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M-Audio Black Box Guitar Amp Modeling Processor and USB Audio Interface

Free Version 2 Firmware Update Includes More Amp Models, Effects and Pro Tools M-Powered Compatibility. (56) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

With new version 2 firmware, the Black Box features 40 amp models—including spot-on emulations of many of the greatest guitar amps of all time. The unit also incorporates over 120 unique inspiring effects, many of which beat-sync to the internal drum patterns or to an external sequencer. 100 built-in drum patterns with tap tempo make it easy to try out different grooves and tempos. A built-in microphone preamp is also included for recording and processing vocals and acoustic instruments. One simple USB connection sends the output directly 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 it’s the only dedicated guitar product in the world that gives you access to Pro Tools M-Powered.

Amp Modeling—Vintage to Modern
The Black Box with new version 2 firmware tears it up with 40 virtual amp models (based on AdrenaLinn

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sample rates:
44.1kHz

microphone input
available gain: 40dB

Input Range: -42 to -2dBu (0.01 to 0.6Vrms)

signal-to-noise ratio: -98dB (A-weighted)

dynamic range(min gain): 98dB (A-weighted)

THD + N(min gain): 0.0049% (-86dB), 1kHz, -1dBFS

frequency response: +/-0.50dB, 20Hz to 20kHz

impedance: 10 k Ohms

instrument input
available gain: 30dB

Input Range: -28 to +12dBV (0.04 to 4.0Vrms)

signal-to-noise ratio(min gain): -98dB @ 44.1kHz (a-weighted)

dynamic range(min gain): 98dB @ 44.1kHz (a-weighted)

THD + N(min gain): 0.0079% (-82dB), 1kHz, -1dBFS

frequency response: +/-3dB, 20Hz to 20kHz

impedance: 370 k Ohms

line outputs
max output (balanced): +14dBu (3.8 Vrms)

Max Output (unbalanced): +2.0dBV (1.26Vrms)

signal-to-noise ratio: -100dB (A-weighted)

dynamic range: 100dB (A-weighted)

THD + N: 0.0024% (-92.5dB), 1kHz, -1dBFS @ 44.1kHz

frequency response: +/-1dB, 20Hz to 20kHz @ 44.1kHz

crosstalk: -100dB, 1kHz, channel-to-channel

impedance (balanced): 300 Ohms

impedance (unbalanced): 150 Ohms

Digital Outputs
S/PDIF Output Connector: 75 Ohms

Compatibility
WDM
ASIO
Core Audio

Minimum System Requiremnts (PC)
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.

Minimum System Requiremnts (Mac)
Mac G3/G4* 500 MHz or higher
OS X 10.3.7 or later**, 512 MB RAM
Onboard USB connection or installed USB-PCI interface card
*G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (56 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"Good bang for the buck"
Overall: Purchased this unit years ago and seem to always come back to it. Great guitar sounds for recording and easy to tweak especially if you have the reloaded fireware update. Only two drawbacks I've seem from this unit. One is getting a pro sounding bass sound (compressor very limited) and the other is straight to usb gives some digital pops during recording. I use this unit chained to an audio interface for a more consistent recording quality. Overall this is a great unit to have and since I keep coming back to it after using other gear. I'll probably never get rid of it.
Style of Music: Metal, Hard Rock, Goth, Industrial
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This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "The most accurate amp modeller out there I have ever heard."
Sound: With their firmware update this is the most accurate amp modelling I have ever heard! It will blow you away. Period. It sounds so real that you will have to really sit there and try really hard to distinguish it from real amps. The chunk, the crunch, the oomph its so engaging to play with this thing that it is nothing short of inspiring. The Marshalls, The Mesa Boogies, The Bogners, The Diezel, The Fenders, The Vox, The Peavey, their new clean preamp and their own custom factory preset called INTENSE is nothing but the best guitar amp sounds you can ever hope to get out of a box of this price and size. I use an Ibanez RG and the BX5a with this and it is such a joy to play with all the effects in front of these speakers. The flangers and the chorus are so sublime and evocative that you can just go on and on and on. The tremolos are brilliant. The delay is dedicated and is top notch. The recordings I have done with it are simply beautiful although I wonder what the clarity would be at 96khz. But I feel you would not have to think about the khz myth with this unit. It does well. I have only scratched the surface here. In time i have have no idea what I would be able to concoct with this unit. Well how better can amp simulation get anyway? I just wish that they raised the khz next time so that we can record everything at 96khz and then it would certainly be one of the de facto standards of recording gutar music (We do not want maths figures to get in our way of thinking when we make music right?). The Black Box was designed with Roger Linn and kudos to his designs and taste for good tones... He is a very inspiring man and M Audio is a fantastic company and their Black Box definitely is an inspiring tool and it sounds very musical and certainly stands out from the pack of Boss, Digitech, Korg and Zoom. Feature: The Black Box is simply a stunning musical insstrument that is indeed very musical. With the new firmware update its pure joy to work with and the newly added amp models (40 amps and 121 effects to start with, who knows what it might end up with their next update!). The BB comes with Abelton Live Lite for Guitar and it is a superb software to try out your ideas and I was so amused that I ordered the full version from Germany. The unit is very well layed out and feels good. There is everything in there now including Reverb and the Mid control. And the Drum patters can be saved with your user preset. Ease of Use: Its a joy to use. And its super simple. The manual is well documented and is well worth a read. Quality: The product is very good to look at. The display is huge with a translucent blue colour and it definitely does not look cheap. The knobs feel nice to tweak. Value: I do not think there is a better product out there for $200 maybe for the Behringer V Amp 2. But then all these processors have their individual colours. Manufacturer Support: Yes they are very easy to reach and they do respond! And they are friendly too. But as such I have never had any problems with M- Audio as they are usually smart in letting us know of updates before we figure out what's wrong with our product! The drivers are top notch and getting better with each issue. The Wow Factor: This product is very sexy in my opinion. You really do not want to take your eyes off from it. On stage it just feels so right in front of you on a tripod stand with your pedal board etc. Overall: I should be happy with it for as long as it works.
Style of Music: Rock
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