Digidesign has launched the latest member of its Mbox family. The Mbox 2 Micro is a $279 PC audio interface that comes with Pro Tools LE. Since Pro Tools only runs on computers with certified software, that makes this the cheapest way to install Pro Tools on your machine. In fact, it brings the price down below Adobe Audition, which goes for $349. And if you go the Mbox Micro route, you get a piece of hardware thrown in for good measure.
But I'm a bit baffled by the Mbox Micro. Unlike the Mbox, and Mbox Mini, I'm not sure it's fair to call the Mbox Micro an audio interface. It's more of an enhanced headphone jack. It supports 24 bit 48Khz output through a 1/8th inc jack. But the micro doesn't include an audio input, so you'll have to use your computer's input jacks to load sound. Of course, with flash audio recorders becoming more common, odds are you're already recording high quality WAV audio which you can just copy and paste to your computer anyway.
[via Create Digital Music]