Issue 91


The return of Avid’s Pro Tools powered Mbox desktop interface.


21 October 2022

At this year’s AES Show in New York City, Avid has announced the return of its Mbox desktop audio interface with a brand-new offering — the Mbox Studio, powered by Pro Tools software. Mbox Studio completes the picture for musicians and audio creators in home studios wanting to record, edit, and mix vocals, musical instruments, and other sources.

Long sought after for its ability to bring power, and simplicity to the production process, the original Mbox was one of the most popular audio interfaces Avid ever made. Now reimagined for a new generation of creators, the new Mbox Studio is a fully-featured USB interface solution that operates on both Mac and Windows operating systems, running not only the bundled Pro Tools Studio subscription, but also any third-party DAWs. Users can easily connect mics, instruments, studio monitors, Bluetooth devices, and other analog, digital and MIDI gear with 21 inputs and 22 outputs — more than any other desktop interface. For optimal sound quality, Mbox Studio relies on the same mic pre-amps found in Avid’s S6L and Pro Tools Carbon system.

Mbox Studio users can immediately tap into a wealth of exciting new tools to support their creative process and expand their production repertoire. Free with the purchase of Mbox Studio are one-year subscriptions for Pro Tools Studio and Avid Sibelius Artist music notation software. These are in addition to the bundled Mbox Ignition Pack which brings Brainworx Megadual, Ampeg SVT-VR Classic, and many other plugins and tools. Throughout the year, the Avid Inner Circle program also brings additional free product drops with thousands of dollars-worth of plugins, beats, loops and virtual instruments. 

“We’re thrilled to bring Mbox back to the music creation community, who are a very big influence upon Avid’s continuous surge of hardware and software innovation,” said Francois Quereuil, Vice President, Product Management for Audio and Music Solutions, Avid. “Our re-creation of Mbox is uncompromising. It’s overflowing with an amazing array of software tools and takes advantage of the same high-performance components found in Avid’s professional-grade audio solutions, guaranteeing best-in-class sound quality and production for anyone, from entry-level performers to the most accomplished artists.”

Unlock A New Dimension In Guitar Sound
Mbox Studio lets users go further than ever before to find their desired guitar sounds. With variable Z impedance switching on instrument inputs, users can change guitar tones while recording to complement the effects chain. They can also play through the renowned Guitar Amp plug-in Eleven MK II, and numerous stompbox effects, in addition to incorporating personal outboard guitar effects pedals, reamplifying tracks, and staying pitch-perfect with the built-in tuner.

Elevate Audio Creativity In Podcasts & Social Videos
Mbox Studio also streamlines and accelerates workflows for podcasting, live streaming, social video, and sound design for picture. For example, users can assign buttons to their favourite functions to inject sound effects, and bring in other sources and content such as intro music and voice overs. These enable users to quickly produce more polished, professional content.

Innovating Fast For Hard-Working Music Creators
In addition to unveiling Mbox Studio at the AES 2022 Show (booth 155), Avid also debuted Pro Tools Carbon Pre, a pristine multi mic-pre interface that enables individual artists, bands, and producers using either Pro Tools Carbon, or third-party audio interfaces to easily expand their studios to capture every sonic detail of their performances. Avid is also demonstrating the new Pro Tools now including Celemony Melodyne via ARA 2 for quick vocal tuning and creating harmonies, re-voicing instruments, fixing rhythm timing, and much more. 

Mbox Studio Pricing And Availability
Mbox Studio is available for pre-order today through Avid resellers starting at US$899.


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