MOTU 4preItem ID: 4pre
6-channel USB/FireWire Audio Interface with 4 x Microphone Preamplifiers
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Quality Sound Meets Maximum Convenience!Portability, flexibility, and convenient simplicity - MOTU's 4pre hybrid recording interface gives you all of this and more. Whether you have a FireWire-equipped Mac laptop or a PC tower with USB ports, recording with your MOTU 4pre couldn't be easier. Like the name suggests, the 4pre sports four studio-quality microphone preamplifiers. What's more, each input features a combo jack, giving you inputs for your mics, instruments, and line-level sources. And housed in a handy all-metal half-rack chassis, the MOTU 4pre is ready to go where the music takes you.
MOTU 4pre Hybrid USB/FireWire Interface at a Glance:
Total modular flexibility
Do you prefer a handy desktop interface, or do you need an on-the-go solution for mobile recording? Either way, the MOTU 4pre will easily accommodate your needs. High-speed USB 2.0 lets you connect the 4pre to any computer out there, and if your laptop has FireWire onboard, then you can even bus power it for convenient mobile recording. What's more, the 4pre comes with a complete rackmounting kit, so you can mount it in a half-width rack, or link it with another half-rack-size MOTU piece and rackmount them together.
Of course, no audio interface is worth investing in unless it sounds good. One of the reasons Sweetwater stands by MOTU gear is simply this: the customers who buy their products almost always rave about their sound. Specifically, the 4pre comes equipped with (as the name suggests) four of MOTU's top-quality microphone preamplifiers. What's great about these preamps is that their incredibly clear, with extremely low noise or distortion. That lets you records anything from vocals to high-gain guitar amps, and tweak the tone to taste later.
Flexible integrated mix engine
Here's another thing that Sweetwater customers love about MOTU gear. The CueMix FX mixing software lets you fully tweak the 4pre's 8-bus mix engine down at the hardware level - way before the signal reaches your DAW. That's right, we said an 8-bus mix engine. This lets you control the mix volume independently of the input gain, so you can monitor your inputs at the right level, without affecting your recording volume.
Control CueMix with your iPad
MOTU's CueMix FX software, the mixing software that drives the powerful routing of the 4pre, can be controlled from your iPad. MOTU created CueMix templates for the TouchOSC controller app, giving you complete control over your 4pre's mixing and effects processing over a Wi-Fi network. This means that when you're recording in your studio, you don't need to keep going back to your computer to adjust gain levels, change monitoring effects, or virtually anything else you rely on CueMix for.
MOTU 4pre Hybrid USB/FireWire Interface Features:
The MOTU 4pre is an audio interface that fits in any rig!
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Cecil, Mesquite, TX
Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
by Dangeroo from TexasI've been waiting to review this product for a couple months. I don't generally give 5 star ratings to anything, but I find something new I like about this thing every day it seems. If all you want is... read more [+] a simple I/O box with decent preamps, there are other options for a smaller price (although there isn't much in the way of half-rack 4 preamp selection). I take it on the road with me, use it as my main interface, can run different headphone mixes and pair of monitors, mix without a computer (which is handy because my laptop is always crashing on me and I don't have to stop the device if I'm just using it for monitoring). Also, the software that comes with it is fabulous. I don't think there is a feature I haven't used, and there aren't any features I need that I feel it is missing (other than midi, but I would rather have a different box for that anyway. If it's what you need, get it. Motu rocks. close [-]
April 22, 2013
Music Background: Composer/Performer/Engineer/Live Sound
by Robert Kaylor from Boise IDGreat computer interface. Portable as well, you are only as good as your equipment!
November 30, 2012
Music Background: Pro Hobbyist
by Daniel Lopez from Los Angeles, CAGreat piece of gear! love the pre's that it comes with, not much to complain. Only thing I didn't like was the facet that you couldn't 'monitor mute.' Meaning you can't separate your main headphone o... read more [+]utput from the main mix knob. Unless you do it within the box but still a hastle. close [-]
March 15, 2012
Music Background: Recording engineer
by fromthis interface is everything promised.
March 2, 2012
Music Background: recording engineer, live sound engineer, hobbyist, student, roadie
it does its job very well and very smoothly
when it is paired with a good mic, the sound quality is superb.
the controls are... read more [+] a touch confusing and require some getting used to but i imagine with a brief read through of the instructions, the problem would be solved.
all in all, a solid, quality, very nice, well featured interface.
and a decent deal on a motu interface close [-]
Awesome Little Unit!
by Frank from Chicago, ILThis thing is chock full of features. I like having the option to use USB or Firewire, and the preamps sound great to me. It was actually more compact than I had expected, which was great. The main re... read more [+]ason I chose this was because I needed something with more than 2 mic pres but I didn't quite need 8 at the moment so this little 4Pre has been just great. I also love that MOTU allows for daisy chaining so that if I find that I need more inputs someday, I can always add them onto this. Also, this was a significant upgrade from my old MBOX2. It runs great with my Pro Tools 9 setup and I have not experienced any issues. However, the only thing that had bothered me was that the Hi-Z inputs are a little unpredictable,so with a guitar that has a very hot signal, the signal cannot be controlled well. Also, the pad does not activate unless you are plugged in via XLR, so in order to solve this issue I just run guitars through a DI box and then I can attenuate accordingly. This has not affected the performance of the inetrface, soI am still very happy with it. I think that anyone who is looking for a high quality interface that is still within a decent price range, I highly recommend it. It will more than get the job done! close [-]
February 20, 2012
Music Background: Home Recording, Musician (non-professional), Hobbyist
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