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MOTU 8M 8-Channel Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface with Preamps

The 8M Thunderbolt™ Audio Interface provides industry-leading dynamic range and large console style mixing. With 50 channels of audio I/O (24 ins and 26 outs), the 8M also supports USB 2.0 audio class compliant connectivity that is USB 3.0 compatible.


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The 8M Thunderbolt™ Audio Interface has 8 mic preamps  equipped with individual gain, pad and 48V phantom power, plus optional hardware-based V-Limit™ overload protection, which adds 9 dB of headroom above digital zero to prevent overloads. The balanced TRS analog outputs produce 123 dB dynamic range and -110 dB THD+N (0.0003%) at -1 dBFS, Unweighted, 1 kHz.

Powerful DSP delivers large console style mixing with 48 channels, 12 stereo busses, and 32-bit floating point effects processing, including modeled analog EQ, vintage compression and classic reverb. The unit's extensive routing grid patches ins to outs, or splits inputs to multiple destinations.

Use the 8M as a stand-alone mixer and control everything from the 8M's innovative web app running on your iPad™, iPhone™, tablet, smart phone, and laptop.

Connect a second MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Ethernet cable. Add more I/O with the MOTU AVB Switch (sold 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 the network. From initial tracking to final mastering, the 8M delivers superb sound quality, state-of-the-art operation, and reliable performance.

  • Superb audio quality with exceptional dynamic range
  • 50 simultaneous audio channels
  • 8 XLR/TRS combo inputs with individual preamps
  • Each Preamp input includes Pad & Phantom Power
  • 8 balanced/unbalanced TRS analog outs
  • 2 x 8-channel ADAT optical ports for 24 X 26 I/O total
  • Universal connectivity - Thunderbolt & USB 2.0 / 3.0 USB
  • Firmware and drivers compatible with all audio software.
  • On-board 32-bit floating point DSP
  • Large console style mixing and effects
  • Flexible 48-input digital mixer with 12 stereo busses
  • DSP effects, including reverb with sends
  • Modeled analog EQ, compression, gate and reverb.
  • Expand to a 2nd MOTU interface via Cat-5e ethernet cable.
  • Connect up to 5 MOTU interfaces via optional AVB Switch  
  • Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers
  • Ultra-low network latency even over long cable runs
  • Stream hundreds of audio channels along the network
  • Flexible, matrix-style routing & splitting for all inputs
  • Split any single input to unlimited multiple output destinations

Things You Will Get:

    Owners Manual
    Power Cable
    USB Cable

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The 8m is well worth the price. The AVB feature is great because i can control the unit from my ipad while at my drumset. I use it with logic pro and it works great.



8M 8-Channel Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface with Preamps

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Series Thunderbolt
Model 8M
Phantom Power Yes
Mic Preamps 8
Ethernet Cat5 Yes
Optical I/O Yes
Interface Type USB / AVB Ethernet / Thunderbolt
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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