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The Mbox 3 from Digidesign is a high-quality audio interface and recording system that delivers premium-quality audio in a compact and durable design. The Mbox 3 is designed by the same engineering team behind Pro Tools|HD systems to ensure excellent performance. The Mbox 3 connects to your Mac or PC via a USB 2.0 connection and is totally bus-powered. It supports audio rates up to 24-bit/96kHz and has pro-grade circuitry and converters for clean, clear audio.
The Mbox 3 offers a pair of XLR/TRS combo inputs that accept mic or line level signals and provide 48V phantom power to condenser microphones. The box also has a pair of 1/4" DI instrument inputs on the front panel for easy access. A pair of 1/4" monitor outputs let you connect monitor speakers, mixers, or recorders. Stereo S/PDIF digital I/O connectors allow you to connect digital audio devices, while MIDI I/O connectors provide compatibility with a variety of controllers and devices.
The front panel offers a monitor control section with Mono and Dim controls, as well as a gain controls, and an assignable Pro Tools multifunction button for fast access to software functions. A 1/4" headphone jack with a volume control knob provides private monitoring. A large dedicated monitor volume knob gives you easy control over master volume.
Additional features of the Mbox 3 include integrated DSP for flexible cue mixing and reverb effects, a soft-clip limiter that lets you track hot signals without clipping, and a built-in guitar tuner. The Mbox 3 includes Pro Tools LE 8 software, which has over 70 effects and virtual instruments, plus other tools and features for quick and easy music creation. It also comes loaded with drivers that provide compatibility with Logic, Live, Record, Reason, Fruity Loops, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar, and more, allowing you to use your favorite DAW solution.
Compact and durable design for excellent mobility - ideal for use with laptops
4 x 4 simultaneous channels of I/O
USB 2.0 connection for easy connection to Macs and PCs. The Mbox 3 is fully bus-powered for convenience
Pro-grade circuitry and converters for exceptional audio performance
Supports audio rates up to 24-bit/96kHz
Pair of XLR/TRS combo mic/line inputs with 48V phantom power
Pair of front-panel 1/4" DI instrument inputs for easy access
Balanced 1/4" monitor outputs
Stereo S/PDIF digital I/O connectors allow you to connect digital audio devices
MIDI I/O connectors provide compatibility with a variety of controllers and devices
Stereo 1/4" headphone jack with volume control
Monitor control section with Mono and Dim controls, as well as a gain controls, and an assignable Pro Tools multifunction button for fast access to software functions
Large dedicated monitor volume knob
Integrated DSP for flexible cue mixing and reverb effects
Soft-clip limiter lets you track hot signals without clipping to deliver a classic overdriven tape saturation sound. This is the same limiter found in the Pro Tools|HD 192 I/O interface
Built-in guitar tuner lets you tune guitars, basses, and other instruments directly from the interface
Includes Pro Tools LE 8 software with over 70 effects and virtual instruments
Compatible with most major audio software, including Logic, Live, Record, Reason, Fruity Loops, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar, and more
In the Box
Avid Technologies Mbox 3 High-Performance Personal Studio and Recording System
Pro Tools LE 8 Software
1-Year Limited Warranty
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Total # Of Channels
4 x In, 4 x Out (Simultaneous)
2 x In, 2 x Out (Simultaneous Analog I/O)
2 x Instrument DIs
2 x Soft-Clip Limiters (1 on Each Mic Preamp)
1 x Assignable Software Control Button
Mono and Dim Controls
Dedicated Master Volume Knob
2 x XLR/TRS Mic/Line Combo Inputs
2 x 1/4" DI Instrument Inputs
2 x Balanced 1/4" Monitor Outputs
2 x S/PDIF Connectors (I/O)
2 x MIDI Connectors (I/O)
1 x 1/4" Stereo Headphone Jack with Volume Knob
1 x USB 2.0 Port
USB Bus Power
ASIO, Core Audio, WDM, MME, and Multi-Client Drivers
8.87 x 7.56 x 2.32" (22.3 x 19.2 x 5.9cm)
3.31 lbs (1.5kg)
OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or Snow Leopard 10.6.3
1GB RAM (2GB Recommended)
6GB Free Disk Space
Intel Processor (No PowerPC Support)
One Native USB Port PC
Windows XP 32-bit SP3, Windows Vista 32-bit SP2, Windows 7 32-bit Native, or Windows 7 64-bit Native
1GB RAM (2GB Recommended)
5GB Free Disk Space
One Native USB Port
Avid Technologies Mbox 3 High-Performance Personal Studio and Recording System Review