PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL

USB Audio Interface, 2-in/2-out, with 2 Microphone/Instrument Preamplifiers, MIDI I/O, and Studio One Artist DAW Software
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Record Anywhere, with PreSonus Quality!

The PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL USB audio interface gives you a great way to get into 24-bit/96kHz recording in a compact interface. Featuring two acclaimed XMAX mic/instrument preamplifiers with phantom power as well as MIDI I/O, you get everything you need to make great recordings in a no-frills design. Best of all, the AudioBox 22VSL comes with PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW software for instant music-making action. If you don't need a lot of inputs but don't want to compromise on audio quality, the PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL USB audio interface is for you.

PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL USB Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Exceptional audio quality
  • PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW included
Exceptional audio quality

From the XMAX microphone preamps to the high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz converters, the PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL's audio quality belies its price. XMAX preamps run on 30V power rails, while most budget preamps run on 10V-18V. The higher voltage gives you more headroom and a richer overall sound. Whether you're plugging in your favorite studio microphone or recording your guitar or bass direct, you'll love the results you get with the AudioBox 22VSL.

PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW included

The AudioBox 22VSL comes with PreSonus StudioOne Artist DAW software, ready for you to start making music right out of the box. With unlimited recording tracks, an easy-to-use interface, and over 4GB of third-party content to get you started, you'll be amazed at what you can produce with this DAW software - and it's free with your AudioBox 22VSL!

PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL USB Audio Interface Features at a Glance:
  • XMAX preamps sound fantastic, especially at this price point
  • Monitor mix control lets you easily balance and monitor input sources with computer playback
  • USB bus powered and small in size make the AudioBox 22VSL a great mobile recording interface
  • Comes with PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW software for a complete music making experience, right out of the box
Requirements for Mac OS X:
  • Intel Core Duo processor; Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Core i3 recommended
  • OS X 10.6.8 or greater
  • 2GB of RAM minimum; 4GB of RAM recommended
Requirements for Windows:
  • Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor; Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X4 recommended
  • Windows XP (SP3), Vista (32 and 64 bit, SP2) Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit)
  • 2GB of RAM minimum; 4GB of RAM recommended
The PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL USB Audio Interface gives you a lot of recording potential at a friendly price

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
AudioBox 22VSL User Manual

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 2 x 2
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/TS Combo
Analog Outputs 2 x TRS (Line), 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
Bus Powered Yes
Rack Spaces 1/3U
Manufacturer Part Number AUDIOBOX 22VSL

Customer Reviews

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A Work Of Art

This is the first interface I've ever owned (and still do). I've had this interface for more than 6 years and have put it through the ultimate durability test. I use it mainly for home studio recording/playback as well as my mobile DJ setup. This interface is built to last forever. I'm convinced that I could continue using it for another 10 years with no problem.Sound quality is wonderful. I've used interfaces 2-3X its price and this one can easily stack up.I will say with the new Presonus Studio 2I6 coming out they should drop the price. I love the Audiobox 22VSL, but with the newer model offering a higher resolution (192kHz) and more outputs it's a better buy if the price difference staysBut overall you cannot go wrong with this.
Music background: Producer, Songwriter, DJ

Presonus Interface

Incredible customer service beyond anything I expected. Knowledgable staff who were happy to take the time on the phone to ensure I was purchasing what I needed. And for someone who's not all that tech savvy with some of this stuff, it's was much appreciated. This is my new go to place for gear.Oh yeah, and the gear I purhased turned out to be fantastic and exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Sweetweater!!
Music background: Part time musician

New to recording and so far so good

This is my first attempt to record and I'll have to say so far I've been really pleased. I had some issues with set up at the beginning because this thing HAS to be plugged into a USB 2.0. Other than that the difficulty is learning the software which becomes very intuitive if you keep using it. I'm sure I'll learn more and more and it will become even better. I highly suggest getting on youtube and searching some of the demos to help with the set up, and how to use it. I ended up choosing this one over some of the others because the software seemed simple to use but at the same time allowed you to really get in and detail some of your tracks. The stock plug ins are very good. I'm considering purchasing EZDrummer since I'm a horrible drummer to add a little more to the software. The device is sturdy and seems very well built.
Music background: Open Mike, Campfire, Fingerpicking

Best small interface

This is a huge upgrade from the original Audiobox. The effects are really great and there is no audible latency. One thing you have to make sure is that you have the 'mixer' knob turned to VSL when you are using the effects. I had to figure this out. Aside from that the box seems like its built like a tank. The preamps have plenty of gain and are not noisy in the least bit. A++++++
Music background: Pro Musician

A great buy for any Home Studio

The PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL is a sturdy, powerful, efficient, and Ergonomic piece of Gear that's compact and works and works and works! Its small and portable attributes make it ideal for someone on the go, in a Hotel Room, or somewhere else, but it's also sexy enough to be used in your home studio at 2 AM when those strikes of Inspiration hit you when you're never ready and never have pen in hand! I would highly recommend anyone to buy this piece of gear and for that matter, any PreSonus Product (including their Award-Winning DAW Studio One). If you are still not convinced, my final suggestion is call The Library Man at Sweetwater (Carson McClain) and he'll provide the finalizing concepts for you to truly understand the value. You need this in your life... Immediately... If not SOONER!!!!!!!
Music background: Rapper, Producer, Engineer, Electronic Musician, Software Review Specialist

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Cristian Good

I've been recording in the field with my PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL for years, and it's become a staple in my gear collection. Because it's USB powered, I can easily set up and record anywhere with my laptop, which lets me to capture professional-sounding live recordings where I can't bring bulkier studio gear. And since the AudioBox 22VSL is built into an extremely durable metal chassis, I never have to worry about tossing it in my backpack when I need to record on the go.
See also: USB Interfaces, PreSonus, PreSonus USB Audio Interfaces