PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL 18×18 USB Recording System

  • 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
SKU: 673454001277 Category: Model Number: AUDIOBOX-1818VSL

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Description

About PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL 18×18 USB Recording System

Flexible and Expandable. AudioBox 1818VSL: A professional solution that expands to meet your needs.

A professional recording system you can grow with.

When you’re recording a full band, you need an interface with enough I/O to handle the challenge. For these sessions, the PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL 18×18 USB recording system has you covered with six mic/line inputs and two mic/instruments inputs, each with a crystal-clear, high-headroom XMAX preamp. Want to track the whole band at once and send to multiple sets of monitors, headphone amps, and outboard gear? Connect a PreSonus® DigiMax™ D8 or DigiMax DP88 8-channel preamp/converter via ADAT Optical and a digital device via S/PDIF for a total of 18 inputs and 18 outputs.

XMAX preamps + 96 kHz sampling = great sound.

The PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL 18×18 USB recording system records and plays back at sampling rates up to 96 kHz, with remarkably low noise. It features the same Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers as our StudioLive AI mixers, which are found in recording studios and live venues the world over. The result is clean, pure, audiophile-quality sound.

A versatile solution for almost any studio.

The AudioBox 1818VSL’s two combo mic/instrument and six combo mic/line inputs make it extremely versatile, enabling you to use it with microphones, guitars, keyboards, DJ gear, and more. But that’s just the start: The 1818VSL is loaded with features that make it suitable for almost any studio situation and on the road.

World-class recording software included.

Seamlessly integrated with the included PreSonus Studio One® 3 Artist DAW, the PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL 18×18 USB recording system 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.

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 PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL 18×18 USB recording system will give you great sound in a rugged chassis that’s ready to hit the road when you are. The perfect companion for any recording software, the AudioBox 1818VSL comes equipped with Studio One Artist to provide you with a complete recording solution right out of the box. Check out the AudioBox 1818VSL and Studio One at your favorite PreSonus dealer.

Now includes Studio Magic Plug-in Suite.

This suite of plug-ins adds a wealth of fresh sounds and effects to Studio One. Cherry-picked from the first names in virtual instruments and effects, each plug-in brings a different flavor of practical magic to your songs. These plug-ins aren’t gimmicky one-trick ponies — these are real-deal workhorses that you’ll rely on for countless mixes.

Features

PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL 18×18 USB Recording System Features:

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)

Included Software​

  • Studio One® Artist license included, PreSonus’ revolutionary digital audio workstation for Mac and Windows, with unlimited track count and 2 GB content

Specifications

PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL 18×18 USB Recording System Specifications:

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for the AudioBox 1818VSL:

Windows

  • Windows® 7x 64/x86 SP1 or Windows 8/8.1 x64/x86 or Windows 10 x64/x86
  • Intel® Core™ 2 processor (Intel® Core™ i3 processor or better recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

Mac

  • Mac® OS X 10.8 or later*
  • Intel Core Duo processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Core i3 or better recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)

Windows and Mac Systems

  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Internet connection (only for activation)
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Monitor with at least 1024×768 resolution
  • 20 GB hard-disk space
  • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
* Please Note: Starting with OS X 10.11, Apple has restricted kernel level mixing access for third party vendors. This means that the included VSL software will no longer function on Mac operating systems beyond version 10.10. On OS X version 10.11 or higher, AudioBox VSL devices will only operate as low-latency, class-complaint audio interfaces.
The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.
Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) than you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals. Monitor resolution for both PC and Macintosh should be no lower than 1024×768 pixels.

Microphone Inputs

Connector TypeCombo, XLR, female, balanced
Mic Preamp EIN-133 dB, 20 kHz BW, max gain, Rs=40Ω, A-wtd
Frequency Response20 Hz – 22 kHz, ±0.25 dB, unity gain
THD+N0.002%, +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
S/N Ratio97 dB, +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
Gain Control Range-15 dB to +65 dB
Input Max Headroom+16 dBu, < 0.5% THD
Input Impedance1.7 kΩ
Phantom Power+48 VDC, 32 mA total unit

Line Inputs

Connector TypeCombo, ¼” TRS, female, balanced
Frequency Response20 Hz – 22 kHz, ±0.25 dB, unity gain
THD+N0.002%, +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
S/N Ratio98 dB, +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
Gain Control Range-20 dB to +20 dB
Input Max Headroom+21 dBu, < 0.5% THD
Input Impedance10 kΩ

Instrument Inputs

Connector TypeCombo, ¼” TS, female, unbalanced
Frequency Response20 Hz – 22 kHz, ±0.25 dB, unity gain
THD+N0.003%, +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
S/N Ratio89 dB, +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
Gain Control Range-30 dB to +50 dB
Input Max Headroom+21 dBu, < 0.5% THD
Input Impedance1 MΩ

Analog Outputs

Connector Type¼” TRS, female, impedance balanced
Frequency Response20 Hz – 22 kHz, ±0.25 dB
THD+N0.003%, 1 kHz, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
S/N Ratio109 dB, 1 kHz, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
Output Level+10 dBu, <0.5% THD
Output Impedance51Ω

Headphone Outputs

Connector Type¼” TRS, female, stereo
Maximum Power120 mW/ch @ 60Ω load
Frequency Response20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.5 dB, max gain
THD+N0.01%, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 kHz BW, A-wtd
S/N Ratio96 dB, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 kHz BW, A-wtd

Digital

ADC Dynamic Range114 dB, 48 kHz, A-wtd
DAC Dynamic Range114 dB, 48 kHz, A-wtd
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0 high-speed
Bit Depth24-bit
Sample Rates44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
Maximum Latency6 mS, analog input to analog output
ADAT Optical I/OToslink™ connectors, ADAT/SMUX formats
S/PDIF I/ORCA female connectors
Word Clock OutputBNC connector, 4.5 Vpp @ 75Ω load
MIDI I/O5-pin DIN connectors

Power

External Power Adapter+18 VDC, 2.6A, center-positive
Connector TypeBarrel: 5.5 mm OD, 2.1 mm ID, 9.5 mm length

Additional information

Weight9.0 lbs
Dimensions24.0 × 12.0 × 5.0 in

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