PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL

USB Audio Interface, 4-in/4-out, with 2 Microphone/Instrument Preamplifiers, 2 Microphone/Line Preamplifiers, MIDI I/O, and Studio One Artist DAW Software
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Premium Performance, Desktop-friendly Interface!

The PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL USB audio interface gives you a great way to get into 24-bit/96kHz recording in a compact interface. Featuring four acclaimed XMAX microphone 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 44VSL comes with PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW software for instant music-making action. If you want compact recording convenience but don't want to compromise on audio quality, the PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL USB audio interface is for you.

Exceptional audio quality

From the XMAX microphone preamps to the high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz converters, the PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL'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 44VSL.

PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW included

The AudioBox 44VSL 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 44VSL!

FREE Plug-in Suite for Your Favorite DAW

PreSonus delivers more value than ever with their mixers and interfaces, thanks to the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite. This extensive collection of seven popular plug-ins covers models of top studio gear from manufacturers such as Maag Audio, Lexicon, and Arturia, adding up to hundreds of dollars of extra value. Punch up your mix bus with Brainworx's bx-opto, add ambience with Eventide's SP2016-inspired Stereo Room reverb, fire up transients with SPL's Attacker, and much more. And since these plug-ins are available in AAX, VST, and AU formats, they're compatible with any DAW you choose.

PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL 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
  • Multiple input options plus small size make the AudioBox 44VSL a great mobile recording interface
  • Comes with PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW software for a complete music making experience, right out of the box
The PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL 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 4 x 4
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/TS Combo, 2 x XLR/TRS Combo
Analog Outputs 4 x TRS
Number of Preamps 4
Phantom Power Yes
Rack Spaces Half
Manufacturer Part Number AUDIOBOX 44VSL

Customer Reviews

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PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL

Excellent product and works with flawless perfection.For home studio use I would highly recommend this as it gives you an edge over the smaller USB interface products as you can run up to 4 instruments through it and it works flawlessly with the PreSonus Studio One v3 software.Anyone who is interested in putting together a small home studio or recording with a few friends I suggest that you give this product a try as you get lots of value for your money and you won't be sorry.
Music background: Retired from touring but still doing home recording

Works very well

After reading reviews on this product from Sweetwater, Amazon, and even the Presonus forum, I almost did not buy this. I spoke with Brett (a great salesman btw and recording engineer), and he said he sells these all the time and has never heard of the issues reported. So I figured I would give it a shot. I have recorded maybe 50+ tracks and I have not seen any of the cracking or popping issues that were talked about. It worked exactly as expected. The Studio One software is pretty easy to navigate from the fly and the unit is about as plug and play as anything in music. I am not saying that popping does effect some people, but it does not with my setup. My setup: 44VSL recording with electric drums, Taylor 814CE, Alvarez pd90, Fender strat, Keyboards, a mic'd cello, and four vocals with Blue 300s. Computer is a laptop Dell Inspiron 5720 (I7 and 12 gig) with Windows 10. Of note: I did see that most of the issues above were from Mac users. It is my understanding that Mac changed some operational aspects of their USB which Presonus had trouble working around. So, for those that are experiencing problems or might experience problems, a few things I learned from research online. If you have any popping or static issues, try changing the USB chord to a different input on the computer. Also, make sure NOTHING else is running in the background except Studio One and the AudioBox software. Lastly, minimize if not eliminate all other USB connections. If that does not work, try replacing the USB cord. Also, try a different instrument and eliminate that possibility.. Product Review and basic operation: It really is very close to plug-n-play. You will follow the instructions to download all the latest software from the Presonus site (both Audiobox and Studio One 3). Plug it in and boot up the software and you will select 44VSL from the list (very easy). After that, it is time to start recording. Do note that the instructions that came with the unit mention a disc, but there is none. All is downloaded from the Presonus site. Another last aspect: The Studio One is not the full Pro version. There will be aspects which you will not be able to do without upgrading. You can upgrade at any time. There are several online tutorials from Presonus which are 'ok'. The best one is on youtube and is about 30 minutes long which discussed using the USB Audiobox into the S1 software... which is the same software you will use. There is a LOT of headroom which gives you a lot more flexibility. I suggest when hooking up your instrument the first time, do a sound check and adjust the gain from the 44vsl to make sure you do not get distortion. The return to headphones (or going through a PA) is pretty much instantaneous. I do not notice any delay. It also has a very nice metronome function that can be overlaid as a track with a single button or do pre-count (which is also editable). There is also the 1818VSL, but for those that have not done a lot of recording, that might be an overkill. The only real benefit I see in going with a larger input(s) is to mic individual drums (which we obviously do not have an issue with as ours are electric) or if you have a really large home studio and don't want to fuss with pulling/sharing new lines (which I understand). I have been most successful recording independent tracks and overlaying or splicing into a full recording. It keeps everyone from screwing up when the bass decides it's time to take off on his own rhythm half way through the recording. Maybe that's never been a problem with anyone else (snicker)? All in all, I would really recommend this product. For those interested in a very nice DAW and interface with a lot of capabilities, I don't think you can go wrong. Considering the very high costs to go with a full recording setup, this is a great alternative and will probably have more functionality than many of the users are knowledgeable of. For those with MACs, maybe keep your receipt? Again, I am not stating that there were not some issues with others, but it obviously is not universal.
Music background: Songwriter/Player

PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL

I am very pleased with the purchase of the 44VSL, the sound quality is amazing ! The addition of the virtual mixer is really nice, I actually have latency free recording now... with effects ! It's very solidly built, and a nice looking piece of equipment. I enjoyed the Studio One 2 Artist DAW so much, I quickly upgraded to the "PRO" version at a very good discounted price. Sweetwater, and Presonus make a great team !
Music background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer, Live Sound

Straight-forward audio interface!

I am new to the recording field, so have a great deal to learn with regard to using the software with this unit. However, as a unit in itself, it suits my purposes. I play the harp and am alone with my efforts, so I needed to be able to record myself as not only a learning tool, but to eventually record a demo for hopeful gigs next summer in my area. The hookup is simple. I had my own mic that Sweetwater was unfamiliar with, which turned out to NOT be compatible with this unit (after working with Sweetwater's tech support who worked with me right in my computer online). So I purchased a matched pair of Rode NT5's which were (and I will review at a later date upon Sweetwater's request...) The AudioBox 44VSL with 4 inputs is great, since the harp requires at least 2 mics (and a possible 3rd for additional ambient sound if desired) and a 4th available for an additional musician. I am looking forward to really getting into using this audio interface and software as winter forces me more and more indoors!!! Thank you, Sweetwater, for your recommendation of this piece of equipment.
Music background: Harpist

Real Clean Preamps

Let me tell you this thing sound way better than my Mbox 3 usb. The preamps its what really get me, real clean. All you need is a good microphone. I use to do a lots eq and ect, also bring up my Daw faders just to here my mix not with these preamps all you have do is get a good signal and mix throw a master plugin on end. Everything up front and clean, This might be the only audio interface I ever need real talk. Now one thing to take in mind is this, I am not a rookie in audio engineering you have to know what you doing to get a great recording and performance. In saying that for the price you pay for this Interface and a skilled engineer you will be blown away by this interface. Let this be the center piece of your studio then later on get a good mic preamp to add on to it. Thank you Mike Hammond and Sweetwater for always having great service to your customers.
Music background: Recording Engineer,Student, Artist
See also: USB Interfaces, PreSonus, PreSonus USB Audio Interfaces