Sonic State Studio / Audio Cards/Hardware / DIGIDESIGN MBox

Average rating: 6.5/10 out of 10

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peter a Professional user from Canada writes:
Pure Garbage. I had an Mbox 2 for a 15 months, before it died. During which time it was noisy, temperamental, and regularly crashed my computer. Tech support too days and days to get back to me resulting in a month of back and forths. My other option was to call their tech support which costs $2.50 a minute. Digi has offered to replace it for $300.00. No thanks. I'll cut my losses. Terrible company, with terrible products, terrible tech support. Not the kind of people I wish to do business with.

Rating: 1 out of 10 posted Thursday, 01-Apr-10 at 21:27
Sam a Professional user from USA writes:
To answer the last inquiry, the way to fix the noise problem with the inputs is as follows: Plug your synths, mixers and effects into a plug coming from one side of the room. Make sure it uses a grounding adapter on it (that greyish plug that goes on the end to convert an ungrounded plug to a two prong). Then plug your CPU into an opposing wall with the same grounding adapter. This elliminates the ground loop that is being sent through the 1/4 cords. If it doesn't work at first, try the same procedures with other sockets in your room. I find that I have to play with it a bit to get rid of it. always turn your Monitor knob up pretty high to determine that the humm is gone. Hope that helps! Cheers!

posted Friday, 26-Mar-10 at 22:20
David a part-timer user from NZ writes:
Had the mbox cranking for 3 years ina home studio recording music for 3 hiphop groups(MCs and singers) and it does everything I ned, it seems the more RAM I buy the faster it runs, no concerns here and my work sits easily alongside some of the industrys best....No such issues as most of these reviews. Ive got a good soundproof room and a nice condensor mix and we good....

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Monday, 22-Feb-10 at 14:39
Peter Leonard a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The Mbox is a horrible piece of equipment. I've done a number of recordings on it and the noise/static this thing produces is unbelievable. The noise is so much that it ruins otherwise adequate tracks. The inputs are temperamental, sometimes being incredibly hot even when turned all the way down or just the opposite. Sometimes they simply do not work at all. It may be ideal for those just starting out and who plan to upgrade after a while, but the preamps are just not up to par with so many other interfaces. Pro Tools LE as a software is nice enough, but you can't use anything other than crappy interfaces such as an Mbox, unless you want to shell out at least $1500 for a DigiRack or a Command 8.

Rating: 4 out of 10 posted Saturday, 13-Jun-09 at 19:57
bilco a part-timer user from US writes:
Update from a few posts below: I am now running PT LE 8 on the Mbox 1 and it works great. I maxed out the RAM on the 12" ibook to 1.2 Gig and I use an external firewire drive - no problems with errors. I have discovered it is much quieter if I run the ibook on battery power and record directly to the OS drive though; I was running into some kind of ground loop issue with the ibook and firewire drive both plugged into the AC. This is still a great rig for songwriter demos to pitch to publishers.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Thursday, 19-Feb-09 at 7:27
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