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MOTU introduces M6 audio interface with four mic inputs and studio quality sound


MOTU has shipped the M6, a new USB-C bus-powered audio interface for Mac, Windows and iOS.

The M6 offers best-in-class audio quality, best-in-class speed (ultra-low latency) and best-in-class metering with a full-color LCD.

With more I/O than the M2 and M4, the 6-input/4-output M6 features four mic/line/hi-Z guitar inputs with individual preamp gain and 48V phantom power, two additional 1/4-inch analog inputs, one-touch hardware (direct) monitoring of all inputs (in mono or stereo), four 1/4-inch balanced analog outputs, two headphone outputs with independent volume, MIDI I/O, and "loopback" driver channels for live-streaming and podcasting.

The M6 also features an A/B monitor switch, unique to its class, to compare mix output on two sets of studio monitors. Driven by ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC Technology, both headphone outputs mirror the signal on Monitor Outs 1-2 and feature independent volume control. The second headphone output includes a 3-4 switch that allows it to independently monitor Line Outs 3-4, which can provide a completely separate mix from the computer.

With bus-powered operation for USB-C computer hosts, the M6 includes a multi-blade international DC power adapter that allows the M6 to provide stand-alone monitoring, without a computer. The power adapter also provides power when the M6 is connected to a USB-A computer host.

Similar to the M2 and M4, the M6 delivers unmatched audio performance and features in a four mic input interface at this price.

Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing at MOTU.

Equipped with the same ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC Technology, the M6 delivers 120 dB Dynamic Range on its balanced, DC-coupled outputs. Thanks to MOTU's M Series USB drivers, the M6 delivers ultra-low 2.5 ms Round Trip Latency (with a 32 sample buffer at 96 kHz). The M6 has a full-color, high-resolution LCD featuring clear, detailed level meters for all inputs and outputs.

M6 feature highlights:

  • 6-in / 4-out USB audio interface with studio-quality sound.
  • Best-in-class audio quality driven by ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC Technology.
  • Best-in-class speed (ultra-low latency) for host software processing.
  • Best-in-class metering for all inputs/outputs with a full-color LCD.
  • 4 x mic/line/hi-Z guitar inputs on combo XLR/TRS.
  • Individual preamp gain and 48V phantom power for each mic input.
  • 2 x balanced 1/4-inch line inputs.
  • Hardware (direct) monitoring for all inputs (in mono or stereo).
  • Monitor mix knob to balance live inputs and computer playback.
  • A/B switch to compare mix output on two sets of studio monitors.
  • Measured -129 dB EIN on mic inputs.
  • 4 x balanced, DC-coupled 1/4-inch TRS outputs.
  • Measured 120 dB dynamic range on the 1/4-inch balanced TRS outputs.
  • 2 x headphone outs (driven by ESS converters) with independent volume control.
  • 1 x 3-4 switch for optional headphone monitoring of Line Out 3-4.
  • MIDI in/out (16 channels to/from USB host).
  • Support for 44.1 to 192 kHz sample rates.
  • USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation on Mac (no driver required).
  • Windows driver with 2.5 ms Round Trip Latency (32 sample buffer at 96 kHz).
  • Mac driver (optional, for 2.5 ms RTL@32/96 kHz and loopback feature).
  • iOS compatible (USB audio class compliant).
  • Driver loopback for capturing host output, live streaming and podcasting.
  • Bus-powered USB-C (compatible with USB Type A) with power switch (USB cables included).
  • Multi-blade international DC power adapter for stand-alone operation without a computer.
  • Rugged metal construction (extruded case, faceplates and knobs).
  • Workstation software included (MOTU Performer Lite and Ableton Live Lite 11).
  • 100+ instruments (in Performer Lite).
  • Over 6 GB of included free loops, samples and one-shots from industry leading libraries.
  • Kensington security slot.
  • Two-year warranty.

Price: $399.95 USD.



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