Cambridge, MA (March 24, 2016)—MOTU has released a free firmware update for its recent audio interfaces that supports AVB/TSN Ethernet connection to a Mac running OS X El Capitan (10.11).
Users can connect MOTU hardware to a Mac using a standard Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable up to 100 meters long and stream up to 64 audio channels to and from audio applications running on the Mac at sample rates up to 192 kHz. Any recent-generation Mac with a built-in Ethernet port running OS X 10.11 is supported.
"MOTU has a notable track record of industry firsts, and we are proud to be the first pro audio company to fully adopt and support this new audio connectivity standard for Mac," said Jim Cooper, director of Marketing at MOTU.
Users can connect two or more MOTU audio interfaces to a Mac using the five-port MOTU AVB Switch (or any other standard AVB/TSN-compatible Ethernet switch) to build an expanded audio network. All devices on the network can transmit and receive full-bandwidth multi-channel PCM audio throughout the network with low, fixed network latency, even across multiple switches (known as "hops"). In this scenario, users can connect multiple Macs, which share full access to the entire network.
Other new features introduced in MOTU's firmware upgrade include remote control of preamp settings across the network, a new graphic UI for the on-screen mixer's multi-band EQ and compressor in the web app control software, SMPTE time code support, the ability to convert time code (LTC) to MIDI time code (MTC), password protection for interfaces on a network and other productivity enhancements.