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MOTU Introduce M2 and M4 UBC-C Audio Interfaces

MOTU Introduce M2 and M4 UBC-C Audio Interfaces

When shopping for an audio interface, singer/songwriters and podcasters oftentimes don’t need the full gamut of features. They want a reliable, easy-to-use unit that sounds great. That’s exactly what MOTU’s latest offerings give you — a streamlined design, high-level performance, and top-notch sound. This series of budget-conscious and high-quality USB-C audio interfaces includes the 2-in/2-out M2 and the 4-in/4-out M4.

Class-topping Sound Quality

When it comes to audio quality, the M2 and M4 are at the top of their class. They boast ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology (the same D/A as MOTU’s flagship 1248), delivering unbelievable clarity with 120dB of dynamic range. Both models include MOTU’s transparent-sounding mic preamps, low-noise DC-coupled analog outputs, and an ESS-driven headphone output. Their latency specs are impressive, yielding round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 32-bit/96kHz. Whether you’re recording, mixing, or just listening, you can expect top-level sound from these audio interfaces.

Front of M4 Audio Interface

Podcasting Made Easy

MOTU’s M2 and M4 are tailor-made for livestreaming and podcasting, thanks to their loopback function. This enables you to blend your mic and other input signals with your computer’s output and then send the blended signal back to your computer, where it can be recorded. The M4 takes this functionality to a higher level with the inclusion of a Mix knob that balances your live input with your computer’s playback.

Back of M4 Audio Interface

Zero-latency Hardware Monitoring

Recording with the M2 and M4 is a pleasure, by virtue of their 1-touch hardware monitoring capability. This feature routes all the interface’s analog inputs directly to its analog outputs, thereby granting you zero-latency operation. The result? No annoying delay between what you play, sing, or say and what you are hearing in your headphones. You can also record the interface’s inputs simultaneously, which supplies zero latency while tracking.

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iConnectivity at Awave

iConnectivity at Awave

Clever connectivity helps you create

iConnectivity develops hardware for musicians that adds mobile devices and computers to their toolset, and is changing the way musicians wire their gear through network connectivity capabilities.

The products we make and the people we reach are all part of why we dare to create devices that reduce complexity and cost for everyone with a passion for creating, recording, exploring or supporting music.

Built for the creative; always exploring for ways to be better, together.

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MOTU Release the 8PRE-ES 24×28 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

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MOTU Release the 8PRE-ES 24×28 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

Introducing the 828es Thunderbolt/USB interface for Mac, PC and iOS

Re-engineered with renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology and a new front panel design, the 828es connects to a Mac, PC or iOS device over Thunderbolt™ or USB with low latency, high performance drivers to deliver 60 total channels of I/O, 48-channel mixing and 32-bit floating point DSP effects processing.

Superb analog sound and ultra low latency performance

Advanced extras, incorporated from MOTU’s flagship 1248 interface, include ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology with 123 dB dynamic range, ultra low round trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96 kHz over Thunderbolt (and 1.9 ms over USB), USB audio class compliant firmware for connection to iOS™ devices (with a standard camera adapter, sold separately), convenient web app control from any mobile computing device, flexible matrix-style routing and splitting, stand alone mixing with Wi-Fi control and AVB/TSN audio networking for system expansion.

828es control room features

New control room features

New control room features appearing for the first time on a MOTU interface include a built-in talkback mic with front panel “talk” button and “A/B” monitor select, mute and sum-to-mono buttons for the main outs.

Award-winning design

Numerous features brought forward from the award-winning 828x model include pre-converter sends for the two mic inputs, dedicated quarter-inch time code input and output jacks, MIDI in and out jacks, BNC word clock I/O, a foot switch input for hands free punch-in during recording, AudioDesk workstation software and a suite of audio analysis apps.

All the I/O you need

Housed in a sturdy, aluminum alloy chassis (one rack space), the 828es provides 28 inputs and 32 outputs, including two redesigned mic/guitar “combo” style inputs featuring high quality, transparent preamps with front panel control (and remote software control) of individual gain/pad/48V phantom power. The hi-Z quarter-inch sockets on the combo jacks provide amp-like performance when plugging in a guitar.

828es front rear stack

Additional I/O includes eight balanced (TRS) analog in/out (with DC coupled outputs), separate main outs on XLR jacks, two banks of 8-channel optical I/O (switchable to stereo TOSLink), RCA S/PDIF digital I/O and two independent front panel headphone jacks with volume controls.

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New from iConnectivity

New from iConnectivity

A number of new products are now available from iConnectivity. The iConnect AUDIO2+, iConnect mio 2, iConnect mio 4 and iConnect mio 10.

The iConnectivity mio series offers a range of new midi interfaces. Just plug into a mio to connect and collaborate, in the studio or on the stage. From the most essential up to the most extreme setup, there’s a mio for you. The MIDI interface is reinvented.

iConnect Mio 2: The little MIDI problem solver. 2×2 5-pin MIDI, support for two Macs/PCs at the same time. Stick it in your bag, leave your extra MIDI routers, processors, and mergers at home – it’s all inside.

iConnect Mio 4: Half a rackspace of MIDI might, mio4 is a veritable MIDI master key. Connect your keyboards, old and new; multiple computers; network; and more. Take charge of your everything MIDI so you can create faster, better, and in exciting new ways!

iConnect Mio 10: This is the big one. 10×10 5-pin MIDI, and support for everything: USB MIDI, Ethernet MIDI, inter-computer MIDI… up to six computers at the same time! Onboard processing, filtering, merging, and routing means you can leave your extra hardware in the closet.

The iConnect AUDIO2+ is a Ultra-Versatile 2-in 6-out Audio & MIDI Interface for Musicians & DJs. Watch the video below to learn more about the iConnect AUDIO2+

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iConnect AUDIO4+ Get Connected

iConnect AUDIO4+ Get Connected

Nominated for Namm TEC 2016

Designed to be the hub of your modern recording rig, the iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO4+ USB audio interface allows you to seamlessly integrate your computer and iOS device, high-resolution audio, MIDI, USB, mics, instruments, speakers, and headphones. You can even connect two iOS/PC/Mac computers to the iConnectAUDIO4+ simultaneously! You can also use this innovative audio interface to transform your iPad into a touch-controlled plug-in in your DAW or to send MIDI and digital audio channels back and forth between two computers. Thanks to the iConnectAUDIO4+, all of your gear becomes one unified, streamlined music machine! At Awave, we think this is one slick unit. Grab yourself an iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO4+ USB audio interface!

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iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO4+ USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features at a Glance:

  • Multi-host device ports let you use 2 computer devices (Mac/PC/iOS) at the same time
  • Audio passThru routes audio digitally between computer devices
  • Host port for connecting up to 8 MIDI peripherals (with class-compliant devices connected to a powered hub)
  • 4 XLR-1/4″ TRS combo analog inputs, each with individual 48-volt phantom power
  • 4 x 1/4″ TRS balanced analog outputs for connecting monitors and outboard gear
  • 1 x 1/4″ headphone output with independent mix
  • 29 routable MIDI ports: Mac, PC, iOS, 5-pin MIDI DIN, and class-compliant USB MIDI devices
  • High-resolution audio delivers up to 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA conversion
  • USB audio and MIDI class-compliant – eliminates need for drivers
  • iConfig software (Mac, Windows, iOS) makes it simple to set up filtering/routing/merging
  • Charges an iOS device
  • Includes Lightning-to-iConnectivity USB-B in-line cable and USB-A to USB-B cable
  • Power supply included

Put the iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO4+ USB audio interface at the center of your recording rig!

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 4 x 6
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs 4 x XLR/TRS Combo
Analog Outputs 4 x 1/4″ (Outputs), 1 x 1/4″ (Headphones)
Number of Preamps 4
Phantom Power Yes
MIDI I/O In/Out/USB
Depth 5.51″
Width 8.43″
Height 1.46″
Weight 2.13 lbs.
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SPL CREON High Performance USB Audio-Interface & Monitor Controller

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SPL CREON High Performance USB Audio-Interface & Monitor Controller

With or without DAW

Creon is designed to operate with your Digital Audio Workstation. But you can also do a lot with it as a stand-alone device: plug in an instrument and play. Connect a microphone and sing along.

Mix your own monitor signal with playback or guide tracks from any source. What you are playing is not bad? Turn on the DAW and record it.

Recording and DAW return channels, Inputs and Outputs

  • 2 microphone inputs (XLR)
  • 1 instrument input (TS)
  • 2 balanced line inputs (TRS)

Two channels can be recorded simultaneously

Playback Channels

  • 2 Channels via USB (DAW 1-2)

Analog Inputs (Sources)

  • 2 TRS line input channels (balanced)
  • 2 RCA line input channels (unbalanced)

Digital Input

  • 1 USB

Analog Output

  • Speaker | Main Out : 2 XLR sockets (L/R, balanced)
  • 1 headphone socket (TRS)

Digital Output

  • 1 USB

Hardware

  • USB2 audio system
  • High-performance, 32 bit microcontroller
  • 24 bit audio processing
  • 2 input and 2 output channels, up to 192 kHz
  • Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz or 192kHz
  • Fixed master clock for lowest jitter
  • True 1:1 audio, no sample rate conversion or clock recovery

Software

  • Windows XP/7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, iOS 6 and higher
  • Multi-application mode, simultaneous ASIO and/or WDM playback
  • Low-latency Mac OS X (ASIO-like) HAL plug-in driver
  • Low-latency Windows ASIO and WDM driver
  • Driver feedback synchronization to hardware clock
  • ASIO control panel for Windows and Mac
  • USB Audio Class 2.0 compliance (asynchronous mode)

FAQ

Do I need to install software to operate Creon?

No. All controls and functions you need to have at hand are available as hardware controls and switches.

Do I need to have the DAW connected to work with Creon?

No. All analog functions such as mic and instrument preamps, line inputs, monitoring, sources listening, headphones and speakers are fully operational without a DAW connected. If you want to record you need to connect the DAW.

Which operating systems is Creon compatible with?

Windows XP/7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, iOS 6 and higher

Which DAW host programs has Creon already been tested with?

  • Logic 9
  • Logic X
  • Pro Tools 10, 11
  • Samplitude Pro X
  • Reaper 64
  • Cubase 5, 6, 7
  • Nuendo 6
  • WaveLab 7, 8

Can Creon be powered through the USB bus?

Nein. No, Creon requires its own power supply at all times.

Which AD/DA converters are used in Creon?

High-quality, professional-grade analogue to digital and digital to analogue converters are

used which provide a signal to noise ratio of 115dB.

What sample rates does Creon support?

44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176,4, 192 kHz.

What bit depth are the Creon AD/DA converters?

The AD/DA converters are 24bit.

How do I select inputs?

Line 1 has preference over Mic 1,

Line 2 has preference over Mic 2.

Instrument has preference over Mic 2 and Line 2.

Where is the mono switch?

The Creon does not have a mono switch for the speaker outputs, because mono summing can easily be achieved within the DAW by inserting the free bx_solo plug-in into the master output buss. Plugin Alliance offers a bundle of four free plug-ins, which includes bx_solo, here

What level does the Dim button attenuate by?

When the DIM button is depressed, the analog outputs are attenuated by 20dB.

Do I need an app to run the Crimson on an iPad?

No. Creon is a hot-plugging Class 2 device and does not need a special driver or app to operate. An original Apple camera adapter is required for connection.

Specifications

Input Sockets

  • Mic Inputs 1 -2: XLR
  • Line Inputs 1–4: 6,3mm TRS
  • Instrument Inputs 3–4: 6,3mm TRS
  • Source 1 Input: 6,3mm TRS
  • Source 2 Input: RCA

Output Sockets

  • Speaker Out | Main Out: XLR
  • Headphone Outputs: 6,3mm TRS

Input Impedances

  • Microphone Input: 10 kOhm
  • Line Inputs: 10kOhm unbalanced, 20kOhm balanced
  • Instrument Inputs: 1,1 MOhm
  • Source 1 Input: 10kOhm unbalanced, 20kOhm balanced
  • Source 2 Input: 10kOhm

Output Impedances

  • Speaker Out | Main Out: 75 Ohm unbalanced, 150 Ohm balanced
  • Headphone Outputs: 33 Ohm

Maximum Input Levels

  • Mic Inputs: +14,5 dBu (Gain fully left)
  • Line Inputs: +22,5 dBu
  • Instrument Inputs: +24,0 dBu (Gain fully left)
  • Source 1 Input: +22,5 dBu
  • Source 2 Input: +22,5 dBu

Maximum Output Levels

  • Speaker Out | Main Out: +22,5 dBu

Microphone Preamplifiers (balanced, XLR)

  • Gain Control: +7dB – +60dB
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz – >200kHz
  • Noise (unweighted, 30dB gain, input termination 150 Ohm): -90 dBu
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -128 dBu
  • Common Mode Rejection Ratio: < -70 dBu
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (30dB gain, input termination 150 Ohm): 0,003 %
  • High Pass Filter: fg = 80Hz, 6dB/Oct.
  • Phantom Power: 48Volt

Instrument Input (Unbalanced, 6,3mm TS)

  • Gain Control: -6dB – +31dB
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz – >200kHz
  • Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 100 kOhm): -85 dBu
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 100 kOhm): 0,005 %

Line Input (balanced, 6,3mm TRS)

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz – >200kHz
  • Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): -95 dBu
  • Common Mode Rejection ratio: < -60 dBu
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): 0,002 %

Source 1 Input (balanced, 6,3mm TRS)

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz – >200kHz
  • Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): -95 dBu
  • Common Mode Rejection ratio: < -60 dBu
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): 0,002%

Source 2 Input (unbalanced, RCA)

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz – >200kHz
  • Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): -90 dBu
  • Noise (unweighted, -10dBV, input termination 600 Ohm): -85 dBu
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): 0,003 %
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (-10dBV, input termination 600 Ohm): 0,003 %

Headphone Outputs (stereo, 6,3mm TRS)

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz – >200kHz
  • Power@0dBu: 47 Ohm load: 13 mW/300 Ohm load: 1,7 mW/600 Ohm load: 1,0 mW
  • Power max: 47 Ohm load: 670 mW/300 Ohm load: 265 mW/600 Ohm load: 150 mW
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (Power@0dBu): 47 Ohm: 0,0026 %/300 Ohm: 0,002 %/600 Ohm: 0,002 %

AD Conversion

Dynamic range:

  • 44.1/48kHz: 128dB
  • 88.2/96kHz: 123dB

THD+N ratio @ 1kHz (-1dBFS):

  • 44.1/48kHz: 0,002%
  • 88.2/96kHz: 0,00

0dBFS = +15 dBu

DA Conversion

Dynamic range:

  • 44.1/48kHz: 124dB
  • 88.2/96kHz: 122dB

THD+N ratio @ 1kHz (-1dBFS):

  • 44.1/48kHz: 0,003%
  • 88.2/96kHz: 0,004%

Power Supply

  • External Power Supply, Input 100–240V AC/50–60 Hz; Output 12V DC/1,5A
  • Internal Power Supplies: Audio: +/-17V, Digital: +5V and +3,3V
  • Power Consumption: 16,8 Watt

Dimensions and Weight

  • H x W x D in mm: 67x330x212
  • Weight: 2,7 kg