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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... Read More

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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.

Features 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 Tools®recording, 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"8®control 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
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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.


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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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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.

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(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...

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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.

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(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.

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(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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More than i could have asked for.

By Aaron

from Belle Plaine, Minnesota

Like the title says, more than i could have asked for. after installing pro tools, i was in over my head with what it all was, with all the plug-ins, virtual instruments, etc. after a god while, its rather easy to understand. if your looking to make simple beats to some fast techno, or in a band and looking to record a demo, this is the thing to get. although the 2 inputs can get kind of limiting, it gets the job done recording drums. as for the speaker set up, there really is no need to buy expensive studio monitors. simple buy a headphone to instrument cable adaptor, a good pair of computer speakers, and plug it all into the front headphone jack. of course though, this wouldnt be as good as studio monitors. all in all, if you want to get into creating your own music, this is a great way to start. its kind of like "Garage Band" on steroids. i recomend for any level musician.

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Installation problems

By Daniel

from Duluth, Ga

Pro tools would not install on my computer even though it meet all of the specs for install. There is no easy tech support for this kind of problem so you on your own to try and make it work. After five days with no luck installing this I given up. since Software cant be returned its going in the trash. Unless you need this software I would recommend trying anything else first thats cheaper and will probably work on any computer.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


M Box 2 Powerfull But Lacks In Some Areas

By Jesse B Dawg

from Spokane W.A.

The product works wonderfull execpt for one little problem.Anytime your pc has been running for an extended amount of time the included "Pro Tools" Software prompts you to increase buffer size.Which is fine but when you increase your buffer size you also increase latency,so if you are running buffer at 512 latency is their with little or no notice but if the system "Glitches"as I call it.And calls for the higher buffer you are forced to use like 1000 or around that area or even 2000 which is horrible you can barely talk while in 2000 samples a second!What i Have learned is use around 256 to %12 for recording and the higher buffer while mastering(when all recording finish).I find that this method barely ever gives me the "Increase Hardware Buffer Size" Error.....But It still does happen every once in awhil. I have searched the internet for hours trying to get a solution for this problem and multiple people have the same problem but no one has an answer!Not Even DigiDesign when contacted the questioned if my computer was up to job...which it is well capable of running proto

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Small price, big results

By Steve

from Fredericksburg, VA

Without even looking at the help menu or manual, I was up and running within about a half hour. seems hard at first because all of the other programming ive done was "sony acid pro" and "music studio" real basic and low budget programs. this is in a league of its own, i especially love the effects plugins and how easy it is to edit any type of file you have to edit. At first i had a problem with the USB drivers but it wasnt DigiDesigns fault, my computer wasnt setup correctly, so if you read anything about people complaining this product is junk and doesnt work, they are wrong. this usb audio interface is built rock hard and seems very durable. just make sure your computer has 4gb of ram before using, or you might get slow results...my mbox 2 is now 2 weeks old here...and i dont regret buying it at all

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


It's ok but not for Mac users

By Eric

from Palmdale, CA

I got the Mbox 2 Mini with the Pro Tools 8 upgrade. After spending 2 weeks with this interface I have realized it's wrecking my iMac which runs OSX Leopard 10.5.6. The USB connection overpowers the computer and causes it to get stuck and make all programs not respond. I have asked about this in Digidesign's forums and they are aware of the problem for over 2 years (since OSX 10.4.9) and applies to ALL MBOX 2 SERIES, they still don't want to take care of the problem. Overall the interface is OK but the tech support by Digidesign is really really bad and not worth the money spending on this device.

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