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Ian Patterson Level 1 (115 points)
I just bought a Digidesign Mbox 2 Firewire interface to use with my Macbook Pro that's running 10.5.1. Since I planned to use Garageband (or Logic in the future) and not ProTools, I didn't think running 10.5 would be a problem... but I just connected the interface for the first time and Garageband isn't seeing it.

System Profiler confirms an Mbox2 interface on the Firewire bus, but no love in either the Sound Preference pane, or Garageband itself.

PLEASE, please tell me that I'm not totally hung out to dry with this Mbox2! I NEVER would have bought Digidesign if I wasn't under the impression that Logic and Garageband were independently compatible without needing Digidesigns awful, incompatible drivers.

Any ideas? Thanks!

-Panicky in San Francisco

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • HangTime Level 9 (50,490 points)
    if Digi hasn't released 10.5 compatible drivers you'll have to either wait until they do, or perhaps you can return that and get something that does work B-(>
  • Ian Patterson Level 1 (115 points)
    But the Logic Pro website says this under a section called "Hardware Freedom":

    "Logic Pro can be used with any audio interface that works with Mac OS X, so you never have to worry about restrictive proprietary hardware requirements."

    Isn't that what we're talking about here? I read that and thought it meant that I could use any standard audio interface to connect to Logic Pro (or Garageband) without needing 3rd party drivers. Am I wrong about that?
  • HangTime Level 9 (50,490 points)
    the key phrase is "that works with Mac OS X". without compatible drivers it apparently does not. what you want is an interface that is "class compliant" and thus does not require drivers.
  • Ian Patterson Level 1 (115 points)
    HangTime, the truth hurts, but thanks for the facts! I guess I'll have to see if I can get a refund for the Mbox2.

    Any idea where I can find a list of compatible, Mac-friendly audio interfaces? I wasn't in love with Digidesign before, but now I pretty much despise them.

    I'm looking for a quality interface that will work with Logic Pro and Garageband without the versioning compatibility evils of Digidesign. Any list of suggested options would be a great help!
  • HangTime Level 9 (50,490 points)
    sorry it wasn't a better answer B-(>

    here are some of the most popular mac interfaces:

    the PreSonus line is supposed to be class compliant, and i've seen posts confirming that the inspire works with 10.5. i use a FirePod (which was plug and play) but my machine is frozen at 10.4, so i can't confirm for certain anything about 10.5
  • Lou Mazzucchelli Level 4 (1,685 points)
    Whoa. Digidesign publishes a separate CoreAudio driver for their stuff explicitly for non-ProTools users. The latest is supposed to support the
    Mbox 2 Pro. See

    I'm using a previous version of this driver with an 001 under Leopard with
    GarageBand - it's unsupported, a little creaky, but it works.
  • Lou Mazzucchelli Level 4 (1,685 points)
    My bad - even easier...from the digi website:

    "The Mbox 2 Pro, Mbox 2, Mbox 2 Mini, and Mbox 2 Micro audio interfaces do not use the Digidesign CoreAudio Manager. Instead these devices are configured using the "Audio MIDI Setup" application in your Applications/Utilities folder, and the "Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro" or "Digidesign Mbox 2" (for Mbox 2 and Mbox 2 Mini) prefernce panes in your System Preferences."
  • mmwwmm Level 1 (0 points)
    I never had any luck recording a lick one with the cute little Mbox2mini using pro-tools. I wish i would have consulted first. After reading ur post about Digidesign's CoreAudio Manager maybe there is new hope for this $300 paper weight? Coz pro-Tools is way over my head. I will try that, thanks. Is there a book-for-dummy's on this? I did fine with analog in 1975, go figure.
  • ViTaL pOeT Level 1 (0 points)
    I have protools 7.1.1 for my macbook pro;my mbox 2 i getting powere but for garage band i get an error that says "GarageBand has detected a possible conflict between one or more third party MIDI or audio drivers"

    if any1 can help me i would appreciate your insight

  • mmwwmm Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello Lou !!! do you (or anyone out there) or anyone u know of, actually have had success recording real instruments on GarageBand using an Mbox2mini (or close to it) with their MAC? Or here is another question: Does anyone know anyone who has recorded with ProTools 7 using the Mbox2mini on a MAC? GarageBand is simple to use but I cannot record anything yet with ProTools.
  • mmwwmm Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello hangtime,
    Are we all just sort of spinning our wheels here trying to use these Dididesign products? Maybe some of us should start over from scratch?
  • mmwwmm Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello Ian,

    So what did u do? Did u get ur Mbox2 to work with GarageBand yet? Why you not use proTools? I watched the dvd for protools 2 times, set everything up and still had no luck recording. The guy who sold me the Mbox2 said it wud not work with GB and I i thought (at the time) n o problem, i could use the proTools. But too complicated. I could take some classes on it, but all i want to do is just record for songwriting, not for producing final product. So frustrating.
  • Ian Patterson Level 1 (115 points)
    This is an interesting find, thanks Lou! I'll think I'll try installing the Mbox2 drivers on Leopard and then try configuring the Mbox using the Audio MIDI Setup tool like they mention. Maybe it will work independently of ProTools in Garageband, maybe it won't. Worth a shot...
  • Ian Patterson Level 1 (115 points)
    I gave up on getting the Mbox 2 to work in Leopard. I got an old Firewire hard drive and installed Tiger on it. When I want to do recording, I boot from the external drive. It's not fun but it works. I loathe Digidesign for their horrid Mac support, but their hardware itself is cheap and seems to sound good.

    I'm going to try installing the Mbox 2 drivers on Leopard and see if I can get the device to show up using the Audio MIDI Setup tool, like Lou suggested in a thread above.

    Good luck!
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