New Gear Review: Presonus Audiobox iOne and iTwo USB Interfaces

Presonus_audiobox_itwoSMALLThe PreSonus AudioBoxTM iOne ($129 MAP) and AudioBox iTwo ($159 MAP) are USB bus-powered audio/MIDI interfaces for Mac®, Windows® and Apple's
iPad using an attendant USB power supply.

Both feature metal chassis and control knobs. The AudioBox iOne has separate XLR microphone input and 1⁄4-inch instrument jacks, while AudioBox iTwo offers two combo mic and switchable line/instrument inputs. Both feature high-performance class-A mic preamplifiers with phantom power, 24-bit/96 kHz converters, a pair of balanced 1⁄4-inch line outputs plus a separate headphone output jack and level control.

The AudioBox iTwo adds MIDI In/Out jacks and
both interfaces have an internal analog mixer with zero-latency monitoring that works with any recording software that supports Core Audio (Mac)
or ASIO (Windows). I tried my AudioBox iTwo with Pro Tools HD 11.2.1 running on my Mac and found it to be superior in all ways to the other small interface I had been using.
 These rugged PreSonus USB interfaces come with Studio One® Artist DAW software for Mac and Windows, and download links to new CaptureTM Duo recording software for iPad.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com