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MOTU 24I/O Core PCI-e System Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • from manheim, pa. January 12, 2014Music Background:
    30+ yrs in the live sound & recording

    motu 24i/o

    I find this interface to be maybe I best upgrades in 20 yrs. ! I was haunted by 4 m-audio delta 1010,s & had to upgrade because m-audio didn't support multi cards after windows xp. I got a creation station cs-400 & the motu 24i/0 & it's astounding how it improved the quality of my recordings & that is a big help in getting future clients... I should have made the move yrs ago !

  • from Missouri September 24, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Musician, Recording Engineer

    One great interface

    The first one I received was faulty, but that is no problem when dealing with the good people at Sweetwater. They quickly shipped me another and I was up and running in no time. Everything works great but if i have one complaint that I wished MOTU would have addressed, is the lack of phantom power. Luckily I run through a recording board so it wasn't much of an issue for me, but it may be something to consider before ordering one. Other than that, having 24 ins and outs in one rackspace is great, not to mention the 24 i/o meter bridge. You wont be disappointed.

  • from Honolulu May 22, 2013Music Background:
    Recording engineer, producer, studio owner


    Bought this to upgrade/replace my MOTU 828mkII. I needed the 24 analog inputs to record my MPC4000, korg triton, Waldorf blofeld, Motif rack, Roland JV880 & my 5 channel strips. Recording 24 tracks of audio into LOGIC simultaneously is just what I wanted. The option to add 24 MORE inputs seamlessly is also great! I plan to do precisely that as my outboard gear arsenal is gonna grow very soon

  • from July 27, 2012Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Pro Musician

    MOTU 24I/O Core PCIe System

    I've had this product for over a year and use it almost everyday on my PC based system and Cubase 6. The installation was a royal pain because it must be installed in at least an x16 slot, and my video card was already occupying the only x16 slot I have on my mb. After moving my video card to an x8 and installing the MOTU card into the x16 slot it has worked solidly ever since. The owner's manual, brochure, support staff, etc. do not specify this little detail!

    I'm a firm believer that when you buy a box that does everything that what you get is compromised performance in everything. I therefore ignored any conversion systems that included mic-pres. Before this one I had a system that had 8 analog inputs and outputs, and I NEVER had enough for band projects. You need close to 8 inputs just for the drums! I therefore ignored units with less than 16 analog inputs and outputs. My first big project was a five piece band. With this MOTU system I and was able to provide a custom cue-mix for each band member; that used 5 x 2 plus a cue-mix for myself 1 x2, and wham! there goes 12 of the twenty-four analog outputs! The cue-mix software works great, and I was able to jump from hearing one band member's mix to another's with just a mouse click.

    You'll run out of mic-pres and DIs before you run out analog inputs with this unit. However, if you happen to record REALLY big ensembles or you just like to over-mic everything, you can add three expansion units and end up having access to 96 analog inputs and outputs.

    The recordings I've made with this unit sound great, and it will probably be last piece of equipment I upgrade.

  • from March 29, 2012Music Background:
    45yrs in music bizz

    sounds like a winner

    install was easy nice single rack mounting,the A/D to D/A converters sound clear.the 24io is just plug and play and is not glitchy at all well made. best sound for the money.

  • from West Islilp, NY February 5, 2012Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Remix Artist

    Very low latency monitor!

    The most important factor i look for in a DAW interface is latency monitor among other things. MOTU's patented audiowire technology coupled with PCI-e connectivity allows my system to realize 1.3 ms latency without a hickup, click or glitch. Of course other factors play a role such as CPU and processor and I won't elaborate on that here but if your running a powerful system and want a comparable powerful DAW interface to record studio quality tracks, look no further. The ability to expand and add 3 additional units (even other MOTU interfaces) and record up to 96 tracks is a nice touch.

  • from Barbados USA September 25, 2012Music Background:
    Recording, Mixing Engineer

    Large summing mixer setup

    I have used multiple 24IOs connected to the the SSL to have 48 tracks at mixdown. That being said, When I was looking at a summing mixer setup, the 24IOs were my choice for many reasons. (1) Solid and reliable drivers with adjustable bandwidth use for input and output. (2) Expandable system up to 96 channels of IO (3) Sounds great (4) Does not take up too much real estate. (5) Has input and output metering for all channels simultaneously. This reason was a big one for my choice since very few multi output interfaces, even the new Symphony can monitor everything that is happening at the input and output all at once. The benefit of summing is derived from getting the most out of your converters and running them at their optimum level and being able to see what is coming out at a glance without having to switch modes is great on the 24IO. Since I have used large summing setups in the past with the 24IOs, I definitely did not think that the 8 and 16 channel summing boxes were for me. 32 or more channels were my ideal personal setup using 2 x 24 IOs and 1 x 2408 MK3. This gives me 56 channels of analog IO going into a Speck X-Sum, a Dangerous 2Bus LT feeding 4 summing channels on a Dangerous DBox ( A 54 channel summing mixer). I work with Cubase, DP7 and Logic so this configuration works with that. I only get 30 channels out of Protools.

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