Scan code: LN42898 Manufacturer code: 4-PRE

MOTU - '4pre' 6 x 8 Audio Interface

MOTU - '4pre' FW400 / USB 2, 96 kHz, 24 Bit, 4 Mic Pre's , 4 / 6 Analogue I/O

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Scan code: LN42898 Manufacturer code: 4-PRE
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MOTU - '4pre'
6 x 8 Audio Interface

motu 4pre

An Ideal Studio & Stage Recording InterfaceThe MOTU 4pre is an affordable, compact audio interface with four mic inputs all in an impressively small half-rack form factor, along with a generous range of additional professional-grade audio connections. You can record and mix vocals, along with guitar for two musicians all at the same time. You can also mic a drum kit with overheads and close-ups or record lead and background vocals in a single take. With an interface this versatile and great-sounding, you'll be set for almost any recording scenario.

Amazing Features • Each output pair can have a completely different mix of all six inputs, with or without computer tracks
• 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs
• Connects to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2
• All channels are available simultaneously and operate independently
• Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF digital input and output

Versatile Combo-Style Inputs

Combo-Style Inputs

Connect guitars, keyboards & more!The four inputs on the front panel don’t just work for mics, they are combo jacks that work with a quarter-inch plug too. Inputs 1-2 take line-level signals, like an output from a synth or keyboard.

Whilst inputs 3-4 are "hi-Z" DI inputs with correct impedance for plugging in your electric guitar directly, without using an amp or cabinet, to process your guitar sound through amp and cab simulation plug-ins in your host software.

Studio Grade Sound

Studio Grade Sound

Reliable MixingThe 4pre has been engineered with MOTU’s award-winning audio interface technology, known for providing the pristine audio quality and reliable performance they’re known for.

MOTU interfaces are known worldwide for their consistency, so you can always record and mix with confidence, thanks to the decades of engineering experience on your side.

Powerful & Practical

Compact size

Compact sizeThe 4pre is an impressively small 8.5 by 7 by 1.75 inches, so it can easily fit into your backpack. It also sits nicely next to your laptop or desktop computer.

Mixing made simple

Mixing made simpleHands-on mixing for studio and stage Quickly balance the levels of mics, guitars, a keyboard, or other inputs right from the front panel.

Bus-powered FireWire

Bus-powered FireWireThe 4pre can draw power from its FireWire connection to the computer, so you can work remotely on laptop battery power with no power supply needed.

High-speed USB 2.0

High-speed USB 2.0The 4pre can record and play all channels at the same time, and high-speed USB 2.0 provides plenty of bandwidth and low latency, even at 96 kHz.

Solid Metal Chassis

Solid Metal Chassis

Built To LastAs with all MOTU interfaces, the 4pre's aluminum alloy enclosure is lightweight, whilst very sturdy and durable. Designed to withstand the heavy use of the studio, stage, and road.

In a world full of cheap plastic, the feeling of the 4pre's metal casing in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.

Rack Mounting Brackets

Rack Mounting Brackets

Mount The 4pre With Other GearThe 4pre can be added to another MOTU half-rack interface (MIDI or audio) and together they can be mounted in a standard 19-inch equipment rack, or you can mount them on rack rails with other MOTU gear for practical desktop operation.

Additional Depth of Quality


ExpansionAdd another MOTU audio interface for more inputs and outputs as your needs grow.

Instrument tuner

Instrument tunerTune your guitar or other instrument to within a hundredth of a cent with this easy-to-read meter.

SMPTE time code sync

SMPTE time code syncResolve your workstation software to time code, without the need for a dedicated synchronizer.

Analysis tools & oscilloscope

Analysis tools & oscilloscopeVisualize the harmonic content of your mix with dynamic animation and vivid color.

Included Software

CueMix Software AudioDesk

CueMix SoftwareThe included CueMix software for Mac OS X and Windows gives you graphic, on-screen control of the 4pre's on-board audio mixer, with up to four separate stereo mixes (a separate mix for each output pair). You can mix all the inputs to the main outs, but also mix them to the line outs with completely different levels than the main outs. Advanced features such as a tuner, oscilloscope, FFT/spectrogram, and phase analysis tools are also included.

AudioDeskThe 4pre features AudioDesk, the workstation software for Mac OS X, which provides complex recording, editing, mixing, processing, and mastering. AudioDesk delivers the power of modern digital audio workstation technology in an easy-to-use, inspiring multitrack recording experience. Together, AudioDesk and the 4pre transform your computer desktop into a complete, professional recording studio.

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
Converters 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
Analog In 4 x XLR/TRS combo
2 x 1/4" TRS (balanced/unbalanced)
2 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" balanced TRS main out
2 x 1/4" balanced TRS line out
2 x 1/4" TRS headphone
Digital Input 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Digital Output 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Computer I/O 1 x FireWire 400 (Type B)
1 x USB 2.0
Sync In/Out S/PDIF
SMPTE time code (LTC)
Headphone Output 2 x 1/4" TRS phone with independent volume control
Phantom Power Individual +48V
Front panel 2 x 10-segment ladder LEDs • main outs
4 x 5-segment LEDs • inputs
2 x signal present LEDs • S/PDIF I/O
2 x signal present LEDs • stereo line out
4 x LEDs • 48V phantom power
4 x LEDs • -20 dB pad
5 x LEDs • mix/trim (main, line, S/PDIF, phone, trim)
1 x LED • Vol/Pan
Power Requirements 9-18V DC, 5W, tip + or -
FireWire bus power
DC power adapter included, required for stand-alone and USB 2.0 operation
Phantom Power Individual +48V
Phantom Power Individual +48V
Phantom Power Individual +48V
Computer Interface Type
  • FW 400
  • USB 2
Connections (Input)
  • 1 x S/PDIF Coaxial
  • 4 x XLR / Jack Combo
Mic Preamps (Max) 4
Instrument Inputs (Max) 2
Phantom Power Yes
Sample Rate (Max) 96 kHz
Bit Resolution 24
iPad Compatible No
Connections (Output)
  • 4 x 6.35mm (1/4") TRS Jack
  • 2 x Headphone (TRS 6.35mm Jack)
  • 1 x S/PDIF Coaxial
Dimensions (mm) 241.3 × 44.5 × 177.8 WxHxD
DSP Processing No
Misc. Notes  
Additional Information
Scan Code LN42898
Model Number 4-PRE
GTIN 839128005815

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