Presonus AudioBox Go USB audio interface
The price of the smallest, the lightest and most portable interface goes to the new Presonus AudioBox Go. at 96 kHz/24 bit audio..
The AudioBox GO is powered via its USB-C connection (a USB-C to USB-A cable is included) and no drivers are required. I put it to work for a Zoom meeting with no hassle at all!
The AudioBox has two inputs: Input 1 is an XLR mic/line combo and Input 2 is a dedicated 1/4-inch Instrument jack. I plugged in my Microphone-Parts S-87 condenser mic, turned on phantom power, then plugged a 12-string Martin Grand J-16E with a Fishman Matrix acoustic guitar pickup into Instrument 2 input. With a laptop Mac is an exceptional platform ready to record in any DAW anywhere.
Both inputs use PreSonus’ proprietary XMAX-L mic preamps and I liked that the pair of balanced 1/4-inch TRS outputs on the rear panel could easily drive my IK Multimedia iLoud MTM reference monitors plus the headphone jack on the front panel worked fine for my Austrian Audio Hi-X65 headphones.
All controls on the miniature front panel of the AudioBox Go are simple and intuitive to use; there’s a single speaker volume knob and separate controls for: headphone level, input 1 and 2 gain, a Mix/Live crossfader for zero-latency monitoring, and 48-volt phantom on/off .
The Presonus AudioBox GO is a great way to get everything you need to record at a professional level in one easy-to-carry, small and compact place. It comes bundled with PreSonus’ Studio One®Prime recording software and the Studio Magic collection of virtual instruments and effects plug-ins. The AudioBox GO sells for $79.95 MAP.