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soundcard Digidesign Mbox 2
model: Digidesign Mbox 2(model id: 1796)
vendor:
Digidesign
VendorID:ProductID code of the device:
0dba:3000
year of commercialization:
not-specified
interface:
USB
tested on:
Debian GNU/Linux Testing/Unstable
tested with the following kernel libre:
4.1.29-gnu
does it work with free software?
yes
free driver used:
snd-usb-audio
Description:
All functions work with fully free software, including MIDI i/o, 2x capture, 2x playback, SPDIF output. Format is locked at 48000Hz @ 24bit. However you need to upgrade its internal firmware once before use. You need to upgrade your Mbox 2 firmware to v1.43 using the official updates provided here, also mirrored on ZamAudio here. Without the update, strange noisy inputs occur with the Mbox 2 on GNU/Linux but when the update is applied once, the noise disappears. The firmware update can only be applied from a Mac or Windows computer. However, once firmware update is applied, it works with any Linux kernel >= 3.14. To inspect your current firmware version:
sudo lsusb -vv -d 0dba:3000 |grep bcdDevice |awk '{print $2}'
Anything less than 1.43 needs an update to 1.43

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