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Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen)  

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    A FireWire audio interface with 8 x 8 simultaneous channels of I/O , onboard DSP, and more.

    The Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd generation) is a 24-bit/192kHz, 8 x 8 FireWire interface offering exceptional sound quality. It has 4 XLR mic inputs with 48V phantom power, 4 x 1/4" TRS line inputs, 6 balanced outputs 2 unbalanced Alt line outputs, 2 x 1/4" headphone outs, onboard DSP, and an assignable Pro Tools multifunction button to give you fast access to software functions, and more. Rock-solid drivers ensure hardware compatibility with most major audio software (Logic, Live, Cubase, and more).

    Professionals around the world have long been using Pro Tools systems to create award-winning music and sound for film and TV, and now you can get the same world-class results in your personal studio with Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3. This complete, integrated, computer-based music creation and production system was designed by the same engineering team responsible for Avid's high-end Pro Tools"HD systems. The Mbox Pro hardware interface features a premium analog signal path and high-performance converters for exceptional sound. It also comes bundled with Pro Tools LE software—the same platform used in commercial facilities around the world—ensuring pro studio compatibility and delivering everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix music. Mbox Pro also provides third-party drivers for rock-solid integration with nearly every popular audio recording application.

    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.

    Features

    • Compatible with most major audio software (Pro Tools LE, Logic, Live, Cubase, and more)
    • FireWire connection
    • Professional-grade circuitry and converters deliver exceptional audio performance
    • Up to 24-bit/192 kHz sample rates
    • Soft-clip limiter lets you track hot signals without clipping—providing a classic overdriven tape saturation sound
    • Built-in guitar tuner
    • Onboard DSP offers flexible cue mixing and reverb effects
    • Assignable Pro Tools multifunction button on interface gives you fast access to software functions
    • Connect up to three pairs of monitors or do 5.1 surround mixing
    • Hardware configuration:
    • 8 x 8 simultaneous channels of I/O
    • 4 mic inputs with 48 V phantom power and high pass filter (2 XLR/DI combo, 2 XLR)
    • 4 1/4" TRS line inputs
    • 2 unbalanced Alt line inputs (2 RCA, 1 mini 1/8”)
    • 6 1/4" TRS balanced line outputs
    • 2 discrete 1/4” stereo headphone outputs with separate volume controls
    • Stereo S/PDIF digital I/O

    Make your home studio more professional with the addition of this hardware/software combo. Order now!

     

    Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen) Specifications:

    • System Requirements
    • Mac
    • 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
    • Win
    • 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
    • Compatibility
    • ASIO, Core Audio, WDM, MME, and multi-client drivers
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    AvidPro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen)
     
    3.9

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    1.0

    rubbish

    By scottjolleyguitar

    from melbourne, australia

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Pricey / Poor Value
      • Unrealiable
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • As a paperweight

      Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen):

      Very disappointed in this hardware. Completely unreliable. Built very flimsy, more than half the time does not power up properly, and will switch itself off mid recording session. The one time it did work it did the job well, but in 12 months of use it's been plagued with problems. Do not buy this; it's caused me hours of frustration and setbacks.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Product, but with Minor Problems

      By Lexington Cruz

      from New Mexico

      Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen):

      The Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen) is a great product and has advanced features to fit any musicians wants and needs. The Pro Tools LE software that comes with the interface is extraordinary, and is great for any musician. There have only a few problems I've encountered with this product. The first is the firewire cable does not connect very securely to the back of the interface. This causes it to slip out sometimes while having Pro Tools open, which shuts down your session. You can still save so data isn't lost, but a restart of the program and replugging the interface gets annoying. Another problem with the box is sometimes the headphone outputs don't work the first time you start up the box. A restart will usually make it work, but once again, restarting gets tiring. The product is great, despite these few issues. It has advanced my musical abilities and has great sound when recording or playing live. The plug-ins like Xpand and Mini Grand are incredible. The system is very professional, and I would recommend the product to anyone.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Interface and well worth the money!

      By Lucas Wesscott

      from Flint, Michigan

      Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen):

      I just finished recording a 5 song demo with this thing, and I am blown away. I had the original Mbox, and thought it was alright, but not great. I needed a newer interface and professional software to record a 5 song demo. I recorded 1 song on this thing, and I couldn't wait to record the rest of the songs. This thing is simply AWEsome, and the included plug-ins are hands down the best I have used. I am very happy with this setup and would highly recommend this to anyone thinking of buying the mbox pro. When compared to everything else out there in the same price range this thing smokes them all. One of yhe members in my band has a Digi 002, and I think this thing is better, and he agrees after checking it out in my studio.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Interface & Outstanding Software

      By Michael Pully

      from Wisconsin

      Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen):

      I just bought the brand new Avid Mbox Pro, and let me tell you, this thing flat out rocks. The newly designed Mbox Pro is easy to use, easy to set up, and within minutes you'll be making killer cuts. All of the software and drivers were a snap to intall. The preamps are great too, and sound really good. I had the old Mbox 3 Pro, and this thing is way netter. Don't let the one bad review on this site steer you away, this thing is worth the money and is well built. I couldn't believe how much this thing weighed when it was delivered, this thing is built like a tank. The plug-ins that come with the Mbox pro are simply amazing! Don't question yourself, do your self a favor and get one of these today!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I like it

      By spina45rpm

      from New Paltz, NY

      Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen):

      If you read the review by the person who wrote "disappointing" I wouldn't let that discourage you. I think it's statistically improbable that one M-box would have so many defects when there is not another mention of it anywhere on the Internet. My guess is the person didn't know what they were doing or can't read and follow directions. After all, they seemed shocked that it came with Pro Tools LE 8.0.4 when it is clearly mentioned on every website selling or reviewing the new M-Box.I received the new Mbox Pro + Pro Tools 9 for Xmas so I'm still exploring. The sound is a big upgrade from the Mbox 2 Pro and the rugged construction is very nice. The jack/button/knob layout is also much better than previous Mboxes. It would be nice if it also had Firewire 800 ports -- but it doesn't.Pro Tools 9 is also a nice improvement. I loaded a session created with 8 LE and inserted a bunch of additional plug-ins and it breezed through playback. On LE I was reaching a limit on the number of plug-ins before it started acting weird. And the Automatic Delay Compensation is a really great feature to finally have.There are lots of YouTube videos reviewing the product. Check them out before you read and believe reviews written by cranky complainers.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Interface.

      By XtromatriX

      from Baltimore MD

      Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen):

      After reading another review I checked my headphone B an it wasn't working, I found that all I had to do was turn it on through the Mbox Pro driver software. The unit is build rock solid and the sound quality is amazing. The only thing that bothered me was in order to use the onboard DSP you have to be recording in 96 KHZ samplre rate or Less. Avid states on their website that the Mbox Pro will ship with Pro Tools 8 and will latter ship with Pro Tools 9 and when it does, the package will be more expensive. Pro Tools 8 came with my Mbox Pro but I had already purchased pro tools 9 because I wanted to avoid the extra expense that will come when it ships with Pro Tools 9. It's a great unit the only thing I would say is learn about everything that's in the driver software, it can be used to turn on and off various features of the box.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Disappointing

      By valaas

      from Miami Beach, FL

      Comments about Avid Pro Tools LE Mbox Pro 3 (3rd gen):

      Really .. really disappointing. I have the Digi 002 and I bought the Mbox Pro because I thought it will be great to improve with the new interface, pre amps and sound quality plus the new pro tools 9But when I got the Mbox Pro the Mic - Di 1 & 2 didn?t work!!! the Line inputs 1, 2, 3 and 4 didn?t work either. The headphones ?B? didn?t work too and the worst is that comes with Pro tools 8!!! that I already have. You have to purchase Pro tools 9 to have all the new options Pro Tools have! I returned the Mbox Pro and definitely I will not buy it. I don't know Logic but looks like is going to be my next option!Bad for Avid and Digi design.

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