New Audio Interfaces | AudioBox 22VSL, AudioBox 44VSL and AudioBox 1818VSL from PreSonus



PreSonus has announced the immediate availability of the AudioBox™ 22VSL, AudioBox 44VSL, and AudioBox 1818VSL. All three Presonus AudioBox VSL-Series Interfaces offer the same high-end audio quality you expect from PreSonus, thanks to high-headroom, Class A XMAX™ preamps with 48V phantom power; 24-bit, 96 kHz converters with 114 dB dynamic range; and PreSonus’ famously loud (150 mW), clean, clear headphone output. All three models also have MIDI  I/O and zero-latency monitor mixing.

The big news is that these three bargain-priced interfaces deliver reverb and delay effects with dedicated effects buses and the same Fat Channel compression, limiting, 3-band semi-parametric EQ, and high-pass filter found in the new StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer – except that the processing is done on your computer, using bundled PreSonus Virtual StudioLive (VSL) software, with extremely low latency. As a result, you can monitor while recording with real-time effects. VSL also provides complete editor/librarian functions, and over 50 professionally programmed Fat Channel processor presets are included for enhancing instruments and vocals.

Like all PreSonus interfaces, the new Presonus AudioBox VSL-Series Interfaces units ship with PreSonus Studio One™ Artist DAW (Mac®/Windows®) and support Core Audio and ASIO, so they work with virtually any recording software.

Audio Interface | Presonus AudioBox 22VSL

Audio Interface | Presonus AudioBox 22VSL

The first of these interfaces to hit the market will be the compact, rugged, 2-in, 2-out AudioBox 22VSL. Think of the Presonus AudioBox 22VSL as a 2×2 StudioLive mixer jammed into a third of a rackspace! This mighty mite is bus-powered, offers two combo mic/instrument inputs and two balanced L/R main outputs, and is housed in a steel case, so it can easily withstand the rigors of the road. And thanks to the included VSL software, it provides two stereo effects buses with reverb and delay and Fat Channel dynamics processors, EQ, and high pass filter on both inputs and both DAW returns. Presonus AudioBox 22VSL is expected to be available in August 2011 with an anticipated street price of $199.

Presonus AudioBox 22VSL Top Features

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 ¼” 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; manages:

Near-zero-latency monitoring with extensive signal processing
4 x 2 DSP mixer
StudioLive™16.0.2 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

Audio Interface | Presonus AudioBox 44VSL

Audio Interface | Presonus AudioBox 44VSL

A great choice for small bands and home recording, the 4-in, 4-out Presonus AudioBox 44VSL offers the same audio quality and basic features as the AudioBox 22VSL and more. Using the included VSL software, Presonus AudioBox 44VSL gives you an 8×4 software mixer with low-latency, Fat Channel processing for each analog input and DAW return, plus two stereo effects buses with reverb and delay. The ½U rack-mount interface offers two mic/line inputs, two mic/instrument inputs, two balanced main L/R outputs, and four additional balanced line outputs. Presonus AudioBox 44VSL is expected to ship in September 2011 with an anticipated street price of $299.

Presonus AudioBox 44VSL Top Features

24-bit / 96 kHz 4 x 4 USB 2.0 recording interface
2 dual-purpose, front-panel, mic/instrument input channels with:

Combo XLR mic and balanced ¼” instrument input
Class A XMAX™ mic / instrument preamp
Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range

2 dual-purpose, front-panel, mic/line input channels with:

Combo XLR mic and balanced ¼” line input
Class A XMAX™ mic preamp
Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range

True +48V phantom power for condenser microphones (global)
Mixer control (blends the input signal with the computer playback stream for zero-latency analog monitoring)
Headphone jack with level control
Main-output level control
Power/USB sync LED
LED clip indicator for each channel
Mix, adjust input and playback-returns levels, and add effects and signal processing from your laptop or other computer
Studio One™ Artist digital audio workstation software included
Virtual StudioLive™ (VSL) control software included; manages:

Near-zero-latency monitoring with extensive signal processing
8 x 4 DSP mixer
StudioLive™ 16.0.2 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

Audio Interface | Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL

Audio Interface | Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL

Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL is poised to become the new king of USB interfaces! This interface has all of the audio features, processing, and effects found in its two smaller siblings, but it goes much further. It supports 2 mic/instrument inputs and 6 mic/line inputs, all with XMAX preamps; 8-channel ADAT I/O (4 channels at 88.1 or 96 kHz); stereo S/PDIF I/O; MIDI I/O; and word-clock output. Best of all, with the included VSL software, Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL provides a computer-based 26 x 18 (22×14 at 88.1 or 96 kHz), ultra-low latency mixer with two stereo effects buses for the reverb and delay plus the Fat Channel processing from the StudioLive 16.0.2. Think of it as a rack-mount StudioLive 18.0.2 mixer—in fact, you can use the 1818VSL as an onstage mixer, controlled from your laptop, and can send all those great Fat Channel effects directly into your P.A., while recording.

Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL is expected to ship in September 2011, with an anticipated street price of $499.

Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL Top Features

24-bit / 96 kHz 18×18 USB 2.0 recording interface
2 dual-purpose, front-panel, mic/instrument input channels with:

Combo XLR mic and balanced ¼” instrument input
Class A XMAX™ mic / instrument preamp
Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range

6 dual-purpose, front-panel, mic/line input channels with:

Combo XLR mic and balanced ¼” line input
Class A XMAX™ mic preamp
Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range

True +48V phantom power for condenser microphones (switchable in two banks for channels 1-4 and 5-8)
Headphone jack with level control
Main-output level control
Power/USB sync LED
LED clip indicator for each channel
L/R main output meter (dual 7-segment LED ladder)
Mix, adjust input and playback-returns levels, and add effects and signal processing from your laptop or other computer
Studio One™ Artist digital audio workstation software included
Virtual StudioLive™ (VSL) control software included; manages:

Near-zero-latency monitoring with extensive signal processing
26 x 8 DSP mixer
StudioLive™16.0.2 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

Note that these new AudioBox VSL-series interfaces do not replace the current AudioBox USB, which remains an important part of the PreSonus line.

For more details and information check the product pages on Presonus Official Site.

Sources: Presonus Press Release



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