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MOTU 8PRE 16 x 12 USB Audio Interface

Dolphin id:15527 Product SKU:8PRE

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Turn your computer into a powerful digital audio workstation with eight mic inputs. Or add eight high-quality mic/instrument inputs to your current system.

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The 8pre audio interface delivers everything you need to turn your computer into a powerful 24-bit, 96kHz digital audio workstation. The 8pre provides eight microphone/instrument preamps with pristine 96kHz analog recording and playback, combined with 8 channels of ADAT optical digital I/O. Expand your system by connecting additional 8pres or other MOTU audio interfaces.

Feature Summary
  • Hi-speed USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac and Windows — provides 16 inputs with 8 mic preamps and 12 outputs including separate phone and main outs for all the basic I/O you need for a powerful desktop studio.
  • Eight XLR/TRS "combo jack" mic inputs — connect up to eight mics, or mix and match mics with guitars, synths, drum machines and other analog input signals.
  • Flexible analog inputs — each provides a crystal-clear preamp (for both the XLR and TRS input), 24-bit 96 kHz converters, individually switchable 48-volt phantom power, 20 dB pad and front-panel trim controls. Mix and match condenser and dynamic microphones as your needs require.
  • Eight channels of ADAT optical I/O — provides two sets of optical connectors to provide eight channels of optical digital I/O even at high samples rates (88.2 or 96 kHz).
  • Operates as an optical expander — connect the 8pre to any ADAT optical compatible device (another audio interface, a digital mixer, etc.) to add 8 additional mic inputs seamlessly integrated into the mixing environment of the host device.
  • Discrete ins/outs — there's no channel sharing in the 8pre; the mic inputs, ADAT optical I/O, headphone out and main outs are all handled as separate channels.
  • CueMix DSP™ near-zero monitoring system.
  • Multiple CueMix DSP mixes — create up to eight different monitor mixes for the main outs and headphones. Add send/return loops for outboard gear with no latency.
  • Front-panel metering — five-segment meters for all analog inputs, plus status lights for clock and interface/expander mode.
  • Sample-accurate MIDI — connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed. MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software.
  • Expandable — add additional MOTU 8pre, UltraLite, 828, 828, 896, or Traveler interfaces for additional I/O. Or connect the 8pre optically to any audio interface or mixer that supports ADAT optical I/O.
  • Separate TRS main outs and front-panel headphone jack, each with independent volume control.
  • SMPTE time code sync via any analog input.
  • SMPTE time code generation to any analog output.
  • Includes native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) and Windows (8/7/Vista), including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs.
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via USB.
  • Chassis dimensions, excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and connectors: 19 × 7 × 1.75 inches (48.26 × 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 standard 19 inch (48.26 cm) rack at 1U high.
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MOTU 8PRE 16 x 12 USB Audio Interface Reviews



I bought the 8Pre two years ago after I had finished college and lost access to their recording facilities. I wanted more inputs than my Audio Kontrol (which was great), quality conversion/pre amps and affordability.

I chose this over any Focusrite or similar gear because I\'d used MOTU previously and felt they were pretty stable. I was glad I did. I had no problem setting this up and it had every thing I needed (MIDI, 8 inputs, headphone out, phantom power). I was using it as a standalone audio interface. I was able to record and monitor comfortably at home and I even took my 8Pre out and recorded a full drum kit in a mill.

The sound of the unit is excellent. The Pre amps buzzed slightly when pushed hard but other wise sounded great. There was loads of areas where you can expand this unit with the 828, 829 or another 8pre although I never needed to. For the price, the 8 Pre amps in this machine are well worth it. The metering is nice and the headphone output is loud enough to monitor on in most situations.

After I joined university I lost the need for 8 inputs so it lost its use. Whilst using the machine one day I brushed my hand against the back of the firewire port. This broke the port completely and rendered it useless. I was 2 months out of warranty but I contacted MOTU support and they replaced it initially expecting payment but they never sent me a bill.

For what it does and its price it deserves a solid 8 out of 10! Highly recommended if you just want to get out there and record on 8 quality inputs!



I was thinking to buy a Saffire, but a sales man from Dolphin suggested me to try the MOTU pre8. Well, I knew MOTU could sound better then a few brands in the market...but he helped me to make the final decision.
Im very happy and satisfied with the results Im getting from the PRE8.

thanks Dolphin

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Not a bad thing to say!

I bought this to replace my M-audio ozone interface as the pre-amp on it was really dodgy and the difference in sound quality is so good! Very clear, just like MOTU say and it\'s great having the extra inputs. The CueMix software offers incredibly low latency (almost none) and I find the routing to enable recording the output back into the computer very handy. I think this product offers the potential for the user to produce proffessional, high quality mixes. Seriously, the only way you could beat it is by buying products with a significantly higher price tag (you know, the high end, top of the range stuff).

Dolphin Music were great. It\'s so satisfying to buy from a company that obviously has put a lot of thought into the welfare of the customer; easy navigation, order FAQ section, secure purchasing, prompt feedback and info on your delivery, speedy delivery, no problems at all....I feel all warm inside :)

(when Dolphin emailed to ask if I wanted write a review I actually looked forward to doing it! That\'s saying something)

ps. I did not give 10/10 as it has no tea and coffee making facilities

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