DigiD Mbox 2 9900-37246-00 User Manual

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9900-37246-00
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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. Combining high-performance hardware and award-winning, 
industry-standard Digidesign
®
 Pro Tools LE™ software, Mbox 2 
gives you essential tools to help you realize your creative vision. 
Mbox 2 offers the ease of use, portability, 
and compelling software components of the 
original Mbox while delivering improved sound 
quality, the addition of MIDI input and output, 
more simultaneous inputs, additional free 
software, and a sleek, new design—all still at  
an affordable price. 
Hardware Designed for Performance
Mbox 2 delivers superior sound quality that 
surpasses the sound of almost any other bus-
powered USB-audio interface and rivals much 
more expensive systems. The Mbox 2 hardware 
interface was developed from the ground 
up, exclusively by Digidesign, by the same 
hardware engineers who crafted the top of the 
line Pro Tools|HD
®
 systems and the VENUE live 
sound environment. With newly designed mic 
preamps and new A/D and D/A converters, 
Mbox 2 has an impressive dynamic range that 
translates into much more headroom and a 
significantly lower noise floor. The result is that 
you can record ideas more accurately and play 
them back in greater fidelity than ever before. 
With its small footprint and USB-powered 
design, Mbox 2 is a highly portable Pro Tools
®
workstation, ideal for capturing field recordings 
for post production projects, editing tracks 
from studio sessions, experimenting with mixing 
ideas, or recording song ideas on the go. But 
don’t be fooled by its compact size—Mbox 2 
packs a serious punch. With two analog inputs 
(XLR and 1/4" jacks), two 1/4" analog outputs, 
and two channels of S/PDIF digital I/O, plus  
one MIDI in and one MIDI out port, you have 
all the options you need to capture your 
inspiration. Mbox 2 also allows you to record 
up to four channels simultaneously using both 
analog and digital inputs.* 
Though the internal design reflects an 
evolutionary leap from the original Mbox, 
it is the external physical design that will 
be immediately noticeable. The physical 
design of the Mbox 2 hardware unit is both 
distinctive and functional: It can be positioned 
horizontally or vertically for easy placement. 
Mbox 2 comes with two faceplates, which can 
be swapped using the included hex wrench. 
One faceplate features a handle that makes 
the unit easily portable. When Mbox 2 is 
positioned horizontally, the handle tilts the 
unit up toward the user for fast access to 
controls. In the vertical position, the handle 
adds stability. The second faceplate, which 
offers a rubberized grip, allows Mbox 2 to 
sit flat on a desktop and reduces the space 
required when the unit is packed for traveling.
Features
  Hardware
•  Superior sound quality
•  Four simultaneous inputs with analog and  
digital I/O*
•  Two analog inputs (XLR, 1/4" line, and 1/4"  
instrument/DI jacks) and two analog outputs  
(1/4" jacks)
•  Two channels of S/PDIF digital I/O (RCA)
•  48V phantom power for condenser mics
•  24-bit/48 kHz audio
•  MIDI in/out
•  Zero-latency monitoring
•  100% USB powered
  Software
•  Award-winning Pro Tools LE software 
(Windows XP and Mac OS X)
•  32 simultaneous audio tracks (128 virtual audio 
tracks), expandable to 48 tracks**
•  Integrated MIDI sequencer with 256 simultaneous 
MIDI tracks
•  More than 50 plug-ins, virtual instruments,  
and compatible applications
•  Works with REX and ACID files, and supports 
ReWire audio streaming
•  Beat Detective LE groove analysis and  
correction tool
*Four simultaneous inputs require two channels of digital 
input plus two analog channels.
**Requires optional Music Production Toolkit or DV Toolkit 2
Mbox 2
High-Performance Portable Audio/MIDI Production System