PRESONUS Studio 26c Audio interface

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Professional quality in your home recording studio and on the go. Ideal for DJs, mobile musicians, and electronic musicians who want excellent audio quality in a sturdy, portable form factor, the bus-powered Studio 26c 2-in, 4-out audio interface records at up to 192 kHz and features mic/line/instrument inputs, DC-coupled line outputs, MIDI I/O, and a […]

 

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Professional quality in your home recording studio and on the go.

Ideal for DJs, mobile musicians, and electronic musicians who want excellent audio quality in a sturdy, portable form factor, the bus-powered Studio 26c 2-in, 4-out audio interface records at up to 192 kHz and features mic/line/instrument inputs, DC-coupled line outputs, MIDI I/O, and a Cue Mix A/B button. A complete, all-in-one recording package, the Studio 26c comes with PreSonus’ award-winning Studio One® Artistmusic production software for macOS® and Windows® and includes USB-C™ compatible to USB-C™ compatible and USB-C™ compatible to USB-A cables for compatibility with most computers.

World-class recording software included.

Seamlessly integrated with the included PreSonus® Studio One Artist music production software, the Studio 26c interface works with virtually all macOS and Windows recording software. Easy to learn, Studio One enables you to compose, record, and produce without getting distracted by the tools. Need a new loop or sample for your latest production? Studio One lets you shop, audition, and purchase new content right from your production environment.

Take the tour.

The 2-in, 4-out Studio 26c audio interface features USB-C™ compatible computer connectivity and includes combo mic/instrument/line inputs with +48V phantom power for condenser mics; balanced, ¼-inch TRS, line-level main outputs; and an output level control. All line-level outputs are DC coupled, enabling them to send control voltages. A Cue Mix A/B function lets you toggle between two mixes while monitoring through headphones—perfect for DJs and to listen in on a performer’s monitor mix. The Studio 26c’s built-in MIDI interface enables connection to a keyboard, sound module, or control surface.

Features

Input/Output

  • Simultaneous I/O up to 2 inputs/4 outputs
  • 2 mic/instrument/line inputs with XMAX-L mic preamps
  • 2 balanced ¼” TRS main outputs
    • DC coupled for sending control voltages*
  • 2 balanced ¼” TRS line outputs for monitor mixing
    • DC coupled for sending control voltages*
  • 1 stereo headphone output
  • MIDI In/Out
  • 1 USB-C™ compatible 2.0 port
    • USB-C™ to USB-C™ and USB-C™ to USB-A cables included for compatibility with most computers

Meters, Controls, and Features

  • Direct monitoring
  • Cue mix A/B (for headphone output)
  • Front-panel level controls for main outputs
  • True +48V phantom power for condenser microphones (global)
  • 4 ladder-style LED level meters (2 input, 2 main output)

Integrated Software

  • Studio One Artist®
  • Studio Magic Plug-in Suite

Digital

  • USB-C™ compatible port (USB 2.0)
  • 24-bit resolution
  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz sampling rates

Physical

  • Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
  • USB bus-powered

* Since it is a bus-powered device, the Studio 26c has lower voltage rails than other Studio-series interfaces, resulting in reduced control-voltage range (positive to negative voltage).

Computer system requirements:

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements.

Mac

  • macOS® 10.11 or higher (64-bit only)
  • Intel® i-series 2 GHz multicore processor (or AMD equivalent) or faster
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

Windows

  • Windows® 7 x64 SP1 + platform update, Windows 8.1 x64, Windows 10 x64
  • Intel i-series 2 GHz multicore processor (or AMD equivalent) or faster
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

Mac and Windows Systems

  • USB-C™ or USB-A 2.0 port compatiblity
  • 32 GB hard disk space
  • PreSonus Universal Control 2.0 or higher
  • Monitor with 1366×768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)
  • Multitouch-enabled monitor required for touch operation

Technical Specifications

General
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, or 192 kHz
Converter Resolution 24 bit
Converter Dynamic Range 114 dB
Converter Dynamic Range 114 dB
Microphone Inputs
Maximum Level +4.5 dBu (balanced, min gain)
Gain Range 70 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.1 dB, min gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range 110 dB (A-wtd, min gain)
THD + N 0.004% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, unity gain)
EIN -125 dBu (max gain, 150Ω, A-wtd)
Input Impedance 1.6 kΩ
Phantom Power +48 VDC (10 mA total)
Line Inputs
Maximum Level +19.5 dBu (balanced, min gain)
Gain Range 70 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.1 dB, min gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range 110 dB (A-wtd, min gain)
THD + N 0.007% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, min gain)
Input Impedance 10 kΩ
Instrument Inputs
Maximum Level +14 dBu (unbalanced, min gain)
Gain Range 70 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.15 dB, 48 kHz, min gain)
Dynamic Range 110 dB (A-wtd, min gain)
THD + N 0.008% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, min gain)
Input Impedance 1 MΩ
Line Outputs (Mains)
Type ¼” TRS Female, DC Coupled*
Maximum Level +10 dBu (balanced)
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.1 dB, unity gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range 108 dB (A-wtd)
THD + N 0.0015% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS)
Line Outputs (3/4)
Type ¼” TRS Female, DC Coupled*
Maximum Level +10 dBu (balanced)
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.1dB, unity gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range 113 dB (A-wtd)
THD + N 0.008% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS)
Headphone Outputs
Maximum Power 30 mW/channel (56Ω load)
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.2 dB, 56Ω load, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range 104 dB (A-wtd, 56Ω load)
THD + N 0.009% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, no load)
Impedance Working Range 32Ω to 300Ω
Physical
Height 1.75″ (44 mm)
Width 7″ (180 mm)
Depth 5.5″ (144 mm)
Weight 1.6 lbs. (0.7 kg)
Weight 1.00 kg

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ContentProfessional quality in your home recording studio and on the go. Ideal for DJs, mobile musicians, and electronic musicians who want excellent audio quality in a sturdy, portable form factor, the bus-powered Studio 26c 2-in, 4-out audio interface records at up to 192 kHz and features mic/line/instrument inputs, DC-coupled line outputs, MIDI I/O, and a Cue Mix A/B button. A complete, all-in-one recording package, the Studio 26c comes with PreSonus’ award-winning Studio One® Artistmusic production software for macOS® and Windows® and includes USB-C™ compatible to USB-C™ compatible and USB-C™ compatible to USB-A cables for compatibility with most computers. World-class recording software included. Seamlessly integrated with the included PreSonus® Studio One Artist music production software, the Studio 26c interface works with virtually all macOS and Windows recording software. Easy to learn, Studio One enables you to compose, record, and produce without getting distracted by the tools. Need a new loop or sample for your latest production? Studio One lets you shop, audition, and purchase new content right from your production environment. Take the tour. The 2-in, 4-out Studio 26c audio interface features USB-C™ compatible computer connectivity and includes combo mic/instrument/line inputs with +48V phantom power for condenser mics; balanced, ¼-inch TRS, line-level main outputs; and an output level control. All line-level outputs are DC coupled, enabling them to send control voltages. A Cue Mix A/B function lets you toggle between two mixes while monitoring through headphones—perfect for DJs and to listen in on a performer’s monitor mix. The Studio 26c’s built-in MIDI interface enables connection to a keyboard, sound module, or control surface. Features Input/Output
  • Simultaneous I/O up to 2 inputs/4 outputs
  • 2 mic/instrument/line inputs with XMAX-L mic preamps
  • 2 balanced ¼” TRS main outputs
    • DC coupled for sending control voltages*
  • 2 balanced ¼” TRS line outputs for monitor mixing
    • DC coupled for sending control voltages*
  • 1 stereo headphone output
  • MIDI In/Out
  • 1 USB-C™ compatible 2.0 port
    • USB-C™ to USB-C™ and USB-C™ to USB-A cables included for compatibility with most computers
Meters, Controls, and Features
  • Direct monitoring
  • Cue mix A/B (for headphone output)
  • Front-panel level controls for main outputs
  • True +48V phantom power for condenser microphones (global)
  • 4 ladder-style LED level meters (2 input, 2 main output)
Integrated Software
  • Studio One Artist®
  • Studio Magic Plug-in Suite
Digital
  • USB-C™ compatible port (USB 2.0)
  • 24-bit resolution
  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz sampling rates
Physical
  • Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
  • USB bus-powered
* Since it is a bus-powered device, the Studio 26c has lower voltage rails than other Studio-series interfaces, resulting in reduced control-voltage range (positive to negative voltage). Computer system requirements: Below are the minimum computer-system requirements. Mac
  • macOS® 10.11 or higher (64-bit only)
  • Intel® i-series 2 GHz multicore processor (or AMD equivalent) or faster
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Windows
  • Windows® 7 x64 SP1 + platform update, Windows 8.1 x64, Windows 10 x64
  • Intel i-series 2 GHz multicore processor (or AMD equivalent) or faster
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Mac and Windows Systems
  • USB-C™ or USB-A 2.0 port compatiblity
  • 32 GB hard disk space
  • PreSonus Universal Control 2.0 or higher
  • Monitor with 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)
  • Multitouch-enabled monitor required for touch operation
Technical Specifications
General
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, or 192 kHz
Converter Resolution 24 bit
Converter Dynamic Range 114 dB
Converter Dynamic Range 114 dB
Microphone Inputs
Maximum Level +4.5 dBu (balanced, min gain)
Gain Range 70 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (±0.1 dB, min gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range 110 dB (A-wtd, min gain)
THD + N 0.004% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, unity gain)
EIN -125 dBu (max gain, 150Ω, A-wtd)
Input Impedance 1.6 kΩ
Phantom Power +48 VDC (10 mA total)
Line Inputs
Maximum Level +19.5 dBu (balanced, min gain)
Gain Range 70 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (±0.1 dB, min gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range 110 dB (A-wtd, min gain)
THD + N 0.007% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, min gain)
Input Impedance 10 kΩ
Instrument Inputs
Maximum Level +14 dBu (unbalanced, min gain)
Gain Range 70 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (±0.15 dB, 48 kHz, min gain)
Dynamic Range 110 dB (A-wtd, min gain)
THD + N 0.008% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, min gain)
Input Impedance 1 MΩ
Line Outputs (Mains)
Type ¼" TRS Female, DC Coupled*
Maximum Level +10 dBu (balanced)
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (±0.1 dB, unity gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range 108 dB (A-wtd)
THD + N 0.0015% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS)
Line Outputs (3/4)
Type ¼" TRS Female, DC Coupled*
Maximum Level +10 dBu (balanced)
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (±0.1dB, unity gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range 113 dB (A-wtd)
THD + N 0.008% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS)
Headphone Outputs
Maximum Power 30 mW/channel (56Ω load)
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (±0.2 dB, 56Ω load, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range 104 dB (A-wtd, 56Ω load)
THD + N 0.009% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, no load)
Impedance Working Range 32Ω to 300Ω
Physical
Height 1.75" (44 mm)
Width 7" (180 mm)
Depth 5.5" (144 mm)
Weight 1.6 lbs. (0.7 kg)

Features:

USB 2.0 Desktop Recording Studio
44.1kHz to 96kHz sample rates, 24-bit resolution
Pantheon II VST/AU reverb plug-in with 6 legendary Lexicon reverbs
dbx® 60V high-voltage, ultra-low noise microphone preamps
Superior sonic performance
2 analog combi-jacks for mic/line inputs
2 analog 1/4" TRS balanced outputs
Zero latency monitoring
Low latency ASIO drivers
Streamlined monitor form factor puts all recording controls at your fingertips
Separate level meters and gain control per channel
1 side panel 1/4" instrument input
1 side panel headphone output with dedicated volume adjustment
MIDI in and out

Technical Specifications

Microphone Inputs:    Female XLR Pin 2 Hot
Input Impedance:    3kΩ balanced
Phantom Power:    +48 Volts
Maximum gain:    +58 dB
E.I.N. (at max gain):    -125 dBu @ 58dB gain typical (150Ω source) -129 dBu @ 58dB gain typical A-weighted (150Ω source)
Maximum Input Level:    +21 dBu at minimum gain
Frequency Response:    +0/-1 dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
THD+N:    +18 dBu maximum
Impedance:    32Ω Balanced, 16Ω Unbalanced
Headphone Output:    1/4" stereo jack 350mW per channel at 50Ω
MIDI Interface:    5 pin DIN connectors for MIDI in and MIDI out (5 volt signal)
Sample Rate:    44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96 kHz (determined by computer application)
Dynamic Range:    A/D (24 Bit) 108 dB typical, A-weighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
(44.1 kHz sample rate)
D/A (24 Bit) 110 dB typical, A-weighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
A/D/A (24 Bit) 102 dB typical, A-weighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
Power Requirements:    12W 9VAC
Power adaptors available for:
US and Canada: 120 VAC, 60 Hz Adapter: PS0913B - 120
Japan: 100 VAC, 50/60 Hz Adapter: PS0913B - 100
Europe: 230 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B - 230
UK: 240 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B - 240
Australia: 240 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B - 240-AU

  • Hybrid FireWire/USB2 connectivity — connect to your computer via either bus-powered FireWire or hi-speed USB2.
  • CueMix FX™ — flexible 10 input/14 bus mixer with on-board DSP effects, including reverb with sends/returns, plus EQ and compression on every input and output.
  • 10 inputs / 14 outputs — there's no channel sharing in the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid; the mic inputs, S/PDIF I/O, headphone out and main outs are all handled as separate channels.
  • Classic Reverb™ — provides five different room types, three frequency shelves with adjustable crossover points, shelf filtering and reverb lengths up to 60 seconds.
  • Two forms of compression — a standard compressor with conventional threshold/ratio/attack/release/gain controls and the Leveler™, an accurate model of the legendary LA-2A optical compressor, which provides vintage, musical automatic gain control.
  • Modeled EQ — provides 7-band parametric EQ modeled after British analog console EQs, featuring 4 filter styles (gain/Q profiles) to effectively cover a wide range of audio material. LP and HP filters are also supplied with slopes that range from 6 to 36 dB.
  • CueMix FX cross-platform mixing software — attractive graphic mixing, graphic editing of parametric EQ and a convenient tabbed interface for quick access to all features in one window. Also provides full-screen real-time FFT display, spectrogram "waterfall" display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.
  • Front-panel control — access any setting in your entire UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid mix directly from the front panel.
  • “Reverb return" stream — allows users to record or mix UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid reverb output separately in their DAW. Effects can also be applied when the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid is operating stand-alone (without a computer) as a complete stand-alone mixer.
  • Stand-alone operation — program your mixes at the studio and then bring the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid to your gig — no computer needed. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go. Need to tweak the mix? Do it on site using the back-lit LCD and front-panel controls.
  • Multiple CueMix FX mixes — for example, create different monitor mixes for the main outs and headphones. Or add send/return loops for outboard gear — with no latency.
  • Two combo jacks provide hi-Z 1/4” guitar input or low-Z XLR mic input with phantom power, pad and plenty of gain.
  • Eight 24-bit 192kHz analog inputs and outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks
  • Precision Digital Trim™ — Digitally controlled analog trim on all analog inputs (mic/guitar inputs + quarter-inch TRS inputs) provides accurate adjustements in 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of your analog inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS) — a DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source that produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • Time code support — directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • 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 interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Separate TRS main outs with front panel volume control.
  • Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF in/out.
  • Includes drivers for Mac & PC, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Mac and Windows 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 the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2.
  • Front panel volume control for monitoring. Stereo, Quad, 6.1, 7.1 and user-defined surround monitoring setups available.
  • Front panel headphone jack with volume control.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation. No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone operation.
  • Chassis dimensions, excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and connectors: 9.5 x 7 x 1.75 inches (24.13 x 17.78 x 4.45 cm). Knobs and connectors extend up to 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from front and back panels, adding 1 inch (2.54 cm) to depth. With rack ears attached, fits one half of a standard 19 inch (48.26 cm) rack at 1U high.
8 channels of premium 24-bit 192K AD/DA conversion
4 digitally controlled 75db microphone preamps
2 fully balanced inserts on mic pre channels
4 Hi-Z instrument inputs capable of handling high level instruments
2 individual, controllable and assignable high level headphone outputs
2, 6 or 8 channel monitor outputs
8 channels of ADAT I/O
FireWire 400 I/O, compatible with OS X Core Audio (no driver required)
2 channels of SPDIF I/O
“Soft Limit” for maximum digital input level without overs
“UV22HR” for superior dither of 24 bit resolution down to 16-bit
Advanced, dual-stage "Intelliclock”
Complete integration and control with Appleʼs Logic Pro Software
Compatibility with any CoreAudio software applications
Apogeeʼs Maestro Software for advanced control and routing outside of Logic Pro

The UA-1G is a compact 1 x 1 USB Audio Interface that offers excellent-quality sound via multiple connection options and a simple, user-friendly design.

  • Stereo input and output at 24-bit/96kHz audio quality
  • High-end A/D and D/A converters for accurate recording and playback
  • Large Input Level knob for easy control while recording
  • 1/4" jack with Hi-Z option for recording electric guitar or bass
  • Electret condenser mic input
  • RCA phono type and optical-digital audio I/O
  • Headphone output
  • USB powered – no AC adapter required
  • SONAR LE for music recording, editing, and publishing on PC
  • Low-latency ASIO 2.0 (PC); WDM (Windows Vista, Windows XP) and Core Audio (Mac OS X) support

  • Number of Audio Record/Playback ChannelsRecord: 1 pair of stereo
    Play: 1 pair of stereo
    REC SOURCE switch = ANALOG: Full duplex (except for 96 kHz setting)
    REC SOURCE switch = DIGITAL: Recording only
    Signal ProcessingPC interface: 24 bits
    AD/DA Conversion: 24 bits (linear)
    * ADVANCE DRIVER switch = OFF: 16 bits
    Sampling FrequencyDigital output: 32/44.1/48/96 kHz
    Digital input: 32/44.1/48/96 kHz
    AD/DA Conversion: 32/44.1/48/96 kHz
    * ADVANCE DRIVER switch = OFF: 32/44.1/48 kHz
    Nominal Input LevelLine input jacks: -10 to +4 dBu
    Guiter input jakcs: -30 to -16dBu
    Mic input jack: -40 to -26 dBu
    Nominal Output LevelLine output jacks: -10 dBu
    InterfaceUSB Digital input (Optical mini type)
    * The same jack serves as both the Mic Input jack and digital input connector.
    Digital output (Optical mini type)
    * The same jack serves as both the headphones jack and digital output connector.
    * conforms to IEC60958 consumer format.
    ControllersADVANCED DRIVER Switch
    Guiter/Mic Switch
    INPUT VOLUME knob
    PHONES VOLUME Dial
    SAMPLE RATE Switch
    96kHz MODE Switch
    INPUT MONITOR Switch
    REC SOURCE Switch
    ConnectorsUSB Connector (B type)
    Line Input jacks (L, R) (RCA phono type)
    Line Output jacks (L, R) (RCA phono type)
    Guiter/Mic Input jack: (1/4 inch phone type)
    Mic Input jack (Plug-in powered miniature phone type)
    Digital Intput connector (Optical mini type)
    * The same jack serves as both the headphones jack and digital output connector.
    Headphones jack (Stereo miniature phone type)
    Digital Output connector (Optical mini type)
    * The same jack serves as both the Mic Input jack and digital input connector.
    Power SupplySupplied from the computer
    Current Draw200 mA
    AccessoriesOwnerʼs Manual, UA-1G CD-ROM, SONAR LE CD-ROM
    Size and Weight
    Width
    160 mm6-5/16 inches
    Depth
    58 mm2-5/16 inches
    Height
    28 mm1-1/8 inches
    Weight
    165 g0 lbs. 6 oz.




Turn your computer into a powerful digital audio workstation with eight mic inputs. Or add eight high-quality mic/instrument inputs to your current system.

The 8pre FireWire audio interface delivers everything you need to turn your computer into a powerful 24-bit, 96kHz digital audio workstation. The 8pre provides eight microphone/instrument preamps with pristine 96kHz analog recording and playback, combined with 8 channels of ADAT optical digital I/O. Expand your system by connecting additional 8pres or other MOTU FireWire audio interfaces.

The 8pre as your primary audio interface

Use the included CueMix™ software to mix all 16 inputs from your computer. Eight channels of ADAT optical I/O make the 8pre an ideal companion for a digital mixer. Two ADAT lightpipe connections work together to support a full 8 channels of optical digital I/O at any sample rate up to 96kHz.

Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors. Then monitor all of these live inputs via the 8preʼs main outs or headphone jack — with virtually no monitoring latency and no processor drain on your computer. You can even create separate monitor mixes for the main outs and headphones. Control everything, including talk-back and listen-back, from the included CueMix Console™ software, just like a large studio console.

The 8pre includes a 16-channel MIDI interface. Simply plug in your FireWire cable, and both MIDI and audio are ready to go. Connect any MIDI device, such as a controller keyboard, synth module, automated control surface or drum machine. Timing is sample-accurate with supporting software.

The 8pre provides 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. Or you can use the included AudioDesk workstation software for Mac OS, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.

The 8pre as a microphone preamp expansion interface

The 8pre is really two products in one. When it is not connected to a computer via FireWire, the 8pre functions as an eight-channel analog to digital (optical) converter. Connect the 8pre to your MOTU 828, 896, Traveler or even another 8pre via the optical "lightpipe” connection to add eight high-quality microphone pre-amps to your system. Since the connection is digital, 100% pristine sound is maintained, down to the very last sample.

MOTU FireWire audio interfaces are fully compatible with FireWire 800-equipped Macs. All you need is a standard FireWire 400-to-800 cable. Just plug in and go. The FireWire bus operates at 400 Mb/sec, providing the same high speed, low latency and rock solid reliability that MOTU FireWire interfaces are known for.

The 8pre is the perfect way to instantly add eight more mic inputs to any audio interface or digital mixer with optical I/O. If you have a MOTU interface with on-board CueMix DSP mixing, such as the 828mkII, 896HD or Traveler, the 8pre inputs appear directly in the host interface's CueMix mixer to becomes a transparent extension of your system, operating together with your primary interface as a single, integrated unit — even when the host interface is not connected to a computer and is instead operating as a stand-alone mixer.

If you have a 2408mk3, digital mixer or other audio device that supports 96kHz optical and also has two optical inputs, the 8pre connects to it via both optical ports to provide a full eight channels of analog to optical conversion at the 88.2 or 96kHz sample rates.

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