Issue 93


Ableton Live 12
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No Compromise!? No Way! MOTU Might Have Cracked The Budget Interface Code

These two new entry level interfaces from MOTU sport LCD metering, high-end conversion and beefy headphone amplification. See if MOTU's press release below convinces you of their future supremacy...


12 November 2019

MOTU is now shipping the M2 and M4, two new USB bus-powered audio interfaces for Mac, Windows and iOS offering best-in-class audio quality, best-in-class speed (ultra-low latency) and best-in-class metering with a full-colour LCD. With two and four channels of audio I/O, respectively, the M2 and M4 include individual 48V phantom power on both mic inputs, mono and stereo hardware (direct) monitoring, MIDI I/O and “loopback” driver channels for live-streaming and podcasting. 

“The M2 and M4 deliver unmatched audio performance at an entry-level price point,” said Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing at MOTU. “With simple plug-and-play operation and a complete package of bundled software, instruments and sounds, users can get started making music right away.”

Best-in-class performance

Equipped with the same ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC Technology found in audio interfaces costing thousands, the M2 and M4 deliver an astonishing 120 dB Dynamic Range on their outputs. ESS converters also drive the headphone output, which rivals dedicated headphone amplifiers costing hundreds. Thanks to MOTU’s expertly engineered USB drivers, the M2 and M4 deliver class-leading, ultra-low 2.5 ms Round Trip Latency (with a 32 sample buffer at 96 kHz). The M2 and M4 are the only audio interfaces in their class with a full-colour, high-resolution LCD featuring clear, detailed level meters for all inputs and outputs.

M2 and M4 feature highlights

  • 2-in / 2-out and 4-in / 4-out USB audio interfaces 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-colour LCD
  • 2x mic/line/hi-Z guitar inputs on combo XLR/TRS
  • Individual preamp gain and 48V phantom power for each input
  • 2x balanced 1/4-inch line inputs (M4 only)
  • Hardware (direct) monitoring for each input
  • Monitor mix knob to balance live inputs and computer playback (M4 only)
  • Measured -129 dB EIN on mic inputs
  • Balanced, DC-coupled 1/4-inch TRS outputs (2x for M2; 4x for M4)
  • Measured 120 dB dynamic range on the 1/4-inch balanced TRS outputs
  • RCA (unbalanced) analog outs that mirror 1/4-inch outs (2x for M2; 4x for M4)
  • 1x headphone out (driven by ESS converters) with independent volume control
  • MIDI in/out
  • 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 cable included)
  • Rugged metal construction
  • Workstation software included (MOTU Performer Lite 10 and Ableton Live Lite 10)
  • 100+ instruments (in Performer Lite)
  • Over 6 GB of included free loops, samples and one-shots from industry leading libraries
  • Kensington security slot
  • Built in the USA
  • Two-year warranty

The M2 ($169.95 USD) and M4 ($219.95 USD) are now shipping.


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Issue 93


Ableton Live 12
What’s in. What’s out. What to expect.