Avid launches MBOX Studio audio interface; More info about B&H

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–B&H is pleased to announce the new MBOX Studio desk, a 21×22 USB Type-C interface offering a wealth of flexible input and output options, seamless integration with the included Pro Tools Studio software subscription, and a powerful plug-in. Well-suited to a wide range of studio applications, the MBOX Studio offers a comprehensive set of features that are sure to appeal to a wide range of producers, musicians and content creators.

The Studio MBOX is a 21×22 interface with the following input and output capabilities:

21 input channels

4 channels of mic/line inputs (two with Hi-Z)

2 line inputs

2 FX returns

8-channel ADAT

2-channel S/PDIF

2-channel Bluetooth

1 integrated conversation microphone

22 output channels

4 channels of monitor outputs (two stereo pairs)

4 channels of headphone outputs (two stereo pairs)

2 effect sends

8-channel ADAT

2-channel S/PDIF

2-channel Bluetooth

The four TRS/XLR combo input preamps provide up to 59 dB of gain and offer variable impedance settings. On the output side there are four-line outputs for monitors and a pair of independent headphone jacks with volume controls providing options for custom monitor mixes, while a send and return loop FX allows you to easily integrate external effects. You can further expand your input and output capabilities via ADAT’s 8-channel optical ports. The 24-bit MBOX Studio supports sample rates up to 192 kHz when using 10 inputs and 10 outputs at once. With all 21 inputs and 22 outputs operating simultaneously, the maximum sample rate is 96 kHz. A pair of standard 5-pin DIN ports provide MIDI synchronization and control for external electronic instruments and, of course, MIDI is also available via the USB-C connector.

Extended control

The Studio MBOX also provides an intuitive and complete control section that facilitates the management of these inputs, outputs and monitoring options. The left side controls your input section; indent the large encoder knob on this side to select an input channel, then adjust the gain. Dedicated buttons above the encoder let you select input type, adjust impedance settings, enable phantom power, enable wireless Bluetooth input, and link channels . A 13-segment meter above each encoder shows the current settings, while 9-segment meters show you incoming signal levels and stereo output level.

The monitoring controls on the right side are similar; indent the large encoder to select the output, then use it to adjust the level. Buttons are provided to quickly mute or attenuate outputs, sum to mono, and link main and alternate outputs to avoid sudden volume jumps when switching between monitors. The Talkback button engages the built-in Talkback mic, which can be routed to your DAW for recording if you want to preserve an exciting control room moment for posterity. The Bluetooth button here lets you send the output wirelessly to compatible devices, and the MBOX Studio has two Bluetooth chips, allowing you to connect to one device as an input source and a second device for monitoring and the record ; you can even perform the required mix check in the car if you park within Bluetooth range.

Ideal for guitarists

The MBOX Studio plays well with guitars; on the front panel is a reamp output that shares the same signal path as line output #8 (FX Send #2) for an easy-access Hi-Z output that you can use to send a clean guitar signal to an amp for re-recording; there’s even an optional floor lift if your amp requires it. In addition, the integrated tuner is accessible to tune the electric instruments connected to inputs 1 and 2; it can also be used to tune acoustic instruments via the internal talkback mic.

User action buttons and extensive routing matrix

Also in the center section are four dual-function user action buttons; you can use them to recall MBOX control presets with EQ, gain and routing settings with one touch. Additional MBOX and Pro Tools features are also instantly accessible.

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Button assignment is done in the MBOX Control software for Mac or Windows computer versions and in fact MBOX Control provides a powerful routing matrix with clearly labeled rows for inputs, software routing channels and outputs for flexible signal routing. Podcasters will especially appreciate the looping capabilities that allow you to easily record an incoming caller, music, or a piece of video dialogue to your computer.

Includes a full set of plugins

MBOX Studio includes the MBOX Ignition Pack, a versatile set of plug-ins that puts a wealth of useful sound sculpting tools at your fingertips, including:

  • Bx Megadual (Mesa Boogie emulation)

  • Ampeg SVT-VR Classic (Ampeg emulation)

  • ADA Flanger (A/DA Flanger emulation)

  • BX_Bluechorus2 (Boss CE-2 Chorus emulation)

  • BX_Greenscreamer (Ibanez Tube Screamer emulation)

  • BX_Console N (Neve console channel strip emulation)

  • BX_Opto Compressor (general purpose compressor emulation)

  • Baby Audio “Vibe Box” ― special MBOX STUDIO edition, only available with purchase of MBOX Studio

  • Lush Vox pressure gauge (compressor and processor in parallel)

  • StudioLinked Awards (Virtual Instrument)

  • BPM Create―MBOX Producer Toolkit

This, of course, is in addition to the included one-year subscriptions to music composition software Sibelius Artist and Pro Tools Studio DAW, which puts up to 512 audio tracks and over 1,000 MIDI tracks at your fingertips. And yes, while the MBOX Studio offers advanced Pro Tools integration, it’s a class-compliant interface and will happily work with any third-party DAW.

Between the flexible connectivity options, extensive feature set, and powerful software set, this USB audio interface ticks many “must have” boxes for content creators, musicians, and podcasters working in home and project studios. serious.

Learn more about the AVID MBOX Studio desktop at B&H Explora


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