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Motu 4Pre - 6x8 Hybrid Audio Interface with 4 Mic Preamps

£399.00 £332.50 (ex. vat)

Motu 4Pre - 6x8 Hybrid Audio Interface with 4 Mic Preamps

  • Motu 4Pre - 6x8 Hybrid Audio Interface with 4 Mic Preamps
  • Motu 4Pre Rear

Motu 4Pre - 6x8 FireWire & USB Audio Interface with 4 Mic Preamps

The MOTU 4Pre is a compact, portable hybrid audio interface which can be connected via either FireWire or USB. It features 4 mic preamps, each phantom power and a -20dB pad. 2 of these also function as guitar inputs. There are 4 sets of stereo outputs, 2 pairs on analogue stereo TRS, a dedicated headphone out as well as digital S/PDIF out.

Four mic inputs with individual preamps
The 4pre combo mic/guitar inputs are equipped with pristine, transparent preamps and offer individually adjustable 48V phantom power and -20 dB pad. All settings can be adjusted directly on the front panel, or from the 4pre's CueMix software running on your computer. Mic inputs can be operated individually or in stereo pairs, as needed.

Two guitar inputs
Without proper impedance levels, direct "DI" guitar input won't sound right when you run it through your guitar amp plug-ins and virtual stomp boxes. The 4pre's two guitar jacks provide high-impedance load characteristics suitable for passive and active pickups alike, to deliver proper guitar tone to your host software. For even more authentic feel and response when using virtual guitar amp and cabinet plug-ins, use a ZBox guitar impedance adapter.

Stereo line inputs
The 4pre analog inputs are designed to be flexible, so that you can address a wide range of recording situations. The line inputs provide proper level matching for keyboards, analog mixers, effects processors, or other gear with either -10 dB or +4 dB reference level input.

Main outs and line outs
Connect a pair of powered studio monitors to the main outs. The separate line outs can be used for a variety of purposes, either mirroring the main outs (perhaps for a 2nd set of studio monitors) or acting as a completely independent output pair (for a separate mix going to a mixing board or stage wedges, for example).

Two headphone jacks
A second phone jack can be life-saver when you need to finish the mix with your colleague in close proximity to family or neighbors you don't want to disturb. The left-hand phone jack always mirrors the main outs, and the "Main" volume knob controls both. The right-hand phone jack has added flexibility: it can mirror the main outs, with independent volume control, or it can mirror any other 4pre output pair.

Digital input/output
Digital transfers are an essential fact of daily studio life. The 4pre's standard S/PDIF input and output make stereo digital transfers a snap, with optional external clocking and support for sample rates up to 96 kHz.

Digitally controlled analog trim
The 4pre preamps deliver clean sound, 60 dB of gain, and adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments using the front-panel trims or the on-screen CueMix software. The gain adjustment itself is smooth because it is analog, but the digital control gives you both precision and the ability to save and recall trim settings. So you get the best of both worlds: analog trim with digital precision and control. Trim is adjusted at the input, before the mixer, so it applies to all mixes. Mix levels are controlled separately from trim, so you never sacrifice sound quality for a balanced mix. The S/PDIF digital inputs can be trimmed, too.

MOTU 4Pre Features

  • 6 x 8 audio interface for Mac and Windows - All channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity - Connects to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2.
  • 8-bus digital mixer - Routes and mixes all six inputs to any output pair.
  • Four separate mixes - Each output pair (main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones) can have a completely different mix of all six inputs, with or without computer tracks.
  • Four mic inputs with combo jacks - Flexible combo jacks provide four XLR mic inputs, two hi-Z 1/4" guitar inputs, and stereo line-level (+4/-10) input. Mic inputs provide individual preamps, phantom power, 20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim™, and plenty of gain.
  • Stereo main outs - On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Digital I/O - Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF digital input and output.
  • Two headphone outputs - Independent volume control for each phone output. Output can be either the same or completely independent.
  • Support for HD audio - Supports standard sample rates up to 96 kHz.
  • Precision Digital Trim™ - Digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of your inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • Front-panel mixing and control - Each input has its own dedicated volume knob. Control multiple mixes with clear feedback from front panel LEDs and metering.
  • Front-panel volume control of main outs and headphone jack - Independent volume control of the main outs and phone output, or mirror the main outs on both phone jacks.
  • CueMix™ FX cross-platform mixing software - Attractive on-screen graphic mixing with an instrument tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram "waterfall" display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.
  • Stand-alone operation - Bring the 4pre to your gig, with or without a computer. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go. Need to tweak the mix? Just turn the front-panel knobs.
  • Expandable - Add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Time code support - Directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • 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 4pre is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs - Can be used with Volta™ (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
    Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2 - Compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.
  • Native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 8/7/Vista - Includes ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI drives. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • Fully compatible with 3rd-party software - 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs.
  • Includes audio workstation (DAW) software - Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation - No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone or USB2 operation.
  • Compact form factor - Chassis dimensions, excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and connectors: 9.5 × 7 × 1.75 inches (24.13 × 17.78 × 4.45 cm). Knobs and connectors extend up to 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from front and back panels, adding 1 inch (2.54 cm) to depth. With rack ears attached, fits one half of a standard 19 inch (48.26 cm) rack at 1U high.

Motu 4Pre Specifications

  • Converters: 24-bit
  • Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
  • Analog In:
    • 4 x XLR/TRS combo
    • 2 x 1/4" TRS (balanced/unbalanced)
    • 2 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar
  • Analog Outputs:
    • 2 x 1/4" balanced TRS main out
    • 2 x 1/4" balanced TRS line out
    • 2 x 1/4" TRS headphone
  • Digital Input: 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
  • Digital Output: 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
  • Computer I/O:
    • 1 x FireWire 400 (Type B)
    • 1 x USB 2.0
  • Sync In/Out:
    • S/PDIF
    • SMPTE time code (LTC)
  • Headphone Output: 2 x 1/4" TRS phone with independent volume control
  • Phantom Power: Individual +48V
  • Front panel:
    • 2 x 10-segment ladder LEDs • main outs
    • 4 x 5-segment LEDs • inputs
    • 2 x signal present LEDs • S/PDIF I/O
    • 2 x signal present LEDs • stereo line out
    • 4 x LEDs • 48V phantom power
    • 4 x LEDs • -20 dB pad
    • 5 x LEDs • mix/trim (main, line, S/PDIF, phone, trim)
    • 1 x LED • Vol/Pan
  • Power Requirements:
    • 9-18V DC, 5W, tip + or -
    • FireWire bus power
    • DC power adapter included, required for stand-alone and USB 2.0 operation

Included software

  • CueMix FX
  • MOTU SMPTE Console
  • AudioDesk (Mac only, optical CD drive required)
  • Operating Systems

System Requirements

Mac System Requirements

  • PowerPC G4 CPU 1 GHz or faster (including any Mac with a PowerPC G5 or any Intel processor)
  • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, or 10.5; v10.5.8 or later required
  • Available FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

Windows System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster equipped with at least one USB2 or FireWire port
  • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
  • Windows 8, Windows 7 or Vista, 32- or 64-bit; Vista SP 2 or later required
  • Available FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)
Manufacturer MOTU
Model 4PRE
GTIN 0839128005815

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