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.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. 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.
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.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.