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Avid Mbox with Pro Tools ExpressItem ID: PTMbox
4-channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface with 2 Mic Preamps, DI, S/PDIF, and Onboard DSP - Pro Tools Express DAW Software Included
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From Our Research Team:
Third-generation Mbox with New Pro Tools Express"Value packed" barely scratches the surface of the Avid Pro Tools Mbox with Pro Tools Express. The key here is "all-new," as in all-new preamps, all-new converters, and all-new drivers, all put together in an interface that is simple and amazingly functional. Avid's top engineers equipped the Pro Tools Mbox with a pair of ultra-transparent custom mic preamps and a set of phenomenal 24-bit/96kHz converters, giving it absolutely astounding sound quality. The Pro Tools Mbox even includes a pair of Softclip limiters, the same tape-saturation-style dynamics processors found on Avid's flagship HD series interfaces! And because it comes with Pro Tools Express DAW software, you'll be ready to create music right out of the box with the Avid Pro Tools Mbox with Pro Tools Express!
Avid Pro Tools Mbox with Pro Tools Express at a Glance:
Top of the line design
To build on the success of the already acclaimed Mbox line of audio interfaces, Avid went back to square one to build the Pro Tools Mbox with Pro Tools Express. New components, a new signal path, and a big focus on convenience and usability went into this latest version of the Mbox, and it sounds better than ever.
Built-in DSP engine, and more
The Pro Tools Mbox with Pro Tools Express also comes equipped with a built-in guitar tuner and a dedicated DSP engine for cue mixing with reverb. Now, you can add reverb or delay to vocals as you record, without worrying about latency or having to manage cumbersome outboard gear. There's also a super-useful assignable Pro Tools multifunction button right on the face of the Pro Tools Mbox. This button gives you fast access to software functions inside of Pro Tools, including record arming and on-the-fly track creation.
Pro Tools Express DAW software included
This Pro Tools Mbox audio interface comes with Pro Tools Express DAW software, so you'll be ready to make music right away. Pro Tools Express software is specially made for use with MBox interfaces, and gives you 16 stereo track recording capability at up to 24-bit/96kHz. It's got over 30 included plug-ins, and has many of the same features and functions as the full versions of Pro Tools software. And when you're ready to, just call Sweetwater for an easy upgrade from Pro Tools Express to the full version.
Avid Pro Tools Mbox with Pro Tools Express Features:
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Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
by Paul McNeely from Washington, PaSteep learning curve, but this does everything well. Covers all my needs.Fun to use.
March 28, 2013
Music Background: hobbist
Blows Presonus out of the water!
by Cory Olsson from Alpena, MII was absolutely stunned. First by my next day delivery(I live in Michigan) and then by the very noticeable difference in sound quality, and ease of use. I installed this onto my Windows 8 computer. I... read more [+] did not find it all that hard at all. I did what Sweetwater recommended and just changed the permissions to Windows 7 and ran as administrator. BOOM! No hassles, no errors. The ilok thing was no big deal as well. The only thing I do not like about the system is that I have to keep the ilok in, which cuts down on my USB real estate. Overall though, I love this thing and it is built like a tank. close [-]
February 28, 2013
Music Background: Recording my one man band for 15 years.
by Glenn Conley from St. Louis MONothing better than an affordable protools solution backed by experts who know what they're doing!!!
April 4, 2013
Music Background: Voice over talent and producer
A Huge Improvement from Mbox 2
by JROCK from St. Louis, MOI have to say I was thoroughly impressed with Avid's new Mbox. I've had the Mbox 2, 003, Apogee Ensemble, and Lynx Auroras. The Mbox 2 left a lot to be desired. I use the new Mbox for my portable r... read more [+]ig, and it is a completely different beast. The convertors are great! I usually use external pres, but I could use the Mbox if I had to. It's also built like a tank which is great for transporting. Great unit. close [-]
January 25, 2013
Music Background: Producer/Engineer, Musician
Sweetwater is fantastic (5), Avid Mbox is OK (2), together (2.5)
by fromStarting with the Sweetwater experience, everything about the Sweetwater process was superb. The Internet store was easy to use. The product arrived two days later. The Mbox was perfectly packaged ... read more [+]and even included some candy in the box! Sweetwater even called me a few days later to ensure that all was well. Well done Sweetwater!
February 5, 2013
Music Background: Semi-pro musician (sold less than a dozen songs)
Now onto the Avid bundle. First, be aware that this product uses a USB dongle to authenticate the product, and its a tempermental beast. I fought on and off for three weeks, struggling to install the drivers and the iLok software on my music PC to no avail. When I contacted the iLok folks, they basically told me the translation was that the iLok doesn't necessarily work on every machine technically meeting the specs. Ugh! So, I ended up getting a new 64 bit machine with Win7. I figured that maybe it was time to upgrade. After another couple of days, I was able to wrestle the iLok software onto the brand new machine. It still took three cycles of install, fail, uninstall, a d try again. Second, the Pro Tools Express (PTE) installation was complicated. I had to purchase a trouble ticket from Avid to have them explain to me that the native HP software on a theoretically listed compatible machine (there are not many by the way) had to be disabled and uninstalled to allow PTE to properly install, even though there were no error messages indicating issues with the PTE installation. The problem was that the Mbox simply would not talk to PTE. Just a slight issue in a bundle product one might suppose! At long last, I was ready to start using the PTE & Mbox bundle. Third, PTE takes some significant getting used to. It is not intuitive to use. You'll have to devote a fair number of cycles to downloading the plug-ins, updates, etc. rom Avid. Also, just in case you didn't know, PTE doesn't work with all of the VSTs, etc. that you've bought over the past decade of music producing. So, I bought a $45 book on the basics of PTE. Fourth, that is when I found out the pre-amp internal to the Mbox is ... What is the technical term ... Um, oh yeah, aweful! You have to crank the gain on the mic to almost the limit and put your source within inches of the mic to get a good enough SNR even with 24 bit quality for a vocal or drum session to be useable. (I bought some high end mics for use with the new interface, and yes, I have three different mics and three cables and tried them all. Yes, the phantom power was on.) I would have sent it all back even several thousand quid in red from the lost time, new external gear, computer, etc., but online in the user community I found that this is a common issue. Apparently most folks use another pre-amp if they use the Mbox. Caveat emptor. All in all, Sweetwater is a fabulous company. PTE is an empire onto itself that you'll either love or hate once you invest a significant amount of time learning the new DAW and getting the software to chat with the iLok dongle, and the Mbox is not so great for live recording. close [-]
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