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MOTU 8pre USB Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • Brendan Murphy

    I'm so glad Focusrite brought back the Red 8Pre — I own an original and I'm happy to recommend this new version. The Red Evolution preamps and excellent digital converters make it one of the best-sounding audio interfaces I've used. Even with all of its I/O, including Dante, it's still extremely simple to use. One of the things I like most about the Red 8Pre is the stepped gain control, which makes recall and stereo gain matching a breeze, and the dual Thunderbolt 2 connections are a real bonus.

  • from NY, NY USA December 19, 2013Music Background:
    Gigging musician/Home recordist

    Excellent value for the money

    8 clean, open sounding preamps and a rock-solid USB interface for a really reasonable price! I use a MOTU Traveler (bought at Sweetwater maybe 7 years ago, still going strong) for home & remote recording, but needed more pres to track a full band.

    The 8pre doesn't do 'color' – there's a good bit of headroom before clipping, but then it distorts unpleasantly. If you're looking for warm/saturated tone, you'll need to look elsewhere (and pay more like $300+ per channel). But if you're happy capturing what's in the room, this is a good choice, matching the quality of the Traveler or Apogee One to my ears.

    Like other MOTU interfaces, you get low latency as well as the option to run a no-latency monitor mix; pad and phantom on each channel; and useful metering. The layout is very ergonomic and just works. And the option to output up to 96KHz over ADAT means it won't gather dust even if I wind up expanding again. I've been recording for about 20 years now and look for reliable & sustainable gear. Very happy with this box, especially for the price!

  • from sandy, UT September 27, 2013Music Background:
    Audio Engineer

    MOTU 8pre usb 2.0

    I recently ordered the MOTU 8pre, I'm a recent graduate of The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. I wanted to upgrade my digital interface to something that's affordable, dependable, and has 8 inputs. My instructor recommended the MOTU 8pre and I love it, I think the pre's in it sound really clear and the a/d d/a conversion is really good as well. for the price of the MOTU it's unbeatable. Before I bought this product I read a lot of crazy reviews on how it sounds "to clean" or how "it doesn't have enough features and only 1 main out." well in my opinion, if you can't get the right sound out of it or if you can't figure out a way to hook up multiple reference monitors along with an external headphone amp then you might want to choose a different field other than audio recording! thanks!

  • from PA August 16, 2016Music Background:
    Professional musician

    Nice addition to a 16A

    I purchased a MOTU 16A that had 16 analog inputs and outputs. I needed 24 total so I purchased the 8pre. I used the ADAT I/O for the connection and everything worked just fine. I even like the old style LED meters on the 8pre much better than blue screen on the 16A. Great sounding addition to my studio.

  • from May 8, 2015Music Background:
    Music Engineer

    Good interface

    Nice interface with good sound and very easy to use.

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