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MOTU Track16

Simple operation. Clean design. Studio-grade sound quality. Track16 exhibits these design principles through and through.

And don't let its compact size deceive you. There's plenty of I/O available for a well-equipped personal studio, ready for multi-player recording sessions. Track16's pristine mic preamps, balanced line-level audio connections, and renowned MOTU engineering deliver world-class audio quality.

Two mic inputs with individual preamps - Record two separate mics or a matched pair
Track16's mic inputs are equipped with pristine, transparent preamps and offer individually adjustable 48V phantom power and -20 dB pad. All settings can be adjusted directly using the MIC 1 and MIC 2 buttons, or from Track16's CueMix software running on your computer. Mic inputs can be operated individually or in stereo pairs, as needed.

Two guitar inputs - Hi-Z guitar inputs deliver true guitar sound
Without proper impedance levels, direct "DI" guitar input won't sound right when you run it through your guitar amp plug-ins and virtual stomp boxes. Track16's two guitar jacks provide high-impedance load characteristics suitable for passive and active pickups alike, to deliver proper guitar tone to your host software. For even more authentic feel and response when using virtual guitar amp and cabinet plug-ins, use a ZBox guitar impedance adapter.

Two pairs of line inputs - Connect a keyboard and your iPad
Track16 analog inputs are designed to be flexible, so that you can address a wide range of recording situations. The balanced quarter-inch line inputs provide proper level matching for keyboards, analog mixers, effects processors, or other gear with either -10 dB or +4 dB reference level input. The stereo eighth-inch "mini" input is great for an iPad or other consumer devices.

Main outs and line outs - Four analog outputs
Connect a pair of powered studio monitors to the main outs. The line outs can be used for a variety of purposes, such as driving a 2nd set of studio monitors or acting as a completely independent output pair (for a separate mix going to a mixing board or stage wedges, for example).

MIDI I/O - Connect your MIDI gear directly
Track16 provides MIDI input and output featuring sample-accurate timing with supporting software. Connect a MIDI keyboard, sound module or control surface, and you are ready to go. The FireWire or USB connection to the computer carries both MIDI and audio so you don't need to connect an additional USB cable for MIDI.

Flexible power - Run Track16 bus-powered or stand-alone
For mobile laptop operation, Track16 can run on bus power from its FireWire connection to the computer. For USB 2.0 or stand-alone operation (without a computer), simply connect the included power adapter to the power port on the breakout cable. Track16's custom-designed breakout cable provides ultimate shielding and protection. If you are using Track16's option breakout box, connect the power adapter to the breakout box, just like all the other breakout connections.

Two headphone jacks - Work with others, free from noise restrictions
Can't find your headphone adapter No problem. Both quarter-inch and eighth-inch jacks are provided. Or connect two pairs of phones simultaneously. A second phone jack can be a life-saver when you need to finish the mix with your colleague in close proximity to neighbors or loved ones you don't want to disturb. The phones can mirror the main outs, with independent volume control, or they can mirror any other Track16 output pair.

Digitally controlled analog trim - Analog quality with digital precision
Track16's preamps deliver clean sound, 53 dB of gain, and adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments using the front-panel trims or the on-screen CueMix software. The gain adjustment itself is smooth, and the digital control gives you both precision and the ability to save and recall trim settings. So you get the best of both worlds: analog trim with digital precision and control. Trim is adjusted at the input, before the mixer, so it applies to all mixes. Mix levels are controlled separately from trim, so you never sacrifice sound quality for a balanced mix. The optical digital inputs can be trimmed, too.

Balanced line inputs and main outs - Protect your sound from environmental noise
Track16 balanced I/O connections are well-protected against RF interference, AC hum, and other noise-producing environmental factors.

Digital input/output - Optical I/O in three standard formats
Digital transfers are an essential fact of daily studio life. Track16 supports all three industry standard optical formats: 8-channel ADAT (at 1x sample rates), 4-channel SMUX (at 2x sample rates),
and 2-channel TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) at standard sample rates up to 96 kHz.
Features
  • 16 x 14 audio interface for Mac and Windows - All channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity - Connects to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2.
  • One-touch operation - Simply tap the input or output you wish to control with the main knob.
  • Compact desktop form factor - Sits neatly next to your computer keyboard or laptop.
  • 8-bus digital mixer - Routes and mixes all eight inputs to any output pair.
  • Eight separate stereo mixes - Each output pair (main outs, line outs, phones, 4x optical, and a return bus) can have a completely different mix of all eight inputs, with or without computer tracks.
  • Two mic inputs - 2x pre-amped equipped mic inputs with individual 48V phantom power, -20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim, and plenty of gain.
  • Two guitar inputs - 2x hi-Z guitar inputs with -20 dB pad and Precision Digital Trim.
  • Stereo line inputs - On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect a keyboard, synth, drum machine or other analog source.
  • Stereo main outs - On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Stereo line outs - Separate line-level outputs for secondary studio monitors or other destination.
  • Two headphone outputs - Can't find your headphone adapter No problem. Both a quarter-inch and eighth-inch jack are provided. Or connect two pairs of phones simultaneously.
  • Support for HD audio - Supports standard sample rates up to 192 kHz.
  • Precision Digital Trim - Digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1/4 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of your inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • CueMix FX cross-platform mixing software - Attractive on-screen graphic mixing with an instrument tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram "waterfall" display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.
  • Stand-alone operation - Bring the Track16 to your gig, with or without a computer. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go.
  • Expandable - Add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Time code support - Directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) - DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the Track16 is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs - Can be used with Volta (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2 - Compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.
  • Native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista - Includes ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI drives. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • Fully compatible with 3rd-party software - 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs.
  • Includes audio workstation software - Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation - No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone or USB2 operation.
  • Compact form factor - Chassis dimensions: 5 (W) x 8.375 (L) x 1.125 (H) inches (12.7 x 21.27 x 2.86 cm). Knob height adds approximately 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from the top surface.
  • Included breakout cable - Included DB25 breakout cable with audio connectors is approximately 44 inches (111.76 cm) long.
  • Track16 breakout box (sold separately) - Connects to Track16 via a custom-designed DB25-to-DB25 cable (included with the breakout box) and provides all the same connectors as the Track16 cable.
  • Specifications
    Converters:
    24-bit

    Sample rates:
    44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

    Analog inputs:
    2 x XLR mic inputs
    2 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
    1 x 1/8" stereo "mini" line inputs (unbalanced)
    2 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar inputs

    Analog outputs:
    2 x 1/4" balanced TRS main out
    2 x 1/4" unbalanced TRS line out
    1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
    1 x 1/8" stereo headphone

    Digital I/O:
    8-channel ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
    4-channel SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
    2-channel TOSlink (optical S/PDIF) up to 96 kHz

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

    Sync in/out:
    SMPTE time code (LTC)

    Headphone output:
    1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone
    1 x 1/8" stereo phone

    Phantom power:
    Individual +48V

    Top panel:
    2 x 7-segment ladder LEDs
  • main outs
  • 2 x 7-segment LEDs
  • mic in or line 3-4 in
  • 2 x 7-segment LEDs
  • guitar in or phones
  • 2 x 7-segment LEDs
  • line in 1-2 or line out
  • 2 x LEDs
  • 48V phantom power
  • 2 x LEDs
  • -20 dB pad
  • 5 x backlit switches
  • input select
  • 3 x backlit switches
  • output select
  • 1 x backlit switch
  • meters toggle
  • 1 x backlit switch
  • power

  • Power requirements:
    9-18V DC, 5W, tip + or -

    FireWire bus power:
    DC power adapter included, required for stand-alone and USB 2.0 operation (except with FireWire bus power)
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    For more information about the Track16, please visit the website of MOTU
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