Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini  

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The Digidesign Mbox2 Mini is one of the world's smallest, most affordable Pro Tools LE recording, editing, and mixing systems ever. Whether you're a singer/songwriter who's new to recording or a seaso... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Digidesign Mbox2 Mini is one of the world's smallest, most affordable Pro Tools LE recording, editing, and mixing systems ever. Whether you're a singer/songwriter who's new to recording or a seasoned pro on the go, Mbox 2 Mini packs professional features into a robust, ultra compact, easy-to-use audio workstation to record and mix music wherever your inspiration takes you. And with its diminutive size, Mbox 2 Mini literally puts the power of Pro Tools in the palm of your hand.

Like its siblings, Mbox 2, Mbox 2 Pro, and Mbox 2 Micro, the Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini delivers superior sound quality and includes plenty of powerful creation tools for composing, recording, and mixing music. The MBox 2 Mini comes with award-winning, easy-to-use Pro Tools LE software, which provides you with many of the same tools the pros use on major recordings and in films. And because Pro Tools is the industry standard, you can use your Mbox 2 Mini-recorded sessions in any Pro Tools-equipped studio around the world.

Mbox2 Mini is professionally and durably built to withstand all the knocks and bounces it encounters as your traveling companion, and delivers superior sound quality.

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.

  • Hardware
  • Professional sound quality (up to 24-bit/48 kHz)
  • Two simultaneous analog inputs and outputs
  • ¢One XLR analog input for connecting a microphone
  • ¢Two 1/4" line-/instrument-level (DI) analog inputs for connecting guitars, basses, keyboards, synthesizers, drum machines, and more
  • Zero-latency monitoring
  • Compact, rugged metal enclosure for maximum portability and durability
  • Powered by USB (USB 1.1 connection, cable included)
  • Front-panel volume control and monitor mute switch
  • Two 1?4" analog monitor outputs
  • Stereo headphone output
  • 48V phantom power
  • Kensington Security Lock
  • New in Pro Tools 8 software
  • Award-winning Pro Toolsrecording, 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|8control 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
  • System Requirements
    Digidesign-qualified Windows Vista- (32-bit Business or Ultimate), Windows XP- or Mac OS X 10.5-based computer
    Minimum 1 GB of RAM
    DVD-ROM or equivalent optical drive for software installation
    Available USB port for Mbox 2 Mini system (USB hubs not supported)

    Mic Input
    Connector: One balanced XLR jack
    Mic Phantom Power: 48V
    Equivalent Input Noise: -129 dBu
    Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB
    Dynamic Range: 103 dB / 106 dB A-weighted
    THD + N @ 1kHz: 0.0006% (-104 db)
    Input Sensitivity, Pad off: +1 dBu minimum gain, -52 dBu maximum gain
    Input Sensitivity, Pad on: +21 dBu minimum gain, -32 dBu maximum gain
    Input Impedance (pad off): 9.5 k ohm

    Line/DI Inputs
    Connector: Two unbalanced " jacks with independent gain controls
    Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB
    Dynamic Range: 103 dB / 106 dB A-weighted
    THD + N @ 1kHz: 0.006% (-84 db)
    Input Sensitivity, Pad off: +1 dBu minimum gain, -52 dBu maximum gain
    Input Sensitivity, Pad on: +21 dBu minimum gain, -32 dBu maximum gain
    Input Impedance (pad off): Inputs are DI only

    Monitor Outputs
    Connector: Two " unbalanced jacks
    Frequency Response: +/- 0.25 dB
    Dynamic Range: 105 dB / 107 dB A-weighted
    Output Sensitivity: +6 dBu maximum

    Headphone Outputs
    Connector: One " stereo jack
    Output Sensitivity: 1.6V RMS maximum gain
    Frequency Response: +/- 0.25 dB
    Dynamic Range: 99 dB / 101 dB A-weighted

    Digital Specifications
    Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48 kHz
    Maximum Word Length: 24 bit
    Host Connection: One USB 1.1 type B jack (cable included)

    Size / Weight / Power
    Height: 1.75 inches / 4.44 cm
    Width: 5.0 inches / 12.7 cm
    Depth: 6.0 inches / 15.24 cm
    Weight: 1.12 lbs / 508 grams
    Power Requirements: Powered off USB bus only
90 day warranty on M-Box. One year parts and labor warranty on all other products.

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(based on 41 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review


check the specs first

The only problem I had was a very big problem. Once installing I was not able to record in pro-tools le due to constant errors telling me to adjust the buffersize. Once I went...Read complete review

The only problem I had was a very big problem. Once installing I was not able to record in pro-tools le due to constant errors telling me to adjust the buffersize. Once I went to the digidesign website, and got a couple of tips on how to fix the problem I finally got it to work. So for anyone considering buying this product I would advise you to make sure that your computer is a approved computer by the websites standards and not whats on the box. There is a big difference between the two. The quality of the sound is top of the line and it is very easy to use due to the ignition pack instruction CD that comes with it. The plug-ins are sweet especially reason adapted but they leave a little to be desired. Overall if you can get to work on your computer it's a very good buy especially at that price. But you may want to consider the M-Box 2 because it comes with more plug-ins and has midi inputs which you may eventually consider.


Most Liked Negative Review


expensive dongle (for existing protools le owners)

For people who have been using ProTools LE-based systems - like owners of digi001's or digi002's, the MBox2mini finally provides a way to use protools on the go for editing/mixing, without...Read complete review

For people who have been using ProTools LE-based systems - like owners of digi001's or digi002's, the MBox2mini finally provides a way to use protools on the go for editing/mixing, without having to carry around a big peripheral. One of the biggest drawbacks of the famed "easy to use" protools le software, is that it WON'T RUN WITHOUT protools le hardware connected to the computer. Perhaps this is digidesign's security system: no use of the software without hardware. When other manufactures have worked out ways to sell their products without hobbling the user (like Live's authorization scheme) surely digi could do likewise? In any case, if you already own/use a protools le system, with this box you can pay 300 dollars for a small device - effectively an expensive dongle - that will let you finally edit remotely - and even record a few extra bits too if need be. For folks in this position, that 300 may just be worth it.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


i recomend if you are new 2 recording and music production

By mark lee


my name is mitty im am from philadelphia i was always interested in makin beats and recording i just didnt know how 2 go about getting started and getting the right equiment a friend of mine introduced me 2 fruity loops and ive been using it ever since but i still wanted 2 know what could i use 4 high quality recording i used 2 always hear my favorite rappers mention protools i went online in did some research and i wound up on this website and the m box 2 mini is what they recomened if u ask me its very affordable 4 the quality and all the features u get TAKE NOTE U WILL NEED 2 GET AND EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE ALSO U SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 2G OF RAM OR THE PROTOOLS PROGRAM WILL NOT FUNCTION CORRECTLY THE MORE Gs OF RAM THE BETTER THE PROGRAM WILL WORK ALSO USB HUDS ARE NOT SUPPORTED GOTTA PLUG IT STRAIGHT IN THE USB PORT

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Very difficult

By S

from Springfield VA

I bought this product, and returned it. To be fair, what it seems to offer for the price is impressive, but there is a lot they don't tell you. Even though many people seem to be using PCs, apparently, Mac is the only way to go with this stuff. My computer kept crashing both during install and when trying to run the program. You need a secondary hard drive in order to properly use the program, but if it is external, they only recommend firewire drives, not USB. When the computer did not crash, I would get wierd error messages about time sync. From the message boards, I never saw anyone come up with an answer to that problem. And when I set up to return it, I was told that there had been a lot of compatibility problems with Toshiba laptops. Mind you, the specs on my computer far exceed what the mbox and protools require. Bottom line, this became way too difficult, and I could never get it to work. If you can, you'll probably love it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic for Home Studios!

By Davey B2

from Atlanta, GA

Bought it, installed it, LOVE IT!!!! I do not care that it needs an external drive because I have a 500GB Elements that works fine with this (USB by the way - not Firewire as everyone has complained about)). I just increase the H/W Buffer size as explained in the instructions and off I go! The BFD Lite plugin is my favorite but you also get compression/limiting, Amplitube LE, tuners, all kinds of plugins. IMO, you can't get a better studio for under $200. I have had it for 4 years now and it has survived a total wipe/reinstall of my Windows OS (got a nasty Trojan virus)about 2 months ago. I was even able to login to the AVID website to retrieve all of my activation codes to get back to exactly where I was when my PC froze. If you are looking to turn a computer into a Home Recording Studio for about $200 look no further. Just please read the specs and know that yes you will have to buy an external drive if yours doesn't match up.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Mixing Engineer/Underground Producer

By bigwillis8000

from The Bay Area

This M-Box is so perfect. Over the past 10 years my studio has grown and shrunk and grown again and has now shrunk for the last time. II first got this M-Box because I needed a small rig to move about. I had a room full of gear centered around a digi002 complete with light pipe and a 32 channel analog board (not to mention the racks of out board gear. Long story short. I began to complete mixes inside the box and I my clients still thought I was using the strips on the board. the electric bill went down.This M-Box and Pro Tools (and good plug ins) has delivered quality mixes that are limited only by my mixing skills. ITB is the way to go.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I like the software and Hardware, But not Support

By Peymon

from Fremont, CA

I purchased this unit a month ago and I am a Mac User (MacBook Pro) ProTool 8.03 installed on my Mac no issues , I even like the DVD that it came with it with step by step on how to use the Pro tool. But , the driver was causing noise within Pro tool and Logic on my mac.. And I was to do a recording that day and no one in Guitar center and or Pro tool was able to help. Out of Curiosity I check the download section of the Pro tool LE for Snow Leopard OSX 10.6.4 and wallah ...There is an upgrade to 8.04 for Pro Tool LE and once downloaded (Big File) and installed , problem was resolved.. , It also works well with Reason and Logic Rewired. I hope this helps some one...else...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Lots of features - if you have the right system

By Laserfloyd

from Atlanta, GA

Ok, so I bought this without reading any reviews. It was recommended to me at a local music store. No, didn't get it from here but maybe this review will help those that follow.I looked on the box and read the system requirements. My computer greatly exceeded them all. I was all set. So I thought.Installation was smooth. The software is very robust and packed with features. That isn't the complaint.What you do NOT see on the box is the high recommendation that you use a hard drive that is NOT your main system drive. That means a different internal drive or an external firewire drive. External USB will not work. Also, the external firewire has to have a specific chipset. I found this out because the one I happened to have did not have the right chipset.Essentially what happens is after several seconds of recording, you get an abrupt error about a buffer or something. Just google 6086 error and you'll see. There are pages upon pages about this error on forums.So, with that said; I am returning this product. It's just too much hassle and work to get some simple recording done at home. If I were a pro-audio guy I'd tough it out and make it work. Rather, I'd probably have something a lot more high end in the first place.Bottom line: Do not buy unless you have done your homework as to whether it will run on your system.If it does then fantastic, you'll reap the rewards. If not, you'll be in for a headache.



By Christopher Reynolds

from bakersfield,CA

The MBox 2 Mini is a very good compact recording product that is ideal and sounds great during vocal recording.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Very happy with this purchase

By Grubbie

from In the sticks

I bought this package a couple months ago. Everything works as it should. The Pro Tools package is AWESOME!! This actually does come with everything you need to produce professional recordings. Of course, if you want to record more than one source at a time, you will want a bigger interface.. But the Pro Tools package is well worth the price of this package by itself.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great for Home Studios

By Daniel Blacktin

from Santa Clara, California

I've been making music for about 3 years and I didn't know what to use. I had started with a USB Condenser and Cool Edit Pro. Then upgraded to Adobe Audition using an AKG Perception 120 and an M-Audio Interface. The sound the m-box produces is amazing. I recommend to buy if you are looking for a good sound.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


What a Headache

By Rusto

from California

I spent hours trying to decifer and navigate through the Digidesign support website which is a labryth of jibberish and dead ends. Talking with their support techs on the phone trying to find a solution to my H/W Buffer problems was to no avail. My computer far exceeded the requirements. Their support techs were useless after long wait times and a short window (30 days) of phone support avialability. I found the whole endevour to be very complicated. Not for beginners or anyone but very HIGHLY competant computer wizards. What a nightmare!

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