What do you get when the love child of a dusty old Nintendo and an unused and unloved Atari decides it wants to get involved with music production on a budget? You get the Ebox44. One of the most common questions I have seen going through digital DJ forums is good gear for the new DJ on a budget. The $100 audio interface market is extremely limited, and the options of those interfaces are, well, lacking. Enter this retro looking box. It’s built like a tank and actually offers more than the bare minimum of features.
Out of the Box
After opening up the box you are greeted with the standard fare: the interface, a CD for drivers, a USB cable and 2 RCA cables. The Ebox44 is a 4 in/4 out interface with a headphone out and a ¼” mic in. There are small knobs for the headphone volume and mic gain.
The interface itself is not for everyone. I think of it as a lovechild of a bygone era of technology, but I’m sure there are many that do not share my nostalgia. It is a sturdy box, however. The outside feels like brushed metal, the plugs have no give whatsoever. There’s just enough weight to give it stability, but it isn’t overwhelming.
The activity LEDs are large and super bright, and everything is pretty well labeled. I wish the Mic Gain knob and the Headphone Volume knob were a little chunkier, but for the price point I can’t really complain.