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Professionals around the world have long been using Pro Tools systems to create award-winning music and sound for film and TV, and now you can get world-class results in your personal studio too with Pro Tools LE Mbox 3 (3rd generation). This complete, integrated, computer-based music creation and production system was designed by the same engineering team responsible for Avid's high-end Pro Tools|HD systems. The Pro Tools LE Mbox 3 hardware interface features a premium analog signal path and high-performance converters for exceptional sound. It also comes with Pro Tools LE software”the same platform used in commercial facilities around the world”which will give you pro studio compatibility and all the things you need to compose, record, edit, and mix music. Pro Tools LE Mbox 3 also provides 3rd-party drivers for rock-solid integration with nearly every popular audio recording application.

The Mbox 3 is a 4 x 4 interface that offers professional features including 24-bit/96kHz recording; a soft-clip limiter that lets you track hot signals without clipping and provides overdriven tape saturation sound; guitar tuner; DSP for flexible cue mixing and reverb effects, and an assignable Pro Tools multifunction button for fast access to software functions. It has 2 phantom-powered XLR mic/line combo inputs, stereo S/PDIF and MIDI I/O, plus USB 2.0.

Bundled Plug-ins
In addition to an incredible 8GB collection of pro-quality loops from industry sound heavyweights Big Fish Audio, the included Pro Tools LE 8 software includes a comprehensive bundle of amazing virtual instruments, effects, and utility plug-ins.

  • Compatible with most major audio software (Pro Tools LE, Logic, Live, Cubase, and more)
  • Bus-powered USB 2.0 connection for maximum mobility
  • Professional-grade circuitry and converters deliver exceptional audio performance
  • Up to 24-bit, 96kHz sample rates
  • Soft-clip limiter lets you track hot signals without clipping”providing a classic overdriven tape saturation sound
  • Built-in guitar tuner
  • Onboard DSP offers flexible cue mixing and reverb effects
  • Assignable Pro Tools multifunction button on interface gives you fast access to software functions
  • Hardware configuration:
  • 4 x 4 simultaneous channels of I/O
  • 2 XLR mic/line combo inputs with 48V phantom power
  • 2 1/4" DI inputs on front panel for easy access
  • 2 balanced 1/4" monitor outputs
  • 1 1/4" stereo headphone output with volume control
  • Stereo S/PDIF digital I/O
  • 1 MIDI input, 1 MIDI output
  • Monitor control section with Mono and Dim controls
  • Dedicated monitor volume knob
  • Pro Tools LE 8 Software included
  • Award-winning Pro Tools recording, editing, and mixing
  • 48 simultaneous stereo audio tracks (expandable with Toolkit options)
  • Includes over 70 professional effects 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 your favorite applications right into Pro Tools
  • Huge selection of compatible third-party plug-ins and software options
  • Works on Windows and Mac computers
  • Included 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
  • Included 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
    • System Requirements
    • Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard) or 10.6.1-10.6.4 (Snow Leopard)
    • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended)
    • 6GB free disk space
    • Intel processor (no PowerPC support)
    • One USB port
    • Windows XP 32-bit SP3, Windows Vista® 32-bit SP2, Windows 7 32-bit, or Windows 7 64-bit
    • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended)
    • 5GB free disk space
    • One USB port
  • Customer Reviews

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(36 of 37 customers found this review helpful)



By Doug Jenkins

from wadsworth, oh

This thing is solid, great ad/da for the money, great clean transparent preamps, The thing is built to withstand a amount of abuse. The drivers gave me no issues. I know of the avid name, and the mbox2 was not heard of being great. This thing is a new piece of gear, not a upgrade .. Awesome purchase. I run a sony vaio for a travel rig, and this thing has onboard dsp, along with limiters to cut down on my processor and ram, letting me to record with no plugs, with confident results..

(35 of 35 customers found this review helpful)



By Garret Allen

from North Hollywood, CA

No need to sit here writing a lengthy review. I rarely review products, but felt the need to provide you all with my two cents on this one. My biggest complaint with the previous mbox (mbox 2) was inferior AD/DA conversion in direct comparison with Apogee's DUET. Similar product, similar price, but the DUET certainly had the sound quality edge. BUT, I A/B'd this new MBOX against a DUET with a U87, and the DUET sounded extremely thin, and less open in comparison with this unit. The new MBOX had better, fuller lows. . crisper highs. . etc. The AD/DA on the new box is absolutely fantastic. Word is AVID spent a great deal of time on the word clock, and it really shows. Can't wait to see the new 003 Rack (or i guess it'll be 004?). . either way, glad AVIDs making strides with us Pro Tools LE users. I'd say this is the greatest sounding interface for under 1000. . after that, the RME Fireface is an INCREDIBLE unit, and of course anything Apogee does once u hit the 1500 dollar mark is just going to be fantastic. Garret Allen Singer/Songwriter/Producer Hollywood CA

(22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome sound quality and super easy to use ....

By Perry

from Newbury Park, California

I have been doing computer based recording for over 12 years. I am a guitarist primarily, and I �ۡ���� like many people �ۡ���� record in one a room in my house. I have owned sound cards from E-MU, Event, and Presonus. I have used Cubase extensively, and I have dabbled in Logic as well. Here's what struck me about this new Mbox ... 1): The build quality of this piece right out of the box. It's solid. The knobs are solid. You know how some sound modules have loose feeling cheap knobs, and they just feel flimsy? This new Mbox feels like the real deal. 2): (Most importantly) The sound quality is amazing! Plenty of bottom end! The clarity is incredible too. Very pristine indeed. I was blown away with how truly exceptional my recordings have been with this little unit thus far. No joke ... they compare to professional recordings you hear on the radio. Wonderful! Honestly the BEST sounding unit I have ever used! 3) Set up was easy, and very pain free. I use an iMac, so set up is ALWAYS easier than with a PC. My iMac is almost four years old. It�ۡ���s a dual core Intel with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz, and three gigs of ram. I also have upgraded to the latest version of Snow Leopard. It screams right along with multiple tracks, and while utilizing very taxing third party plug-in software like Superior Drummer. 4) Ease of use with the DAW. Pro Tools LE has been a breeze thus far. Every DAW has some tweaks to get around, but this new version is way cool. For those who are still claiming that the sequencer in Pro Tools isn�ۡ���t that good, off with their heads! It�ۡ���s GREAT! I�ۡ���m not an engineer, and I don�ۡ���t have time to become one. I would much rather record ideas and get them down, rather than have to read through manuals and do desperate searches on the web in order to figure how to get things working. If you�ۡ���re a musician who just wants to be able to record your ideas and build songs, you know exactly what I mean! 5) Compatibility with Pro Tools and the Mbox. Another big advantage is that Digidesign (AVID) designed both the DAW host program and the Mbox sound module. The integration has been seamless and VERY STABLE! 3rd Party plug-ins run with ease. 6) Factory included add-ons. The extra plug-ins that come with this version of Pro Tools are very nice. In fact, one of the plug0ins (I forget the name right now) is literally a modern keyboard. It has great drums, strings, basses, synth sounds, and more! If you�ۡ���re a guitar player, song writer, you won�ۡ���t need to buy a ton of extra plug-ins in order to get really good sounding back up instruments. If you have a computer (within the last few years), then all you need to get going is the new mBox! Now on to the reasons why I didn�ۡ���t give it 5 Stars. Five stars to me means PERFECT. Not too many things are �ۡ����perfect�ۡ���. 1): The recording monitor functionality on this version of Pro Tools is a little frustrating (I have noticed similar problems with other DAW�ۡ���s I have used). 2): This Mbox is like the other mBox's before it in that you cannot use it as just a soundcard. In other words, you can only record music with it. You cannot listen to iTunes (for example) through it. The bottom line: If you want a system that is fully integrated with the hardware and the recording host software, a sound quality that is AMAZING, something stable and relatively easy to use, CHECK THIS OUT! SERIOUSLY ! It is well worth the $$$ For the money, I cannot praise the sound quality and ease of use enough!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


MBOX 3 Rocks!

By tim

from Anaheim, CA

i gave this unit 5 stars because it is just amazing! the sound quality is just way better than the Mbox 2 and comparable to Apogee Duet. the preamp is neutral. no color at all. which is great for "in the box" recording. the built is solid. it is metal. the knobs feels great and not cheap. AD/DA Converters on this unit is a big improvement. just think of the new Avid Pro Tools HD System, but in a smaller package. it is like having a ProTools HD interface on the go.! all i can say is.. it is worth the UPGRADE/INVESTMENT.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Good Learning Tool

By Josh

from Findlay, Ohio

I bought the Mbox to up grade from all in one recording like the BR-1200 to a Pro Tools recording studio. Im in a band and have just started a project studio. I have been using this product for a couple of months and after getting my bearings with it,it is fairly simple to lay down multiple tracks and capture ideas. It gets a little more complicated when trying to use compression, equlizers and other plug-ins. I usually just choose one of the preset options which seems to work fairly well. I have learned alot about Pro Tools recording since I have started working with this set up. My major complaint would be although there is more than two inputs, you can only record two signals at a time either sterio or two mono signals. This makes creating great drum tracks nearly impossible. You can still get a decent sound with two channels but no panning over heads and having enough channels to mix the whole kit separately.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By Dave Cox

from Moline IL 61265

I bought this thing at 11am when the store opened and did a location recording at 12 noon. I really didn't expect it to sound very good, we use PT HD with Apogee Ben Ben clocks and Apogee A/D in the studio...but it sounds freakin' great. That horrible, brittle upper mid-range of the older M-Box A/D conversion is gone...smooth, fat...nice DCox, 2dogs digital audio, inc.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


its not all that great!

By Sam

from seattle WA

I was excited to purchase it but a day later i returned it cuz my computer (windows xp) didnt recognize it. followed every step 3 times. I called Avid and they gave me a case number! apparently lots of ppl were having problems with it as well. (tis was told to me by customer service for avid.) I replaced it with a new 1 and came home to find out that my 1st mic input does not work, (2nd mic input works) and my speakers make crackling noises! im going on the third mbox 3 now! for some who rate this product 5 stars were lucky but as for the many others who have case numbers! well....good luck! check out the many reviews online about this product. if u are going to purchase it, be prepared to possibly come across some issues.


Great Box, Great Pre's

By Ekin

from westminster, ca

This is my first audio interface I bought when first considering a home studio. I first settled for the mini box but I figured I needed more mic inputs and so I traded for this Mbox 3. After hooking this up to my condenser mic, every equipments, everything was good to go. This box is very nice. The design is very solid and sturdy. Probably one of the sturdiest design I've seen. The mic's pre are great; however, the pre's adjustment tends to go up really high. What I mean is that when you adjust the mic's volume up, it does not really go up slow and gradually. It sort of jumps up in volume. Other than that, everything works flawlessly.

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