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MOTU Monitor 8
Mfr PN: 9340
Our PN: MOTN5010018
Manufacturer: Motu
Platform(s): Mac & Win

$995.00

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Quick Overview

Monitor Mixer, Headphone amp and USB2/AVB Audio Interface

Technical Specifications

Sample rates44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Analog inputs8 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced) 
Max level: +24 dbU (digitally adjustable -96 to +22 dB) 
Trim: -96 to +22 dB (digitally adjustable)
Analog outputs10 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled) 
6 x 1/4" TS line out (summed mono) 
2 x XLR line out (pin 2 hot) 
Max level: +22 dBu 
Trim: 127 to 0 dB (digitally adjustable) 
12 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
Digital Input2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical input at 1x rates 
1 bank (8 ch) of SMUX optical input at 2x rates 
Stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) on Bank A (optional)
Total I/O connections24 inputs and 30 outputs (54 total) at 1x rates 
16 inputs and 30 outputs (46 total) at 2x rates 
8 inputs and 30 outputs (38 total) at 4x rates
Total I/O channels24 inputs and 16 outputs (40 total) at 1x sample rates 
16 inputs and 16 outputs (32 total) at 2x sample rates 
8 inputs and 16 outputs (24 total) at 4x sample rates
Computer I/O1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant 
      USB 3.0 and iOS compatible 
1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)
Computer I/O channelsUSB 2.0 (44.1 to 48 kHz): 64 in/out 
USB 2.0 (88.2 to 96 kHz): 32 in/out 
USB 2.0 (176.4 to 192 kHz): 24 in/out 
AVB Ethernet: 16 to 128 in/out, depending on 
      host computer speed
Headphone12 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (mirrored in 6 pairs)
Network I/O1 x RJ45 AVB/TSN Ethernet (1 Gbps)
AVB streams
(8 channels per stream)
8 in / 8 out @ 44.1 or 48 kHz 
8 in / 8out @ 88.2 or 96 kHz 
8 in / 8 out @ 176.4 or 192 kHz
Front panel6 x 1/4" TRS headphone output 
1 x digital rotary encoder • main out volume 
1 x digital rotary encoder • aux out volume 
6 x digital rotary encoders • phone volume 
324 x 24 pixel LCD for level meters / menu nav 
1 x AC power switch
PowerInternational 100-240V autoswitching supply 
50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
Dimensions
and weight
(width x depth x height, enclosure only) 
19 x 7 x 1.75 inches 
48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm 
5.1 lbs / 2.31 kg 
with rack brackets removed: 
17.25 inches (43.8 cm) wide 
5.0 lbs / 2.27 kg

Mac System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
  • Available high-speed USB 2.0 or AVB Ethernet port*
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • *AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite

Windows System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • Available Ethernet port for firmware updates
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Web App Support

  • Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
  • Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.
  • Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU AVB interface by wire or Wi-Fi.

Included Software

  • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 drivers
  • MOTU Discovery App for Mac & PC (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
  • MOTU Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
  • MOTU Pro Audio Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
  • MOTU Audio Tools (FFT, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, phase analyzer)
  • AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac & PC (separate download)

Operating Systems

  • For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
  • For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android

Analog I/O Specifications


Connector type
Dynamic range
(A-weighted)
THD+N
(unweighted)
Max 
level
Trim range 
(in 1 dB steps)
Line output1/4" TRS, balanced, tip hot123 dB-110 dB+20 dBu128 dB (-127 to 0 dBu)
Line input1/4" TRS, bal/unbal, tip hot110 dB-104 dB+24 dBu118 dB (-96 to +22 dB)
Phones1/4", TRS stereo108 dB-100 dBMax. 80 mw128 dB

Compatible Mac software

Monitor 8 ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Logic Express
  • Apple Garage Band
  • Apple SoundTrack Pro
  • Ableton Live
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Compatible Windows software

Monitor 8 ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 10 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Ableton Live
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Image Line FL Studio
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Sony Sound Forge
  • Sony Acid
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Monitor 8 Feature Summary

Three products in one

24 x 16 x 8 monitor mixer, 6-channel headphone amp and USB/AVB audio interface.

Exceptional audio quality

Employs the same industry-recognized analog design as MOTU's groundbreaking 1248, 8M and 16A audio interfaces. The balanced, DC-coupled analog outputs produce measured performance of 123 dB dynamic range (A-weighted) and -110 dB THD+N (0.0003%) at -1 dBFS, Unweighted, 1 kHz.

24 inputs and 8 stereo bus outputs

Mix 24 physical inputs, multi-channel computer audio, and 64 AVB audio network channels to eight stereo bus outputs (Main, Aux, and monitor groups A thru F). Inputs include 8 channels of balanced (TRS) analog and 16 channels (2 banks) of ADAT optical.

Six monitor groups with flexible outputs

Each group provides multiple mirrored outputs, including 2x 1/4-inch phones (front and rear panel), summed 1/4-inch mono out for stage monitors, and, for groups A-D, balanced stereo 1/4-inch outs, which can be fed to in-ear monitoring systems or other stereo destinations.

Universal connectivity

Connects to a computer with standard AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS). Discovery app and web app software works alongside any host audio software.

On-board DSP with mixing and effects

Flexible 48-input digital mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression.

32-bit floating point processing

DSP-driven mixing and effects engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.

Modeled vintage effects processing

Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs.

System expansion and audio networking

Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M, 16A, 24Ai or 24Ao) with a simple Cat-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.

Flexible matrix routing and splitting

Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the AVB network.

Stand-alone mixing with wireless control

Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to Monitor 8 with a standard Ethernet cable and control the 8M's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smartphone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live show monitor mixing.

Web app control

Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from web app software running in your favorite browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.

Two banks of ADAT digital input

Connect digital mixers, optical expanders or other gear. 16 channels at 44.1/48 kHz or 8 channels at 88.2/96 kHz.

Comprehensive metering

The large backlit 324 x 24 LCD lets you view all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analog and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu.

AudioDesk

Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

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Description

Technical Specifications

Sample rates44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Analog inputs8 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced) 
Max level: +24 dbU (digitally adjustable -96 to +22 dB) 
Trim: -96 to +22 dB (digitally adjustable)
Analog outputs10 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled) 
6 x 1/4" TS line out (summed mono) 
2 x XLR line out (pin 2 hot) 
Max level: +22 dBu 
Trim: 127 to 0 dB (digitally adjustable) 
12 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
Digital Input2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical input at 1x rates 
1 bank (8 ch) of SMUX optical input at 2x rates 
Stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) on Bank A (optional)
Total I/O connections24 inputs and 30 outputs (54 total) at 1x rates 
16 inputs and 30 outputs (46 total) at 2x rates 
8 inputs and 30 outputs (38 total) at 4x rates
Total I/O channels24 inputs and 16 outputs (40 total) at 1x sample rates 
16 inputs and 16 outputs (32 total) at 2x sample rates 
8 inputs and 16 outputs (24 total) at 4x sample rates
Computer I/O1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant 
      USB 3.0 and iOS compatible 
1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)
Computer I/O channelsUSB 2.0 (44.1 to 48 kHz): 64 in/out 
USB 2.0 (88.2 to 96 kHz): 32 in/out 
USB 2.0 (176.4 to 192 kHz): 24 in/out 
AVB Ethernet: 16 to 128 in/out, depending on 
      host computer speed
Headphone12 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (mirrored in 6 pairs)
Network I/O1 x RJ45 AVB/TSN Ethernet (1 Gbps)
AVB streams
(8 channels per stream)
8 in / 8 out @ 44.1 or 48 kHz 
8 in / 8out @ 88.2 or 96 kHz 
8 in / 8 out @ 176.4 or 192 kHz
Front panel6 x 1/4" TRS headphone output 
1 x digital rotary encoder • main out volume 
1 x digital rotary encoder • aux out volume 
6 x digital rotary encoders • phone volume 
324 x 24 pixel LCD for level meters / menu nav 
1 x AC power switch
PowerInternational 100-240V autoswitching supply 
50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
Dimensions
and weight
(width x depth x height, enclosure only) 
19 x 7 x 1.75 inches 
48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm 
5.1 lbs / 2.31 kg 
with rack brackets removed: 
17.25 inches (43.8 cm) wide 
5.0 lbs / 2.27 kg

Mac System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
  • Available high-speed USB 2.0 or AVB Ethernet port*
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • *AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite

Windows System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • Available Ethernet port for firmware updates
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Web App Support

  • Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
  • Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.
  • Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU AVB interface by wire or Wi-Fi.

Included Software

  • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 drivers
  • MOTU Discovery App for Mac & PC (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
  • MOTU Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
  • MOTU Pro Audio Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
  • MOTU Audio Tools (FFT, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, phase analyzer)
  • AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac & PC (separate download)

Operating Systems

  • For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
  • For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android

Analog I/O Specifications


Connector type
Dynamic range
(A-weighted)
THD+N
(unweighted)
Max 
level
Trim range 
(in 1 dB steps)
Line output1/4" TRS, balanced, tip hot123 dB-110 dB+20 dBu128 dB (-127 to 0 dBu)
Line input1/4" TRS, bal/unbal, tip hot110 dB-104 dB+24 dBu118 dB (-96 to +22 dB)
Phones1/4", TRS stereo108 dB-100 dBMax. 80 mw128 dB

Compatible Mac software

Monitor 8 ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Logic Express
  • Apple Garage Band
  • Apple SoundTrack Pro
  • Ableton Live
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Compatible Windows software

Monitor 8 ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 10 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Ableton Live
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Image Line FL Studio
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Sony Sound Forge
  • Sony Acid
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Monitor 8 Feature Summary

Three products in one

24 x 16 x 8 monitor mixer, 6-channel headphone amp and USB/AVB audio interface.

Exceptional audio quality

Employs the same industry-recognized analog design as MOTU's groundbreaking 1248, 8M and 16A audio interfaces. The balanced, DC-coupled analog outputs produce measured performance of 123 dB dynamic range (A-weighted) and -110 dB THD+N (0.0003%) at -1 dBFS, Unweighted, 1 kHz.

24 inputs and 8 stereo bus outputs

Mix 24 physical inputs, multi-channel computer audio, and 64 AVB audio network channels to eight stereo bus outputs (Main, Aux, and monitor groups A thru F). Inputs include 8 channels of balanced (TRS) analog and 16 channels (2 banks) of ADAT optical.

Six monitor groups with flexible outputs

Each group provides multiple mirrored outputs, including 2x 1/4-inch phones (front and rear panel), summed 1/4-inch mono out for stage monitors, and, for groups A-D, balanced stereo 1/4-inch outs, which can be fed to in-ear monitoring systems or other stereo destinations.

Universal connectivity

Connects to a computer with standard AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS). Discovery app and web app software works alongside any host audio software.

On-board DSP with mixing and effects

Flexible 48-input digital mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression.

32-bit floating point processing

DSP-driven mixing and effects engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.

Modeled vintage effects processing

Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs.

System expansion and audio networking

Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M, 16A, 24Ai or 24Ao) with a simple Cat-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.

Flexible matrix routing and splitting

Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the AVB network.

Stand-alone mixing with wireless control

Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to Monitor 8 with a standard Ethernet cable and control the 8M's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smartphone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live show monitor mixing.

Web app control

Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from web app software running in your favorite browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.

Two banks of ADAT digital input

Connect digital mixers, optical expanders or other gear. 16 channels at 44.1/48 kHz or 8 channels at 88.2/96 kHz.

Comprehensive metering

The large backlit 324 x 24 LCD lets you view all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analog and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu.

AudioDesk

Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

Review

You're reviewing: MOTU Monitor 8