Digidesign Mbox 2
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Digidesign Mbox 2 : phraseland's user review
I really like the software bundle even though I don't really need most of it. The most important one is the ProToolsLE along the BombFactory plugins. That by itself justifies the price in my opionion.
I use this MBox with a Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop (2GB RAM, 1.6GHz DualCore) and use it mainly with Cubase. The interface is very straight forward - maybe they could have built a little smaller.
I had one annoying problem though. When I started recording in ProTools everything was fine but in Cubase the interface suddenly shifted the recordings a bit to the left. This would have not been an issue at first but I was recording overdubs for a song I had recorded with my MOTU 2408...all the vocal takes were not synced with the playback! I still don't know why that is but I found a solution. I genereated a MIDI click and recorded that click via my speakers into the MBox again. Then I could see how much the signal was shifted and adjusted the delay time (samples) in the Cubase configuration. As I said it works now - but I have a feeling that it shouldn't be like this...
It seems the preamp has a lot of headroom and I have not really had big issues with clipped signals.
I looked at the M-Audio interfaces and I think they are pretty good as well (maybe even better value for the money). But I put my faith into Digidesign and so far have not been disappointed.