MOTU Audio ExpressItem ID: AudioExpress
6x6 FireWire/USB Audio Interface and Standalone Mixer with 2 Mic/hi-Z Combo Jacks, 24-bit/96kHz - Mac/PC
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Great for Desktop and Mobile Recording!Make the Audio Express the centerpiece of your personal studio! This 6-in/6-out audio interface puts the right connectivity where you need it: on your desktop. It's perfect for the singer/songwriter first starting to record, yet the Audio Express offers premium sound quality (better than CD, at 24-bit/96kHz) so it's perfect for the top-level engineer who needs a mobile recording solution. Better yet, the MOTU Audio Express features both USB and FireWire ports. That means it'll work with nearly any computer you'll come across, so it's easier than ever to collaborate. Just put the MOTU Audio Express in your laptop bag, bring it to your bandmate's house, and you can get going.
Powerful built-in mixer
Beyond having helpful USB and FireWire connectivity, the MOTU Audio Express has other collaboration-friendly features. One you'll appreciate is the built-in mixer. With it, you can create four custom stereo mixes that you send through the main outputs, line outputs, S/PDIF outputs, and headphone jack. That opens up the possibilities during the recording process, enabling you to give each musician a custom headphone mix, while letting you keep your ears on the main mix in the control room. There are many ways you can and will use this feature. And you'll be glad to know, it's easy to create these mixes, thanks to the CueMix FX mixing software (Mac/PC) that comes with the MOTU Audio Express.
Control CueMix with your iPad
MOTU's CueMix FX software, the mixing software that drives the powerful routing of the Audio Express, can be controlled from your iPad. MOTU created CueMix templates for the TouchOSC controller app, giving you complete control over your Audio Express' 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.
Portable, packed with great sound quality, and loaded with the right I/O for the majority of home, personal, and project studio needs, the MOTU Audio Express offers a great value for any recording enthusiast or pro. Step up your sound quality with the MOTU Audio Express today!
MOTU Audio Express Features at a Glance:
The MOTU Audio Express is the perfect interface for personal and mobile recording!
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Cecil, Mesquite, TX
Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
by Russ McLamb from Canton, NC USAI was in the market for something that had firewire and usb connectivity and it had to sound clean. I don't do music I'm a VO guy so I didn't want anything that "colored" the sound. For my purposes ... read more [+]the Motu Audio Express fit the bill perfectly. In use it's been flawless. Running it on two systems Windows 7 and Windows XP. Installation was simple and didn't have a bit of problem. close [-]
August 27, 2012
Music Background: Voice Over dude
Very Impressive Interface!
by Tao Mokoda from Louisville, KYThis is my first experience with an audio interface, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I am very impressed by the MOTU Audio Express.
February 22, 2012
Music Background: Swimming in the Ocean of Tone
First, it's very solidly built, with a thick ... read more [+]metal chassis. In fact, it's so solid that if I were to ever stop making music (HA! fat chance), I could use it as a jack stand for my SUV in a pinch without a second thought! The buttons are all tight, no wiggling or feeling like they might pop off and all inputs grab nicely. Overall great quality look and feel.
From a setup perspective, loading drivers and having my DAW see all its inputs and outputs was a breeze, although never having used an audio interface before, I did have to consult the manual in order to understand a few basic concepts, nothing major though. It's a plus that it can connect via either USB (2.0) or Firewire.
The sound is amazing and being able to record audio (vocals or instruments) with latency so close to zero it's not even worth mentioning was what blew me away! The line input sound is very clean and uncolored. The mic pre-amps also are extremely clean and I'm sure they are neither adding nor removing anything tonally. Just crisp and clear and noticeably better than recording into my 24-track hard disk recorder with the same mics.
Now, the controls are minimalist by design, meaning the few buttons have several functions depending on what mode you're in and if you've pushed any of the buttons (they are both rotary and pushable). Because of that, this baby can do more than it may seem just from looking at it. It's a bit confusing at first, but the learning curve is pretty steep (contrary to popular usage, a STEEP learning curve actually means something is EASY to learn).
As I said, I have never used an audio interface before, but if some negative fate were to befall this one, I don't think I would hesitate to buy the same thing again, unless at that time I needed more inputs or something. You can certainly get less expensive interfaces, but I doubt they'd match the quality and performance of this one, and I think you'd lay a LOT more to get quality and performance that would be noticeably better. close [-]
by Hawk Reynolds from Atlanta, GA (USA)The Motu Audio Express is a great value . It is built like a tank and the sound quality beats everything I have owned . It's made in the US! I use Presonus Studio One Pro with no issues. I loaded the... read more [+] Audio Desk software that came with it and it seems to be a good software,again the quality was crystal clear and the plug-ins were a nice add on. I have not tried the USB but the Firewire works great for me.
June 8, 2011
Music Background: Semi-Pro Singer Songwriter/Musician
I am using a new Imac desktop.I have been playing music for 46 years and recording my own music for 10 years. I'm now 54 years old
This product was not on my radar but thanks to the pros at Sweetwater I have a great product that sounds amazing.
My Rep not only did he email me but he called to make sure everything was good! Why would you buy anywhere else when you get free support and service second to none?.WOW! and they are hear in the US not in a another country reading from a card! OUTSTANDING! close [-]
So far so good
by Lorenzo from Austin, TXIve only had it for a few weeks. Its got a ton of features, great functionality, and profesional grade sound quality (minus tube preamps of course). My only gripe is that the interface controls are ... read more [+]a bit awkward, but thats to be expected from such a small unit with so few physical knobs and buttons. Other than that, its probabaly the best audio gear purchase Ive made to date. close [-]
December 1, 2011
Music Background: Musician, Recording Engineer in training
Motu and Motu Drivers are the Best
by Tim from WisconsinPurchased the MOTU Audio Express to replace a Presonus AudioBox that I and Presonus could never get to work on my i7 Windows 7 laptop. I own a MOTU 828mkIII that I use on a i7 Desktop so I know MOTU ... read more [+]makes great products and drivers. The Audio Express drivers installed perfectly and the Audio Express worked flawlessly in both USB2 and Firewire modes from the begining. Sorry Presonus your drivers are junk. Congratulations MOTU your entire product line is supreme. close [-]
April 25, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician/ Hobbyist
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