If you need a USB audio interface with a bit more connectivity than most basic models, the PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL is a great option. It offers four inputs with connectivity for dynamic and condenser mics, electric guitars and basses, and line-level sources like keyboards and drum machines. You can also connect a keyboard controller through the MIDI in/out jacks. Plus, you get pro-style monitoring options using Virtual StudioLive™ mixing software, offering the same PreSonus "Fat Channel" functionality as their StudioLive 16.0.2 digital mixer. Add effects to your monitor mix with drag-and-drop simplicity for near zero-latency playback. This versatility makes the 44VSL great for recording small combos or bands, while the included Studio One® Artist recording software offers powerful editing and mixing options to produce high-resolution recordings without booking time in an expensive studio.
Monitor with effects, without latency
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. The AudioBox 44VSL minimizes latency through their Virtual StudioLive™ mixing and monitoring software. Borrowed from PreSonus StudioLive mixing boards, it allows you to add real-time dynamic, EQ, and delay effects to your monitor mix with negligible latency. The 44VSL's additional line-level outputs also allow you to create a separate monitor mix to route through an external headphone amp. That means you can get custom, pro-quality monitoring for more than one performer, so they can deliver that killer take with confidence.
Virtual StudioLive digital mixing software allows real-time monitoring with effects and virtually no latency, featuring 50 effects presets and 8-input x 4-output capability.
Mic, instrument, line-level, and MIDI inputs
The front panel of the AudioBox 44VSL has two mic/instrument inputs and two mic/line-level inputs. You can plug in an XLR cable to send your mic signal to a high-quality Class A mic preamp, even activating phantom power for each connection for use with condenser mics. Or use the instrument inputs to connect 1/4" instrument cables from an electric guitar or bass. The line-level inputs can accept signals from keyboards, drum machines, and guitars connected through an effects processor or direct box. Each input has a dedicated gain knob along with an LED clipping indicator. There are also rear-panel MIDI input/output jacks for connection of MIDI-compatible keyboards and controllers. All these connection options make the 44VSL capable of recording duets, small combos, and even a full band.
Includes Studio One® Artist digital recording software
In addition to the VSL monitoring software, the AudioBox 44VSL comes with PreSonus Studio One® Artist 2. This sophisticated recording software lets you create dozens of tracks within a project and add effects like compression and reverb. In addition to its native plug-ins, PreSonus includes 10GB 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.