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M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface

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Product Highlights
  • 2 Inputs/2 Outputs
  • 2 Front Panel "Combo" Input Connectors
  • 4 Top-Panel Level Knobs
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • Signal/Clip Indicators
  • 24-bit/48kHz
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Includes Pro Tools SE Software
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/7

The MobilePre Mk II from M-Audio is a USB audio interface that turns a Mac or PC computer into a powerful music recording and production studio. The unit makes it easy to record guitar, vocals, keyboard and more with pristine sound quality. The included Pro Tools SE music creation software is based on the same Pro Tools application used in studios around the world, while the interface also provides broad software compatibility - from Pro Tools M-Powered 8, to GarageBand, Logic, Live, Record and more.

The unit allows for simultaneously recording two sources with 24-bit/48 resolution, while the four convenient top-panel knobs control input gain and output volume. The topology of the unit provides for monitoring and recording without latency at the press of a button. The included easy-to-use Pro Tools SE music recording and creation software lets you create music with up to 24 tracks, and also includes a huge loop library and over 100 virtual instruments to build out your mixes. Add EQ, reverb, and other built-in effects to make your music sound professional.

The MobilePre features switchable +48V phantom power, so you can connect a studio-grade condenser powered microphone for professional-quality recordings. The interface's two-input, two-output design lets you record a vocal microphone and another instrument simultaneously, so you can capture song ideas, or collaborate with other musicians.

MobilePre Audio Interface

2 input, 2 output USB audio interface
24-bit, 44.1/48kHz operation
2 front panel "Combo" input connectors (microphone or instrument)
48V Phantom power for condenser microphones
2 "Front/Back" input selector switches (record via front-panel combo jacks or rear-panel line inputs)
Direct Monitor button
4 top-panel knobs for adjusting input/output levels and headphone volume
2 front panel Signal/Clip indicators
1/4" stereo headphone output with dedicated volume control
2 back panel 1/4" TRS line-level inputs
2 back panel 1/4" TRS balanced line outputs with dedicated output volume control
USB bus powered operation
Class compliant operation
Pro Tools M-Powered compatible

Pro Tools SE Software

Award-winning Pro Tools software with comprehensive composing, recording, editing and mixing features
Mix up to 24 tracks (16 audio tracks, 8 virtual instrument tracks)
Integrated learning tools make it easy to create music
Built-in composing features, including MIDI sequencing and Score editing
Includes over 100 different virtual instruments
Powerful, pro-quality effects including reverb, EQ, and guitar amplifier/distortion effects
Includes over 3GB of audio loops to quickly construct songs and ideas
Easily record up to two instruments at once
Compatible with PC and Mac computers
Converters 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1 and 48kHz
Analog Input 2 x TRS/XLR Combi (front panel)
2 x 1/4" TRS phone Line/Instrument, balanced or unbalance (rear panel)
Analog Output 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Monitor
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Digital Input No
Digital Output No
MIDI In/Out No
Sync In/Out Not applicable
Headphone Output Yes
THD + N Not specified by manufacturer
Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer
Power Requirements USB bus powered
System Requirements Mac:
MobilePre
PowerPC G5 processor or better
OS X 10.5.8 or greater, or 10.6.3 or greater
1GB RAM
Native USB port

Pro Tools SE software
1.8GHz multi-core Intel processor
OS X 10.5.8 or greater, or 10.6.1 or greater
1GB RAM
5400 RPM drive
Adobe Flash Player 10

PC:
MobilePre
Pentium IV 2.0GHz
Windows XP (SP3), Vista 32/64, or Windows 7 32/64
1GB RAM
Native USB port

Pro Tools SE software
1.8GHz multi-core Intel or AMD processor
Windows XP Home (SP3 or greater), Windows XP Pro (SP3 or greater), Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate
2GB RAM for Windows 7 64-bit, 1GB RAM for XP or Windows 7 32-bit
5400 RPM drive
Adobe Flash Player 10

Dimensions (WxDxH) Tabletop enclosure
Specialties Includes Pro Tools SE control software
M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    M-AudioMobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface
     
    4.6

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (23)
    • Easy to install (20)
    • Reliable (20)
    • Good audio quality (18)
    • Good quality (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Music (17)
      • Everyday (11)
      • Multimedia (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional (9), Audiophile (8), Casual user (6), Power user (4), Experienced (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Hardware/Software...

      I'm a musician,and I used to write/record on consoles.
      I haven't done anything musically in about six years.
      My friend recently wanted to do a Podcast,
      so I...Read complete review

      I'm a musician,and I used to write/record on consoles.
      I haven't done anything musically in about six years.
      My friend recently wanted to do a Podcast,
      so I needed an interface, and wanted to get the Pro Tools software.
      I've been unemployed for a year, so couldn't afford the full version, but the SE has everything I need for now, and more.
      There's some great YouTube tutorials to learn the software fast.
      When I'm back to work, I will definitely get the full version. Incredible how far recording and editing has come. M-Audio and Pro Tools are an unbeatable combo...

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Plastic

      This is cheap feeling compared to other interfaces on the market. M-Audio does not even have this interface listed on their web site. I purchased mainly for the software and that was not worth...Read complete review

      This is cheap feeling compared to other interfaces on the market. M-Audio does not even have this interface listed on their web site. I purchased mainly for the software and that was not worth me keeping this cheap interface so I returned and purchased a Focusrite. I did not have any software conflicts with the M-Audio like I've had with the Focusrite Scarlett but I've downloaded some fixes and its fine now. I did not like having the dials on top.

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      5.0

      Simple, Elegant, Completely effective

      By Raktageno

      from Oklahoma City, OK

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Audio Quality
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Multimedia
        • Music

        Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

        I am extremely satisfied with this product. Its dual front and rear inputs make it extremely versatile, while the gain knobs are actually gradual (not 1, 2, 11!). It has a tiny footprint, and definitely pulls its own weight with phantom power. I would definitely recommend this to anyone getting their first preamp.

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        2.0

        Plastic

        By Casey

        from Washington, NC

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Poor Audio Quality

        Best Uses

        • Music

        Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

        This is cheap feeling compared to other interfaces on the market. M-Audio does not even have this interface listed on their web site. I purchased mainly for the software and that was not worth me keeping this cheap interface so I returned and purchased a Focusrite. I did not have any software conflicts with the M-Audio like I've had with the Focusrite Scarlett but I've downloaded some fixes and its fine now. I did not like having the dials on top.

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        5.0

        Easy set up and works right away.

        By rocksculpter

        from Lake Stevens, Wa

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Audio Quality
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Music

          Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

          After having previous issues with compatability with my existing sound card and getting the right drivers the MobilePre took over the job and worked right off. The Pro Tools SE took no time to catch on to and was just plain fun. I'm looking forward to the challange of adding midi to my audio tracks.Good online support and tutorials

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          5.0

          Just what the Doctor ordered!

          By Dr. Bill Your Radio MD

          from Tampa Bay, Florida

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Audio Quality
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

              I needed a USB interface to pipe my radio broadcast from home studio to radio station over Skype. when I tried to use my Tascam US-1800, signal was being received as a stereo signal. To solve this problem I bought the smaller MobilePre Mk II interface and slaved my Tascam US-1800 through the MobilePre Mk II. I can now utilize 8 microphones as well as MIDI inputs and music from another computer for the Broadcast, all into the Tascam US-1800. That way I only use one Out port to the MobilePre. Voila! Station receives clear strong signal in mono. It's seamless and easy. It all Skypes over as mono and delivers an excellent sound to my Engineer at the Station. You can run the MobilePre Mk II in XP but make sure you have the Service Pack 3 installed.

              Dr. Bill Radio M.D.

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              4.0

              Great for Grandchild

              By Charlie

              from Richmond

              About Me Audiophile, Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Audio Quality
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Music

                Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                I have a home studio and wanted to encourage a grandchild who has shown some interest. This unitis just the ticket...good, affordable, non-intimidating. Don't like the software; will teach her another that I am more familiar with.Also, was disappointed you need to spend another$20 to download mp3 capability for the software. Cheap! B&H, by the way, as usual had the best price, best service, best attitude.

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                4.0

                Liked this sound card

                By Chazan

                from Englewood, NJ

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                • Difficult To Install

                Best Uses

                • Multimedia

                Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                This was a replacement purchase for a unit I lost in a move. Overall, I'm happy with the sound card: I like the dials on top but would prefer that you could make volume changes digitally, i.e., why make it analogue when the computer can control that feature...

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                3.0

                MobilePre MkII Adequate input

                By tvelliot

                from New York, NY

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Music

                  Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                  I use the MobilePre to input music into Pro Tools and Garageband.
                  It's great that I can connect my microphone and guitar.
                  It's not so great with correcting latency and the guitar so far is not showing up in Pro Tools. Correctible I hope.

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                  5.0

                  This is a great unit

                  By Johnpa2

                  from Hertford, NC

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Audio Quality
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Music

                    Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                    I use this product to record a radio program into Audacity. Audacity recognized the interface without any input from me and has preformed flawlessly. The quality of the recorded signal is excellent and the finished product sounds great on air.

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                    5.0

                    Gets the Job Done!

                    By John

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Audio Quality
                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Multimedia
                      • Music

                      Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                      I use this interface for home recording projects and for live instrument processing with Max/MSP/Jitter. It is easy to use, durable, and provides high-quality sound with no detectable latency. I highly recommend it!

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                      5.0

                      Great Device

                      By RadioMike

                      from Cliffside Park, NJ

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Audio Quality
                      • Reliable Performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use

                        Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                        First got the $40 Blue Icicle and din't like the quality. This is great! Powered by the USB, 2 Channels plus i can record line level audio. Love it! Sturdy too!

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                        5.0

                        Freaken love it

                        By Leve616

                        from Lake Hopatcong NJ

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Audio Quality
                        • Reliable Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Music

                          Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                          The first day I had this piece of equipment in my hands I had recorded a 7 track song with 4 different instruments. Very easy to figure out and use.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Good portable soundcard

                          By zhorx

                          from Montreal, QC, Canada

                          About Me Audiophile, Gamer, Power user, Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Audio Quality
                          • Reliable Performance

                          Cons

                          • Easy to clip input

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Gaming
                          • Multimedia
                          • Music

                          Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                          This product works as intended, records great and give a clear sound on the output. With front and back connectors, make sure to get yourself some F-RCA to M-1/4 jack MONO adaptors if you want to use the back connectors. Also, make sure your computer is set to a high performance power scheme or you get very bad sound quality. The 4/5 rating is mainly due to the fact that it doesnt take much to make the card clip on the input, make sure to adjust source properly.

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                          4.0

                          Good Interface for the Price

                          By Justin Wilson

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Audio Quality
                          • Reliable Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Music

                            Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                            The MobilePre Mk II is a really good product for small scale projects. M-Audio (Avid) makes wonderful products. The version of Protools that comes with this product is not very useful but it gets small projects done. I would recommend this to anyone getting started with audio recording and editing. Great buy! Also, B&H is a great source for your equipment.

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                            5.0

                            So far so good!

                            By 3

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Audio Quality
                            • Reliable Performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                              Purchased it for ADR for a web series project. We don't have a sound engineer in the studio with us, just our editor, and it has been pretty simple and easy to use.

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                              5.0

                              Great product, Great price

                              By Dj Slacker

                              from New York,NY

                              About Me Audiophile

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Audio Quality
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Music

                                Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                                Easy to set up and works great with my studio monitors

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                                5.0

                                I would suggest this product to others

                                By Kairat aka DJ K-Slide

                                from Almaty, Kazakhstan

                                About Me Audiophile, Dj

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Additional toppanel knobs
                                • Easy To Install
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Audio Quality
                                • Many inputs
                                • Reliable Performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Music

                                  Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                                  Excellent low-price alternative for Fast Track Pro. It's very convenient to install and use. Tried it on Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard. Additional gain and volume top-panel knobs are very useful and add a huge plus to the device. There's a switchable +48V phantom power, so you can connect a condenser mic.
                                  Despite the fact that MobilePre MKII is only 2-channel audio interface it's perfect for home music production. It's even can be used for daily use.
                                  I didn't find any serious disadvantages of MobilePre

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Hardware/Software...

                                  By Spider

                                  from Bethlehem, PA

                                  About Me Casual User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Audio Quality
                                  • Reliable Performance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Music

                                    Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                                    I'm a musician,and I used to write/record on consoles.
                                    I haven't done anything musically in about six years.
                                    My friend recently wanted to do a Podcast,
                                    so I needed an interface, and wanted to get the Pro Tools software.
                                    I've been unemployed for a year, so couldn't afford the full version, but the SE has everything I need for now, and more.
                                    There's some great YouTube tutorials to learn the software fast.
                                    When I'm back to work, I will definitely get the full version. Incredible how far recording and editing has come. M-Audio and Pro Tools are an unbeatable combo...

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                                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Great hardware. Bad software.

                                    By The White Rapper

                                    from athens, ga

                                    About Me Audiophile

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Audio Quality
                                    • Reliable Performance

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Music

                                      Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                                      I love the mobilepre itself: great sound quality, low latency, dual-use inputs. Just an all around awesome product for the price.
                                      But, I had nothing but trouble with the included pro tools se. Feedback and distortion made it impossible to record anything. Switching to ableton live fixed all that.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great, simple unit

                                      By dg27

                                      from Long Island City

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Music

                                        Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                                        I use this to add tracks to other tracks imported from Garageband. No detectable latency, easy setup, easy to use. The entry-level version of Pro Tools that's included is perfect for my needs.

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                                        4.0

                                        Solid behaviour

                                        By Fito

                                        from Singapore

                                        About Me Audiophile, Casual User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Good Audio Quality
                                        • Reliable Performance

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Music

                                          Comments about M-Audio MobilePre Mk II - USB Audio Interface:

                                          I am using it with Mac OS X Lion and works smoothly. Can change from internal audio to the MObilePre without any need to reopen software or anything like that.
                                          Not rating it 5 stars as I think it lacks the possibility to switch off - when i put iMac to sleep the power led still keeps turned on, not sure if it would affect lifetime in anyway but would be better if it would switch off automatically or have a manual switch.

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