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MOTU 8pre-es 24x28 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

BH #MA8PRE2428 • MFR #9385
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MOTU 8pre-es 24x28 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface
Key Features
  • Compatible with Thunderbolt and USB
  • 24 Inputs, 28 Outputs
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz Resolution
  • 8 Microphone Preamps with +48V
The MOTU 8pre-es is a 24x28 audio interface designed to provide versatile connectivity, DSP console-style mixing, and high-resolution audio for musicians and recording engineers in project studios, commercial facilities, home setups, and live stage applications. Packed with ESS Sabre32 Ultra digital-to-analog converters, it boasts a dynamic range of 123 dB and latency as low as 1.6 ms. The 8pre-es can be used at up to 24-bit / 192 kHz resolution with a host DAW or as a standalone mixer. It is compatible with Thunderbolt and USB on Mac OS X and Windows systems.
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MOTU 8pre Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Eight Preamps
  • 3Sabre DAC
  • 4Digital Connectivity
  • 5Comprehensive I/O
  • 652 Simultaneous Audio Channels
  • 7Displays
  • 8Versatile Control
  • 9Standalone Operation
  • 10Flexible Matrix Routing/Splitting
  • 11Expandable
  • 12Separate Main Outs
  • 13Dual-Headphone Outputs
  • 14SMPTE Timecode Support
  • 15DC-Coupled TRS Outputs
  • 16Audio Analysis Tools
  • 17AudioDesk
  • 18Built-In Talkback
  • 19Monitor Controls

The MOTU 8pre-es is a 24x28 audio interface designed to provide versatile connectivity, DSP console-style mixing, and high-resolution audio for musicians and recording engineers in project studios, commercial facilities, home setups, and live stage applications. Packed with ESS Sabre32 Ultra digital-to-analog converters, it boasts a dynamic range of 123 dB and latency as low as 1.6 ms. The 8pre-es can be used at up to 24-bit / 192 kHz resolution with a host DAW or as a standalone mixer. It is compatible with Thunderbolt and USB on Mac OS X and Windows systems.

Its 24 inputs include eight XLR-1/4" combo jacks for mics, instruments, and line-level signal, as well as optical S/PDIF and ADAT ports. Among the outputs are eight 1/4" TRS jacks, two headphone outputs, ADAT, and S/PDIF.

Time code support is also on hand, as the machine converts SMPTE time code to MTC, then passes MTC on to any MTC-compatible host. The unit sports flexible monitoring thanks to its digital mixer, as well as a built-in talkback mic and front-panel talk button for communicating with your artists. The mixer is DSP-powered, offering console-style control over 48 channels, multiple aux buses and groups, and effects such as reverb, EQ, gating, and compression, and even LA-2A emulations.

Control the interface functions via a web app on a wired or wireless device. Additional power is unlocked via the supplied MOTU software package, which includes audio analysis tools and the AudioDesk digital audio workstation.

Eight Preamps

8 transparent mic inputs deliver 118 dB of dynamic range.

Sabre DAC

ESS Sabre32 DAC technology delivers 123 dB dynamic range and the same audio quality as MOTU's flagship 1248.

Digital Connectivity

Connect to your computer with Thunderbolt, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, or AVB/TSN Ethernet for up to 256 audio channels (128 in / 128 out). Class-compliant firmware and industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. The unit can even connect to an iPad with a standard camera connection kit (available separately).

Comprehensive I/O

28 inputs and 32 outputs including stereo S/PDIF coaxial, 16 channels of ADAT optical, dual XLR-1/4" combo jacks, eight 1/4" I/O, two independent headphone outputs, and more.

52 Simultaneous Audio Channels

24 inputs and 28 outputs include eight transparent remote-controllable mic inputs, 8 TRS analog outputs, two banks of optical wordclock I/O, and two front-panel headphone jacks.

Displays

Dual front-panel LCD screens provide visual access to robust metering and menu displays.

Versatile Control

Easily control the interface via web app on a wired or wireless device.

Standalone Operation

Use the interface without a computer for effects and signal routing at a live gig.

Flexible Matrix Routing/Splitting

Send any input to any output, or to multiple outputs. You can route to and from the computer, or any device on an AVB network.

Expandable

Connect multiple interfaces together to expand system I/O.

Separate Main Outs

Provides dedicated XLR main outputs for connecting to studio monitors, as well as additional balanced TRS outputs for connecting to secondary monitors.

Dual-Headphone Outputs

Each 1/4" TRS headphone output has its own volume control and can be programmed with the same or different mixes.

SMPTE Timecode Support

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

DC-Coupled TRS Outputs

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

Audio Analysis Tools

Included software features an oscilloscope, real-time FFT analyzer, X-Y plot, and graphic phase-analysis.

AudioDesk

Includes digital audio workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, 32-bit mixing and effects processing, and sample-accurate editing.

Built-In Talkback

Integrated talkback microphone and front-panel talk button.

Monitor Controls

Front-panel monitor level with mono, mute, and switching for two sets of monitors.
UPC: 839128006102

MOTU 8pre Specs

Form FactorTabletop (Rack-Mountable with Included Hardware)
Channels of I/O8 Input / 8 Output
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps8
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O8 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Input
8 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Input
2 x 1/4" TRS Headphone Output
8 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Output
Digital Audio I/O1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
2 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT Input
Host Connection / USB1 x Thunderbolt/MDP (Thunderbolt 1)
1 x USB Type-B (USB 2.0)
MIDI I/ONone
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Memory Card SlotNone
Performance
Dynamic RangeD/A Converters:
123 dB
Mic Inputs:
118 dB
EIN-129 dBu
Digital Audio
Sample Rates44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
Bit Depths24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
32-Bit (Internal DSP)
Latency1.6 ms at 96 kHz
Power
Power RequirementsAC Input
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Physical
Rackmount Size1 RU (with Included Hardware)
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)23.4 x 11.6 x 5.5"

MOTU 8pre Reviews

Annoying sound card sounds

By hatem nabil
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-24

I heard about the sound card and I felt that it was good, but unfortunately I was disappointed. Because the card sometimes makes annoying sounds like a bomb. It almost ruins the speakers. Also, when choosing the audio track solo inside the protoles, it emits loud sounds. Is there a solution. The sound of the card is good and its capabilities are great, but it has technical problems and I hope to find an island solution quickly

8 Pre works greay

By Sane Voice
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-05-31

My Mackie ONYX400F just died on me and I needed an affordable interface quick. The MOYU 8PRE is affordable and was easy to set up. It's straight forward without a lot of bells and whistles - just what is needed in my studio. The other thing I like is I can daisy-chain more than one!

A no brainer.

By adroth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-02-10

ADAT Optical into my trusty 828 MkII. It just works. Digital Performer, Pro Tools. These preamps sound great. Superb bang for the buck!

Ordinary at best, not what I expected

By Producer2000
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2011-07-24

Been testing it for 2 weeks. Sounds muddy, transient are crushed, expensive for quality, not too easy on the eye, looks more like something you'd take on the road than to a studio. Drivers are a pain sometimes with other sound devices & software (sample rate will not reset by itself), Used win7 pro with it & I am used to deal with computers & studio equipment, it's just buggy. I've asked for an RMA.

Great Mic Pre and Converter

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-07-08

I use this as a Mic Pre and A/D Converter to expand my 828 MkIII. ADAT Optical out to the 828. This device works very well, and functions flawlessly. The only thing I dislike is that when powered off, it does NOT save the trim levels for each mic, and therefore if you use it with a normal setup, you need to re-level every time you power cycle the device. This is not terribly difficult, but it does present a problem with consistency in recording level.

Quick install, it works, great quality.

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-03-12

I was going to get the Presonus firestudio, but read the reviews and got this one. I couldn't be happier.

I will buy another one

By coolhand
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-02-07

I use this with a DAW and this pre has made my life easy. I just put in the motu cd loaded basic drivers fired up the pre8 and everything was ready to go. My DAW was already setup with the pre8 settings plugged in a guitar armed a track and tested out the motu pre8. Very clean sounding alittle soft sounding so I clicked the 20db pad and wow just great.I have used this pre now for about a week and it is so nice to be able to start recording and not worry about tweeking everything before you can start having fun.I guess the only thing I would say that could be a con would be that the knobs on the front are kinda small could be alittle bigger for easy grip. I work at a church they have motu products they use for worship music and not a problem for the last 6 years.

More than I expected!!

By The Meth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-11-14

The item work perfectly, the shipping was incredibly fast, I love my new 8pre, what else can I say? Great transaction!!

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