MOTU Introduces 4pre Audio Interface, Mixer - Mixonline

MOTU Introduces 4pre Audio Interface, Mixer

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MOTU is now shipping the 4pre ($495), a compact, half-rackspace hybrid audio interface and mixer with six inputs and eight outputs. The 4pre connects via FireWire or high-speed USB 2 to a Mac or PC computer and delivers professional audio quality, straightforward front-panel mixing, and I/O that includes four mic inputs with preamps, alternative guitar/line inputs, four channels of analog output, stereo S/PDIF and two stereo headphone outputs.

Advanced features include digitally controlled analog trim, DDS (Direct Digital Synthesis) audio clocking for exceptionally low jitter performance, and an instrument tuner.

Four XLR/TRS "combo" jacks equipped with clean, transparent preamps provide input for up to four microphones, with individual 48-volt phantom power and -20 dB pad. All settings can be adjusted directly on the front panel, or from the 4pre's CueMix software running on the computer.

Alternately, the four ¼-inch (TRS) analog inputs provide two hi-Z guitar inputs and two balanced line level inputs, allowing users to connect guitars, a keyboard, drum machine, or other line-level instrument. Four ¼-inch (TRS) analog outputs can be connected to powered monitors, stage wedges, or other output destinations.

All ¼-inch analog connectors are balanced to ensure the best-possible protection against RF interference, AC hum, and other noise-producing environmental factors.

The 4pre's two guitar jacks provide high-impedance load characteristics suitable for passive and active pickups alike, to deliver proper guitar tone to host software.

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The MOTU 4pre's rear panel offers four mic inputs with combo jacks. Flexible combo jacks provide four XLR mic inputs, two hi-Z ¼-inch guitar inputs, and stereo line-level (+4/-10) input. Mic inputs provide individual preamps, phantom power, 20dB pad, Precision Digital Trim‚ and plenty of gain.

The rear panel includes S/PDIF digital I/O at sample rates up to 96 kHz.

Find more detailed information about the MOTU 4pre hybrid audio interface and mixer.