Updated on March 2nd, 2018
Presonus has expanded their range with the Audiobox ITwo. We took the opportunity to review the Presonus Audiobox ITwo to give you a heads up to whether it is a worthy investment or not.
There are some clear benefits that you will recognize right out the box that may make this a great addition to your gear but keep in mind that looks are not everything.
Frankly right out the box before you ever plug it up you will be impressed. We did not really know a lot about this particular addition but we did know that Presonus has slowly taken over the recording industry one interface at a time and they have really made a great impression with the pros.
There were quite a few things that we were pleased with when it came to the ITwo that we discuss below. Presonus has done a great job in keeping with their reputation for producing a high quality interface.
Presonus has become a well-known name in the music industry. They have been cranking out impressive equipment since 1995.
They has consistently added top quality products to their range over the years and are considered a highly trusted brand.
They have delivered quite a few winners over the years so there is no reason to think that they would stop now.
They have affected the right partnerships to ensure continued development success. Presonus has been credited with developing innovative options for the music recording studio and their latest addition is sure to be a stellar addition to any studio BUT we have to take a closer look to ensure that they did not drop the ball on this model.
When we started looking at different interfaces we compiled a list of things that we would want in an interface and we realized pretty early on that this model did a nice job of offering the majority.
Most of the features that we were looking for were readily available in the Presonus Audiobox ITwo like having two preamps and easy to use software. These features are important to us on both a professional level and personal level.
Having to fuss with an interface can really upset your workflow. You want easy to use features that are always on point and ready to roll.
You do not want to have anything that requires too much technical know-how because you do not want to have to dedicate months to learning.
What We Love
The first thing that we fell in love with was the compact size of this interface. It is a great portable unit that fits in most spaces and you do not have to give up quality, performance or features.
Once you get done being amazed by the size of this unit the next thing that gets you going gaga is the conversion rate and the ZERO latency up to 97 kHz.
You get everything that you hope for like super clear sound quality and that zero latency that we all chase. This is absolutely one of the most solid sounding interfaces.
The Most Noteworthy Features of the ITWO
- Zero percent latency
- Easy to reach knob for the main volume control
- 2 preamps
- 2 analog inputs for mic/line
- 2 TRS headphone outputs
- 24-bit/up to 96kHz rate
- Easy to read LED indicators
- 48V power (phantom)
- MIDI out and in on the back
- USB-2.0 BUS
- Chassis in metal
- Studio One Artist DAW and Capture Duo both are free download
The metal chassis is highly durable and constructed to house this interface securely. This is not your flimsy design that you find on other interfaces. You can really feel the difference of this chassis right out of the box. It is solid.
Sometimes the chassis will look solid but it will not feel very solid nor will it be very solid but you do not run into this issue with this model. You get a complete package of solid build and the best features.
You will also love the 2 mic preamps. They offer a great deal of Class a, high headroom which we are already pretty fond of.
You have your run of the mill 48 volts of phantom power but you can plug in 2 to make it easier. This is a great option for anyone that likes to keep things nice and organized.
You can easily plug up your mics and MIDI control to make for a much easier workflow and to stay organized.
We also loved that you can easily get rid of any latency lags that you have been dealing with. This interface offers a zero latency lag.
Latency is a constant struggle for anyone recording, but Presonus has addressed this issue nicely and has come out with a great option for dealing with the issue.
Presonus has come up with a great interface that offers easy integration with Apple IPad which is to say the very least that is a surprise.
It offers a plug and play capability so you can hook up to your IPad and start recording without any real effort. You do need the Capture Duo app to hook up to Apple products but it is easy enough to get.
If you have been looking for an interface for Apple this is the solution that you need. Unlike other interfaces that are just not well-suited for Apple this interface almost feels like it was especially made for Apple but it also feels like it was especially made for other OS as well. It is just the interface that feels right with every type of OS.
Everything about the design is geared toward usability. You can easily plug up your studio monitors to the back or use the jack in the front for your headphones. It is built for use, which we love.
The only thing you need to do to get started is download the software. From box to setup to use is about 20 minutes’ tops.
Audiobox iTwo is very easy to set up because it is built for users just like you and me that are more interested in how the music sounds than dealing with the interface.
We have reviewed other interfaces that frankly left us wanting a lot more when it came to ease of use but this model was so easy to set up and required very little tweaking that really we have no complaints about any of the results that we got while testing this model.
Typically you have to deal with long break in periods and you have to deal with getting accustomed to the little bit of background noise but with this model we were golden from the start.
We did not notice any hums or background noises at all which is completely unusual for the trained ear. We were pleasantly surprised by the results that we got with this interface.
We plugged it up, downloaded the software and literally started using it without any issues at all. We did not have to wait for a break in period at all, it sounded great from the very first use.
Overall Our Recommendation
At the end of the day there is nothing that would prevent us from recommending this interface as a matter of fact there are so many reasons that we feel that we should recommend it.
We were not alone in our review of this model either. Everyone we spoke to agreed that this was an interface that they could use in just about any setting. No one that reviewed this model had anything to complain about.
Presonus just did a really excellent job with the design of this model and it shows.
They did not leave anything at all up to chance every consideration was taken to ensure top of the line results every single time you use this interface.
This is the ideal interface for anyone that wants to switch back and forth from Windows to Apple it moves back and forth seamlessly. It is ideal for anyone that is looking for a compact interface that is sturdy and is built to last.
If we had to describe this model in one word we would have to say “flexible” really does a good job of spelling out one of the best qualities of this interface.
It is easy to use, it can be used anywhere, it is compact so it fits great in small spaces and you can use it with a wide range of equipment without missing a beat.
What else can you ask for in an interface? It has everything you need and more. It is:
- Cost effective
- Nice looking
- Full featured
- Easy to use
- Compact in size
It is the full package when it comes to interfaces. If you are looking for a really great value this is the one that will make life easier, recordings sound crisper and give you the support that you want.