The Monitor 8 offers the ultimate monitoring system for both the stage and studio, offering one of the most versatile pieces of kit to be had. The Monitor 8 combines a comprehensive monitor mixer, headphone amp and audio interface in one powerful rackmount case, and features some of the latest technology innovations to transform your audio setup.
With Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 connections built in with the possibility to work across Windows and Mac this interface is already compatible enough with most systems, this one though adds in something new. AVB networking is featured in this interface allowing you to connect a large amount of interfaces together over ethernet connections. You can immediately connect another AVB compatible device to the 8M though if you need more than two devices you can connect them up to an AVB switch (or up to 7 switches). There are lots of benefits of AVB the main ones being that it turns your normally proprietary system into a completely modular open standard system allowing you to mix and match how you need it and the ability to extend the range and connectivity of your devices as you see fit.
That is not where the Monitor 8 stops innovating though. The entire range of AVB networked thunderbolt interfaces can be controlled via a web app on nearly any platform including tablets and smart phones. This is great for those who want to work away from the interfaces or have them split up across the building and connected via AVB. It also allows you to control the mix from anywhere you can be connected to the same network as the interfaces and the AVB switch. To get these features to work all you need to do is connect a WI-FI router into the AVB Switch and it allows you to connect to all the devices on the same network.
Three products in one
24 x 16 x 8 monitor mixer, 6-channel headphone amp and USB/AVB audio interface.
Exceptional audio quality
Employs the same industry-recognized analog design as MOTU's groundbreaking 1248, 8M and 16A audio interfaces. The balanced, DC-coupled analog outputs produce measured performance of 123 dB dynamic range (A-weighted) and -110 dB THD+N (0.0003%) at -1 dBFS, Unweighted, 1 kHz.
24 inputs and 8 stereo bus outputs
Mix 24 physical inputs, multi-channel computer audio, and 64 AVB audio network channels to eight stereo bus outputs (Main, Aux, and monitor groups A thru F). Inputs include 8 channels of balanced (TRS) analog and 16 channels (2 banks) of ADAT optical.
Six monitor groups with flexible outputs
Each group provides multiple mirrored outputs, including 2x 1/4-inch phones (front and rear panel), summed 1/4-inch mono out for stage monitors, and, for groups A-D, balanced stereo 1/4-inch outs, which can be fed to in-ear monitoring systems or other stereo destinations.
Connects to a computer with standard AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS). Discovery app and web app software works alongside any host audio software.
On-board DSP with mixing and effects
Flexible 48-input digital mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression.
32-bit floating point processing
DSP-driven mixing and effects engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.
Modeled vintage effects processing
Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs.
System expansion and audio networking
Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M, 16A, 24Ai or 24Ao) with a simple Cat-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.
Flexible matrix routing and splitting
Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the AVB network.
Stand-alone mixing with wireless control
Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to Monitor 8 with a standard Ethernet cable and control the 8M's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smartphone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live show monitor mixing.
Web app control
Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from web app software running in your favorite browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.
Two banks of ADAT digital input
Connect digital mixers, optical expanders or other gear. 16 channels at 44.1/48 kHz or 8 channels at 88.2/96 kHz.
The large backlit 324 x 24 LCD lets you view all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analog and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu.
Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.