MOTU Track16 - Desktop Studio FireWire/USB 2.0 Interface

MOTU Track16 - Desktop Studio FireWire/USB 2.0 Interface

MOTU Track16 - Desktop Studio FireWire/USB 2.0 Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 16 Input / 14 Output
  • One-Touch Operation
  • Effects and Mixing Features Built In
  • Detailed Metering
  • Bus-Powered FireWire
  • High-Speed USB 2.0
  • MIDI IN and Out
  • Two Headphone Outputs
  • 44-Inch Breakout Cable
  • Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista
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  • 1Description

The MOTU Track16 Track16 Desktop Studio FireWire/USB 2.0 Interface is a versatile and compact unit that offers a wide range of inputs and outputs, as well as effects, mixing, and monitoring. It's equipped with eight channels of analog ins and outs including mic, line, and high-impedance instrument inputs. The analog connectors come on a 44-inch breakout cable, which gives you flexibility for setup and connections (an optional breakout box is also available). For digital I/O, the unit's optical ports support either eight channels of ADAT, four channels of SMUX optical, or two channels of optical S/PDIF on TOSlink connectors. MIDI in and Out jacks are also included.

Housed in an aluminum-alloy chassis, Track16 supports professional-quality 24-bit recording at sampling rates up to 192 kHz, and has a user interface that was designed to be simple and intuitive. The large knob in the center of the unit can be set to control levels for any of the inputs or outputs with just a single tap on one of the front panel buttons. User-assignable LED meters make it possible to see levels from any of the units inputs or outputs.

Track16 gives you the choice of either USB 2.0 or FireWire connection. If you choose the latter, the unit can be powered via the FireWire bus. Track16 is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista, as well as any audio software that supports WDM, ASIO, and Core Audio.

The included MOTU CueMix FX software gives you low-latency hardware monitoring, and lets you create up to eight separate monitor mixes. You get reverb, modeled analog EQ, and modeled vintage compression, all of which can be used strictly for the monitor mix or printed into your host software. Talkback and Listenback features make it easy to communicate from the control room to musicians in the live room. CueMix FX also offers comprehensive metering for all the inputs and outputs.

Plentiful I/O
16 in and 14 out including 2 mic inputs, 2 Hi-Z guitar inputs, two pairs of line inputs, Main and Line output pairs, ADAT optical, and more
Detailed, User-Configurable Metering
Dedicated 7-segment LED Main-output meters and configurable meters for all other analog I/O
One-Touch Operation
Press the button for the input or output you want to control and turn the knob
Sound Quality
24-bit converters; supports 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz recording
Bus Powered via FireWire
No AC adapter needed when you connect your computer to the FireWire port. Great for remote, battery-powered operation with a laptop
Cross-Platform Connectivity
Connects to any Mac or Windows machine via USB 2.0 or FireWire. Cross-platform compatible with virtually all audio software via WDM, ASIO, and Core Audio drivers.
Metal Chassis
Aluminum alloy chassis
Advanced Extras
44-inch breakout cable, DSP-driven mixing and effects, instrument tuner, expandability, analysis tools and oscilloscope, and SMPTE time code sync
UPC: 839128005822
In the Box
MOTU Track16 - Desktop Studio FireWire/USB 2.0 Interface
  • Breakout Cable
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Printed "Flipbook" Manual
  • Installer CD Containing:
    CueMix FX Software (Mac/Win)
    MOTU SMPTE Console Software (Mac/Win)
    AudioDesk Recording Software (Mac)
    Software Drivers (Mac/Win)
  • Registration Card
  • Rubber Feet for Unit
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    MOTU Track16 specs

    Converters 24-bit
    Analog Inputs 2 x XLR mic inputs
    2 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
    1 x 1/8" stereo "mini" line inputs (unbalanced)
    2 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar inputs
    Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" balanced TRS main out
    2 x 1/4" unbalanced TRS line out
    1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
    1 x 1/8" stereo headphone
    Digital I/O 8-channel ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
    4-channel SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
    2-channel TOSlink (optical S/PDIF) up to 96 kHz
    Computer I/O 1 x FireWire 400 (Type B connector)
    1 x USB 2.0
    MIDI I/O 1 x MIDI In
    1 x MIDI Out
    Sync I/O SMPTE Time Code (LTC)
    Headphone Output 1 x 1/4" TRS Stereo phone
    1 x 1/8" Stereo phone
    Phantom Power Individual +48V
    Top Panel 2 x 7-Segment Ladder LEDs (main outs)
    2 x 7-Segment LEDs (mic in or line 3-4 in)
    2 x 7-Segment LEDs (guitar in or phones)
    2 x 7-Segment LEDs (line in 1-2 or line out)
    2 x LEDs (48V phantom power)
    2 x LEDs (-20 dB pad)
    5 x Backlit Switches (input select)
    3 x Backlit Switches (output select)
    1 x Backlit Switch (meters toggle)
    1 x Backlit Switch (power)
    Power Requirements 9-18V DC, 5W, tip + or -
    FireWire bus power
    DC power adapter included, required for stand-alone and USB 2.0 operation (except with FireWire bus power)
    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
    OS X 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7; 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 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)
    64-Bit Operation Available for Mac OS X v10.6 or 10.7
    Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or Vista
    Requires a 64-bit CPU
    Included Software CueMix FX
    MOTU SMPTE Console
    AudioDesk (Mac only, optical CD drive required)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.9 x 11.4 x 5.4"

    MOTU Track16 reviews

    Track16 - Desktop Studio FireWire/USB 2.0 Interface is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall Great, one small detail to fix. This is the center of my touring/hotel studio. Great size, super easy to use, cuefx software is great, and most importantly, sound quality is fantastic. The one thing is the firewire 800 port (running fw400) is just not physically secure enough. The slightest touch will break the connection and you will have to power cycle the interface. Even plugging an instrument into the front of the interface will jiggle the connection and break the connection. Very frustrating but has never happened while actually recording. That is literally the only thing I don't like. Everything else is fantastic.
    Date published: 2016-07-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! Had no problems with Protools 10 and Mountain Lion setup. Sounds great. Using it with FCP and other apps too. Breakout cable is pretty stiff and solid. Actual main box is lighter and can move around if you don't have the cable in a good position or tied down. Also the little sticky feet that come with it fall off. I would have preferred solid rubber backing or better feet. Still, I'm happy I bought it. 1 Star off for cheapish feet!
    Date published: 2012-09-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Track 16 is slick For a minimal home studio this is a very nice interface. I have used an 828mkii for years & needed to get into something with USB. This has it all - USB/Firewire - ability to expand via optical. Pros-good clean sound, easy to setup& use - MADE IN USA Cons-only 4 analog outs (not including headphones)
    Date published: 2013-08-20
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