MOTU 24Ai - USB/AVB 72 Channel Audio Interface

MOTU 24Ai - USB/AVB 72 Channel Audio Interface

MOTU 24Ai - USB/AVB 72 Channel Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 24 Balanced Analog Inputs
  • 48 Channels ADAT I/O, Wordclock I/O
  • Onboard DSP
  • Digital Mixer with Effects
  • Expansive Matrix Routing
  • USB 2.0 and AVB Compliant
  • Standalone Mixing with Wireless Control
  • Includes AudioDesk DAW Software
  • Up to 24-bit/192 kHz Resolution
  • Mac OS X, Windows
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  • 1Description

The 24Ai from MOTU is a single rack space USB 2.0 interface with industry-standard AVB networking for sub-millisecond network latency, and offers twenty-four channels of analog audio input combined with three banks of ADAT optical, for a total of seventy-two channels of I/O. The unit connects to a computer through USB 2.0, which provides more than enough bandwidth for the twenty-four analog channels, and when connected through AVB networking, supports hundreds of network channels.

All devices on an AVB network can stream audio to and from a computer, and everything can be controlled simultaneously from any computers, tablets, and smart phones connected to the network. The interface delivers excellent analog performance with digitally controlled analog trim on the analog inputs, and includes a forty-eight-channel software mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, DSP effects with 32-bit floating point precision, flexible matrix-style routing and splitting, stand-alone operation, and Wi-Fi control.

  • Employs the same analog design as MOTU's 1248, 8M and 16A audio interfaces
  • Seventy-two simultaneous audio channels: Twenty-four balanced analog inputs on three banks of multichannel connectors (D-sub and Phoenix), plus three banks of eight-channel ADAT optical
  • Connects to a computer with audio class compliant high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS)
  • Discovery app and web app software works alongside any host audio software
  • On-board DSP with mixing and effects
  • Flexible forty-eight input digital mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, with twelve stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, four-band EQ, gate and compression
  • DSP-driven mixing and effects engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom utilizing 32-bit floating point processing
  • Modeled vintage effects processing with compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor and EQ modeled after British analog console EQs
  • Add a second MOTU AVB interface (24Ai, 24Ao, 1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Cat-5e Ethernet cable
  • Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately)
  • Build an AVB network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB 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
  • Matrix routing and splitting allows for sending any input to any output, or multiple outputs, including routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the AVB network
  • Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings and network audio routing from web app software running in a preferred browser on a laptop, tablet or smart phone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to a local area network
  • Standalone mixing with wireless control - connect an Apple Airport or other Wi-Fi router directly to the 24Ai with a standard Ethernet cable and control mixing and DSP effects from a smart phone or tablet, without a computer, great for live sound mixing
  • Use the 24Ai as a twenty-four channel optical expander for other gear (24 channels at 44.1/48 kHz or 12 channels at 88.2/96 kHz)
  • Large backlit 324 x 24 LCD allow for viewing 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
  • Includes AudioDesk workstation software with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering
UPC: 839128005945
In the Box
MOTU 24Ai - USB/AVB 72 Channel Audio Interface
  • AC Power Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Rack Ears
  • AudioDesk DAW License
  • Two (2) Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Connectivity USB 2.0 audio class compliant
    Bit Depth 24-bit
    Sample Rate 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz
    Analog Inputs 24-channels, balanced, DC coupled
    3 x DB-25 D-Sub
    6 x 12-pin Phoenix
    Electrical Characteristics Maximum Input Level: 24 dBu (digitally adjustable -96 to +22)
    Trim Range: 118 dB (-96 to +22 dB) in 1 dB steps
    Dynamic Range: 110 dB, A-weighted
    THD+N: -102 dB, unweighted
    Digital I/O 24-channels @ 1x SR, 12-channels SMUX @ 2x SR
    3 x TOSLink ADAT optical input
    3 x TOSLink ADAT optical output
    Wordclock 2 x BNC I/O
    Front Panel 5 x Switches for menu navigation
    324 x 24 pixel LCD for level meters/menu navigation
    1 x AC power switch
    Power Requirements 100~240 VAC auto-switching supply, 50/60 Hz, 0.5 A maximum
    System Requirements Mac
    1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
    OS X 10.8 or later
    2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
    Available USB 2.0 port or AVB Ethernet port (AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite
    Large capacity hard drive for recording (at least 500 GB)

    PC
    1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
    Windows 7 or later
    2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
    Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
    Large capacity hard drive for recording (at least 500 GB)
    Compatible Software Compatible Mac Software
    Unit 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
    Propellerhead Record and Reason
    Steinberg Cubase
    Cockos Reaper
    Native Instruments Kontakt
    Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

    Compatible Windows Software
    Unit ships with standard Wave and ASIO drivers for Windows 8 for compatibility with virtually all WAV-compatible audio apps, including:
    MOTU Digital Performer
    Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
    Ableton Live
    Cakewalk Sonar
    Steinberg Cubase
    Propellerhead Record and Reason
    Image Line FL Studio
    Sony Vegas Pro
    Sony Sound Forge
    Sony Acid
    Cockos Reaper
    Native Instruments Kontakt
    Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)
    Other Web App Support
    Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
    Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.
    Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU AVB interface by wire or Wi-Fi

    Included Software
    MOTU AVB Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
    MOTU AVB Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
    AudioDesk 4.0 (available as a separate download)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 17 x 7 x 2" (432 x 178 x 51 mm) without included rackears
    Weight 7 lb (3.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.622 x 11.417 x 5.433"

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