Mbox2 or Mbox2 Pro

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Mack, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. Mack

    Mack Active Member

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    I have been playing keyboards in bands and in my home studio for more years than I care to admit. tried the cheap road in recording. Had probs with a Tascam 2488 and now looking at Pro Tools. I am surprized to read that one big advantage between the PT Mbx 2 and the Mbx 2 pro is the addition of the firewire. This aspect doesn't make sense to me. How could latency be improved by adding a firewire in place of a USB. USB gets about 400 MB/sec. which is as fast as firewire. I know that more inputs and outputs are a clear improvement but worth the extra $200?

    Sweetwater techs tell me that the latency issue is helped by the firewire. I don't always trust those sellers, especially on this question because it seems USB should be nearly the same speed. I'm sure I could get by with two simultaneous inputs and every dollar counts. Anybody got input or experience on this subject?
     
  2. BRH

    BRH Active Member

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    Firewire is faster than USB.
    Burst speed on USB is fast like you say at 400, but doesn't hold up under sustained transfers..like audio/video.
    Latency might be better on Firewire.. but is something to be dealt with in PTLE anyway.
     
  3. Mack

    Mack Active Member

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    Thank you, helpful response kinda restores your faith in people.

    I am going to buy a new Mac Desktop dedicated to the interface and software so you can see why I want to get the most per buck and also not have to be wasting time with the wrong equipment. I can handle the homework. Already had my share of late night reading and punching buttons/sliders.

    Still haven't made up my mind specifically which way to go on interface and software. I am a piano player more than a sound tech.
     

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