Hi everyone I know it's been a while but the good news is I have finally moved over to pro tools!

I bought the pro tools m-powered 8 I've had the box the whole day so I opened it up and expected to find an m-box there seems to be only the manual a dongle/ikey and a booklet of dvds, I went through the manual and I'm sure there is supposed to be a fire wire connection thing (the m-box) I really don't want to install it until i know whats going on, this is my first pro tools product so excuse the ignorance (I will be running it off my macbook pro icore 7 15 inch).

Any info regarding this would be greatly appreciated

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    Why the down vote? Although not a sound design question or comment, plenty of users have posted technical questions to this forum in the past. Lighten up, people! Dec 14, 2010 at 23:11
  • someone must be hating on me jay :/ thanks for the back up :D
    – JM V
    Dec 18, 2010 at 14:18

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M-Powered ProTools does not come with a hardware interface. You're going to have to buy a M-Audio interface separately. The USB MobilePre is probably your cheapest option. The Mbox works with only with ProTools LE and won't be compatible with your ProTools M-Powered.

  • @paul are you serious?! OMFG! can it not work without the interface? thanks btw what do you do?
    – JM V
    Dec 14, 2010 at 21:22
  • does pro tools only need the mbox to record i.e. can i stilledit sound with pro tools with out an m box?
    – JM V
    Dec 14, 2010 at 21:59
  • @JM you will need what Paul says, PT will not work without it, everything you do with the software relies on the box. Dec 14, 2010 at 22:33
  • @JM If you're using PT8, you need an interface to use the software, whether you want to record or not. PT9 just came out which doesn't require an interface - you could just use your computer line out to speakers. You can crossgrade from PT8 to PT9 for $349 I think and since you already have your iLok from PT8, you won't need to buy a new one. Dec 16, 2010 at 16:18
  • @everyone omg so in other words i wasted my money? @paul (just to clarify) the usb mobilepre will work correct? please say it will cos i dont have the funds to throw away on this investment thank you all for all the info.
    – JM V
    Dec 18, 2010 at 14:17

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