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M-Audio Black Box Guitar Multi Effects Processor

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Co-developed by M-Audio and Roger Linn Design, the M-Audio Black Box Guitar Multi-Effects Processor is the first creative tool for guitarists that combines amp modeling, powerful beat-synced link effe... Click To Read More About This Product

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Co-developed by M-Audio and Roger Linn Design, the M-Audio Black Box Guitar Multi-Effects Processor is the first creative tool for guitarists that combines amp modeling, powerful beat-synced link effects, and electronic drums with an audio interface for computer-based recording. Based on AdrenaLinn II technology, the M-Audio Black Box can be used as a standalone amp-modeling and effects unit featuring spot-on models of 12 of the greatest guitar amps of all time. 99 drum patterns with tap tempo make it easy to try out different grooves and tempos.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To get the Reloaded firmware update from M-Audio and get even more amp models and effects for your Black Box, go to this link. The Reloaded update ups the creativity factor of your M-Audio Black Box by giving you a total of 40 amp models and 121 effects to use.

The Black Box also incorporates tons of inspiring unique effects that automatically beat-sync to your drum patterns. A built-in microphone preamp is also included for recording and processing vocals and acoustic instruments. One simple USB connection sends your output to your favorite computer-based recording software—and syncs the Black Box's drums and effects to your tracks. The Black Box gives you killer tone, groundbreaking effects, huge beats, and easy recording all in a single, easy-to-use package.

The Black Box tears it up with 12 virtual amp models based on AdrenaLinn technology that span the gamut of the tools needed by the modern guitarist. You get killer models based on Fender Bassman, Fender Deluxe, Fender Twin, Vox AC 30, Marshall JTM-45, Marshall Plexi, Marshall JCM-2000, Hiwatt DR-103, Soldano SLO-100, Mesa Boogie Maverick, Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier, and Bogner Uberschall. These virtual amp models are so realistic that you won't know the difference when you close your eyes but your back and wallet will.

Beat-Synced Effects

All effects are beat-synchronized to the drums or external MIDI clock so they're always in sync with your grooves and sequences. In addition to standards like tremolo, delay, chorus, auto-wah, and talk box, the Black Box has a variety of unique effects such as filter sequencing and arpeggios that let you create sounds you've never heard before. There's also an independent beat-synced delay with controls for note division, number of repeats, and volume. Combined with amp modeling, these effects are totally awesome. You can also process your guitar, microphone, or drum patterns through the DSP effects for some truly out-there original sounds.

Drummer on Call

You can get your grooves and songs started instantly with 100 built-in drum patterns. You'll find all kinds of inspiring styles to choose from. Best of all, the Black Box's unique beat-synced effects are automatically locked to the drums. Just tap the tempo you want with the front panel button to set the desired master tempo. You can even run them through the onboard effects for some very unique sounds.

The drums and effects can also lock to the tempo of incoming MIDI Clock from your sequencer. It's pretty much impossible to avoid playing something new and cool every time you turn the Black Box on.

Instant Inspiration

The M-Audio Black Box ships with 100 great presets that get you rockin' as soon as you power up. These great combinations of amp models, beat-synced effects, and drum grooves will have you jamming instantly every time you turn it on. There are also 100 user preset locations so you can store all your favorite variations and unique creations. Everything is super-simple and intuitive so that you can focus on what's important: your music.

Record Now

You've turned a lot of people's ears with the Black Box alone and there's even more power available to you when you plug it into a Mac or PC. M-Audio built their highly acclaimed mobile interface and mic/instrument preamp technology right into the Black Box. Just connect a USB cable between Black Box effects unit and your computer and your creative output goes right to your tracks and your mix is available for monitoring at the Black Box's headphone and balanced outputs. Included drivers for WDM, ASIO, and CoreAudio gives you the flexibility of working with the most popular sequencing software, including Ableton Live, GarageBand, SONAR, Digital Performer, Logic, and more. You even get Ableton Live Lite 4 GTR software right in the box--great for guitarists and songwriters.


M-Audio has thrown in just about everything you might think of to make the Black Box guitar effects tool easy to work with. Inputs for momentary and expression pedals give you tons of control. A tuner is built in so there's one less thing to worry about. The included mic stand adapter lets you position the Black Box within easy reach. There's even a Kensington lock slot to secure your peace of mind.

Digital Outs

Need to record to a digital device like a hard-disk recorder or a different computer audio interface? No problem. The Black Box features S/PDIF output of 24-bit/44.1kHz. The output of the Black Box's DSP amp and effects section goes to your other device without any analog degradation.

Includes Ableton Live Lite 4 GTR Software

Black Box comes with Ableton Live Lite 4 GTR that brings you much of the audio and MIDI functionality of the multi-award winning Ableton Live 4. You get 4 audio tracks, 2 MIDI tracks, incredible looping, VST and Audio Unit support, software instruments, effects, and much more. This special Live Lite 4 GTR version also transmits MIDI clock for instant synchronization with Black Box's beat-synced effects and drum patterns. Live Lite 4 GTR turns Black Box and you computer into a complete composition and recording solution for guitarists.

160MB of Free ProSessions Drum Loops

As if Black Box's drum patterns aren't enough, you also get 160MB of free drum loops culled from M-Audio's ProSessions Sound and Loop Libraries—the hottest sound library on the market. You get tons of grooves spanning most popular styles, and provided in .WAV format for seamless integration with Live Lite 4 GTR and most other software. This professional effects collection is sure to take your creativity with Black Box totally over the top.


Separate beat-synced delay with control of note division, repeats and volume
100 drum patterns
Effects processing of guitar, mic or drums
Effects and drum machine sync to tap tempo or external MIDI clock
100 factory presets, 100 user presets
Built-in USB audio interface (24-bit/44.1kHz)
1/4" guitar input with level control
Microphone preamp (XLR input)
Signal and clip LEDs on inputs
1/4" headphone jack
Balanced outputs (1/4" TRS)
S/PDIF digital output (24-bit/44.1kHz)
Integral tuner
Easy-to-use interface with LCD and multifunction rotary encoders
Expression pedal input for amp gain, wah, delay volume, delay repeats, effects depth, wet/dry and more
2 momentary pedal inputs for tap tempo, tuner activation, preset selection and more
Analog direct monitoring
Mic stand adapter for convenient mounting
9V AC power supply connection
Kensington lock slot
Includes Ableton Live Lite 4 GTR software

12 virtual amp models with programmable drive and tone controls based on*:
Fender Bassman
Fender Deluxe
Fender Twin
Vox AC 30
Marshall JTM-45
Marshall Plexi
Marshall JCM-2000
Hiwatt DR-103
Soldano SLO-100
Mesa Boogie Maverick
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
Bogner Uberschall

43 beat-synced effects:
random filters (1/8, 1/8th triplets and 1/16)
tremolo sequences
filter sequences
wah wah
auto wah
talk box
MIDI effects
Sample rates: 44.1kHz

Microphone input
Available gain: 40dB
Signal-to-noise ratio: -98dB (A-weighted)
Dynamic range: 98dB (A-weighted)
THD + N: 0.0049%
Frequency response: ±0.5dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Impedance: 10 kOhms

Instrument input
Available gain: 30dB
Signal-to-noise ratio: -98dB (A-weighted)
Dynamic range: 98dB (A-weighted)
THD + N: 0.003%
Frequency response: ±0.3 dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Impedance: 370 kOhms

Line outputs
Max output (balanced): +14 dBu (3.9 Vrms)
Signal-to-noise ratio: -100dB (A-weighted)
Dynamic range: 100dB (A-weighted)
THD + N: 0.0024%
Frequency response: ±0.3dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Crosstalk: -100dB
Impedance (balanced): 300 Ohms

Headphone outputs
Max output: -2.0dBV (0.8 Vrms) into 32 Ohms
Signal-to-noise ratio: -100dB (A-weighted)
Dynamic range: 100dB (A-weighted)
Frequency response: ±0.3dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Output impedance: 75 Ohms
Working headphone impedance: 32 to 600 Ohms
Core Audio
Pentium III 500 MHz or higher
128 MB RAM
Windows XP (SP1) with DirectX 9.0b or higher
Onboard USB connection or installed USB-PCI interface card
The Black Box is not supported under Windows 98, Windows ME or Windows 2000.
Mac G3/G4* 500 MHz or higher
OX 10.3.7 or later, 512 MB RAM
Onboard USB connection or installed USB-PCI interface card
*G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported
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Great tool for beginers

By antirich

from NJ

Comments about M-Audio Black Box Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

I bought the Black box about a month after taking up guitar. For the first few months, I was blown away by it. But after a while, you start realizing a few short commings. I've only been playing for under a year, but I have a bit of expereince with electronics/computers and such and an ear for quality sound. PROS: - More amy models then you'll know what to do with! takes quite a while to get familiar with them, but it's loads of fun. -Drumer on call is great. Lots a choices and loads of flexibility. Very good drum sounds too. -Built in tuner -Buttons/controls are pretty easy to use. -Not flor mounted! Unit can mount to a mic stand or on top of your amp. This is the way all effects controls should be! -XLR Mic input, if you need it. -Lots of manual control - Computer USB input. Great for easy recoedings in Garage Band. - MIDI out and true digital output - Most stuff is intuitive - Looks cool ;-) CONS -Does not remember your last settings for an amp or effect pre-set. this gets to be pretty annoying after a while. - Marshall amp settings come with an annoying delay. Need to turn off every time. -Foot switch shoudl have some basic pre-sets. It's a pain to have to go back and re-set your controls everytime the unit is turned off. -Basic FX are good, but require a lot of dial turning. No real 'metal' or distortion effects, just the traditional ones -Amps dont' have a channel choice, eg: clean, OD, etc. This kind of stinks, cause you have to mannual turn the gain knob to compensate before or after a solo. - Wha petal kind of stinks. Not a good range or feel. Overall for the money it's a very good unit. It's not going to replace a tube amp or goof FX by any means, but for starters, it's a ton of fun.

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Great Value For Beginners.

By Daniel Roberts

from Portland, Oregon

Comments about M-Audio Black Box Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

I have done a huge amount of work on this little box. I wasn't a fan of the software it came with so I used Garage Band. It has helped me become a stronger musician and producer than I could of imagined. I'm now looking to upgrade to an interface with more than one input. If you are working alone or with a small band all you really need is this box some phantom power and a condenser mic. However, you will have to work hard and be creative. In the long run it'll be the best thing for anyone interest in honing their skills.


Black Box has a short half life

By Dave O

from Islip, NY

Comments about M-Audio Black Box Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

While it worked, for a couple of years, it was really nice. Used it with the computer when using my DAW, and without the computer in front my plain transistor guitar amp. Had more features than I used, but it was easy. Problem is, it is one of those electronic items that is sadly designed to last only a couple years. Don't know if it is a cheap far east capacitors or what, it should last forever. Electronics only wear out when they are "designed" to, that is defective / cheap components are used. Now when I turn it on, the screen is wrong and no sound or just noise, no guitar sound. At first if I turn it off and on, then it would evently boot up correctly. At this point, it won't boot at all. So, if you want to spend a lot of money for something that works a couple of years and then you can't trade it in or sell it to get something bigger, or even use it, then this is for you. I'm going to avoid all M-Audio stuff. Summary: good design, bad implementation that wears out.

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