MOTU 4 Pre Hybrid

USB / Firewire Audio Interface

  • 6x8 With four microphone preamplifiers
  • 24-bit / 96 kHz
  • Inputs: 4x XLR / Jack Combo (Line / Mic)
  • 2x Jack 6.3 mm
  • 2x Hi-Z instrument
  • Outputs: 4 x 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • 2x Headphone output with separate control
  • S / PDIF input and output coaxial
  • Firewire 400 + USB 2.0 connector
  • SMPTE Syn In / Out
  • 48V Phantom power
  • -20 dB pad
  • Incl. Power supply
  • For Win Vista / 7 / MAC OSX 10.5 or higher

Further Information

Recording/Playback Channels 6/8
Number of microphone inputs 4
Number of Line Inputs 2
Number of instrument inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 4
Headphone Outputs 2
Phantom power Yes
S/PDIF Connectors 1
ADAT Connectors 0
AES/EBU Connectors 0
MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Misc. Connectors No
MIDI Interface No
Word Clock No
max. Samplerate in kHz 96 kHz
Max. Resolution in bit 24 bit
Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply Yes
Firewire Version 400
Width in mm 241 mm
Depth in mm 178 mm
Height in mm 45 mm

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Buggy
AdamM, 14.05.2013
I run this product with Logic on the Mac and I've noticed that the software can be a bit temperamental upon booting it up as it appears to depend on which software you launch and in what order i.e. I'd recommend launching Logic then launching the hardware which should auto-launch the drivers then finally launching the pre-amp software package but find an order which suits.

Notwithstanding, once up and running a great product.
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Für Windows 7 Besitzer nicht empfehlenswert
FSbk, 24.07.2017
Also bei allem Ärger den ich mit diesem Interface hatte muss ich vorweg aber dennoch sagen, dass der Sound und die Verarbeitung des Gerätes auf jeden Fall top sind! Die Abmessungen sind ebenso recht praktisch um einen mobilen Einsatz zu rechtfertigen. Sowohl USB als auch Firewire - da kann man nicht meckern ...

Meckern kann man aber wegen etwas anderem:
Der Treiber-Support für Windows 7 ist verdammt beschissen. Der Treiber geht so irgendwie. Wenn ich das Gerät dann in meiner DAW via ASIO ansteuere und auf z.B. 88khz stelle dann ist der Sound top und die Latenz in Ordnung. Verlasse ich die DAW wieder und mein Windows 7 erzeugt irgendeinen Systemsound, crasht das komplette System, da der WDM Treiber nicht mit Sample-Raten über 48khz klar kommt.

Laut dem Support wäre dies ein Problem von Microsoft bzw. Windows 7 und nicht von ihnen - da sage ich aber, dass die Konkurrenz (SPL, Roland, M-Audio,...) das doch auch auf die Reihe bekommt, stabile WDM-Treiber (die das Gerät mit einer fixen Sample-Rate ansteuern) zu programmieren!!

Des Weiteren ist nach der Aktivierung des "Energie sparen" Modus im Windows beim "Aufwecken" des Systems regelmäßig die Soundkarte weg. Schlampiger kann man wohl keine Treiber für Windows programmieren. In meiner 20-jährigen Musikerlaufbahn hatte ich schon verschiedene Soundkarte und Audiointerfaces von M-Audio, Echo, Cakewalk/Roland, SPL und einigen weiteren Herstellern. MOTU hat hier aber mit Abstand den schlechtesten Treiber zusammengestrickt.

Ich hätte ein T-Shirt von MOTU bekommen können, wäre mein Review hier unehrlich gewesen. Das ganze war allerdings mit so viel Nerverei verbunden, dass ich darauf gerne verzichte.

Alle Mac-User können dieses Review gerne ignorieren (ich habe gehört das MOTU und Mac sehr gut passen soll). Nutzer mit Windows 10 haben evtl. auch nicht diese Probleme - allen anderen kann ich aber nur dringlichst vom Kauf dieses Audiointerfaces abraten.
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Una buena elección.
Javier754, 21.02.2013
Como digo en el encabezado de este texto nos encontramos ante una tarjeta de sonido o interfaz que se convierte en una buena elección para trabajar con el sonido de una forma semi-profesional. El uso que le he dado a la tarjeta hasta ahora en mi estudio casero me ha dado un buen resultado en cuanto a su sonido se refiere. Calidad a la hora de trabajar con el, así como a la hora de su grabación.

Algunos puntos a reseñar las entradas y salidas de las que dispone el interfaz, en especial las dos salidas de cascos muy útiles para grabaciones en directo sin duda un tipo de trabajo para el que recomiendo la tarjeta.

En contra hay que decir que quizás la interfaz de uso es poco clara o al menos no muy rápida, pero para ser una tarjeta tan compacta con tanta posibilidades la verdad que tan solo es cogerle el “truco”.

Sin duda estoy muy contento con la calidad y el uso que se le puede dar a esta tarjeta con el precio que tiene.
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Attention au cable FireWire
Bob Rubéus, 05.02.2019
La réputation de MOTU n'est plus à faire,
La qualité audio est parfaite !
Même si on à tendance à taper un peu fort,
Elle se débrouille très bien !
Le soft CueMix pour la contrôler est génial,
Et la coque en métal donne vraiment confiance !
On sent que c'est une fabrication simple mais efficace !

Le seul point noir, et pas des moindres malheureusement,
C'est que l'embase FireWire est vraiment très chatouilleuse.
Les déconnections intempestives peuvent arriver très (trop) vite
Et faire planter le DAW, voir pire, la prise de son !

L'USB est plus solide pour ça, mais ne véhicule pas l'alimentation,
Donc il faut prévoir une aliment en plus si on décide de se passer du FireWire.

Mais en faisant gaffe, c'est du bonheur !
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