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Avid Mbox 3 and Pro Tools Express Educational

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Premium, high-performance, 4x4 audio interface and Pro Tools Express, priced for students and instructors.

The Educational Edition of the Mbox 3 is specially priced for purchase by K-12 and higher education institutions, instructors at such institutions and currently enrolled students (including those who are home-schooled). Proper documentation, such as a school PO, faculty/student ID, or documentation from an applicable governing body recognizing the school/home school as an accredited education institution, must be provided in order to use and register this product.

The Mbox is designed by the same engineering team behind Avid’s top-of-the-line Pro Tools HD systems. That means you get the exceptional audio quality and ease of use enjoyed by commercial studios in the comfort of your own home. And now Mbox is an even better value with Pro Tools Express software included at no additional charge, giving you the core toolset used by professionals and in world-class studios worldwide.

Sound amazing with Mbox
Record, edit, and mix performances—with stunning sound quality—using the professional-grade Mbox audio interface. Easily connect mics, instruments, monitors, and other analog, digital, and/or MIDI gear with your computer to capture and create studio-quality productions.

Pristine quality, powerful performance
Get best-in-class audio quality, exceptional performance, and the lowest possible latency in everything you do with Mbox, featuring professional-grade converters, advanced recording technology, and a premium analog signal path. And with Avid’s stringent testing standards, you’re assured of rock-solid performance in even the most demanding environments.

Work the way you want
Get the flexibility to work in more ways than ever. Use Mbox with the included Pro Tools Express for maximum speed, ease, and additional functionality—and get total session compatibility with Pro Tools studios worldwide. Or get superior performance when you use Mbox with any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible software, such as Logic, Live, Fruity Loops, Cubase, and more.

Create effortlessly with extras
Mbox comes packed with advanced features, making it even easier to get great results. Tune your guitar, bass, and other instruments using the integrated guitar tuner. Prevent distortion when tracking louder sources using the same professional-grade soft-clip limiter found in Avid’s Pro Tools HD Series interfaces. And set up more pleasing cue mixes with reverb using the onboard DSP.

Mbox Hardware
  • Get best-in-class sound quality and performance with professional-grade circuitry and premium audio conversion
  • 4 x 4 Simultaneous channels of I/O
  • Two XLR mic/line combo inputs with professional-grade mic preamps and 48V phantom power
  • Two 1/4" DI inputs on front panel for easy access
  • Two balanced 1/4" monitor outputs
  • One 1/4" stereo headphone output with volume control
  • Stereo S/PDIF digital I/O
  • One MIDI input, one MIDI output
  • Monitor control section with Mono and Dim controls
  • Dedicated monitor volume knob
  • Track hotter signals without clipping with the soft-clip limiter
  • Ensure your instruments are in tune with the built-in guitar tuner
  • Set up flexible cue mixing and reverb effects with the onboard DSP
  • Create anywhere you go with bus-powered USB 2.0 connectivity
  • Use Mbox with your favorite recording/music creation software, including Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Cubase, and more
Pro Tools Express
  • Create music and sound for picture using the core industry-standard tools used by top producers, engineers, and artists
  • Sound your best and get optimal performance, as Pro Tools Express tightly integrates with Mbox
  • Record and mix up to 16 stereo audio tracks at 32-bit, 96 kHz resolution
  • Compose music easily with AIR virtual instruments, MIDI editing, and Sibelius notation tools
  • Change tempo, timing, and pitch, and create harmonies in real time with Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
  • Create pro-quality mixes with a collection of high-quality plug-ins and Automatic Delay Compensation
  • Take your projects to the next level—and to studios around the world—with session file compatibility across all Pro Tools systems

Get best-in-class audio quality and exceptional performance, at a price that is geared towards student budgets. Order today.

  • Total simultaneous channels of I/O: 4/4
  • Simultaneous analog inputs/outputs: 2/2
  • Mic preamps: 2
  • Instrument DIs: 2
  • Onboard DSP effects: Yes
  • Built-in guitar tuner: Yes
  • 48V Phantom power: Yes
  • Soft-clip limiter (on mic preamps): 2
  • Maximum resolution: 32-bit/96kHz
  • Assignable software control button: Yes
  • Built-in Mono, Dim, Mute controls: Mono, Dim
  • Digital I/O: S/PDIF (2 channels)
  • MIDI I/O ports: 1/1
  • Stereo headphone outputs: 1 (1/4”)
  • Connection: USB 2.0
  • Power source: USB
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 8-7/8” x 2-5/16” x 7-1/2”
  • Weight: 3.31 lb
  • Hardware Compatibility
  • Works with ASIO, Core Audio, WDM, MME, and multi-client drivers (included)
Minimum System Requirements
  • Avid-qualified Mac or PC
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8, Mac OS X Lion (10.7), or Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (32- or 64-bit)
  • 2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • USB port for Mbox connection
  • USB port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 included)
In The Box
  • Mbox interface
  • Pro Tools Express software activation card (download required)
  • Drivers installation disc
  • iLok 2 USB key
  • USB cable
  • Mbox quick setup guide
  • Registration card

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AvidMbox 3 and Pro Tools Express Educational

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Powerful DAW but Avid support is lacking

By Joey1948

from Simi Valley, Ca

About Me Experienced


  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Avid Mbox 3 and Pro Tools Express Educational:

    I had a persistent error msg saying my M-Audio controller was not communicating with Avid ProTools. After using my ONE free phone call, Avid support would only communicate with me via E-mail. Avid ProTools said the problem was with M-Audio. M-Audio said the problem belonged to Avid.
    What ever you do, don't ask more than one question at a time because the Avid support people don't read!
    I hired an Audio Engineer who quickly found that there was no problem. The two were communicating. The problem was a quirk in ProTools causing the error msg to continually pop up for no reason.
    I would only recommend ProTools to a friend after warning him that additional instruction and the associated cost will be needed. ProTools is a powerful program and I'm starting to understand and like it but, it would have been impossible to learn without some third party help.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    So Far So Go

    By Tyler Brooks

    from Pendleton, Oregon

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer


    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight


    • None so far

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Avid Mbox 3 and Pro Tools Express Educational:

    I have now recorded three songs with the mbox 3. I am impressed. I did have some issues getting the software downloaded and to open the first time, but since then it has been fairly easy. Sound quality is good and no issues yet.


    Don't bother; installation impossible

    By Merkin

    from colorado

    About Me Novice

    Comments about Avid Mbox 3 and Pro Tools Express Educational:

    Installation has been impossible so far. The ilok sent with the software is not recognized by any computer. Support from ilok and Avid are virtually non existent other than email.

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