MOTU 8M AVB

Audio Interface

  • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 port as well as AVB connectivity
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
  • On-board DSP with digital mixer and effects - Classic Reverb, Compressor (modeled LA-2A), EQ (modeled British analog console EQ)
  • 324 x 24 LCD Display
  • 8 x Mic / Line / Instrument input Combo XLR / 6.3 mm jack
  • 8 x Balanced line output 6.3 mm
  • 2 x ADAT input and output with S-MUX
  • Word clock input and output
  • 1 x Stereo headphone output
  • Web App Control (remote control via laptop, tablet or smartphone)
  • AVB Ethernet Port
  • Format: 19" / 1 HE
  • Includes: Audiodesk 4 Software

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 128x128
Number of Mic Inputs 8
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 8
Number of Line Outputs 8
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom Power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 2
AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 1
Other Connectors No
MIDI Connectors No
Word Clock 1xIn, 1xOut
Max. Samplerate 192 kHz
Max. Resolution in Bit 24 bit
Bus-Powered No
Incl. Power Supply Yes
Windows Thunderbolt driver No
Thunderbolt Version 2
Width in mm 483 mm
Depth in mm 177 mm
Height in mm 44 mm
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Great Workhorse
TakaM, 31.03.2021
It's a brilliant workhorse of an interface.
I personally really like the sound of current generation of MOTU preamp, and the 8M has added features of VLimit and Softclip for each input, which is great, for the peace of mind, if anything, when tracking something with wide dynamic range, or unpredictable singers! ;-)

All in all, I've experienced zero issue with the functionality/reliability/sound since the purchase.

MOTU's browser based Pro Audio Control software is a little sluggish.
I understand it's designed to (potentially) control a complex array of AVB hardwares over a network, but it's something that I'd like to see improved in the future.
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Guter Klang bei nerviger Bedienung
Audiospektrum, 14.05.2018
Ich besitze das Motu 8M jetzt schon seit fast drei Jahren und hatte schon mehrere Probleme mit dem Gerät. Soundtechnisch ist das Interface absolut in Ordnung.
Das erste Problem war eine Art Dauerschleife, in der sich das Interface verfangen hatte und es ist ständig in den Update-Modus hochgefahren ohne Möglichkeit ins Menü zu gelangen. Ich musste das Gerät einschicken lassen und natürlich sind nie Ersatzgeräte vorhanden, wenn ich die Motu einschicken muss, was für einen selbständigen Toningenieur sehr nervig ist. Dann hat sich das Display an der linken Ecke etwas gelöst und lässt sich jetzt etwas eindrücken. Kurzzeitig war hinter dem Display auch ein Schmutzpartikel zu sehen, der irgendwo her kam (Das Interface befand ich immer in einem Case!). Wieder eingeschickt bei Thomann. Das Gerät kam unverändert zurück mit der Mitteilung "Das Display entspricht der Norm von Motu-Geräten" (oder so ähnlich). Na gut! Wenn die Norm ein eingedrücktes Display ist, nehme ich das mal so hin. Schon bald kamen weitere Fehler auf, die leider sehr sporadisch auftraten und von unerträglich bis hin zu kaum auffallend, aber überraschend reichten. Vor allem bei einer Aufnahme-Session trat das Problem extrem nervig auf und wirkte sich als extrem viele Knackgeräusche auf den Ausgängen aus, die quasi willkürlich auftraten. Immerhin blieben die Eingänge verschont. Auch beim Abmischen über die Motu treten manchmal noch vereinzelt Knackgeräusche auf, die natürlich extrem klar über hochwertige Monitore wiedergegeben werden und extrem nervig sind. Nach einigen Neustarts kann es besser laufen oder halt nicht.
Und das letzte nervige Problem. Oftmals (wirklich verdammt oft) nimmt die Software, die ja über jeden Browser läuft, die Änderungsbefehle einfach nicht an. Auch verdammt nervig! Als Beispiel: Bei Live-Mitschnitten arbeitet mein Allen & Heath Pult immer mit 48 kHz. Meistens benutze ich das Interface zuammen mit einem RME OctaMic. Das OctaMic läuft dabei als Word Clock Master mit 44.1 kHz. Bei der Bearbeitung der Live-Mitschnitte kann ich demenstprechend erstmal alles konvertieren oder einfach den Clock Mode von Optical auf Internal umstellen, damit ich mit 48 kHz arbeiten kann. Doch wenn ich diese Änderung vornehme, passiert im Interface einfach gar nichts. Dies bemerkt man aber erst, wenn man direkt auf das Display schaut und sieht, dass der Word Mode immer noch auf Optical A ist oder man aber den Browser mit der App neu startet und der Word Mode wieder auf Optical steht, anstatt Internal, was man vorher angeklickt hat. Das gleiche Problem tritt beim Ändern von Routings auf und nervt. Erst nachdem man das Gerät ausschaltet und wieder einschaltet und hochfahren lässt, funktioniert wieder alles (Ich verbringe doch gerne meine Zeit, Geräte beim Hochfahren zuzusehen)

Insgesamt bin ich ehrlich gesagt froh, wenn ich genug Umsatz zusammen habe, um komplett auf RME umzusteigen und mir wäre ein Interface ohne die ganzen internen Mixing-Funktionen bei gleichem Preis, dafür bessere Verarbeitung und Software, durchaus angenehmer.
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wonderful gear
piangio, 04.10.2017
The Motu 8M blowed me away. The quality and the dynamic response is absolutely PRO. I've never heard my monitors playing so loud and clear. I had some difficulties on a AMD PC with USB Motu drivers. While on INTEL i7 PC everything goes flawlessly. As always no problem with the quality of Thomann shipping. Very good for me!
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L'AVB ca à l'air top mais en fait...
TKTlab, 08.07.2018
J'utilise cette interface en carte son AVB (ethernet) depuis février avec un Imac, de février, Logic, Reason, protools, dans un studio de creations musicale pour l'image et de post-prod.

J'ai de très gros problèmes, les machines ont énormément de mal à communiquer, la motu passe en stand-alone à n'importe quel moment, fait planter l'ordinateur dès le démarrage ou au milieu des sessions... C'est dommage, ça avait vraiment l'air top...

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