2-Channel USB C Audio Interface

  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converter
  • 2 Microphone preamps with individually switchable +48 V phantom power on each one
  • 2 Line inputs: 6.3 mm XLR / Jack Combo (switchable to Hi-Z instrument input)
  • 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm Balanced jack
  • 2 Unbalanced outputs (mirrored): RCA
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm Jack
  • MIDI input/output
  • Loopback feature
  • LCD level meter
  • Includes MOTU Performer Lite, Ableton Live Lite, and 6 GB of loops and samples
Available since November 2019
Item number 478035
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Recording / Playback Channels 2x2
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 2
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
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) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply No
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 191 mm
Depth in mm 108 mm
Height in mm 45 mm
Connection Format USB port Type C
Included in delivery USB cable
Zero latency monitoring 1
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Excellent sound

MOTU is known for its high-quality interfaces and converters in the mid-to-high price range. With its M series, however, the US manufacturer is venturing into the competitive interface price range of around 200 euros. The MOTU M2 is the two-channel variant of the M series USB interface and is designed to be extremely handy and light. The high-resolution display, which shows the input and output levels in detail, immediately catches the eye. Even so, the main focus of the MOTU M2 is not on fancy features or complex software, but solely on delivering excellent sound at an affordable price.

No frills - no fuss

On the front, the MOTU M2 is equipped with two microphone inputs, which are designed as XLR/jack combo sockets so that both line-level and instrument signals can also be processed. The preamps deliver a maximum gain of up to 60 dB. Of course, both channels can supply a microphone with 48 V phantom power and the channels can be individually switched to direct monitoring. Two dual outputs are provided on the back, so that each channel has a TRS line out and an RCA. Finally, there is also a MIDI interface - the MOTU M2 does not require any frills at all.

Lightning fast

The heart of the MOTU M2 are its ESS Sabre32 Ultra converters, the same ones found in much more expensive interfaces such as the Apogee Symphony. They offer a dynamic range and an extremely low level of background noise that has never before been available in this price range. And last but not least, MOTU has outdone itself with the USB driver: The driver enables a round trip latency of less than 2 ms, which is incredible for a USB interface. You almost don't have to resort to direct monitoring anymore. The MOTU M2 is primarily aimed at musicians and producers who want an uncompromising sound without having to shell out a fortune.

About MOTU

The US manufacturer of digital audio hardware from Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded in 1981 and since then has continued to generate attention for its sophisticated and innovative concepts. The company’s range includes USB, Thunderbolt, and network audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, video hardware, and the popular MOTU Digital Performer DAW software. MOTU also developed “Mouse Stampede”, one of the first arcade games for the Apple Macintosh, in 1984. In short, MOTU represents good-quality, reliable products with a great deal of creativity and wit, which usually come at a very fair price.

Everything you need

The MOTU M2 is a truly versatile interface. Due to its low latency and excellent sound, it is extremely well-suited for vocal recordings at home or on the go. But the M2 is also a reliable partner in live situations, for playing backing tracks and software instruments, or looping an instrument live through a DAW. In addition, it is a real eye-catcher with its large, bright display - a solid, fast interface with everything you need. There is not much more to say, except that the performance is extremely good and the price is fair. If you’re looking for an affordable interface, the M2 should definitely be on your radar.

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258 Reviews

motu 2 - my 1st loveа
DALMNESVET 19.01.2022
Заказал в Москву 13 января в ночь на 14е, 19го утром уже получил посылочку с гитарой(ups express). Сразу коротко и ясно отзыв об
этой великолепной карте:
-Сборка высшего качества, крутилки, разъемы - все безупречно.
-Удобство установки - все ок на мак(ос монтерей)
- Звук СУПЕР(всё громко и чётко). Гитару пишет превосходно, звук шикарен, просто идеал.
-соотношение цена/качество прекрасное

Спасибо Thomann !
Я счастлив


great sound for the money
elshaary 10.03.2022
the motu m2 has very nice sound , with really nice preamps that are very transparent even with very demanding acoustic instruments from central asia . all in all its very good interface for home recordings and on the go.

i would have liked to see dsp fx with it , but that wasn't the case. its solid , good sound , nice screen , good build. suitable for home studios and on the go.


Powerful yet portable
Oxonian 12.02.2022
First time using this portable Motu interface and I'm pleasantly surprised. I used to own the MK3 years ago and the quality was outstanding. The M2 is very similar in quality. I listened to some of my recordings with my previous audio interface and they sounded appalling! Once I re-recorded the instruments using the M2, the quality was significantly better. I would definitely recommend this device to anyone who wants to put together a small-scale home studio.


Fantanstic quality and usability
Ivan Boyko 24.04.2023
I've spent quite some time researching the market for the best balanced audio interface for my needs - record voice and electric guitar.

The best review I've seen is from Julian Krausse on YouTube, really deep technical analysis and comparison, watch it!

Now Motu M2 may cost above average for this user level devices, but I think it's worth it. It's just amazingly perfect in all aspects, but I'd mention 2 things:
- do upgrade firmware, I did have occasional weird noise in monitoring channels, and upgrade solved it
- power is just enough to drive Sony MDR-7506, maybe it will not be enough for some monitors with higher input impedance, but probably it's still better than other interfaces


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