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Avid Pro Tools 9 + Mbox Pro - 3rd Gen

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This kit pairs the Pro Tools 9 production platform with the Mbox Pro audio interface.Mbox ProRecord, edit, and mix performances”with high audio resolutions”using the professional-grade Mbox Pro deskto... Click To Read More About This Product

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This kit pairs the Pro Tools 9 production platform with the Mbox Pro audio interface.

Mbox Pro
Record, edit, and mix performances”with high audio resolutions”using the professional-grade Mbox Pro desktop audio interface. Easily connect mics, instruments, outboard effects, monitors, and other analog, digital, and/or MIDI gear with your computer to capture and create studio-quality productions.

Just pair Mbox Pro with your favorite audio recording or music creation software such as the included Pro Tools 9, Logic, Live, Fruity Loops, Cubase, and more. No matter what you choose, you™ll always sound amazing, as Mbox Pro was designed by the same team who created Avid's top-of-the-line Pro Tools HD Series interfaces, giving you the sonic clarity of interfaces costing much more.

Avid's top-of-the line, the Mbox Pro (3rd Gen) is a 24-bit/192kHz, 8x8 FireWire interface offering exceptional sound quality. It has 4 XLR mic inputs with 48V phantom power, 4 - 1/4" TRS line inputs, 6 balanced outputs and 2 unbalanced Alt line outputs, 2 - 1/4" headphone outs, onboard DSP, and an assignable Pro Tools multifunction button. Among numerous professional features, the Mbox Pro's line inputs bypass the preamps, ensuring a clean signal path so you can use your favorite high-end preamps.

All the ins and outs you need”and more
Because you can work with up to eight inputs and eight outputs simultaneously, Mbox Pro is ideal for recording yourself and a small band or ensemble. Connect mics, instruments, line-level equipment, MIDI gear, and digital devices to the wide array of analog and digital I/O. You can also add your favorite outboard signal processors to your mixes using the four insert jacks, attach a footswitch to control punch ins/outs, and maintain perfect sync with other digital devices through Word Clock I/O.

Work the way you want
Get the flexibility to work in more ways than ever. Use Mbox Mini with the included Pro Tools 9 for maximum speed and ease, and get total session compatibility with Pro Tools studios worldwide. Or get superior performance when you use Mbox with any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible software, such as Logic, Live, Record, Reason, Digital Performer, Fruity Loops, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar, and more.

Create effortlessly with extras
Mbox Pro comes packed with advanced features making it even easier to get great results. Tune your guitar, bass, and other instruments using the integrated guitar tuner. Prevent distortion when tracking louder sources using the same professional-grade soft-clip limiter found in Avid's Pro Tools HD Series interfaces. You can set up more pleasing cue mixes with reverb using the onboard DSP too.

Pro Tools 9
Pro Tools 9 redefines one of the world's most popular, most advanced music and audio production platform with a completely re-architected, open version of Pro Tools software, giving you what many users of past versions have asked for”and so much more.

Work with an audio interface”or without. Create bigger, better-sounding mixes with more tracks, Automatic Delay Compensation, and other pro features”all included as standard. Open your workflow to projects created in other audio and video software”and to the entire Avid Artist Series and Pro Series (formerly Euphonix) console/controller line. With Pro Tools 9, you can compose, record, sequence, edit, and mix the way you want in more ways than ever.

Capture Your Creativity
Work the way you want
With Pro Tools 9, you get more recording flexibility than ever. Connect mics and instruments and get multitrack audio recording capabilities when you pair Pro Tools software with your favorite Avid audio interface or third-party Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface. Record virtual instrument performances through a MIDI keyboard or controller, or record and create music and audio with just your computer and the software alone for ultimate portability.

Capture high-quality sound
Whether you're tracking vocals, guitars, voiceovers, sound effects, or an orchestra, or recording virtual instrument performances, enjoy great-sounding audio without compromise. Capture high-resolution audio”up to 24-bit/192kHz”when you use an Avid or third-party audio interface with Pro Tools software. And get best-in-class sound with the included groundbreaking virtual instruments.

Nail the right performance
Let your spontaneity shine. Use Loop recording to record multiple takes of a performance on the same track, one after the other, to keep things flowing when you're in the zone”great for guitar solos or voiceovers. You can also create complex drum tracks using it with MIDI Merge, enabling you to build up tracks by merging new beats into the same region with each recording pass.

Punch your way to perfection
Nobodys perfect, but with Pro Tools 9 you can create seamless performances with nondestructive QuickPunch or TrackPunch. Quickly fix mistakes in audio tracks as Pro Tools punches in and out of record mode, replacing the questionable section as you perform with the playback. For easier file management (and the truly confident) use DestructivePunch to maintain a single audio file”no matter how many punches you do.

Slow down and record comfortably
Having trouble keeping up? With Pro Tools, you can pull off technically challenging parts by slowing down the session tempo, recording the performance at a more comfortable pace, and playing it back at normal speed”Elastic Time and Pitch will keep things in tune. You can also create interesting effects recording at normal speed and then playing back at different speeds.

Stretch your creativity with Elastic Time and Pitch
Freely experiment without the time or effort investment. With Elastic Time, you can change the tempo or timing of any music or sound file”or an entire composition”on the fly, without cutting up a single sample of audio. With Elastic Pitch, you can fix wrong notes, create harmonies, and transpose regions”in real time”without altering the tempo.

Make changes on-the-fly
Forget having to manually stop and restart playback to make changes to your mix or configuration”instead, you can make many common changes on the fly in Pro Tools 9 during playback. Create and edit regions, add or remove tracks, copy inserts and sends, change I/O routing, and more”all changes will dynamically update in real time.

Craft sound with precision
Shape and fine-tune your audio, instrument, and MIDI tracks with professional, sample-accurate audio editing tools. Create a flawless performance by comping together tracks from multiple takes. Get more flexibility when importing tracks with the full Import Session Data dialog. Speed up editing with the Smart Tool. Place sounds perfectly in sync with picture. Smooth transitions with crossfades. Everything you need to perfect your tracks is available right from within a single Edit window.

Get where you need to go fast
Instantly navigate to one or more sections within your session to speed up your editing and mixing workflow. Simply set location markers at specific points in the timeline, edit selections, or even a set of track display settings, and you can quickly recall each specific location at any time with a simple keyboard shortcut, ensuring Pro Tools keeps up with your pace.

Join groups for easy editing and rearranging
Easily rearrange songs, edit loops, and make global changes across multiple tracks in one fell swoop by grouping audio and/or MIDI regions together as a Region Group. For more complex sessions with lots of automation, create VCA groups in Pro Tools HD software or Pro Tools 9 with the Complete Production Toolkit 2 option, giving you another level of gain control over groups that already have automation.

Snoop out grooves with multitrack Beat Detective
Start things off on the right beat with Beat Detective, a powerful tool that enables you to analyze and adjust timing across multiple tracks. Quickly tighten up uneven drum performances. Change up the feel or groove of a beat, and keep your rhythm section "in the pocket" by extracting the timing and groove from a drumbeat and applying that groove template to the bass part.

Unrivaled Audio Mixing
Achieve the best mixes possible automatically
Get great-sounding, phase-accurate mixes with Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC). Mix in stereo or up to 7.1 surround (with Pro Tools HD 9 or Pro Tools 9 and the Complete Production Toolkit 2 option). And automate every element in the Pro Tools environment (rather than "riding the faders" in real time) to add life and ensure the best mix”from track volumes, mute, and panning, to every plug-in parameter.

Get the sounds you want with Pro Tools plug-ins
Create better sounding mixes using the collection of included sound-processing, effects, and instrument plug-ins”you can insert up to 10 plug-ins per track. And expand your creative palette with plug-ins from Avid and our Pro Tools Development Partners for almost anything you can imagine”from instruments to EQs, compressors, reverbs, amp emulators, noise reducers, surround encoding, and more.

Grab control of your mix
You can use a mouse to make changes one at a time, or mix faster and easier using a hardware control surface. Get unrivaled, fully integrated, hands-on Pro Tools control with a choice of Avid control surfaces to fit your needs and budget, including ICON consoles and C|24; full EUCON integration with MC Mix, MC Control, MC Pro, System 5-MC, System 5, and more; and third-party control surfaces.

Make Music
No instrument? No problem
Easily create parts for practically any musical instrument using great-sounding virtual instruments, a MIDI keyboard/controller or your mouse, and the built-in Pro Tools MIDI Editor. Get started with the included virtual instruments and audio loops, and expand your arsenal with virtual instruments from Avid and third-party audio designers.

Get inspired with full MIDI and compositional tools
Take your songwriting from sketchpad to final production. Assign key signatures, create and move notes, transpose pitches, build dynamics, rearrange sections, and sculpt every note to perfection in the MIDI Editor. You can also view all MIDI parameters simultaneously for easier editing. and make your mixes shine by adding effects and automation.

Notate music with the Sibelius Score Editor
Compose and print professional music scores using the Sibelius Score Editor, which offers a wide range of standard notation tools. Generate ideas quickly with realtime note placement and editing, and change the meter, key signature, and more on-the-fly. Add chord symbols and diagrams. Transcribe MIDI parts in real time. Even export sessions as Sibelius (.sib) files for further finessing in Sibelius.

Work and collaborate on music from other audio apps
Collaboration has never been easier. With Pro Tools, you can exchange sessions with any Pro Tools user or studio. But you can also edit, remix, or even revisit projects created in other audio software”such as Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer, Sonar, Live, Reason, and other third-party apps”right in Pro Tools using built-in OMF/AAF/MXF interchange support, ReWire compatibility, or MP3 export.

Create, Edit, and Mix Audio for Post
Streamline the audio/video workflow
Work faster and easier with video using professional tools”now included as standard. Easily import and export projects to and from Pro Tools through built-in OMF/AAF/MXF interchange support. Keep track of all project assets and create and share custom catalogs with the robust DigiBase Pro file management. You can seamlessly move and share projects between the editorial and mix stage, with full compatibility, using a single automation system.

Create and cut sound to picture
With Pro Tools, you can create, edit, and mix audio to picture, with sample-accurate precision, using the built-in Time Code Ruler and support for one or up to 64 video tracks. Clean up production sound, and create sound effects and elements that define (or defy) reality. Record voiceovers, Foley, and ADR with perfect-frame accuracy. Easily execute and play back edits nondestructively using single-key edit commands.

Mix stereo and surround
Easily create larger-than-life mixes that move across the stereo field using advanced automation and variable stereo pan depths

Integrate directly into the Avid video workflow
Speed up workflow efficiency and eliminate the need for rendering effects, transcoding video, or copying Avid video files for audio post. With the Video Satellite option, you can instantly open and play Avid HD or SD video sequences in sync with your Pro Tools session (Pro Tools HD only). And because all video playback is offloaded onto a separate but synced computer, you maintain full Pro Tools audio track counts and processing power.


Mbox Pro
Get topnotch sound quality and performance with professional-grade circuitry and premium audio conversion
Capture and mix studio-quality sessions, with up to 24-bit/192 kHz audio resolution

Connect and control your gear with:
8 x 8 simultaneous channels of I/O
Four mic inputs (two XLR mic/DI combo, two XLR) with professional-grade mic preamps, 48V phantom power, and high-pass filters
Four 1/4" TRS line-level inputs
Two unbalanced Alt line-level inputs (two RCA, one stereo mini 1/8")
Six balanced 1/4" TRS line-level outputs
Two 1/4" stereo headphone outputs with discrete volume controls
Stereo S/PDIF digital I/O
One MIDI input, one MIDI output
Word Clock I/O
Monitor control section with Mono, Mute, Dim, Alt Source, and Speaker A/B/C switching controls
Dedicated monitor volume knob

Use Mbox Pro with your favorite recording/music creation software, including Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Cubase, and more
Track hotter signals without clipping with the soft-clip limiter
Ensure your instruments are in tune with the built-in guitar tuner
Connect up to three pairs of speakers for A/B monitoring or monitor 5.1 surround
Set up flexible cue mixing and reverb effects with the onboard DSP
Get fast and easy desktop connectivity through FireWire

New Features in Pro Tools 9
Pro Tools 9.0 provides a single, unified installer for Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD
New Pro Tools 9.0 PACE copy protection with iLok USB key (included)

Pro Tools Audio Engine
Support for Core Audio hardware (including Mac built-in audio) with supported Core Audio drivers installed
Support for ASIO hardware with supported ASIO drivers installed

New Pro Tools Playback Engine settings:
Current Engine setting for selecting which audio engine to use
Pro Tools Aggregate I/O option for using
the built in audio on Mac
Delay Compensation settings for all versions of Pro Tools

New Pro Tools Hardware settings:
Ability to select Core Audio and ASIO interfaces
Launch Setup Application command for Core Audio and ASIO audio interfaces

Mixing and Recording
Increased number of audio and MIDI tracks
Increased number of internal mix busses
New Track and Send Output selector commands for faster, simplified signal routing and mixer configuration Multiple Stereo Pan Depth options
7.1 and 7.0 standard HD surround formats (Pro Tools HD and Pro Tools with Complete Production Toolkit 2 only)
Support for EUCON for controlling Pro Tools with EUCON-aware control surfaces

Import and Export Options for All Pro Tools Systems
Advanced Import Session Data (formerly Pro Tools HD only, or Pro Tools LE with DV Toolkit 2 or Complete Production Toolkit only)
Import AAF and OMF sequences (formerly with the DigiTranslator 2.0 option only)
New AAF import features and enhancements:
Ability to import stereo AAF audio tracks
Ability to import RTAS plug-in data from AAF sequences
New Locators To Import setting for importing locators from Media Composer“generated AAF sequences

Export AAF and OMF sequences (formerly with the DigiTranslator 2.0 option only)
Avid Interplay Support with Mac
Ability to check data into and out of Avid Interplay directly with the Interplay Access browser
Export MP3 (formerly with the MP3 Export option only)
Export Session as Text (formerly Pro Tools HD only)

I/O Setup Improvements
Session and System settings
Output and internal mix busses
Ability to Import I/O Settings by page
Overlapping Paths
Improved session interchange

Advanced DigiBase Features
Advanced search features
DigiBase Catalogs

Editing Features
Auto-Scrolling tracks in the Mix and Edit windows
Advanced Beat Detective features:
Separate multiple tracks
Collection mode

Delay Compensation
Delay Compensation option
Delay Compensation Engine
Delay Compensation view
Low Latency Monitoring During Recording

Delay Compensation on Auxiliary Input tracks
Delay Compensation for MIDI
H/W Insert Delay (Compensation)

Time Code and Synchronization Features
Timebase Rulers:
Time Code Ruler
Secondary Time Code Ruler
Ability to set Time Code and Feet+Frame rates
Ability to redefine Time Code Position
Ability to redefine Current Feet+Frames Position
Use Subframes option for Go To command
Pull Up and Pull Down commands:
Audio Rate Pull Up/Down
Video Rate Pull Up/Down

PRE Support
Mic Pre Peripherals
Mic Pre I/O Setup
Mic PRE view
Mic Preamp window

Plug-in and Software Options
Complete Production Toolkit 2

Supported Tracks
96 voices (simultaneous audio playback)
32 audio record (simultaneous)
64 instruments
512 MIDI
160 Aux tracks
256 Busses
1 Video

Audio Production
Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
Beat Detective (multitrack)
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange
Core Audio/ASIO support (up to 32 channels)
MP3 export
Plug-in support: RTAS/AudioSuite
Destructive Record

Audio Post
Time Code Ruler
Variable stereo pan depths
Surround mixing (stereo only)

Virtual Instruments and audio content
Big Fish Audio 8GB sound library
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

Sound-processing, effects, and 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 MultiChorus
AIR Multi-Delay
AIR Nonlinear Reverb
AIR Phaser
AIR Reverb
AIR Spring Reverb
AIR StereoWidth
AIR Talkbox
AIR Vintage Filter
BF76 Compressor 1176 emulator
BF Essential Clip Remover
BF Essential Correlation Meter phase fixer
BF Essential Meter Bridge VU metering
BF Essential Noise Meter
D-Verb reverb and ambience
DC Offset Removal
Eleven Free (guitar amp emulator based on Eleven)
Extra Long Delay II
Lo-Fi retro processing
Long Delay II
Maxim sound maximizer
Medium Delay II
Multi-Tap Delay
Ping-Pong Delay
Pitch Shift
POWr Dither
Recti-Fi harmonic synthesis
SansAmp tube amp simulator
Sci-Fi ring modulator
Signal Generator
Short Delay II
Slap Delay II
Time Compression Expansion
Time Shift time/pitch stretching
TL AutoPan panning effects
TL InTune digital tuner
TL MasterMeter oversampling meter
TL Metro versatile metronome
Vari-Fi speed shifter

Hardware Interface Support
Pro Tools Mbox
Mbox (3rd gen.) / Mbox 2
Mbox Mini (3rd gen.) / Mbox 2 Mini
Mbox Pro (3rd gen.) / Mbox 2 Pro

003/Digi 002
003 / Digi 002
003 Rack
003 Rack+
Digi 002
Digi 002 Rack

Eleven Rack
Any 3rd-party Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface

Console and Control Surface Support
EUCON-enabled MC Mix
ICON D-Control ES
Any 3rd-party analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol
Mbox Pro
System Requirements*
Avid-qualified Mac or PC (see the latest supported computers)
Audio recording/music creation software (Core Audio, ASIO, WDM, MME, and multi-client drivers included; audio software not included)
One available FireWire port for Mbox Pro connection

* Please note that other minimum system requirements (such as the operating system, memory, and hard disk space) will be dependent on the software you choose to use with Mbox Pro.

Interface: Works with ASIO, Core Audio, WDM, MME, and multi-client drivers

General specs:
Maximum audio resolution: 24-bit/192 kHz
Connection type: FireWire (includes power supply)

Analog and digital inputs/outputs (I/O) and preamps:
Total simultaneous channels of I/O: 8/8
Simultaneous analog I/O: 6/6
Mic preamps: 4
Inserts: 4
Instrument DI (Direct Input): 2
Digital I/O: S/PDIF (2 channels)
MIDI I/O: 1/1

Built-in features:
Onboard DSP effects
Built-in guitar tuner
Phantom power (48V)
Soft-clip limiter: 4 (on mic preamps)
Assignable software control button
Monitor controls: Mono, Dim, Mute

Additional I/O:
Alternate source inputs with multiple monitor switching
Word Clock I/O
Stereo headphone output: 2 (1/4") with discrete volume controls
Footswitch Input

Pro Tools 9
Mac Systems
Computer: Avid-qualified Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.2 or higher (32- or 64-bit)
15GB free hard disk space for Pro Tools installation
One available FireWire port for Mbox Pro connection
One available USB ports for iLok connections
iLok USB Smart Key (included, for software authorization)
System Software: Snow Leopard: Mac OS X 10.6.2, 10.6.3, or 10.6.4 (32 or 64-bit)*
Total System RAM: 2GB minimum, 4GB or more recommended
*Pro Tools 9.0 and 9.01 have not been qualified with Mac OS X 10.6.7 and higher

Windows Systems
Computer: Avid-qualified Windows-based computer
System Software: Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (32 or 64-bit)
15 GB free hard disk space for Pro Tools installation
One available FireWire port for Mbox Pro connection
One available USB ports for iLok connections
iLok USB Smart Key (included, for software authorization)
Total System RAM: 2GB minimum, 4GB or more recommended
*Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is officially qualified with Pro Tools 9.0.2 and 9.0.3

Additional Requirements
Avid Audio Interfaces and Peripherals
Audio Drive Requirements: One or More Hard Disk Drives Dedicated for Audio Record and Playback
System Hard Drive: Minimum 15GB free space on startup drive required for Pro Tools installation
Graphics Card: Dedicated Graphics Card highly recommended
Video Peripherals
Third Party Audio Interfaces
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Shouldn't it actually work?

By Taylor Pennington

from waxhaw,NC

Comments about Avid Pro Tools 9 + Mbox Pro - 3rd Gen:

So i purchased this product a few days ago, SO EXITED!! A home recording studio has been my dream for years now and it was finally happening. I get it home and download the software and plug in the interface and the software wont recognize the interface, so i spent 7 hours trying to resolve the problem. Deleted the software from my computer and re uploaded it countless times, still nothing. The next day i finally got it to record through the interface! However, i could not hear the play back, through the internal computer speakers or through the headphone jack, I was heartbroken and honestly a little snake bitten. I will be going back to GC tomorrow to exchange my package for a new one, I don't know if this will resolve the problem but my gut tells me it won't. I I may just be a little snakebitten but either way I have not had a good experience with this software or interface.


Absolute piece of TRASH!!!!

By Tyler Ginsberg

from New Orleans, LA

Comments about Avid Pro Tools 9 + Mbox Pro - 3rd Gen:

This is a terrible machine. This is the 4th mbox I have owned over the years, and I have never had any problems with any of my mboxes (and have never known any of my friends to have problems with them) until this series came out. I have had more problems with this machine than any piece of production equipment I have ever purchased. I used it for a couple weeks, and then decided it was completely worthless. It is soooo cheaply made. The connections are horrendous. They give you a flimsy adaptor to convert from firewire 400-800, and it is always losing the connection. This was unbelievably frustrating. Also, it has terrible latency. No matter what I did I could not get rid of the latency. However, when I went back to my old mbox it worked immediately without the latency issues. I would STRONGLY discourage anyone from purchasing this product. This was the worst $1000 I have ever spent on recording equipment, period!!!

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