I had been using cheap sound cards for such a long time and thought I’d make a bigger investment than usual. I went into the music store and said “what’s the best sound card money can buy with few in and outs.” The salesman gave me two choices, I can’t remember the first one but the second one was the Mbox 3. I went for the Mbox.
Came home and installed it with a smile on my face. Unpacking was a glorious moment. Fired it up, everything worked fine…until I started to use it. Of course it had to happen when I was working on a deadline for a client. They had ordered some new music for a game. Crazy latency! I couldn’t believe it! I felt like I’d been sent back to 1995 where you had to fight to get your latency down. Very well, compensate when you play the keyboard. Move the recording to the beat. Ok then, I’ll survive.
I didn’t return it, and most of my work after that has been sound design anyway. Then came today, 6 months later.
I woke up this morning wanting to record some new sfx for Audiojungle. Grabbed my coffee and started everything. Hmm, distortion. Wonder what that could be. Turned some knobs, searched the Internetz. Nothing. I’ve spent the entire day with this now and it only gotten worse. Now I got static noise even though nothing is plugged in. Both in the preamp and the line in.
Ok then, it was a beautiful anyway day so I took my car and drove in to town to return it. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that the store was closed. The website said they were going to be open until four. Not a frustrating day at all :).
At the moment I feel like I’m going to go back to my old Soundblaster Audigy 2 since it didn’t have the latency problem at least. What’s 19ms compared to 500? ^^
This is it then. I had to write of my frustration. Thanks for reading this wall of text. Anything you want to share? Does your Mbox 3 work as intended or do you have problems as well? Any other sound cards to avoid? Let’s hear it!