PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Review

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Presonus is a leader in audio equipment. The began in 1995, and from those humble beginnings have been developing innovative equipment for both novice and beginner alike.

Today, we got our hands on the PreSonus AudioBox96 USB for connecting your PC or Mac to your audio equipment and we’re excited to share our review with you.


The design of this unit is extremely compact.

On the front of the unit you’ll find the two XLR/¼” audio ports, one for a mic and the other for connecting an instrument.

You’ll also find on the front of this unit a 48V selection button that you can easily enable. When you you select 48V the button will be pushed in and it glow red, and when it’s disabled the red light will be off.

The front of the unit all has five dials. You have a dial for channels 1 and 2, a dial for the mixer which fades between inputs and playback, a dial for the volume for your headphones, and your main volume. These controls at first glance, can be a little confusing.

At the rear of the unit, you’ll find several connection ports. A USB 2.0 port, which is used to connect the device to your computer, and to power the unit.

You have two MIDI ports: a in and an out.

You have your main out which are 1/4-inch (Quarter-Inch) Jack Connectors and there is a left and a right. On the back, you’ll also find a phones (1/4-inch (Quarter-Inch) Jack Connector) port as well.

The color of the unit is an olympic blue, with grey accents. It’s a great design, even though there are some that aren’t too fond of it.

I also found the PreSonus AudioBox USB to be a very sturdy design. You can tell by holding it, that it’s well built. The entire unit is wrapped in metal and it’s feels like it’s a quality product.

The connection for this device is USB 2.0, which means I had to use a second device to connect my MacBook Pro, which I am use to.

The AudioBox96 is so compact that it’s easy to take with you on the go. It’s perfect for throwing into your backpack and joining up with some friends to record.

I thought that the design of this product was excellent, and I give it five stars.


As far as function is concerned, it worked well. I connected the AudioBox USB to my MacBook Pro and it automatically recognized it as an audio device.

  • 24-bit resolution and 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz sampling rate
  • Professional-grade A/D/A converters (+105 dBu dynamic range)
  • Zero-latency monitoring via internal mixer
  • Compatible with most Mac® and Windows® recording software

I used the PreSonic AudioBox for a couple of hours in Adobe Audition, and found that the audio was crisp and clean. I also noticed it was easy to change the volume on the fly as I was recording.

The sample rate for this unit is up to 96kHz.

Overall Review

The AudioBox USB 96 is a great compact audio interface.

The audio generated is clear and clean, though those who are really picky may think otherwise. The design is sharp and it’s well constructed.

This is a great unit for anyone looking to record at home. The only downside that I can think of, is that the AudioBox USB96 only has two inputs. This is the only limitation in using this device.

For casual users, the AudioBox USB 96 is going work well.

8.3 Total Score
A Take Anywhere Audio Interface

The AudioBox USB 96 is a well-constructed audio interface that delivers in power and performance. This small portable unit can be used for a bunch of different purposes and with several instruments.

  • Small
  • Well-constructed
  • USB 2.0
  • 48V
  • Great Control
  • Easy to Operate
  • Quick to setup
  • Only 2 inputs
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