Scan code: LN90787 Manufacturer code: 8PRE-ES

MOTU - '8pre-es' Thunderbolt Audio Interface

MOTU - '8pre-es' 24-In/28-Out Thunderbolt Audio Interface, ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC, DSP Mixing & Effects, Web App Control

Scan code: LN90787 Manufacturer code: 8PRE-ES
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MOTU - '8pre-es'
Thunderbolt Audio Interface

motu 8pre-es

Upgraded Award-Winning InterfaceThe MOTU 8pre-es is an enhanced version of its previous model, featuring ESS Sabre32 DAC and two full-colour displays. Up to 123dB of dynamic range provides you with incredible audio playback, resulting in powerful, reliable performance when recording. The round-trip latency as low as 1.6ms at 96kHz so you can monitor in real-time.

The 8pre-es I/O is composed of 52 simultaneous audio channels with eight pristine sounding mic preamps, a vast range of digital options, and AVB networking. It can be used as a standalone mixer and you can also make use of the wireless control from your tablet, smartphone, and laptop. The powerful DSP-driven offers you 48-channel mixing, along with a selection of studio-quality digital effects, making the MOTU 8pre-es a great addition to any studio.

Amazing Features • Specialized drivers have a round-trip latency as low as 1.6ms at 96kHz via Thunderbolt and 1.9ms via USB
• 8 great-sounding microphone preamps with dedicated sends, switchable pads, and phantom power
• 16 channels of ADAT optical digital I/O expand your system with additional gear
• 24-in/28-out hybrid audio interface for studio and live sound

Universal Connectivity

USB & Thunderbolt for Mac, PC & iOSConnect to your Mac or PC using Thunderbolt™ or Hi-speed USB 2.0, with up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out) over Thunderbolt. Stream multiple audio channels to and from your Mac using AVB/TSN Ethernet via a standard, CAT-5e cable up to 100 meters long. Class-compliant firmware and industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connect to your iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).


USB 2.0
USB 2 audio class compliant USB 3 compatible


Thunderbolt TechnologyThunderbolt 1, 2 and 3 compatible


System expansion and audio networking


Using a USB camera adapter

Web App Control

Web App Control

Wireless CapabilitiesThe software used to control the 8pre-es doesn't rely on a hard drive. It's a web app served from the hardware itself. Meaning you can control the 8pre-es on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing.

You can do this all from a web browser of your choice on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network. Available with any web client on any platform, Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, it just needs to share the same network.

Mix On Your Touchscreen

Touch Console

Touch ConsolePurposely designed for touchscreen use, Touch Console™ offers a completely new mixing experience. Access Touch Console from your tablet or smartphone to easily control the powerful 48-channel mixer and effects in the 8pre-es.

Featuring bigger targets for your fingers, multi-touch operation and an easy to use design, you can tap, swipe and pinch away to find your ideal mix.

Versatility At Its Finest

Control room features

Control room featuresTake control of your recording sessions using the built-in talkback mic and front-panel talk button. Connect two sets of speakers to check up on your mixes instantly with front-panel A/B speaker select buttons.

vintage effects processing

vintage effects processingClassic reverb, compression influenced by the legendary LA-2A compressor, EQ modeled after British analog console EQs, the 8pre-es DSP engine delivers all this with almost limitless headroom with pristine sound quality.

Flexible routing & splitting

Flexible routing & splittingSend any input to any output, or multiple outputs, including routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the audio network.

DSP mixing & effects

DSP mixing & effectsA fully equipped 48-input digital mixer delivers 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression.

Built To Last

motu 8pre-es

Solid Metal ChassisAs with all MOTU interfaces, the 8pre-es'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 8pre-es's metal casing in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
Computer Connectivity USB, Thunderbolt 2, AVB
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 24 x 28
A/D Resolution Up to 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX DSP Effects, Modeling
Number of Preamps 8
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line/Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 8 x 1/4"
Digital Inputs 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT)
Digital Outputs 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT)
Headphones 2 x 1/4"
USB 1 x Type B 2.0
Thunderbolt 1 x Thunderbolt 2
Data I/O 1 x Ethernet (AVB)
Other I/Os Built-in Talkback Mic
Clock I/O In, Out/Thru
Rack Spaces 1U
Power Supply Standard IEC AC connector
Computer Interface Type
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB 2.0 Type-C
Connections (Input)
  • 8 x 6.35mm (1/4") TRS - Insert
  • 2 x ADAT Optical
  • 1 x S/PDIF Coaxial
  • 8 x XLR / Jack Combo
Mic Preamps (Max) 8
Instrument Inputs (Max) 8
Phantom Power No
Sample Rate (Max) 192 kHz
Bit Resolution 24
iPad Compatible No
Connections (Output)
  • 8 x 6.35mm (1/4") TRS - Insert
  • 2 x Headphone (TRS 6.35mm Jack)
Dimensions (mm)  
DSP Processing No
Misc. Notes  
Additional Information
Scan Code LN90787
Model Number 8PRE-ES
GTIN 839128006102

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MOTU - '8pre-es' Thunderbolt Audio Interface
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