MOTU M2 2-in / 2-out USB Audio Interface

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M2 - MOTU

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Equipped with the same ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC Technology found in audio interfaces costing thousands, the M2 delivers an astonishing 120 dB Dynamic Range on its main outputs. ESS converters also drive the headphone output, which rivals dedicated headphone amplifiers costing hundreds. Ultra-clean preamp circuits produce a measured -129 dBu EIN on the mic inputs. Capture and monitor your audio with pristine clarity.

Speed
The M2 provides best-in-class speed for monitoring live inputs (mic, guitar or keyboard) through your computer, thanks to MOTU's expertly engineered USB drivers, which deliver class-leading, ultra-low 2.5 ms Round Trip Latency (at 96 kHz with a 32 sample buffer).

Metering
When recording and mixing, nothing is more critical than achieving optimum levels. The M2 is the only audio interface in its class with a full color LCD featuring clear, detailed level meters for all inputs and outputs. Enjoy professional-level volume control and feedback to get your sound just right.

Loopback
The M2 driver provides convenient loopback channels to your host computer, so you can easily combine computer audio with live mics and/or guitar inputs to stream the combined mix to Youtube or your favorite podcasting platform in real time. Streaming and podcasting has never been easier and better-sounding!

Workstation software, virtual instruments and loops to get you making music right away
Connect the M2 to your Mac or PC and start laying down tracks with the included Performer Lite or Live Lite production software, plus hundreds of loops, one-shots and sounds from industry leaders Big Fish Audio, Lucidsamples and Loopmasters.

FEATURES

• 2-in / 2-out USB audio interface with studio-quality sound
• Best-in-class audio quality driven by ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC Technology
• Best-in-class speed (ultra-low latency) for host software processing
• Best-in-class metering for all inputs/outputs with a full-color LCD
• 2x mic/line/hi-Z guitar inputs on combo XLR/TRS
• Individual preamp gain and 48V phantom power for each input
• Hardware (direct) monitoring for each input (mono or stereo)
• Measured -129 dB EIN on mic inputs
• 2x balanced, DC-coupled 1/4-inch TRS outputs
• Measured 120 dB dynamic range on the 1/4-inch balanced TRS outputs
• 2x RCA (unbalanced) analog out (mirrored)
• 1x headphone out (driven by ESS converters) with independent volume control
• MIDI in/out
• Support for 44.1 to 192 kHz sample rates
• USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation on Mac (no driver required)
• Windows driver with 2.5 ms Round Trip Latency (32 sample buffer at 96 kHz)
• Mac driver (optional, for 2.5 ms [email protected]/96 kHz and loopback feature)
• iOS compatible (USB audio class compliant)
• Driver loopback for capturing host output, live streaming and podcasting
• Bus powered USB-C (compatible with USB Type A) with power switch (USB cable included)
• Rugged metal construction
• Workstation software included (MOTU Performer Lite 10 and Ableton Live Lite 10)
• 100+ instruments (in Performer Lite)
• Over 6 GB of included free loops, samples and one-shots from industry leading libraries
• Kensington security slot

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Mic/line/guitar inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS "combo jack" mic/line/Hi-Z guitar inputs
Independent preamp gain, 48V phantom power and monitor switch for each input

Analog outputs:
• 2 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled)
• 2 x RCA (unbalanced) analog out (mirrored)
• 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone

Computer I/O:
• 1 x USB-C (compatible with USB Type A) 2.0 audio class compliant

MIDI I/O:
• 1 x MIDI IN
• 1 x MIDI OUT
• 16 MIDI channels to/from computer host

Headphone: 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone

Phantom power: 2 x individual +48V

Front panel
• 1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output
• 2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs
• 1 x potentiometer • monitor vol
• 1 x potentiometer • phone vol
• 2 x potentiometer • mic/instr input gain
• 4 x switches • (2) 48V and (2) MON
• 160 x 120 pixel full-colored LCD with input and output level meters

Power: Bus-powered through USB

Dimensions, enclosure only (W x D x H): 19.05 x 10.8 x 4.5 cm / (7.5 x 4.25 x 1.75 inches)
Weight: 0.61 kg / 1.35 lbs

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Mac System Requirements
• 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
• 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
• macOS version 10.11 or later
• Available USB port
• A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Windows System Requirements
• 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
• 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
• Windows 7, 8 or 10
• Available USB port
• A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Class-Compliant Support: USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation on Mac or iOS (no driver required)

Included Software:
• MOTU Performer Lite
• Ableton Live 10 Lite
• 6GB of loops and sounds from Big Fish Audio, LucidSamples, Loopmasters and MOTU

Excellent overall performance1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreScarborough, Ontario
The only problem I have with (my) unit is that the midi input doesn't always work. There are no settings for the unit and it is supposed to be ready to go once the drivers are installed. I'm not sure if this midi issue is unique or if it is a common problem for all of these units. The problem is present for both a PC and Mac computer. A separate midi interface works fine.
Posted by Dieter Billinger on Oct 14, 2021
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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
Sounds awesome with my Mackie HR824MK2's. Really good sound quality. The headphone amp gets so loud it can distort some of my headphones at high volumes. Lots of power.
Posted by Jeremy C. on Dec 21, 2020
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Excellent, high quality interface23 of 23 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreLangley, British Columbia
I mostly run guitar through this, into Ableton. I am able to get extremely low latency, 6.2 ms RTL, which is just perfect for real time guitar looping. The preamps sound excellent, and are super clean, with no noise. A very pleasant surprise is how good the headphone out sounds - it rivals some of my standalone dac/amps - very impressive. Also, the thing is build like a tank, all knobs are gnarled, and have no jiggle, and the casing is solid metal. The screen is very responsive, and extremely useful. Drivers seem perfect so far. This is a huge win. I came from a Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 1st gen...the Motu is far better in every way.
Posted by Tyler Lemery on Jun 11, 2020
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