Hardware Review: PreSonus AudioBox GO Interface

Enter AudioBox GO from PreSonus. This interface was announced in February 2022 and has been flying ever since. Ultra-affordable, surprisingly powerful, and small enough to fit in your pocket, the AudioBox GO lets you get creative right out of the box. Compatible with Mac, Windows, iOs and Android, you can get creative anywhere and anytime. Whether you’re recording chords on your keyboard during a jam session or working on an album, this powerful interface has you covered.

Technical specifications

  • 2 in/2 out
  • USB2.0
  • 24bit/96kHz
  • USB-C connector
  • 50 dB variable gain
  • Direct monitoring
  • Weight: 220g

I/O

With AudioBox GO, you get a TS instrument input for recording guitar or bass and an XLR mic/line combo input with an XMAX L studio-grade preamp for recording vocals, keyboard, drum machine, or anything else. line-level instrument. There’s a dedicated gain knob for each channel, which provides 50dB of variable gain (0 to +50dB for mics and -15 to +35dB for line/instrument), and a bright red LED that lights up. lights up if your signal is too hot. You also get a 48+ volt phantom power button with blue LED indicator for XLR/line input to power your condenser microphones.

The interface has a 1/4″ TRS stereo headphone output with mix control and a dedicated headphone level control on the front. This is ideal as you have all your controls directly on the front for easy access. You also get two balanced 1/4″ TRS main outputs for studio monitors or speakers.

Converters

Studio-grade converters enable up to 24-bit/96kHz recording and playback, giving you professional audio quality.

Software included

When you register your new AudioBox GO, you get Studio One® Prime DAW recording software and the Studio Magic software bundle, which includes music tutorials, tons of sound samples, and virtual instruments.

Setup is very simple. You literally just plug in and go!

Advantages

  • Lightweight
  • Class Compliant
  • Lots of software included
  • great price

The inconvenients

The verdict

Is this the best budget interface? I would like to think so. It certainly won’t compete with Audient EVO4 or Focusrite 2i2, but that doesn’t have to be. For the price you pay, you get decent value and quality. All in all, I would definitely recommend this for creating on the GO (pun intended). And with the M7 MKll available as a standalone microphone, you can get the Audiobox GO, M7 mic and a set of HD7 headphones for just under R4,000 (in South Africa). If that’s not value for money, then I don’t know what is.

Watch my video review of this product below: