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Small format interfaces are great in theory, and then when users are searching for one extra feature, the next unit up the price ladder has it, and of course about a dozen more features, and now totally defeats the purpose of a small device. PreSonus has introduced the new AudioBox GO USB Audio Interface, with everything a user could need for a true recording experience, on the go…
Form-factor wise, this is tiny, a standard guitar stompbox is about the same size. Amazingly the front panel is packed with two gain controls for a rear facing combo XLR and 1/4” connection as well as a standard 1/4” connection. A mix level control covers how much input signal vs recorded signal you’re getting. For monitoring, the large master control knob and a 1/4” headphone input with its own level control have you covered. 48v Phantom Power works with mics and devices that need that extra juice like DI boxes. For speaker monitoring, two 1/4” connections reside on the back, as well as the USB-C connection.▼ Article continues below ▼
To make everything happen in one box, a copy of Studio One Prime, Studio Magic, and Capture Duo is included, which is perfect for a “starter” package that certainly punches above its weight class! We had no issues connecting it to our favorite DAW software, Studio One 5 running on a Mac mini.
Audio quality is excellent with the XMAX-L preamp on the XLR channel, and the phantom power is a great feature for higher-end microphones or condensers that require external power. With 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution this is a powerhouse. For users who prefer a minimal appearance, this will also fit the bill.
For connecting to iOS devices, the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter is required, but can even turn an old iPad into a practical recording device. For users who would like to use an iPhone for recording videos, but want better audio options and control, this is the perfect little companion.
Overall, it’s a really inexpensive device that delivers a lot in the small format. For an artist who needs a simple interface on the road that works easily, there’s no other way to go.
Small, simple, easy to use