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MOTU 8PRE-ES Audio Interface

Use the MOTU 8PRE-ES for your studio or live event to get a pro-audio sound every time.


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With the MOTU 8PRE-ES you get superb analog audio quality in a compact and portable interface. Get the feel of mixing on a real analog console by connecting this interface to any Mac and PC with its multiple connectivity options and DSP mixer with effects. Use this durable audio interface stand-alone or with other MOTU interfaces for the ultimate setup. This audio interface is made for live sound or at-home studio engineers who want high-quality sound in every performance.  

Superb Analog Audio
This low-latency interface is equipped with ESS Sabre32 DAC technology, dual LCD displays and a flawless audio quality with 123 dB dynamic range. The eight independent preamps are built with their own gain, pad, +48v phantom power, and digital remote control. Connect and use all your gear simultaneously with the 52 total independent audio channels (24 inputs and 28 outputs) so you only need this one interface.

Get the Feel of Mixing on a Real Analog Console
With this audio interface, you get 48 channels, 7 stereo busses, and 3 group busses in a console-style digital mixer. The digital mixer gives you a large console feel with effects including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression. You can control this mixer from any device using the web app served from the hardware itself. Route these channels however you need with the flexible matrix routing and splitting using just one click. Its 32-bit float precision processing gives you additional vintage effects like a British style EQ and a compressor designed after the industry standard LA-2A compressor for unlimited headroom.

The Ultimate Setup
Use the MOTU 8PRE-ES standalone in a wireless system or integrate with other MOTU AVB switch (Sold Separately) to create larger set-ups.  Connect this interface to any Apple Airport or another Wi-Fi router with a standard ethernet cable to control all the device’s settings, including the digital mixer wireless. Or, build a vast and intricate network with multiple 8PRE-ES or other MOTU interfaces using the AVB switch (sold separately) for a never-ending system to streaming 100s of audio channels with low-latency. This is perfect for large live and studio setups.

  • 2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
  • 2 banks (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
  • Switchable to stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF)
  • Balanced Analog
  • TimeCode Support
  • Two Headphone Jacks
  • DC-Coupled TRS outputs
  • Audio Analysis tool
  • Touch Console Technology

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  • 8PRE-ES Audio Interface


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Interface Type Thunderbolt
Mic Preamps 8
Built-in DSP Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line/Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 8 x 1/4"
Digital Inputs 2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT/Toslink optical
Digital Outputs 2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT/Toslink optical
Headphone Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)
Wordclock Yes
Bus Powered No
Ethernet Cat5 Yes
Phantom Power Yes
Mac OS Requirements The 8pre-es ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including: MOTU Digital Performer Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later) Apple Logic Pro Apple Logic Express Apple Garage Band Apple SoundTrack Pro Ableton Live Presonus Studio One Propellerhead Record & Reason Steinberg Cubase Cockos Reaper Native Instruments Kontakt Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)
PC OS Requirements The 8pre-es ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 10 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and Wave-compatible audio apps, including: MOTU Digital Performer Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later) Ableton Live Cakewalk Sonar Cockos Reaper Image Line FL Studio Native Instruments Kontakt Presonus Studio One Propellerhead Record & Reason Sony Vegas Pro Sony Sound Forge Sony Acid Steinberg Cubase Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)
Dimensions 19 x 7 x 1.75 inches (L x W x H)
Weight 4.2 lbs
Series PRE-ES
Model 9385
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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