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MOTU 4pre Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
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  • from November 19, 2013Music Background:
    IDM, sound design, field recording.

    Sturdy build. Very flexible.

    The build quality of this unit is amazing. Every input/output is super sturdy. The audio quality is good - not quite as good (imo) as Apogee. Motu, however, doesn't have stupid break-out cables. :)

    This interface is terrific, for recording AND live performance. I highly recommend it.

  • from Texas April 22, 2013Music Background:
    Composer/Performer/Engineer/Live Sound

    Great Box

    I'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 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.

  • from Boise ID November 30, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Hobbyist

    MOTU

    Great computer interface. Portable as well, you are only as good as your equipment!

  • from Los Angeles, CA March 15, 2012Music Background:
    Recording engineer

    Great interface!

    Great 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 output from the main mix knob. Unless you do it within the box but still a hastle.

  • from March 2, 2012Music Background:
    recording engineer, live sound engineer, hobbyist, student, roadie

    excellent sound

    this interface is everything promised.
    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 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

  • from Chicago, IL February 20, 2012Music Background:
    Home Recording, Musician (non-professional), Hobbyist

    Awesome Little Unit!

    This 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 reason 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!

  • from Danbury, CT February 11, 2012Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    This is a great little audio interface!

    Motu’s 4pre works great for me…being somewhat of a recording novice,
    I was hoping for an audio interface that will simply work with my mediocre laptop.
    The 4pre has 4 mic preamps with INDEPENDENT phantom power for each input channe; unlike some other brands clamming to have 4 inputs yet supplying phantom power for only 2 of those. The 4pre then does allow me the freedom to do multitrack recording with all 4 inputs simultaneously. This was a serious consideration when I was searching for the right audio interface. The manual for the 4 pre is straight forward and very useful, which is what one would think since Motu is a much respected audio device manufacturer. I am currently using the 4pre with Reaper DAW software without problems…therefore; I would recommend this audio interface to anyone....

    From Dave

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