PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL Recording System

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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 effects!

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.

Bus-powered, compact, and rugged, the AudioBox 22VSL offers two convenient front-panel mic/instrument combo inputs with global phantom power and provides two line-level outputs. It sports the same high-headroom Class A XMAX™ preamps as the StudioLive mixers and has 24-bit, 96 kHz converters with 114 dB dynamic range for clear, clean audio. And it boasts PreSonus’ legendary 150 mW headphone output, which is loud enough to explode the oysters in a Po’-Boy sandwich. (Be careful with your level control!)

When we tell you we made the AudioBox 22VSL “rugged,” we’re not fooling! It employs the same heavy-duty steel case as the original AudioBox USB-the unit we famously stomped, kicked, and drove over with a full-size truck before using it to make a very nice recording. (You can witness this in the video AudioBox USB Built for the Road.) Now that’s what we call “roadworthy.” And this mighty mite fits in just a third of a rackspace and can be screw-mounted to a standard rack tray (not included).

VSL enables you to easily manage the processing and mixing from your Mac or Windows PC and provides editor/librarian functions, making it simple to create and use a library of presets. To get you started, we’ve included the same library of more than 50 Fat Channel presets that comes with StudioLive mixers. These presets were created by professional musicians and engineers and let you instantly set up dynamics processing and EQ for vocals, guitar, and much more.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Manufacturer PreSonus
UPC 673454001260
Package Contents
  • (1) PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL
  • (1) USB Cable
  • (1) Studio One Artist Installation Disc
  • (1) Virtual StudioLive Installation Disc
  • (1) User Guide

PreSonus has raised the bar high for audio interfaces with the introduction of the AudioBox 22VSL, AudioBox 44VSL, and AudioBox 1818VSL. For the first time, you can get a compact, rack-mountable USB 2.0 interface with tightly integrated software that provides the dynamics processing and EQ of a StudioLive‚Ñ¢-series mixer with latency so low that you can record and monitor with effects in real time.

PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL Features:
  • 24-bit / 96 kHz 2 x 2 USB 2.0 recording interface
  • 2 dual-purpose front-panel input channels
  • 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
  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • 2 combo XLR / ¬º" mic/instrument inputs
  • 2 balanced ¬º" main (L/R) line outputs
  • 1 stereo ¬º" headphone output
  • MIDI In/Out
System Requirements
PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL System Requirements:
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)
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)
Windows and Macintosh Systems
USB 2.0 Port, Internet connection recommended, DVD-ROM drive (required to install Studio One Artist)
Warranty Warranty Information
Product: Period:
PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL 1 Year


Customer Reviews (2)

Killer interfaceReview by ben
This is just a really great interface that gives you a lot for the price:

- Great-sounding built-in mic inputs. They're clean and don't introduce a ton of noise at high gain levels like some interfaces (that honestly aren't much cheaper). This is the most important thing - how badly does it foul up the audio as it goes into your DAW - and the answer is not at all. It produces audio in your DAW that's exactly what you put into it. So don't go blaming the interface. :D

- built-in effects - you can EQ, add delay/reverb, and compress the audio from these channels when you monitor inputs. That can help a singer in particular, to kind of be able to hear how it's going to be in the end.

- Small and durable

- the software is OK. If you've never used a DAW then STudio One Artist is great. If you're a DAW veteran, Studio One is still good, but Artist doesn't support 3rd party plugins (not even ReWire) and doesn't have a ton of sounds built in. Hope you're recording a lot of audio. Otherwise you'll want to pop for the S1 Producer upgrade so you can use your third party plugs. (Posted on 1/29/2016)
small but goodReview by Chengno
At this price it's better than a lot of others at this price! (Posted on 1/29/2016)

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