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PreSonus Audiobox 96 USB Anniversary Edition

 ·  Source: PreSonus

Celebrating 25 year in the music tech arms race, PreSonus circled back to the home studio classic that is its AudioBox USB 96 dual-channel interface. The new Audiobox USB 96 25th Anniversary Edition sports a stylish matte black front panel.

PreSonus Audiobox USB 96 25th Anniversary Edition

Otherwise, the interface is exactly what it was/is. A bus-powered desktop box made of steel, it features a pair of combo mic/instrument inputs with Class A preamps, mix control (adjust levels between input signal and computer playback), balanced line outputs, a loud headphone output, and MIDI jacks. Being a brand new product, it ships with PreSonus Studio One 5 Artist and the latest PreSonus Studio Magic Suite.

PreSonus has thrown the new interface into its affordable AudioBox 96 Studio Bundle as well, keeping company of the HD7 headphones, M7 condenser mic, and (optionally) the Eris 3.5 studio monitors.

Personally, I would have been keen on updated internals, if that was ever a possibility. Not that there’s anything bad about the interface’s performance as is. But some new specs would have made the 25th Anniversary Ediiton a bit more exciting. There’s not much to write about what’s basically a facelift, is there?

Nevertheless, congratulations to PreSonus for maintaining a strong brand and an innovative product catalog for a quarter of a century! 25 years is a pretty long time, yet the PreSonus folks are still going strong with the recent release of Studio One 5 – a flagship DAW that’s carved a nice niche for itself among the vast choice of music production software.

Price and availability

The new interface and recording bundles are available immediately for the following prices:

  • AudioBox USB 96 25th Anniversary Edition: 99.95 USD
  • AudioBox 96 Studio Bundle 25th Anniversary Edition: 209.95 USD
  • AudioBox Studio Ultimate Bundle 25th Anniversary Edition: 309.95 USD


 

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One response to “PreSonus celebrates 25 years with facelift for Audiobox USB 96 interface”

  1. Tom Loredo says:

    I see that the one thing that’s changed on the front panel is the numerical labeling of the input controls. The original had concentric rings around the input knobs, with the INST setting going from -10 to +30 (presumably dB) and the MIC setting going from 0 to 50. The new one has only one indicator ring, going from 0 to 50. If you do a Google search on Audiobox clipping, you’ll find a slew of complaints about the INST input range, with many complaining that an unamplified guitar signal would clip at the lowest setting (-10), and wishing that it went lower. So I’m wondering if the new edition has addressed this one widely cited shortcoming. If you find out about this, please let us know!

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