MOTU 4pre FireWire/USB 2.0 Compact Audio Interface

Special Price $449.00 Regular Price $495.00



-6 Input / 8 Output -4 Microphone Preamps -8-Bus Digital Mixer -Digital I/O -Phantom Power -Time Code Support -24-bit/96kHz -Standalone Operation -Mac OS X -Windows Vista/7

MOTU 4pre FireWire/USB 2.0 Compact Audio Interface If you've been searching for an affordable, compact audio interface with four mic inputs, your search is over. The 4pre packs four mic inputs into an impressively small half-rack form factor, along with a healthy complement of additional professional-grade audio connections. Just think of the possibilities. You can record and mix vocals plus guitar for two musicians simultaneously. Or mic a drum kit with overheads and close-ups. Or record lead and background vocals in one take. With an interface this flexible, capable, and great-sounding, you'll be ready for any situation your music throws at you. Compact size Designed to go with you anywhere The 4pre is an impressively small 8.5 by 7 by 1.75 inches, which means that it slides easily into your backpack. It also sits nicely next to your laptop or desktop computer. Flexible combo-style inputs Connect guitars, a keyboard, or other inputs The four inputs are not just for mics: they are combo jacks that also accept a quarter-inch plug. Inputs 1-2 take line-level signals, such as the output from a synth or keyboard. Inputs 3-4 are "hi-Z" DI inputs with proper impedance for plugging in your electric guitar directly, without an amp or cabinet, to process your guitar sound through amp and cab simulation plug-ins in your host software. Universal connectivity Hybrid technology connects to any computer Thanks to MOTU’s Hybrid interface technology, the 4pre connects to any Mac or PC via FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0. Connect your mic, guitar, keyboard, and digital input, and you are ready to make pro-quality recordings. High-speed USB 2.0 High bandwidth and low latency The 4pre can record and play all channels simultaneously, and high-speed USB 2.0 provides plenty of bandwidth, even at 96 kHz. Bus-powered FireWire No power supply needed The 4pre can draw power from its FireWire connection to the computer, so you can operate remotely on laptop battery power. Mixing made simple Hands-on mixing for studio and stage Quickly balance the levels of mics, guitars, a keyboard, or other inputs right from the front panel. Each input has its own volume control. Route inputs directly to any output pair, each with its own unique mix: main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones. Learn more about the 4pre's mixing capabilities » Studio grade sound Your mix will be ready for prime time The 4pre has been engineered with MOTU’s renowned, award-winning audio interface technology, which delivers the pristine audio quality and rock-solid performance that MOTU interfaces are known for worldwide. You can always record and mix with confidence, knowing that decades of engineering experience are behind you, every step of the way. Solid metal chassis MOTU interfaces are built to last The 4pre aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and tour bus. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the cool touch of the 4pre's metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction built to last. Rack mounting brackets Mount the 4pre in a rack with your other gear The 4pre can be joined with another MOTU half-rack interface (MIDI or audio) and together they can be mounted in a standard 19-inch equipment rack, or you can mount them on rack rails with other MOTU gear for convenient desktop operation, as shown here. Use the included brackets and hex bolts to join the 4pre with another MOTU interface, such as the micro lite MIDI interface shown here (or a second 4pre), to mount them in a standard 19-inch equipment rack.

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UPC (Universal Product Code) 00839128005815
MPN (manufacturer part number) 8460
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  • 6 x 8 audio interface for Mac and Windows with all channels available simultaneously and operating independently
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity
  • Eight-bus digital mixer routes and mixes all six inputs to any output pair
  • Four separate mixes - each output pair (main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones) can have a completely different mix of all six inputs, with or without computer tracks
  • Four combo jacks provide four XLR microphone inputs, two hi-Z 1/4" guitar inputs, and stereo line-level (+4/-10) input
  • Microphone inputs provide individual preamps, phantom power, a 20dB pad, Precision Digital Trim (digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1.0dB increments), and plenty of gain
  • Stereo main outs on balanced 1/4" TRS jacks for connecting directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination)
  • Stereo 24-bit/96kHz S/PDIF digital input and output
  • Two headphone outputs with independent volume control for each phone output
  • Headphone output can be either the same as main outs or completely independent
  • Supports standard sample rates up to 96kHz
  • Fine-tune the balance of inputs and then save/recall trim configurations
  • Front-panel mixing and control
  • Each input has its own dedicated volume knob
  • Control multiple mixes with clear feedback from front panel LEDs and metering
  • Independent volume control of the main outs and phone output, or mirror the main outs on both phone jacks
  • CueMix FX cross-platform mixing software
  • On-screen graphic mixing with an instrument tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram "waterfall" display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis
  • Stand-alone operation allows for bringing the 4pre to a gig, with or without a computer
  • Need to tweak the mix? Just turn the front-panel knobs
  • Add additional interfaces for more I/O as needs grow
  • Time code support directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer
  • Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS), a DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 4pre is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs
  • Can be used with Volta (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW
  • Plug-and-play operation with a Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2 (compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs)
  • Native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista
  • Includes ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI drives
  • Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software and fully compatible with 3rd-party software
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing and sample-accurate sync
  • No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer
  • Power supply included for stand-alone or USB2 operation
  • Compact form factor

Connectivity FireWire 400 USB 2.0 Converters 24-bit Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz Analog In 4 x Neutrik Combo/XLR 2 x 1/4" TRS phone (balanced/unbalanced) 2 x 1/4" TS phone Hi-Z instrument Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Main 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Line 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone Digital Input Connectors 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF Digital Output Connectors 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF MIDI In/Out No Sync In/Out S/PDIF SMPTE Time Code (LTC) Headphone Output 2 x 1/4" TRS phone with Volume Control Phantom Power +48V, individually switchable Display 2 x Main out 10-segment ladder LEDs 4 x Input 5-segment LEDs 2 x S/PDIF I/O signal present LEDs 2 x Stereo line out signal present LEDs 4 x Phantom power LEDs 4 x Pad LEDs 5 x Mix/trim (main, line, S/PDIF, phone, trim) LEDs 1 x Vol/Pan LED Power Requirements 9~18VDC, 5W, tip + or - via included power adapter (required for stand-alone and USB 2.0 operation) FireWire bus power System Requirements Mac PowerPC G4 CPU 1GHz or faster (including PowerPC G5 CPUs and all Intel processor Macs) OS X v10.5.8 or later required, 10.6, or 10.7 1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended) Available FireWire or USB2 port Large hard drive (preferably at least 250GB) PC Pentium-based 1GHz PC compatible or faster equipped with at least one USB2 or FireWire port Windows Vista SP2 32- or 64-bit, or Windows 7 1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended) Available FireWire or USB2 port Large hard drive (preferably at least 250GB) Included Software CueMix FX MOTU SMPTE Console AudioDesk (Mac only) 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 (and host application for plug-in versions) Dimensions 9.5 x 7 x 1.75" (241 x 178 x 45mm) 1 Weight Not specified by manufacturer Compatible Software Mac MOTU Digital Performer MOTU AudioDesk Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later) Apple Logic Pro Apple Logic Express Apple GarageBand Apple SoundTrack Pro Ableton Live Propellerhead Record and Reason Steinberg Cubase Cockos Reaper Native Instruments KONTAKT Waves stand-alone applications (and plug-ins, via compatible host) Windows 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 applications (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

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