MOTU 8M 24x24 Thunderbolt / USB 2.0 Audio Interface with AVB

24-in/24-out Hybrid Thunderbolt/USB 2.0/iOS Audio Interface with 8 Mic Pres, V-Limit Clipping Protection, 8 TRS Outputs, ADAT and S/PDIF Digital I/O, AVB Ethernet Compatibility, and 48-channel DSP Mixer Onboard with Processing and Effects - Mac/PC
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MOTU 8M 24x24 Thunderbolt / USB 2.0 Audio Interface with AVB
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Your New Studio Centerpiece!

At Sweetwater, we've been recommending MOTU's 8-preamp, ADAT-equipped audio interfaces since they first became a thing — MOTU practically invented the format! So we were all a bit blown away when the groundbreaking MOTU 8M hybrid audio interface came out, and we're sure you'll feel the same way when you get a look at what it's got going on under the hood. For starters, the 8M include eight magnificently clear MOTU preamps onboard, which each sport V-Limit protection to ensure clipping doesn't ruin your sound. And each of the 8M's combo inputs accommodates balanced line-level and unbalanced instrument-level signal as well, so you can comfortably hook up all of your gear. An additional 16 channels of I/O on ADAT optical ports provides you with plenty of expansion options too. Thanks to its Thunderbolt connectivity, latency isn't an issue for the 8M, and a standalone DSP mixer onboard offers routing for monitoring, mixing, and more.

Classic MOTU audio quality with the shockingly low latency of Thunderbolt connectivity

The 8M hybrid Thunderbolt/USB 2.0 audio interface continues a tradition of high-quality audio that many of us here at Sweetwater have come to expect. With a mere -110dB THD+N of self-noise and 123dB (A-weighted, 20Hz-20kHz) of dynamic range, this 8M's offers you some of the cleanest audio around. Eight amazingly transparent microphone preamps include MOTU's V-Limit protection, which offers a 9dB buffer to prevent digital clipping. An additional 16 channels of digital I/O via ADAT optical ports brings your total channel count to 24 x 24. To go with this impressive selection of high-quality I/O, MOTU gave the 8M ultra-fast Thunderbolt connectivity (in addition to USB 2.0), so you get epically low system latency too.

DSP-fueled mixer onboard gives you the added benefit of EQ, compression, and effects

Granted, with the MOTU 8M's extremely fast Thunderbolt connection, system latency isn't much of an issue to begin with, but the onboard DSP mixer still offers a number of advantages you'll find useful in a variety of settings, such as when you're connected via USB. For starters, this digital mixer supports up to 48 inputs (via AVB expansion) and 12 stereo busses, allowing you to set up extremely complex routing schemes completely independent of your computer. In fact, if you connect a wireless router to your 8M, you can access all of its internal mixing functions, including effects and processing, via an app on your iOS device, turning this powerful audio interface into a fully capable standalone mixer. Speaking of onboard processing and effects, whether you're in the studio or onstage with your 8M, you'll find a ton of uses for its DSP EQ, compression, gate, and reverb.

Expand your production system with additional AVB networkable audio interfaces

Another extremely cool use of the 8M's Ethernet connection is the ability to link more MOTU AVB equipped audio interfaces to it. You can do this in one of two ways: directly via a simple Ethernet cable or as part of an audio network via one or more MOTU AVB Switch. If you go with just a single Ethernet cable, you can easily link a second 8M or other AVB ready device directly to your first one. With MOTU AVB Switches, you can create an audio network of up to five units, potentially linking hundreds of channels of I/O across multiple rooms. And since it's all over standard Cat-5e Ethernet cable, latency or cable runs aren't an issue.

MOTU 8M Hybrid Audio Interface Features:

  • A fantastic 24-in/24-out hybrid audio interface for studio and live sound applications
  • 8 pristine microphone preamplifiers offer clear and transparent sound of any kind of microphone
  • V-Limit overload protection offers 9dB of headroom to prevent digital clipping
  • ADAT optical I/O lets you expand your system with additional outboard gear
  • Choose from ultra-low-latency Thunderbolt, high-speed USB 2.0, or iPad/iOS (w/ Camera Connection Kit) connectivity
  • Onboard 32-bit floating point DSP-driven digital mixer with EQ, dynamics, and effects provides latency-free routing
  • Hook up a wireless router and take complete control of the onboard mixer from your iOS device - no computer needed!
  • MOTU's AVB audio networking lets you easily expand your system and additional AVB equipped audio interfaces
  • Create an AVB network via optional AVB Switches for support for up to five compatible interfaces

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity 1 x Thunderbolt, 1 x USB 2.0 Type B
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 24 x 24
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Number of Preamps 8
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR-1/4" combo
Analog Outputs 8 x 1/4" TRS
Digital Inputs 2 x Optical (ADAT)
Digital Outputs 2 x Optical (ADAT)
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Data I/O Ethernet
Clock I/O In, Out/Thru
OS Requirements - Mac 1GHz Intel CPU or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended, OS X 10.8 or later, iOS/iPad compatible (with camera connection kit)
OS Requirements - PC 1GHz Intel compatible processor or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended, Windows 7 or later, USB 2.0 audio class compliant hosts
Rack Spaces 1U
Width 19"
Height 1.75"
Manufacturer Part Number 9310

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic audio quality and routing

I purchased the 8M primarily because of routing limitations I kept running into with my UltraLite mk3 over the years. I also wanted more microphone inputs. The 8M solves both really well. The 8 inputs is great when tracking drums, and I can route computer and other audio however I want. I was also hoping I would be able to notice *some* kind of improvement in audio quality for the cost of the 8M, but I was astonished how much better it is. Bass is much more distinct and punchy, and the imaging is amazing. Stuff panned center sounds like it's right in front of me. I had no idea my 15 year old Mackie HR824s could sound this good. I haven't done a lot of recording with it yet, but so far what I have heard sounds very clean. It's easy to get solid input levels and detail without hiss. I like having the individual trim level knobs, and I like having the V-Limit option. Software upgrades are a little awkward. It seems to require an ethernet connection to the computer while doing the upgrade. I'm happy MOTU is actively improving their AVB products though. Hopefully they'll improve the upgrade process at some point too. I do find myself wishing for a main output volume knob. The TRS outputs are quite strong (and clean), but they don't trim down very far. So I'm using the 8M's internal mixer to control my monitor level. The web based control of the mixer works well and is very cool, but I'd still also like a physical knob. So I have my mind on a Monitor 8 expansion. All those outputs are overkill for my little home studio, but I may splurge on it at some point. In the meantime... I'm extremely happy with my 8M!
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See also: USB Interfaces, MOTU, MOTU Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces, MOTU USB Audio Interfaces