MOTU 8pre (No Longer Available)

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All 8-channel Mic Pres Are NOT Equal

You're simply not going to find the bang-for-the-buck that the MOTU 8pre packs in the next 8-channel preamp you run across. If you've already got a recording interface with light pipe input, then the 8pre is exactly what you need to flesh out your system. If this is your first interface, then congratulations — this thing totally rules! Seriously, what's the point of getting an 8-channel interface if the preamps suck? It doesn't matter how cheap it is, if it sounds like junk then it is junk. And that's exactly what separates the 8pre from the rest. You'd be hard pressed to find a set of eight preamps that sound this good, even if you spent twice the scratch — and that's not even taking the 8pre's killer extras, such as 16-channels of MIDI I/O, complete SMPTE time code synch, and full hardware/software integration into account.

When it comes to loading up their gear with value, no one does it like MOTU. First off, if you take a look at the back of this beautiful black box, you'll see not just a single ADAT output — it's got two ins and two outs. Yup, you got it — the 8pre's loaded for extra channels. In fact, you don't even need ADAT light pipe to take advantage of this added bandwidth. All you need to do is hook up another 8pre into the first one's FireWire port... and then another... and then another. That's right, you can daisy-chain up to four 8pres together. And what's more, they all show up as a single device in MOTU's CueMix DSP routing engine. Now do the math: that's 32 channels with 32 stellar preamps, 64 channels of MIDI I/O, and all of it with complete hardware/software integration for latency free monitoring — all for less than you can spend on an only half-way decent 16-channel interface. Good deal, huh?

MOTU 8pre 8-channel Microphone Preamplifier/FireWire Interface Features at a Glance:
  • FireWire audio interface for Mac/PC, also functions as an A/D optical converter
  • 16 inputs and 12 outputs
  • 8 mic/line/instrument inputs
  • Individual 48V phantom power, 20dB pad
  • Individual front-panel trim knobs per mic input (45dB)
  • 8-channel analog-to-optical converter
  • Onboard 6x8 CueMix DSP mixing
  • 5-segment metering for microphone inputs
  • Sample-accurate MIDI
  • Onboard SMPTE synchronization
  • Clock status and Mode LEDs
  • Volume control for headphones and main outputs
  • Main outputs with front-panel volume knob
  • 8 channels of optical I/O, supporting 4 channels at 96kHz
  • 2 FireWire ports for daisy chaining
See Also: FireWire Interfaces , MOTU , MOTU FireWire Audio Interfaces

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