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PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL USB Recording System

USB 2.0 18 x 18 Recording System
Part No: AUDIOBOX1818VSL

The PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL is a fully integrated USB 2.0 and MIDI interface with 8 analog inputs and outputs, ADAT optical and S/PDIF digital input and outputs as well as a bunch of low-latency processing and effects!

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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.

Using your computer CPU and PreSonus Virtual StudioLive™ (VSL) software, AudioBox VSL-series interfaces provide reverb and delay effects and the same Fat Channel compression, limiting, semi-parametric EQ, and high-pass filter, as the PreSonus StudioLive™ 16.0.2 digital mixer— all with inaudible latency.

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.

Clearly the AudioBox 1818VSL is much more than a next-generation USB 2.0 audio and MIDI interface. With eight analog inputs and outputs; ADAT optical and S/PDIF digital input and outputs; real-time, a wealth of low-latency processing and effects; word-clock output; rock-solid construction; software mixing; wireless remote control from an iPad; and high-end audio quality, it’s a game changer.

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)

 

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

Specifications

Additional Information

Specification

Computer system requirements:

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

 

Windows

  • Windows® 7 x64/x32 SP1, Windows 8 x64/x32
  • Intel® Core™ Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X4 or better recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 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 1024x768 resolution
  • 20 GB hard-disk space
  • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended

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 1024x768 pixels.

 

Microphone Inputs

  • Connector Type: Combo, XLR, female, balanced
  • Mic Preamp EIN: -133 dB, 20 kHz BW, max gain, Rs=40Ω, A-wtd
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 22 kHz, ±0.25 dB, unity gain
  • THD+N: 0.002%, +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
  • S/N Ratio: 97 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 Impedance: 1.7 kΩ
  • Phantom Power: +48 VDC, 32 mA total unit

 

Line Inputs

  • Connector Type: Combo, ¼” TRS, female, balanced
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 22 kHz, ±0.25 dB, unity gain
  • THD+N: 0.002%, +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
  • S/N Ratio: 98 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 Impedance: 10 kΩ

 

Instrument Inputs

  • Connector Type: Combo, ¼” TS, female, unbalanced
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 22 kHz, ±0.25 dB, unity gain
  • THD+N: 0.003%, +4 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
  • S/N Ratio: 89 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 Impedance: 1 MΩ

 

Analog Outputs

  • Connector Type: ¼” TRS, female, impedance balanced
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 22 kHz, ±0.25 dB
  • THD+N: 0.003%, 1 kHz, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
  • S/N Ratio: 109 dB, 1 kHz, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd
  • Output Level: +10 dBu, <0.5% THD
  • Output Impedance: 51Ω

 

Headphone Outputs

  • Connector Type: ¼” TRS, female, stereo
  • Maximum Power: 120 mW/ch @ 60Ω load
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±0.5 dB, max gain
  • THD+N: 0.01%, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 kHz BW, A-wtd
  • S/N Ratio: 96 dB, 1 kHz, max gain, 20 kHz BW, A-wtd

 

Digital

  • ADC Dynamic Range: 114 dB, 48 kHz, A-wtd
  • DAC Dynamic Range: 114 dB, 48 kHz, A-wtd
  • Host Interface: USB 2.0 high-speed
  • Bit Depth: 24-bit
  • Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
  • Maximum Latency: 6 mS, analog input to analog output
  • ADAT Optical I/O: Toslink™ connectors, ADAT/SMUX formats
  • S/PDIF I/O: RCA female connectors
  • Word Clock Output: BNC connector, 4.5 Vpp @ 75Ω load
  • MIDI I/O: 5-pin DIN connectors

 

Power

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

 

Physical

  • Dimensions: 1U rackmount
  • Height: 1.75” (44.45 mm)
  • Depth: 5.5” (139.7 mm)
  • Width: 19” (482.6 mm)
  • Weight: 4.6 lb. (2.1 kg)

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