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Monitor 8

Category: Product ID: 11578

MONITOR 8

 

Monitor 8 is three products in one: monitor mixer, headphone amp and audio interface. With exceptional analog audio quality, Monitor 8 can serve as your primary audio interface or as the ultimate monitor mixer, on stage and in the studio.

 

Made for mixing

24 inputs and 8 stereo output groups

 

Monitor 8 can mx 24 inputs, multi-channel computer audio, and dozens of AVB audio network channels to eight stereo output groups: Main, Aux, and Monitor Groups A through F.

 

Made for mixing

24 inputs and 8 stereo output groups

 

Input sources include 8 channels of high-quality balanced (TRS) analog, 16 channels (2 banks) of ADAT optical, 64 channels of audio streamed from other devices on a connected AVB audio network (if present), and host software audio channels coming from the computer over USB or AVB Ethernet.

 

Made for monitoring

Six monitor groups with multiple outputs

 

Connect the Main Outs and Aux Outs to your primary and secondary studio speakers or PA pairs. Six additional, independent monitor groups each provide multiple mirrored outputs, including two headphone outs (front and rear panel), summed quarter-inch mono out for stage monitors, and, with groups A-D, balanced stereo quarter-inch outs, which can be fed to in-ear monitoring systems or other stereo destinations. Each monitor mix can go to two pairs of headphones, a wireless in-ear module, and a stage wedge- simultaneously.

 

Made for monitoring

Six monitor groups with multiple outputs

 

For example, you could connect 12 headphones, 6 stage monitors, 4 stereo in-ear modules and 2 sets of monitors or PA speakers. And that’s just the outputs!

 

Inputs could include keyboard synths and other local line inputs, 16 channels of optical input from an external digital mixer, dozens of disk tracks from your computer, and up to 64 channels of audio from additional MOTU interfaces on the AVB network.

 

Super audio quality

Pure sound, without compromise

 

Monitor 8 employs latest-generation ESS Sabre32 UltraTM converters, known for their industry-leading performance, together with expertly engineered analog circuits that reflect more than three decades of pro audio engineering expertise. The result? Monitor 8 achieves actual, measured performance of 123 dB dynamic range(A- weighted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz) on its balanced TRS analog outputs.

 

Dynamic Range THD+N
Line Out 123 dB -110 dB
Line In 110 dB -104 dB

 

Audio class compliant USB 2.0 

Broad compatibility with future-proof connectivity

 

Hi-speed USB 2.0 provides across-the-board compatibility with pretty much all laptops and desktops. Monitor 8 is USB audio class compliant, which means you enjoy OS-level USB compatibility and support, including iPad support (with a camera connection kit). Since USB 2.0 devices are compatible with USB 3.0-equipped hosts, your Monitor 8 interface is a future-proof investment in your studio.

 

48-channel digital mixing

Control up to 12 separate stereo mixes

 

Monitor 8 is equipped with a 48-channel digital mixer designed just like a large format mixing console. The 48 inputs can take signal from anywhere: the physical inputs on Monitor 8 interface itself, audio channels from host software on your computer, audio network streams, or even mixer outputs. The mixer provides 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, a reverb bus that can alternately serve as a 4th group, a Main mix bus and a separate Monitor bus that can serve as a solo bus. In essence: comprehensive and transparent mixing.

 

Modeled analog EQ and compression

Vintage processing with 32-bit floating point precision

British analog mixing consoles are renowned for their musical EQ profiles. Monitor 8 meticulously models these classic EQs to give you the very same, magical EQ response found on these coveted desks. Each input channel also provides a classic compressor module with optional peak/RMS operation. Groups and the Main Mix bus are equipped with MOTU’s Leveler™, an accurate model of the legendary Teletronix™ LA-2A™ optical leveling amplifier, known for its unique and highly sought-after Automatic Gain Control (AGC) characteristics.

 

Matrix routing and splitting 

Put the ultimate patch-bay at your fingers

 

With one click on the Monitor 8’s routing grid, you can route any source signal to any destination. Sources can be analog or digital inputs on the interface, computer channels, mixer bus outputs, or audio network streams from other devices on the network. Destinations include interface outputs, host software inputs, mixer inputs, or any other device (or computer) on the AVB network. You can even split any single input (or stereo pair) to unlimited multiple output destinations.

 

System expansion and audio networking 

Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control

 

The Monitor 8 network port delivers AVB Ethernet, the new industry standard developed by the IEEE for professional audio networking. Add a second MOTU AVB interface (24Ai, 24Ao, 1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Cat-5e or CAT-6 ethernet cable.

 

 System expansion and audio networking 

Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control

 

Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).

 

System expansion and audio networking 

Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control

 

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 (hundreds of meters). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.

 

It’s an AVB Ethernet audio interface

A new era of audio interface connectivity is here


Looking for an alternative to USB for computer audio I/O? If you have a recent Mac running OS X Yosemite(10.10) or later, you have another option: AVB Ethernet. Connect Monitor 8’s Network port to the Ethernet port on your Mac with a standard CAT5e network cable (100 meter point to point), and you can use Monitor 8 as a standard multi-channel audio interface with any Core Audio compatible host software.

 

Web app control

Control everything from your laptop, tablet and smartphone

 

The software that you use to control the Monitor 8 doesn’t reside on your hard drive. It’s a web app served from the hardware itself. This means you can control the Monitor 8  on-board DSP, mixing, devices settings and network audio routing from the web app software running in your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network. Use any web client on any platform- Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android- as long as it shares the same network.

 

Stand-alone mixing with wireless control

Control everything from your iPAD or iPhone

 

Connect an Apple Airport or other Wi-Fi router directly to the Monitor 8 with a standard Ethernet cable and control the Monitor 8 powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smartphone or tablet, without a computer.

Great for live sound mixing!

 

Comprehensive metering 

View all I/O activity at a glance

 

The large backlit 324×24 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.

 

Quick Setup presets

Completely transform your MOTU interface with one click

 

Monitor 8 is so flexible, it can serve many roles- in the studio, on stage, and throughout an installation. The Quick Setup menu lets you instantly reconfigure the Monitor 8 for many common situations, from operation as a standard audio interface to serving as a network “Snake” from one location to another. Once a preset is chosen, you can easily customize the routing grid and mixer settings to further suit your specific needs-and then save your own custom presets. 

Technical Specifications

Sample rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Analog inputs 8 x 1/4″ TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
Max level: +24 dbU (digitally adjustable -96 to +22 dB)
Trim: -96 to +22 dB (digitally adjustable)
Analog outputs 10 x 1/4″ TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled)
6 x 1/4″ TS line out (summed mono)
2 x XLR line out (pin 2 hot)
Max level: +22 dBu
Trim: 127 to 0 dB (digitally adjustable)
12 x 1/4″ TRS stereo headphone
Digital Input 2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical input at 1x rates
1 bank (8 ch) of SMUX optical input at 2x rates
Stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) on Bank A (optional)
Total I/O connections 24 inputs and 30 outputs (54 total) at 1x rates
16 inputs and 30 outputs (46 total) at 2x rates
8 inputs and 30 outputs (38 total) at 4x rates
Total I/O channels 24 inputs and 16 outputs (40 total) at 1x sample rates
16 inputs and 16 outputs (32 total) at 2x sample rates
8 inputs and 16 outputs (24 total) at 4x sample rates
Computer I/O 1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant
USB 3.0 and iOS compatible
1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)
Computer I/O channels USB 2.0 (44.1 to 48 kHz): 64 in/out
USB 2.0 (88.2 to 96 kHz): 32 in/out
USB 2.0 (176.4 to 192 kHz): 24 in/out
AVB Ethernet: 16 to 128 in/out, depending on
host computer speed
Headphone 12 x 1/4″ TRS stereo phone (mirrored in 6 pairs)
Network I/O 1 x RJ45 AVB/TSN Ethernet (1 Gbps)
AVB streams
(8 channels per stream)
8 in / 8 out @ 44.1 or 48 kHz
8 in / 8out @ 88.2 or 96 kHz
8 in / 8 out @ 176.4 or 192 kHz
Front panel 6 x 1/4″ TRS headphone output
1 x digital rotary encoder • main out volume
1 x digital rotary encoder • aux out volume
6 x digital rotary encoders • phone volume
324 x 24 pixel LCD for level meters / menu nav
1 x AC power switch
Power International 100-240V autoswitching supply
50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
Dimensions
and weight
(width x depth x height, enclosure only)
19 x 7 x 1.75 inches
48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm
5.1 lbs / 2.31 kg
with rack brackets removed:
17.25 inches (43.8 cm) wide
5.0 lbs / 2.27 kg

Mac System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
  • Available high-speed USB 2.0 or AVB Ethernet port*
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • *AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite

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 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • Available Ethernet port for firmware updates
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Web App Support

  • Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
  • Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.
  • Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU AVB interface by wire or Wi-Fi.

Included Software

  • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 drivers
  • MOTU Discovery App for Mac & PC (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
  • MOTU Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
  • MOTU Pro Audio Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
  • MOTU Audio Tools (FFT, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, phase analyzer)
  • AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac & PC (separate download)

Operating Systems

  • For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
  • For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android

Analog I/O Specifications

Connector type Dynamic range
(A-weighted)
THD+N
(unweighted)
Max
level
Trim range
(in 1 dB steps)
Line output 1/4″ TRS, balanced, tip hot 123 dB -110 dB +20 dBu 128 dB (-127 to 0 dBu)
Line input 1/4″ TRS, bal/unbal, tip hot 110 dB -104 dB +24 dBu 118 dB (-96 to +22 dB)
Phones 1/4″, TRS stereo 108 dB -100 dB Max. 80 mw 128 dB

Compatible Mac software

Monitor 8 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

Monitor 8 ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 10 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and 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)

Monitor 8 Feature Summary

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.

Universal connectivity

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.

Comprehensive metering

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.

AudioDesk

Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

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