MOTU interfaces can be found in studios around the world because of their superb performance record and trusted reliability. The 8M is one of several next-generation, high-performance audio interfaces, combining incredible audio, large console style mixing, and state-of-the-art features.
Eight pristine mic inputs with individual preamps - These mic inputs are packed with extras
The eight mic/guitar inputs are equipped with pristine, transparent preamps and offer individually adjustable 48V phantom power and -20dB pad. Preamp gain can be adjusted directly on the front panel, or from the web app control software running on your computer, tablet or smart phone. Mic inputs can be operated individually or in stereo pairs, as needed.
V-Limit overload protection - This hardware limiter has got your back
All mic/guitar inputs are equipped with V-Limit, a hardware limiter that helps prevent digital clipping from overloaded input signals. With V-Limited enabled, signals can go above zero dB (where limiting kicks in) to as high as +9dB above zero with no distortion due to digital clipping.
Precision trim - Digitally controlled preamp gain
You get the best of both worlds: analog preamp gain with digital precision and control. The 8M preamps provide 53dB of gain, which you can adjust in 1dB increments using detented digital rotary encoders. As you turn the encoder, you see long-throw graphic feedback and input metering in the LCD. You can also control all preamp settings - gain, pad and 48V phantom power switch - from the web app running on your Mac, iPad, iPhone or other wireless device. You can even save preamp configurations on your computer for future recall.
Flexible combo jacks - Connect guitars, a keyboard, or other inputs
Combo-style jacks accept quarter-inch plgs from a synth, keyboard, or other line-level input. You can also plug in your guitar, without an amp or cabinet, to run your guitar input through amp/cab simulation plug-ins in your host software.
Superb audio quality - Pure sound, without compromise
The 8M employs latest-generation ESS Sabre32 Ultra converters, known for their industry-leading performance, together with expertly engineered analog circuits that reflect more than three decades of pro audio engineering expertise. The result? The 8M achieves actual, measured performance of 123dB dynamic range (A-weighted, 20Hz to 20kHz) on its balanced TRS analog outputs.
Ultra-low I/O latency - State-of-the-art latency performance
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 of samples, from the time an audio signal first 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 your software.
Thunderbolt technology - Plug-and-play ease with massive bandwidth
Thunderbolt lets you connect displays, hard drives, and other peripherals to your computer, along with the8M, and the Thunderbolt bus won't even break a sweat. But more importantly, Thunderbolt gives you an astonishing 256 channels of computer I/O (128 in and out). You can use them to route audio to the physical inputs and outputs on the 8M, plus the 48-channel mixer inside the 8M, plus audio network streams. The 8M is one of the first and only interfaces to combine Thunderbolt I/O connectivity with AVB audio networking.
Audio class compliant USB 2.0 - Broad compatibility with future-proof connectivity
Don't have a Thunderbolt-equipped computer yet? Hi-speed USB 2.0 provides across -the-board compatibility with pretty much all laptops and desktop computers. The 8M is USB audio class compliant, which means you enjoy OS-level USB compatibility and support, including iPad support (works with camera connection kit, sold separately). Since USB 2.0 devices are compatible with USB 3.0-equipped hosts, your 8M interface is a future-proof investment in your studio.
48-channel digital mixing - Control up to 12 separate stereo mixes
The 8M is equipped with a 48-channel digital mixer designed just like a large format mixing console. The 48 inputs can take signal from anywhere; the physical inputs on the 8M interface itself, audio channels from host software on your computer, audio network streams, or even mixer outputs. The mixer provides 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, a reverb bus that can alternately serve as a 4th group, a Main Mix bus and a separate Monitor bus that can serve as a solo bus. In essence: capable and transparent mixing.