MOTU Monitor 8

24 x 16 x 8 Monitor Mixer, 6-channel Headphone Amp, and USB/AVB/iOS Audio Interface with Web App Control - Mac/PC
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3-in-1 Functionality

The MOTU Monitor 8 gives you three-in-one functionality: monitor mixer, headphone amp, and audio interface — all with exceptional audio fidelity. Monitor 8 lets you mix 24 inputs, multichannel computer audio, and dozens of AVB (IEEE 802.1) audio network channels to eight stereo monitor groups. Monitor 8's extensive routing grid lets you effortlessly patch inputs to outputs, or splits your inputs to multiple destinations. You can use Monitor 8 as a standalone mixer and control everything from its web app running on your iPad, iPhone, tablet, smartphone, or laptop. Connect another MOTU AVB interface with a simple Ethernet cable. Read on to discover the many cool ways you can use the wonderfully innovative MOTU Monitor 8!

Eight stereo output groups, extensive connectivity

Monitor 8 sports eight stereo output groups: Main, Aux, and Monitor Groups A through F. The XLR Main Outs and balanced 1/4" Aux Outs can feed primary and secondary studio monitors or PA speakers. You can then set up six additional, independent monitor groups — each with multiple mirrored outputs that include front and rear panel 1/4" headphone outputs, a summed 1/4" Mono Output, and on groups A-D, balanced stereo 1/4" outputs. In total, monitor mixes can be sent to 12 sets of headphones, six stage monitors, four stereo in-ear modules (or other stereo line-level destinations), and two sets of powered speakers. If that's not enough, two banks of ADAT optical input let you connect digital mixers, optical expanders, or other gear (16 channels at 44.1/48kHz or 8 channels at 88.2/96kHz). At Sweetwater, that's what we call connectivity!

Operates standalone or as an interface

MOTU designed Monitor 8 to have the versatility your modern audio production methods require. You can use it without a computer, as a standalone mixer and headphone amp, but it also makes a superb AVB (Audio Video Bridging) or USB 2.0 interface that is USB 3.0 and iOS compatible. Beefy DSP gives you large-format console-style mixing with 48 channels, 12 stereo busses, and 32-bit floating point effects processing, including modeled analog equalization, vintage-style compression, and classic reverb. For standalone mixing, you can control Monitor 8 via Wi-Fi from web app software running in your browser on your iPad, iPhone, tablet, smartphone, or laptop. And for multi-user control of Monitor 8's multiple mix busses, you can even run it on several devices concurrently.

Mix and match, build your network

You can mix and match Monitor 8 with other MOTU AVB interfaces (such as the 1248, 8M, 16A, 24Ai or 24Ao) using readily-available, inexpensive Cat-5e cables. They all have complementary I/O configurations that make it easy for you to build a customized, state-of-the-art AVB audio network system. Add more I/O with the MOTU AVB Switch (available separately). Build an AVB audio network with multiple switches and sub-millisecond latency — even over long cable runs. Stream hundreds of channels among devices and computers on your network. Onstage or in the studio, Monitor 8 delivers truly amazing sound quality and rock-solid, cutting-edge performance.

MOTU Monitor 8 Features:

Three products in one:

  • 24 x 16 x 8 monitor mixer
  • 6-channel headphone amp
  • USB/AVB/iOS audio interface

  • Superb audio quality
  • 24 inputs and 8 stereo bus outputs
  • Two banks of ADAT optical
  • Six monitor groups with flexible outputs
  • Universal connectivity
  • Large-format console-style mixing
  • On-board 32-bit floating point DSP
  • System expansion via Cat-5e cables
  • AVB audio networking
  • Flexible matrix routing and splitting
  • Standalone mixing with wireless control
  • Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows
  • Web app control from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone
  • Supports multi-user, concurrent-device control

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Studio Monitor Buying Guide
MOTU Announces Monitor 8

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0 Type B
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 24 x 16 x 8
A/D Resolution 32-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x 1/4" (line in)
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR (main), 2 x 1/4" (aux out), 12 x 1/4" (headphones), 16 x 1/4" (monitor)
Digital Inputs 2 x Optical (ADAT)
Data I/O Ethernet
USB Yes
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
Height 1.75"
Manufacturer Part Number 9340

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