PreSonus have been known for offering not only excellent quality recoding interfaces, but ones that give the user plenty of flexibility for the right price. This has never been truer with the release of the newest update to their AudioBox range in the AudioBox 22VSL. It will look somewhat familiar at first glance to anyone who knows their compact interfaces, but on closer inspection, the 22VSL offers a number of differences to previous models.
INS AND OUTS
The front panel gives you two inputs on combination XLR/TRS connectors, allowing you to connect microphone, instrument or line level inputs. You also have controls for gain levels for both inputs, a master volume, headphone volume and mix control. All this, rounded off with a switch for engaging phantom power is all that fits onto the front face of this compact blue box. Around the back you find two mono outputs on TRS connectors as well as a stereo output for headphones. You also get MIDI in and out on 5 pin DIN connectors and a USB 2 connection for interfacing with your computer. That is all fairly standard and just about the same as the previous AudioBox.
The AudioBox 22VSL gives you two PreSonus Class A XMAX microphone preamps for use in your recording applications. These quality microphone preamps offer an exceptional quality and low noise to ensure that the tone you capture is not lost in the preamp stage. With 24-bit/96kHz digital conversion, you can also be assured that you will not lose anything in the transfer from analogue signal in the XMAX preamps to the digital form in your DAW. This raises the interesting point of what DAW to use. If you are starting out and don’t already have software to work with, the AudioBox 22VSL comes with PreSonus’ Studio One Artist software which they have developed over the past few years to meet the needs of their users who were fed up with other DAWs.
What really sets the AudioBox 22VSL apart from previous models is the Virtual StudioLive fat channel that allows you to harness in built effects when your record or perform live. The VSL fat channel gives you a quality reverb, delay, gate, EQ and compressor on both input channels and a virtual mixer for routing the signal either through your computer for live use or into your DAW for recording. Take an already rock solid interface that will stand the test of time and never break down on you, and add in some serious inline insert effects to further enhance your sound and you have a really tidy little package. Best of all, it’s all powered off the USB port from your computer, so there is no need for additional power supplies causing unwanted signal noise. The AudioBox 22VSL offers you a complete recording solution when space and money are restricting factors.
Price: RRP $249
Distributor: National Audio Systems
Phone: (03) 9761 5577