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M4 - MOTU

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Best in class audio quality, speed, and metering


Best-in-Class Audio Quality
Equipped with the same ESS Sabre32 Ultra[trade] DAC Technology found in audio interfaces costing thousands, the M4 delivers an astonishing 120 dB Dynamic Range on its main outputs. ESS converters also drive the headphone output, which rivals dedicated headphone amplifiers costing hundreds. Ultra-clean preamp circuits produce a measured -129 dBu EIN on the mic inputs. Capture and monitor your audio with pristine clarity.

Best-in-Class Speed
The M4 provides best-in-class speed for monitoring live inputs (mic, guitar or keyboard) through your computer, thanks to MOTU's expertly engineered USB drivers, which deliver class-leading, ultra-low 2.5 ms Round Trip Latency (at 96 kHz with a 32 sample buffer).

Best-in-Class Metering
When recording and mixing, nothing is more critical than achieving optimum levels. The M4 is the only audio interface in its class with a full colour LCD featuring clear, detailed level meters for all inputs and outputs. Enjoy professional-level volume control and feedback to get your sound just right.

Live Streaming - Loopback
The M4 driver provides convenient loopback channels to your host computer, so you can easily combine computer audio with live mics and/or guitar inputs to stream the combined mix to Youtube or your favorite podcasting platform in real time. Streaming and podcasting has never been easier and better-sounding!

FEATURES

• 4-in / 4-out USB audio interface with studio-quality sound
• Best-in-class audio quality driven by ESS Sabre32 Ultra[trade] DAC Technology
• Best-in-class speed (ultra-low latency) for host software processing
• Best-in-class metering for all inputs/outputs with a full-colour LCD
• 2x mic/line/hi-Z guitar inputs on combo XLR/TRS
• Individual preamp gain and 48V phantom power for each input
• 2x balanced 1/4-inch line inputs
• Hardware (direct) monitoring for each input (mono or stereo for inputs 1-2, stereo for inputs 3-4)
• Monitor mix knob to balance live inputs and computer playback
• Measured -129 dB EIN on mic inputs
• 4x balanced, DC-coupled 1/4-inch TRS outputs
• Measured 120 dB dynamic range on the 1/4-inch balanced TRS outputs
• 4x RCA (unbalanced) analog out (mirrored)
• 1x headphone out (driven by ESS converters) with independent volume control
• MIDI in/out
• Support for 44.1 to 192 kHz sample rates
• USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation on Mac (no driver required)
• Windows driver with 2.5 ms Round Trip Latency (32 sample buffer at 96 kHz)
• Mac driver (optional, for 2.5 ms RTL@32/96 kHz and loopback feature)
• iOS compatible (USB audio class compliant)
• Driver loopback for capturing host output, live streaming and podcasting
• Bus powered USB-C (compatible with USB Type A) with power switch (USB cable included)
• Rugged metal construction
• Workstation software included (MOTU Performer Lite 10 and Ableton Live Lite 10)
• 100+ instruments (in Performer Lite)
• Over 6 GB of included free loops, samples and one-shots from industry leading libraries
• Kensington security slot

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Mic/line/guitar inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS "combo jack" mic/line/Hi-Z guitar inputs
Independent preamp gain, 48V phantom power and monitor switch for each input

Analog inputs: 2 x 1/4" line in
Analog outputs:
• 4 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled)
• 4 x RCA (unbalanced) analog out (mirrored)
• 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone

Computer I/O:
• 1 x USB-C (compatible with USB Type A) 2.0 audio class compliant

MIDI I/O:
• 1 x MIDI IN
• 1 x MIDI OUT
• 16 MIDI channels to/from computer host

Headphone: 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone

Phantom power: 2 x individual +48V

Front panel:
• 1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output
• 2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs
• 1 x potentiometer • monitor vol
• 1 x potentiometer • phone vol
• 1 x potentiometer • input monitor mix
• 2 x potentiometer • mic/line/guitar input gain
• 5 x switches • (2) 48V, (2) MON and (1) 3-4
• 160 x 120 pixel full-coloured LCD with input and output level meters

Power: Bus-powered through USB

Dimensions, enclosure only (W x D x H): 20.955 x 10.8 x 4.5 cm (8.25 x 4.25 x 1.75 inches)
Weight: 1.55 lbs / 0.7 kg

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Mac System Requirements
• 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
• 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
• macOS version 10.11 or later
• Available USB port
• A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Windows System Requirements
• 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
• 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
• Windows 7, 8 or 10
• Available USB port
• A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Class-Compliant Support: USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation on Mac or iOS (no driver required)

Included Software:
• MOTU Performer Lite
• Ableton Live 10 Lite
• 6GB of loops and sounds from Big Fish Audio, LucidSamples, Loopmasters and MOTU

Great product, great value!1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBrampton, Ontario
Motu has done a fantastic job with the M4. Excellent sound quality, simple installation. The ease of use is the best. The input/monitor mix dial is perfect on the front panel for blending line in instruments with computer audio. Level meters on the front panel are a great feature too. No more software mixer hassle, I like that alot. The extra pair of 1/4" inputs on the back panel for my synth are what I've been waiting for at this price. Solid construction, knurled knobs, discrete look are a bonus. Motu has done a great job of getting this much quality and simplicity into an affordable price range for smaller home studio setups.
Posted by Ron on Oct 21, 2020
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This interface is simply amazing. Solidly constructed with beautiful metering. Love the two line ins for thoes of us who want to use our own mic preamps and other outboard gear. Lots of extras too. Made in the U.S.A.
Posted by James Wallace on Aug 18, 2020
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