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TRACK 16

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Simple operation, clean design and studio-grade sound quality. Track16 exhibits these design principles through and through. Even with its compact size, there's plenty of I/O available for a well-equipped personal studio, ready for multi-player recording sessions.

Track16 also sets the bar high for detailed metering in such a compact interface. You get dedicated 7-segment main out meters, and configurable meters for all other analog inputs and outputs. Just press the METERS button to toggle between the blue and white labels. It's easy to monitor your signal levels at a glance with Track16.


Track16 I/O Features:

Two mic inputs with individual preamps
Track16's mic inputs are equipped with pristine, transparent preamps and offer individually adjustable 48V phantom power and -20 dB pad. All settings can be adjusted directly using the MIC 1 and MIC 2 buttons, or from Track16's CueMix software running on your computer. Mic inputs can be operated individually or in stereo pairs, as needed.

Two guitar inputs
Without proper impedance levels, direct "DI" guitar input won't sound right when you run it through your guitar amp plug-ins and virtual stomp boxes. Track16's two guitar jacks provide high-impedance load characteristics suitable for passive and active pickups alike, to deliver proper guitar tone to your host software. For even more authentic feel and response when using virtual guitar amp and cabinet plug-ins, use a ZBox guitar impedance adapter.

Two pairs of line inputs
Track16 analog inputs are designed to be flexible, so that you can address a wide range of recording situations. The balanced quarter-inch line inputs provide proper level matching for keyboards, analog mixers, effects processors, or other gear with either -10 dB or +4 dB reference level input. The stereo eighth-inch "mini" input is great for an iPad or other consumer devices.

Main outs and line outs
Connect a pair of powered studio monitors to the main outs. The line outs can be used for a variety of purposes, either mirroring the main outs (perhaps for a 2nd set of studio monitors) or acting as a completely independent output pair (for a separate mix going to a mixing board or stage wedges, for example). Because they can be programmed, the line outs offer tremendous flexibility.

MIDI I/O
Track16 provides MIDI input and output featuring sample-accurate timing with supporting software. Connect a MIDI keyboard, sound module or control surface, and you are ready to go. The FireWire or USB connection to the computer carries both MIDI and audio so you don't need to connect an additional USB cable for MIDI.

Flexible power
For mobile laptop operation, Track16 can run on bus power from its FireWire connection to the computer. For USB 2.0 or stand-alone operation (without a computer), simply connect the included power adapter to the power port on the breakout cable. Track16's custom-designed breakout cable provides ultimate shielding and protection. If you are using Track16's option breakout box, connect the power adapter to the breakout box, just like all the other breakout connections.

Two headphone jacks
Can't find your headphone adapter? No problem. Both quarter-inch and eighth-inch jacks are provided. Or connect two pairs of phones simultaneously. A second phone jack can be a life-saver when you need to finish the mix with your colleague in close proximity to neighbors or loved ones you don't want to disturb. The phones can mirror the main outs, with independent volume control, or they can mirror any other Track16 output pair.

Digital input/output
Digital transfers are an essential fact of daily studio life. Track16 supports all three industry standard optical formats: 8-channel ADAT (at 1x sample rates), 4-channel SMUX (at 2x sample rates), and 2-channel TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) at standard sample rates up to 96 kHz.

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Closest StoreCalgary, Alberta
I've been using mine every day for 2 years now and I have no complaints at all. I've never had a single drop out and the sound is incredible! what you put in is what you get out. There's no "sparkle" on the high end like some other brands I won't mention. I love the uni knob and can't see myself ever going back to a rack mounted interface again. The Track 16 looks great and doesn't take up a lot of real-estate on my desk. The preamps are clean and provide ample gain and the DI's are great. The way MOTU laid out the connections on the unit is perfect and I especially like the dual headphone outputs on the front, very handy. CUE MIX is pretty much incredible. It might take a bit to figure it out but it's worth the effort. For the sound, connectivity, stability and ease of use it can't be beat. Nothing else comes close PERIOD
Posted by Jay on Jul 27, 2016
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I live in a Hi Rise with Relay Transmitter Arrays on the roof of my building that gives of electromagnetic radiation. I have gone through a RME BabyFace, Steinberg, Focusrite, Presonus and a UA Apollo Twin before finding the MOTU Track 16 to be the most quietest without producing an irritating sibilant sub harmonic whenever I record Voice Overs!! It was driving me nuts, everything sounded kind of muffled with this shhhishing sound. But with the MOTU Track 16 it has gone!!! What works for some folks doesn't work for others, but it does show you how sensitive your electronic equipment can be to your electrical environment!
Posted by Brian Richy on Sep 25, 2015
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