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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!

     

    MobilePre mk II Specifications:

    • 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

      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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      4.0

      FYI: Drivers for Win8 and OSX 10.8.x

      By dbcooper

      from Sound Town USA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

        Just wanted folks to know, drivers are still being created as needed. However, I'm not sure for how long, but even Windows 8 and the latest USB3 fixes on new Macbooks etc. have been fixed. I'm using it with OSX 10.8.4 with no issues at all.

        http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/download/MobilePre-Drivers

        HTH

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        1.0

        it did not work

        By Lighteningh

        from S.C.

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

              the xlr would work bu the 1/4 inch inputs would not or just the opposite and the 1/4 inch would work and the xlr's did not. So I called snd no charge they took it back and are sending me a new one. Great outfit these folks

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              (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.

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                5.0

                Gets the job done

                By Focus

                from Florida

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Clean Vocals
                • Good Pricing
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • None at this time

                Best Uses

                • Home Project Studio

                Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

                This is my second unit. It works great for my home projects
                I've even done pro release with this unit. I like it. So I brought one for my son who's having no issues. Great inexpensive product.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Simply, Great

                By ArcadeShrimp

                from Brawley, CA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                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.

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                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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                  4.0

                  great reliability for price

                  By jpetty

                  from indiana

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Inexpensive
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

                    I owned the original version of this model... and I also own a Motu 828mk2... I use this for it's reliability for one... the sound is just fiiiiine. I'm not going to say it's supposed to sound like really expensive gear, but for the money I can't think of anyone who couldn't make great use out of this. The best part is it's stereo. Unlike the original one.

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                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Buyer Beware

                    By JDW

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality
                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

                    Extremely poor output quality. Very hard to use but most importantly EVERY TIME I unplug it from my laptop, I get the "blue screen of death" and my laptop locks up. I have to remove the battery to start my laptop. I use a high end 6 month old Windows 7 laptop. The only problems I've ever had with the laptop is when I unplug this device.

                    They have a serious software bug. I work in the technology business and am not a novice. What can you say about a product that generates the blue screen of death on your laptop EVERY TIME you unplug it?

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                    4.0

                    Did the job

                    By DredNotPkr

                    from Hyattsville, MD

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

                          Needed an external sound card to eliminate latency from the integrated sound on my desktop PC, and didn't want to spend a fortune. The MobilePre MK II funcrtioned flawlessly as far as eliminating the latency, and especially because this unit was a restock, the price was right.

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                          5.0

                          Works in Linux (Ubuntu 10.04)

                          By dimonic

                          from Toronto, Canada

                          About Me Novice

                          Ask me a question

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about M-Audio MobilePre mk II:

                            I tried this because I found the quality of the on-board audio to be lacking. I also wanted the ability to trim/gain the inputs to avoid clipping or other levelling issues without resorting to digital editing.

                            I hooked this up with an ArtPre phono pre-amp to transfer my vinyl to digital format. It worked with my Linux box right out of the box - no driver issues whatsoever.

                            I used Jack + Ardour for recording, and it was smooth sailing (other than me learning the Ardour interface). I used Audacity for cleaning up the sound (as little as possible - just click removal). The sound came through as clear as the original, and I was even happy with the click removal.

                            The hardware does its jobs and stays out of the way. I loved the hardware gain knobs - I was able to trim it down so I did not get clipping easily. The direct monitoring was less useful to me as it is not stereo (it seems to blend both inputs to mono) - but I was able to configure Ardour to do the monitoring, and switch "direct" off and monitor in stereo after the roundtrip.

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