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Everything you need to make world-class recordings.
The MicroBook II is a compact, yet powerful feature loaded preamp that provides simultaneous inputs for a microphone, a guitar, and a keyboard or other stereo line level device. The mic preamp delivers neutral coloration and pristine sound, with 20dB pad and 48V phantom power for condenser mics. Programmable outputs provide flexible monitoring options.
Take it with you anywhere
The MicroBook II is an impressively small 5.5 by 3.6 by 1.25 inches, which means that it slides easily into your backpack — or a large pocket. It also sits nicely next to your laptop or desktop computer.
Engineered for the discriminating ear
The MicroBook II has been engineered with MOTU’s renowned, award-winning audio interface technology, which delivers the uncompromising audio quality and rock-solid performance MOTU interfaces are known for worldwide. You can always record and mix with confidence, even in most demanding professional recording situations, knowing that decades of engineering experience are behind you, every step of the way. The MicroBook II delivers measured audio specs that rival interfaces costing hundreds more.
High-powered features and flexible controls
The MicroBook II can record and play all channels simultaneously, and high-speed USB 2.0 provides plenty of bandwidth, even at 96 kHz. The two digital rotary encoders not only look good, they feel good, too. Push the volume knob repeatedly to cycle among the main outs, headphones, or both, as indicated by the LEDs. For the mic input, adjust trim and toggle 48V phantom power or the -20 dB pad. Hands-on control is immediate and intuitive.
Mixing and effects
The MicroBook is an 8-bus digital mixer that lets you mix live inputs with each other — with or without host software tracks. With CueMix FX running on your computer, you can create separate mixes of live audio from your mic, guitar, and keyboard, and send each mix to separate outputs (main out, line out, and phones out) or any combination of all three.
MOTU interfaces are built to last
The MicroBook 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 MicroBook II's metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction built to last.
The engineering behind the MicroBook II runs deep, to give your audio recordings the depth of quality they deserve
The MicroBook II includes AudioDesk, the workstation software for Mac OS X, which provides advanced recording, editing, mixing, processing, and mastering. AudioDesk delivers the power of modern digital audio workstation technology in an easy-to-use, inspiring multitrack recording experience. Together, AudioDesk and the MicroBook II transform your computer desktop into a complete, professional recording studio.
The included CueMix FX software for Mac OS X and Windows gives you graphic, on-screen control of the MicroBook II's on-board audio mixer, with up to four separate stereo mixes (a separate mix for each output pair). For example, you can mix all the inputs to the main outs, but also mix them to the line outs with completely different levels than the main outs. Advanced features include a tuner, oscilloscope, FFT/spectrogram, and phase analysis tools.
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Comments about MOTU MicroBook II Audio Interface:
The Microbook is hands down awesome! I have used MOTU products before, and everything from them has been great so far, and this is no exception.
I originally intended to use this for home recording, but have found other uses as well. I was looking for an interface that was portable, with a good mic preamp, and high quality. This fits all of those. I also really like that it is entirely powered from USB (one less wire/cable to hook up).
I am currently using the Microbook in conjunction with my Mackie Onyx 1620i for live signal processing. Using these together, I get 4 more usable firewire outputs, which enables a much more detailed monitor mix, and saved me from buying another mixer.
Comments about MOTU MicroBook II Audio Interface:
I have an 828mkIII and got this because I love the 828 so much. Let me tell you why MOTU's stuff kills everyone else's. First of all, the thing no one tells you about them, is that all of the outputs are discrete. There is no mirroring of the mains out the headphone output (unless you want to). That means you can do things like pipe a mix with louder vocals and a click track to your stereo headphone out, while you send a normal stereo mix out to the PA, and yet another stereo mix to somewhere else. That's why they cost more. Would you like to put compression on your voice as it's recorded? Maybe a little reverb? How about some EQ? Done. You want to do all of that same stuff to your headphone mix, but leave you main mix alone? Yep, you can do that too. Does it work on macs and pcs equally well? Yes it does. They had Windows 8 drivers the day Windows 8 came out. The drivers are totally integrated with MacOS. It works so well you forget that apple didn't write the software. The inputs have limiters on them in case you feed them a little bit of a hot signal. This is really useful live. I can't say enough good things about these things. Go buy one.
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