Digidesign continue to target the prosumer market with the release of the new Mbox 2. Following from their recent addition of ProTools M-Powered, Digidesign are enhancing their own range of audio interfaces with this new desktop studio module. The Mbox 2 is USB powered and comes with ProTools LE, taking over where the original and highly successful Mbox left off.
Mbox 2â„¢ is a next-generation USB-powered audio/MIDI production system that builds on the performance and simplicity of the original Mbox. Mbox 2 combines pristine sound and a wide range of connection options (including analog, digital, and MIDI) for professional performance in a compact package.
Along with its flexible hardware interface, Mbox 2 includes the easy-to-use, award-winning Digidesign Pro Tools LE software, which offers many of the same features that top studios rely on to record, edit, mix, and master commercial albums and produce sound for blockbuster films. In addition, Mbox 2 comes with the Pro Tools Ignition Packâ„¢ â€” an impressive collection of powerful plug-ins, creative applications, and additional tools to help you professionally produce and promote your music. With the addition of the Pro Tools Ignition Pack, Mbox 2 includes more than 50 plug-ins and instruments.
Mbox 2 features MIDI in and out ports for easy integration of MIDI controllers, hardware synthesizers and samplers, and virtual instruments.
Mbox 2 lets you to use two analog inputs and two channels of S/PDIF digital input at the same time to achieve four simultaneous channels of audio input.
Mbox 2 Hardware Features
Superior sound quality
Four simultaneous inputs with analog and digital I/O
Two analog inputs (XLR and 1/4" jacks) and two analog outputs (1/4" jacks)
2 channels of S/PDIF digital I/O (RCA)
48V phantom power for condenser mics
24-bit/48 kHz audio
100% USB powered
Mbox 2 Software Features
Award-winning Pro Tools LE software (Windows XP and Mac OS X)
Integrated MIDI sequencer with 256 simultaneous MIDI tracks
37 DigiRackâ„¢ and 7 Bomb Factory plug-ins
Includes the Pro Tools Ignition Pack software and tools
Support for streaming ReWire applications
Beat Detective LE groove analysis and correction tool
Pro Tools Ignition Pack
Propellerhead Software Reason Adapted 3
Ableton Live Lite 4 Digidesign Edition
FXpansion BFD Lite
IK Multimedia SampleTank 2 SE
IK Multimedia AmpliTube LE
IK Multimedia T-RackS EQ
Celemony Melodyne uno essential
Pro Tools Method One instructional DVD
Bunker 8 REX File CD
1-year membership to Broadjam.com
Limited-time free trade magazine subscription
Mbox 2 Factory
For even more creative options right out of the box, there is Mbox 2 Factory, which offers more than $1,050 in plug-ins for only $100 USD more than Mbox 2. The Mbox 2 Factory bundle includes a complete Mbox 2 system and an iLok USB Smart Key with the following additional Digidesign and Bomb FactoryÂ® plug-ins pre-authorized:
A must-have, world-class peak limiting and sound level maximizing plug-in that optimizes the overall level of audio input while preserving the integrity of the original sound.
moogerfoogerÂ® Analog Delay
A warm delay meticulously based on Bob Moogâ€™s classic analog design.
JOEMEEKÂ® SC2â„¢ Compressor
A compressor with a unique edge, modeled after hardware units used by top producers around the globe.
An equalizer that recreates a custom Joe Meek box that featured a treble and bass circuit with a sweepable mid control.
An â€œout-of-this-worldâ€� plug-in that offers a telephone voice, interplanetary effects, distortion, squelch, and even an authentic tone culled from recently declassified Russian space footage, all through a funky-looking interface.
Mbox 2 retails at $495 US