Reviews and Problems with PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 USB Recording Interface
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9 November 2012
Summary: /Hardware - 4 Stars Software - 1 Star\ (no better than downloadable freeware) Good little interface.Hardware works cleanly with minimal coloration. It seems like a relatively solid piece of equipment. However, the software (Studio One) is completely inadequate, you cannot perform a final mix down with out buying their upgrade. There is Freeware that works just as well, or better. For the price, that fact alone, prevents me from from recommending the PreSonus Audiobox.
Summary: The PreSonus AudioBox has a simple flaw of having a weak USB connector port. Over time the USB port will loosen and may eventually break connection with the circuit board; rendering the device useless. This has happened to (2) Audiobox's with normal use, if you never plan on disconnecting and reconnecting the usb port on the back of the device then you should be fine, but with its small size and portability it is more likely to happen for traveling DJ/Producers.
Summary: I tried the PreSonus AudioBox recently and was extremely disappointed with it. I didn't try it with a microphone since I'm usually recording guitars direct, but the preamps are designed to ALWAYS have 20 db of gain being applied even with the input turned all the way down. I looked this up on their official forums, and it is intentional. Because of this, I was never able to get a signal that wouldn't clip when palm muting (even with passive pickups).
Summary: There is no Windows Vista 64bit driver released for this product. That's a very sad fact being how long Vista has been around. Now I have to go through all the headache of returning their useless product.