MOTU Audio Express - Firewire/USB Audio Interface
Product #16041 | SKU 8456
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MOTU Audio Express - Firewire/USB Audio Interface

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Digital audio interface that connects to any current Mac
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  • SKU: 8456
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The Audio Express from MOTU is a compact, yet fully featured digital audio interface that connects to any current Mac or PC via FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0. The interface is compatible with virtually all DAWs on the market today, but can also function as a standalone mixer, both in the studio and for live events.

The unit provides a lot of connectivity for a compact unit. Connect a microphone, guitar, keyboard, and digital input, and the interface is ready to make pro-quality recordings. Quickly balance the levels of the analog and digital inputs, right from the front panel. Each instrument has its own volume control. Route inputs directly to any output pair, each with its own unique mix - main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones.

Because immediate volume adjustments are always within reach, the Audio Express serves as the perfect compact, portable live mixer, with or without a computer. Even without a computer, the interface provides complete control over all four mix busses with direct access to volume, mute and solo for each input. So for a live event, one mix can be sent to the main PA while another mix is sent to the personal monitors.

On-screen mixing with the included CueMix FX application provides comprehensive graphic control over a mix and other settings in the Audio Express. The application can be operated side by side with any host audio software for Mac or Windows, and it can be controlled from the Mackie Control Universal Pro automated work surface.

Key Features

  • 6-input, 6-output audio interface for Mac and Windows
  • 6 x 8 physical input/output channels - all channels are available simultaneously and operate independently
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity - connect to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered FireWire or high-speed USB2
  • 8-bus digital mixer routes and mixes all six inputs to any output pair Four separate mixes - each output pair (main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones) can have a completely different mix of all six inputs, with or without computer tracks
  • Two microphone/guitar combo jacks provide hi-Z 1/4" guitar input or XLR microphone input with phantom power, 20dB pad, Precision Digital Trim, and plenty of gain
  • Stereo analog inputs on line-level, balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks - great for keyboards or other line level-input signals
  • Stereo main outs on balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks -connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination)
  • Stereo 24-bit/96kHz S/PDIF digital in/out
  • Stereo headphone output on quarter-inch jack with independent volume control
  • Support for standard sample rates up to 96 kHz
  • Precision Digital Trim - digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1.0dB increments - fine-tune the balance of your inputs and then save/recall trim configurations
  • Front-panel mixing and control with each input having its own dedicated volume knob
  • Control multiple mixes with clear feedback from front panel LEDs and metering
  • 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 Audio Express to your gig, with or without a computer - just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go - need to tweak the mix? Just turn the front-panel knobs
  • Front panel volume control of main outs and headphone jack
  • Add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow
  • Timecode 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), a DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source that produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the Audio Express is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE Timecode
  • Sample-accurate MIDI (with supporting software) - connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed
  • Foot switch input - connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free punch-in and punch-out while recording, or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software
  • 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
  • Includes native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI
  • Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing and sample-accurate sync
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation
  • No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer
  • Power supply included for stand-alone operation


Sample Rates
Up to 96kHz
Analog Input
2 x 1/4" TS/XLR combo Microphone/Instrument
2 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
Analog Output
4 x 1/4" TRS phone
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Digital Input
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Digital Output
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Other Connectors
2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
1 x FireWire
1 x USB2
1 x 1/4" TS phone Footswitch
Yes, with individual volume control
Phantom Power
+48V individually switchable for either preamp
Main/Line Output: 2 x 5 dual ladder LEDs
Mic/Inst Input: 2 x 10 dual ladder LEDs
Power Requirements
FireWire or USB powered
9-18VDC "+" or "-" tip, 5W power supply ( included)
System Requirements
PowerPC G4 1GHz or faster (including PowerPC G5 and all Intel processor Macs)
OS X 10.5 or 10.6 (10.5.8 or later required)
1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended)
FireWire or USB2 port
Large hard drive (preferably at least 100GB)
Pentium IV (or equivalent) 1GHz or faster
Windows Vista SP2 or later, 32- or 64-bit, Windows 7 32- or 64-bit
1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended)
FireWire or USB2 port
Large hard drive (preferably at least 100GB)
Dimensions (WxDxH)
9.5 x 7 x 1.75" (241 x 178 x 45mm)


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  • Product: MOTU Audio Express - Firewire/USB Audio Interface
  • Manufacturer: Motu
  • Model: AE8456
  • SKU: 8456
  • RM Product #: 16041