MOTU M4

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4-Channel USB C Audio Interface

  • 24-Bit/192 kHz AD/DA converter
  • 2 Microphone preamps with individually switchable +48 V phantom power on each
  • 2 Line inputs: 6.3 mm XLR/Jack combo (switchable to Hi-Z instrument input)
  • 2 Balanced line inputs: 6.3 mm Jack
  • 4 Balanced line outputs: 6.3 mm Jack
  • 4 Unbalanced outputs: RCA
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm Jack
  • MIDI input/output
  • Loopback feature
  • LCD level meter
  • Includes MOTU Performer Lite, Ableton Live Lite, and 6 GB of loops and samples
available since November 2019
Item number 478036
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Recording / Playback Channels 4x4
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 4
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 4
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply No
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 210 mm
Depth in mm 108 mm
Height in mm 45 mm
Connection Format USB port Type C
Included in delivery USB cable
Zero latency monitoring 1
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Excellent sound

MOTU is known for its high-quality interfaces and converters in the mid-to-high price range. With its M series, however, the US manufacturer is venturing into the competitive interface price range of around 200 euros. The MOTU M4 is the four-channel variant of the M series USB interface and is designed to be extremely handy and light. The high-resolution display, which shows the input and output levels in detail, immediately catches the eye. Even so, the main focus of the MOTU M4 is not on fancy features or complex software, but solely on delivering excellent sound at an affordable price.

No frills - no fuss

On the front, the MOTU M4 is equipped with two microphone inputs, which are designed as XLR/jack combo sockets so that both line-level and instrument signals can also be processed. The preamps deliver a maximum gain of up to 60 dB. Of course, both channels can supply a microphone with 48 V phantom power and the channels can be individually switched to direct monitoring. Four dual outputs are provided on the back, so that each channel has a TRS line out and an RCA. Finally, there is also a MIDI interface - the MOTU M4 does not require any frills at all.

Lightning fast

The heart of the MOTU M4 are its ESS Sabre32 Ultra converters, the same ones found in much more expensive interfaces such as the Apogee Symphony. They offer a dynamic range and an extremely low level background of noise that has never before been available in this price range. And last but not least, MOTU has outdone itself with the USB driver: The driver enables a round trip latency of less than 2 ms, which is incredible for a USB interface. You almost don't have to resort to direct monitoring anymore. The MOTU M4 is primarily aimed at musicians and producers who want an uncompromising sound without having to shell out a fortune.

About MOTU

The US manufacturer of digital audio hardware from Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded in 1981 and since then has continued to generate attention for its sophisticated and innovative concepts. The company’s range includes USB, Thunderbolt, and network audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, video hardware, and the popular MOTU Digital Performer DAW software. MOTU also developed “Mouse Stampede”, one of the first arcade games for the Apple Macintosh, in 1984. In short, MOTU represents good-quality, reliable products with a great deal of creativity and wit, which usually come at a very fair price.

Everything you need

The MOTU M4 is a truly versatile interface. Due to its low latency and excellent sound, it is extremely well-suited for vocal recordings at home or on the go. But the M4 is also a reliable partner in live situations, for playing backing tracks and software instruments, or looping an instrument live through a DAW. In addition, it is a real eye-catcher with its large, bright display - a solid, fast interface with everything you need. There is not much more to say, except that the performance is extremely good and the price is fair.

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Great clarity and sound for this price
Svarog 27.05.2020
I'm using this in my home studio setup, connecting two pairs of monitors, headphones and some mics and guitar.
The build quality is great, metal chasis and pots, beautiful LCD display with meters, and rubber bottom pads so it doesn't slip around.

The headphone amp drives my 250 ohm DT990 without a problem. I keep it at about 60-65% while mixing and at about 50% for mastered material and it is loud enough for me, with a lot more gain if you need it.
Sound is crystal clear, which is expected as it has professional converters.
The only thing that bugs me is that there is no volume control for output 3/4, at least no practical and fast way to do it. So switching to my secondary monitors to check the sound is a bit of a hassle.

Pros:
Sturdy build, clean converters, great LCD, two pairs of outputs, good headphone amp.

Cons:
No volume control for output 3/4
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1 year later, Still Amazing
Purplespaceman 07.08.2022
The m4 is definitely worth its price.
Build quality is really good, Encoders feel smooth, buttons clicky and responsive.
The connections aren't wiggly and usb c is perfect.
The outputs are solid too especially have 1/4" jacks for both 1&2 and 3&4 outputs.
Inputs are crisp and low latency, good enough for me to play guitar.
The screens are helpful and the headphone jack drives my headphones very well.
The asio is simple to use as well as the loopback feature.
To use this for music production/podcasts is a no brainer this fits the bill across the board.
My only issue is that loopback, line in (3&4) monitoring, volume knob and headphones all only work through 1&2 output channels. If you use your computer for a multitude of tasks, I imagine gaming or DJing would be under it- I like to route my game audio through my speakers and have voice chat through my headphones and would furthermore like to use my headphone output for cueing when Djing. However you can't have the headphones use 3&4 output channels. I have instead been using 3&4 outputs as my main audio from my computer. This basically means I can't use the volume knob which becomes another unneeded issue to make sure all my software is turned down as, again, I can't control the incoming volume on the m4. It would be good is motu allows users to pick which outputs channels are for monitoring and headphones.
All in all this device is still one of the audio interfaces out there at the moment in its price range and would recommend to anyone.
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Windows issues / unusable
Renderman 27.07.2022
Search on youtube and internet something like "windows drivers problem MOTU". Sound popping, crackling, distorting on playback no matter of buffer size, settings, USB Windows settings in device manager (power options, disabling drivers and kepp ASIO only etc)...

Tried on multiple computers. And this is well known problem. Be aware if you planning to use it on Windows, MOTU drivers are junk.... And you can tell that it is computer or Windows problems - connected another USB to the same computer, same port, same settings - no any issues. No any issues whatever with integrated sound card. With MOTU it's like back to stone age...

Very disappointed, bought because of overhelmed positive reviews (assume most on Mac users). And even if some people do not have problems on their PC on Windows, it is not appropriated that device is working 50/50, like you are gambling...
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Unbelievable Value
neuroaktivo 10.11.2021
Great sound, great headphone preamp, great metering, great construction, theres not a thing to complain. Watch Julian Krause's youtube review to get all the info.

I would pay a bit more for adat in/out, but the value as it is right now is OVER 9000.

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