The M-Audio Black Box was an all in one little jam station. The thing could do all kinds of stuff from drum loops, crazy effects, guitar modeling and more. It was super versatile, but it was only sold for a short period of time for whatever reason. To get the most out of it, you really need to hook up some sort of MIDI board to it or something as there are so many things you can do with it that it's very limiting to have to keep pressing those small buttons on the interface all the time.
The device itself is decent in terms of the way it's set up. If I wanted, I could simply put this through my amp's loop and run a few basic effects. That would work out nicely. Another thing I could do is have it act as a preamp and use my tube amps as a poweramp. There are tons of drum loops and stuff you can program, too. On top of all of that, you can even tune your guitar with this device. Scrolling through all the menus can be a bit of a pain, but I'm not exactly Mr. Tweaker here. I like simple setups most of the time. The less menu scrolling I have to do, the better. I never read the manual, so I can't comment on that.
The sound was pretty decent. There wasn't anything mind blowing going on here, but it didn't really sound bad. It sounded on par with a POD or any other modeler device like that. The thing that made this stand out was the drum loops. Those gave you that extra little bit that the other modeler devices out there didn't have. That's not to say the drum loops and programming are awesome; they're mediocre. However, it can work great for those who want some sort of all-in-one solution.
These can be pretty hard to find, but if you find one at a cheap price and need some sort of carry along solution to go with you when you travel, it could work out nicely. Everything sounds pretty decent, but it still sounds like a modeler. If you don't mind that aspect, check it out. You might be surprised.
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angel212's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Ptite after a half an hour on, definitely, we will refuse to connect the device to a speaker, the sound of the drum machine comes out very badly, more tempo is not simple to adjust (tap tempo button)
the sounds are flat, and there is po vi lamp, ms remains of a very good quality kind pod, and a modifiable st apparently wish ...
for a first grip, this material is dedi certe for scratch ki WISH work at home, possibility to connect pedals on for a stage play eventullement ptite.
I repeat, I do not have it enormously inch test, so after the next episode of soon, I'll have the test substance.
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lcourni's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
m'interresse which is that this product includes several other I needed:
- A sound card for low latency (the black box is also a sound card)
- An amp simulator, playing live on my PC
- An interface compatible noon to make the best use of my software edition of his
I will use for the demo enrigistrer and work pieces home. Just to remember and find plans, I have no quality required of professional recording. I also think to use it as extra effects pedals (delay, flanger ...) on my marshall.
config: motherboard Asus low-end AMD Athlon 1.5, 512 ram, small office Altec Lansing speakers.
I use the black box with my les paul junior electric guitar (1 p-90), a microphone singing ... The box plugs into USB on the computer and mini jack (with adapter) on my speakers.
Installation is very easy but you have to think:
- Do not connect the box on the computer before you install the drivers
- Plugged into the speakers (I thought the sound could go through the USB)
runs after all ...
incompatibility: not yet
configuration is a little difficult at first ... we must get used to it but ultimately it's pretty well done
manual (paper) is tiny and barely complete PDF ... but just understand most of the functions.
There is a software that comes with (Ableton Live Lite 4 GTR) is the pleasant surprise of the purchase, it is nice trs.
You can also export / import presets and drum patterns (I think) I have yet to test but promises ca.
Latency: 5 ms! it's pretty good, he did it to the fact that the box is its own sound card.
What I like most:
the amp sounds good modliss, the solution for the complte music edition (amp + sound card + software)
rhythms are ways, apparently you can not schedule sequences of patterns.
sometimes sound far too abruptly the guitar, especially when one does not delay.
some poorly amp models.
quality price: a bit too expensive (250 euros seem more reasonable)
but overall I'm happy trs.
Ah yes, obviously it is amp apartment, connected to a computer, a stereo, headphones, no problem.
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imrryr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
WARNING! ONLY WITH FIRMWARE 2 !!!!!!!!!!!
PUT YOUR Bécanne A DAY!
40 virtual amp MODELS
100 drum patterns and guitar tuner Intgr
bote synchroniss effects and rhythms on the tap tempo or external MIDI clock
USB audio interface with 24-bit S / PDIF output / RCA / headphone / microphone!
40 modlisations virtual guitar amp and bass, with CONTRL saturation and tone programmable MODELS bases on the following *:
Fender Deluxe Reverb
Marshall Plexi Super Lead 100
Roland Jazz Chorus
Mesa Boogie Mark IIc
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
Bogner Uberschall Diezel VH4
Peavey 5150 MkII
Gallien-Krueger 800RB SWR SM-500
121 unique filter effects and modulation, including:
many effects on the tempo synchroniss
filter synchronized to the tempo random image
flanger synchronized to the tempo latory
squence of arpges
wah pedals talk box
PDAL of talk box
effects science fiction
MIDI CONTRL or filter
delay effect synchronized to the tempo of CONTRL spar with hard rptition and volume of notes
rverb with five types of rooms
100 drum patterns
treating effects guitar, microphone or batteries
effects and rhythm box synchroniss the tap tempo or external MIDI clock
100 factory presets, 100 user presets
USB audio interface Intgr (24-bit/44, 1kHz)
between 6.35 mm with guitar volume CONTRL
pramplificateur microphone (XLR)
LED for the signal and the inputs crtage
6.35 mm headphone jack
symtriques outputs (TRS 6.35 mm)
numrique output S / PDIF (24-bit/44, 1kHz)
intgrbr tuner /> between expression pedals for amplification gain, wah, delay volume, delay of rptitions, depth effects, etc. traitnon-related.
two inputs for momentary pedals support tap tempo, enabling laccordeur, select the preset, etc..
Analog direct monitoring
9V AC power connection (included)
includes Ableton Live Lite 4 GTR
phew ..... y '! not always of great quality, but y '
the blackbox are sold in a firmware not good at all! or of the many dceptions! upgrade, has become a beautiful machine in the end!
I put 7 because he must pay an accessory (pdalier) in addition to change the preset in-game!
Configuration le in dpart (PSE I my words!)
dj z'avez seen all the presets (100) to plant a multi-effects with a delay Inrush ?????? and the sound is cut because of a noise-gate rgl donf too??
a stew when you plug it the very first time!
Fortunately my seller knew and told me to test it back a week before possibly make! otherwise it would DGIG!
Manual clear, but functions as supplmentaires implementations each time day (2 for the short time I have!) must juggle the buttons to find the new (ex : compressor / rverbes / mdiums ....) So, moderately empty, take time to remember everything, but not insurmountable either! the manual is updated every updates! good point! in any case they chau not in m-audio!
The trick of this machine is unique sync effects on the tempo!
simus otherwise have been good since the updates, specially mention the Soldano makes terrible as I rgl! jcm 2000 and diesel nice too! the delays are Settings, the compressor (new) is his work and honntement rglage of mdiums missing as is the! phew!
RESOLUTION large black dot: the noise-gate that silent shit up Submitted! ca-y-is! it is workable and that sustain the natural and income !!!!! ca c'tait least in the large original firmware!
presets battery bofbof better than the ticking of a trs mtronome but not exciting or programmable! against it by mixing the low volume guitar / mic from the battery and it's cool to have a good mix! the day the battery is programmed, the BB will become deadly!
sounds clean, I have not yet sought ben
I record it with Ableton, I use krystal-audio, for what I do is not enough and complicated!
the overall sound quality normment progress as and when the updates!! really! this product has become trs cool today, but it's clear that it is configured by the factory and pigs there have the due !!!!!!
It's been two months that I possde, although it evolves, because I really thought me a Sparer momment!
in the end, the successive updates have made this product justice!
I care about the amount of effects and amps, I have what I wanted, 2 / 3 distos well couillues grain trs pais! I!
the delay is adjustable with rev up the tempo, it's great!
there are some default, but all in all, good product all in one!
on the other hand I not connect an amp! (I have what it takes) I think that the rest of the computer music! not an amp for prampe! seen like that, it should not (more!) dcevoir!