PreSonus AudioBox iOne 2×2 USB/iPad Recording System Review

 

Especially designed for songwriters and guitarists on the move, the PreSonus AudioBox iOne 2×2 USB/iPad Recording System allows you to record voices and instrument compositions on a Windows PC, Mac, or iPad. This is a plug-and-play recorder capable of creating highly professional recordings with the help of its easy-to-use recording software. Load up powerful software from its library to record tracks and compositions with great ease. To record stereo sound on your iPad, load the free Capture Duo and capture your track. It is freely available at the Apple App Store. Initiate your 2-channel recording with just one touch. Arrange your tracks, edit them with your finger, then beam them via Wi-Fi to your Windows or Mac laptop or computer and edit them with the included Studio One 3 Artist software.

Opt for the affordable Capture for iPad to increase recording capacity to 32 tracks. USB bus powered, the AudioBox iOne is the recommended recording and production software for Mac and Windows. Transfer wirelessly all your recordings to Studio One 3 DAW software to edit and mix your transferred files. Complete projects on your laptop using this same Studio One 3 DAW software.

Connect your guitar or other instrument through the iOne’s instrument input, then capture your voice through its mic input. The PreSonus AudioBox iOne will connect you with professional- quality 24-bit/96 kHz converters, sweet-sounding class A mic preamplifier, and balanced TRS monitor outputs. Record your compositions on the road or in your studio. Capture your inspirational ideas and compositions on your iPad, then beam this output to your desktop or laptop where the same powerful production tools are already loaded and ready to help you edit your recordings. To listen to your recording details, connect through the crystal-clear headphone output.

The AudioBox iOne has a wonderful mobile interface that takes very little space. Place it on your table top, carry it along in your laptop bag to your office, or put it in your camping trip backpack. Compatible with standard iOS power accessories, this recorder is tenaciously built but weighs just 1.35 lbs. Sonic functionalities are extended with the inclusion of the Studio Magic plug-in suite. You’ll have access to 7 plug-ins in AAX, VST, and AU formats including Eventide H910, Eventide 2016 Stereo Room, Arturia Analog Lab Lite, Lexicon MPX – i Reverb, Brainworx bx_opto, SPL Attacker, Plugin Alliance, and Maag Audio EQ2. The PreSonus AudioBox iOne 2×2 USB/iPad Recording System includes virtual instruments and effects, interfaces and mixers like the AudioBox i-series, Studio-series interfaces, PreSonus AudioBox USB, StudioLive Series III, StudioLive RML-series mixers, and StudioLive AR USB.

Features

  • Has item dimensions of 3.25” x 9” x 8.75”
  • Weighs approximately 1.4 lbs.
  • Powered by USB bus 2.0/iPad audio interface
  • Comes with 1 mic & 1 instrument input with Class A mic preamp & +48V phantom power
  • Bundled with easy-to-use, powerful software
  • Just plug in your guitar and microphone to capture your voice and instrumental music
  • Comes with a powerful software library to simplify recording
  • Creates studio-quality 24-bit resolution with 44.1, 88.2, and 96 kHz sampling rates
  • Create full songs with unlimited audio with the Studio One 3 Artist for Mac and PCs
  • Allows you to beam tracks to your laptop or computer for edits and mixes
  • Connect any instrument to the AudioBox iOne to begin recording easily
  • Allows you to record on your iPad or computer
  • Control the master out and headphone out separately
  • Ideal for iPhone/iPad applications

Pros  

  • Includes the free Capture Duo to capture stereo recordings on iPad
  • Includes the easy-to-use Studio One 3 DAW software for Mac and Windows
  • Includes the Studio One Artist 3 for PC/Mac music production
  • Includes the Studio Magic plug-in suite for virtual instruments and effects
  • Gain access to 4 virtual instruments
  • Access and use 6+ GB sample content and beats
  • Mix your recordings with 30 native effects
  • Choose the optional, affordable Capture for iPad to record up to 32 tracks
  • Compatible with most recording software in your Windows, Mac or iPad
  • Connect any instrument to the AudioBox iOne to begin recording easily
  • Allows you to record on your iPad or computer
  • Control the master out and headphone out separately
  • Does not require external DAW software, instead use the included Studio One 3 DAW software

Cons

  • Incompatible with some PCs
  • Does not come with the driver CD, requires download from Apple Mac store

Verdict

If you are a guitarist or a songwriter, the PreSonus AudioBox iOne 2×2 USB/iPad Recording System offers you the perfect plug-and-play recorder to record your voice and instrument in stereophonic sound. This recorder comes with a host of software capable of creating various effects and virtual instrument renditions directly from your iPad or computer. Capture Duo is free software that allows you to capture audio on to your iPad. Transfer all your files to the included software Studio One 3 DAW to complete editing and mixing easily, or arrange your tracks and edit them with Capture Duo before completing your final edits with the Studio One 3 DAW. To increase recording capacity, opt for the affordable Capture for iPad that allows you to record 32 tracks. Use its balanced TRS monitor outputs, professional quality 24-bit/96 kHz converters, and its sweet-sounding class A mic preamplifier to record your music in a studio or on the move.

You can monitor the recording process with the help of its crystal-clear headphone output. Compact and portable, this unit weighs just 1.35 lbs., and easily fits into a small bag. One of the most important features introduced in this AudioBox iOne is the Studio Magic plug-in suite. Create magic with seven plug-ins in AAX, VST, and AU formats, including the versatile Eventide 2016 Stereo Room and Brainworx bx_opto. Use virtual instruments and create dazzling effects with the PreSonus AudioBox iOne 2×2 USB/iPad Recording System interfaces and mixers. You’ll have access to StudioLive Series III, StudioLive AR USB, AudioBox i-series, PreSonus AudioBox USB, StudioLive RML-series mixers, and Studio-series interfaces. This is one handy tool that all budding musicians and recordists must have in their toolkits, especially if they fancy achieving sophisticated recordings on their iPads.

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