency, with smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between. XMAX preamplifiers are built with three key elements.
Mic/Instrument Combo Inputs: The AudioBox 22VSL offers two convenient front-panel mic/instrument combo inputs with global phantom power.
Note: Active instruments are those that have an internal preamp or a line-level output. Active instruments should be plugged into a line input rather than into an instrument input. Plugging a line-level source into the instrument inputs on the front of the AudioBox 22/44VSL not only risks damage to these inputs but also results in a very loud and often distorted audio signal.
USB 2.0 Port: The AudioBox 22VSL's USB 2.0 port is where you connect the included USB cable from the 22VSL to your computer. The AudioBox 22VSL is bus-powered via this connection and does not require an external power supply.
Controls: The AudioBox 22VSL provides the following front-panel controls.
Note: When creating monitor mixes using Virtual StudioLive software, it is important that you turn the Mixer knob all the way to the VSL position. Monitoring both the input signal and the playback stream will create a doubling effect that will make monitoring difficult
Main Outs & Headphone Out: The PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL features two 1/4" main outputs. The output level of the Main Outs is controlled by the Main volume knob on the front of the unit. The AudioBox 22VSL is also fitted with a 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphones for monitoring privately.
MIDI I/O: MIDI stands for "Musical Instrument Digital Interface". MIDI inputs and outputs allow connection to, and communication with, external MIDI equipment. One function of these ports is MIDI sequencing but the MIDI protocol can be used for much more than instruments and sequencing.
Note: MIDI is not audio but is frequently used to trigger or control an audio source (such as a plug-in or synthesizer). It's important to ensure that your MIDI data is correctly sent and received by the appropriate hardware or software devices. If the devices generate audio, you may also need to return the audio to an AudioBox 22VSL input channel.
Included Software Bundle: Your AudioBox 22VSL comes with a powerful software bundle that provides everything you need to record, produce and mix an album. This software package includes Virtual StudioLive (VSL) and Studio One Artist. Each tool is designed to help you get the most out of your personal studio
Note: You can use the AudioBox 22VSL with any audio-recording application that supports Core Audio or ASIO.
Computer System Requirements: Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for the AudioBox 22VSL.
Note: Your compatible Windows or Mac computer will also need a USB 2.0 port, Internet connection (for activation), DVD-ROM drive, Monitor (1024x768 or greater), 20GB hard-disk space, 7200 RPM internal/external storage drive.
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4-input, 4-output computer audio interface
accepts mic, instrument, and line-level signals
four 1/4" balanced auxiliary line outputs for use with external headphone amps or mixers