MOTU Track16 Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
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Walter lilli Charles
from British virgin Island
February 26, 2013Music Background:
Pro musician/ producer
Its a great productfI love the track 16, its a graet product. Also the fact that i could switch beteen monitors with the touch of a button. Its. The way foward into the future with that technology. Just love it.....
from Moorpark, CA
January 28, 2013Music Background:
Pro Guitarist, Teacher
Track 16 ReviewFor years I've used Apogee interfaces, most recently the Duet 2. As time went on, I started realizing Apogee has a sheen to its sound. An added color. Almost like smoothed over edges. Now this is a pleasant quality but I found I didn't want that in my interface. I wanted my interface to be clear and pristine, though not brittle. I tried the Forte which was nice but definitely had a notable top end brilliance. The Track 16 is fast, clear, natural and for my needs much more practical and flexible than the other 2 interfaces. I've had it now for almost a month and I'm still digging it. MOTU is sneakily good.
August 3, 2012Music Background:
Pro Musician, Live Sound, Recording Engineer
Track 16 Sounds AmazingJust received my MOTU Track 16 and it sounds amazing. Had a little hiccup in that I did not do a fresh restart and power up after installing all the drivers and software that came with MOTU. There was a bit of noise that I was hearing when I used the Mac Book Pro. That has gone completely away after doing a restart and powering up the MOTU Track 16. I have let a few friends hear it and they actually thought it sounder better than the others out there that look a little like the same. One even compared the sound to the Ensemble. I am able to use the Firewire on both my Mac Book Pro and Mac Pro running Pro Tools 9.0.6 with no issues. I am very happy with the MOTU Track 16 it sounds great and is working rock solid. I like how the Cue Mix software works and can see using this live as well. The DSP works great and "0" LATENCY with reverb and eq on. The Mic pres sounded good I used them with a DPA 4099G mic, Shure KSM 141 and CAD Triton Tube. all sounded good and warm with my use which is a Flamenco Guitar. The Led's are bright and easy to see even not close to Track 16. Sweetwater is great the EZ pay make the purchase much easier if your on a budget. The support is great and thanks Mark Magdich x1265 If you need a small unit that has the ability to be expandable like with MOTU 8 Mic Pre (light pipe) and need more than 2 channels this is worth a close look. The folks at MOTU make rock solid drivers, software and hardware. This unit Rocks Thanks MOTU and Sweetwater.
February 10, 2013
Sounds BeautifulLove it !!! Love it!!!!! Great features. I had a tascam 1082 and Cubase SX 1.15 for years and now change to Cubase 7 and the track 16. It now sound as though I've been missing out on something. I am still trying to get use to not having a jog wheel like on the 1082 but I am getting it slowly.
I might be missing something cause I am having a challenge getting sound on the line out. But any how I still love the track 16.....
from Philadelphia, PA
February 6, 2013Music Background:
Hobbyist, Guitarist, Voiceovers
Best Upgrade I've Made in Years!As a home recording enthusiast over the past twenty years, I've been through every incarnation of setup for a studio, in the basement, in the bedroom, in a closet. All the worst mistakes, I've made them. Upgrading my DAW interface to the MOTU Track 16 was not a mistake. Even in my horribly untreated little square room, I could instantly hear the sonic improvements while tracking new stuff (voice, guitar) and just plain listening to my existing recordings. The form factor is comfortable and quite portable (get the breakout box, to leave in the studio). The software that powers this unit is the best I've used ever - specifically the CUEMix for routing configurations. If you're still an old audio interface, this is definitely worth listening to!
from Orlando, fl
September 19, 2012Music Background:
Great!Love it. Small but versatile. Just what I needed! Once I understood how it works, very easy.
A lot of different audio interfaces make their way through my studio, and they all have great features and capabilities to recommend them. But I've always found 's interfaces to be among my favorites for their intelligent blend of features, price, usability, and sound quality. Recently, I've been using the new desktop interface and it absolutely lives up to all the great things I've come to expect from MOTU!
The Track16 is a compact unit that's designed to sit on your desktop within easy reach. It's a hybrid interface (USB 2.0 or FireWire) with up to 16 inputs and 14 outputs. The Track16 has 10 front-panel buttons and a single large knob for controlling all the basic parameters you might need to access: monitor level, headphone level, mic gain, phantom power, and so on. The front panel also sports eight nice LED meters. The unit itself has a guitar in, two headphone outs, a stereo line input, and optical I/O (eight-channel ADAT or stereo S/DPIF). The rest of the connections are on the included breakout cable: mic inputs, line outputs, MIDI I/O, another guitar in, and more.
MOTU's CueMix software is included, which takes advantage of the Track16's hidden secret: onboard DSP. CueMix allows for latency-free monitoring with effects during tracking: EQ, dynamics, even reverb. You can set up a variety of mixes for your monitors and headphones, and it's all easy to configure and operate.
In use, the Track16 sounds great. Pristine but not sterile. It has two pro-level mic preamps, plus you can run your external preamps into the line inputs for more mic channels. There are separate monitor, stereo line, and headphone outs for routing at mixdown. And it's all a snap to control from either the front panel or CueMix. Whatever software I chose to use (Track16 is Mac and Windows compatible) the interface was rock solid and performed perfectly.
I like the Track16 a lot, and it has become one my go-to interfaces. The form factor is great, and the quality and compatibility are spot on. Highly recommended!