MOTU 624 Audio Interface

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MOTU 624 Audio Interface
16x16 TB/USB3 I/O with 2 mic in, 4x6 analog, optical, DSP & networking

16 x 16 Thunderbolt™ / USB3 Audio interface with renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC technology. Equipped with renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC technology, the 624 has the same award-winning analog audio quality and proven performance as MOTU's flagship 1248 interface — packed into a mobile half-rack enclosure. 32 simultaneous audio channels. Studio-grade I/O for on-the-go recording. You get 2 mic inputs, 2 guitar inputs, 4 x 6 balanced analog with dedicated main outs, 8-channel ADAT optical and independent headphone out for 16 inputs and 16 outputs. The optical ports also support stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF). Superb analog audio quality and high-end converters. Performance suitable for the most demanding situations. Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC technology delivers 123 dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU's flagship 1248. Ultra-low latency and proven, high-performance MOTU drivers. The best possible latency performance. The 624 delivers round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt™ — and an astonishing 1.9 ms over USB — with high-performance DAW hosts. 

Mobile operation and universal connectivity. Ultimate portability and flexibility. Connects to your computer with Thunderbolt™, super-speed USB 3.0 or AVB/TSN Ethernet — with support for up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out). USB audio class-compliant firmware and high-performance, industry-standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connects to your iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (adapter). Thunderbolt Technology. Blazing speed with any Thunderbolt host. AVB/TSN. Multi-channel audio over Ethernet.

DSP mixing and effects processing. Console-style mixing with 48 channels and 12 busses. The 624's full-fledged 48-input digital mixer delivers 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression. If you know your way around a large-format mixing console, you'll feel right at home. If you've ever wished to mix on a large console, the driver's seat is now yours.

Modeled vintage effects processing. Vintage processing with 32-bit float precision. Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs. The 624's mixing and effects DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.

Flexible matrix routing and splitting. Route your audio anywhere with one-click ease. Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the audio network. Web app control from any device. Control everything from your laptop, tablet and smartphone The software that you use to control the 624 doesn't reside on your hard drive. It's a web app served from the hardware itself. This means you can control the 624's on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from 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 operation with wireless control. No computer or laptop needed Connect an Apple&reg Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing and DSP effects.

System expansion. Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control. Add a 2nd MOTU AVB-equipped interface with a simple CAT-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB/TSN Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB/TSN 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.

Comprehensive metering. View all I/O activity at a glance — in full color. The full-color 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. Powerful audio workstation technology for Mac and Windows Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

Technical Specifications

Sample rates

44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Mic inputs

2 x XLR mic inputs 
Preamp gain: 0 to +63 dB (digitally controlled)

Analog inputs

2 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar inputs (front panel) 
4 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced) 
Max level: +24 dBu (range -96 to +22)

Analog outputs

6 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled 5v) 
Max level: +20 dBu (range -4 to +20) 
1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone

Digital I/O

1 bank (8 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates 
1 bank (4 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates 
Switchable to stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF)

Total I/O

16 inputs / 16 outputs (32 total) at 1x sample rates
12 inputs / 12 outputs (24 total) at 2x sample rates
8 inputs / 8 outputs (16 total) at 4x sample rates

Computer I/O

 

1 x Thunderbolt 1 (Mac and Win) 
    Thunderbolt 2 & 3 compatible 
1 x USB 3.0 (Mac and Win) 
    USB 2.0 and iOS compatible (class compliant) 
1 x AVB/TSN Ethernet (Mac only) 
    Requires OS X 10.11 or later

 

Computer I/O channels

Thunderbolt (44.1 to 96 kHz): 128 in/out 
Thunderbolt (176.4 to 192 kHz): 64 in/out 
USB 3.0 (44.1 to 96 kHz): 128 in/out 
USB 3.0 (176.4 to 192 kHz): 64 in/out 
AVB/TSN Ethernet: 16 to 128 in/out 
      depends on host computer speed

Headphone

1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)

Phantom power

2 x individual +48V

Front panel

1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output 
2 x TRS hi-Z guitar input 
1 x digital rotary encoder • main/phone volume 
2 x digital rotary encoders • guitar gain 
2 x digital rotary encoders • mic preamp gain 
4 x switches • (2) Pad and (2) 48V Phantom 
160 x 128 pixel RGB LCD for level meters / menu nav 
Power switch

Power

External 12-18V DC power supply 
1.0A max • tip pos or neg

Dimensions / Weight

(width x depth x height, enclosure only) 
8.6 x 7 x 1.75 inches 
22 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm 
2.2 lbs / 1.0 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 Thunderbolt, USB or AVB/TSN Ethernet port*
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • *AVB/TSN Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X 10.11 or later

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 Thunderbolt or USB 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 interface by wire or Wi-Fi.

Included Software

  • 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

Compatible Mac Software

The 624 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 624 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)

624 Feature Summary

Superb analog audio quality and high-end converters - Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC technology delivers 123 dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU's flagship 1248.
Ultra-low latency and proven, high-performance MOTU drivers - Round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt™ with high-performance DAW hosts.
Mobile operation and universal connectivity - Connects to your computer with Thunderbolt™, super-speed USB 3.0 or AVB/TSN Ethernet for up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out). Class-compliant firmware and Industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connects to iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).
32 simultaneous audio channels - 2 mic inputs, 2 guitar inputs, 4 x 6 balanced analog with dedicated main outs, 8-channel ADAT optical and independent phone out for 16 inputs and 16 outputs.
DSP mixing and effects processing - Flexible 48-input digital mixer with 7 stereo aux busses, 3 group sends, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression.
32-bit floating point processing - The 624's mixing and effects DSP 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.
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 audio network.
Stand-alone operation with wireless control - Connect an Apple® Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing and DSP effects.
Web app control from any device - Control everything from your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet and smartphone connected to your local Wi-Fi network.
System expansion - Add a 2nd MOTU AVB-equipped interface with a simple CAT-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB/TSN Switch (sold separately).
AVB/TSN audio networking - Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB/TSN 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.
Optical I/O -  Connect outboard digital processors, digital mixers or other gear. 8 channels of ADAT at 44.1/48 kHz, 4 channels of SMUX at 88.2/96 kHz or stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) up to 96 kHz.
Comprehensive metering - The full-color 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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