PreSonus is shipping AudioBox 1.2, a free update that significantly enhances the performance and versatility of the AudioBox 1818VSL interface and also provides a number of new features for its AudioBox USB, AudioBox 22VSL and AudioBox 44VSL audio/MIDI interfaces.
One of the biggest enhancements for the AudioBox 1818VSL is that support has been added for AB1818VSL Remote for iPad.
With this free app, users can control virtually every parameter in Virtual StudioLive for AudioBox 1818VSL from an iPad, including volume, pan, aux sends, FX buses, and Fat Channel parameters.
As a result, an AudioBox 1818VSL and USB-connected laptop can serve as a full-featured mixer/recorder for small gigs, rehearsal spaces, and mobile churches, with the iPad serving as a touchscreen mixing surface.
In the studio, manage the monitor mixes from an iPad while dedicating the computer screen to a DAW.
A firmware update rescales the preamp tapers on the AudioBox 1818VSL to add more headroom; Virtual StudioLive for 1818VSL now sends all channels to outputs 7/8 (headphones) by default.
With the AudioBox 1.2 update, all AudioBox-series interfaces become compatible with USB 3.0, a rarity among audio interfaces.
This update also provides enhancements for specific AudioBox-series models:
—The AudioBox USB gains a new, optimized Windows driver for improved performance and a new Windows control panel to adjust buffer size and sample rate.
—The meters in Virtual StudioLive for all AudioBox VSL-series interfaces have been recalibrated to match the RMS meters in PreSonus Studio One DAW.
—All AudioBox VSL-series interfaces have been integrated into Studio One Cue Mix, providing volume and pan control over monitor mixes with the same near-zero latency that Virtual StudioLive software provides.
This free update is recommended for all AudioBox-series users. AudioBox 1.2 can be downloaded from the Technical Support section of the PreSonus Web site.
AB1818VSL Remote is a free download from the Apple App Store.