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Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface

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Mbox + MIDI = Mbox 2.

Mbox 2 is a next-generation USB-powered audio/MIDI production system that builds on the performance and simplicity of the original Mbox”Digidesign's most popular personal studio system ever. Featuring a wide range of connection options, including analog, digital, and MIDI I/O, Mbox 2 delivers professional performance in an incredibly compact package. Mbox 2 also includes award-winning, easy-to-use Pro Tools LE software, which offers many of the same features that top studios rely on to produce Grammy-winning albums and Academy Award”winning film sound. Projects created with Mbox 2 and Pro Tools LE software also open on Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools M-Powered systems”providing instant compatibility with countless Pro Tools”equipped project and professional studio around the globe.

Hardware
The Mbox 2 hardware interface is both powerful and easy to use, featuring a distinctive industrial design, impressive sound quality, and extensive input and output options.

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.

Product Availability: Pro Tools 8.0.4
Free downloadable update offers Windows support (LE and M-Powered); improvements for all Pro Tools systems. Avid is pleased to announce the availability of Pro Tools 8.0.4, a free upgrade for all registered Pro Tools users. This latest update offers many performance enhancements and fixes, plus adds Windows 7 support for Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered systems. Please read the attached Avid Channel News bulletin for complete details.

FEATURES
Hardware
100% USB powered for maximum portability
2 analog inputs, 2 analog outputs
2 channels of S/PDIF digital I/O
1 MIDI input and 1 MIDI output (16 channels in/16 channels out)
Zero-latency monitoring
Superior sonic performance
48V phantom power for condenser microphones
Separate source selection and gain control per channel
Headphone output with dedicated volume control
Dedicated studio monitor volume control

SoftwareAward-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
SPECIFICATIONS
System Requirements
Digidesign-qualified Windows Vista- (32-bit Business or Ultimate), Windows XP- or Mac OS X 10.5-based computer
Minimum 1GB of RAM
DVD-ROM or equivalent optical drive for software installation
Available USB port for for Mbox 2 system (USB hubs not supported)
Available USB port for iLok USB Smart Key

Analog Inputs”2
Separate source selection and gain control per channel
Mic: XLR with 48V phantom power
Mic preamp: >120dB EIN @ > 50dB gain
Line: ¼"
DI: ¼"
Maximum Input: 8.7 V RMS (balanced), or +21dBu

Misc.
24-bit clean to/from the computer
USB type B socket (v. 1.1); cable included (does not support passive USB hubs)

Analog Line Outputs”2
Maximum Output: +4dBV into 1 kÎ
Unbalanced output connectors

Dimensions” measured with Mbox 2 in horizontal (handle-down) configuration
Height, box: 4.9cm; with handle: 7.7cm; with handle cover: 5.6cm
Width: 22.4cm
Depth: 18.4cm (includes knobs)
Weight: 1.23kg

Headphone Output
Separate volume control;
¼" output
> 6 mW into 50Î

A/D
Sample Rate: 44.1, 48kHz
Dynamic Range: 106dB (A-weighted), 103dB (unweighted)1,2
THD+N (line input): 0.00079% (-102dB) @ 1kHz1,3
THD+N @ 40dB gain (mic input): 0.006% (-84dB) @ 1kHz1
Mic EIN (unweighted): -120dB @ 40dB gain, 150Î source
Frequency response: +0/-0.5dB, 20Hz ” 20kHz3
Maximum Input: +21dBu
Input Impedance (pad off): Mic=3.5 kOhm; Line=10 kOhm; DI= >1 MOhm

Digital I/O
S/PDIF I/O (24-bit)
RCA jacks

D/A
Sample Rate: 44.1, 48kHz
Dynamic Range: 106dB (A-weighted), 103dB (unweighted)1,4
THD+N: 0.003% (-90.4dB); -1dBFS @ 1kHz1,3
Frequency response: ±0.5dB, 20Hz ” 20kHz3

1 Measurement made using balanced connectors
2 ADC measured -60dBFS method with minimum gain setting
3 Measured relative to level at 1kHz
4 Measured with digital input at -60dBFS @ 1kHz
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4.0

(based on 35 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works Great - Love It

I tried PC recording several years back and ran into so many problems that I gave up. Most of the problems with PC recording were hardware related issues - noises, buzzes, and latency....Read complete review

I tried PC recording several years back and ran into so many problems that I gave up. Most of the problems with PC recording were hardware related issues - noises, buzzes, and latency. So I bought a Boss digital recorder and I would do my recording on the Boss and then export it to my computer and do the mixing on the computer.I gave the background information to say this, I have been skeptical of PC based home recording for many years and was of the opinion that if you could afford the baddest Mac on the planet, then computer recording would be the way to go. But otherwise, you should stick with a tried and true, designed for the purpose, digital recorder. Well, the Digidesign Mbox 2 has completely changed my mind about PC recording at home. I got this package a few days ago and after watching the included tutorial DVD, I was up and recording in less than and hour. And I'm not even running it on an "ideal" PC either. I am running this on a Dell laptop with Windows XP that is actually listed under the Digidesign compatibility matrix as "Unsupported" - however, it works PERFECTLY. No glitches or dropouts. The hardware installed effortlessly. The sound quality is so much better than with the Boss and Fostex digital recorders I've been using. The MBox 2 USB has great preamps and good A/D conversion. And it's EASY to use. Connect the Mbox 2, launch the software, and start recording. I love the Mbox 2 / ProTools LE package and I'll never go back to the digital recorder boxes again.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great software, okay interface

I let myself get talked into buying this package instead of going with my own research and getting M-Powered. Bad choice. The biggest factor that makes this package better than M-Powered is the Ignition...Read complete review

I let myself get talked into buying this package instead of going with my own research and getting M-Powered. Bad choice. The biggest factor that makes this package better than M-Powered is the Ignition Pack, which includes very usable versions of Reason, BFD, and Live, all of which I have found useful. The only other differences between this and M-Powered are of no consequence to most of us. LE supports DV Toolkit - doesn't INCLUDE, just supports - Digitranslator, and the EXPENSIVE Control 24 control surface. I don't want any of those things. I should have bought M-Powered. I am in latency hell now when I use the M-Box as an ASIO device. My Delta-44 was a much better but I yanked it b/c whenever the M-Box is plugged in it makes all other audio devices whine like crazy. It is a good interface if you are using a computer that does nothing but produce music in Pro Tools. But I also use my computer for woodshedding, plus entertainment, plus money. So switching to the M-Box has totally crippled both my computers (desktop and notebook). I am looking into dumping my M-Box on eBay and switching to M-Powered. M-Powered with a Delta 44 would be a better deal than the M-Box, even if it cost 2x as much as the M-Box. As it stands, it is justa tiny bit more expensive to go that route.

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4.0

DIGIDESIGN WORKS VERY GOOD FOR THE PRICE

By Ricardo Rey

from Netherland Antilles

I have more than 7 years working with Digidesign products and every Production comes with a Pro Quality. If you are lloking for a quick solution for Radio Production, og course you can find others friendly systems that xlick and drag mp3 files to youe session in a blink, but Digidesign complies with wath you required as a pro.

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3.0

It is what it is... Discontinued.

By Adam MacKinnon

from Delaware

I ordered an MBOX 2 a while ago, it was my second one. I use this as a satellite rig for my studio, so I can work from home. This unit is perfect for the aspiring project recording artist who wants to take their recordings the next level, without spending a fortune. Protools itself does have a pretty steep learning curve in order to maximize it, so buyer beware in that regard. However, the Mbox 2 has been discontinued, and now they're offering the MBOX 3.... Digidesign (now AVID) has gotten a lot better at compatibility as of late, and they're continuing to improve.

I'm not sure if you can still even get this (I doubt it) anymore, so you should probably look at the Mbox 3 now, but it's a solid product overall.

 
5.0

Sweet

By Joxed

from Kansas City KS

I own and have used Pro Tools for quite some time. I use this in my home studio to record myself. This is not a program you just open up and expect to know right off the bat. It takes some time to learn. I do agree that digidesign is a bit 'behind.' Pro Tools isnt an easy program to use it is very powerful and can do a lot. It is not designed for casual users. If you want something to just plug in an go, go with logic. There is a reason that so many of the most famous studios use PT. I know its HD and not LE but they are essentially the same software (the hardware is different and its run on PCI cards). When you take the time to learn it it is fantastic. I use it on my iMac and I have never had a problem with it. The mbox is great, with low latency monitoring and good pre amps, its a great way to go.

 
5.0

Pro Tool LE 8 / Mbox 2

By Jammin-KENmZ

from Yorba Linda, CA

It's a great unit, bundled with PT8-LE. Running it with Macbook Pro 15" with i7 processor. Loading software was a breeze, followed all the instruction with no problems. Nothing short of expectations. I was hesitant at first reading some negative reviews, but took a chance and did some more homework and so far it's going well.

 
5.0

Enjoyable Blue Box

By Busta Grimes

from Clovis, CA

The M-Box is a great way to "get in the game" of digital recording. You can do a lot better for more money, but considering what it does, the M-Box is a good deal. I would shop around to get the best and most up-to-date software deals sold with it. I use it with REASON and my Axiom Keyboard, a condenser mic (yes this box has phantom power)for live recording, an electric guitar, and hopefully soon, an electronic drum kit. I am no music recording expert, but after a year or so, I can make and mix music as a hobby and have good fun doing it. You will need a lot of RAM for your PC. I still use the internet, etc. on my PC but it is best to maximize your processor and the PC is designated as my "studio" computer. Many people recommend a Mac as being better suited to the software involved. Buzzing noises can be remedied by moving the M-box away from high power sources like your monitor or electric cords. You can also use equipment like the Ultra DI for clearer signals. The software bundle should have compressors, reverb, you name it to go with your pro-tools, so you will not have to buy other expensive external equipment (except for instruments of course). It does what it is meant to do.

 
5.0

I LOVE IT!!

By JonBoy502

from Louisville, KY

I own it and I love it! Didnt have any problems with the installing the software, drivers, or anything. Didnt have any problems with hooking everything up to it. It has good pre-amps and the quality vocals you get out of this thing is amazing! I would recommend it to anyone who wants get started on Pro Tools. I had never used PTs before but if watch the M1 DVD and take your time learning how everything works its extremely easy and, of course, its the industry standard so if you want to work your up this is where to start!!!

 
5.0

Awesome if your not a prude

By mnplayer

from Minnesota

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First off this recording system is not made for pro production, so everybody complaining about it needs to re-evaluate their situation. For project recording there is nothing better. Pro tools are simple to use and does everything an amateur needs. If you need a pro platform BUY ONE!!!

 
5.0

protools le

By Telemaster-DpvjC

from Boston, Mass

I purchased the Digidesign/Protools LE package less than a month ago. It took lots of patience and careful reading before i was up and running. It certainly has paid off! I'm finding Protools LE extremley easy to use. It's pretty straight forward on how to record a track, correctly save to a hard disk, and burn it. The sound quality is good. I still need to learn the plugins, but that'll come with more patience. A few key points here...read carefully and have patience! When playing back make sure to turn off your record mode button and adjust you volume/mix controls up to get sound. I'm not a recording engineer, I'm just a guitar player. This package is a great recording tool for someone like me!

 
5.0

great recording setup must buy!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The great thing about the M-box is its simplicity. All you have to do is plug it in, insert the cd and you?re ready to goAlso, it gives you the capability to record about anything you want without buying something else.If you?re anything short of a recording engineer, this is the only recording device you should ever buy!

 
5.0

Mbox 2 Is awesome

By Lespaulkid

from Toronto

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Ive had this for about year now, I use it with my macbook 2.1ghz core 2 duo, and my pc which has a quadcore 2.4 oc-ed to 3.0ghz. It is great for portable recording especially. Pro Tools Le is great for beginners and pros alike. If you are buying make sure your computer can handle audio recording and rendering, multicore processors are a must have, and over 2gigs of memory helps. On my old Pentium 4, protools would crash when i tried to bounce my session to disk. If you have a ok computer, go and buy this right now.

 
2.0

Behind the competition.

By jimmyjazz

from Philadelphia, Pa

I bought an mbox 1 a few years ago, and granted some improvements have been made by the two. However, I would hardly call adding midi revolutionary. More like catching up to the standard. In it's favor, the pre-amps are decent, and the thing can take a beating. Unfortunately, Digidesign seems to be incredibly behind the times in terms of 3rd part software support and driver development. Do not expect to just plug this thing in to any computer and have it work. God forbid you try to use it with anything other than the 5-10 laptop models specifically listed on their website. Digidesign seems to offer no reason why they are unable to support certain 3rd party software,turion, celeron, seperon, and even certain machines with core 2 duo processors. Yet, just about every other audio interface manufacturer out there seems to avoid these problems. My advice, if you really want to spend this much on an interface, save up the extra $100 or so and get something that is really worth the money. You'll be glad you did a few months/years down the line. I will be purchasing a Motu or Edirol interface in the near future, thus rendering my old mbox an expensive paperweight.

 
2.0

Don't waist your money

By Popmechanique

from Toronto

I bought it and then sold it month later.Pro-tools is a great program. But very CPU hungry and finicky about plugins. My 2.1 Ghz computer with 1.5 Gig Ram wasn't able to cope with 4 tracks! So if you don't have that much cash and are trying to get yourself a mini "home" studio don't go there. You'll end up spending way more than you intended.My guitar sounded twanky, clippy and lifeless through the mBox. Plugged directly into my iMac's built-in audio it sounds WAY better.I bought it because my friend recommended it.I sold it because I tried it.

 
5.0

Works Great, But you Need the Hardware...

By CoolRails420

from Santa Ana, CA

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I've had my MBOX2 for a year now, and I love it. I am constantly getting professional results with it on my PC. When I play my recordings back for friends or colleagues they inquire if I recorded it in a professional studio.As one reviewer pointed out, you need a powerhouse of a computer to run this thing on a PC. Mine runs routinely @ 250 - 300,000 K on the Task Manager. Wow, IE takes about 30K if that gives you any idea of how beefy this is. I run this on an Alienware machine with Dual 3 gb processors and 4gb of RAM. I run everything to an external firewire 200 gb drive, and keep the hard drive on the computer with about 100 gb free. Before I launch Pro Tools, I run task manager and disable all non essential processes, and close all programs that are open. This good advice as well to run nothing in the background (system tray). Pay attention to the playback engine settings. Tweaking the number of samples and devotion to processor (%) makes a lot of difference.

 
5.0

Works Great - Love It

By Old Rocker Dude

from WNC

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I tried PC recording several years back and ran into so many problems that I gave up. Most of the problems with PC recording were hardware related issues - noises, buzzes, and latency. So I bought a Boss digital recorder and I would do my recording on the Boss and then export it to my computer and do the mixing on the computer.I gave the background information to say this, I have been skeptical of PC based home recording for many years and was of the opinion that if you could afford the baddest Mac on the planet, then computer recording would be the way to go. But otherwise, you should stick with a tried and true, designed for the purpose, digital recorder. Well, the Digidesign Mbox 2 has completely changed my mind about PC recording at home. I got this package a few days ago and after watching the included tutorial DVD, I was up and recording in less than and hour. And I'm not even running it on an "ideal" PC either. I am running this on a Dell laptop with Windows XP that is actually listed under the Digidesign compatibility matrix as "Unsupported" - however, it works PERFECTLY. No glitches or dropouts. The hardware installed effortlessly. The sound quality is so much better than with the Boss and Fostex digital recorders I've been using. The MBox 2 USB has great preamps and good A/D conversion. And it's EASY to use. Connect the Mbox 2, launch the software, and start recording. I love the Mbox 2 / ProTools LE package and I'll never go back to the digital recorder boxes again.

 
4.0

Look for other options...

By mrpeets

from canada

I bought this interface on the pretense that the manufacturer is renown for their pro tools software. So i gave it a shot. Since it was made first on a mac, i noticed that the manual instructed me to do some changes to my configuration in order to make the device function. IE (disable hyperthreading). During install, I got a blue screen and ended up doing a system restore. Finally got it to work. However, for the price you can get better equipment that has 24bit/96hz instead of 24/48hz.

 
4.0

Great Piece of Hardware!!!!!!

By B Harris

from Maryland

Overall, it's a great product and I've used it for a little over a year now. Great product, great sound. Not gonna get much better for an intermediate user.
The things you can do with this interface is amazing! It seems like it has everything you need. I wish there was another headphone jack on it so both the engineer/producer (me) and the talent can here simultaneously. I guess you just have to get the pro model for that feature.
It's great quality. It's very durable and has great A/D converters. For some reason, however, if you use it for an extensive period of time, it tends to clip later on and you have to turn the source input down. But besides that point, the quality is impeccable. It really sounds great.
I rated the value lower because the price is just too high for up and coming and entry level producers and engineers.

 
4.0

Not worth it.

By Tofuik

from Eunice, LA

1. Overpriced2. Build quality was ok, audio input 1 failed on me after minimal use3. Protools in general is crap for PC. 4. It refused to accept stereo inputIn general, don't buy this product, find something else thats worth the time and money.

 
2.0

Bloated Price - Little Value

By Neverender

from Racine, WI

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Yes, I have used this interface, more than once in fact. It works well and has plenty of features. I understand that Pro Tools is a big draw but that price tag is ridiculous. For this price you can buy a VERY nice M-Audio interface and still use Pro Tools.

 
4.0

Great for editing, but lousy midi support.

By some guy-J9qYI

from Omaha Nebraska

I upgraded to Pro Tools 7.4 from 5.0. Not much has changed from what I can tell. I figured it was time to upgrade particularly because of plug-ins like Strike. I was wrong. Midi support in Pro Tools has seen virtually no improvement in 8 years. It?s very complicated and not intuitive to use at all unlike other programs like Garage Band or Logic. I was expecting at least a piano, strings, horns and percussion to be included with Pro Tools, but they aren?t. Any midi sound you want, expect to pay a premium price for. Not only that, but expect to jump through hoops to get the plug-ins activated, and then after that, there?s no guarantee that they will work-some of them crashed my system. I?ve had to create multiple accounts on multiple websites to activate the plug-ins. You even have to go through a third party vendor (iLok) to activate first party plug-ins like Strike. Pro Tools is great for editing, but if you are looking for any kind of midi support look elsewhere.

 
4.0

It's not that bad.

By GuitarGodgt

from King Ferry, NY

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The mbox 2 isn't that bad for the porject studio. I bought it to learn pro tools. The plug ins that are included are quality and the preamps have plenty of gain. Okay now for it's not so steller points. The mbox 2 has by far the worst feeling pots on any of the devices I either own or have owned (I also have a UX2 and firepod and have owned a omega) and the sweep on all of them is horrible especially the mix pot. It's almost as though they went with linear taper instead of audio (why oh why?). The mbox 2 also gets the worst review in regards to latency. It's aweful comparative to my other devices, and no it's not because I suck and can't setup my hardware correctly. This is both in pro tools and in cubase. Pro tools itself is much nicer than other software that is usually included with other hardware ie: cubase LE and abelton. Although the learning curve might be a little frustrating for new people.

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