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Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface  

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  • Digidesign

    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

    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

    The Mbox 2 lets you record with genuine Pro Tools power made by the folks who know. Order today!

     

    Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface 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 kΩ
    • 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 50Ω
    • 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, 150Ω 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

       

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    • 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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    5.0

    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. 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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    4.0

    USB connection noise!

    By DarkFloyd

    from Bogota, Colombia

    I've just given up with my mbox 2, first one I got was perfect until I turned on my monitors (yamaha hs80m) there was a strange noise in the mid-high freq. like a hiss or like the sound of old vinyls. I searched the web and found that some devices come with that problem and the only solution y return it. so I did, I called this site and they authorized de change, a week ago I received my brand new mbox 2 and it has the same noise problem, I tried a friend's mbox 2 with 2 years of use and there was no noise, so I guess I'm not a lucky person. I will return it again but because I live out the US, the shipping prices and time that takes are very high, so I have to live with that noise. I've tried everything, different USB cables, different ports, even different computers and the noise is there. that's why I put 2.5 in quality, the 4.0 in features is just because pro tools 8 it's awesome!

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    2.0

    Greatly Disappointed

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I've been searching for months to find the best rated cheap box for recording guitar tracks n vocals. After a week of using it the playback started getting very staticy. Almost like when theres a radio station that's coming in from far away. When I record vocals the monitors sounded scratchy. and in playback I here static vocals. The same goes for when I just put headphones on to hear what i'm doing.The program works fine but the hardware disgusts me.

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    2.0

    Bloated Price - Little Value

    By Neverender

    from Racine, WI

    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.

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    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!!!

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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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    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!

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