MOTU has released a free firmware update for the 1248, 16A, 8M and other latest-generation audio interfaces that support AVB/TSN Ethernet connection to a Mac running OS X El Capitan (10.11). The update lets you connect your MOTU hardware to a Mac using a standard CAT-5e or CAT-6 Ethernet cable up to 100m long and stream up to 64 audio channels to and from audio applications running on the Mac at sample rates up to 192 kHz. Any recent-generation Mac with a built-in Ethernet port running OS X 10.11 is supported.
“MOTU has a notable track record of industry firsts, and we are proud to be the first pro audio company to fully adopt and support this new audio connectivity standard for Mac,” said Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing at MOTU. “We are pleased to deliver AVB/TSN support for Mac, plus other significant new features, to existing MOTU audio interface users through a free, downloadable, easy-to-install firmware update.”
Thanks to Ethernet, you can position your MOTU interface much farther away from their Mac (e.g. across the room in a machine closet, or in an isolation booth down the hall, near microphones and musicians). It also frees up the USB and Thunderbolt ports on the Mac for displays and other devices.
Users can connect two or more MOTU audio interfaces to their Mac Using MOTU’s five-port MOTU AVB Switch, you can connect two or more MOTU interfaces to a Mac to build an expanded audio network. All devices on the network can transmit and receive full-bandwidth multi-channel PCM audio throughout the network with extremely low, fixed network latency, even across multiple switches.
Other new features introduced in MOTU’s free firmware upgrade include remote control of preamp settings across the network, a new graphic UI for the on-screen mixer’s multi-band EQ and compressor in the web app control software, SMPTE time code support, the ability to convert time code (LTC) to MIDI time code (MTC), password protection for interfaces on a network and more.