How to Use Mbox As Soundcard

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How to Use Mbox As Soundcard
The Mbox may be used as a sound card in addition to recording applications. (golden speakers image by Nicemonkey from

The Mbox is known for its music and audio recording capabilities in connection with Pro Tools LE software. However, it also can function as your computer's main audio output and sound card, enabling you to hear the audio from your computer. This not only often leads to higher quality audio, but enables you to control and connect multiple listening devices. Setting up the Mbox to function as your sound card is a simple task that involves changing a few system preferences. Before your computer will recognise the Mbox as a compatible device, however, it is imperative that the Mbox drivers are properly installed and the Mbox is connected to the computer via firewire or USB. Updates and drivers are available for download on Avid's website (see "Resources").

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    Edit your system preferences to use the Mbox as the main audio device. On Windows, go inside your control panel to "sounds and audio devices," on an Apple computer click the sound icon inside your system preferences. You will now be able to view and select any of the available audio devices recognised by your computer. Select the Mbox and close the windows.

    How to Use Mbox As Soundcard
    Apple computers use a firewire connection. (câble firewire image by yknups from
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    Adjust the volume of your audio using the controls on your Mbox as the computer's audio control is now disabled. Adjust the volume of any headphones attached to your Mbox or to a set of speakers or studio monitors using the "monitor" control on the front face of the Mbox.

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    Ensure a microphone is plugged in and the input level on the Mbox is turned up, if you choose to use the Mbox as your computer's audio input as well. Enable phantom power on the Mbox if instructed to do so by your microphone manufacturer.

Tips and warnings

  • When playing audio through your Mbox for the first time, ensure the volume is not too loud as it may damage your speakers and hearing.

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