MBox 2 and Saffire...pros/cons?

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by cocheese, Nov 1, 2005.


  1. cocheese

    cocheese Supporting Member

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    I had a first generation MBox and didn't care much for the sound quality. Is the MBox 2 that much different? Would the Saffire be a better unit for at home recording, just me, making clips?
     
  2. MichaelK

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    First, to answer your question, according to Digi the MBox 2 preamps are better than MBox 1, but I have not heard them.

    I'm pretty sure Saffire will not work with ProTools.

    What didn't you like about MBox's sound? I think its sound quality relative to its price is one of its best features. I've used it for remote tracking sessions and it sounds great. Anyway, better is better...

    Just a suggestion, but maybe what you were hearing that you didn't like had nothing to do with MBox...?
     
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    It was just brittle and harsh sounding; really nothing like the sound that was coming out of the cabinet. My dad has Pro Tools and that might be cool for teaming up on projects...
     
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    If you haven't ditched the MBox 1 yet, don't. There's not enough upgrades on MBox 2 to justify swapping it out, IMO.

    What mic are you using and how are you placing it?
     
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    Well, I sold the Mbox about a year ago and thought I'd try a more high-end setup. I bought a Lynx 2 card, new PC, Samplitude 8 Pro, some Event monitors, and a Great River Mp-2nv preamp. It was WAY too much for me! I just want a simple setup that sounds good. I couldn't even get my nicer setup to work at all. After literally 3 weeks of tech help, trying to trouble shoot everything, I threw in the towel. I sold everything but the pre and the monitors. I have a couple of 57's, a 421, and an AT4050, but now no way to get stuff into the computer. I really just want something:

    1.) inexpensive

    that

    2.) sounds good

    and is

    3.) easy to use.

    Am I asking too much?

    Maybe one of the M-powered boxes would be good?! :confused:
     
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    Maybe. I don't know anything about them.
     

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