MicroBook IIc - Theme Music

MicroBook IIc

4×6 mobile I/O with 1 mic, 1 guitar,
2×2 analog, bus power, iOS

Category: Product ID: 12912

A complete solution

Everything you need to make world-class recordings

The MicroBook IIc provides simultaneous inputs for a microphone, a guitar, and a keyboard or other stereo line level device. The mic preamp delivers neutral coloration and pristine sound, with -20 dB pad and 48V phantom power for condenser mics. Programmable outputs provide flexible monitoring options.


Ultra-compact size

Take it with you anywhere

The MicroBook IIc is an impressively small 5.5 by 3.6 by 1.25 inches, which means that it slides easily into your backpack — or a large pocket. It also sits nicely next to your laptop or desktop computer.

Studio-grade sound

Engineered for the discriminating ear

The MicroBook IIc has been engineered with MOTU’s renowned, award-winning audio interface technology, which delivers the uncompromising audio quality and rock-solid performance MOTU interfaces are known for worldwide. You can always record and mix with confidence, even in the most demanding professional recording situations, knowing that decades of engineering experience are behind you, every step of the way. The MicroBook IIc delivers measured audio specs that rival interfaces costing hundreds more.

High-speed USB 2.0

High bandwidth and low latency

The MicroBook IIc can record and play all channels simultaneously, and high-speed USB 2.0 provides plenty of bandwidth, even at 96 kHz.

iPad® support

High-quality I/O for your iOS music apps

As the “c” in its name implies, the MicroBook IIc is USB audio class compliant. Use a standard Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (purchased separately) to connect the MicroBook IIc to your iPad. Then record and monitor high-quality audio with your favorite iOS apps. Power the MicroBook IIc with the included Micro-USB cable and AC wall adapter.

Flexible volume control

Digital encoders push and turn

The two digital rotary encoders not only look good, they feel good, too. Push the volume knob repeatedly to cycle among the main outs, headphones, or both, as indicated by the LEDs. For the mic input, adjust trim and toggle 48V phantom power or the -20 dB pad. Hands-on control is immediate and intuitive.


Professional I/O

Personal recording with no-compromise, professional I/O connections

XLR mic input
Go ahead: connect your $5,000 mic. This preamp is worthy of the best you’ve got.

Hi-Z guitar in
Proper impedance delivers totally authentic guitar tones that feel right as you play.

Line in
Add a keyboard or other line level input on balanced connectors for pristine sound.

Multiple independent outputs
Feed independent audio to each output pair: main out, line out, and phones.

Balanced line level connectors
Protect your mix from AC hum and RF noise with balanced connections.

Digitally controlled analog trim
You get the best of both worlds: analog sound quality with digital precision.

Mixing and effects

It’s an 8-bus digital mixer, too

The MicroBook IIc is an 8-bus digital mixer that lets you mix live inputs with each other — with or without host software tracks. With CueMix FX running on your computer, you can create separate mixes of live audio from your mic, guitar, and keyboard, and send each mix to separate outputs (main out, line out, and phones out) or any combination of all three.

Solid metal chassis
MOTU interfaces are built to last

The MicroBook IIc aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and tour bus. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the cool touch of the MicroBook IIc’s metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction built to last.


“This very portable USB interface is a singer/guitarist’s dream come true.”

— Recording Magazine

“The MicroBook II is an ideal choice for the mobile musician

in need of an affordable and simple but flexible I/O.

If you need to record stereo keys, guitar or bass, and vocals,

along with hearing your soft synths,

this unit will handle the job with ease.”

— Keyboard Magazine


Advanced extras

The engineering behind the MicroBook IIc runs deep, to give your audio recordings the depth of quality they deserve

Six simultaneous outputs
Output three stereo pairs simultaneously. They can match or be completely independent.

HD audio
Record your projects at 88.2 or 96 kHz for true HD audio resolution.

Instrument tuner
Tune your guitar or other instrument to within a hundredth of a cent with this easy-to-read meter.

Signal Generator
Generate sine waves and white or pink noise to calibrate and fine-tune your entire studio.

Analysis tools
Visualize the harmonic content of your mix with dynamic animation and vivid color.

Turn your computer into a sophisticated oscilloscope with digital precision.

CueMix FX

On-screen mixing and control app

The included CueMix FX software for Mac OS X and Windows gives you graphic, on-screen control of the MicroBook IIc’s on-board audio mixer, with up to four separate stereo mixes (a separate mix for each output pair). For example, you can mix all the inputs to the main outs, but also mix them to the line outs with completely different levels than the main outs. Advanced features include a tuner, oscilloscope, FFT/spectrogram, and phase analysis tools.

Learn more about CueMix FX »


Professional workstation software

The MicroBook IIc includes AudioDesk, the workstation software for Mac OS X and Windows (10, 8 and 7), which provides advanced recording, editing, mixing, processing, and mastering. AudioDesk delivers the power of modern digital audio workstation technology in an easy-to-use, inspiring multitrack recording experience. Together, AudioDesk and the MicroBook IIc transform your computer desktop into a complete, professional recording studio.

Learn more about AudioDesk »

Technicial Specifications

Converters 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
Analog In 1 x XLR mic input with preamp
1 x 1/4″ hi-Z guitar
2 x 1/4″ TRS phone (balanced/unbalanced)
1 x 1/8″ stereo “mini” (unbalanced)
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4″ balanced TRS main out
1 x 1/8″ stereo “mini” line out (unbalanced)
1 x 1/4″ TRS headphone
Digital Input – none –
Digital Output 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Computer I/O 1 x USB 2.0 “High-speed”
Sync Out S/PDIF
Headphone Output 1 x 1/4″ TRS phone with volume control
Phantom Power +48V
Power Supply 1 x Micro-B USB
Top panel 2 x 3-segment ladder LEDs • main outs
1 x 4-segment LEDs • mic in
1 x 4-segment LEDs • guitar in
1 x 3-segment LEDs • line in
1 x 3-segment LEDs • line out
1 x LED • 48V phantom power
1 x LED • -20 dB pad
2 x LEDs • main/phone vol
1 x digital rotary encoder • mic trim
1 x digital rotary encoder • main/phone volume
Power Specifications USB bus power (computer)
USB-to-AC power adapter (iPad)
(USB cable and AC wall adapter included)
Dimensions Length: 5 ½ in / 14 cm
Width: 3 ⅝ in / 9.2 cm
Height: 1 ¼ in / 3.2 cm

Mac System Requirements

  • Any Mac with an Intel processor
  • 4 GB RAM or more
  • Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or later
  • Available high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

Windows System Requirements

  • Pentium 4 CPU (or equivalent) 1 GHz or faster
  • 4 GB RAM or more
  • Windows 10, 8, or 7
  • Available high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

iOS Requirements

  • iOS 7 or later

Included software

Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X version 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6 (10.6.8 or later required)
  • Windows 10, 8, or 7

64-bit operation

  • Available for Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or later
  • Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 7 (or later)
  • Requires a 64-bit CPU (and host application for plug-in versions)


Compatible Mac software

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

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • 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 MicroBook IIc ships with standard Wave and ASIO drivers for Windows 10, 8, and 7 for compatibility with virtually all Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • 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)


Feature Highlights

  • 4-input, 6-output bus-powered “plug-and-play” high-speed USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac and Windows.
  • 6 x 8 physical inputs and outputs.
  • Support for Apple® iPad® and other iOS devices with camera connection kit (sold separately).
  • 8-bus digital mixer to route and mix live inputs with computer tracks.
  • Pre-amp equipped mic input with Precision Digital Trim™ 48V phantom power, and -20 dB pad.
  • Hi-Z guitar input with -20 dB pad Precision Digital Trim.
  • Stereo line level analog input (balanced TRS quarter-inch or stereo mini).
  • Stereo balanced TRS quarter-inch line level main outs.
  • Stereo eighth-inch “mini” line level out.
  • S/PDIF digital out (duplicates main out).
  • Headphones output on quarter-inch stereo jack with independent volume control.
  • Digitally controlled analog trim for all analog inputs.
  • Digital trim for all outputs.
  • Output volume digital rotary encoder. Push to cycle among three modes: main out, phones, or both.
  • Mic input digital rotary encoder for adjusting trim level, 48V and pad.
  • Dedicated 3- or 4-segment LED meters for all inputs and outputs.
  • Support for recording and playback at 2x sample rates (88.2 and 96 kHz)
  • CueMix™ FX no-latency mixing and monitoring with EQ and dynamics processing.
  • 7-band parametric EQ and compression.
  • Instrument tuner.
  • Test tone and white/pink noise generator.
  • Advanced audio analysis software tools, including FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, and phase torch.
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Industry standard Mac and Windows audio drivers (Core Audio, Wave, and ASIO) for across-the-board compatibility.
  • Compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.
  • Includes AudioDesk™ full-featured audio workstation software for Mac OS X and Windows.
  • USB cable included.
  • Micro-USB cable with AC power adapter included for iOS operation.

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