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MOTU 8Pre-Es Audio Interface with Microphone Preamps

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Quick Overview

Eight preamps. Brilliantly transparent

8PRE-ES

Eight preamps. Brilliantly transparent.

 

52 simultaneous audio channels

24 inputs and 28 outputs, all independent

Connect all your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines, outboard processors and optical expanders. All I/O is available simultaneously.

8pre-es Rear
 

Superb analog audio quality

Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC technology

Renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology delivers measured 123 dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU's flagship 1248. 

8pre-es analog quality

Redesigned mic channels

Cutting-edge components deliver ultra-transparent sound

Eight transparent mic preamps deliver superb -108 dB THD+N, 118 dB dynamic range and -129 dBu EIN performance. Each mic channel has individual preamp gain, pad, 48V phantom power and digital remote control.

8pre-es mic inputs

High-performance Thunderbolt and USB drivers for Mac and PC

Ultra-low latency and renowned rock-solid performance

Round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt™ with high-performance DAW hosts.

Driver latency

Universal connectivity

USB and Thunderbolt for Mac, PC and iOS

Connect to your Mac or PC with Thunderbolt™ or Hi-speed USB 2.0, with up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out) over Thunderbolt. Or stream dozens of audio channels to and from your Mac over AVB/TSN Ethernet using a standard, affordable CAT-5e cable up to 100 meters long. Class-compliant firmware and industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connect to your iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).

 
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Hi-speed USB 2.0

USB 2 audio class compliant
USB 3 compatible

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Thunderbolt Technology

Thunderbolt 1, 2 and 3
compatible

Thunderbolt Cable
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AVB/TSN Ethernet

System expansion
and audio networking

Ethernet Cable
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iOS Connectivity

with USB
camera adapter

Camera Connection Kit
 

Control room features

Take control of your recording sessions

Take control of your recording sessions with the built-in talkback mic and front-panel talk button. Connect two sets of speakers and check your mixes instantly with front-panel A/B speaker select buttons.

Control room buttons
 
Microphone

DSP mixing and effects

Console-style mixing with 48 channels and 12 busses

A full-fledged 48-input digital mixer delivers 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression. If you know your way around a large-format mixing console, you'll feel right at home. If you've ever wished to mix on a large console, the driver's seat is now yours.

48 channel mixer

Modeled vintage effects processing

Vintage processing with 32-bit float precision

Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs. The 8pre-es DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.

Modeled vintage effects

Flexible matrix routing and splitting

Route your audio anywhere with one-click ease

Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the audio network.

 

Routing grid

Web app control from any device

Control everything from your laptop, tablet and smartphone

The software that you use to control the 8pre-es doesn't reside on your hard drive. It's a web app served from the hardware itself. This means you can control the 8pre-es on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network. Use any web client on any platform - Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android - as long as it shares the same network.

iPad and iPhone
iPad and iPhone

Touch Console

The art of the mix on your touchscreen

Designed specifically for touchscreen operation, Touch Console™ delivers a whole new mixing experience. Access Touch Console from your tablet or smartphone to effortlessly control the powerful 48-channel mixer and effects in the 8pre-es. With large targets for your fingers, multi-touch operation and intuitive design, you can tap, swipe and pinch your way to a perfect mix, every time.

 

Stand-alone operation with wireless control

No computer or laptop needed

Connect an Apple® Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing and DSP effects.

Wireless Router and 8Pre-ES

Solid metal chassis

MOTU interfaces are built to last

Like all MOTU interfaces, the 8pre-es aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and tour bus. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the solid feeling of the 8pre-es metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.

Solid metal chassis

System expansion / networking

Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control

Add a 2nd MOTU AVB-equipped interface with a simple CAT-5e Ethernet cable.

 

Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB/TSN Switch (sold separately).

 

Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB/TSN switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.

 

 

Advanced Extras

The engineering behind the 8pre-es runs deep
to give your audio recordings the depth of quality they deserve

 

Two banks of optical

Two optical banks provide 16 channels of ADAT optical at 48 kHz, 8 channels of S/MUX optical I/O at 96 kHz or a single stereo TOSLink pair at rates up to 96kHz.

optical

Time code support

Converts SMPTE time code (LTC) to MIDI Time Code (MTC) and passes MTC on to any MTC-compatible host software.

smpte

DC-coupled TRS outputs

Use the 8pre-es to manipulate sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.

TRS outputs

Balanced analog

8pre-es balanced I/O connections are well-protected against RF interference, AC hum, and other noise-producing environmental factors.

balanced analog

Two headphone jacks

Each headphone output can be programmed with the same or different mixes, with independent front-panel volume control.

8pre-es headphone jacks

Audio analysis tools

Includes an oscilloscope, real-time FFT, X-Y Plot, and graphic phase analysis.

Graphs
 
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AudioDesk

Powerful audio workstation technology for Mac and Windows

Includes AudioDesk® workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

AudioDesk on two screens
 

Connection
 Input Output
Analog (balanced 1/4 inch TRS)-8
Mic/Line/Guitar inputs with preamps8-
Headphones output-2x stereo
ADAT optical1616
Total2428
 

Technical Specifications

Sample rates44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Mic/line/instr inputs8 x XLR/TRS "combo style" mic/line/instr inputs 
Preamp gain: 0 to +63 dB (digitally controlled) 
TRS max level with pad: +17 dBu
Analog outputs8 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled) 
Max level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20)
2 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
Digital I/O2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates 
2 banks (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates 
Switchable to stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF)
Total I/O24 in / 28 out (52 total) at 1x sample rates 
16 in / 20 out (36 total) at 2x sample rates 
8 in / 12 out (20 total) at 4x sample rates
Computer I/O1 x Thunderbolt 1 (Mac and Win) 
      Thunderbolt 2 & 3 compatible 
1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant 
      USB 3.0 and iOS compatible
Computer I/O channels
Thunderbolt
128 in/out at 1x (44.1 to 48 kHz) 
128 in/out at 2x (88.2 to 96 kHz) 
64 in/out at 4x (176.4 to 192 kHz)
Computer I/O channels
USB
64 in/out at 1x (44.1 to 48 kHz) 
32 in/out at 2x (88.2 to 96 kHz) 
24 in/out at 4x (176.4 to 192 kHz)
Sync I/O1 x BNC word clock in/out
Network I/O1 x RJ45 AVB/TSN Ethernet (1 Gbps)
Headphone2 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)
Phantom power8 x individual +48V
Front panel2 x 1/4" TRS headphone output 
2 x digital rotary encoders • phone vol 
4 x digital rotary encoders • mic/instr input gain 
2 x large digital rotary encoders • main vol / menu
8 x small switches • (2) Pad / (2) 48V Phantom pwr 
10 x large switches • menu nav / A-B select, etc. 
2 x LCD (128 x 160) for level meters / menu nav
PowerInternational 100-240V autoswitching supply 
50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
Dimensions
and weight
(width x depth x height, enclosure only, with rack brackets) 
19 x 7 x 1.75 inches 
48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm 
4.2 lbs / 1.9 kg

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 1/2/3, USB 2/3 or AVB/TSN Ethernet port*
A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
*AVB/TSN Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X El Capitan or later

 

Windows System Requirements

1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
Windows 7, 8 or 10
Available Thunderbolt 1/2/3 or USB 2/3 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.

 

Included Software

Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 drivers
MOTU Discovery App for Mac & PC (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
MOTU Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
MOTU Pro Audio Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
MOTU Audio Tools (FFT, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, phase analyzer)
AudioDesk for Mac & Windows (separate download)

 

Operating Systems

For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
 

Analog I/O Specifications

 
Connector type
Dynamic range
(A-weighted)
THD+N
(unweighted)
Max 
level
Trim range 
(in 1 dB steps)
Line output1/4" TRS, balanced, tip hot123 dB-108 dB+20 dBu24 dB (-24 to 0)
Line input1/4" TRS, bal/unbal, tip hot118 dB-108 dB+24 dBu118 dBu (-96 to +22)
Mic inputXLR, balanced, pin 2 hot118 dB-129 dB EIN+24 dBu
(with pad)
63 dB
Phones1/4", TRS stereo108 dB-100 dBMax. 80 mw128 dB

Compatible Mac Software

The 8pre-es 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
Presonus Studio One
Propellerhead Record & Reason
Steinberg Cubase
Cockos Reaper
Native Instruments Kontakt
Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

 

Compatible Windows Software

The 8pre-es ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 10 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

MOTU Digital Performer
Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
Ableton Live
Cakewalk Sonar
Cockos Reaper
Image Line FL Studio
Native Instruments Kontakt
Presonus Studio One
Propellerhead Record & Reason
Sony Vegas Pro
Sony Sound Forge
Sony Acid
Steinberg Cubase
Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)
 

8pre-es Feature Summary

Superb analog audio quality and high-end converters

Eight transparent mic inputs deliver superb 129 dBu EIN with 118 dB dynamic range. Renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology delivers 123 dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU's flagship 1248.

 

New dual-LCD design

Two full-color LCDs display 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.

 

Ultra-low latency and proven, high-performance MOTU drivers

Round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt™ with high-performance DAW hosts.

 

Universal connectivity

Connects to your computer with Thunderbolt™, hi-speed USB 2.0 or AVB/TSN Ethernet for up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out). Class-compliant firmware and industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connects to an iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).

 

52 simultaneous audio channels

24 inputs and 28 outputs, including eight transparent remote-controllable mic inputs with individual gain/pad/48V, 8 TRS analog out, two banks of optical, word clock I/O and two front-panel headphone jacks.

 

DSP mixing and effects processing

Flexible 48-input digital mixer with 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, access to 32 network inputs, and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression.

 

32-bit floating point processing

The 8pre-es mixing and effects DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.

 

Modeled vintage effects processing

Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs.

 

Flexible matrix routing and splitting

Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the AVB network.

 

Control room features

Built-in talkback mic with front-panel "talk" button and"A/B" speaker select buttons.

 

Precision Digital Trim™

Digitally controlled analog trim on all analog inputs (mic/guitar inputs + quarter-inch TRS inputs) provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB increments.

 

Stand-alone operation with wireless control

Connect an Apple® Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing and DSP effects.

 

New Touch Console™ web app control

Control everything from mobile-friendly web app software on any laptop, tablet and smartphone connected to your local Wi-Fi network.

 

System expansion

Add a 2nd MOTU AVB-equipped interface with a simple CAT-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).

 

AVB/TSN audio networking

Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB/TSN switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.

 

Two headphone jacks

Each headphone output can be programmed with the same or different mixes, with independent front-panel volume control.

 

Two banks of optical I/O

Connect outboard digital processors, digital mixers or other gear. 16 channels of ADAT at 44.1/48 kHz, 8 channels of SMUX at 88.2/96 kHz or 4 channels of TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) up to 96 kHz. Mix and match formats among in/out ports.

 

Time code support

Converts SMPTE time code (LTC) to MIDI Time Code (MTC) and passes MTC on to any MTC-compatible host software.

 

Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS)

DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 8pre-es is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.

 

DC-coupled TRS outputs

Use the 8pre-es to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.

 

Instrument tuner and audio analysis tools

Includes an oscilloscope, real-time FFT, X-Y Plot, and graphic phase analysis.

 

AudioDesk

Workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

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