MOTU 8 Pre USB

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USB Audio Interface

  • 24 Bit / 96 kHz AD/DA driver
  • 8 Phantom powered microphone preamp (XLR/TRS combo)
  • ADAT IN/OUT (96 kHz capable)
  • MIDI IN/OUT
  • 2x Analog OUT (6.3 mm jack TRS)
  • Headphone OUT
  • Can be used as a stand-alone 8 channel driver
  • For MAC OS X 10.6 or higher, Windows Vista or higher
  • 19", 1 U
Recording / Playback Channels 16x2
Number of Mic Inputs 8
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 8
Number of Line Outs 2
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 2
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 96 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 483 mm
Depth in mm 178 mm
Height in mm 45 mm
available since September 2013
Item number 322017
Included in delivery USB cable
Zero latency monitoring 1
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$654
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Nice piece of gear
Marco4192 12.05.2014
I have been using the MOTU 8 PRE for some recordings, as audio interface for my computer. It was very stable thanks to the good MOTU drivers and the overall quality of the gear was good. The plus points were the easy setup, the very easy installation of the software and the solid build of the chassis. On top of that the quality of the converter is good as well. The minus points are the preamps, in my opinion you can get much better ones by looking around, but for the price it's a very good unit and for sure it can make very nice recordings.
One other good thing is the possibility of expanding it digitally with the ADAT toslink ports, I think it's the only one unit at that price which offers 2 inputs to work at 8ch @ 96kHz (SMUX)
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Great Value with very pleasant sound
Anonymous 11.09.2015
I bought one of these for a location recording rig.

We connect it to our MOTU 828 via ADAT and all syncs very easily.

The sound quality is very high and reminds me of other MOTU gear in that it has a nice warm but still detailed sound. There is warmth and clarity without the harshness that I have heard in some other cheaper preamps/converters.

Comparing this with the RME Octamic we use in our studio, the Motu stands up extremely well and I would have not problem using this place of the excellent Octacmic.

The build quality is very good, the only weak point being the gain knobs are not as robust as the RME.
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My new interface
yulito 24.11.2020
I was looking for a major upgrade from my Focusrite 18i8 that really did not stand the test of time, and also an interface with A LOT of instrument inputs as I use quite a few mono and stereo synths that all need to be working at the same time in my projects.
The bulky feel of the Motu 8 was a 180 compared to Focusrite, but it feel sturdy and reliable. Being on an older version of OS I had to do a different installation for the drivers but it was very easy and well explained on the Motu website. Just be careful with the alimentation that can be a little bit wobbly. Needs to really be in place where that cable will not be moved around.
For a price under 1000 euros, this is a great choice, and im sure I will keep in a few years as I evolve in rack based setups.
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Motu 8 Pre USB excellent interface for home studio
Mark7232 19.10.2021
I was looking for an interface for my home studio and chose the Motu 8 pre mainly for the amount of in and outs and the sound quality. The USB is super quick and no different in performance than my old Focusrite FireWire unit. I’m very happy to recommend this interface for quality and ease of use. The software that comes with it needs a little time getting used to but half hour working through it and your good to go.
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