A High-quality Audio Interface That Won’t Break the Bank
Looking for a high-quality audio interface that won’t break the bank? The MOTU M4 fits that description to a T. This 4-in/4-out USB-C audio interface includes ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology for top-shelf sound, along with optimized drivers that yield impressive low-latency performance. Two great-sounding mic preamps include individual gain adjustment and phantom power, while 1-touch hardware monitoring ensures smooth tracking. You’ll also benefit from convenient front-panel metering, by way of the M4’s full-color LCD screen. Podcasters will appreciate the built-in loopback functionality, which includes a mix knob for balancing your live input with your computer’s playback. Bus-powered for the ultimate in portability, the MOTU M4 packs a lot of performance into a compact, high-powered audio interface.
Best-in-class D/A, low latency, and ample I/O
Sweetwater and MOTU have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, due to MOTU’s products offering our customers superb sound and solid performance. The M4 follows suit, packing top-notch sound, impressively low latency, and ample I/O into a single-rack enclosure. Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology delivers 120dB of dynamic range, ensuring that the M4’s analog audio quality can hang with the most impressive gear on the market. Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 24-bit/96kHz with a 32 sample buffer. The M4 includes all of the essential connections, including two mic preamps, four DC-coupled analog outputs, and an ESS-driven stereo headphone output. MIDI I/O is also included.
Loopback functionality makes live internet streaming easy
If you do live streaming or podcasting, you’ll appreciate the MOTU M4’s loopback functionality. Loopback blends your mic or other input signals with the output from your computer, then sends the blended signal back to your computer. This enables you to record your computer’s output, along with the inputted material. The M4 also includes a mix knob for balancing your live input with your computer’s playback.
Hardware monitoring offers zero-latency operation
Latency can really take the mojo out of a performance — it’s a jarring sensation. That’s why the M4 includes 1-touch hardware monitoring. This feature enables all of the interface’s analog inputs to be routed directly to its analog outputs, resulting in zero-latency operation. This means that there is no delay between what you play and/or sing and what you hear in your headphones. The M4’s inputs can also be recorded simultaneously, allowing you to monitor with zero latency while tracking — a must for achieving a natural-sounding performance.
|Computer Connectivity||USB 2.0|
|Simultaneous I/O||4 x 4|
|Number of Preamps||2|
|A/D Resolution||Up to 24-bit/192kHz|
|Analog Inputs||2 x XLR-1/4″ TRS (mic/line/Hi-Z), 2 x 1/4″ (line)|
|Analog Outputs||2 x 1/4″ TRS (DC coupled, monitor), 2 x 1/4″ TRS (DC coupled, line), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (monitor), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (line)|
|Headphones||1 x 1/4″|
|USB||1 x USB-C|
|Software||MOTU Performer Lite, Ableton Live 10 Lite, Bundled Loops/Sounds|
|OS Requirements||Mac:OS X 10.11 or later|
|OS Requirements||PC:Windows 7 SP1 or later|
|Power Supply||USB bus powered|
|Manufacturer Part Number||3140|