The New Family of Avid's MBox 3


The third generation of Avid's popular Pro Tools MBox was just announced. The new units feature a completely redesigned construction, guaranteed compatibility with all major audio applications and expanded capabilities. Check out this post for a first look at the new MBox 3 Mini, MBox 3 and MBox 3 Pro and for a comprehensive breakdown of the new features.

The last-generation MBoxes were built like tanks, but it's safe to say that the new generation ones are built like missile-proof monster tanks. Here's a little taste of the new features... The new MBox 3 Mini has a more intuitive layout of its controls and an easy to find, oversized master volume control knob. The MBox 3 received a speed upgrade with its new USB 2.0 connectivity and onboard DSP effects. The new MBox 3 Pro features four 8-segment LED meters and the ability to monitor three different sets of speakers.

The new MBoxes come with Pro Tools LE 8 recording software, which features over 70 effects and virtual instruments. All of the new MBox 3 interfaces also ship with dedicated drivers for all of the major audio/MIDI digital audio workstation software (such as Logic, Live, Nuendo, etc.). This guarantees that the hardware will play well with all flavors of audio-production software. Here's a more detailed look at the three new MBoxes.

The MBox 3 Mini

1 x XLR & 1/4" Combo Input (with mic preamp and +48V phantom power)

2 x 1/4" Instrument DI inputs (one switches to a line input)

2 simultaneous inputs

2 simultaneous outputs

24-bit 48 kHz resolution

USB 1.1 connectivity

Bus-powered from USB port

The MBox 3

2 x XLR & 1/4" Combo Inputs (with mic preamps and +48V phantom power)

2 x 1/4" instrument DI inputs on front panel

4 simultaneous inputs

4 simultaneous outputs

Stereo S/PDIF digital input and output

MIDI in and out

24-bit 96 kHz resolution

USB 2.0 connectivity

Bus-powered from USB port

Built-in guitar tuner

Onboard DSP for cue mixing and reverb

Assignable multifunction software control button

The MBox 3 Pro

4 x mic inputs (4 preamps, +48V phantom power, 2 inputs Combo with DI, 2 XLR)

4 x 1/4" TRS line inputs

8 simultaneous inputs

8 simultaneous outputs

2 unbalanced alternative line inputs (2 RCA and 1/8" mini)

Stereo S/PDIF digital input and output

MIDI in and out

Word clock I/O

24-bit 192 kHz resolution (96 kHz limit with Pro Tools LE, 192 kHz with other DAW software)

FireWire connectivity

Built-In guitar tuner

Onboard DSP for cue mixing and reverb

Assignable multifunction software control button

Monitor control section (Mono, Mute, Dim, Alt Source and A/B/C speaker switch)

Thanks for checking out this B&H Insights post! What do you think about the new design of the MBox? We'd love to read your opinions in the Comments section below.

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How do you get the hardware side of the Mbox Pro mixer to read the signal for the DSP processing? 

how do you connect midi and spdif to the new mbox pro it doesnt have tradtional midi inputs or outputs or spdif input/ouputs can someone help me understand the new connection and how to connect my midi cables to it?????????

 Must have......the new......avid pro tools mbox mini......aaaaaaaagh!

Man these look so awesome. I'm really happy that they did

something about the bad sounding circuits/Ad converters. I think

it shows that they care about feedback.

Cool roundup.

Nice blog post, Sam. I made a similar one myself, with a grid of all the differences between the Mbox 3 Mini, Mbox 3, and Mbox 3 Pro. If you want, you can check it out here:!-Complete-Overview-(Avid-Digidesign-Pro-Tools)