Hello again. Im considering upgrading from my old trusted Cubase VST32 to Pro-Tools LE and
buying an M-Box 2 as my I/O.
I've seen a few advertised on eBay and some have
the iLok key with the main box & some don't. I emailed a seller (who didn't include an
iLok in his advert) and he said i won't need one as the box is just plug & play.
My question is, Does the M-Box 2 need an iLok key or not? also why would someone sell
one with the key if it's not needed?
PT LE7 will run without an iLok as long as you have the MBox connected. An iLok is
required as authorisation to run many 3rd-party or extra plugins (purchased separately),
but without it you will be able to use Pro Tools with the stock selection of plugins that
are bundled. An iLok was included with MBox2 bundles that included some additional
plugins ('factory pack'?).
You might find that having an iLok is useful (if not
now then maybe later) because it will open up these other options to you - also, if the
seller has not opted to crossgrade to PT9 then you will have the option to do that (make
sure you get the license transferred), and an iLok is now used as authorisation for