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Digidesign Mbox 2 and Mbox 2 Factory will be available soon...

Published: Fri September 02, 2005  News Feed

The Digidesign Mbox 2 audio/MIDI production system improves on the best-selling Mbox with better sound quality, the addition of MIDI ports, and much more. The Mbox 2 Factory bundle offers additional plug-ins and an iLok USB Smart Key. Both Mbox 2 and Mbox 2 Factory include the all-new Pro Tools Ignition Pack creation and production bundle.

What is Mbox 2

Mbox 2™ is a next-generation USB-powered audio/MIDI production system that builds on the performance and simplicity of the original Mbox® - Digidesign’s most popular personal studio product ever. Featuring a wide range of connection options - including analogue, digital, and MIDI I/O - Mbox 2 delivers professional performance in an incredibly compact package. Mbox 2 also includes award-winning, easy-to-use Digidesign® Pro Tools LE™ software, offering many of the same features that top studios rely on to record, edit, mix, and master commercial albums and blockbuster film sound. In addition, Mbox 2 includes the Pro Tools Ignition Pack™, which features several powerful plug-ins, applications, and additional tools to help customers professionally produce and promote their music. With the addition of the Pro Tools Ignition Pack, Mbox 2 includes more than 50 plug-ins and instruments.

Mbox 2 Product Features

Though much of the focus of Mbox 2 will be centred on the new industrial design of the hardware, one of the most compelling aspects of the product is that it comes with the Pro Tools Ignition Pack - an impressive array of free, powerful, and fully functioning (i.e., not demos) third-party creative software plug-ins, applications, and tools from some of the biggest names in the industry.

Hardware Features

  • Superior sonic performance 
  • 100% USB powered for maximum portability
  • 2 analogue inputs (XLR and ¼\" jacks) & 2 analogue outputs (¼\" jacks)
  • 2 channels of S/PDIF digital I/O (RCA) 
  • 4 simultaneous channels of input using both analogue and digital I/O*
  • 1 MIDI input & 1 MIDI output (16 channels in/16 channels out)
  • Zero-latency monitoring 
  • 48V phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Separate source selection and gain control per channel 
  •  Headphone output with dedicated volume control 
  • Dedicated studio monitor volume control
  • True multi-client audio/MIDI drivers (Mac OS X only; Windows XP drivers coming soon)

* Four simultaneous inputs require two channels of digital input plus two analogue channels

Software Features

  • Includes award-winning Pro Tools LE recording, editing, and mixing software, featuring:
    -  32 simultaneous audio tracks (128 virtual audio tracks)
    -  Fully integrated MIDI sequencing with 256 simultaneous MIDI tracks
    -  The ability to stream ReWire applications into Pro Tools LE for further mixing and processing
    -  Unique Beat Detective™ LE automatic groove analysis and correction tool
    -  37 DigiRack™ plug-ins, including EQ, dynamics, delays, reverb, and much more
    - o 7 professional Bomb Factory® plug-ins
  • Compatibility with Windows XP and Mac OS X computers
  • Includes the Pro Tools Ignition Pack (see below for more info)
  • Supports the Digidesign Command|8™ control surface for hands-on mixing
  • Huge selection of compatible third-party plug-ins and software options

Pro Tools Ignition Pack

The Pro Tools Ignition Pack is the name we’ve given to the bundle of free software and other tools that come with Mbox 2 (including a free Pro Tools® instructional DVD!). Actually, this pack is not exclusive to Mbox 2 - it will be included with all Pro Tools|HD® and Pro Tools LE systems. The Pro Tools Ignition Pack includes:

  • Propellerhead Software Reason Adapted 3
  • Ableton Live Lite 4 Digidesign Edition
  • FXpansion BFD Lite
  • IK Multimedia SampleTank 2 SE
  • IK Multimedia AmpliTube LE
  • IK Multimedia T-RackS EQ
  • Celemony Melodyne uno essential
  • Pro Tools Method One™ instructional DVD
  • Bunker 8 REX File CD
  • One-year membership to Broadjam.com

For more information about the contents of the Pro Tools Ignition Pack, please refer to the Pro Tools Ignition Pack Product Announcement you recently received.

Mbox 2 Improvements Over the Original Mbox

Mbox 2 is the follow-up to the successful Mbox, with some key improvements. Mbox was an enormous success for Digidesign thanks to its ease-of-use, integration with Pro Tools software, great sonic characteristics, and affordable price point. We at Digidesign listened to our customers and created a new, improved Mbox based on that feedback. Mbox 2 sounds better (on input and output), has integrated MIDI ports, more simultaneous audio I/O, more free value-added software and tools, and a sleek new, more flexible industrial design.

Detailed Key Improvements in Mbox 2 vs. the Original Mbox

  • Improved sound quality: Mbox 2 delivers superior sound quality that easily surpasses the sound of almost any other bus-powered USB-audio interface. Mbox 2 features newly designed mic preamps (designed by Digidesign) and new A/D and D/A converters, offering an impressive dynamic range that translates into much more headroom and a significantly lower noise floor. The result is that Mbox 2 users can record ideas more accurately and play them back in greater fidelity than ever before.
  • MIDI in/out: Unlike the original Mbox, Mbox 2 features a MIDI in/out port, offering improved integration with MIDI controllers, hardware synthesizers and samplers, and virtual instruments.
  • More tools: Mbox 2 includes more free software and tools than the original Mbox, including the new Pro Tools Ignition Pack. With Mbox 2, customers have more powerful software applications, plug-ins, and other valuable tools to start creating right out of the box.
  • More simultaneous inputs: Unlike the original Mbox, Mbox 2 enables users to use the two analogue inputs in conjunction with the two channels of S/PDIF digital input on the unit to achieve four simultaneous channels of audio input.
  • More flexible industrial design: Mbox 2 features a sleek, more practical and flexible design that allows the unit to lie down flat, sit with a convenient upwards tilt for easy access to the front panel controls, or simply stand vertically to fit smaller workspaces.

Mbox 2 Factory

Digidesign currently anticipates that the Mbox 2 Factory bundle will ship concurrently with Mbox 2. The Mbox 2 Factory includes more than £650/€950 in plug-ins for only £60/€85 more than Mbox 2, offering a great value for customers. The Mbox 2 Factory includes a complete Mbox 2 system plus an iLok USB Smart Key and the following additional pre-authorized Digidesign and Bomb Factory plug-ins:

  • Digidesign Maxim™: A must-have, world-class peak limiting and sound level maximizing plug-in that optimizes the overall level of audio input while preserving the integrity of the original sound.
  • Bomb Factory moogerfooger® Analogue Delay: A warm delay meticulously based on Bob Moog’s classic analogue design.
  • Bomb Factory JOEMEEK® SC2™ Compressor: A compressor with a unique edge, modelled after hardware units used by top producers around the globe.
  • Bomb Factory JOEMEEK VC5™ Meequalizer®: An equalizer that recreates a custom Joe Meek box that featured a treble and bass circuit with a sweepable mid control.
  • Bomb Factory Cosmonaut Voice™: An “out-of-this-world” plug-in that offers a telephone voice, interplanetary effects, distortion, squelch, and even an authentic tone culled from recently declassified Russian space footage, all through a funky-looking interface.

System Requirements and Compatibility

A Digidesign-approved computer running Windows XP or Mac OS X**


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