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MOTU Ships 8pre-es Interface

8 mic input interface debuts with feature set akin to MOTU 828es.

Cambridge, MA (June 21, 2018)—MOTU is shipping its new 8pre-es, a 52-channel Thunderbolt/USB audio interface for Mac, Windows and iOS

The unit features eight mic inputs in a single rack space, ESS Sabre32 DAC technology on eight balanced outputs, low-latency drivers, DSP mixing/effects and a feature set similar to MOTU’s 828es.

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Each mic input provides -129 dBu EIN, 118 dB dynamic range and remote control for individual gain/pad/48V phantom power. ESS Sabre32 DAC technology delivers 123 dB dynamic range on eight balanced, DC-coupled quarter-inch (TRS) outputs and the same audio quality as MOTU’s flagship 1248.

Control room features include a built-in talkback mic with front panel “Talk” button and “A/B” monitor select, mute and sum-to-mono buttons for the chosen monitor outputs.

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MOTU reports the unit’s round-trip latency (RTL) performance runs as low as 1.6 ms at 96 kHz over Thunderbolt and 1.9 ms over USB. Other features include word clock I/O, two banks of optical I/O (with one bank switchable to stereo TOSLink ), two front-panel headphone jacks, USB audio class compliant firmware for connection to iOS devices using a camera adaptor, a new Touch Console web app for control from any mobile device, matrix-style routing and splitting, stand-alone mixing with Wi-Fi control and AVB-TSN audio networking.

The 8pre-es is shipping, priced at $1,195 USD.

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