By Andrew Liszewski
Digidesign and Avid are pretty much the big players when it comes to professional audio and video editing. And while high-end systems running their software can cost hundreds of thousand of dollars, in recent years they’ve started providing more affordable editing solutions for portable systems like laptops. The Mbox 2 Micro is the smallest member of their Mbox 2 family and provides a convenient way to get high-quality audio output from your laptop, which is essential when editing or mixing audio.
About the size of a typical USB flash drive, Mbox 2 Micro offers high-quality 24-bit / 48 kHz sound, a 1/8-inch stereo output for headphone or speaker monitoring (no audio inputs*), and a convenient volume wheel, providing you with the freedom of true editing, sequencing, and mixing mobility. Whether you’re looking to work on studio-created or live sound Pro Tools sessions on the go, or create loop-based or virtual instrument-driven music, Mbox 2 Micro lets you work wherever inspiration takes you.
The Micro includes Pro Tools LE editing and mixing software which is a light version of the company’s flagship product, but still allows you to open and edit projects created in the full versions. The idea is to provide users with an on-the-go solution for those times when they need to be able to work, but are away from their studios.
The Mbox 2 Micro is expected to be available in early November from authorized Digidesign dealers for $279.