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MOTU 4Pre Hybrid USB & Firewire Audio Interface

Sometimes 2 microphone preamps are just not enough. That's why Motu have created the 4Pre; giving you 4 preamps in a compact audio interface.  If you've been searching for an affordable, compact audio interface with four mic inputs, your search is over. The 4pre packs four mic inputs into an impressively small half-rack form factor, along with a healthy complement of additional professional-grade audio connections. Just think of the possibilities. 


      You can record and mix vocals plus guitar for two musicians simultaneously. Or mic a drum kit with overheads and close-ups. Or record lead and background vocals in one take. With an interface this flexible, capable, and great-sounding, you'll be ready for any situation your music throws at you.

      Compact size
      Designed to go with you anywhere

      The 4pre is an impressively small 8.5 by 7 by 1.75 inches, which means that it slides easily into your backpack. It also sits nicely next to your laptop or desktop computer.

      Flexible combo-style inputs
      Connect guitars, a keyboard, or other inputs

      The four inputs are not just for mics: they are combo jacks that also accept a quarter-inch plug. Inputs 1-2 take line-level signals, such as the output from a synth or keyboard. Inputs 3-4 are "hi-Z" DI inputs with proper impedance for plugging in your electric guitar directly, without an amp or cabinet, to process your guitar sound through amp and cab simulation plug-ins in your host software.

      Universal connectivity
      Hybrid technology connects to any computer

      Thanks to MOTU's Hybrid interface technology, the 4pre connects to any Mac or PC via FireWire or high-speed 
      USB 2.0. Connect your mic, guitar, keyboard, and digital input, and you are ready to make pro-quality recordings.

      Bus-powered FireWire
      No power supply needed

      The 4pre can draw power from its FireWire connection to the computer, so you can operate remotely on laptop battery power.

      High-speed USB 2.0
      High bandwidth and low latency

      The 4pre can record and play all channels simultaneously, and high-speed USB 2.0 provides plenty of bandwidth, even at 96 kHz.

      Mixing made simple
      Hands-on mixing for studio and stage

      Quickly balance the levels of mics, guitars, a keyboard, or other inputs right from the front panel. Each input has its own volume control. Route inputs directly to any output pair, each with its own unique mix: main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones.

      Studio grade sound
      Your mix will be ready for prime time

      The 4pre has been engineered with MOTU's renowned, award-winning audio interface technology, which delivers the pristine audio quality and rock-solid performance that MOTU interfaces are known for worldwide. You can always record and mix with confidence, knowing that decades of engineering experience are behind you, every step of the way.

      Solid metal chassis
      MOTU interfaces are built to last

      The 4pre aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and tour bus. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the cool touch of the 4pre's metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction built to last.


      Sample Rates
      44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz

      Analog In
      4 x XLR/TRS combo 
      2 x 1/4" TRS phone (balanced/unbalanced) 
      2 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar

      Analog Outputs
      2 x 1/4" balanced TRS main out 
      2 x 1/4" balanced TRS line out 
      2 x 1/4" TRS headphone

      Digital Input
      1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF

      Digital Output
      1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF

      Computer I/O
      1 x FireWire 400 (Type B) 
      1 x USB 2.0

      Sync In/Out
      SMPTE time code (LTC)

      Headphone Output
      2 x 1/4" TRS phone with independent volume control

      Phantom Power
      Individual +48V

      Front panel
      2 x 10-segment ladder LEDs • main outs 
      4 x 5-segment LEDs • inputs 
      2 x signal present LEDs • S/PDIF I/O 
      2 x signal present LEDs • stereo line out 
      4 x LEDs • 48V phantom power 
      4 x LEDs • -20 dB pad 
      5 x LEDs • mix/trim (main, line, S/PDIF, phone, trim) 
      1 x LED • Vol/Pan

      Power Requirements
      9-18V DC, 5W, tip + or - 
      FireWire bus power 
      DC power adapter included, required for stand-alone and USB 2.0 operation

      Mac System Requirements
      PowerPC G4 CPU 1 GHz or faster (including any Mac with a PowerPC G5 or any Intel processor)
      1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
      Mac OS X version 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7; v10.5.8 or later required
      Available FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0 port
      A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

      Windows System Requirements
      1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster equipped with at least one USB2 or FireWire port
      1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
      Windows 7 or Vista, 32- or 64-bit; Vista SP 2 or later required
      Available FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0 port
      A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

      Operating Systems
      Mac OS X version 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7 (v10.5.8 or later is required)
      Windows 7 or Vista (SP2 or later is required)

      64-bit operation
      Available for Mac OS X v10.6 or 10.7
      Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or Vista
      Requires a 64-bit CPU (and host application for plug-in versions)
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