Digidesign Mbox 2

Digidesign Mbox 2

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Mbox 2, USB audio interface from Digidesign.

37 user reviews

Digidesign Mbox 2 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Digidesign
  • Model: Mbox 2
  • Category: USB audio interfaces
  • Added in our database on: 09/02/2005

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Digidesign Mbox 2 user reviews

Average Score:3.2( 3.2/5 based on 37 reviews )
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MGR/AlexV's review"Digidesign Mbox 2"

Digidesign Mbox 2
The Digidesign Mbox 2 is a digital audio interface (A-D converter) with two analog inputs (4 with S/PDIF) and two analog outputs. It is USB powered and has no monitor latency. I am a student, musician, writer, and pretty good line dancer residing in beautiful Nashville, TN. I've been a drummer and guitar player on and off for the past 10 years of my life and have began engineering and producing in the past 4. I currently play drums for the band Brookline and you can see me rockin' an Orange County Drum and Percussion or Mapex kit decked out with Zildjian K Hybrids.

I bought my first Mbox 2 about 5 years ago for right around $450 at Guitar Center in Pittsburgh, PA. I was wanted to set up a small home recording set up on my Macbook Pro.

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The Mbox 2 is the perfect interface for people looking to record voice-overs, scratch tapes, and any other recordings up to 4 simultaneous tracks. The Focusrite pre's are very transparent and I have even done overdubs at home for professional recordings using them. Each of the two channels offers a pad and switch to change from mic to DI. Other controls include; 48v Phantom Power, Mix, monitor, and headphone knobs. The back of the unit has three inputs (XLR or 1/4'[line, or di]), two 1/4' outputs, 1 midi in and 1 midi out, a S/PDIG in and out, and the USB slot. It has very user-friend interface and has never let me down. Syncs perfectly with protools and other programs with the included Digidesign drivers.

There are no VU meters on the actual unit - only a peak light. I have used this unit for 5 years and as a mobile rig for the past 3 years and have found no problems with it. It does what it's supposed to and always functions properly. I have a million more problems with my 003 and HD system and this one never lets me down!

Everything is encased in Digidesign's signature gray and blue casing. Like I said, I have used this as a portable recording rig for a good time and it has been dropped, kicked, and beaten up and still runs great, luckily...

Bottom Line? There is no substitute for the Mbox-Protools combo. They are the industry standard and a great way to get your home studio up and running.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

stompboxjon's review"not for every daw"

Digidesign Mbox 2
The Digidesign Mbox 2 is a great little interface that goes via usb to your computer. It comes with a handle on it for portability when taking it from place to place. Mine came with Pro tools 7 at the time which I absolutely hated with a passion at the time. I am ok with pro tools now, it was just a little to complex for me then.


Well I had no installation problems, but the issue was using it in my daw at the time which was cubase I think. I didn’t want to use Pro tools I wanted to use a daw that I was comfortable with. Digidesign told me it would be a breeze to set it up in cubase but it was far from easy. It took me forever to figure it out and it was still buggy and gave me all sorts of problems during recording.


Getting started was very difficult for me, not too sure if it was just me or what. It was so hard to set this thing up and get it configured. Digidesign failed on this one for me. I have used plenty of there products before but nothing gave me troubles like this one did. Plus I experienced a lot of latency and some very strange feedback and echo noises when using it in cubase and a horrible hum noise that was really loud even after everything was grounded.


Overall, it works pretty good in Pro Tools but that’s if you understand pro tools. Don purchase this if you plan on using on a different daw that doesn’t come with it. You will have major issues plus I think you have to pay for updates which is ridiculous. So if you are a pro tools user you will love this, but if not run away from it and get something better!
Audiofanzine FR03/08/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Digidesign Mbox 2
(Originally written by Fablouis/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Main motivation: Pro Tools!

Applications: audio recording and editing!

I work with a Mini Mac 2 GHz Dual Core...

I use almost only hardware gear (NM G2X, MPC 60, guitar, bass). (Cf http://www.myspace.com/spindlebog)


No installation problems.

Many compatibility problems, but it's Digidesign...

The configuration couldn't be easier.

Great PDF user's manual so you either have two screens or you print it (800 pages).


Drivers ?!?!

Let me make something clear: at Digidesign nothing is free so don't expect any gifts. Most updates must be payed for.


Such latency is a shame for a sound card coming from a company that is always bragging about its DAW knowhow and experience. To be continued!

I can't record two mono tracks simultaneously, probably due to the latency problem (with a 2GHz CPU). Pro Tools LE is like putting a Ferrari motor in a small Clio. It's possible but you need lots of processing resources.


I kept this interface for six months.

Protools is an amazing audio editing software and it gets better with every update (if you have enough money to pay for them). But the interface is not good: it has only two inputs (L/R), it generates a permanent hiss in your monitors, which is luckily inaudible in recordings unless you use plug-ins (in which case the noise is really loud!).

So Pro Tools is great but you must pay a price.

It really sucks as an audio interface, but it's worth buying this awful blue box just to have Pro Tools (even if its the LE version).

If I had the money I would save it for Pro Tools.

moosers's review

Digidesign Mbox 2
I first got the Digidesign Mbox 2 so that I could have a small audio interface that would run Pro Tools, as I like to be able to run Pro Tools wherever I go. While it only has two XLR inputs wit mic pres, it is sometimes all you need when recording a single instrument. For this reason it becomes very handy to have to bring it around and run Pro Tools with the capability of recording anywhere I go. I run it with a Mac Book Pro with a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM. I use it with Pro Tools LE 7.4 and have used it to record everything from vocals to electric guitars, bass guitar and piano. In addition to the 2 XLR mic pre inputs, it also has 1/4 inch DI inputs and outputs for monitors. It also has a MIDI input and output and RCA outputs.


I've never had a problem with the Mbox 2 with my machine. It is easy to use and does the job when trying to record with Pro Tools on the go. The manual is helpful with installation and is nice to have when learning how to use the interface.


I only run the Mbox 2 with Pro Tools as that is what it is designed for. I don't get any latency with recording and you are able to record two tracks at a time. With Pro Tools LE you can run up to 32 mono tracks if your computer can handle it.


I've had an Mbox 2 for about a year and a half and it is great to have around when I want to do some recording with Pro Tools on the go. While the mic preamps aren't all that great, they aren't terrible and capture a very usable sound. While the Mbox Micro 2 will allow you to edit and mix on the go, there is no audio inputs, so even though this is a bit bigger to bring around, you have the capability of recording two tracks at once. While I think all of the Digidesign audio interfaces are a bit overpriced, you can get the Mbox 2 for a good price considering that you need it (or another Digidesign audio interface) to run Pro Tools. While this isn't suitable for the serious audio engineer, it is a useful tool for those who want Pro Tools on a budget or want to use it to gather ideas, or on the go like me!

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