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.:*Robot Boy*:.
Sep 2, 2005, 11:03 PM
MBox 2 (http://www.digidesign.com/news/details.cfm?story_id=3592)

Mbox 2 Hardware Features

Superior sound quality
Four simultaneous inputs with analog and digital I/O
Two analog inputs (XLR, 1/4" line, and 1/4" DI jacks) and two analog outputs (1/4" jacks)
Two channels of S/PDIF digital I/O (RCA)
48V phantom power for condenser mics
24-bit/48 kHz audio
MIDI in/out
Zero-latency monitoring
100% USB powered

Looks like a pretty lack-lustre update. I was hoping for Firewire (can't imagine six simultaneous channels of digital audio [4-in, 2-out] and MIDI are going to be particularly effective over a USB 1.1 - especially when you consider how crappy the current MBox's performance is), more portability, and possibly onboard DSP, but it looks like we won't be getting any of those.

If only Apple had bought Digidesign/Pro Tools, rather than eMagic/Logic :rolleyes: :D



WinterMute
Sep 3, 2005, 06:24 AM
The fact that LE still doesn't support 5.1 output is a real drag, it means I use LE as a compilation/editing/remote workstation but never get to complete anything serious on it.

The Focusrite Sapphire is a much better interface (mains powered/firewire/multiple outs/DSP...) but won't run with Protools.

There is the merest of hints that Digi are planning a PT release like the M-powered version to take advantage of the Sapphire, which would be a good move as long as they open up the 5.1 as well.

This new M-box is a step forward, but Digi are still ignoring a massive area of their market.