The 8M is one of several new high-performance audio interfaces from MOTU that combine superb audio quality, large console style mixing, and state-of-the-art features with Ultra low latency. Every digital audio workflow has some latency. The only question is , how much? In the case of the 8M, the answer is , not much at all. In the 8M, latency is measured in a handful samples, from ht time an audio signal goes digital to its arrival somewhere else (to an output, the mixer,, or the computer). By Keeping latency this low in the hardware, the 8M helps minimize latency introduced by our host software.
Stand-alone mixing with wireless control
Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to the 1248 with a standard Ethernet cable and control the 8M's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smart phone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live sound mixing.
System expansion and audio networking
Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Cat-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (hundreds of meters). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.
The large backlit 324 x 24 LCD lets you view all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analog and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu.
Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Analog inputs: 8 x XLR/TRS combo-style mic/line/instrument inputs, Preamp gain: 0 to +53 dB (digitally controlled), TRS max level with pad: +17 dbU (V-limit at +7).
Analog outputs: 8 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled), Max level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20), 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
Digital I/O: 2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates, 1 bank (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
Total I/O: 24 inputs and 26 outputs (50 total) at 1x sample rate, 16 inputs and 18 outputs (34 total) at 2x sample rates, 8 inputs and 10 outputs (18 total) at 4x sample rates
Computer I/O: 1 x Thunderbolt (compatible with 1 and 2), 1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant (3.0 compatible)
Sync I/O: 1 x word clock in, 1 x word clock out
Headphone: 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)
Phantom power: 8 x individual +48V
Front panel: 1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output, 2 x digital rotary encoders • phone volume, 8 x digital rotary encoders • mic preamp gain, 16 x switches • (8) Pad and (8) 48V Phantom switch, 324 x 24 pixel LCD for level meters / menu nav, 1 x AC power switch
Power: International 100-240V auto-switching supply, 50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
Mac System Requirements: 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster, 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended, Mac OS X version 10.8 or later, Available Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 port, A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
Windows System Requirements: Windows support is coming soon…, 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster, 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended, Windows 8 or later, Available Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 port, A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
Web App Support: Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc., Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU AVB interface by wire or Wi-Fi.
Included Software: Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 drivers, MOTU AVB Discovery App for Mac (finds connected MOTU interfaces), MOTU AVB Control web app (served from the hardware itself, AudioDesk 4.0 (available as a separate download)
Operating Systems: For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 8 or later*, For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
Compatible Mac Software:The 1248 ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including:, MOTU Digital Performer, Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later), Apple Logic Pro, Apple Logic Express, Apple Garage Band, Apple SoundTrack Pro, Ableton Live, Propellerhead Record & Reason, Steinberg Cubase, Cockos Reaper, Native Instruments Kontakt, Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)
Compatible Windows Software (Windows support coming soon…): The 1248 ships with standard Wave and ASIO drivers for Windows 8 for compatibility with virtually all Wave-compatible audio apps, including:, MOTU Digital Performer, Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later), Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Steinberg Cubase, Propellerhead Record & Reason, Image Line FL Studio, Sony Vegas Pro, Sony Sound Forge, Sony Acid, Cockos Reaper, Native Instruments Kontakt, Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)