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MOTU MicroBook II Audio Interface  

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Overview

  • 4-Input, 6-output bus-powered "plug-and-play" high-speed USB 2.0 audio interface
  • 6 x 8 Physical inputs and outputs
  • 8-Bus digital mixer to route and mix live inputs with computer tracks
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $269.00
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    - $20.00
  • Your Price:
    $24900

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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.

Advanced extras
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.

Features

  • 4-Input, 6-output bus-powered "plug-and-play" high-speed USB 2.0 audio interface
  • 6 x 8 Physical inputs and outputs
  • 8-Bus digital mixer to route and mix live inputs with computer tracks
  • Pre-amp equipped mic input with Precision Digital Trim 48V phantom power, and 20 dB pad
  • Hi-Z guitar input with -20 dB pad Precision Digital Trim
  • Stereo line level analog input (balanced TRS quarter-inch or stereo mini)
  • Stereo balanced TRS quarter-inch line level main outs
  • Stereo eighth-inch "mini" line level out
  • S/PDIF digital out (duplicates main out)
  • Headphones output on quarter-inch stereo jack with independent volume control
  • Digitally controlled analog trim for all analog inputs
  • Digital trim for all outputs
  • Output volume digital rotary encoder. Push to cycle among three modes: main out, phones, or both
  • Mic input digital rotary encoder for adjusting trim level, 48V and pad
  • Dedicated 3- or 4-segment LED meters for all inputs and outputs
  • Support for recording and playback at 2x sample rates (88.2 and 96 kHz)
  • CueMix FX no-latency mixing and monitoring with EQ and dynamics processing
  • 7-Band parametric EQ and compression
  • Instrument tuner
  • Test tone and white/pink noise generator
  • Advanced audio analysis software tools
  • 100% Compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio program
  • Industry standard Mac and Windows audio
  • Compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs

Order this studio-grade personal recording interface today.

 

MicroBook II Audio Interface Specifications:

  • Converters: 24-bit
  • Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
  • Analog In:
  • 1 x XLR mic input with preamp
  • 1 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar
  • 2 x 1/4" TRS phone (balanced/unbalanced)
  • 1 x 1/8" stereo "mini" (unbalanced)
  • Analog Outputs:
  • 2 x 1/4" balanced TRS main out
  • 1 x 1/8" stereo "mini" line out (unbalanced)
  • 2 x 1/4" TRS headphone
  • Digital Output: 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
  • Computer I/O : 1 x USB 2.0 "High-speed"
  • Sync Out: S/PDIF
  • Headphone Output: 1 x 1/4" TRS phone with volume control
  • Phantom Power: +48V
  • Top panel:
  • 2 x 3-segment ladder LEDs • main outs
  • 1 x 4-segment LEDs • mic in
  • 1 x 4-segment LEDs • guitar in
  • 1 x 3-segment LEDs • line in
  • 2 x 3-segment LEDs • main out
  • 1 x 3-segment LEDs • line out
  • 1 x LED • 48V phantom power
  • 1 x LED • -20 dB pad
  • 2 x LEDs • main/phone vol
  • 1 x digital rotary encoder • mic trim
  • 1 x digital rotary encoder • main/phone volume
  • Power Requirements: USB bus power
  • Mac System Requirements:
  • PowerPC G4 CPU 1 GHz or faster (including any Mac with a PowerPC G5 or any Intel processor)
  • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7; v10.5.8 or later required
  • Available high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)
  • Windows System Requirements:
  • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster equipped with at least one USB2 or FireWire port
  • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
  • Windows 7 or Vista, 32- or 64-bit; Vista SP 2 or later required
  • Available high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)
  • Included software
  • CueMix FX
  • AudioDesk (Mac only, optical CD drive required)
  • Operating Systems
  • Mac OS X version 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7 (v10.5.8 or later is required)
  • Windows 7 or Vista (SP2 or later is required)
  • 64-Bit operation
  • Available for Mac OS X v10.6 or 10.7
  • Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or Vista
  • Requires a 64-bit CPU (and host application for plug-in versions
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MOTUMicroBook II Audio Interface
 
4.7

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Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Durable (3)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (3)

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    4.0

    Great device, but you should know THIS..

    By Saural

    from Carmel, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • A Couple Of Weaknesses

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about MOTU MicroBook II Audio Interface:

    A great little piece, but you should know a couple of things.

    First, USB is not the best interface for audio anyway, and this device will stop working from time to time if USB voltages drop at all in your computer. My new Haswell build does lose audio from time to time presumably because the USB config on my Asus X87 MB is not beefy enough. The fix is to add a dedicated USB card with it's own power supply, which is rather a hassle I think.

    Second, some DAWs, like Ableton Live, require you to set the Cue Out and Master Out to channels 7/8 in order to monitor through headphones and speakers using the Microbook. It took me a while to figure that out! In Live, ensure that you check the in/out parameter in the View menu in order to see the in/out options in the Master channel in order to set them.

    It sounds fine, and though the cue mix software can be a bit confusing, it works great. Without the above two issues, I'd give it 5 stars, except that it has the USB power issue, which seems a bit of an oversight to me.

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    5.0

    This Unit is Awesome!

    By DJ Dave

    from Boston

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Lots Of Ins And Outs
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    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.

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    5.0

    The Best Device in This Category

    By jason

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Small Reliable Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    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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