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Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd-Gen)

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A portable 2x2 USB bus-powered audio interface with high-performance converters and Pro Tools LE software.

The Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd Gen) is part of the next-generation of Avid's Pro Tools Mbox family”some of the highest quality, most flexible personal recording systems ever. Professionals around the world have long been using Pro Tools recording systems to create award-winning music and sound for film and TV. Now you can get the same professional results in your personal studio with Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3”a complete, integrated, computer-based music creation and production system. The ultra-portable Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 features the key ingredients you need to easily compose, record, edit, and mix music”including studio-standard Pro Tools LE software. You get over 70 stunning effects and virtual instruments, plus other tools and features to help you create music quickly and easily.

The highly mobile Mini is a 24-bit/48kHz, USB bus-powered 2 x 2 interface featuring an XLR mic/line combo input with 48V phantom power, two 1/4" instrument inputs, as well a balanced output and headphone out. It also offers you a mix control for zero-latency monitoring and a monitor volume knob.

Premium Quality
Designed by the same engineering team behind their top-of-the-line Pro Tools|HD systems, the Mbox Mini 3 interface features advanced recording technology for exceptional quality. A premium analog signal path and high-performance converters deliver pristine 24-bit, 48kHz sound. Stringent testing standards ensure rock-solid performance in the most demanding environments.

Highly Flexible
Mbox Mini 3 is designed for ultra-tight integration with the included Pro Tools LE software, which is based on the same platform trusted by professional musicians, engineers, and producers around the world. The Mbox Mini interface also works with other major recording applications, so you can make music any way you want. All-new drivers provide superior performance with Logic, Live, Record, Reason, Fruity Loops, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar, and more. So go ahead, use your favorite third-party DAW from start to finish, or record, with the included Pro Tools LE software to ensure your sessions are compatible with pro studios around the world. No matter how you work, you'll sound great with Mbox Mini.

Bundled Plug-ins
In addition to an incredible 8GB collection of pro-quality loops from industry sound heavyweights Big Fish Audio, the included Pro Tools LE 8 software includes a comprehensive bundle of amazing virtual instruments, effects, and utility plug-ins.

Ultra-portable audio interface
Compatible with most major audio software: Pro Tools LE (included), Logic, Live, Cubase, and more
Bus-powered USB connection for maximum mobility
Professional-grade circuitry and converters deliver exceptional audio performance
Up to 24-bit, 48 kHz sample rates
Mix control for zero-latency recording

Hardware configuration:
2 x 2 simultaneous channels of I/O
1 XLR mic/line combo input with 48 V phantom power
2 1/4" instrument inputs (1 DI, 1 line/DI)
2 balanced 1/4" monitor outputs
1 1/4" stereo headphone output
Dedicated monitor volume knob

Pro Tools LE 8 Software included
Award-winning Pro Tools recording, editing, and mixing
48 simultaneous stereo audio tracks (expandable with Toolkit options)
Includes over 70 professional effects and virtual instruments
Professional MIDI sequencing with dedicated MIDI Editor window
Integrated Score Editor based on award-winning Sibelius notation software
Full Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch to easily adjust timing and pitch on your tracks
Unique Beat Detective LE automatic groove analysis and correction tool
ReWire support for streaming your favorite applications right into Pro Tools
Huge selection of compatible third-party plug-ins and software options
Works on Windows and Mac computers

Included Virtual Instruments
Boom drum machine and sequencer
DB-33 tonewheel organ emulator with rotating speaker simulation
Mini Grand acoustic grand piano
Vacuum monophonic vacuum tube synthesizer
Xpand!2 multitimbral synth and sample workstation
Structure Free sample player

Included Effects, Sound-Processing, Utility Plug-ins
1-Band EQ III
4-Band EQ III
7-Band EQ III
AIR Chorus
AIR Distortion
AIR Dynamic Delay
AIR Enhancer
AIR Ensemble
AIR Filter Gate
AIR Flanger
AIR Frequency Shifter
AIR FuzzWah
AIR MultiChorus
AIR Multi-Delay
AIR Nonlinear Reverb
AIR Phaser
AIR Reverb
AIR Spring Reverb
AIR StereoWidth
AIR Talkbox
AIR Vintage Filter
BF76 Compressor
BF Essential Clip Remover
BF Essential Correlation Meter
BF Essential Meter Bridge
BF Essential Noise Meter
Celemony Melodyne Essential
DC Offset Removal
Eleven Free
Extra Long Delay II
Long Delay II
Medium Delay II
Multi-Tap Delay
Ping-Pong Delay
Pitch Shift
POWr Dither
Signal Generator
Short Delay II
Slap Delay II
Time Compression Expansion
Time Shift
TL AutoPan
TL InTune
TL MasterMeter
TL Metro

No need to super size to get quality results from your recording sessions. Order the Mbox 3 Mini today!

System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard) or 10.6.1-10.6.4 (Snow Leopard)
1GB RAM (2GB recommended)
6GB free disk space
Intel processor (no PowerPC support)
One USB port

Windows XP 32-bit SP3, Windows Vista® 32-bit SP2, Windows 7 32-bit, or Windows 7 64-bit
1GB RAM (2GB recommended)
5GB free disk space
One USB port

ASIO, Core Audio, WDM, MME, and multi-client drivers

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AvidPro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd-Gen)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Working Wonders

By Adlyne Harris

from Saint Louis, MO

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Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd-Gen):

Love it! & I'm running windows Vista. Haven't had any problems running pro tools on windows, but i do see alot of reviews on here about it not functioning properly. my only "tiff" is with the not so great plug-ins that come w/ pro tools 8, & the preamp in the interface could be a tad bit better sounding. I've ran a MXL990 as well as a Rode NT1-A threw the interface with no preamp & you haver to turn the gain up quite a ways before you get a loud enough sound to record. I still miss the original Mbox sometimes.
solid metal casing. not cheap plastic. solid knobs & buttons.
Mbox always has been a great value to have pro tools.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


easing into computer recording

By The Big O-boT0k

from Denver, Colorado

Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd-Gen):

I'm new to computer recording; but, so far, it has been rather painless. Went in to GC to look at Beringer mixers w/USB and came out with this nifty little package. It does what its supposed to do perfectly! Installing was painless and I was recording pristine clean tracks into my Reaper software the same day. I also installed the Pro-Tools software which I'm finding more of a learning curve required than with Reaper, but the results are even better. I have to get my other collaborators weaned and on Pro-Tools! Buy this package and start recording! I wonder now what took me so long!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd-Gen):

The Avid Pro Tools Mbox Mini (3rd gen) has changed my life. This device is amazing. I am getting quality recordings and the price is not too bad considering the amazing results you can get with this baby. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone who wants to record guitar/sing. My only complaint- the lack of another headphone 1/4 jack. It's no problem I just went out and bought an audio splitter for 2 dollars. Anyway, I'm glad I purchased this device.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



By Splat78423

from Orlando, FL

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Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd-Gen):

All around this is most likely exactly what you need to start recoding and a good alternative to a recording workstation. A couple things I didnt like about it follows: I had to get an adapter for the headphone jack because my speakers had a 1/8 connecter and not a 1/4 inch connector. This was just a personal problem but I wasnt able to playback until I got the adapter so it may be something you need be aware of. The other thing that I find highly dissapointing is that you have to pay exta fo an add on to allow you to mix down your poject to mp3 format. I have used MUCH cheaper solutions that do this without charging extra for an addon. Major bummer. You can however mix down to .wav and then find a .waz to .mp3 converter on the net but I am not sure if you lose audio quality or not.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


DO NOT USE With Windows

By guitardsty

from Florida

Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd-Gen):

They Say it is compatible with windows but It is not. I bought the mbox mini and it is a great piece of equipment but i have learned that it is not very compatible with windows. I never even got a track recorded other than alot of static noise. Now ive bought it and have to go out and spend 1000 dollars on a mac. Just tryin to warn every one with windows before they blow 400 dollars.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Above Expectations

By John Holmes

from Kansas City

Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd-Gen):

I don't want to work, just want to bang on this box all day. Finally a bundle that works and sounds really nice. I was looking at the saffire product line because of the reviews on their preamps but I must say the Mbox sound is better than I expected. Fairly simple to operate for a advanced beginner. Spent 2 hours in a tutorial and away I went. Preamps are fairly warm and the plug-ins(synths, drums, etc..) are better than OK.My only wish is that I can find beats that are for rock or more agressive instead of techno miami vice crap. I have to make my own which is a little like getting kicked in the groin area.Overall, I recommend it, even over what I've read about saffire.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Game Changer for the M-box Series

By harmonicp

from NYC

Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd-Gen):

I got the new Mbox mini because I needed a mobile interface that worked with ProTools. My main rig is is a Mackie 1640i, which is a fairly well-regarded piece of gear in terms of quality mic pres and AD/DA conversion. Though it pains me to say it, I think this unit is BETTER on both counts, and is easily in the same league as the Apogee Duet. I love it. It's also built like a tank. Buy it without hesitation, this is a great product.


Bugs with Windows 7 - No USB external drive

By Chris-j7kao

from Chicago

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Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Mini 3 (3rd-Gen):

I am a long time Mbox/PT user. I finally bought the new version for Pro Tools to take advantage of all the cool new plug-ins. I know my way around Pro Tools, but you need to do a lot of praying to get the system stable in Windows 7.Cracks and pops are frequent and resolved by rebooting or switching the USB port for the interface. Running my laptop in battery power for just a few minutes made the program not recognize the interface and I had to do a complete re-install.You are not supposed to use a USB-2 drive for your external drive, but try to find that on the box, in any of the marketing materials, or on the AVID website. I spent $700 on a new laptop after researching system requirements to learn that little gem the hard way. Musicians Friend even gives you a free USB flash drive, which implies it can be used - NOT!

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