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Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface

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Mbox 2 is a next-generation USB-powered audio/MIDI production system that builds on the performance and simplicity of the original Mbox”Digidesign's most popular personal studio system ever. Featuring... Click To Read More About This Product

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Mbox 2 is a next-generation USB-powered audio/MIDI production system that builds on the performance and simplicity of the original Mbox”Digidesign's most popular personal studio system ever. Featuring a wide range of connection options, including analog, digital, and MIDI I/O, Mbox 2 delivers professional performance in an incredibly compact package. Mbox 2 also includes award-winning, easy-to-use Pro Tools LE software, which offers many of the same features that top studios rely on to produce Grammy-winning albums and Academy Award”winning film sound. Projects created with Mbox 2 and Pro Tools LE software also open on Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools M-Powered systems”providing instant compatibility with countless Pro Tools”equipped project and professional studio around the globe.

The Mbox 2 hardware interface is both powerful and easy to use, featuring a distinctive industrial design, impressive sound quality, and extensive input and output options.

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
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100% USB powered for maximum portability
2 analog inputs, 2 analog outputs
2 channels of S/PDIF digital I/O
1 MIDI input and 1 MIDI output (16 channels in/16 channels out)
Zero-latency monitoring
Superior sonic performance
48V phantom power for condenser microphones
Separate source selection and gain control per channel
Headphone output with dedicated volume control
Dedicated studio monitor volume control

SoftwareAward-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 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
DC Offset Removal
Eleven Free
Extra Long Delay II
Long Delay II
Medium Delay II
Multi-Tap Delay
Ping-Pong Delay
Pitch Shift
POWr Dither
Signal Generator
Short Delay II
Slap Delay II
Time Compression Expansion
Time Shift
TL AutoPan
TL InTune
TL MasterMeter
TL Metro
System Requirements
Digidesign-qualified Windows Vista- (32-bit Business or Ultimate), Windows XP- or Mac OS X 10.5-based computer
Minimum 1GB of RAM
DVD-ROM or equivalent optical drive for software installation
Available USB port for for Mbox 2 system (USB hubs not supported)
Available USB port for iLok USB Smart Key

Analog Inputs”2
Separate source selection and gain control per channel
Mic: XLR with 48V phantom power
Mic preamp: >120dB EIN @ > 50dB gain
Line: ¼"
DI: ¼"
Maximum Input: 8.7 V RMS (balanced), or +21dBu

24-bit clean to/from the computer
USB type B socket (v. 1.1); cable included (does not support passive USB hubs)

Analog Line Outputs”2
Maximum Output: +4dBV into 1 kÎ
Unbalanced output connectors

Dimensions” measured with Mbox 2 in horizontal (handle-down) configuration
Height, box: 4.9cm; with handle: 7.7cm; with handle cover: 5.6cm
Width: 22.4cm
Depth: 18.4cm (includes knobs)
Weight: 1.23kg

Headphone Output
Separate volume control;
¼" output
> 6 mW into 50Î

Sample Rate: 44.1, 48kHz
Dynamic Range: 106dB (A-weighted), 103dB (unweighted)1,2
THD+N (line input): 0.00079% (-102dB) @ 1kHz1,3
THD+N @ 40dB gain (mic input): 0.006% (-84dB) @ 1kHz1
Mic EIN (unweighted): -120dB @ 40dB gain, 150Î source
Frequency response: +0/-0.5dB, 20Hz ” 20kHz3
Maximum Input: +21dBu
Input Impedance (pad off): Mic=3.5 kOhm; Line=10 kOhm; DI= >1 MOhm

Digital I/O
S/PDIF I/O (24-bit)
RCA jacks

Sample Rate: 44.1, 48kHz
Dynamic Range: 106dB (A-weighted), 103dB (unweighted)1,4
THD+N: 0.003% (-90.4dB); -1dBFS @ 1kHz1,3
Frequency response: ±0.5dB, 20Hz ” 20kHz3

1 Measurement made using balanced connectors
2 ADC measured -60dBFS method with minimum gain setting
3 Measured relative to level at 1kHz
4 Measured with digital input at -60dBFS @ 1kHz
Pro Coverage
90 day warranty on M-Box. One year parts and labor warranty on all other products.

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DigidesignMbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface

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(41 of 48 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect for Home Studio

By Baddoozle

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface:

I just purchased this less than a month ago and I cannot stop! The software registration is a little annoying at first but once that's done you're up and running in no time. Pro tools is very easy to set up and record with and the bundle software is not bad either. The BFD Drums sounds are very realistic and the Amplitube plug-in is awesome. I just plug straight into the M-box and I can make it sound like a dimed full stack without annoying the neighbors. Definately a must have if for your home studio.

(38 of 54 customers found this review helpful)


Major compability problems and non returnable

By Bob

from Allen park Michigan

Comments about Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface:

Well they don't tell you until you have payed for it. It will not run on the new 64 bit computers, you have to have a Digidesign qualified computer which is almost impossible to find. Avid tech support is the worst,the process of getting help from them is harder than getting this thing to run. After trying 4 different computers and upgrading memory etc. I bought a new machine 32 bit because it will not run on 64 bit. Well long story short. It still will not run and of coarse they will not take it back! I was trying to record music not join the geek squad. Just be warned this program is very picky about everything and you are on your own.

(16 of 25 customers found this review helpful)



By Cleva 1 Colle

from Houston, TX

Comments about Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface:

I've own the mbox2 for about a month now and I really can't complain. This is a pretty decent peice of equipment, It has really helped me get my home studio started. I'm not the wiz with pro tools but with the hardware came basic instructions that could get you a little familiar with the software. What more can you ask for. As the mbox revolution goes on this peice of equipment is going to eliminate many. It's not perfect but It's good enough to not knock.

(13 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


Digidesign Mbox 2 USB

By Rafael

from West New York, NJ

Comments about Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface:

This Mbox 2 is unbelieveable! I have owned it for over 6 months and it has been great. I use it everyday along with Protools LE. I record with a Akai MPC1000 and many live instruments and the sound is great, and for the price it can not be beatin. I have use many other interfaces in the past but I am glad I finally bought one that was well worth it.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)





Comments about Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface:

Clean preamps and great software for a good price are the best things about the Mbox. Offers a great practice ground for Pro Tools and high-quality on-the-go recording when combined with a laptop. There other options in the same price range with more channels, but there's no Pro Tools. Great package.


MBOX 2 is all you need!

By javier

from Paramount, CA

Comments about Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface:

the mbox 2 has it all, a mic pre amp, midi, etc! it is really worth every cent. You dont only get an audio interface, but you also get PRO TOOLS LE!


The Best

By Conekte

from alexandria va

Comments about Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface:

The M-Box is the best ad on to my recording home studio, teamed with protools, you can really hear the difference in you recording from others brands, if i ever decide to upgrade, i will be sticking with the digidesign family, you should but it if you are serious about you music..


Great for home studio

By Chris

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface:

The Mbox2 is a perfect solution to anyone who wants to start up a home studio using Pro Tools. I bought this in order to learn the program and I've been totally satisfied with the results. I record mainly myself and occasionally small groups of friends, so I never need to record with too many microphones, but the two inputs allow me to run my Soundcraft mixer into the Mbox and then use the inputs from the mixer in order to record more tracks simultaneously. It is quite versatile and has allowed me to record simple mono recordings to intricate drum mic setups. This was truly worth the value considering the power of the software that comes with it.


Great Interface!

By Travis

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface:

I have had a minimal amount of recording experience, but the MBox 2 is very easy to use for beginners! It's easy to setup and download. The interface COMES WITH the latest Pro Tools Software. I think the only flaw is that Pro Tools can only be used with an interface made by digidesign and M-Audio. So if you're looking to expand to a bigger interface, your choices in companies are limited. Other than that, it works very well.

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