Apogee Symphony Desktop USB Audio Interface
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Apogee Symphony Desktop USB Audio Interface

Put the rackmount Apogee Symphony's high-quality converters and preamps on your desktop! This compact USB audio interface for Mac or PC offers 10x14 I/O.

Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

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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
(34 ratings)
Submitted December 28, 2009 by a customer from Gmail.com
"Coming from Mac Garageband"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
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.

Sound
Great pre-amps. I use this to record rock music.

Features
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 read more 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.

Musical Background:
Mobile Home Recording Studio, Active Musician

Musical Style:
Pop Rock, Pop Punk, Punk Rock, Dance Rock.
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