MOTU 4 Pre Hybrid

USB / Firewire Audio Interface

  • 6x8 With four microphone preamplifiers
  • 24-bit / 96 kHz
  • Inputs: 4x XLR / Jack Combo (Line / Mic)
  • 2x Jack 6.3 mm
  • 2x Hi-Z instrument
  • Outputs: 4 x 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • 2x Headphone output with separate control
  • S / PDIF input and output coaxial
  • Firewire 400 + USB 2.0 connector
  • SMPTE Syn In / Out
  • 48V Phantom power
  • -20 dB pad
  • Incl. Power supply
  • For Win Vista / 7 / MAC OSX 10.5 or higher

Further information

Number of microphone inputs 4
Number of instrument inputs 2
Phantom power Yes
Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply Yes

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Buggy

AdamM, 14.05.2013
I run this product with Logic on the Mac and I've noticed that the software can be a bit temperamental upon booting it up as it appears to depend on which software you launch and in what order i.e. I'd recommend launching Logic then launching the hardware which should auto-launch the drivers then finally launching the pre-amp software package but find an order which suits.

Notwithstanding, once up and running a great product.
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For Windows 7 owners not recommended

FSbk, 24.07.2017
So with all the trouble I had with this interface, I must say in advance, however, that the sound and the processing of the device are definitely top! The dimensions are also quite practical to justify a mobile use. Both USB and Firewire - you can not complain ...

But you can complain about something else:
The driver support for Windows 7 is fucking shitty. The driver is somehow. If I then control the device in my DAW via ASIO and set to eg 88khz then the sound is top and the latency in order. I leave the DAW again and my Windows 7 produces some system sound, crashes the whole system, because the WDM driver does not come with sample rates over 48khz.

According to the support, this would be a problem from Microsoft or Windows 7 and not from them - but I say that the competition (SPL, Roland, M-Audio, ...) that gets on the line, stable WDM To program drivers (which drive the device with a fixed sample rate) !!

Furthermore, after activating the "Energy Saver" mode in Windows, the sound card is usually gone when "waking up" the system. Sloppy you can probably not program drivers for Windows. In my 20-year career as a musician I already had different sound cards and audio interfaces from M-Audio, Echo, Cakewalk / Roland, SPL and some other manufacturers. MOTU, however, has by far the worst driver knit here.

I could have gotten a MOTU T-shirt if my review had been dishonest. The whole thing, however, was associated with so much annoyance that I like to do without it.

All Mac users can ignore this review (I heard the MOTU and Mac should fit very well). Users with Windows 10 may not have these problems - but I can only advise anyone else to buy this audio interface.
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