MOTU 8m Thunderbolt Audio Interface  From MOTU

Thunderbolt/USB 2 interface featuring 8 channels of excellent preamps, multiple digital connectivity options, and onboard processing effects!

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Manufacturer's Description from MOTU

The 8M Thunderbolt™ audio interface provides industry-leading dynamic range and large console style mixing. With 50 channels of audio I/O (24 ins and 26 outs), the 8M also supports USB 2.0 audio class compliant connectivity that is USB 3.0 compatible. 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. 

Long description: 

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. 

Long bullet points: 

Superb audio quality — For example, the balanced TRS analog outputs produce 123 dB dynamic range and -110 dB THD+N (0.0003%) at -1 dBFS, Unweighted, 1 kHz. 

50 simultaneous audio channels — Eight XLR/TRS combo inputs with individual preamps/pad/48V power, 8 balanced/unbalanced TRS analog outs, and 2 x 8-channel ADAT optical ports for 24 inputs and 26 outputs. 

Flexible mic/guitar inputs — Eight combo jacks provide balanced analog input, hi-Z 1/4” guitar input or XLR mic input with individual phantom power and pad. 

Precision Digital Trim™ — Digitally controlled analog preamp gain provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB increments from either the front panel controls or web app software, with the ability to save gain settings. 

V-Limit™ overload protection — Hardware-based input limiter on the mic/guitar inputs prevents digital clipping and distortion from overloaded signal levels up to +9 dB over zero. 

Universal connectivity — Connects to your computer with Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0). Class-compliant firmware and Industry standard drivers work with any audio software. 

On-board DSP with mixing and effects — Flexible 48-input digital mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression. 

32-bit floating point processing — The 8M's mixing and effects DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality. 

Modeled vintage effects processing — Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs. 

System expansion and audio networking — Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Cat-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (hundreds of meters). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network. 

Matrix routing and splitting — Flexible, matrix-style audio routing and splitting for any analog or digital input, computer channel or network stream to any other output, computer, or network device. Split any single input to unlimited multiple output destinations. 

256 channels of network audio I/O for your host computer — Record and monitor up to 128 networked audio channels in and out, simultaneously, through the Thunderbolt connection to a host computer. 

Web app control — Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from web app software running in your favorite browser on a laptop, tablet or smart phone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network. 

Stand-alone mixing with wireless control — Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to the 8M with a standard Ethernet cable and control the 8M's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smart phone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live sound mixing. 

ADAT digital I/O — Connect outboard digital processors, digital mixers or other gear. 16 channels at 44.1/48 kHz or 8 channels at 88.2/96 kHz. 

Comprehensive metering — The large backlit 324 x 24 LCD lets you view all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analog and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu. 

AudioDesk — Includes AudioDesk workstation software with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering. 

Condensed bullet points: 

Superb audio quality — For example, the balanced TRS analog outputs produce 123 dB dynamic range and -110 dB THD+N (0.0003%) at -1 dBFS, Unweighted, 1 kHz. 

50 simultaneous audio channels — Eight XLR/TRS combo inputs with individual preamps/pad/48V power, 8 balanced/unbalanced TRS analog outs, and 2 x 8-channel ADAT optical ports for 24 inputs and 26 outputs. 

Universal connectivity — Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0). USB audio class-compliant firmware and Industry standard drivers work with any audio software. 

On-board 32-bit floating point DSP with large console style mixing and effects — Flexible 48-input digital mixer with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb with sends, plus modeled analog EQ and compression, gate, and reverb. 

System expansion and audio networking — Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Cat-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (hundreds of meters). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network. 

Matrix routing and splitting — Flexible, matrix-style audio routing and splitting for any analog or digital input, computer channel or network stream to any other output, computer, or network device. Split any single input to unlimited multiple output destinations. 

Web app control — Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from web app software running in your favorite browser on a laptop, tablet or smart phone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network. 

Stand-alone mixing with wireless control — Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to the 8M with a standard Ethernet cable and control the 8M's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smart phone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live sound mixing. 

Advantages of MOTU AVB: 

Host access thru Thunderbolt or USB — MOTU is first to combine AVB networking with Thunderbolt and USB2 connectivity. MOTU AVB networks do not require PCIe slots. Instead, you can conveniently connect your host computer(s) through USB or Thunderbolt. 

Support for multiple computer hosts — A MOTU AVB network can host as many computers as can be physically connected, with complete access by all hosts to all connected devices and audio streams. All computers and all network devices run in sync with each other, resolved to the network's master clock. 

256 channels of host I/O — Over Thunderbolt, MOTU's AVB interfaces support 256 simultaneous channels of audio I/O (128 in plus 128 out). 

Over 512 streams of network audio — MOTU's AVB network can stream over 500 channels of audio throughout the network. Each MOTU AVB device can broadcast eight 8-channel network streams and simultaneously listen to eight 8-channel network streams. 

Exceptionally low network latency — Standard AVB network latency is 2 ms. MOTU AVB network latency is an astonishing 0.6 ms, even over 7 "hops" (switches) and hundreds of meters of cable. By comparison, Cobranet has variable (unpredictable) network latency in the range of 5 ms. 

Star configuration — MOTU AVB employs a star network configuration, which is much more flexible than daisy-chain scenarios, which require dependency on all devices in the chain. 

Web interface — MOTU's AVB system can be controlled from MOTU's control software, which runs within any web browser running on any networked laptop, tablet, or smart phone. 

Wireless control — MOTU's AVB system can be controlled wirelessly through its web interface from any networked wireless device, such as a laptop, tablet, or smart phone. 

One-click synchronization — Click the "Become Clock Master" button in the MOTU AVB web app for the MOTU device you choose as the clock master, and all other devices on the network immediately resolve to it. 

Thunderbolt connection to host computer — MOTU's core system interfaces (1248, 8M, 16A, etc.) can connect to the host computer with Thunderbolt, which allows full access to the entire MOTU AVB system network, streaming 128 channels of audio in and out, simultaneously, even at high sample rates, thanks to Thunderbolt's extremely high bus bandwidth capacity. 

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Specifications

Technical Specifications:

Sample rates44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Analog inputs8 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 outputs8 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/O2 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/O24 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/O1 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/O1 x word clock in 

1 x word clock out

Headphone1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)

Phantom power8 x individual +48V

Front panel1 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

PowerInternational 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