Setting up the Mbox 2

If you’re new to Pro Tools, have just purchased an Mbox 2, Mbox 2 Mini, or Mbox 2 Micro – or just need help setting everything up, this article is for you.

Choose Your Platform:

>>> Windows <<<

>>> Mac <<<

Setting Up the Mbox 2 (Windows)

First Things First

Before we start plugging things in, we first need to install the Pro Tools software.

To make this process go smoothly, I encourage everyone to optimize their computer fist. Choose your OS below:

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Installing Pro Tools LE 8

At this point, your mbox should still be unplugged. If you’ve plugged it in already, go ahead and unplug it now.

  1. Insert the Pro Tools LE disk, or open Pro Tools 8 Installer you’ve downloaded Welcome to PT installer
  2. Choose “Install Pro Tools LE”


    Note:
    If you downloaded Pro Tools 8, you will need to right click on the downloaded file (Pro_Tools_LE_v8_56243.zip) and choose “extract” or “extract all“Once the file is extracted you will have a new folder called  “Pro_Tools_LE_v8_56243“. Open the unzipped “Pro_Tools_LE_v8_56243” folder & go into the “Pro Tools LE Installer” folder, then click on the first “setup.exe” icon  PT installer icon to open the installer.

  3. Accept the License agreement
  4. license agreement

    Click “Next

  5. Choose Destination Location
  6. Install Path

    The installer does this part for you, just click “next

  7. Select Features
  8. Select Features list

    Only “Pro Tools LE 8.0“, “Application Files“, “DigiRack Plug-ins” & “Pro Tools Creative Collection should be Checked.

    Click “Next

    Note If you have purchased a Command|8 control surface, check the Command|8 & Drivers box

  9. Install
  10. Install PT windows window

    Click the “install” button. You’re half way there!

  11. Plug in Your Mbox
  12. connect your interface

    Plug in your Mbox and wait until the “Found New Hardware” box pops up. When it does, DON’T click on it. Simply click the “OK” button to continue.

    Note: If the “Found New Hardware” window never pop’s up, go ahead and click “OK” to continue.

  13. Installing Hardware Drivers
  14. Windows Logo Testing

    Click “Continue Anyways”  Note: You may have to click “Continue Anyways” a few times – this is normal.

  15. Quicktime
  16. Quicktime component

    If you get this message, click “OK” (After installing pro tools, you will want to visit Apple’s website and download the latest version of QuickTime)

  17. Installing Pro Tools Creative Collection
  18. installing PTCC

    This stage just requires you to wait. It can take 10 – 20 minutes, sometimes longer, so go grab a cup of tea and sip it out like a champ.

  19. Third Party Content
  20. Third Party Content

    Click “Next“.

    Pro Tools 8 comes with 3 free programs: Celemony Melodyne Essential, FXpansion BFD Lite, Torqe LE . These can be installed from the installer disk, in the “Additional Files” folder under “3rd Party Content

  21. Restart
  22. Yes restart

    Click “yes, I want to restart my computer now

  23. Launch Pro Tools -pt7_le_logoOnce the Computer has rebooted, double click on the yellow Pro Tools icon  on your desktop to launch Pro Tools.
  24. Enter Authorization Code – This is the code that begins with DIGI0800 xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx . It can be found on the inside cover of the Mbox 2 Setup Guide that was included with the packaging.  Note: If you’ve installed from a download and not a disk, then your Authorization code will be in your MyDigi Account.
  25. Register – If you haven’t used your Registration ID Card to register online yet, click the top box, “I have a new Pro Tools system” and click “Next” to fill out the form. If you have already registered, choose the bottom box “I have upgraded my Pro Tools software” and click “Exit Registration”.
  26. The Quickstart Menu: You’ve finally arrived, Pro Tools is up and running & ready to use.


Setting Up The Mbox 2 (Mac)

First Things First

Before we start plugging things in, we first need to install the Pro Tools software.

To make this process go smoothly, I encourage everyone to optimize their computer fist.

Mac OSX Optimization Guide

Installing Pro Tools LE 8

At this point, your mbox should still be unplugged. If you’ve plugged it in already, go ahead and unplug it now.

  1. Insert the Pro Tools LE disk – Find the Pro Tools LE DVD icon on your desktop & double click on it.
  2. mac_LE disk

    (If you downloaded your copy of Pro Tools LE, double click on the Pro_Tools_Le_v8_56245.dmg file that you downloaded.)
    mac_PT dmg

  3. Uninstall / Install Pro Tools – If this is the first time installing Pro Tools on this computer, Double click on the “Install Pro Tools LE.mpkg
  4. mac_mpkg

    IMPORTANT: If you have a previous version installed (Pro Tools 6.x, 7.x), you should run the “Uninstall Pro Tools
    mac_uninstall

    Choose “Clean Uninstall.”
    mac_clean uninstall
    Note: A clean uninstall will NOT remove your 3rd Party plug-ins, ie. Waves, Autotune, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments etc…

  5. Installing Pro Tools
  6. mac_welcome

    Click “Continue” for this first page.

  7. License Agreement
  8. mac_license
    Click “Continue
    mac_agree
    Then Agree

  9. Keyboard Shortcuts
  10. mac_key commands

    This is just a notice box, Click “Continue“.

    Pro Tools has keyboard shortcuts for almost every command you can think of. The mac operating system – Mac OSX – uses the same shortcut to open the Spotlight Search as Pro Tools does for recording. But this shouldn’t effect you, because you’ve already optimized your mac for Pro Tools, right?

  11. Custom Install
  12. mac_custom install
    By default, Pro Tools LE & the CoreAudio Driver are selected. Unless you own the MIDI I/O, or a video peripheral such as the Avid Mojo SDI , these are the ONLY 2 boxes that need to be checked. Click “Continue

  13. Standard Install
  14. mac_install

    This will tell you how much space the install is going to take up. Click “Install

  15. Wait – Certain sections of the installation might say “about a minute remaining“, but in reality, what it really means is, about 5-20 minutes remaining. So kick back and relax for a few while Pro Tools does it’s thing.
  16. 3rd Party Content
  17. mac_3rd party
    Click “OK“. Pro Tools 8 comes with 3 free programs: Celemony Melodyne Essential, FXpansion BFD Lite, Torqe LE . These can be installed from the installer disk, in the “Additional Files” folder under “3rd Party Content

  18. Restart – Click to reboot the computer.
  19. Launch Pro ToolsPlug in your Mbox 2 & wait for the lights to come on. Look down in your dock for the yellow Pro Tools Icon:pt7_le_logo and click on it to open Pro Tools.
  20. Enter Authorization Code – This is the code that begins with DIGI0800 xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx . It can be found on the inside cover of the Mbox 2 Setup Guide that was included with the packaging.  Note: If you’ve installed from a download and not a disk, then your Authorization Code will be in your MyDigi Account.
  21. Register – If you haven’t used your Registration ID Card to register online yet, click the top box, “I have a new Pro Tools system” and click “Next” to fill out the form. If you have already registered, choose the bottom box “I have upgraded my Pro Tools software” and click “Exit Registration“.
  22. The Quickstart Menu: You’ve finally arrived, Pro Tools is up and running & ready to use.

Getting Started

If this is your first time using Pro Tools, or you are just starting out, I suggest you check out the Pro Tools 8 Training DVD that came with your Mbox 2.

If you downloaded Pro Tools 8, you can find the training video online at the Digi TV page. Click to open the DigiTV Player, then choose “Introduction To Pro Tools” on the right, under Channels.

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15 Responses to Setting up the Mbox 2

  1. K says:

    So the mbox will not work/light up without first installing protools right? I just bought an mbox 2 off eBay, it only came with the USB cord( no software) and a friend burned protools 8 and the updates for me. I have a iMac 24. So today I try installing everything, first I plug in the mbox and nothing happened! So then I unplugged it, next I put the pt 8 disc in the mac, and nothing happened as well… So I put the disc in my pc just to test the disc and nothing happened on the pc either. I plugged the mbox in my pc and it said downloading driver then stopped and said please insert program that came with mbox, or use the Internet to locate, I don’t have the Internet where I’m at=( so first off I think the disc my friend burnned is bad so I’m getting him to do it again in hopes this will fix all problems if in fact installing pt8 is a must before the mbox will even show up on your desktop and or work am I correct ? Or should the mbox alone should have showed up/ lit up regardless? Please help!!
    K

    • Sam says:

      I am having the same problem. I need to know if an Mbox 2 I am getting from ebay will work with a copy of pro tools 8 I have got from a friend. Please help

  2. What happens when I have 3 instances of MBox in my control panel.

    None are connected or streaming when I open them through Control Panel.

    I have a bad distortion problem.
    I’m on WinXP

    and it’s worked FINE all the other times.
    Stopped working when one of my External Drives were changed out.

    So I had to reinstall – THANKS IN ADVANCE.

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  11. Anthony says:

    when i launch pro tools LE 8 it says error DLL file not found dfw,dll Not found im pretty sure i followed the instructions exactly. i am very upset . please Help

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  13. andy says:

    I have sucessfully I stalled all the program.
    It records an is clearly visible what notes etc I have recorded however I can’t play back.nothing is heard yet everything seems set up.
    Please help I must be doing doing something wrong.
    PA50sd midi in and out to mbox usb to laptop laptop audio to amp.
    I can’t hear anything even thru headphones what I have recorded.

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