Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro  

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The Mbox 2 Pro is a portable, high-definition audio/MIDI production system that delivers truly professional sound quality. Packing an impressive variety of connection options into a compact interface,... Read More

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Overview

The Mbox 2 Pro is a portable, high-definition audio/MIDI production system that delivers truly professional sound quality. Packing an impressive variety of connection options into a compact interface, Mbox 2 Pro puts powerful multitrack recording and mixing capabilities into your hands, so you can create wherever inspiration strikes. Mbox 2 Pro also includes award-winning, industry-standard Pro Tools LE software and a huge collection of pro effects and instrument plug-ins to get you started creating right away.

Hardware
The Mbox 2 Pro is the ultimate high-definition portable Pro Tools LE system, packing a wide-range of analog and digital I/O connections into a mobile audio workstation. Take it wherever inspiration strikes.

Software
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.

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

Features
  • Hardware
  • Professional sound quality
  • Powered by FireWire* or included power supply
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution**
  • 6 simultaneous inputs, 8 simultaneous outputs
  • 4 analog inputs (2 XLR/1/4" TRS combo jacks & 2 " TRS jacks)
  • 6 analog outputs (1/4" jacks)
  • 2 instrument DI inputs on the front panel
  • 2 channels of S/PDIF digital I/O (RCA)
  • Built-in phono preamp input (RCA) for direct turntable connection
  • 1 MIDI input and output (16 channels in/16 channels out)
  • MIDI Time Stamping (MTS) support for superior timing and accuracy
  • BNC Word Clock I/O
  • Low-latency monitoring
  • Dedicated studio monitor outputs with volume control
  • 2 stereo headphone outputs with independent volume controls
  • 48V phantom power for condenser microphones
  • *Requires 6-pin connection for power via FireWire.
  • 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
Specifications
  • System Requirements
    Supported Sample Rates**: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    Maximum Word Length: 24 bit
    S/PDIF: RCA jacks
    Word Clock: BNC jacks
    Host Connection: Two IEEE-1394a (FireWire) jacks.
    MIDI: Two 5-pin MIDI DIN connectors
    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 FireWire port for Mbox 2 Pro system


    Specs
    Mic/Line Inputs 1 & 2
    Connector: Two balanced XLR / 1/4" combo jacks with independent gain controls
    Mic Phantom Power: 48V
    Equivalent Input Noise: -129 dBu
    Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB
    Dynamic Range: 105 dB / 107 dB A-weighted
    THD + N (Mic/Line): 0.001% (-100 dB)
    THD + N (Mic w/40 dB gain): 0.005% (-86 dB)
    Input Sensitivity, Pad off: 1 dBu minimum gain, -39 dBu maximum gain
    Input Sensitivity, Pad on: 21 dBu minimum gain, -19 dBu maximum gain
    Input Impedance: 3.5 kOhm mic, 10 kOhm line

    Line Inputs (1-6)
    Connector: Channels 1-4: Four impedance balanced 1/4" jacks. Channel 5-6: One unbalanced stereo 1/4" jack
    Frequency Response: +/- 0.25 dB
    Dynamic Range: 104 dB / 109 dB A-weighted
    THD + N: 0.0015% (-96 dB)
    Output Sensitivity: 4 dBV
    DI Inputs
    Connector: Two unbalanced 1/4" jacks (on front) with independent gain controls
    Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB
    Dynamic Range: 105 dB / 107 dB A-weighted
    THD + N: 0.008% (-82 dB)
    Input Sensitivity, Pad off: 1 dBu minimum gain, -39 dBu maximum gain
    Input Sensitivity, Pad on: 21 dBu minimum gain, -19 dBu maximum gain
    Input Impedance: 5 MOhm

    Monitor Outputs
    Connector: Two 1/4" impedance balanced jacks
    Frequency Response: +/- 0.25 dB
    Dynamic Range: 106 dB / 110 dB A-weighted
    Output Sensitivity: 6 dBV at max gain 100 kOhm load

    Aux Line Inputs 3/4
    Connector: Two balanced 1/4" jacks
    Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB
    Dynamic Range: 104 dB / 106 dB A-weighted
    THD + N: 0.001% (-100 dB)
    Input Sensitivity: 10 dBu minimum gain, -10 dBu maximum gain
    Input Impedance: 16 kOhm

    Headphone Outputs
    Connector: Two 1/4" stereo jacks: one is channel 1&2, one is channel 1&2 or 3&4 (switchable). Independent volume controls.
    Output Sensitivity: 2 Vms @ 600 Ohm load, maximum gain
    Frequency Response: +/- 0.25 dB
    Dynamic Range: 104 dB / 109 dB A-weighted

    Phono Inputs 3/4 *
    Connector: RCA pair
    Frequency Response: +/- 1 dB
    Dynamic Range: 97 dB / 104 dB A-weighted
    THD + N: 0.01 % (-80dB)
    Input Sensitivity: -20 dBV minimum gain, -40 dBV maximum gain @ 1 kHz
    Input Impedance: 47 kOhm resistive, 150pF capacitive

    Digital Specifications
    Supported Sample Rates**: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    Maximum Word Length: 24 bit
    S/PDIF: RCA jacks
    Word Clock: BNC jacks
    Host Connection: Two IEEE-1394a (FireWire) jacks.
    MIDI: Two 5-pin MIDI DIN connectors

    Size / Weight / Power
    Height: Including lip: 2.26 inches / 5.74 cm.
    Width: 10.28 inches / 26.11 cm.
    Depth: Including lip, excluding rear connectors: 9.15 inches / 23.24 cm.
    Weight: 3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg.
    Power Requirements: Powered off 6-pin IEEE-1394a (FireWire) jack or 9 to 24 Volts DC jack (A/C power adaptor included)
    Maximum Power Consumption: 6 Watts


    All noise and dynamic range measurements with 20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth at 48 kHz sample rates, unless otherwise noted.

    ADC measured -60 dBFS at 1 kHz with minimum gain setting; DAC with digital playback at -60 dBFS at 1 kHz.

    Frequency response measurements relative to level at 1 kHz.

    * RIAA equalization and sensitivity measured at 1 kHz.

    ** External clock supports up to 48 kHz sample rates
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
90 day warranty on M-Box. One year parts and labor warranty on all other products.


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4.0

The Pro Tools Budget Box V2

By fstopgunslinger

from Lombard, IL

Better than the standard Mbox2, the Mbox 2 Pro is the upgraded version of the baseline audio input/output box for Digidesign Pro Tools, the expensive-but-worth it gold standard for audio creation software. Key improvements include: -More outputs in addition to the monitor outputs (6 analog, 1 SPDIF, 2 monitor analog) -Coaxial word clock support -A direct-to-ground connector to enhance overall sonic quality -More inputs (2 XLR, 2 RCA, 2 1/4") The same less-than-fantastic problems that plague the Mbox 2 standard version (as well as most other audio I/O boxes in this price range) apply. The knobs are still a bit too small for average usage, and the input ports are all on the rear of the case rather than on the front, which for instrument connections would be more advantageous. Still, the direct competition to this product is really the M-Audio Firewire 410 which has similar accoutrement (minus the word clock) and--since M-Audio was purchased by Digidesign's parent company--also has access to Pro Tools. Overall though, this product would be vastly enhanced with a full-mixer (purchased separately) as software mixing is a bit dodgy in terms of ease of use. In the end, this is designed for a very specific purpose; High Quality Audio I/O and a direct interface with Pro Tools.

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