Professional quality wherever you record.

You don’t need to have a million-dollar studio to sell a lot of records. Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska was recorded in a hotel room. Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago was tracked at a cabin in the woods. And can you guess where Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes was produced? The AudioBox 22VSL delivers professional-caliber 24-bit, 96 kHz audio quality in a rugged, compact enclosure, allowing you to create your next hit whether your studio is in your home or in your backpack.

Professional-quality sound.

The AudioBox 22VSL features the same award-winning Class A XMAX preamps featured in our StudioLive AI mixers, found in recording studios and venues the world over. Record and play back at sampling rates up to 96 kHz, with remarkably low noise. If that’s all geek to you, here’s the simple version: This thing sounds great.

What's so great about an XMAX preamp?

The microphone preamplifier is a key component in the audio quality of a recording, and all mic preamps are not created equal. The AudioBox 22VSL includes custom-designed, high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers that are suitable for use with all types of microphones.

The job of a microphone preamplifier in an audio interface is to boost a microphone-level signal to line level before conversion to the digital domain. A good preamp boosts the level to almost 400 times that of the original signal, making the preamp one of the most important stages in an interface. Inexpensive or poorly designed preamps can lead to thin, noisy, or even harsh and brittle results. But with XMAX preamps, the sonic quality is limited only by what microphone you plug into it.

XMAX preamplifiers are built with three key elements:

  • Class A. Class A circuits have no crossover distortion and deliver purer, clearer, and more musical results than the Class AB designs that are found in many preamps.
  • High Voltage. The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. Most off-the-shelf, op-amp-based designs run on power rails of 10V to 18V. Higher-voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs, and a richer overall sound.
  • Discrete components—not op-amps. We only use genuine transistors, resistors, and capacitors. Op-amps add noise, coloration, and harshness to a signal. Our discrete design delivers ultra-low noise and transparency.

The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range, extended frequency response, and—most important—musicality and transparency.

Perfect for guitarists, singer / songwriters, and podcasters.

The AudioBox 22VSL’s two front-panel combo mic/instrument inputs make it a great choice for a singer/songwriter or for a couple of guitarists who want to collaborate or jam. A mix control blends the input signal with the computer playback stream for zero-latency monitoring so you can overdub new tracks without hearing annoying delays. With its MIDI I/O, you can connect the AudioBox 22VSL to keyboards, sound modules, and control surfaces. These features make the AudioBox 22VSL a simple, affordable, mobile solution for podcasting, recording sermons, and teaching music, too!

Roadworthy and ready to travel.

We gave the AudioBox 22VSL a heavy-duty steel chassis and metal knobs, so it can take a serious pounding and remain completely reliable. Its screaming-loud headphone output ensures you can hear your music loud and clear, even in noisy locations. And it’s USB bus powered, so you can record with it anywhere you can use a laptop. So drop it in your laptop bag, mount it in a rack, or slap it on a tabletop.

World-class recording software included.

Seamlessly integrated with the included PreSonus Studio One® 3 Artist DAW, the AudioBox 22VSL interface works with virtually all Mac and Windows audio-recording software. Built by creative people for creative music production, Studio One 3 is easy to learn and enables you to compose, record, and produce your masterpiece without getting distracted by the tools. Studio One also enjoys a robust online community of enthusiastic and helpful users you can turn to for advice.

Learn more about Studio One 3 Artist

All PreSonus interfaces come with PreSonus’ powerful, yet easy-to-use Studio One® 3 Artist recording and production software for Mac® and Windows®. Studio One 3 enables you to compose, record, and produce your masterpiece without getting distracted by the tools, thanks to a straightforward design, a powerful file browser with extensive use of drag-and-drop, in-depth editing, and an Arranger Track and Scratch Pads that let you experiment without losing previous work. It’s inherently Internet-savvy; comes with a wealth of effects plug-ins, virtual instruments, and loops; and can be expanded with Add-ons.

Moreover, Studio One integrates tightly with PreSonus interfaces, configuring automatically—no need to map inputs and outputs. You can even wirelessly transfer recordings from Capture for iPad to Studio One, so you can record anytime, anywhere and edit and mix later. And Studio One 3’s sound quality is, quite simply, unparalleled. These are just a few of the reasons that Studio One 3 is the new standard for DAWs. See what’s new in version 3.

Designed for the studio. Built for the road.

Whether you're just getting into recording or are a veteran producer who wants to go mobile, the AudioBox 22VSL will give you great sound in a bus-powered, rugged chassis that's ready to hit the road when you are. The perfect companion for any recording software, the AudioBox 22VSL comes equipped with Studio One Artist to provide you with a complete recording solution right out of the box. Check out the AudioBox 22VSL and Studio One at your favorite PreSonus dealer.