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Can I use the Mbox inserts for outboard gear while I mix?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by gnomepark, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. gnomepark

    gnomepark Guest

    Can I use the Mbox 2 inserts for outboard gear while I am mixing? I want to use a Apex Exciter on a mix I have in ProTools already. There are inserts on the back, but I don't know if they work in conjuction with ProTools LE.
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Afraid not. These are inserts not effects sends or auxiliaries. If the mbox had multiple outputs, you could use those and return to your line in but that is not an option. I was so sure the Mbox does not come with inserts anyway.
  3. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Ok. In fact, if you have the Mbox 2 Pro, you can set up outputs 3 and 4 as auxiliary sends in PT and return your effects to line 1 and 2 in provided you route these to two NEW tracks in ProTools. Otherwise, of course, you'll be creating a feedback loop.
  4. gnomepark

    gnomepark Guest

    Ooops, sorry. I have the Mbox...not Mbox2

    It does have inserts (TRS)....just don't know if they can be used with any outside outboard gear.

    Can you send out through PT and take the outputs from Mbox into the outboard gear and then return to 2 new tracks??? ...or am I limited to only plugins?

  5. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    No. As I said in my first comment. You cannot use inserts as effects sends during mixing. Inserts only output what is going through the mic/line input.
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Actually, I don't think you have to be concerned about the inserts? You are mixing a project and you want to include some of the Aphex Exciter across the entire stereo mix? OK, because these computer audio interfaces are designed to be able to play while recording. You would develop your mix. The mix will come out the Maudio device outputs. You would then adjust the monitor mix control for full playback. You don't want to monitor input. This would cause hideous feedback. So if you're only going to feed playback output to the outputs, that's what you needed to. Then you take those outputs and plug those into your Exciter inputs. You'll take the exciter outputs back into your Maudio device inputs. Assign those inputs to 2 new tracks or a stereo pair.

    The hitch in this get along is that you will not be able to hear your mix output through the exciter since you will not be monitoring input. You can't monitor input. But you could take the exciter outputs and plug goes directly into your monitor speakers. I just for the desired mix and then patch those back into the Maudio device to record your mix down, within your multitrack project as an extra pair of tracks.

    Once you've completed that. You merely have to mute everything except that stereo mix and then tell the computer to save that as a stereo mix. And if you are clever, you could finagle with a couple of "Y" patch cords so you can monitor your exciter output by feeding your monitor speakers while it is also feeding the input to your Maudio device that is printing your mix onto tracks "25 & 26" for example. There are other ways to do this that can be even more convoluted. But we won't go there.

    Waiting to hear this genius work?
    Ms. Remy Ann David

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