Digidesign 2 Manual
Meet Mbox 2 Mini -- the world's smallest, most affordable Pro Tools LE recording, editing, and mixing system ever. Mbox 2 Mini packs professional features into a robust, ultra compact, easy-to-use audio workstation to record and mix music. Meet Mbox 2 Mini -- the world's smallest, most affordable Pro Tools LE recording, editing, and mixing system ever. Mbox 2 Mini packs professional features into a robust, ultra compact, easy-to-use audio workstation to record and mix music. Meet Mbox 2 ... Read more
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Welcome to the Mbox 2 Basics Guide. This guide is designed to give new users specific methods for accomplishing common tasks with the Mbox 2 desktop audio interface and Pro Tools LE software. Once you are familiar with basic Mbox 2 operation, we recommend that you read the Working With Pro Tools tutorial in the Mbox 2 Getting Started Guide. For the most complete information on using Pro Tools, see the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
Mbox 2 Basics Requirements
Before proceeding, make sure you have completed installation of Pro Tools LE software and connected the Mbox 2 to your computer. Refer to the appropriate Windows or Macintosh configuration chapter in the Mbox 2 Getting Started Guide for configuration and installation steps.
Many resources for learning to use Pro Tools are also available online at the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com), including the following: DiSK (Digidesign Sound Knowledge) Instructional material about how to use Pro Tools, including DiSK Flix movies that show how to do a number of common tasks using Pro Tools. DigiZine An online magazine for and about Pro Tools users, providing product news, user stories, and many tips and ideas.
Getting Sound In and Out of Mbox 2
To hear audio recorded into a Pro Tools session, you will need to connect headphones or an external sound system (such as powered monitors or a home stereo) to Mbox 2. Sound from Mbox 2 cannot be played through your computers speakers or your computers sound output.
Connecting a Sound System
The monitor outputs on the back of the Mbox 2 support 1/4-inch plugs. These connections can be balanced, TRS (Tip, Ring, Sleeve) style connectors, or unbalanced connectors. To listen to your Pro Tools session, these outputs can be connected to any amplication system: powered speakers, a home stereo system, or an audio mixer. When connecting to a stereo system, connect the left channel (often the white plug) to Mon Out Left, and right channel (often the red plug) to Mon Out Right.
On the front panel of the Mbox 2 is a 1/4-inch jack to connect headphones, and a headphone level control to adjust headphone volume.
Home stereo systems often use RCA connectors. You can use an adaptor or a special cable to convert from the TRS or TS connectors used by Mbox 2 to the RCA connectors on your home stereo.
1/4-inch Headphone jack Monitor Out Left Headphone jack on front of Mbox 2
To connect headphones:
Connect headphones with a 1/4-inch stereo connector (or adapter) to the Headphone jack.
Monitor Out Right Stereo output from the Mbox 2 (back panel)
Mon Outs Left and Right play the audio that is routed to analog outputs 1 and 2 within Pro Tools.
Mbox 2 Basics Guide
Connecting Audio Inputs
Mbox 2 inputs (sources) support microphones, guitars, keyboards, and other types of instruments. Mbox 2 has two audio input sections, labeled Input 1 and Input 2. For stereo inputs, use Input 1 for the left input, and Input 2 for the right input.
Input 2 Input 1
Each Input section has three analog input jacks: Mic For XLR microphone cables. Line (TRS) For 1/4-inch Tip-Ring-Sleeve cables from keyboards, mixers, microphones, and other line sources. DI For 1/4-inch Tip-Sleeve cables from guitar, bass, microphones, or similar sources.
Mic DI Mic DI
Inputs on back of Mbox 2
The two input sections are located so that the hardware input jacks line up directly behind their corresponding input controls on the front panel. This makes it easier to locate channel input connections from the front.
Line (TRS) Analog input connectors
For information about connecting specific audio sources, see Connecting a Microphone to the Mbox 2 on page 4, and Connecting Instruments to the Mbox 2 on page 6.
Connecting a Microphone
There are several ways to use Mbox 2 with a microphone, depending on the type of microphone and cable you use. The Mbox 2 can only supply power through a microphone cable with XLR connectors. If you are not sure about the phantom power requirements for your microphone, refer to your microphones documentation or contact the manufacturer.
Mic Cables and Connectors
Some microphone cables use an XLR connector to attach a microphone to an input (such as those on the Mbox 2); other microphones use a 1/4-inch connector. If you have a choice, use an XLR connector to connect the microphone to the Mbox 2 to yield better results.
Connecting a Microphone to the Mbox 2
To use a microphone that has an XLR connector:
1 Plug your microphone cable into one of the
Mic inputs on the back of Mbox 2.
Input 2 Mic input Input 1 Mic input
1/4-inch connector XLR and 1/4-inch connectors
Some microphones require power to operate. This power, called phantom power, is supplied either by a battery in the microphone, or through an audio interface (such as Mbox 2) that can supply power through the microphone cable. Most condenser microphones (such as an AKG C3000) require phantom power to operate. Dynamic microphones (such as a Shure SM57) do not require phantom power to operate, but are not harmed by it.
XLR connector plugged into Input 1
2 Make sure nothing is plugged in to the
Line (TRS) jack, otherwise Mbox 2 will use audio from the Line (TRS) input and not the Mic input.
Although phantom power can be used safely with most microphones, it is possible to damage some ribbon microphones with it. Always turn off phantom power and wait at least ten seconds before connecting a ribbon microphone.
3 Set the Source to Mic (microphone) by press-
ing the Mic/DI Source selector on the front of Mbox 2 until the Mic LED is lit.
Mic/DI Source selector
To use a microphone that has a 1/4-inch TS (Tip-Sleeve) connector:
1 On the back of the Mbox 2, plug the 1/4-inch
connector from your microphone into one of the DI inputs.
Input 1 DI
DI Mic LED LED Input 1 Source selector and LEDs
4 If your microphone requires phantom power, make sure the microphone is connected, then press the Phantom Power switch (labeled 48V) on the front of the Mbox 2. This switch sends 48V to both mic inputs. The 48V LED on the front of the Mbox 2 will light when phantom power is being supplied.
Connecting a microphone to the Input 1 DI connector
2 On the front of the Mbox 2, set the source to DI by pressing the input channel Source selector until the DI LED is lit.
Phantom Power switch
DI LED Input 1 selector switch and DI LED Phantom Power switch
5 On the front of the Mbox 2, turn the Mix control fully left to Input. 3 On the front of the Mbox 2, turn the Mix control fully left to Input.
Input 1 Gain and Pad controls, and the Mix control Mix control and Gain knob for Input 1
6 On the front of the Mbox 2, carefully turn the Gain control to the right to increase the input level of your microphone signal. 4 On the front of the Mbox 2, carefully turn the Gain control to the right to increase the input level of your microphone signal. 5 If the incoming signal is too loud, press the
Pad switch to engage the 20 dB pad.
Connecting Instruments to the Mbox 2
Mbox 2 provides two input types (DI and Line) that correspond to the different signal strengths output by different types of instruments. DI Input Instruments such as electric guitar or electric bass that usually have a lower level of output than line level instruments use the DI (Direct Inject) input. Line Input Line level devices, including electronic audio sources such as mixers, samplers, keyboards, turntables, and synthesizers use the Line input. To use a guitar with Mbox 2:
1 On the back of the Mbox 2, plug your guitar 2 On the front of the Mbox 2, set the Source to
DI by pressing the Mic/DI switch until the DI LED is lit.
Mix control Input 1 Gain (level) control Mic/DI selector
DI LED Source selector and Gain control for Input 1
3 On the front of the Mbox 2, turn the Mix control fully left to Input. 4 On the front of the Mbox 2, carefully turn the Gain control to the right to increase the input level of your guitar.
cable into one of the DI inputs.
Connecting guitar to the Input 1 DI connector
When you record a guitar (or any mono instrument that uses only one source input), you will hear the sound in only one side of the stereo field. Pushing the mono button on the front of the Mbox 2 brings the sound from one side of the stereo field to both sides. The Mono switch does not affect the audio being recorded. It only affects how you hear your input to the Mbox 2.
To use a keyboard or mixer with Mbox 2:
1 Plug your keyboard, mixer, or other audio
source into either the Input 1 or Input 2 Line (TRS) inputs on your Mbox 2. If your source is stereo (such as a stereo keyboard or the stereo output from a mixer), connect the left channel (often the white plug) to Input 1, and right channel (often the red plug) to Input 2.
Input 2 (right channel) Input 1 (left channel)
Mbox 2 connections for line-level stereo input source
2 On the front of the Mbox 2, set the source to Line by pressing the Source selector until the Line LED is lit. 3 On the front of the Mbox 2, turn the Mix control fully left to Input.
Mix control Input 1 Gain (level) control
Mic LED Source selector and Gain control for Input 1
4 Set your instruments volume to its optimal
level. For example, the optimal level for most keyboards is between 80% and 100% of maximum volume.
5 On the front of the Mbox 2, carefully turn the Gain control to the right to increase the input level of your keyboard.
Recording a Pro Tools Session
Before you record with Pro Tools and the Mbox 2, you first create a Pro Tools session, then prepare an audio track for recording. To create a Pro Tools session:
1 Verify the connections between the Mbox 2 and your instrument or microphone. 4 Make sure the Mix window is open by choos-
ing Window > Mix.
Showing the Mix window
2 Launch Pro Tools. 3 Choose File > New Session. 4 In the New Session dialog, set the session parameters as needed, or leave them at their default settings. (For details on New Session settings, see the Mbox 2 Getting Started Guide.) 5 Choose where you want to save your session. 6 Type a name for your session. 7 Click Save. 5 In the Mix window, click the Audio Input Path
selector on the new track.
Input Path selector
Choosing an input in the Mix window
6 From the pop-up menu, select the interface in-
To prepare an audio track for recording:
1 Choose Track > New. 2 Specify 1 Mono Audio Track in Samples, if your source is mono, or 1 Stereo Audio Track in Samples, if your source is stereo.
put you want to record. For example, select In 1 if your audio source is mono and plugged into an Input 1 jack on the back of the Mbox 2. Select In 12 on any stereo audio track when your audio source is stereo.
Creating a new Stereo Audio track
3 Click Create.
Routing an input to a stereo track
A mono instrument uses one input on the Mbox 2, and a stereo instrument uses two. Creating a stereo track in Pro Tools will not make a mono instrument into a stereo instrument. If a mono instrument is recorded on a stereo track, one side of the stereo track will show no signal.
8 Mbox 2 Basics Guide
7 Play the instrument or sound source at the
volume you will record.
8 Use the Gain controls on Mbox 2 to maximize the signal going into Pro Tools while avoiding clipping.
2 Choose Window > Transport to display the
Transport window. Click Return to Zero to go to the beginning of the session.
Return to Zero Rewind Online Stop Fast Forward Play Go to End Record Enable
Clipping occurs when you feed a signal to an audio device that is louder than the circuitry can accept. To avoid clipping, adjust the Gain control to a level where the Peak LEDs on the front of the Mbox 2 do not light
9 Using the Mix controls on the front of the
Mbox 2, do one of the following: To hear only the input signal, turn the Mix control fully left to Input. To hear an equal mix of playback and input signals, turn the Mix control to the center. See Controlling Delay (Latency) During Monitoring on page 18 for more information on using the Mix control during recording. To record an audio track:
1 Click the Track Record Enable button.
3 Click Record Enable in the Transport window to arm Pro Tools for recording. The Record button ashes red to indicate that Pro Tools is ready to record. 4 When you are ready to start recording, click
Play or press the Spacebar.
5 Record your performance. 6 Click Stop in the Transport window or press
the Spacebar when you are nished recording. To play back a recorded track:
Record enabling a track in the Mix window
1 Click the tracks Record Enable button a sec-
ond time to take it out of Record mode.
2 On the front of the Mbox 2, turn the Mix control fully right to Playback. 3 Click Play in the Transport window or press
the Spacebar to start playback.
4 Click Stop in the Transport window or press
the Spacebar to stop playback.
Impor ting Audio from a CD
To import audio from a compact disc:
1 Launch Pro Tools. 2 Choose File > New Session. 3 Set Session Parameters in the New Session dialog as needed, or leave at their default settings. (For details, see the Mbox 2 Getting Started Guide.) 7 Open the Workspace browser by choosing
Window > Workspace. The Workspace browser is a window where you can nd, audition, and manage your audio les.
Opening the Workspace browser
8 In the Workspace browser, click the Audio CD
icon to show the les on the CD.
9 Click the speaker icon in the Waveform col-
umn to audition the audio le. Press the Spacebar to stop playback.
New Session dialog
4 Choose where you want to save your session. 5 Type a name for your session and click Save. 6 Put the source CD into your computers CD drive.
Auditioning an audio le in the Workspace browser
10 Drag the audio le from the Workspace browser to the Track List in the Edit window to import the le to a new audio track.
Dragging an audio le from the Workspace browser to the Edit window Track List
To play back the new track:
1 In the Transport window, click Return to Zero to go to the beginning of the track. 2 On the front of the Mbox 2, turn the Mix control fully right to Playback. 3 Click Play in the Transport window to begin
Importing Audio from a CD
Creating an Audio CD from a Pro Tools Session
Pro Tools does not create audio CDs directly, but you can create stereo audio files from your Pro Tools sessions that can be used by most CD burning software.
2 Choose File > Bounce to > Disk.
Bouncing Audio to Disk
Use the Pro Tools Bounce to Disk feature to combine all your audible tracks into a single master audio file. After the new audio file has been bounced to disk, you can burn it to a CD. If you are bouncing down audio from 24-bit resolution to 16-bit (CD resolution), you should use a dither plug-in on the main output. (For details, see the Mbox 2 Getting Started Guide.) To bounce audio to disk:
1 After you have finished recording and mixing 5 Choose Stereo Interleaved for the Format. 6 Choose 16 for the Resolution and 44100 for
Choosing Bounce to Disk from the File menu
3 In the Bounce Options dialog, choose Outputs
12 as the Bounce Source.
4 Choose BWF (.WAV) for the File Type.
a session in Pro Tools, select the length of the session in the timeline ruler (or on a track), plus an additional amount of time to avoid cutting off any reverb tails that might continue past the end of the last region.
the Sample Rate.
Session audio selected and ready to bounce
7 If you are changing the sample rate of the
bounced le, choose a Conversion Quality setting. (For details, see the Mbox 2 Getting Started Guide.)
8 Choose Convert after Bounce, and click
Pro Tools begins bouncing to disk. Pro Tools bounces are done in real time, so you hear audio playback of your mix during the bounce process (though you cannot adjust it).
Bouncing to Disk dialog
Burning a CD
After the bounce is completed, you will have an audio file that is ready for burning onto a CD. Quit Pro Tools and launch any common CD burning application to burn your bounced mix to CD.
Bounce options for creating CD burnable tracks
9 In the Bounce dialog, give the bounce tracks a
name and choose where they should be saved.
Make certain that you configure your CD burning application to create an audio CD rather than a data CD.
Entering a name for the bounced le
10 Click Save.
Mbox 2 and MIDI
What is MIDI?
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) data is not audio, and has no sound. MIDI is a way for musical devices to communicate. MIDI is data that can trigger a MIDI device (such as a keyboard or software synthesizer). In order to create or play a MIDI recording, you must have a MIDI controller or sound module (real or virtual) connected to the computer through the MIDI ports on Mbox 2 or another MIDI interface. Audio from your MIDI instrument can be monitored through the Mbox 2 or sent to an external mixer.
MIDI sound module
Connecting a MIDI Device to Mbox 2
To connect your MIDI device to Mbox 2:
1 Connect a standard 5-pin MIDI cable from the
MIDI Out port of your device to the MIDI In port on the back of Mbox 2.
2 Connect another MIDI cable from the
MIDI In port of your device to the MIDI Out port on the back of Mbox 2.
MIDI Out MIDI In
Mbox 2 MIDI connections
To amplifier MIDI keyboard (controller) Mixer
Monitoring MIDI Instruments with Mbox 2
If you have a MIDI instrument that has analog outputs, you can connect it to Mbox 2 to monitor its output. To connect your MIDI instrument for monitoring in Pro Tools:
Connect the MIDI instruments audio output to a Line (TRS) input on your Mbox 2.
Signal paths for MIDI instruments
Input 2 (right channel)
Input 1 (left channel)
Mbox 2 connections for line-level stereo input source 14 Mbox 2 Basics Guide
Recording MIDI on an Instrument Track
Pro Tools Instrument tracks provide both MIDI and audio capabilities, so you can record MIDI and monitor audio from software and hardware instruments. To create an Instrument track and congure it for recording:
1 Choose Setup > MIDI > Input Devices and
3 Select View > Mix Window > Instruments to
display the MIDI controls for the Instrument track.
make sure your input device is selected in the MIDI Input Enable window, and click OK.
Showing the Instrument View in the Mix window
2 Choose Track > New and specify 1 Mono In4 At the top of the Instrument track in the Mix window, click the tracks MIDI Input selector and assign the device and channel to be recorded, or leave it set to All.
strument Track, then click Create.
Creating a new Mono Instrument track
MIDI Input selector
MIDI Input selector in an Instrument track
5 Do one of the following, depending on the type of instrument you are using:
If you are using an instrument plug-in, click an Insert selector and insert the plugin on the Instrument track. The tracks MIDI output is automatically assigned to the instrument plug-in.
If your connected MIDI device does not appear, check that you have configured your computer and its MIDI settings. For more information, refer to the Mbox 2 Getting Started Guide.
6 If you are using an external MIDI device and
connected its audio output to Mbox 2 for monitoring in Pro Tools, click the Input selector of the Instrument track and choose the corresponding audio input. (This step is not necessary if you are using an instrument plug-in.)
Inserting an instrument plug-in on an Instrument track
If you are using an external MIDI device, click the tracks MIDI Output selector (at the top of the Instrument track) and assign the device and channel to receive the MIDI output (the choices will vary depending on the device).
Choosing an audio input for an Instrument track
7 In the Mix Window, click the Track Record Enable button to enable the Instrument track for MIDI recording.
Track Record Enable button
MIDI Output selector in an Instrument track Enabling an Instrument track for MIDI recording
8 Make sure Options > MIDI Thru is selected.
9 Play some notes on your MIDI controller and look for the tracks MIDI Velocity meter to move. Remember, MIDI is not audio, and the MIDI Velocity meter is not registering sound output, but MIDI activity.
Return to Zero Rewind Online Stop
Fast Forward Play Go to End Record Enable
MIDI Velocity meter
Transport window MIDI meter in Instrument track showing MIDI activity
10 Adjust the audio output level of the Instru3 Click Record Enable in the Transport window. 4 Click Play in the Transport window or press
ment track with its Volume fader.
the Spacebar to begin recording.
5 Play your MIDI controller or input device. 6 When you have nished recording, click Stop in the Transport window, or press the Spacebar. The newly recorded MIDI data appears as a MIDI region on the track in the Edit window, as well as in the Region List.
MIDI data in the Instrument track
To play back recorded MIDI data:
Adjusting the Volume fader on an Instrument track
1 Click the Track Record Enable button to take
To record MIDI on the Instrument track:
1 Verify that the Instrument track you want to record to is record-enabled and receiving MIDI. 2 In the Transport window, click Return to Zero to start recording from the beginning of the session. You can also record to a selection in a track or from the cursor location in the Edit window.
the Instrument track out of Record mode.
2 In the Transport window, click Return to Zero to play back from the beginning of the track. 3 Click Play in the Transport window to begin
playback. The recorded MIDI data plays back through the tracks assigned instrument and channel.
Controlling Delay (Latency) During Monitoring
Mbox 2 and Pro Tools LE use your computer for all audio processing, playback, and recording. This causes a small amount of audio delay, or latency. Latency is most obvious when monitoring during recording. You may hear this as a slight delay between when you produce the sound and when you hear the sound through the speakers or headphones. Mbox 2 gives you the ability to monitor your analog input signals while recording, without hearing any latency. This zero-latency analog monitoring is controlled by the Mbox 2 front panel Mix control, which you can use to blend and adjust the ratio between the Mbox 2 analog input and Pro Tools playback. To use zero latency monitoring while recording:
1 Launch Pro Tools and set up a session. 2 Do one of the following:
Mute the track you are recording on. This prevents you from hearing the delayed signal coming back from Pro Tools through the Mbox 2.
Muting a track before recording
or Use the Mix control on the front of the Mbox 2 to blend the playback tracks with the analog tracks that you are recording.
Mix control on Mbox 2 front panel
The Mix control has no effect when you are using S/PDIF digital inputs.
Mbox 2 CoreAudio Driver (Macintosh Only)
The Mbox 2 CoreAudio driver is a multi-client, multichannel sound driver that allows CoreAudio compatible applications to record and play back through Mbox 2. Full-duplex recording and playback of 24-bit audio is supported at sample rates up to 48 kHz, depending on your CoreAudio client application. The Mbox 2 CoreAudio driver will provide up to 4 channels of input and 2 channels of output.
Check the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com) for the latest third-party drivers for Pro Tools hardware, as well as current known issues.
The Digidesign Mbox 2 CoreAudio driver can only be used on Digidesign-qualified Pro Tools Mbox 2 systems running on Digidesign-qualified versions of Macintosh.
For a list of CoreAudio driver-compatible software, refer to the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com/compato). Digidesign can only assure compatibility and provide support for hardware and software it has tested and approved. For a list of Digidesign hardware systems, Digidesign-qualified computers, operating systems, and devices, and Digidesignqualified third-party CoreAudio-compatible applications, refer to the compatibility page of the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com/compato).
Installing the Mbox 2 CoreAudio Driver
The Mbox 2 CoreAudio driver is installed by default when you install Pro Tools.
Removing the Mbox 2 CoreAudio Driver
In order to remove the Mbox 2 CoreAudio driver, you must uninstall Pro Tools LE. To uninstall the Mbox 2 CoreAudio Driver:
1 Power on your system. 2 Do one of the following:
On the Pro Tools Installer CD, locate and double-click the Install Pro Tools LE file. or From the Digidesign Web site, download, locate, and double-click the Install Pro Tools LE file.
3 In the Install window, select Uninstall from the Custom Install pop-up menu. 4 When the uninstall is complete, quit the Pro Tools Installer and restart your computer.
Mbox 2 CoreAudio Driver (Macintosh Only) 6/24/05
Conguring the Mbox 2 CoreAudio Driver
You can configure the Mbox 2 CoreAudio driver using the Digidesign Mbox 2 Control Panel, or from within most third-party CoreAudio-compatible client applications (such as BIAS Peak or Logic Audio). Consult the manufacturers documentation for more information. Some applications (such as Apples iTunes or QuickTime Player), also require that you configure either the Apple Sound Preferences or Apple Audio MIDI Setup to use the Mbox 2 CoreAudio driver.
Digidesign Mbox 2 Control Panel
Use the Digidesign Mbox 2 Control Panel to identify your Digidesign hardware, view or change the Clock Source, enable or disable AC-3 mode, and check firmware. To access the Digidesign Mbox 2 Control Panel:
In the System Preferences window, click Digidesign Mbox 2.
Figure 1. Digidesign Mbox 2 CoreAudio Setup
Digidesign Hardware and Firmware
This area displays the firmware version of your Mbox 2. If your hardware is not connected or cannot be detected, this will display Unable to connect to Mbox 2. Check that you have installed Pro Tools LE correctly, check your USB connection between the computer and Mbox 2, and try again.
This pop-up menu lets you choose the clock source for Mbox 2. Choices include Internal and S/PDIF. Use Internal whenever you are playing back audio through Mbox 2. Use S/PDIF when you are recording into Mbox 2 from a digital device through the Mbox 2 S/PDIF inputs.
This option lets you enable AC-3 mode. When enabled, the Mbox 2 S/PDIF output switches to a 24-bit clean passthrough mode for AC-3 or DTS encoded audio from a DVD or other media player application (Mbox 2 analog output is muted whenever AC-3 mode is enabled).
Enabling AC-3 mode in the Control Panel will prevent Pro Tools LE from being able to access the Mbox 2. Always turn off AC-3 mode before attempting to use Pro Tools LE.
Connection Status and Device
This display area shows the hardware detected by the Control Panel (Mbox 2).
Conguring Mbox 2 for Third-Party Applications
When using Mbox 2 with an application other than Pro Tools LE (such as GarageBand), you can configure hardware settings through the audio preference settings available in that application.
Figure 2. Mbox 2 settings in Audio/MIDI Preferences for GarageBand
Choose Digidesign Mbox 2 for Audio Output and Audio Input. Select the optimal buffer size for your system by choosing an Optimize For option (Maximum/Large buffer size, or Minimum/Small buffer size).
Small buffers have the advantage of low latency in the record monitor path, but also are more taxing on your computers CPU and could contribute to dropouts in your audio during record or playback. (Latency is the time delay between a signal entering the audio inputs and leaving the outputs during recording.) Larger buffers have the advantage of making the Mbox 2 CoreAudio driver more immune to audio dropouts during playback and recording, but can cause a noticeable delay when monitoring your inputs in the recording process. In some CoreAudio-client applications, performing various tasks will interrupt the CoreAudio driver and may result in clicks and pops in audio playback or recording. Choosing a large buffer can help alleviate this problem. Consult the documentation that came with your third-party application to learn more about how these options affect that application. Changing the Buffer Size for the Mbox 2 CoreAudio driver does not affect the H/W Buffer Size settings in the Pro Tools Playback Engine dialog.
Conguring the Apple Sound Preferences or Apple Audio MIDI Setup
To use your Digidesign Mbox 2 with common CoreAudio-compatible playback applications (such as Apple iTunes or QuickTime Player), you will need to configure either Sound Preferences or Audio MIDI Setup in addition to the Mbox 2 Control Panel. However, for most CoreAudio-compatible client applications (such as BIAS Peak or Cubase SX) this is unnecessary because you can configure hardware settings, and input and output channels from within the application.
Apple Sound Preferences
To congure the Apple Sound Preferences:
1 Launch System Preferences (Apple menu > System Preferences). 2 Click Sound. 3 Click the Output tab and select Digidesign Mbox 2 as the device for sound output.
Sound Preferences, Output tab
4 Click the Input tab and select Digidesign Mbox 2 as the device for sound input.
Sound Preferences, Input tab
5 Quit System Preferences.
Apple Audio MIDI Setup
To congure the Apple Audio MIDI Setup for Mbox 2 audio:
1 Launch Audio MIDI Setup (located in Home/Applications/Utilities). 2 Select the Audio Devices tab.
Apple Audio MIDI Setup application, Audio Devices tab, for Mbox 2
3 From the System Settings Default Input pop-up menu, select Digidesign Mbox 2. 4 From the System Settings Default Output pop-up menu, select Digidesign Mbox 2.
To congure the Apple Audio MIDI Setup for Mbox 2 MIDI:
1 Launch Audio MIDI Setup (located in Home/Applications/Utilities). 2 Select the MIDI Devices tab. AMS scans your system for connected MIDI interfaces. If Mbox 2 correctly installed and connected, it appears in the window. 3 For any MIDI devices connected to the MIDI ports on Mbox 2, click Add Device. A new external device icon with the default MIDI keyboard image will appear. 4 Connect the MIDI device to the Mbox 2 MIDI ports by clicking the arrow for the MIDI output port of the device and drag-
ging a connection or cable to the input arrow of the Mbox 2 MIDI In port.
5 Click the arrow for the MIDI input port of the device and drag a cable to the Mbox 2 MIDI Out port. Your AMS MIDI Devices window should look similar to the following.
Apple Audio MIDI Setup application, MIDI Devices tab, for Mbox 2
For additional information about configuring devices in AMS, see the AMS chapter in the Getting Started with Mbox 2 Guide.
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