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Item # 861ABUSB | MFR # AudioBox USB
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Computer audio production doesn't get much easier than this. If you want to produce music or podcasts, the PreSonus AudioBox USB is a great way to get started. This audio interface includes the hardware and software you need to create professional-sounding recordings. A simple USB connection to your Mac® or PC will allow you to start making music right out of the box. We love the simplicity of this device, and we also love its heavy-duty construction. The steel chassis and sturdy knobs give this interface pro-grade feel for an entry-level price. It's also a great match for older computers thanks to its USB 1.1 port.
The front-panel of the AudioBox USB 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 a 1/4" instrument cable from an electric guitar or bass. Both inputs have dedicated gain knobs along with LED clipping indicators. If you have a MIDI controller, there are MIDI input/output jacks on the rear panel. It's just the right amount of connectivity to provide a solid introduction to solo music production in your home.
The AudioBox USB offers both headphone and speaker monitoring. There are 1/4" balanced outputs for connection to active studio monitors, which are great for mixing. While you record, you'll want to plug your headphones into the built-in headphone amplifier through the 1/4" jack. You can choose to monitor with the mic/instrument inputs or with the returned signal from the computer. Use the Mixer fader to dial in your ideal mix to minimize latency while you record, so your live performance is in time with the signal in your headphones.
With two microphone/instrument inputs and MIDI connectivity, the AudioBox USB is a great introduction to music production with a computer.
Just because the AudioBox USB is simple to use, doesn't mean it isn't powerful. It comes with PreSonus Studio One® Artist 2, sophisticated recording software that lets you create dozens of tracks within a project and add effects like compression and reverb. 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 file for high-resolution sound quality or an MP3 for easy sharing with friends.
Average Customer Review(s):
so far so good
Pros: easy to set up,
Cons: so far none
Overview: The AudioBox USB utilizes high-grade components to ensure optimum performance that will last a lifetime. Loaded with two high-headroom, Class A, microphone preamplifiers; a built-in 2x2 USB 1.1 recording and playback engine; MIDI I/O; and PreSonus Studio One Artist recording software, the AudioBox USB offers excellent music performance and production. All you need is a computer with a USB 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/48kHz DAC: The AudioBox USB employs a high-definition 24-bit/48kHz analog-to-digital converter for exceptional sound quality and recording with up to 108 dB dynamic range.
XMAX Preamps: The AudioBox USB 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 USB 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 1.1 Port: The AudioBox USB's USB 1.1 port is where you connect the included USB cable from the USB to your computer. The AudioBox USB is bus-powered via this connection and does not require an external power supply.
Controls: The AudioBox USB 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 USB 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 USB 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 USB input channel.
Studio One Artist Software: The included PreSonus Studio One
Artist recording software comes with over 6 GB of plug-ins, loops, and samples,
you everything you need for music recording and production.
Note: You can use the AudioBox USB with any audio-recording application that supports Core Audio or ASIO.
Computer System Requirements: Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for the AudioBox USB.
Note: Your compatible Windows or Mac computer will also need a USB 1.1 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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