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Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro  

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    FireWire speed and power in a portable, high-definition, Pro Tools production system.

    The Mbox 2 Pro is a portable, high-definition audio/MIDI production system that delivers truly professional sound quality. Packing an impressive variety of connection options into a compact interface, Mbox 2 Pro puts powerful multitrack recording and mixing capabilities into your hands, so you can create wherever inspiration strikes. Mbox 2 Pro also includes award-winning, industry-standard Pro Tools LE software and a huge collection of pro effects and instrument plug-ins to get you started creating right away.

    Hardware
    The Mbox 2 Pro is the ultimate high-definition portable Pro Tools LE system, packing a wide-range of analog and digital I/O connections into a mobile audio workstation. Take it wherever inspiration strikes.

    Software
    Pro Tools software is used in countless professional studios around the world, and includes all the tools you need to easily compose, record, edit, mix, and master your projects with pro results—every time.

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

    Features

    Hardware

    • Professional sound quality
    • Powered by FireWire* or included power supply
    • Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution**
    • 6 simultaneous inputs, 8 simultaneous outputs
    • 4 analog inputs (2 XLR/1/4" TRS combo jacks & 2 " TRS jacks)
    • 6 analog outputs (1/4" jacks)
    • 2 instrument DI inputs on the front panel
    • 2 channels of S/PDIF digital I/O (RCA)
    • Built-in phono preamp input (RCA) for direct turntable connection
    • 1 MIDI input and output (16 channels in/16 channels out)
    • MIDI Time Stamping (MTS) support for superior timing and accuracy
    • BNC Word Clock I/O
    • Low-latency monitoring
    • Dedicated studio monitor outputs with volume control
    • 2 stereo headphone outputs with independent volume controls
    • 48V phantom power for condenser microphones
    • *Requires 6-pin connection for power via FireWire.

    New in Pro Tools 8 Software

    • Award-winning Pro Tools recording, editing, and mixing
    • 48 simultaneous stereo audio tracks (expandable with Toolkit options)
    • Includes dozens of pro effects processing plug-ins 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 you favorite applications right into Pro Tools
    • Support for the Digidesign C"24 and Command"8 control surfaces
    • Huge selection of compatible third-party plug-ins and software options
    • Works on Windows and Mac computers

    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
    • FXpansion BFD Lite acoustic drum module

    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 KillEQ
    • AIR Lo-Fi
    • 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
    • Chorus
    • Click
    • Compressor/Limiter
    • D-Verb
    • DC Offset Removal
    • De-Esser
    • Delay
    • DigiReWire
    • Dither
    • Duplicate
    • Eleven Free
    • Expander/Gate
    • Extra Long Delay II
    • Flanger
    • Gain
    • Invert
    • Lo-Fi
    • Long Delay II
    • Maxim
    • Medium Delay II
    • Multi-Tap Delay
    • Normalize
    • Ping-Pong Delay
    • Pitch
    • Pitch Shift
    • POWr Dither
    • Recti-Fi
    • Reverse
    • SansAmp
    • Sci-Fi
    • Signal Generator
    • Short Delay II
    • Slap Delay II
    • Time Compression Expansion
    • Time Shift
    • TL AutoPan
    • TL InTune
    • TL MasterMeter
    • TL Metro
    • Trim
    • Vari-Fi

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    Mbox 2 Pro Specifications:

    • System Requirements
    • Supported Sample Rates**: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    • Maximum Word Length: 24 bit
    • S/PDIF: RCA jacks
    • Word Clock: BNC jacks
    • Host Connection: Two IEEE-1394a (FireWire) jacks.
    • MIDI: Two 5-pin MIDI DIN connectors
    • Digidesign-qualified Windows Vista- (32-bit Business or Ultimate), Windows XP- or Mac OS X 10.5-based computer
    • Minimum 1 GB of RAM
    • DVD-ROM or equivalent optical drive for software installation
    • • Available FireWire port for Mbox 2 Pro system
    • Specs
    • Mic/Line Inputs 1 & 2
    • Connector: Two balanced XLR / 1/4" combo jacks with independent gain controls
    • Mic Phantom Power: 48V
    • Equivalent Input Noise: -129 dBu
    • Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB
    • Dynamic Range: 105 dB / 107 dB A-weighted
    • THD + N (Mic/Line): 0.001% (-100 dB)
    • THD + N (Mic w/40 dB gain): 0.005% (-86 dB)
    • Input Sensitivity, Pad off: 1 dBu minimum gain, -39 dBu maximum gain
    • Input Sensitivity, Pad on: 21 dBu minimum gain, -19 dBu maximum gain
    • Input Impedance: 3.5 kOhm mic, 10 kOhm line
    • Line Inputs (1-6)
    • Connector: Channels 1-4: Four impedance balanced 1/4" jacks. Channel 5-6: One unbalanced stereo 1/4" jack
    • Frequency Response: +/- 0.25 dB
    • Dynamic Range: 104 dB / 109 dB A-weighted
    • THD + N: 0.0015% (-96 dB)
    • Output Sensitivity: 4 dBV
    • DI Inputs
    • Connector: Two unbalanced 1/4" jacks (on front) with independent gain controls
    • Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB
    • Dynamic Range: 105 dB / 107 dB A-weighted
    • THD + N: 0.008% (-82 dB)
    • Input Sensitivity, Pad off: 1 dBu minimum gain, -39 dBu maximum gain
    • Input Sensitivity, Pad on: 21 dBu minimum gain, -19 dBu maximum gain
    • Input Impedance: 5 MOhm
    • Monitor Outputs
    • Connector: Two 1/4" impedance balanced jacks
    • Frequency Response: +/- 0.25 dB
    • Dynamic Range: 106 dB / 110 dB A-weighted
    • Output Sensitivity: 6 dBV at max gain 100 kOhm load
    • Aux Line Inputs 3/4
    • Connector: Two balanced 1/4" jacks
    • Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB
    • Dynamic Range: 104 dB / 106 dB A-weighted
    • THD + N: 0.001% (-100 dB)
    • Input Sensitivity: 10 dBu minimum gain, -10 dBu maximum gain
    • Input Impedance: 16 kOhm
    • Headphone Outputs
    • Connector: Two 1/4" stereo jacks: one is channel 1&2, one is channel 1&2 or 3&4 (switchable). Independent volume controls.
    • Output Sensitivity: 2 Vms @ 600 Ohm load, maximum gain
    • Frequency Response: +/- 0.25 dB
    • Dynamic Range: 104 dB / 109 dB A-weighted
    • Phono Inputs 3/4 *
    • Connector: RCA pair
    • Frequency Response: +/- 1 dB
    • Dynamic Range: 97 dB / 104 dB A-weighted
    • THD + N: 0.01 % (-80dB)
    • Input Sensitivity: -20 dBV minimum gain, -40 dBV maximum gain @ 1 kHz
    • Input Impedance: 47 kOhm resistive, 150pF capacitive
    • Digital Specifications
    • Supported Sample Rates**: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    • Maximum Word Length: 24 bit
    • S/PDIF: RCA jacks
    • Word Clock: BNC jacks
    • Host Connection: Two IEEE-1394a (FireWire) jacks.
    • MIDI: Two 5-pin MIDI DIN connectors
    • Size / Weight / Power
    • Height: Including lip: 2.26 inches / 5.74 cm.
    • Width: 10.28 inches / 26.11 cm.
    • Depth: Including lip, excluding rear connectors: 9.15 inches / 23.24 cm.
    • Weight: 3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg.
    • Power Requirements: Powered off 6-pin IEEE-1394a (FireWire) jack or 9 to 24 Volts DC jack (A/C power adaptor included)
    • Maximum Power Consumption: 6 Watts
    • All noise and dynamic range measurements with 20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth at 48 kHz sample rates, unless otherwise noted.
    • ADC measured -60 dBFS at 1 kHz with minimum gain setting; DAC with digital playback at -60 dBFS at 1 kHz.
    • Frequency response measurements relative to level at 1 kHz.
    • * RIAA equalization and sensitivity measured at 1 kHz.
    • ** External clock supports up to 48 kHz sample rates
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    4.2

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    5.0

    solid interface, great value

    By kai-LdZgG

    from San Francisco, CA

    I used the Mbox 2 Pro to home-record acoustic instruments and backing vocals for a folk-pop album. I used it in combination with a fairly high-quality preamp rather than using the Mbox's pres, so I can't comment on the preamp quality. But as a hub for connecting all parts of my home recording setup, it has worked great. The 2 headphone outputs are handy so that my bassist can track while we both monitor. It has the right number of inputs for me, recording one track at a time in 2 different rooms (I don't think it would have enough inputs for a full band). The ProTools LE software that comes with it is worth the price by itself. The software is high-quality and has allowed me to do a ton of work on my recordings at home, while being able to easily open my files in the studio setting (which uses the ProTools HD system, not LE). This has saved me thousands of dollars in studio time, optimizing the studio time for tasks best-suited to that atmosphere/expertise while doing the editing, comping, and simple tracking at home. The only low point of the box is a rather plasticky construction (on the front of the box) that seems just a bit flimsy compared with the solid capability of the unit. Overall, great buy.

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    2.0

    For Tech Heads ONLY

    By Rockfish

    from SOUTH

    I purcahsed an LE pro tools in 2001. It was great and worked fine for me. In August 08 I got a new computer and the LE would not work on it. In October I purchased the MBOX Pro. I have had it for 6 months have not not been able to use it yet. I have spent hundreds of dollars upgrading eveything in my new pc and it is always another thing. The techs at digi must use the absolute latest state of the art to test the new models and if you do not have what is required you will be out of luck .The techheads at the support act like you are from another planet when you ask any questions. Check the digi web site before you buy and check to see if your PC or Mac will work with pro tools.Or you may waste your money.

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    4.0

    Totally dead 5 months after warrenty expired

    By Nathan-j0suS

    from Downs, IL

    I purchased an MBox 2 Pro in January 2007 after reading many reviews and getting advice of friends. I have taken excellent care of it by unplugging it when it was not in use and using a surge suppression power strip.Now it is completely dead and Digidesign "ProAxess" support will require $$$ fixed rate to repair it because it is out of warrenty. While it worked, it was EXCELLENT. ProTools and the hardware were simple to use and provided excellent results.I bought "the best", took meticulous care of it, and now have a dead brick. Also, the knobs are cheap and feel like they will break. I should have bought the MOTU Ultralight. It has similar performance and is more robust. I may save my $$$ and apply to that instead.

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    5.0

    mbox 2 pro

    By sixpack7427

    from New York, NY

    On my first voyage into the seas of recording, i purchased the M-Audio Firewire 1814 and ProTools M-Powered. I sat in front of my computer for days talking to the M-Audio techs on the phone, just trying to get this thing to work. My computer kept rejecting the hardware. Instead of passing the return days and getting stuck with the money, i returned it. Then, with my fingers crossed, I bought the Digidesign MBox 2 Pro. It looked perfect for me, a beginner looking for something small to get me started in learning pro tools. I bought the mbox 2 pro and within 30 minutes of opening the box i had it up and running with Pro Tools LE and i was recording my home made guitar and bass jams. I was definently impressed with the ease of installation, considering digidesign is known to have problems working with certain computers.This system is great for any beginner looking to learn the magic of pro tools recording software.I just wish they would have slapped on 2 more XLR mic inputs. Its hard to get an o.k. drum sound with 2 mics. But that aside, i strongly reccomend this. Just do plenty of research on digidesign.com to make sure its compatible with your computer.

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    5.0

    Adlibs review

    By Adlib

    from Milwaukee Wi

    I purchase this joint not to long ago, Even tho it works great i was kinda disapointed, Even tho i installed everything correctly, there seems to be sum bugs in it, well atleast for Windows Xp. Everytime i restart my computer i have to re-install the ptle update installer, Just to get sound to rout threw Pt. That is a hassel, even tho i can still work Pt, it shouldent be necesary to do. Ontop of that mine did not come with Sampletank. Besides that protools is great, and the qualitys is DOPE!

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