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Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

FireWire-powered Pro Tools LE audio/MIDI workstation delivers plenty of studio-grade features for the mobile music or post professional. (39) Read 9 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro FireWire Interface

When the digital recording revolution swept the home studio world, Digidesign was right at the forefront with the MBox, a USB audio interface that sounded great, performed reliably, and offered easy portability for the mobile recordist, all at a price that made it easy for anyone to get into serious digital multitrack recording (the fact that it came with industry-standard Pro Tools recording software didn't hurt either). With the upgraded MBox 2 line of interfaces, Digidesign has taken a classic design and made it even better, and the MBox 2 Pro is the most impressive of the bunch. It offers all the features necessary to start building a truly professional recording studio. Plus, it ships with the latest, most powerful version of Pro Tools LE, as well as a plethora of great sounding plug-in effects and instruments, and even M-Audio Torq LE DJ software. If you're ready to go pro with your audio recording endeavors, then you're ready for the Digidesign MBox 2 Pro FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface.

The Core Of An Expandable, Professional Studio
All the interfaces in the 2nd-generation MBox 2 line offer you an array of professional routing options for a recording-ready setup right out of the box. Only the MBox 2 Pro, however, has the additional features necessary for growing your studio from a home hobby to a professional business. For starters, the Pro has the most I/O of the MBox 2 family: a total of 6 inputs and 8 outputs. In addition to the analog mix inputs, you get a stereo auxiliary input that can handle line-level sources--this is where you can hook up the outboard channel strips you plan on upgrading your recording rack with. You also get the same S/PIDF I/O from the MBox 2, but this time with added benefit of full BNC word clock capabilities, making it possible to synchronize all the analog-to-digital conversion gear in your studio. Word clock synchronization is an integral part of any digital recording setup, and the only way to combat problems like sample-jitter and extreme-frequency phasing. The eight total output channels on the MBox 2 Pro, along with dual headphone outputs and a dedicated monitor level control, allows for professional multi-monitor setups. MIDI support has also been upgraded, making it easier than ever to integrate external MIDI sound modules and software instruments into audio projects.

Celebrated Sound Quality
When the MBox hit the market in 2002, home recordists and professionals alike were amazed by the sound quality for its price, and the MBox 2 Pro more than lives up to that stellar reputation. The two Digidesign-produced microphone preamps are the very definition of transparent, but all four analog input channels benefit from the Pro's ultra-clean and ultra-stable converters. The MBox 2 Pro supports up to 24-bit, 96 kHz sampling rates for the most demanding of recording situations, and because it's a FireWire-based audio interface, it can handle the bandwidth of six-in, eight-out simultaneous audio streaming with near-zero playback latency.

Industry-Standard Pro Tools Software
For home recording enthusiasts and pro engineers alike, one of the most attractive parts of the MBox 2 Pro package is the software it comes with. What does "industry-standard" really mean? For starters, Pro Tools HD systems are found in the biggest hit-making recording studios around the world. Truly, it's rare to find a professional studio without a Pro Tools rig, and the projects you start on your MBox 2 / Pro Tools LE system can be effortlessly imported into any Pro Tools HD rig. And then there are the reasons that Pro Tools is and has been the industry-standard: ease-of use, powerful editing and mixing flexibility, and incredible sound quality. The LE version that ships with your MBox 2 Pro offers most of the same operations as the top-of-the-line HD systems, including parameter automation, non-destructive audio editing, and support for RTAS instrument and effects plug-ins. Speaking of plug-ins, Pro Tools LE comes with a formidable supply of them, including synthesizers, guitar amp simulators, reverb processors, pitch bending tools, and the amazing Beat Detective LE, a one-step find-and-replace utility for drum tracks. Both Pro Tools LE and the MBox 2 Pro are fully supported by both Windows and Mac operating systems, so no one has to feel left out of the Digidesign phenomenon.

Features Every Laptop DJ Will Love
In addition to Pro Tools LE, your MBox 2 Pro ships with Torq, M-Audio's advanced digital DJ software, and the Pro is the best way to make full use of this amazing application. Not only do you get pristine audio output, but the six analog outputs let you route your mix directly to the house, or to multiple speakers, effects units, or even to a separate recorder to capture your live sets. Best of all, the AUX inputs on the MBox 2 Pro feature a phono-level in with grounding post for analog turntables. Easily integrate a bit of old-school vinyl charm into your set, or make use of Torq's timecode support and join the virtual-vinyl revolution.

Even More Power With The Factory Bundle
Select "New, with Factory Bundle" and for only a hundred bucks you'll be treating yourself to over one-thousand dollars worth of additional plug-ins that'll make your projects sound like a million bucks. Two plug-ins from the legendary Joemeek company emulate two of their most sought-after hardware units: the SC2 Photo Optical Compressor adds punchy, warm, and transparent compression, while the VC5 Meequalizer puts musical, old-school tone shaping in your hands. Also in the Factory bundle is the spaced-out Cosmonaut Voice plug-in, a processor that turns vocal tracks into deep space distress calls. Finally, you get four incredible Moogerfooger effects from the company that basically invented modern electronic music, Moog: a luscious 12-Stage Phaser, an Analog Delay that sounds like the best vintage hardware units, a dynamic Lowpass Filter for injecting some serious funk, and a Ring Modulator for when you're feeling experimental.

Amazingly, even with all these improvements, additions, and professional features, the Digidesign MBox 2 Pro is priced well within reach of even the most conservative budgets. Buy it now through zZounds, and you'll also get our renowned customer service at no extra charge, not to mention the best shipping prices in the industry. There's never been a better way to start your professional recording career.

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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 FireWire port for Mbox 2 Pro system
Digidesign Warranty ´╗┐Digidesign offers a 90 days parts and labor warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 650-731-6300

Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro FireWire Interface

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.

Features

* 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 1/4 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.
**Mbox 2 Pro does not support external sync at 88.2 and 96 kHz sample rates.

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.

Features

* 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

Bundled Plug-ins
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.

Mbox 2 Pro Factory (optional)
Mbox 2 Pro Factory also includes over $1,000 worth of additional professional plug-ins, plus an iLok USB Smart Key to handle your plug-in authorizations.

Mbox 2 Pro Factory Plug-in Bundle;;

* Cosmonaut Voice
* JOEMEEK SC2 Photo Optical Compressor
* JOEMEEK VC5 Meequalizer
* Moogerfooger 12-Stage Phaser
* Moogerfooger Analog Delay
* Moogerfooger Lowpass Filter
* Moogerfooger Ring Modulator
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Coming from Mac Garageband"
Sound: Great pre-amps. I use this to record rock music. Feature: Lots and lots of plug-ins. Ease of Use: I gave it a 7 because of the learning curve. I am using a Macbook, late 2008 model and this is quit a step up from Garageband. I heard a lot of people say it is hard to learn Pro Tools (PT) and although the learning curve is high, if you are motivated it's not that bad. In Garage band I just hooked up my interface and was off and running. In PT, you need to learn how to setup your settings before recording. Now you can use the presets in PT but you will not learn anything. So far it has been fun and exciting to learn PT. I haven't used it that long to tell you pros and cons but if your coming from Mac Garageband and you are serious about taking a major set up and want to use the industry standard in your audio recording then check out Pro Tools. Quality: so far so good. Only had it about a month. Value: This unit is very expensive. I originally wanted the Presonus Fire Studio Mobile but since I really wanted Pro Tools you have to pay for the best. Also, for the price it would have been nice for it come with 4 pre-amps. Now I will be buying a 2 chnl preamp to record 4 chanls of drums. In the end it would still be cheaper then buying the Digi 003 rack which has 4 pre-amps and runs for $1,500 bare bones. Manufacturer Support: I gave it a 5 because I have not needed it yet. The Wow Factor: A bit bigger then other mobile audio interfaces but it does the job. I wish the would have made a bracket accessory to mount to a rack. Overall: The only thing I plan to do is upgrade to the Digi 003 + once I learn how to use this thing inside and out. I want the option to record 8 channels at once with not need fro additional preamps.
Style of Music: Pop Rock, Pop Punk, Punk Rock, Dance Rock.
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Get the right gear and education and make sweet sound.. but be patient"
Sound: I don't have the best monitors in the world or the best room acoustics, but my tracks seem to be sounding better with what I've got. Feature: I'm reviewing this product on the fact that it is a hardware software combo. The software is an integral part of the whole finished sound. Of course LE is a 'light edition'? but that is only comparative to a HD system. For most folks it is far more hardware and software than you need for a portable high quality songwriter / composer set up. It has surround capability and a good selection of ins and outs, and enough tracking ability to satisfy most hobbyists / pros on the road. Ease of Use: I'm crossing over from 13 years working with another DAW software and it is hell. I have Pro Tools 101 and I am working through it and all the material that came with the unit. I can't understand some of the reviews.... unless you are familiar with and have been trained with PT it is a big learning curve! But I think it is worth it. Other DAW software does just as much (more in many some cases) but if you are young and want to get into the business you need to know Pro Tools and you have access to RTAS plug ins and PT instrument synthesis. It's not as intuitive as it could be but the new PT8 GUI is nice. Quality: Seems like Digi did not let themselves down. Some of the plug ins just sound dang sweet... DB33 / X pand 2 / mini grand / boom... I haven't even opened the factory stuff yet! Value: I got a killer deal on the Factory Bundle, good value. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed them yet, hope I don't The Wow Factor: I GOT IT! Overall: By the time I have figured it all out and got outboard gear and a great workspace to complement it, it will all be out of date! (like everything else on the market... technology races ahead). I just hope they come out with Windows 64 bit drivers in the next year or so, Digi is a bit behind everyone else with the 64 bit thing. Just remember, you need a Digi certified computer (components...check it out BEFORE YOU BUY) a TI OHCI compliant firewire is highly recommended AND you must have a second hard drive (minimum) for audio. It's not a toy.
Style of Music: Rock, Blues, Acoustic
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