Presonus AudioBox iTwo Audio Interface
Overview from GAK
The big brother to the AudioBox iOne, the AudioBox iTwo from PreSonus is a tough, powerful and portable audio interface perfect for amateur and professional musicians, vocalists, podcasters and sound designers, who want to be able to quickly and efficiently record high-quality audio at home, in the studio, or out there in the big wide world!
Waste no time with lengthy set-ups and third-party DAW’s, thanks to the inclusion of Studio One Artist software for Mac and Windows plus Capture Duo recording software for iPad. Simply power up the bus-powered AudioBox iTwo with the USB 2.0 cable, plug in your microphones, instruments and/or MIDI device via the dual mic and switchable line/instrument or MIDI inputs and you are ready to record.
Recording your performance from such a lightweight and portable device (0.62KG) doesn’t mean you scrimp on recording quality, in fact from the off we found the AudioBox iTwo recorded clean and crisp audio thanks to its 24-bit, 96 kHz digital converters and Class-A mic preamps.
Using the included Studio One Artist software you can record, edit and mix your audio with no additional installations required, setup is very quick and the programme includes a multitude of professional-quality plug-ins, virtual instruments, sounds, and loops. Additionally, the included Capture Duo software allows you to record directly to your iPad and even wirelessly transfer what you capture to your computer!
The AudioBox iTwo is powerful enough to record high-quality audio yet small enough to fit in your rucksack, at home in the studio or on your dining room table. However and wherever you use it, the AudioBox iTwo will accommodate your recording needs.
Can I record audio using solely my iPad?
Yes, the included Capture Duo recording software for iPad is simple to install and allows you to record up to two stereo tracks, which you can then wirelessly transfer to your computers Studio One Artist programme (if you have one set up) for additional editing mixing and arranging. Additionally, if you wanted to the number of tracks available to record with, you can upgrade by purchasing the low-cost, 32-track version of Capture for via the Apple Store.
Is the AudioBox iTwo good for podcasting?
Absolutely! The AudioBox iTwo has not one but two mic inputs backed up by Class A preamps and 48V phantom power, having two mic inputs allows you to conduct interviews in the best possible way, with two separate mics. In addition, the included Capture Duo and Studio One Artist software will enable you to capture everything easily via your computer or iPad.Let us also not forget that the AudioBox iTwo's small size and low weight means you can travel wherever you need to get that interview or recording and not worry about the logistics of carrying heavier equipment.
Will this work with any microphone?
Thanks to the AudioBox iTwo’s Class A mic preamps and 48 Volt phantom power, you can rig up any microphone you require for your type of recording, whether you are capturing crisp and warm vocals via a cardioid condenser mic such as a Sure SM7B, or even recording atmospheres and SFX for your videos with a Rode NT55.
How can I check my recording levels are ok?
The AudioBox iTwo offers a stereo headphone output with independent level control so you can ensure your recording is sounding exactly how you want it. In addition, the signal present and clipping LED indicator lights will notify you if you have a signal drop or your levels are too high!
- Bus-powered USB 2.0/iPad audio interface
- 24-bit resolution; 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz sampling rate
- 2 microphone inputs with low-noise, high-headroom, Class A mic preamplifiers and +48V phantom power
- 2 switchable line/instrument inputs
- 2 balanced ¼” TRS main line-level outputs
- 1x1 MIDI In/Out
- Stereo headphone output with independent level control
- Zero-latency monitoring via internal analog mixer (variable mix via Mix knob)
- Large main volume knob
- Signal present and clipping LEDs
- Studio One® Artist DAW software (Mac/Windows) and 6+ GB of third-party resources
- Transfer files wirelessly from Capture for iPad to Studio One
- Compatible with almost all recording software for Mac®, Windows®, and iPad®
- Studio Magic Plug-in Suite included
- Construction and Security
- Kensington lock hole
- Metal chassis
- Type: XLR female, balanced
- Frequency Response (±3.0 dB): 20 Hz to 20 kHz
- Input Impedance (Balanced): 1,200Ω
- THD+N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain): < 0.008%
- S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 22 kHz): > 95 dB
- Gain Control Range (± 1 dB): 0 dB to 52 dB
- Max Input Level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +10 dBu
- Phantom Power (±2 VDC): +48 VDC
- Type: ¼" TRS female, balanced
- Input: Impedance 10 kΩ
- Type: ¼" TS female, unbalanced
- Input Impedance: 1 MΩ
- Type: ¼" TRS female, balanced
- Output Impedance: 51Ω
- Type: ¼" TRS active stereo
- Maximum Output: 60 mW/ch. @ 60Ω Load
- Frequency Response (±1.0 dB): 20 Hz - 30 kHz
- Type: Dual 5-pin female DIN
- ADC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 105 dB
- DAC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 105 dB
- Bit Depth: 24
- Reference Level for 0 dBFS: +10 dBu
- Internal Sample Frequency Selections (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
- Power: USB bus-powered
- Height: 1.71” (43.5 mm)
- Depth: 5.31" (135 mm)
- Width: 7.56” (192 mm)
- Weight: 1.35 lbs (0.62 kg)
My experience of this unit was unfortunately not a good one. On the positive side, it is of impressively substantial construction and agreeably simplistic to use. The problem is that the volume output from the Presonus to the PC recording app is extremely minimal - I mean seriously ridiculously minimal - to the extent that, at first, I didn't think that it was working at all. Increasing the input volume level was not helpful as this only caused distortion. Admittedly I had previously read a review which did mention this problem, but even so I was not prepared for the reality of quite how useless it turned out to be in this regard. During my enquiries into this peculiar situation I was informed that 'the manufacturers say this is not a fault in my particular unit, but is its normal standard of operation'. I would advise any potential purchasers to consider other makes of audio interface, and to avoid this one at all cost. This should not be seen as any reflection upon Gak itself, because they proved to be extremely helpful and efficient in responding to my communications, and arranged for me to return it for refund with no nonsense whatsoever.
Positives: Affordable, well specified and very neat unit that is easy to use and works seamlessly with my iMac and iPad. Integrates well with GarageBand on both devices. Negatives: Recording level is low, requiring the channel gains to be near the top of their range in order to give an acceptable level. This especially for recording speech. In comparison, my friend’s Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 v2, provides good recording levels with the gains set midway. The user instructions don’t give details about the connections, for example: Outputs, are they TRS balanced, suitable for passive/active monitors? Line Inputs, are these TRS balanced or TS unbalanced? Would like to have a power on/off switch so as to avoid having to connect/disconnect the USB lead. Haven’t found Studio One 5 Prime to be the most intuitive DAW, but then they all have a learning curve. Overall: The Presonus Audiobox iTwo seems to be a good unit. It has the functionality I was looking for and sits well on the desktop.
Updated to this audio interface from an Mbox 2 because the Mbox was not compatible with Catalina / Logic. The PreSonus works a treat can’t fault it, ideal for home recording.
A lot of product for the money. Great hardware but also comes with tons of downloads.
Great little box with everything you need, no set up issues.