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MOTU 4pre Compact Audio Interface

MOTU 4pre Compact Audio Interface - Front Angle

MOTU 4pre is a Compact audio interface with 4 Mic Pre Amplifiers.

£415.83 ex VAT £499.00 inc VAT

UK List Price: £399.17 ex VAT

UK List Price: £479.00 inc VAT

Availability: Usually 1-3 working days

MOTU 4pre Compact Audio Interface

When two mic inputs just aren't enough

If you've been searching for an affordable, compact audio interface with four mic inputs, your search is over. The 4pre packs four mic inputs into an impressively small half-rack form factor, along with a healthy complement of additional professional-grade audio connections. Just think of the possibilities. You can record and mix vocals plus guitar for two musicians simultaneously. Or mic a drum kit with overheads and close-ups. Or record lead and background vocals in one take. With an interface this flexible, capable, and great-sounding, you'll be ready for any situation your music throws at you.

Record four individual mics, or two stereo pairs

The 4pre combo mic/guitar inputs are equipped with pristine, transparent preamps and offer individually adjustable 48V phantom power and -20 dB pad. All settings can be adjusted directly on the front panel, or from the 4pre's CueMix software running on your computer. Mic inputs can be operated individually or in stereo pairs, as needed.

Hi-Z guitar inputs deliver true guitar sound

Without proper impedance levels, direct "DI" guitar input won't sound right when you run it through your guitar amp plug-ins and virtual stomp boxes. The 4pre's two guitar jacks provide high-impedance load characteristics suitable for passive and active pickups alike, to deliver proper guitar tone to your host software. For even more authentic feel and response when using virtual guitar amp and cabinet plug-ins, use a ZBox guitar impedance adapter.

Connect a keyboard or other line input

The 4pre analog inputs are designed to be flexible, so that you can address a wide range of recording situations. The line inputs provide proper level matching for keyboards, analog mixers, effects processors, or other gear with either -10 dB or +4 dB reference level input.

Four analog outputs

Connect a pair of powered studio monitors to the main outs. The separate line outs can be used for a variety of purposes, either duplicating the main outs (perhaps for a 2nd set of studio monitors) or acting as an independent output pair (for a separate mix going to a mixing board or stage wedges, for example

Work with others, free from noise restrictions

A second phone jack can be life-saver when you need to finish the mix with your colleague in close proximity to family or neighbors you don't want to disturb. The left-hand phone jack always mirrors the main outs, and the "Main" volume knob controls both. The right-hand phone jack has added flexibility: it can mirror the main outs, with independent volume control, or it can mirror any other 4pre output pair.

Digital transfers made easy

Digital transfers are an essential fact of daily studio life. The 4pre's standard S/PDIF input and output make stereo digital transfers a snap, with optional external clocking and support for sample rates up to 96 kHz.

Analog quality with digital precision

The 4pre preamps deliver clean sound, 60 dB of gain, and adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments using the front-panel trims or the on-screen CueMix software. The gain adjustment itself is smooth because it is analog, but the digital control gives you both precision and the ability to save and recall trim settings. So you get the best of both worlds: analog trim with digital precision and control. Trim is adjusted at the input, before the mixer, so it applies to all mixes. Mix levels are controlled separately from trim, so you never sacrifice sound quality for a balanced mix. The S/PDIF digital inputs can be trimmed, too.

MOTU 4pre Specifications

Converters24-bit
Sample Rates44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
Analog In4 x XLR/TRS combo
2 x 1/4" TRS (balanced/unbalanced)
2 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar
Analog Outputs2 x 1/4" balanced TRS main out
2 x 1/4" balanced TRS line out
2 x 1/4" TRS headphone
Digital Input1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Digital Output1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Computer I/O1 x FireWire 400 (Type B)
1 x USB 2.0
Sync In/OutS/PDIF
SMPTE time code (LTC)
Headphone Output2 x 1/4" TRS phone with independent volume control
Phantom PowerIndividual +48V
Front panel2 x 10-segment ladder LEDs • main outs
4 x 5-segment LEDs • inputs
2 x signal present LEDs • S/PDIF I/O
2 x signal present LEDs • stereo line out
4 x LEDs • 48V phantom power
4 x LEDs • -20 dB pad
5 x LEDs • mix/trim (main, line, S/PDIF, phone, trim)
1 x LED • Vol/Pan
Power Requirements9-18V DC, 5W, tip + or -
FireWire bus power
DC power adapter included, required for stand-alone and USB 2.0 operation

Mac System Requirements

  • PowerPC G4 CPU 1 GHz or faster (including any Mac with a PowerPC G5 or any Intel processor)
  • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, or 10.5; v10.5.8 or later required
  • Available FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

Windows System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster equipped with at least one USB2 or FireWire port
  • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
  • Windows 8, Windows 7 or Vista, 32- or 64-bit; Vista SP 2 or later required
  • Available FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

Included software

  • CueMix FX
  • MOTU SMPTE Console
  • AudioDesk (Mac only, optical CD drive required)

Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X version 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, or 10.5 (v10.5.8 or later is required)
  • Windows 8, Windows 7, or Vista (SP2 or later is required)

64-bit operation

  • Available for Mac OS X version 10.8, 10.7, or 10.6
  • Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, or Vista
  • Requires a 64-bit CPU (and host application for plug-in versions)

Compatible Mac software

The 4pre ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • MOTU AudioDesk
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Logic Express
  • Apple Garage Band
  • Apple SoundTrack Pro
  • Ableton Live
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Compatible Windows software

The 4pre ships with standard Wave and ASIO drivers for Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista for compatibility with virtually all Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Ableton Live
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Image Line FL Studio
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Sony Sound Forge
  • Sony Acid
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)
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