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8 Channel Firewire Interface


This MOTU FireWire audio interface delivers everything you need to turn your computer into a powerful 24-bit, 96kHz digital audio workstation, providing 8 microphone/instrument preamps with pristine 96kHz analog recording and playback, along with 8 channels of ADAT optical digital I/O. Use it as a front-end for your favorite supported audio software, or as an optical-based converter for expanding ADAT optical compatible systems.

With the included CueMix software, you can create independent mixes for each channel and monitor them with virtually no latency and no processor drain on the computer. Its 8 channels of ADAT optical I/O make it an ideal companion for a digital mixer, and its 2 ADAT lightpipe connections work together to support 8 channels of optical digital I/O at any sample rate up to 96kHz. You also get a 16-channel MIDI interface with sample accurate timing.

The 8pre gives you cross-platform compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3 or higher, Windows XP and all of your favorite audio software and host-based effects via WDM/ASIO/Core Audio drivers. You can also use the included AudioDesk workstation software for Mac OS, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing, processing and mastering.

Main Features:
• Eight XLR/TRS "combo jack" mic inputs - connect up to eight mics, or mix and match mics with guitars, synths, drum machines and other analog input signals
• Flexible analog inputs - each provides a crystal-clear preamp (for both the XLR and TRS input), 24-bit 96 kHz converters, individually switchable 48-volt phantom power, 20 dB pad and front-panel trim controls. Mix and match condenser and dynamic microphones as your needs require
• Eight channels of ADAT optical I/O - provides two sets of optical connectors to provide eight channels of optical digital I/O even at high samples rates (88.2 or 96 kHz)
• Operates as an optical expander - connect the 8pre to any ADAT optical compatible device (another audio interface, a digital mixer, etc.) to add 8 additional mic inputs seamlessly integrated into the mixing environment of the host device
• Discrete ins/outs - there's no channel sharing in the 8pre; the mic inputs, ADAT optical I/O, headphone out and main outs are all handled as separate channels
• Includes CueMix DSP near-zero monitoring system
• Multiple CueMix DSP mixes - create different monitor mixes for the main outs and headphones. Add send/return loops for outboard gear with no latency
• Front-panel metering - five-segment meters for all analog inputs, plus status lights for clock and interface/expander mode
• Sample-accurate MIDI - connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed. MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software
• Expandable - add additional 8pre, UltraLite, 828, 828mkII, 896, 896HD or Traveler FireWire interfaces for additional I/O. Or connect the 8pre optically to any audio interface or mixer that supports ADAT optical I/O
• Separate TRS main outs and front-panel headphone jack, each with independent volume control
• SMPTE time code sync via any analog input
• SMPTE time code generation to any analog output
• Includes drivers for Mac & PC, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, GSIF, Core Audio, and Core MIDI
• Supports all popular Macintosh and PC audio software
• 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs
• Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync
• Two FireWire ports - daisy-chain up to four units on a single FireWire bus without a hub
• Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire Specifications:
• Converters: 24-bit
• Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
• Analog Input: 8 x 1/4" TRS/XLR combo
• Analog Output: 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Main Output; 1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
• Digital Input: 2 x ADAT Lightpipe
• Digital Output: 2 x ADAT Lightpipe
• MIDI In/Out: Yes
• Sync In/Out: SMPTE I/O
• Headphone Output: Yes
• System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher or Windows XP (Audio software supports WDM/ASIO/Core Audio drivers)
• Dimensions: 19" 1U rackmount

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