Cambridge, MA (December 2, 2004)–MOTU, Inc. has introduced the Traveler, a bus-powered FireWire audio interface for Mac and Windows personal computers. Ideal for portable recording situations with either desktop or laptop computers, the Traveler has no AC power receptacle and instead draws power from its FireWire connection to the computer, while the computer can be powered by its own battery or AC.
For extended remote recording, the Traveler can be powered by an industry-standard battery pack via a 4-pin XLR power socket. As a complete audio recording system with 20 inputs and 22 outputs operating simultaneously, the Traveler inherits many features from MOTU’s 828mkII FireWire interface and adds many additional significant new features, including four mic/guitar/instrument inputs, digitally controlled mic input gain, 192kHz analog recording capability and both S/PDIF and AES/EBU 96kHz digital I/O.
“The 828mkII has been a resounding success and has generated many requests for a bus-powered interface,” said Jim Cooper, director of marketing at MOTU. “The Traveler is truly unique because it is the first and only product to deliver bus-powered portability combined with a comprehensive set of high-end recording features, such as 192kHz recording, on-board mixing, and the Traveler1s unique Precision Digital Trim feature for all four mic inputs.”
At 3.8 pounds and 14.75 inches wide by 9 inches deep by 1.75 inches tall, the Traveler is housed in a strong, lightweight aluminum alloy case that fits neatly beneath laptop computers and slides easily into a briefcase, backpack or computer bag. Sturdy rack ears are included for convenient 19-inch rack mount installation. The rack ears are long enough to provide enough space in a rack enclosure for MIDI and power cables connected to the right-hand panel of the Traveler. The front panel provides hands-on mixing, programming and trim control with 11 detented digital rotary encoders, four 48V phantom power switches, a headphone jack, a 2×16 backlit LCD, 12 five-segment meters and a bank of status lights for clock and sync options.
The rear panel provides 4 Neutrik “combo” XLR/quarter-inch mic/instrument inputs, 4 TRS balanced/unbalanced analog inputs, 8 balanced/unbalanced TRS analog outputs, optical in/out (for both 8-channel light pipe and 2-channel S/PDIF TOSLink formats), RCA S/PDIF in/out, XLR AES/EBU in/out, BNC word clock in/out, a 9-pin ADAT SYNC IN port for sample-accurate transfers and dual 400Mbit FireWire A jacks for convenient FireWire daisy-chaining from the computer.
For more information on the Traveler’s features, including four mic/instrument inputs, flexible power options, 192kHz analog recording, 96kHz digital I/O and CueMix DSP monitor mixing, front-panel programming, sample-accurate MIDI and built-in SMPTE synchronization, visit www.motu.com. Priced at $895, the Traveler is expected to ship in Q4, 2004.