Podcast, Mix, and More with the New MOTU USB Type-C Audio Interfaces

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For podcasting, music recording, and mixing with class-leading quality and ultra-low latency at a wallet-friendly price, check out the 2-channel M2 and the 4-channel M4, MOTU’s new portable, high-resolution, USB Type-C audio/MIDI interfaces. With virtual loopback channels for live-streaming or recording remote podcast guests, a full-color LCD for metering all I/O channels, and a top-of-the-line ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC, the M2 and M4 make your Mac/Windows computer or iOS mobile device a powerful personal studio. Whether you perfect your productions at home or work out new ideas on the go, these compact USB-powered interfaces give you the power to turn inspiration into reality.

MOTU M2 USB-C Audio Interface for Recording, Mixing, and Podcasting
MOTU M2 USB-C Audio Interface for Recording, Mixing, and Podcasting

These rugged, metal, USA-made interfaces have much in common and that’s a good thing! Not only are they USB audio interfaces, but they can function as stand-alone preamps/mixers (when used with a separately available USB power adapter) for open-mic nights, coffee shop shows, and even presentations.

MOTU M4
MOTU M4

When it comes to audio performance, they boast an ultra-low noise of -129 dB at the mic inputs, an impressive 120 dB of dynamic range, and support for sample rates between 44.1 and 192 kHz. Round-trip latency is a mere 2.5 ms at 96 kHz with a buffer of 32 samples, so you won’t be bothered by distracting delay or echo when you record.

MOTU M2

On the front panel, you’ll find two XLR-1/4" combo inputs with independently selectable phantom power, so they can accommodate microphones, line-level signals, or instruments such as guitar and bass. A 1/4" stereo headphone output—driven by the same ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC used in many high-end interfaces—with its own level control is next to the large monitor volume knob and the striking color LCD meter array. The rear panel presents a power switch, a Kensington security slot, and 5-pin MIDI in/out ports for easy hookup of a MIDI controller and an outboard synth module.

MOTU M4 USB Type-C Audio Interface for Recording, Mixing, and Podcasting
MOTU M4 USB Type-C Audio Interface for Recording, Mixing, and Podcasting

How the M2 and M4 differ is made obvious by the audio jacks on their rear panels. The M2 has two balanced 1/4" monitor outputs and a pair of RCA outputs that mirror them. The M4 sports those connections plus two balanced 1/4" line outputs and a pair of mirrored RCA line outs. Aficionados of hardware synthesizers and collectors of Eurorack modules should take note that the 1/4" output jacks are DC-coupled to allow a CV-compatible DAW such as Ableton Live to send control voltage to an outboard analog synth/sequencer.

Rear view of the M2 and M4
Rear view of the M2 and M4

The M4’s additional pair of 1/4" line inputs should be attractive to synth lovers and beat makers looking to record an extra keyboard or drum machine. One other difference between the interfaces is smack in the middle of the M4’s face; a monitor mix section that lets you control the balance between live inputs (1-2 or 3-4) and playback from your host device. Such a feature is especially helpful when overdubbing a new performance to an existing track.

MOTU M4

To sweeten the deal, each M2 and M4 interface comes with a potent software bundle containing two DAWs (Ableton Live Lite and MOTU Performer Lite), more than 100 virtual instruments, and 6GB of loops and samples from MOTU, Big Fish Audio, LucidSamples, and Loopmasters—plenty of content to keep your creations fresh for a long time.

Brimming with excitement? Filled with newfound questions? Chat with a specialist at the B&H SuperStore or visit our website to learn more and order yours!

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