Home studio dream team
I was intimidated because of several internet reviews I'd seen from people having install problems, but I took the chance on this. I'm glad I did, I had it setup and recording in two hours, no issues with the iLok or downloading or licensing or drivers or anything! The mbox is solidly built, feels much heavier than it looks, dials are smooth turning, buttons have very positive engagement. Pre amp is very quiet and clean. The mix dial which mixes your playback of what you have recorded with what you're currently recording is so useful, I don't have to use a mouse for that, good feature. I mixed the Direct out from my Spider guitar amp and a miced track and the sound is incredible! The included soft synths in the ProTools Express, which are BOOM for drums and Xpand2 for instruments have a ton of sounds which it lets you process and tweak and layer. If you're unable to make good music with this setup, the gear isn't your problem! Worth every penny. Only reason for no 5-star rating is that converting the mixed project to mp3 is not included in PT Express. I would have paid an extra $25 for that.