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Rolls MB35 replacement
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:33:54 am »

MB35 was a simple inexpensive 2 in 2 out Pro USB Interface and balance/unbalance adapter.

I know that some computer audio interfaces can do this, but is there anything that has the same features and form factor as the Rolls? Itís not a preamp but a line in out stereo device that seems to be unique.
Unfortunately it looks like itís discontinued.

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Re: Rolls MB35 replacement
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 06:09:47 am »

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Re: Rolls MB35 replacement
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 07:48:41 am »

MB35 was a simple inexpensive 2 in 2 out Pro USB Interface and balance/unbalance adapter.

I know that some computer audio interfaces can do this, but is there anything that has the same features and form factor as the Rolls? Itís not a preamp but a line in out stereo device that seems to be unique.
Unfortunately it looks like itís discontinued.

Anyone found anything like it?

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Look up recording interfaces / IO boxes,  lots of two channel units available.

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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 08:32:41 am »

The Rolls MB15b is still available and has the same functions as the MB35 except for the USB In/Out capabilities. I've had this model for years and it's done it's job when needed without fail.  Always carry it in my tool kit.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/217366-REG/Rolls_MB15B_MB15b_Promatch_2_Way_Stereo.html
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 01:10:42 pm »

The Rolls MB15b is still available and has the same functions as the MB35 except for the USB In/Out capabilities.
The USB interface is the main reason I want one.



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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2019, 01:27:40 pm »

This unit works great as well. I find myself using this far more often than the Rolls nowadays.

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2019, 02:24:20 pm »

I saw this one from Interspace Industries a bit ago, thought it looked pretty nice.

It doesnít have the balun feature set, but some adapter cables could fix that.
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2019, 03:36:04 pm »

Look up recording interfaces / IO boxes,  lots of two channel units available.
I've been doing nothing but that for a while.
If you think you know of one, have a look at the Rolls, and let me know if you can find anything like it, with those connections and form factor.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2019, 03:37:11 pm »

This unit works great as well. I find myself using this far more often than the Rolls nowadays.

Peavey USB-P

Thanks, know all about that one. Got the Radial version. Have a look at the Rolls and you'll see the difference in connectors and I/O.
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2019, 03:38:23 pm »

I saw this one from Interspace Industries a bit ago, thought it looked pretty nice.

It doesnít have the balun feature set, but some adapter cables could fix that.
Thank you! That's the closest I've seen so far. Good eye!
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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2019, 04:50:37 pm »

One of these?

https://focusrite.com/scarlett
I've been through all the "regular" computer audio interfaces I could find. I came here because sometimes someone has located something that doesn't come up in regular searches.
Specifically, though, the Scarlett is bigger, has no XLR outs, for starters...
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2019, 05:26:27 pm »

Here's another company that makes some things that kinda fit the bill...

http://www.arxamerica.com/USB_Direct_Boxes.html
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Re: Rolls MB35 replacement
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2019, 07:18:04 pm »

The Sound Devices USB Pre 2 is similar, although it has some extra stuff.  It also doesn't really like Line level sources into the XLR inputs.

It's also a right good bit of money....
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2019, 07:39:55 pm »

ART USB Pre has XLR in, 1/4 TRS our stereo 1/8th headphone and USB out. Does that fill the bill ?

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/USBDualPrePS--art-usb-dual-pre
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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2019, 09:08:32 pm »

ART USB Pre has XLR in, 1/4 TRS our stereo 1/8th headphone and USB out. Does that fill the bill ?

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/USBDualPrePS--art-usb-dual-pre
It's close... Doesn't have the assortment of connectors the Rolls has or XLR outputs, unfortunately. It is however quite compact. I ignored it originally because it looked like it was only an A/D without D/A, but in reading the manual, it looks like it does that as well.
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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2019, 11:35:39 pm »

I have a few ART pieces.  Little non-sexy, very useful little boxes..
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Re: Rolls MB35 replacement
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2019, 12:01:02 pm »

MB35 was a simple inexpensive 2 in 2 out Pro USB Interface and balance/unbalance adapter.

I know that some computer audio interfaces can do this, but is there anything that has the same features and form factor as the Rolls? Itís not a preamp but a line in out stereo device that seems to be unique.
Unfortunately it looks like itís discontinued.

Anyone found anything like it?

https://www.tiendaonline.audiotecnologias.com/en/discontinued/150-rolls-mb35-conversor-de-senal-hi-fi-home-a-profesional-usb.html

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/UMC404HD--behringer-u-phoria-umc404hd?mrkgcl=28&mrkgadid=3303549811&rkg_id=0&product_id=UMC404HD&campaigntype=shopping&campaign=aaShopping%20-%20SKU%20-%20Studio%20%26%20Recording&adgroup=Audio%20Interfaces%20-%20Behringer%20-%20umc404hd&placement=google&adpos=1o1&creative=285689014458&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsv632J_r3wIVS8DICh0Y5Q-JEAQYASABEgKhuPD_BwE

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