Why use the Mbox Avid?

Read on to find out why you should be using this device

The Mbox by Avid is a interface device released by the Avid brand. The 2 and 1 series devices were released under the Digidesign brand, but following the phasing out of the Digidesign brand in 2011, all future devices are being released under the Avid-related brand name.

So what is the device? It is an interface device used to connect analog sound sources to your computer (such as guitars, microphones and other instruments). The Mbox has a number of high quality filters and a range of audio input methods, so it's easy to get up and going with the device.

It also comes with a number of settings and features to enable audio technicians to achieve the quality and character of sound they desire, regardless of their technical set-up. This includes things like soft limiters on the inputs, scalable gain and phantom power for Mics.

But what makes the device so great for small recording set-ups? Afterall, this is a competitive space, and there are plenty of other options for aspiring home recording technicians. Read on to find out more.

There are a number of killer traits that make the Avid Mbox the right recording interface for all purposes.

To start off with, one of the awesome features of the device is that it can handle 4x4 simultaneous channels of input. This is particularly handy for recording stereo sound, or drum tracks.

The device also has extensive MIDI support. This is great news for those that wish to either input or output MIDI in Pro Tools. Which brings us to another great benefit of the device: it is software agnostic. This means that you DO NOT have to use Pro Tools for your audio editing. You can use any ASIO compatible recording software, such as Cubase or Reason.

The Mbox also comes with it's own built-in onboard DSP. Using this you can achieve great audio effects without any third-party signal processing or digital manipulation of the input waveforms.

The unit is powered and connected via USB 2.0, so it's highly portable. Perfect for those "on-the-road" recording sessions where you just have an instrument, a laptop and your interface device.

Reason enough to purchase the device is that it comes with a free copy of Pro Tools LE - the perfect entry point for aspiring recording technicians. The great thing about this is that you'll be learning how to record using an industry standard piece of software. It's incredibly easy to scale up to more expensive software packages after spending some time learning Pro Tools LE.

And do you need a little more (or a little less) grunt? Then you're in luck - Avid also offer a scaled-back version of the device called the "Mini". For more channels, higher sound quality and a wider range of features, professional recording studios can use the "Mbox Pro" - the big brother of the standard device.

So in summary, the Mbox is an excellent device with some killer core features that make it an excellent choice for anyone doing recording - either in a professional or an amateur environment.