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Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface   

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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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.

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.

  • 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
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  • 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

Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface

  • 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

    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

    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

    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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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.


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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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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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.



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.


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.


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.



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!!!


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!!!


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 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!


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!


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.

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