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The next generation of the best-selling MoblePre USB.

The next-generation MobilePre delivers even more pro features than its best-selling predecessor, so you can record a wider variety of sources with higher audio quality. Connect guitars, microphones, keyboards, drum machines, synths, and other devices, and simultaneously record two sources with 24-bit/48 kHz (better-than-CD) sound. Thanks to the ergonomic design, you can control input gain and volume with convenient top-panel knobs, and monitor your recording without latency at the press of a button.

Make music like the pros
The included Pro Tools SE music recording and creation software delivers many of the same powerful features that studio professionals use to create Grammy Award-winning albums, Emmy Award-winning television shows, and Academy Award-winning films. This easy-to-use software lets you create music with up to 24 tracks, and also includes a huge loop library and over 100 virtual instruments to build out your mixes. Add EQ, reverb, and other built-in effects to make your music sound professionally produced.

Universal compatibility
If you want even more tracks, effects, virtual instruments, and loops, MobilePre is compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered software”the same recording platform used by studio professionals around the world. You can also use MobilePre with GarageBand, Logic, Live, Record, and virtually every other popular music application.

Record Your Guitar
Want to record guitar with your computer? What about bass or keyboards? MobilePre can make your dream a reality. Simply connect it via USB to your PC or Mac, plug in your instruments, and you're good to go. You can also use the included Pro Tools SE recording software and effects to layer tracks with your instruments and create professional-sounding mixes.

Record vocals and acoustic instruments
MobilePre features switchable +48V phantom power, so you can connect a studio-grade condenser (powered) microphone like the M-Audio Nova for pro-quality recordings. The interface's two-input, two-output design lets you record a vocal mic and another instrument simultaneously, so you can capture song ideas or collaborate with other musicians.

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Monitor without distracting latency
All digital audio recording systems introduce a small delay between the instrument input and the output coming from the computer. This "latency" can be distracting enough to cause pitch and timing errors when you're recording. MobilePre solves this latency problem with a direct monitor button, which lets you hear your instruments directly through the interface before they go into the computer.

FEATURES
  • MobilePre audio interface
  • 24-bit, 48kHz (better-than-CD) audio quality record two sources simultaneously
  • 2 front-panel XLR/TS combo jacks for recording microphones and/or instruments
  • 2 rear-panel line inputs for recording line-level sources such as keyboards, drum machines, synthesizers, and more
  • Front/Rear Input Select button”record via front-panel combo jacks or rear-panel line inputs
  • 4 top-panel knobs for adjusting input/output levels and headphone volume
  • 48V Phantom Power switch to power studio-quality condenser microphones
  • Direct Monitor button for monitoring your recording without distracting latency
  • Rear-panel line outputs for connecting studio monitors
  • headphone input
  • USB port for connection and power
  • Pro Tools SE software
  • Award-winning Pro Tools composing, recording, editing, and mixing features
  • mix up to 24 tracks (16 audio tracks, 8 virtual instrument tracks)
  • Integrated learning tools make it easy to create music
  • Built-in composing features, including MIDI sequencing and Score editing
  • includes over 100 different virtual instruments
  • Powerful, pro-quality effects including reverb, EQ, and guitar amp/distortion effects
  • Comes with over 3GB of audio loops to quickly construct songs and ideas
  • Easily record up to two instruments at once

Order this affordable yet versatile audio interface today!

SPECIFICATIONS

MobilePre mk II

  • MobilePre (hardware only)
    Windows PC
    Windows XP (SP3)*, Windows Vista 32/64, or Windows 7 32/64
    Pentium 4 2.0GHz
    1GB RAM
    Native USB port

    Mac
    Mac OS X 10.5.8 or greater, or 10.6.3 or greater
    G5 processor
    1GB RAM
    Native USB port

    Pro Tools SE software
    Windows PC
    1.8GHz multi-core processor (Intel or AMD)
    5400 RPM drive
    Windows XP Home (SP3 or greater), Windows XP Pro (SP3 or greater), Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate
    2GB RAM for Windows 7 64-bit; 1 GB RAM for XP or Windows 7 32-bit
    Adobe Flash Player 10

    Mac
    1.8GHz multi-core processor (Intel)
    5400RPM drive
    1GB RAM
    Mac OS X 10.5.8 or greater, or 10.6.1 or greater
    Adobe Flash Player 10

    *Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported
    NOTE: Other supported audio applications may have higher minimum system requirements

    Compatibility
    ASIO 2
    WDM
    Mac OS X Core Audio
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M-AudioMobilePre mk II
 
3.8

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (8)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Lightweight (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Home studio (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Bargin for training on Pro Tools

I've been using Pro Tools 9MP with the Mobile-Pre for several months now. I had no previous PT experience and at times it was frustrating to figure out stupid little things that brought the...Read complete review

I've been using Pro Tools 9MP with the Mobile-Pre for several months now. I had no previous PT experience and at times it was frustrating to figure out stupid little things that brought the "workflow" to a halt. I ended up doing things the "hard way" just to get around the road blocks. The "bald-headed guy" on the PT video tutorials is great and really gets you psyched with his "...nice!!..." comments, especially on the elastic time and pitch where the drummer does his "train-wreck" (haven't we all been there). But he talks so fast and uses many shortcuts that I had trouble following.So when I saw this restock Mobile-Pre I thought it was a good deal. I called about the no-return policy but a few days later decided to take a chance. I didn't know the differences between PT SE, MP, LE, and the real one, dang, what a mess! But hey, [$] bucks. Well what a blessing! The SE taught me all about automation, elastic time (it doesn't have elastic pitch), midi transposing (but it's still tricky, you have to select the semi-tones transpose to stay in key; the "in-key" whole tone transpose doesn't do #s and flats). The loop browser is on one button making it very easy to start dragging loops onto the timeline. Every menu has a Show Me selector at the bottom that takes you right to a mini tutorial with videos and everything.After I figured out the transpose issue I made a cute little blues number with drums, bass, rhythm and lead synth with breaks, solos, drum fills, intro and outro, all with just a few of the included loops. It was worth [$] just to learn automation and transpose, plus now I have a nice box I can use with my new full version of Pro Tools I'm getting.And yes, you hear all these comments about Pro Tools sucks, didn't this wouldn't that, needed this only works with that. Well when you go with Pro Tools, you've entered the truly professional realm. A board starts at $6K, an input box starts at $4K, a whole system is $10^6! This is the real thing! The recorded sounds are amazing! They charge for support! (the forums are free) That's what professionals do, they make money with the highest quality stuff, and the highest quality stuff costs money. Granted, the Pro Tools SE is a crippled DAW, but it's for training and it gives you the basics you need to get started making great sounding music, and it runs on XP and doesn't require anything special. It's running fine on my "unsupported" Media Center pc. When Avid says "qualified" and "unsupported" that means they won't step in front of a bullet, it doesn't mean it won't work. It means they test in the lab only certain products that they know won't crash when the customer is breathing down your neck to get that project done. They're pros. They're honest, they don't promise the world and then don't answer the phone or give you some lame excuse.After you study and research the industry like I did, you'll be happy to know your money and effort invested in Pro Tools can take you all the way, as far as you want to go. There is nothing better. I'm glad I bought my restock Mobile-Pre with PT SE and didn't get scared off by the restock no return notice.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Windows users, beware!

This is a great product, if you use a Mac. I was using an iMac to do all of my recording at home, and I decided to make a big upgrade in computer...Read complete review

This is a great product, if you use a Mac. I was using an iMac to do all of my recording at home, and I decided to make a big upgrade in computer power without breaking the bank. So, I bought a high-end PC laptop and transferred everything over. The ONLY thing that didn't work was the MobilePre; everytime I would run Amplitube and my MobilePre together, I would get this awful feedback and screeching. I checked the M-Audio forums, and I wasn't the only one having this problem. My OS is Windows 7... it turns out that M-Audio has failed to release a satisfactory driver to make the MobilePre usably compatible with Windows 7. Now, there is a supposed way that folks have worked around this by using the old Windows Vista drivers in compatibilty mode, but I was not able to successfully replicate the process. I will be searching for a new interface in the near future.

Now, I am a fair person, so I will give this product a decent review. It works VERY well if you are using a Mac or an older Windows OS. You can expect a clean sound, handy monitoring, and a very simple array of features to enhance the gain and volume on your signal.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Start for a home studio

By Andrew Ball

from Los Angeles

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Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

first let me say, you should not be buying this for the pro tools software and people who are complaining about it should have known better. what you should be buying this for is the interface which I've found to be of excellent quality and has worked well with recording some demos and ideas. The version of pro tools is extremely limited but I see it as more of a demo of normal pro tools. what its meant to do is introduce you to how pro tools works and should not really be taken seriously. If you want a good version of pro tools don't get this get an M-box but if you just need an interface to use with a Different DAW or an existing pro tools rig get this.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Its a good all around interface.

By Salem

from Washington D.C.

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Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

I got this as an upgrade from a Line 6 GX which had the most garbage drivers I have ever experienced, over time it would break out into static anytime audio was played through it. This provides everything I could really want aside from MIDI (hence the 4.5 for features) which the fast track pro offers for a little more. But I find unless I'm recording drums I only use two inputs anyway,miking amps/vocals/acoustic guitar, I tend to blend two mics. So this is awesome for that, I plug both inputs in front and blend them to taste with the gain knobs on top. The direct monitor button is great if your computer has low memory or if you jsut want to moniotr your recording and not hear all the other parts in your DAW playing. It has rear 1/4" ins and outs which I hook up to my mixer in case I need more than two inputs and the line outs go to my monitors.The combination xlr and 1/4" inputs are really nice, unlike a lot of interfaces where you get one or the other so I can mix and match. Overall I think you get a lot of bang for your buck. It does everything I think most people need (not just beginners). I tried the Pro tools SE software and its a nice introduction to pro tools if you are not familiar with it and you could definetly throw down some tracks in it so overall its a good bundle but even if it didn't come with that the interface is worth the price alone.If it broke I would absolutley buy another one, never had any problems after a few months of use and it does everything I need it to do.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Windows users, beware!

By Joshua Moore

from San Angelo, TX

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

This is a great product, if you use a Mac. I was using an iMac to do all of my recording at home, and I decided to make a big upgrade in computer power without breaking the bank. So, I bought a high-end PC laptop and transferred everything over. The ONLY thing that didn't work was the MobilePre; everytime I would run Amplitube and my MobilePre together, I would get this awful feedback and screeching. I checked the M-Audio forums, and I wasn't the only one having this problem. My OS is Windows 7... it turns out that M-Audio has failed to release a satisfactory driver to make the MobilePre usably compatible with Windows 7. Now, there is a supposed way that folks have worked around this by using the old Windows Vista drivers in compatibilty mode, but I was not able to successfully replicate the process. I will be searching for a new interface in the near future.

Now, I am a fair person, so I will give this product a decent review. It works VERY well if you are using a Mac or an older Windows OS. You can expect a clean sound, handy monitoring, and a very simple array of features to enhance the gain and volume on your signal.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good For Cheap

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

I have this like for a month and works good,No problem with the volumes or anything.Good product for a good price...

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M-Audio MobilePre mk II

By Kalyan Sripathi

from Ilinois

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

I just started to record and I love this new module. It does what I need it to, I wanted something that I can record my guitars and voice seperately and merge stuff. Good for playing leads to blues and other backtracks too. I just love how clean the voice and the instruments record. And also love the different effects for guitar.. This is a great purchase for someone who wants to record music at home and get good quality track from it.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

recurring white noise after a few hours...

By ANtC

from san diego

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

i purchased this from MF because of the great deal. received it a week later and right out the box i installed it following the easy guide install the came with it. its simply an idiots guide of installing the driver and software showing pictures and steps. helpful for those who rush and try to plug and play without properly installing the driver. anyway, that took a good hour to install because protools took over 7 GB of hard drive space to operate (which i was totally unaware of) the software is pro tools SE which is pretty much strictly for beginners. by this i mean there are no special features like editing and mixing tools. it is the simplest format of pro tools ive ever seen, which i only see beginners appreciating it for. as i opened a new PRESET session (as the SE only offers preset sessions for your needs) i started just on vocal tracking. after working on a session for an hour or so, it was fine. quality was like any other interface i've used. then all of a sudden a recurring distorted noise kept coming in and out of the tracks during playback and during recordings. i thought maybe my systems RAM was overloaded or something so i restarted the program and again after 10 mins it occurred again. i opened the CPU usage box from protools and it read i was only using 10% of my CPU so i ruled that out. never got it figured out, but MF was cool enough to let me exchange it for another interface. going with presonus now. in the end, while it worked it was great. but if i could do it over again knowing that pro tools SE is that big of a program with the limited features, i wouldnt waste my time.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Mountain Loin 10.8.2 is not supported

By TimAllen

from Myrtle Beach SC

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Osx 1082

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

    This product is advertised as being compatable with a macbook. Maybe it is if you have an older macbook but if you have a new machine, you're out of luck. After speaking to several nice gentleman in India, I was told that if you have OSX 10.8.2 than you're out of luck because there are no drivers written for the OS yet. I was told to downgrade my OS and it will work. Really?? Well, according to Apple, you can only downgrade to 10.8.1 which doesn't have any drivers written either. On the bright side, I do have a very interesting new paperwieght on my desk in the form of a unusable M-Audio Mobilepre and a great unusable copy of protoolls SE which I suppose could be used for a drink coaster.

    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    If you have Win 7 64 forget it.

    By Joseph Terranova

    from Orlando

    Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

    How can I rate this if it won't work. Avid support SUCKS! 45 minute wait times. Poor connections in god knows what country. Difficult to understand the support rep. Keep telling me to do the same things over and over because they don't bother to read their notes from the last time. Drivers will not install and they can't figure it out. Looks like this is going back to MF. I have wasted hours on this. I can't belive the poor qualtiy of support from a company who makes ProTools. It comse with ProTools SE. You better go to school or learn it on YouTube, becuse you only get ONE support ticket. Then you have to pay to be on hold.
    If it would work!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply, Great

    By ArcadeShrimp

    from Brawley, CA

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

    I bought this to start my career out, and I was pleasantly satisfied with the quality of this interface. I love the 2 ports and the Phantom power, so mics are NOT a problem for this piece of art. The only bad thing I can say is that it looks like it can easily break if it fell from a high platform. However, other than that, its just a phenomenal piece of equipment and a must for beginners.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Interface!

    By NuclearJarhead

    from Minot, ND

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

      Bought this about a month ago, works great with any mic that uses an XLR cable, guitar/bass, or keyboard, the included software replaced my Sony Acid Studio, I've used it to record drums, vocals, guitar, and bass.

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