Mbox 2 Pro Microphone stand

Digidesign's upgraded Mbox series is a nice hearty platform for the audio editor looking to go pro but requires additional components to work best.

Having edited with Avid for many years, and Pro Tools coming from the same company, it all seemed so simple: I would write a review on the new Mbox 2. However, while I have edited with Avid and other video editing tools for many years, I have somehow managed to escape Pro Tools, instead performing my audio editing on another product.

So with some trepidation, I took on the new Digidesign Mbox 2, a USB powered portable mixer/input device. Included with the Mbox 2 is the Pro Tools LE software package and a USB cable. The Mbox 2 has two input positions, each capable of accepting a microphone via XLR, line input via 1/4" phone plug (TRS), or a direct input also via 1/4" phone plug (TS) from guitar, etc. Each input position features a volume control, a -30dB pad and the ability to provide 48v phantom power. It should be noted that the Mbox 2 draws its power from its USB 2.0 connection, so according to the manufacturer, USB hubs are not supported.

Out of the Box

The front panel has (from left to right), the 1/4" headphone jack, headphone volume control, monitor volume control, mix, which controls the amount of input signal verses the output signal going to your monitor or headphones, a mono/ stereo switch (labeled mono for the indent position), the 48V phantom power switch, each with LED indicators for the mono mode and 48V mode. There are also the two input strips, each with the -30dB pad and a mic/direct input switch. Each input has peak indicators, and direct input or DI/Mic LED indicators. You can run a total of two mic, line or DI inputs as well as another stereo input via the S/PDIF connection.

On the back panel, 1/4" phone plug monitor L-R outputs, S/PDIF in and out (RCA/Coax), MIDI in and out and the USB connector.

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