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MOTU 8A - AVB Thunderbolt/USB3 Audio Interface with ESS Sabre32 DAC

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The MOTU 8A is an AVB audio interface with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 connectivity. The 8A is a half rack-unit design with 8 X 8 analog I/O via TRS, and up to 8 X 8 digital I/O. The 8A uses the same ESS Sabre32 ultra high-end convertors found in flagship MOTU AVB interfaces the 16A and 1248. Like all other MOTU AVB audio interfaces, the 8A features the same flexible DSP mixer and included DSP FX. MOTU have maintained their reputation for stable high performing drivers, with round trip latency as low as 1.6ms via Thunderbolt. The 8A is 24bit, and capable of running at 192kHz.

    • MOTU 8A Features:

      34 simultaneous audio channels
      You get 8 x 8 balanced analog, 8-channel ADAT optical and independent headphone out for 16 inputs and 18 outputs. The optical ports also support stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF).

      Superb analog audio quality and high-end converters
      Performance suitable for the most demanding situations
      Renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology delivers
      123 dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality
      as MOTU's flagship 16A.

      Ultra-low latency and proven, high-performance MOTU drivers
      The best possible latency performance
      The 8A delivers round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz
      over Thunderbolt™ — and an astonishing 1.9 ms over USB — with high-performance DAW hosts.

      Mobile operation and universal connectivity
      Ultimate portability and flexibility
      Connects to your computer with Thunderbolt™, super-speed USB 3.0 or AVB/TSN Ethernet — with support for up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out). USB audio class-compliant firmware and high-performance, industry-standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connects to your iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).

      DSP mixing and effects processing
      Console-style mixing with 48 channels and 12 busses
      The 8A's full-fledged 48-input digital mixer delivers 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression. If you know your way around a large-format mixing console, you'll feel right at home. If you've ever wished to mix on a large console, the driver's seat is now yours.

      Modeled vintage effects processing
      Vintage processing with 32-bit float precision
      Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs. The 8A's mixing and effects DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.

      Flexible matrix routing and splitting
      Route your audio anywhere with one-click ease
      Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the audio network.
    • MOTU 8A Specifications:

      Front Panel:     
      1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output
      1 x digital rotary encoder • main/phone volume
      5 x switches • menu navigation
      160 x 128 pixel RGB LCD for level meters / menu nav
      Power switch

      Rear Panel:
      2 x TOSLINK connectors (8 ch ADAT, 4 ch SMUX or 2 ch SPDIF I/O)
      1 x Thunderbolt 2 (compatible with Thunderbolt 1 & 3)
      1 x USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2 & iOS)
      1 x IEEE 802.1 AVB/TSN Ethernet
      8 x TRS analog inputs
      8 x TRS analog outputs

      Power / Physical:
      External 12-18V DC power supply
      1.0A max • tip pos or neg
      Dimensions / Weight: 22 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm / 1.0kg
    • MOTU 8A System Requirements:

      Mac System Requirements:
      1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
      2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
      Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
      Available Thunderbolt, USB or AVB/TSN Ethernet port*
      A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
      *AVB/TSN Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X 10.11 or later

      Windows System Requirements:
      1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
      2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
      Windows 7, 8 or 10
      Available Thunderbolt or USB port
      Available Ethernet port for firmware updates
      A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

      Web App Support:
      Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
      Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU interface by wire or Wi-Fi.

      Included Software:
      MOTU Discovery App for Mac & Windows (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
      MOTU Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
      MOTU web app (served from the hardware itself)
      AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac & Windows (separate download)

      Operating Systems:
      For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
      For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android

      ** Please note, system requirements may change. For the most recent system requirements please visit the manufacturer's official product listing **

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