Firebox vs Mbox: Help Me Choose!

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by wilycaw, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. wilycaw

    wilycaw Guest

    I'm new to recording and need to buy some hardware and software. With basic research, I think I've narrowed my choices to the Firebox or the Mbox, but I don't think I know enough to make an informed choice. Any advice would be appreciated!

    My computer: Dell laptop, Pentium M 1.86, 512 RAM (upgradable to 2 GB, which I have no problem doing), hard drive at 5400 RPM (am considering getting a faster external hard drive), 1 firewire, 4 USB, 533 FSB.

    What I plan to do: Guitar, vocals, and acoustic instruments as audio tracks. Drums, keys, bass, and maybe samples as MIDI tracks. I won't be recording bands - rather, I will be composing songs myself one track at a time.

    Also would appreciate any opinions on whether Cubase LE (bundled with the Firebox) or ProTools LE (bundled with Mbox) would be better for my situation. Thanks!
  2. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    The best I can do is pose some questions that may help you decide. Do you have any friends who record? Do they use either Cubase or PT? If so maybe you want to have the same platform so you can share projects. Do you think you'll ever seek employment in this field? If so, I would begrudgingly suggest learning Pro Tools as it's common currency in the industry.

    If you get the firebox, you won't have another FW out for the external audio drive which you absolutely should get. If you have a cardbus slot you can get a FW card which are cheap. If not, you'll be stuck using USB for your external drive which is fine for less intensive work.

    Finally, just say the names out loud. How does "Cubase" make you feel? What does "Pro Tools" say about you?

    Good luck. :cool:
  3. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    With the Firebox you will always need an external power supply for the sound card. The MBox gets its power from the laptop. This made the decision for me a number of years ago when I was looking. Sometimes small things are really important.


    SONICA-X Guest


    not exacly true the Presonus Firebox just started shipping 2 months ago and can work without a PSU.

    The preamps are better than MBOX and overal sound quality is better than MBOX.

    In addition, the Firebox is Firewire and the MBOX is USB.

    My vote is for the Presonus Firebox!

    Guy Cefalu
    Sonica Audio Labs
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