MOTUMonitor 8 Monitoring Interface


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MOTU Monitor 8

The MOTU Monitor 8 is a tripartite product: it can be used as an interface, monitor mixer, and headphone amplifier. The unit boasts pristine audio quality, 24 input mixing, multi-channel computer audio, and several AVB audio network channels routed to eight stereo monitor groups. 

Both main and auxiliary outputs ensure that the Monitor 8 can be connected to both primary and secondary speakers/monitors, while six additional independent monitor groups can be utilized for the connection of up to twelve headphones, six stage monitors, and four stereo in-ear monitors (which can be configured for routing to other stereo line-out destinations. 

The Monitor 8 is also home to a powerful DSP that allows for console-style mixing with total of 48 channels, 12 stereo busses, and 32-bit floating point processing. In terms of effects, the unit features analog modeled EQ, compression, and reverb. There’s also a comprehensive routing grid for patching inputs to outputs, splitting inputs, or routing signals to multiple destinations. 

If all this wasn't enough, the Monitor 8 can be used independently of a computer as a standalone mixer that can be controlled via iOS, tablet, and smartphone compatible web app. Additionally, users can connect another MOTU AVB interface with a standard Ethernet cable.  

Monitor 8 Features

  • Three products in one — 24 x 16 x 8 monitor mixer, 6-channel headphone amp and USB/AVB audio interface.
  • Superb audio quality — Employs the same industry-recognized analog design as MOTU's groundbreaking 1248, 8M and 16A audio interfaces.
  • 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.
  • 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 32-bit floating point DSP with large console style mixing and effects — Flexible 48-input digital mixer with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb with sends, plus modeled analog EQ and compression, gate, and reverb.
  • System expansion — 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).
  • AVB audio networking — 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.
  • 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 smart phone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.
  • Stand-alone mixing with wireless control — Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to the Monitor 8 with a standard Ethernet cable and control the Monitor 8's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smart phone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live show monitor mixing.
  • Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • Analog inputs: 8 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 outputs: 10 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 Input: 2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical input at 1x rates; 1 bank (8 ch) of SMUX optical input at 2x rates
  • Computer I/O: 1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant; USB 3.0 and iOS compatible; 1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)
  • Headphone: 12 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (mirrored in 6 pairs)
  • Power: International 100-240V autoswitching supply; 50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
  • 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
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