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MOTU 8A Thunderbolt/USB3/AVB Audio Interface


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Equipped with the renowned ESS Sabre32 DAC technology, the 8A delivers the same superb analog audio quality and proven, award-winning performance as MOTU's flagship 16A audio interface, giving you everything you need to turn your computer into a powerful 24-bit/192 kHz digital audio workstation.

The 8A connects to any computer or iPad with Thunderbolt, super-speed USB 3.0, AVB Ethernet or USB class-compliant firmware. New optimized MOTU drivers work with all your favorite audio apps, delivering industry-leading, ultra-low round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96 kHz over Thunderbolt with high-performance DAW hosts.

Housed in a rugged, compact enclosure you can take anywhere, the 8A provides eight channels of pristine analog I/O and a front panel headphone jack, combined with eight channels of ADAT optical digital I/O, for a total of 34 simultaneous audio channels.

Connect all of your studio gear, including synths, keyboards, drum machines and effects processors. Record, monitor, route and process all of these live inputs with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Extensive routing features let you patch ins to outs, or split inputs to multiple destinations. Powerful DSP delivers large console style mixing with 48 channels, 12 stereo busses, and 32-bit floating point effects processing. Add Classic Reverb with lengths up to 60 seconds.

Further sculpt your sound with 4-band parametric EQ carefully modeled after British analog console EQs. Choose between two forms of compression: a conventional compressor and the Leveler, an accurate model of the legendary LA-2A optical compressor that provides vintage, musical automatic gain control.

After recording and mixing in the studio, unplug the 8A from the computer and take it on stage for operation as a stand-alone mixer with effects. Control everything over Wi-Fi from your favorite web browser running on your laptop, tablet and smartphone.

Through AVB/TSN Ethernet, connect another MOTU AVB interface for more I/O — or connect to an expanded MOTU AVB network with multiple interfaces and computers.

From studio to stage, the 8A delivers exceptional sound quality, state-of-the-art operation and rock-solid performance.

  • Superb analog audio quality and high-end converters — Renowned ESS Sabre32 DAC technology  delivers 123 dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU's flagship 16A.

  • Ultra-low latency and proven, high-performance MOTU drivers — round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt with high-performance DAW hosts.

  • Mobile operation and universal connectivity — Connects to your computer or iPad with Thunderbolt,  super-speed USB 3.0 or AVB Ethernet. Class-compliant firmware and Industry standard drivers work with any audio apps.

  • 34 simultaneous audio channels — 8 x 8 balanced analog with dedicated main outs, 8-channel ADAT optical and independent phone out for 16 inputs and 18 outputs.

  • DSP mixing and effects processing — Flexible 48-input digital mixer with 7 stereo aux busses, 3 group sends, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression.

  • Universal control from any device — Control everything from your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet and smartphone connected to your local Wi-Fi network.

Get your MOTU 8A Thunderbolt/USB3/AVB Audio Interface today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • 8A Thunderbolt/USB3/AVB Audio Interface
  • Power Supply
  • AudioDesk Workstation
  • MOTU Discovery App for Mac & Windows
  • MOTU Discovery App for iOS
  • MOTU Web App
  • Owner's Manual

Nice, compact, and very low latency audio interface


I use this product in my home studio. My hobby is electronic music production so it fits amazingly with my needs. I have 3 hardware synths but I also work with VSTi's. This audio interface fits perfectly with my needs, I will just have to buy a MIDI interface to allow to work with the hardware synths as well.

Daniel Seabra

Brazil, SP


8A Thunderbolt/USB3/AVB Audio Interface

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Inputs 8 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
System Requirements Windows 7, 8 or 10
Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
Other Features Connects to iPad with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).
Included Software AudioDesk workstation software
MOTU Discovery App for Mac & Windows
MOTU Discovery App for iOS
MOTU web app
USB 3.0
ADAT 8 Channels
Weight 2.2 lbs
Dimensions 8.6"W x 7"D x 1.75"H
Outputs 8 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled 5v)
Audio Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for 90 days and labor for 90 days from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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