Easily adaptable to any studio situation because of its simplicity and flexibility, the 8pre-ES has an intuitive interface that a range of users can operate. Equipped with renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology and new dual full-color LCDs, the 8pre-es delivers everything you need to turn your computer into a powerful 24-bit/192 kHz digital audio workstation.
The 8pre-es connects to a Mac or PC with Thunderbolt, Hi-speed USB 2.0 or AVB/TSN Ethernet. Proven, reputable MOTU drivers work with all your favorite audio apps, delivering industry-leading, ultra-low round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96 kHz over Thunderbolt with high-performance DAW hosts. USB audio class-compliant firmware allows connection to your iPad or any iOS device (with a standard camera connection kit, sold separately).
The 8pre-es is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. As an interface or standalone mixer, the 8pre-es provides 24 separate inputs and 28 separate outputs, including eight XLR/TRS combo mic/line/guitar inputs, eight balanced (TRS) quarter-inch outs and two independent front-panel headphone outs.
Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and effects processors. Record, monitor, route and process all of these live inputs with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Extensive routing features let you patch ins to outs, or split inputs to multiple destinations. Powerful DSP delivers large console style mixing with 48 channels, 12 stereo busses, and 32-bit floating point effects processing. Add Classic Reverb with lengths up to 60 seconds. Further sculpt your sound with 4-band parametric EQ meticulously modeled after British analog console EQs. Apply conventional compression or the Leveler, an accurate model of the legendary LA-2A optical compressor that provides vintage, musical automatic gain control.
Take control of your recording sessions with built-in talkback mic and front-panel talk button. Connect two sets of speakers and check your mixes instantly with front-panel A/B speaker select buttons.
Analyze and scope your audio with advanced diagnostic tools, including a full-screen real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, full-featured oscilloscope, X-Y plot, and linear/polar phase graph.
After recording and mixing in the studio, take the 8pre-es on stage as a stand-alone mixer with effects. Control everything over Wi-Fi from your favorite web browser running on your laptop, tablet and smartphone.
Through AVB/TSN Ethernet, connect another MOTU interface for more I/O — or connect to an expanded MOTU network with multiple interfaces and computers.
From studio to stage, the 8pre-es delivers exceptional sound quality, state-of-the-art operation and rock-solid performance.