Mbox (original model) with Pro Tools LE 6.4 for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)


Digidesign Hardware Supplied with System

  • Mbox
  • USB Cable (12')

Digidesign Software Compatiblity

  • Pro Tools LE 6.4 for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)
  • Pro Tools LE software will not work without Digidesign hardware connected
  • Pro Tools LE supports the use of any single supported Pro Tools LE audio interface. Simultaneous use of multiple Pro Tools LE hardware devices is not supported.

Pro Tools LE 6.4 Information:

Included and Optional Plug-Ins:

Optional Digidesign Hardware

  • Command|8
  • Control|24
  • MIDI I/O
  • PRE (No Integrated Control)

Control Surfaces & MIDI Interfaces

Optional Digidesign & Avid Storage

  • DigiDrive SCSI Drives
  • DigiDrive FireWire 80
  • Avid MediaDrive rS80
  • Avid MediaDrive rS36/320 LVD
  • Avid MediaDrive rS73/320 LVD
  • Avid MediaDock iS36/320 LVD Shuttle
  • Avid MediaDock iS73/320 LVD Shuttle
  • Avid MediaDock Dual
  • Avid MediaDock Dual+
  • SCSI-128 Kit (ATTO Express PCI-UL3D)
  • SCSI-64 Kit (ATTO Express PCI-DC)*

*Not compatible with Power Mac G5

Optional Video Software

Video Options

  • Sony DV devices
  • Canopus ADVC-100 DV Transcoder

Maximum Performance Guidelines

  • Recording to the system startup drive is not recommended or supported
  • For Power Mac G5 or G4 desktop models, a separate internal or external dedicated audio hard drive is highly recommended for maximum performance and track count.
  • Although limited recording and playback of audio tracks may be possible using the internal drive in iBook, PowerBook and iMac models, a separate external dedicated audio hard drive is highly recommended for maximum performance and track count. Digidesign recommends the use of FireWire drives for use with these computers.

Known Incompatibilities

  • Mbox will not function if any Digidesign PCI cards are installed in the CPU. (Digi 001, Audiomedia III, TDM cards, SampleCell)
  • Pro Tools LE core hardware systems cannot be combined
  • Pro Tools 6 does not work in the OS 9 "Classic Mode". You must choose Mac OS X as your Startup Disk.

Download Documentation

For more information, see Getting Started with Mbox and other Pro Tools 6 documents in the Support > Tech Support > Technical Document Library and included with new Mbox systems and Pro Tools LE 6 upgrade CDs.

Supported CPU Models, Speeds & Requirements

Qualified with Pro Tools LE 6.9 and higher, not tested with Pro Tools LE 6.4:

  • iMac G5
  • Mac mini

Not Tested:

  • eMac

The following computers are unsupported for use with Mbox with Mac OS X:

  • G4 Cube
  • Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics)
  • Power Mac G3 Blue & White and older
  • iMac (G3 models)
  • PowerBook G3 ("Pismo") and older
  • iBook ("Clamshell")

Dual Processor Support

Pro Tools 6 for Mac OS X is fully compatible with Apple dual processor models. There is no need to install any additional software. Dual processor users will experience increased performance over single processor CPUs.

System Software

Total System RAM

  • 384 MB minimum, 512 or higher recommended
  • More RAM increases overall system and Pro Tools performance
  • 512 MB RAM or higher suggested for sessions with high edit density, extensive use of plug-ins, or simultaneous use with MIDI sequencers
  • DigiTranslator 2.0 will also require additional RAM
  • OS X does not require minimum or preferred RAM settings for Pro Tools as RAM is dynamically allocated

Additional Computer Requirements


  • Color monitor required
  • 14" minimum, 17" or or larger recommended
  • Minimum resolution of 1024 x 768

QuickTime Required

  • Apple QuickTime 6.5 or higher
  • Included with Mac OS

Storage (Audio Drive) Requirements

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