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MOTU 8A Thunderbolt/USB 3 Audio Interface

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Equipped with renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology, the 8A has the same award-winning analog audio quality and proven performance as MOTU's flagship 16A interface packed into a mobile half-rack enclosure.

• 34 simultaneous audio channels: You get 8 x 8 balanced analog, 8-channel ADAT optical and independent headphone out for 16 inputs and 18 outputs. The optical ports also support stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF).
• Superb analog audio quality and high-end converters: Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology delivers 123 dB dynamic range
• Ultra-low latency and proven, high-performance MOTU drivers: round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt and an astonishing 1.9 ms over USB - with high-performance DAW hosts.
• Mobile operation and universal connectivity: Connects to your computer with Thunderbolt, super-speed USB 3.0 or AVB/TSN Ethernet. Connects to your iPad with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).
• Support for up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out)
• DSP mixing and effects processing
• Modeled vintage effects processing
• Flexible matrix routing and splitting
• Web app control from any device: Control everything from your laptop, tablet and smartphone
• Stand-alone operation with wireless control

• Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
• Analog inputs: 8 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced) Max level: +24 dBu (range -96 to +22)
• Analog outputs: 8 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled 5v) Max level: +20 dBu (range -4 to +20), 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
• Digital I/O: 1 bank (8 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates, 1 bank (4 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates, Switchable to stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF)
• Total I/O: 16 inputs / 18 outputs (34 total) at 1x sample rates, 12 inputs / 14 outputs (26 total) at 2x sample rates, 8 inputs / 10 outputs (18 total) at 4x sample rates
• Headphone: 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)
• Front panel: 1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output, 1 x digital rotary encoder, main/phone volume, 5 x switches, menu navigation, 160 x 128 pixel RGB LCD for level meters / menu nav, Power switch
• Power: PowerExternal 12-18V DC power supply 1.0A max, tip pos or neg
• Dimensions:8.6 x 7 x 1.75 inches / 22 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm
• Weight: 2.2 lbs / 1.0 kg
• System Requirements, Mac: 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
Available Thunderbolt, USB or AVB/TSN Ethernet port*
A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
• System Requirements, PC: 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
Windows 7, 8 or 10
Available Thunderbolt or USB port
Available Ethernet port for firmware updates
A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
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