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  • MOT-8M

    MOTU 8M Thunderbolt / AVB Ethernet / USB Audio Interface

    The MOTU 8M Thunderbolt audio interface provides world-class dynamic range and large console style mixing with 50 channels of audio I/O (24 ins and 26 outs) and USB 2/3 compatibility. Eight mic preamps are equipped with individual gain, pad and 48V phantom power, plus optional hardware-based V-Limit™ overload protection, which adds 9 dB of headroom above digital zero to prevent overs.


        Powerful DSP delivers large console style mixing with 48 channels, 12 stereo busses, and 32-bit floating point effects processing, including modeled analog EQ, vintage compression and classic reverb. The unit's extensive routing grid patches ins to outs, or splits inputs to multiple destinations. Use the 8M as a stand-alone mixer and control everything from the 8M's innovative web app running on your iPad™, iPhone™, tablet, smart phone, and laptop. Connect a second MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Ethernet cable. Add more I/O with the MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately). Build an AVB audio network with multiple switches and sub-millisecond latency, even over long cable runs. Stream hundreds of channels among devices and computers on the network. From initial tracking to final mastering, the 8M delivers superb sound quality, state-of-the-art operation, and reliable performance. 

        Main Features: 

        This box contains everything you need to turn your computer into a powerful 24-bit/192 kHz digital audio workstation. As a “hybrid” audio interface, the 8M offers flexible connectivity to your computer via ultra-fast Thunderbolt™ technology or class-compliant, hi-speed USB 2.0, with 18 channels of pristine analog I/O, combined with 32 channels of digital I/O, for a total of 50 simultaneous audio channels. 

        The 8M is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. As an interface or standalone mixer, the 8M provides 24 separate inputs and 26 separate outputs, including eight XLR/TRS combo style mic inputs with individual preamps, eight balanced TRS analog outputs, two 8-channel banks of ADAT optical digital I/O, and a front panel headphone jack. 

        Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors. Record, monitor, route and process all of these live inputs using the professional on-board digital mixer — with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Apply hardware DSP-driven effects processing to inputs, outputs, and busses independent of your host computer. Add Classic Reverb™ with lengths up to 60 seconds. Further sculpt your sound with gating, 4-band parametric EQ, and vintage compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A™ leveling amplifier. 

        Add more MOTU interfaces as your needs grow, connected to a state-of-the-art audio network using standard AVB Ethernet switches and CAT-5e cabling, with near-zero network latency, even over long cable runs (several hundred meters). Record and monitor up to 128 audio channels in and out, simultaneously, to a host computer through Thunderbolt. Route hundreds of audio channels among multiple devices and computers on the network. 

        Control all DSP-based mixing and effects, device settings, and network audio routing using your favorite web browser running on your laptop, tablet or smart phone connected wirelessly or locally to the 8M audio network. 

        From initial tracking to final mastering, the 8M delivers superb sound quality, state-of-the-art operation, and reliable performance.


        Sample rates

        44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

        Analog inputs

        8 x XLR/TRS combo-style mic/line/instrument inputs 
        Preamp gain: 0 to +53 dB (digitally controlled) 
        TRS max level with pad: +17 dbU (V-limit at +7)

        Analog outputs

        8 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled) 
        Max level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20) 
        1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone

        Digital I/O

        2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates 
        1 bank (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates 
        Stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) on Bank A (optional)

        Total I/O

        24 inputs and 26 outputs (50 total) at 1x sample rates 
        16 inputs and 18 outputs (34 total) at 2x sample rates 
        8 inputs and 10 outputs (18 total) at 4x sample rates

        Computer I/O

        1 x Thunderbolt (compatible with 1 and 2) 
        1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant 
              USB 3.0 and iOS compatible 
        1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)

        Sync I/O

        1 x word clock in 
        1 x word clock out


        1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)

        Phantom power

        8 x individual +48V

        Front panel

        1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output 
        1 x digital rotary encoder • phone volume 
        8 x digital rotary encoders • mic preamp gain 
        16 x switches • (8) Pad and (8) 48V Phantom switch 
        324 x 24 pixel LCD for level meters / menu nav 
        1 x AC power switch


        International 100-240V autoswitching supply 
        50-60 Hz • 0.5A max


        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 2.0 or AVB Ethernet port*
        • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
        • *AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite

        Windows System Requirements

        • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
        • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
        • Windows 7 or later
        • Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 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
        • Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.
        • Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU AVB interface by wire or Wi-Fi.

        Included Software

        • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 drivers
        • MOTU AVB Discovery App for Mac (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
        • MOTU AVB Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
        • MOTU AVB Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
        • AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac and 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
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