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Mbox 2 Pro and Mbox 2 Pro Factory

Published: Thu September 07, 2006  News Feed

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.


Mbox 2 Pro vs. Mbox 2 Feature Grid
Feature Mbox 2 Pro Mbox 2
Total simultaneous channels of I/O 6 in / 8 out***** 4 in / 2 out*****
Analog inputs 4 2
Analog outputs 6 2
Dedicated monitor outputs Yes (mirrors channels 1 and 2) Yes
Mic preamps 2 2
48V phantom power Yes Yes
Maximum resolution

24-bit/96 kHz****

24-bit/48 kHz
Phono input Yes No
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

**** Mbox 2 Pro does not support external sync at 88.2 and 96 kHz sample rates.
***** Total simultaneous I/O channels require use of both analog and digital I/O.
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