MBox 3??? Or???

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by richpjr, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. richpjr macrumors 68030

    richpjr

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    I'm looking at picking up a USB interface for my iMac and MBA. I will be using it with Logic 9 and Presonus Studio One 2. I looked at the Duet 2 but it doesn't have the IO I am looking for. I don't really want to go up to something as pricey as the RME babyface, so that left me leaning towards the MBox 3. I have read that the drivers can be touchy outside of ProTools so I'm looking for feedback from those of you who have used it. I had also considered the Focusrite Scarlet 18i6, but have really heard bad things about it's drivers.

    Any feedback or other suggestions?
     
  2. swartzfeger macrumors member

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    I've only read bad things about the Scarlett's drivers on the windows side. Not sure about their OS X stuff.

    Personally haven't used the Mbox 3, that's because I chose the Duet 2 in lieu of it. I read too many reports of hardware problems with it like headphone outputs crapping out. May have been a bad initial batch. If I hadn't read of so many flakey hardware issues with the Mbox 3, I would've really preferred it over the Apogee for the bang for the buck.

    That said, the Duet 2 sounds absolutely brilliant, but as you noted the I/O is pretty slim.
     
  3. quixotic macrumors regular

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    Briefly had a focusrite awhile back. Different interface, but it too had issues. I returned it and I don't think they ever did fully iron out the bugs. Just don't trust them anymore.

    I also wanted an RME, though I couldn't justify it. I opted for an Echo Audiofire4, the ADAC's are very nice but it's firewire...
     
  4. richpjr thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Have you had any drivers problems with your Duet 2? Seems like while the first generation was very stable, there are a ton of people complaining about the Duet. If only it had S/PDIF and MIDI, I'd probably have already gotten it.

    On paper, the MBox 3 looks great - the right I/O, cheaper than a Duet 2, and supposedly sounds very good. But yeah, I saw some of the reports on QC issues as well as a few problems with people using Logic and their drivers, though I can't tell if it was the new 3rd generation or previous generation boxes.
     
  5. bwhli macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I use an MBox Pro (3rd Generation) at work as an audio interface when I edit video. I'm not sure how the regular MBox compares to the Pro version, but I can tell you the Pro version is very well built and it sounds great too. No driver issues on the Mac Pro as well.
     
  6. richpjr thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks, I picked up the regular one and just got done plugging it in and loading the latest drivers - so far, so good. Wife is out tonight so it's play time!
     
  7. Zach Z macrumors newbie

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    Mbox with Logic 9

    Rich, you've been using the original MBox with Logic 9? I just got both of those, and I can't seem to get the Mbox to communicate with my iMac. I'm running 10.7.3.

    I downloaded the Digi CoreAudio Manager but can't figure out what else I need.
    THanks!!
     
  8. ANTONkoolaid macrumors member

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    Have used MBox (2) and Pro Tools and was always such a hassle and finicky to get it to do what you wanted sometime. Went to Apogee Duet shortly after and never looked back.

    Just got a rMBP and upgraded to the Apogee Duet 2, which is even better than the first firewire iteration.

    What exact I/O connections are you looking for? I have a friend who has a Focusrite 8i6 and she loves it.
     
  9. bwhli macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Focusrite Saffire 40, and haven't had any driver issues on OS X.
     
  10. richpjr thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Sorry, to clarify, I picked up an MBox 3, not an original MBox - works great.

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    The MBox 3 has worked flawlessly for me. I looked long and hard at the Duet 2, but the many reports of driver issues with it scared me away from it.
     

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