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Mbox 3 Pro and Mbox 3 Mini drivers perform significantly different latency wise Audio Interfaces
Old 5th July 2015
  #1
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Mbox 3 Pro and Mbox 3 Mini drivers perform significantly different latency wise

Ok so my little production setup of a quad core i7 4GB with windows 7 64bit laptop with an Mbox 3 Pro was just choking in Pro Tools 10.3.7 which just really disappointed me. I couldnt even play MiniGrand without it choking.

So I had Studio One 2.6 on another laptop that is really old which is a Latitude D830 Core 2 Duo and it was handling VI's from Arturia like nothing and it has also an Mbox 3 Mini with the Mini drivers from Avid.

This is what trips me out though, I told myself ok then I'll put Studio One on the quad core where Pro Tools 10.3.7 is atrocious with VI's and when I did Studio One also choked badly!!!

I couldnt understand this and I can only conclude that either my quad core i7 Dell Latitude e6420 with 4GB and 300 7200rpm hard drive is absolute trash or Avid's drivers for the Mbox 3 Pro are absolute trash.

Are the drivers for the Mbox 3 Pro horrible?

This doesnt make any sense to me other than that the Mbox 3 Pro drivers are horrible.

Last edited by Adonis Martine; 5th July 2015 at 03:41 AM..
Old 5th July 2015
  #2
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As somebody that used a Mbox 3 Pro for some time I will say no. It sounds like your firewire card sucks or something else in your set up sucks. I was able to obtain a load of tracks with plugins running at 64 samples and play electronic drums along with my mixes. I was running a i7 2600k with a TI based PCI firewire card for the Mbox 3 Pro.

The one thing about audio interfaces (fancy soundcards) is that nothing is certain with each set up. It is all trial and error. Maybe your machine hates the mBox where mine was fine.

Just a FYI I've had good luck with all the sound cards I have used with my machine. So, you never know. As we have all read before, just because you believe you have a powerful PC, doesn't mean it will be the grand daddy for audio.
Old 5th July 2015
  #3
Gear Maniac
 

Just noticed, it could be a Pro Tools vs S1 thing too. I don't know. I'm a Cubase guy but have used other programs too. Cubase on Win 7 has been the best low latency performer for me. S1 was decent but not as good as Cubase. When I went the hackintosh route, Logic worked fine too, in the same league as Cubase Mac. Cubase PC seems to be the top dawg for me though. Maybe Pro Tools is the slug in your case. I wouldn't know.

Sounds like a pretty stupid ass test if you ask me though. Try installing Studio 1 on you main rig and see how you fare then.....
Old 5th July 2015
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Just noticed, it could be a Pro Tools vs S1 thing too. I don't know. I'm a Cubase guy but have used other programs too. Cubase on Win 7 has been the best low latency performer for me. S1 was decent but not as good as Cubase. When I went the hackintosh route, Logic worked fine too, in the same league as Cubase Mac. Cubase PC seems to be the top dawg for me though. Maybe Pro Tools is the slug in your case. I wouldn't know.

Sounds like a pretty stupid ass test if you ask me though. Try installing Studio 1 on you main rig and see how you fare then.....
Old 5th July 2015
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Originally Posted by monkeymanx View Post
As somebody that used a Mbox 3 Pro for some time I will say no. It sounds like your firewire card sucks or something else in your set up sucks. I was able to obtain a load of tracks with plugins running at 64 samples and play electronic drums along with my mixes. I was running a i7 2600k with a TI based PCI firewire card for the Mbox 3 Pro.

The one thing about audio interfaces (fancy soundcards) is that nothing is certain with each set up. It is all trial and error. Maybe your machine hates the mBox where mine was fine.

Just a FYI I've had good luck with all the sound cards I have used with my machine. So, you never know. As we have all read before, just because you believe you have a powerful PC, doesn't mean it will be the grand daddy for audio.
Well I do have a Firewire card on one of the quad core Latitude laptop slots that connects the Mbox 3 Pro to the quad core Latitude laptop.

The firewire card is from Startech and works well but maybe you are right maybe its the firewire card.
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I have tried the Mbox 3 Mini on the quad core laptop and although Pro Tools VI's was still atrocious it handled it better than when the Mbox 3 Pro was running on the quad core laptop.

I just looked at Avid approved firewire cards for Windows laptops and Siig is the one they approve.

Pro Tools 10.3.7 and S1 2.6 both choke on the quad core Latitude which is strange.

Last edited by Adonis Martine; 5th July 2015 at 06:20 AM..
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