MBox 2

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by .:*Robot Boy*:., Sep 2, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2005
    New Zealand
    MBox 2

    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
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    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.

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