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Digidesign Mbox 2 Micro


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  • Micro-sized, anodized aluminum design for on-the-go editing, mixing, and music creation
  • High-quality sound up to 24-bit, 48kHz
  • 1/8-inch stereo output jack for headphone or speaker monitoring
  • Convenient volume wheel for quick headphone adjustments
  • Powered by USB
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0010VQ7WS
  • Item model number: Digidesign Mbox 2 Micro
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,501 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

MBox 2 MicrosideAs the much anticipated answer to one of the top requests from Pro Tools users, ultra-small Mbox 2 Micro enables Pro Tools users to edit, sequence, and mix sessions created on Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered systems on the go, as well as compose music with virtual instruments and loops.

About the size of a typical USB flash drive, Mbox 2 Micro offers high-quality 24-bit / 48 kHz sound, a 1/8-inch stereo output for headphone or speaker monitoring (no audio inputs*), and a convenient volume wheel, providing you with the freedom of true editing, sequencing, and mixing mobility. Whether you’re looking to work on studio-created or live sound Pro Tools sessions on the go, or create loop-based or virtual instrument-driven music, Mbox 2 Micro lets you work wherever inspiration takes you.

* Mbox 2 Micro features analog outputs only. For a Pro Tools LE analog recording solution, check out the Mbox 2 Mini, or another member of the Mbox 2 or 003 families.

Hardware

MBox 2 MicrolaptopMbox 2 Micro sports a slick yet rugged anodized aluminum casing that’s small enough to fit in any size pocket, making it the ultimate mobile Pro Tools editing and mixing solution.

  • Ultra-portable, anodized aluminum design for on-the-go editing, mixing, and music creation
  • High-quality sound up to 24-bit, 48 kHz (higher sample rates require pre-conversion)
  • 1/8-inch stereo output jack for headphone or speaker monitoring (no audio inputs*)
  • Convenient volume wheel for quick headphone adjustments
  • Powered by USB (USB 1.1 connection, includes USB extension cable)

* Mbox 2 Micro features analog outputs only. If you’re looking to record vocals, real instruments, or sound from other devices, check out the analog and digital inputs available on other Avid products in the Pro Tools LE family.

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Software

Pro Tools software is used in countless professional studios around the world, and includes all the tools you need to easily compose, record, edit, mix, and master your projects with pro results — every time.

New in Pro Tools 8 software

Key Features

  • Award-winning Pro Tools recording, editing, and mixing
  • 48 simultaneous stereo audio tracks (expandable with Toolkit options)
  • Includes dozens of pro effects processing plug-ins and virtual instruments
  • Professional MIDI sequencing with dedicated MIDI Editor window
  • Integrated Score Editor based on award-winning Sibelius notation software
  • Full Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch to easily adjust timing and pitch on your tracks
  • Unique Beat Detective LE automatic groove analysis and correction tool
  • ReWire support for streaming your favorite applications right into Pro Tools
  • Support for the Command|8 control surface
  • Huge selection of compatible third-party plug-ins and software options
  • Works on Windows and Mac computers

Bundled Plug-ins

Pro Tools software includes a comprehensive bundle of amazing virtual instruments, effects, and utility plug-ins.

Virtual Instruments
  • Boom drum machine and sequencer
  • DB-33 tonewheel organ emulator with rotating speaker simulation
  • Mini Grand acoustic grand piano
  • Vacuum monophonic vacuum tube synthesizer
  • Xpand!2 multitimbral synth and sample workstation
  • Structure Free sample player
Effects, Sound-Processing, Utility Plug-ins
  • 1-Band EQ III
  • 4-Band EQ III
  • 7-Band EQ III
  • AIR Chorus
  • AIR Distortion
  • AIR Dynamic Delay
  • AIR Enhancer
  • AIR Ensemble
  • AIR Filter Gate
  • AIR Flanger
  • AIR Frequency Shifter
  • AIR FuzzWah
  • AIR KillEQ
  • AIR Lo-Fi
  • AIR MultiChorus
  • AIR Multi-Delay
  • AIR Nonlinear Reverb
  • AIR Phaser
  • AIR Reverb
  • AIR Spring Reverb
  • AIR StereoWidth
  • AIR Talkbox
  • AIR Vintage Filter
  • BF76 Compressor
  • BF Essential Clip Remover
  • BF Essential Correlation Meter
  • BF Essential Meter Bridge
  • BF Essential Noise Meter
  • Celemony Melodyne Essential
  • Chorus
  • Click
  • Compressor/Limiter
  • D-Verb
  • DC Offset Removal
  • De-Esser
  • Delay
  • DigiReWire
  • Dither
  • Duplicate
  • Eleven Free
  • Expander/Gate
  • Extra Long Delay II
  • Flanger
  • Gain
  • Invert
  • Lo-Fi
  • Long Delay II
  • Maxim
  • Medium Delay II
  • Multi-Tap Delay
  • Normalize
  • Ping-Pong Delay
  • Pitch
  • Pitch Shift
  • POWr Dither
  • Recti-Fi
  • Reverse
  • SansAmp
  • Sci-Fi
  • Signal Generator
  • Short Delay II
  • Slap Delay II
  • Time Compression Expansion
  • Time Shift
  • TL AutoPan
  • TL InTune
  • TL MasterMeter
  • TL Metro
  • Trim
  • Vari-Fi

Specifications

Audio Outputs   Digital Specifications
Connector: One 1/8” stereo jack
(for headphone or speaker monitoring) with volume control
Maximum Output: +3 dBV into 600 Ohms
Frequency Response: -2/+0 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Dynamic Range: 103 dB A-weighted (THD+N: 0.002%)
  Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48 kHz
Maximum Word Length: 24 bit
Host Connection: One USB 1.1 type A connector (extension cable included)
Size / Weight / Power
Height: 3-1/2”
Width: 1-1/4”
Depth: 7/16”
  Weight: 1.2 oz.
Power Requirements: Powered by USB bus only

System Requirements

  • Avid-qualified Mac or Windows computer
  • Minimum 1 GB of RAM
  • DVD-ROM or equivalent optical drive for software installation
  • Available USB port for Mbox 2 Micro system (USB hubs not supported)



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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lev Zhurbin on April 23, 2010
I don't like to complain, especially about Digidesign (a.k.a. Avid) products, which generally do what they're meant to do quite well.

Most if not all other DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) programs have limited copy protection or use a USB-powered copy-protection "dongle" to verify an authentic installation. In exchange, they let you use any audio interface you'd like. ProTools LE, made by Digidesign, is free software -- free, that is, if you purchase an audio interface made by Digidesign or M-Audio, such as the mBox family.

And so, Digidesign had a problem - in trying to create a portable version of ProTools, they had to create some sort of tiny "audio interface" that would somehow handle audio and authorize the DAW software, and be worth about $250.

There are very few good things about this mBox 2 micro: it lets you edit in ProTools while you are traveling, it's really small and weighs nothing. It's USB-powered. That's it.

On the other hand, there is a litany of mediocre facts about the mBox 2 Micro, which you should consider before buying:
1) At the present moment, it's not hot-swappable, at least not on a Mac -- that is to say, if you try to insert it into a USB port while your Mac is already powered on, the mBox 2 Micro *will crash your computer* while you shut down. To work around this, you have to shut down your Mac each time you move from location to location. Sound convenient?

2) Its design is downright terrible. The mBox 2 Micro consits of three pieces: the mBox micro itself, a short USB extension cable, and a little plastic cap, which protects the USB interface when it's not in use. You'll likely need to use the USB extension cable if you're connecting to any Mac laptop, as the "Micro" is too wide to fit into any of the slots.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Dire Maker on August 26, 2009
The first issue you have to address when considering this product is do you actually need or have a use for it? As I compose music the answer for me was yes, when I am outside of the studio or home I needed a way to create music. This device is very handy if you have a laptop and you don't need to record anything yourself. It is create for writing midi tracks and playing with loops or other various activities like adding effects to your pre recorded tracks. This is an instrument to make your current rig much more mobile and that's about it. I enjoy taking my laptop outside and just writing a midi track to the beautiful scenery. This device actually makes me want to take a train to work because I would just be more productive. Also it is a great way to upgrade your pro tools system if you haven't made the jump to 8.0. If you have I would suggest waiting until the next update unless you are in dire need of writing or mixing away from your stationary rig.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard on February 9, 2012
I inherited one of these devices.
This is an amazing product from an amazing company.
Avid has created a device that on a dollar per gram basis is probably the most expensive audio interface known to man. It does not provide most audio interface functions. If you think about it (!) it actually does not provide one function that is not already available on your laptop, and you would not need it at all if you used any other DAW product. This is the story with Pro-Tools, the must have product for "pro" tools.
Buy one of these now. It is an IQ test.
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