MOTU in Cambridge, Mass., is now shipping the MicroBook IIc ($249 USD), an updated version of the personal studio interface for Mac and Windows known for its rugged metal construction, ultra-compact size and superior audio quality. As the "c" appended to its name implies, the MicroBook IIc is now USB audio class compliant, which means that users can connect it to an Apple iPad with a standard Apple camera adapter cable, providing access to studio-grade audio I/O for iPad music and audio apps.
When connected to an iPad, the MicroBook IIc is powered by a standard Micro-B-to-Type-A USB cable with attached AC power adapter (both are included). This helps preserve maximum battery life for the iPad. When connected to a Mac or PC, the MicroBook IIc is bus-powered by the USB connection to the computer. No separate power connection is necessary.
MOTU MicroBook IIc front panel
The MicroBook IIc inherits all of the advanced features of the MicroBook II, including 8-bus digital mixer to route and mix live inputs with audio software tracks; Mic input with Precision Digital Trim, 48-volt phantom power, and 20dB pad; Guitar input with Precision Digital Trim; stereo line input (¼-inch or stereo mini); stereo ¼-inch balanced main outs, plus 1/8-inch mini line-level out; S/PDIF digital out at rates up to 96 kHz; multiband EQ, compressor, and test tone/noise generator; instrument tuner and analysis tools, including FFT display and oscilloscope; and AudioDesk 4 DAW software for Mac and Windows.
MOTU MicroBook IIc rear panel
For more information, go to www.motu.com/products/motuaudio/microbook.