PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Audio Interface Review (July 2024)


Last updated on July 19, 2024 12:55 pm Details


In this review post, we’re going to be discussing the PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Audio Interface, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

Whether you are a musician, producer, or podcaster on a tight budget, the AudioBox USB 96 audio interface is for you! This simple, handy little audio/MIDI interface has just the right features for basic recording needs, allowing you to plug in and start recording up to 24-bit, 96 kHz audio right away. Bus-powered and built to travel, the AudioBox USB 96 makes recording easy.

The AudioBox USB 96 audio interface’s two front-panel combo mic/instrument inputs make it ideal for singer/songwriters, podcasters, and guitar or guitar-bass collaborations. Simply connect a couple of mics and you have an easy-to-use stereo recording system. A mix control lets you control the level between the input signal and computer playback, without hearing annoying delays. You also get a pair of balanced line-level outputs, an ultra-loud, crystal-clear headphone out, plus MIDI I/O, so you can connect your favorite synth or MIDI controller. The result is a simple, affordable, mobile recording solution.

Here is a mobile audio interface in the best sense of the term. We gave the AudioBox USB 96 a heavy-duty steel chassis so it can take a serious pounding and remain completely reliable. Its screaming-loud headphone output ensures you can hear your music loud and clear, even in noisy locations. And it’s USB 2.0 bus-powered, so you can record with it anywhere you can use a laptop. Simply drop it in your laptop bag or slap it on a tabletop.

Whether you’re just getting into recording or are a veteran producer who wants to go mobile, the AudioBox USB 96 audio interface will give you great sound in a bus-powered, rugged chassis that’s ready to hit the road when you are. The perfect companion for any recording software, the AudioBox USB 96 comes equipped with Studio One Artist to provide you with a complete recording solution right out of the box. Check out the AudioBox USB 96 and Studio One at your favorite PreSonus dealer.

The AudioBox USB96 has been responsible for the great sound on countless albums, podcasts, live streams, and Zoom calls. Here at PreSonus, we wanted to honor that with a special 25th Anniversary Edition featuring a sleek, black enclosure. Now you can choose your color: classic PreSonus blue or 25th Anniversary matte black.

Product Features

  • 2 dual-purpose front-panel input channels, each with high-quality mic preamplifiers
  • 2 combo mic/instrument inputs
  • Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range
  • 48V phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Mixer control (blends the input signal with the computer playback stream for zero-latency monitoring)
  • Headphone jack with level control
  • Main-output level control
  • LED clip indicator for each channel


  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • 2 combo XLR/¼-inch mic/instrument inputs
  • 2 balanced ¼-inch main (L/R) line outputs
  • 1 stereo ¼-inch headphone output
  • MIDI In/Out


  • 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

Included Software

  • Studio One® Artist
  • Studio Magic Software Suite
  • Ableton® Live Lite


  • 1/3U rack-mountable (with optional 3UMR rack-mounting system)
  • Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
  • Weighs just 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
  • Powered via USB bus—no wall wart!

Pros & Cons


  • Very Affordable
  • A sturdy chassis
  • The recording quality is adequate.


  • The software bundle isn’t spectacular, but we’re picking at straws.

PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Audio Interface  Demo

Our Verdict

If you can’t wait to start recording and are concerned about the cost of equipment, pick up a PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 and stop procrastinating. Will it always fit you? Probably not, depending on what you record the most and how ambitious you get with your recording efforts. This is, however, a first-rate interface for getting into the game on the cheap.

Beginners and bedroom pop artists will benefit the most from the AudioBox USB 96.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 2x2 USB Audio Interface with Studio One Artist and Ableton Live Lite DAW Recording Software

as of July 12, 2024 5:43 pm

Pricing History

Price History for PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 2x2 USB Audio Interface with Studio One Artist and Ableton Live Lite DAW...


Current Price $99.99 July 12, 2024
Highest Price $99.99 September 26, 2023
Lowest Price $99.99 September 26, 2023
Since September 26, 2023

Last price changes

$99.99 September 26, 2023

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Additional information

Item Weight

2.01 pounds

Product Dimensions

1.75 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches

Item model number


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

April 26, 2017

Color Name


Hardware Interface

USB 2.0

Speaker Size



PC/Mac – 2 Mic Pres


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