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PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL - USB Interface

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AUDIOBOX22VSL

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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 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 dynamics processing and EQ!

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 EQ's that professional musicians, engineers and producers record with every day.

Great processors are a PreSonus tradition
We didn't invent the first audio interface with effects. We simply did it better and for less money. Sure, some interface manufacturers that don't normally make signal processors have added a compressor, EQ and a few effects to their interfaces, but the AudioBox VSL series provides all that, plus a separate limiter, expander and high-pass filter. And we've been making high-quality signal processors since 1995.

The AudioBox VSL-series Virtual StudioLive (VSL)-based effects and Fat Channel processing have been extensively field-tested and proven popular by tens of thousands of StudioLive-series mixer users, including many top professionals.

Of great importance, thanks to VSL's drag-and-drop convenience, adding processing and creating and loading presets is easy. Pro-level processing and superior ease of use mean you'll get better results and have more fun!

High-end sound in a portable, roadworthy interface.
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, 120 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).

The flexibility and power of software
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.

Seamlessly integrated with the included, Studio One Artist DAW and VSL, the AudioBox 22VSL interface works with virtually all Mac and Windows audio-recording software. And, unlike most things nowadays, it's very easy on your budget.

So get the next-generation USB 2.0 interface that gives you real-time, low-latency effects, rock-solid construction and high-end audio for low-end prices: the AudioBox 22VSL!

- 24-bit / 96 kHz 2 x 2 USB 2.0 recording interface
- 2, dual-purpose, front-panel input channels, each with:
Combo XLR mic and balanced " instrument input
Class A XMAX mic / instrument preamp
- Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range
- 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
- LED clip indicator for each channel
- Studio One Artist digital audio workstation software included
- Virtual StudioLive (VSL) control software included; Near-zero-latency monitoring with extensive signal processing
- 4 x 2 DSP mixer
- StudioLive16.0.2 Fat Channel compressor, limiter, expander, high-pass filter 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

Input/Output
1 USB 2.0 port
2 combo XLR / mic/instrument inputs
2 balanced main (L/R) line outputs
1 stereo headphone output
MIDI In/Out
Digitalia

- 24-bit resolution and 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz sampling rate
- Professional-grade A/D D/A converters (+114 dBu dynamic range)
- Zero-latency analog monitoring with playback/input Mix control knob
- Mac- and 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
- 1/3U rack-mountable (with optional, 3UMR rack-mounting system)
- Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
- Weight: 1.6 lb. (0.7 kg)
- Powered via USB bus: no wall wart!
- Software: Virtual StudioLive (VSL)
- PreSonus' ground-breaking control software
- Studio One Artist
- PreSonus' revolutionary digital audio workstation, with unlimited track count and 4+ GB of 3rd-party resources.

Great sound. VSL no longer included2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMississauga, Ontario
VSL does not include VSL. the VSL for this product originally stood for Virtual Studio Live- an application for dragging and dropping Reverb, Compression etc onto a track for live monitoring. this is no longer included (see discontinuation notice buried in Presonus Knowledge Base). Great sound. Despite this disappointment the hardware does a great job for recording vocals (AT2020, Apex 381 mic) and acoustic guitar (SM57 mic). Low Latency with reverb- I have been using Sonar Artist for quite some time. I was able to set it up for low latency monitoring of my vocals with the plug-in reverb included in Sonar (which happens to be Presonus). sounds pretty natural.
Posted by Paul Grant on Jul 17, 2017
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Terrible support3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreHalifax, Nova Scotia
Just got this box a couple of years ago - always had problems with intermittent clicks and pops while recording (a commonly reported issue on the PreSonus forums). To top it all, they've now discontinued support for this device. Will never buy another PreSonis product.
Posted by SteveB on Oct 5, 2015
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Great sound...hassle free!0 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
I have only had the unit for a day, and what an easy day its been! Works perfectly on my Windows 7/32 bit system....preamps have handled the hottest output pickups I own with no clipping....and the included software is great and they both work together seamlessy.....Good job Presonus!
Posted by Rich on Sep 20, 2014
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Solid unit !!0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreScarborough, Ontario
I have studio one professional V 2.6.2. Bought this for recording vocals This is a great unit .Really love it !
Posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2014
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Audiobox 22VSL0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg, Manitoba
I selected this interface from the many others because of the good reviews it has received. I have not been disappointed. I would describe it as a basic interface, but with the bundled Studio One DAW software it becomes very usable. I have used it with my Eric Clapton strat which has hot pickups and I also put the output from my Zoom multi-effects pedal into it, all worked without a problem.
Posted by Neil on Oct 25, 2013
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Good but limited...12 of 16 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
Presonus makes good products but they are a bit pricey when compared to the competition, with no apparent reasons for that. They all have pros and cons and similar quality. This unit, for example, is not designed to take line-level inputs, making it a little limiting if you want to connect a drum machine, keyboard, synthesiser or even an electric acoustic guitar with a built-in pre-amp. At least they are honest enough to tell you this in the manual (page 5). You would need to buy the 44VSL to be able to connect active instruments, but it would cost you $300. A better option would be the NI Komplete Audio 6 for $230, or the Presonus Firestudio Mobile for $275 or the Focusrite Saffire 14 for about $250. These have more line-level connections in their backs. The other small units from Mackie, Focusrite and Steinberg also offer the same quality (again, with pros and cons), but their inputs allow for line-level instruments. The Presonus 22 does not. They are also $50 cheaper. Some have Midi connection, others don't. Some offer USB 1.1, while others have USB 2.0. You will need USB 2.0 or Firewire if you plan to record more than two tracks at the same time (if you have more than two inputs, of course). The new Steinberg UR 22 is a great unit for $150, however, it allows the connection of only one guitar without a DI box, i.e., it has only one Hi-Z input. At the end, think twice before buying these interfaces. You need to know exactly what you will (or may) be playing and what you want to do while recording. Many of these units were launched years ago, so can we expect some upgrades in terms of hardware soon?!?! I hope so. There are still a lot of obsolete equipment out there that allows multiple inputs but only two tracks recording due to the limited connection (USB 1.1) and design. I am now getting into the mixer/interface combo world, but this would be a more expensive option. Anyway, good luck in your search for the "perfect" low cost interface. Do your research. Get to know the unit's inputs, connection to the computer, sampling rate, the "bit", quality of the pre-amps, etc. You will need all of this to make a sound decision.
Posted by Dr. N on Mar 29, 2013
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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
I like this interface but it seems like there are a lot better ones out there, theres a weird delay on the midi
Posted by Martin on Mar 26, 2013
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Presonus rocks!0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
The quality of the build of this little unit is fantastic! It's a solid metal case with minimal plastic. The pots are indexed and have a great feel to them. The sound quality, software setup and features all meet or exceed my expectations. I prefer the rack mount design to any tabletop type - this unit just looks, feels, and behaves like a professional piece of equipment. I'm now a big fan of PreSonus
Posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2013
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Great Soundcard!0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMississauga, Ontario
Works great for home studios.
Posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2013
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Hardware is solid, fantastic home software package
Posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2012
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This is great I now have the ability to record with microphones, guitar, bass or whatever has a 1/4 output end. That's not all, this package also includes DAW software (one of the best). This makes home recording much easier!
Posted by Angelo on Jul 22, 2012
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AudioBox 22VSL The portable, affordable, and versatile recording solution