MOTU8A Thunderbolt / USB3 Audio Interface


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MOTU 8A Thunderbolt / USB3

The MOTU 8A boasts the same powerful technology found inside their 16A interface, albeit contained in a portable half-rack chassis. 

The interface features 8x8 balanced analog, 8channel ADAT optical, and an independent headphone output for its 16 ins and 18 outs. Additionally, the interface boasts a 48-input digital mixer with 7 stereo aux busses, access to a total of 64 network ins, 3 groups, and DSP effects. 

In terms of effects, the 8A features reverb, a 4-band EQ, gating, and compression. Users comfortable with operating larger mixing consoles will pick up the workflow in no time! 

8A Thunderbolt / USB3 Features

  • Superb analog audio quality and high-end converters
  • Ultra-low latency and proven, high-performance MOTU drivers
  • Mobile operation and universal connectivity
  • 34 simultaneous audio channels
  • DSP mixing and effects processing
  • 32-bit floating point processing
  • Modeled vintage effects processing
  • Flexible matrix routing and splitting
  • Stand-alone operation with wireless control
  • Web app control from any device
  • Optical I/O
  • Comprehensive metering

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 Thunderbolt, USB or AVB/TSN Ethernet port*
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • *AVB/TSN Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X 10.11 or later

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 Thunderbolt or USB port
  • Available Ethernet port for firmware updates
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)


  • 8.6"" x 7"" x 1.75"", 22 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm 
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs / 1.0 kg
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