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PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL
Item Id: AUDIOBOX1818VSL
PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL
PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL
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The flagship in PreSonus’ new generation of USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces, the AudioBox 1818VSL takes hardware/software integration to the next level and delivers a combination of features, audio quality, and value that is unprecedented in this product category.
 
It’s a great choice for project studios, performing bands, school music labs, and a wide variety of corporate installations and other contractor applications.

This is a pro product all the way, with high-end 24-bit, 96 kHz converters; Class A XMAX™ preamps; ADAT optical I/O; S/PDIF coaxial I/O; word-clock output; and MIDI I/O, housed in a heavy-duty, rack-mount metal chassis.

Furthermore, thanks to the power of VSL, the AudioBox 1818VSL includes a 26x8 software mixer. As a result, with just an AudioBox 1818VSL and your laptop or other computer, you can mix a studio session or live show featuring a full band—all while monitoring and recording with or without real-time effects!

And you can do it simply and easily, with no hardware mixer, no outboard effects rack, and minimal wiring, thanks to the tight integration between PreSonus hardware and software.

What’s so great about effects and processing on monitors?
 
Tracking without hearing effects and signal processing is like playing a video game with your eyes closed. Musicians rely on aural cues when performing, and their performance can vary depending on what they hear in their monitors.
Adding just the right amount of compression, EQ, and reverb can make a huge difference in their ability to hear themselves clearly and to experience their performance as if it occurred in a natural space rather than in the artificial sonic environment of the studio. The result is a better performance and ultimately a better recording.
 
Overcoming the Latency Problem

You have plenty of effects plug-ins for your DAW, but processing audio with a DAW takes more time than you might think. True, we’re talking milliseconds, but it’s long enough that if you put DAW effects in your monitors, you’ll either hear the original sound slightly before the processed signal, or play a note on your instrument and have to wait a moment to hear the result of your action. Both of which are very disorienting.

Fortunately, our engineering wizards have dramatically reduced processing delay in the AudioBox VSL series. The result: dynamics processing, EQ, reverb, and effects that feel real, with no audible delay.

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Input/Output
  • 2 dual-purpose, front-panel, mic/instrument input channels with:
    • Combo XLR mic and balanced ¼" instrument input
    • Class A XMAX™ mic / instrument preamp
    • Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range
  • 6 dual-purpose, front-panel, mic/line input channels with:
    • Combo XLR mic and balanced ¼" line input
    • Class A XMAX™ mic preamp
    • Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range
  • 2 balanced ¼” main (L/R) line outputs
  • 8 balanced ¼” auxiliary (L/R) line outputs
  • 8 channels ADAT optical input and output (at 44.1 or 48 kHz; 4 channels at 88.2 or 96 kHz)
  • 2 channels (stereo) S/PDIF coaxial input and output
  • 1 stereo ¼” headphone output with level control
  • 1 BNC word-clock output
  • MIDI In/Out
  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • Meters, Controls, and Features
    • True +48V phantom power for condenser microphones (switchable in two banks for channels 1-4 and 5-8)
    • Main-output level control
    • Power/USB sync LED
    • LED clip indicator for each channel
    • L/R main output meter (dual 7-segment LED ladder)
  • Digitalia
    • 24-bit resolution and 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz sampling rate
    • Professional-grade A/D/A converters (+114 dBu dynamic range)
    • Mac®- and Windows®-compatible, including Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Windows 7
    • Supports ASIO, Core Audio, Direct Sound (Windows XP), Windows Audio Session API (Windows Vista and Windows 7)
  • Physical
    • 1U rack-mountable
      • Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
    • Weighs 4.6 lb. (2.1 kg)
    • 18 VDC external power supply (included)
  • Bundled Software
    • Virtual StudioLive™ (VSL) ultra-low-latency control and effects software for Mac® and Windows®; manages:
      • Near-zero-latency monitoring with extensive signal processing
      • 26 x 8 DSP mixer
      • StudioLive™16.0.2 Fat Channel compressor, limiter, expander, high-pass filter, and semi-parametric EQ for each input, and analog output and its DAW return
      • 2 stereo effects buses with reverb and delay
      • More than 50 Fat Channel DSP presets for enhancing instrument and vocal recordings
    • Studio One® Artist 2
      • PreSonus’ revolutionary digital audio workstation for Mac and Windows, with unlimited track count and 10+ GB of third-party resources. With Studio One's Nimbit® extension, you can immediately start selling your music.
    • AB1818VSL Remote (free from the Apple App Store)
      • Provides iPad® remote control over Virtual StudioLive Software
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