Motu 8PRE-ES 24×28 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

The MOTU 8PRE-ES is a 24-in, 28-out, Thunderbolt Audio Interface with an ESS Sabre32 DAC as well as dual full-colour displays. Delivering pristine audio quality playback, the 8PRE-ES boasts an outstanding 123dB of dynamic range. As a result, you’ll enjoy all-round impressive recording performance, with next to zero latency.

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Motu 8PRE-ES

The MOTU 8PRE-ES is a 24-in, 28-out, Thunderbolt Audio Interface with an ESS Sabre32 DAC as well as dual full-colour displays. Delivering pristine audio quality playback, the 8PRE-ES boasts an outstanding 123dB of dynamic range. As a result, you’ll enjoy all-round impressive recording performance, with next to zero latency.

With a host of I/O, the 8PRE-ES gives you access to 52 simultaneous audio channels; 8 top of the range mic preamps; a wide range of digital options; and AVB networking. What’s more, you can use the 8PRE-ES as a standalone mixer; or make use of wireless control directly from your tablet, smartphone, or laptop. Above all, the 8PRE-ES is a powerful, DSP-driven audio interface that offers a wide range of great-sounding digital effects.

Packed with high-end features

MOTU is a brand that’s renowned for its top-notch hardware and professional sound. Following suit, the 8PRE-ES gives you everything you’d expect. Including top-notch sound, ridiculously low latency, and ample I/O into a single-rack enclosure. Sporting renowned ESS Sabre32 DAC technology, the 8PRE-ES gives you analog audio quality that competes with the best. While the optimized drivers mean you’ll experience latency as low as 1.6ms at 96kHz through Thunderbolt connection.

The 8PRE-ES also features 8 mic preamps, 8 analog outputs, and dual stereo headphone outputs. Not to mention 16 channels of ADAT and word clock I/O.

DSP, EQ, Compression & Effects

Sporting a built-in digital mixer, the MOTU 8PRE-ES delivers large-console-style mixing offering 48 channels, 7 stereo busses, 3 groups, access to 32 network inputs, and 32-bit floating-point effects processing. So it’s easier than ever to build complex and latency-free routing schemes. You can also send any input to any output, or even multiple outputs. When it comes to effects, the 8PRE-ES boasts a Classic Reverb, 4-Band British Parametric EQ, and vintage modeled LA-2A compression. So you’ve got everything you need to fine-tune and add flare to your recordings.

Innovative Wireless Control

Connect your 8PRE-ES to a wireless router, and enjoy the capabilities of a fully standalone mixer. Allowing you to access all the internal mixing functions, effects, and processing power; straight from your tablet, smartphone, or laptop. To top it off, the 8PRE-ES software is entirely web-based. So it can run directly from your web browser, as long as you’re on the same network.

Get more from your MOTU 8PRE-ES

Finally, if you need even more I/O, and processing power; the MOTU 8PRE-ES allows you to link multiple AVB-equipped audio interfaces directly to it. Allowing you to easily link hundreds of channels across multiple rooms!

  • 24-in/28-out hybrid audio interface for studio and live sound
  • ESS Sabre32 DAC technology delivers 123dB of dynamic range and superb audio quality
  • Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 1.6ms at 96kHz via Thunderbolt and 1.9ms via USB
  • Dual LCD screens allow you to see all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering
  • Access your hardware settings from a simple and convenient front-panel menu
  • 8 great-sounding microphone preamps with dedicated sends, switchable pads, and phantom power
  • 16 channels of ADAT optical digital I/O expand your system with additional gear
  • Built-in talkback mic with front-panel Talk button and A/B speaker select buttons
  • 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 laptop, tablet, or smartphone
  • MOTU’s AVB audio networking expands your system with additional AVB-equipped audio interfaces
  • Create an AVB network via optional AVB Switches with support for up to 5 compatible interfaces

Computer Connectivity: USB, Thunderbolt 2, AVB

Form Factor: Rackmount

Simultaneous I/O: 24 x 28

A/D Resolution: Up to 24-bit/192kHz

Built-In DSP/FX: DSP Effects, Modeling

Number of Preamps: 8

Phantom Power: Yes

Analog Inputs: 8 x XLR-1/4″ combo (mic/line/Hi-Z)

Analog Outputs: 8 x 1/4″

Digital Inputs: 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT)

Digital Outputs: 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT)

Headphones: 2 x 1/4″

USB: 1 x Type B 2.0

Thunderbolt: 1 x Thunderbolt 2

Data I/O: 1 x Ethernet (AVB)

Other I/O: Built-in Talkback Mic

Clock I/O: In, Out/Thru

Rack Spaces: 1U

Power Supply: Standard IEC AC connector

Manufacturer Part Number: 9385

For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.