MOTU has made one of the first “post-NAMM” announcements: The new MicroBook II, an updated version of the compact, studio-grade audio interface for Mac and Windows PC. The MicroBook II features professional I/O, including four inputs (mic, hi-Z instrument, and stereo balanced) and eight outputs ( balanced 1/4″, stereo mini jack, S/PDIF digital, and headphones). Internal CueMix mixing and routing features let you program a different stereo mix for each output pair, consisting of any combination of live inputs and computer audio tracks. Alternately, you can send the same mix to multiple outputs. On-board effects include modeled analog EQ and compression, which can be applied with near-zero latency to live inputs.