Mbox 2 Pro and Mbox 2 Pro Factory
Mbox 2 Pro is a new, portable, audio/MIDI production system from Digidesign® that is available now. Building on the same industrial design of the Mbox 2, Mbox 2 Pro takes the system to the next level, providing high-speed FireWire-powered connectivity, more simultaneous audio I/O and connection options, and studio-grade 24-bit/96 kHz resolution to deliver high-definition audio in a compact, easy-to-use interface. Plus it offers professional features, including MIDI Time Stamping support, Word Clock I/O, and dedicated studio monitor outputs.
Mbox 2 Pro includes award-winning, easy-to-use Pro Tools LE™ software, offering many of the same features that top studios rely on to compose, record, edit, mix, and master Grammy®-winning albums and Academy Award®–winning film sound. It also comes with over 50 bundled plug-ins and applications, including DigiRack™ plug-ins, Bomb Factory® plug-ins, Xpand!™ sampleplayback/ synthesis workstation, and Pro Tools Ignition Pack™.
Mbox 2 Pro Factory includes the same hardware and software bundle as Mbox 2 Pro but adds five additional Digidesign and Bomb Factory plug-ins (worth over £600) and an iLok USB Smart Key.
Key Differences between Mbox 2 Pro and Mbox 2
The following are the differences between Mbox 2 Pro and Mbox 2 (for a more detailed list of specifics, please see the Mbox 2 Pro vs. Mbox 2 Feature Grid below):
- More I/O: Mbox 2 Pro supports more simultaneous I/O than Mbox 2.
- Higher sample rates: Mbox 2 Pro supports up to 96 kHz sample rates****; Mbox 2 only supports up to 48 kHz sample rates.
- MIDI Time Stamping support: Mbox 2 Pro supports MIDI Time Stamping (MTS) for highly accurate MIDI timing; Mbox 2 does not support MTS.
- Phono preamp: Mbox 2 Pro features a phono preamp, allowing for direct connection of a turntable; Mbox 2 does not have a phono preamp.
- Word Clock I/O: Mbox 2 Pro features Word Clock I/O ports to easily lock to external sources; Mbox 2 does not include Word Clock I/O ports.
|Feature||Mbox 2 Pro||Mbox 2|
|Total simultaneous channels of I/O||6 in / 8 out*****||4 in / 2 out*****|
|Dedicated monitor outputs||Yes (mirrors channels 1 and 2)||Yes|
|48V phantom power||Yes||Yes|
|Stereo S/PDIF digital I/O||Yes (RCA)||Yes (RCA)|
|MIDI in/out||1 in / 1 out (16 channels in and 16 channels out)||1 in / 1 out (16 channels in and 16 channels out)|
|MIDI Time Stamping support||Yes||No|
|Word Clock I/O||Yes||No|
|Headphone outputs||2 stereo headphone outputs
with independent level controls and alternate source switch
|1 stereo headphone output with dedicated level control|
|Connection||FireWire (IEEE-1394)||USB 1.1|
|Power source||Powered by FireWire or included power supply||Powered by USB bus only|
|Digidesign control surfaces
|Command|8, Control|24||Command|8, Control|24|
|Pro Tools LE software||Yes||Yes|
|Pro Tools Ignition Pack||Yes||Yes|
|Third-party drivers||ASIO, Core Audio, Wave||ASIO, Core Audio, Wave|
***** Total simultaneous I/O channels require use of both analog and digital I/O.