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MOTU 16A 16 In / Out Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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MOTU 16A 16 In/Out Thunderbolt Audio Interface

The MOTU 16A is a flexible Thunderbolt audio interface boasting 32 inputs, 32 outputs, 48-channel mixing capabilities, and superior latency prevention. In terms of I/O, the 16A features sixteen balanced/unbalanced TRS inputs, AVB audio networking, and two 8-channel ADAT optical ports. 

The 16A utilizes its Thunderbolt connectivity for all it’s worth. With Thunderbolt, users have access to 256 channels of computer I/O (that’s 128 each way). These channels can be used for a variety of applications, including routing audio to the 16A’s inputs and outputs, as well as the interface’s internal 48-channel mixer and audio network streams. 

Crucially, the 16A is controlled by software that resides in a web app produced by the hardware. This allows users to control the 16A via web browser on any computer, tablet, or smart phone connected to the same LAN. This software is compatible with both Mac, iOS, Windows, Linux, and Android operating systems. 

Routing signals on the 16A is a synch thanks to its routing grid, which allows users a straightforward means of routing input signals from a connected DAW, the interface’s own I/Os, mixer inputs, or any signal generated over the AVB network. This works no matter whether the source is analog or digital. 

16A 16 In/Out Thunderbolt Features

  • 32 inputs/32 outputs
  • 16 balanced/unbalanced TRS inputs
  • AVB audio networking
  • Two 8-channel ADAT optical ports
  • 48-channel mixing capabilites
  • Controllable by user-friendly software
  • Sample Rates:  44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Analog Inputs

  • 16 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
  • Dynamic Range:  117 dBA
  • THD+N (unweighted):  -110 dB
  • Max Level:  +24 dBu
  • Trim Range (in 1dB steps):  22 dB (+2 to +24 dBu)

Analog Outputs

  • 16 x 1/4" TRS line outputs (balanced)
  • Dynamic Range:  123 dBA
  • THD+N (unweighted):  -110 dB
  • Max Level:  +24 dBu
  • Trim Range (in 1dB steps):  24 dB (-4 to +20 dBu)

Digital I/O

  • 2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
  • 1 bank (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
  • Stereo RCA S/PDIF up to 96 kHz (with SRC on input)

Total I/O

  • 32 inputs and 32 outputs (64 total) at 1x sample rates
  • 24 inputs and 24 outputs (48 total) at 2x sample rates
  • 16 inputs and 16 outputs (32 total) at 4x sample rates

Computer I/O

  • 1 x Thunderbolt (compatible with 1 and 2)
  • 1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant (3.0 compatible)

Sync I/O

  • 1 x word clock in
  • 1 x word clock out
  • Front Panel:  
  • 4 x switches - menu navigation
  • 324 x 24 pixel LCD for level meters / menu nav
  • 1 x AC power switch
  • Power:  International 100-240V auto switching supply, 50-60 Hz, 0.5A max

Included Software

  • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 drivers
  • MOTU AVB Discovery App for Mac (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
  • MOTU AVB Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
  • MOTU AVB Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
  • AudioDesk 4.0 (available as a separate download)

Mac System Requirements

  • OSX 10.8 or later
  • 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
  • Available Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Windows System Requirements

  • Windows 8 or later
  • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Windows 8 or later
  • Available Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • NOTE:  Windows support is coming soon

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
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