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MOTU 4pre

Equipped with four mic inputs and hands-on mixing, the 4pre is the ideal live-recording interface for both studio and stage.

If you've been searching for an affordable, compact audio interface with four mic inputs, your search is over. The 4pre packs four mic inputs into an impressively small half-rack form factor, along with a healthy complement of additional professional-grade audio connections. Just think of the possibilities. You can record and mix vocals plus guitar for two musicians simultaneously. Or mic a drum kit with overheads and close-ups. Or record lead and background vocals in one take. With an interface this flexible, capable, and great-sounding, you'll be ready for any situation your music throws at you.

The 4pre is an impressively small 8.5 by 7 by 1.75 inches, which means that it slides easily into your backpack. It also sits nicely next to your laptop or desktop computer.

The four inputs are not just for mics: they are combo jacks that also accept a quarter-inch plug. Inputs 1-2 take line-level signals, such as the output from a synth or keyboard. Inputs 3-4 are "hi-Z" DI inputs with proper impedance for plugging in your electric guitar directly, without an amp or cabinet, to process your guitar sound through amp and cab simulation plug-ins in your host software.

Quickly balance the levels of mics, guitars, a keyboard, or other inputs right from the front panel. Each input has its own volume control. Route inputs directly to any output pair, each with its own unique mix: main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones.

The 4pre has been engineered with MOTU's renowned, award-winning audio interface technology, which delivers the pristine audio quality and rock-solid performance that MOTU interfaces are known for worldwide. You can always record and mix with confidence, knowing that decades of engineering experience are behind you, every step of the way.

The 4pre aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and tour bus. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the cool touch of the 4pre's metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction built to last.

Sample Rates:
44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz

Analog In:
4 x XLR/TRS combo
2 x 1/4" TRS (balanced/unbalanced)
2 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar

Analog Outputs:
2 x 1/4" balanced TRS main out
2 x 1/4" balanced TRS line out
2 x 1/4" TRS headphone

Digital Input:
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF

Digital Output:
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF

Computer I/O:
1 x FireWire 400 (Type B)
1 x USB 2.0

Sync In/Out:
SMPTE time code (LTC)

Headphone Output:
2 x 1/4" TRS phone with independent volume control

Phantom Power:
Individual +48V

Front panel:
2 x 10-segment ladder LEDs
  • main outs
  • 4 x 5-segment LEDs
  • inputs
  • 2 x signal present LEDs
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • 2 x signal present LEDs
  • stereo line out
  • 4 x LEDs
  • 48V phantom power
  • 4 x LEDs
  • -20 dB pad
  • 5 x LEDs
  • mix/trim (main, line, S/PDIF, phone, trim)
  • 1 x LED
  • Vol/Pan

  • Power Requirements:
    9-18V DC, 5W, tip + or -
    FireWire bus power
    DC power adapter included, required for stand-alone and USB 2.0 operation
    Free shipping in Canada. Conditions
    Additional information
    For more information about the 4pre, please visit the website of MOTU
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