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The no-compromise and entry-level audio interface – it’s something that should be impossible, but MOTU might have just cracked it.
I have literally been trying to pack suitcases for a long trip, staring at audio interfaces because I can’t find the one that does what I need. I’ve been equally stumped sometimes asking inevitable questions from friends about what they should buy.
MOTU has always made great audio interfaces. But many of them require drivers, which means your Linux-running laptop with Bitwig Studio or your iPad with those great new Eventide apps are both out of luck. Or they don’t fit a small budget.
So the M2 / M4 genuinely surprised me. They have the specs of a high-end box from MOTU or others, but they start at US$169.95 and at last they also work with every OS, all squeezed into a portable package.
Here’s what you might not expect:
2.5 ms latency with their drivers
A high-res color screen and built-in metering (unheard of at this price)
RCA outs? MIDI I/O? Sure!
But that’s not why I say they’re really no-compromise (though the high-end converters surely go there). MOTU did their own custom USB drivers for ultra low-latency performance on Mac and Windows but they also made this class-compliant – so it doesn’t need drivers on Linux or iOS or Android.
And then the pricing is stupidly nice.
So finally, one little box does everything – and if you get into the iPad or Android or Raspberry Pi, you don’t have to go buy another interface.
Yes, these are USB-C but that will also connect to your existing USB A connection.
Promising stuff – I’ll be interested to pick one to review (or pick up one to hopefully keep).
Full specs from MOTU:
• 2-in / 2-out and 4-in / 4-out USB audio interfaces with studio-quality sound • Best-in-class audio quality driven by ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC Technology • Best-in-class speed (ultra-low latency) for host software processing • Best-in-class metering for all inputs/outputs with a full-color 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 (M4 only) • Hardware (direct) monitoring for each input • Monitor mix knob to balance live inputs and computer playback (M4 only) • Measured -129 dB EIN on mic inputs • Balanced, DC-coupled 1/4-inch TRS outputs (2x for M2; 4x for M4) • Measured 120 dB dynamic range on the 1/4-inch balanced TRS outputs • RCA (unbalanced) analog outs that mirror 1/4-inch outs (2x for M2; 4x for M4) • 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 • Built in the USA • Two-year warranty
Now shipping, $169.95 for the 2×2 M2, or if you want 4 ins and 4 outs, $219.95 for the M4.
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