Scan code: LN56374 Manufacturer code: AUDIO-EXPRESS

MOTU - 'Audio Express' 6 x 6 Hybrid Firewire/USB2 interface

MOTU - 'Audio Express' FW 400 / USB 2, 96 kHz, 24 Bit, 2 Mic Pre's , 4 / 4 Analogue I/O

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Scan code: LN56374 Manufacturer code: AUDIO-EXPRESS
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6 x 6 Hybrid Firewire/USB2 Interface
MOTU - 'Audio Express'

motu audio express

The Perfect Compact Studio CenterpieceWith the MOTU Audio Express at the heart of your personal studio, you get everything you need from a compact audio interface. With 6-in/6-out, you get the right connectivity all from your desktop, an ideal solution for the singer/songwriters beginning their recording journey. You also get enough premium sound quality at 24-bit/96kHz to cater for the professional engineer that requires a portable recording solution.

The MOTU Audio Express also features both USB and FireWire connectivity, so it can work with any laptop or pc, making collaborative efforts even easier. Pack MOTU Audio Express in your bag, and transport it to a rehearsal space or home studio, and you’ll be good to go in minutes.

At A Glance • 6 x 8 physical input/output channels, all available simultaneously and operate independently
• Stereo headphone output on quarter-inch jack with independent volume control
• 8-bus digital mixer - routes and mixes all six inputs to any output pair
• Support for standard sample rates up to 96kHz
• Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF digital in/out

Industry Leading Technology

Multi-Channel Audio

Multi-Channel AudioFeaturing Hybrid interface technology, the Audio Express connects to any current Mac or PC via FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0. Connect your mic, guitar, keyboard, and digital input, and you're all set for professuinal recordings in your personal studio.

Hands-On Mixing

Hands-On MixingEasily balance the levels of your mic, guitar, keyboard, and a S/PDIF device, from the front panel. Each instrument has its own volume control, and you can route inputs directly to any output pair, each with its own unique mix: main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones.

Simple Design

Simple DesignThe Audio Express is designed to be easy to use, allowing you to focus on your music and performance. Simply connect your powered speakers, plug in your instruments, set their volumes using the front panel knobs and double-click to install the drivers, then you're good to go.

Studio-Quality Sound

Studio-Quality SoundAlso included is MOTU’s renowned, award-winning audio interface technology, giving your personal studio the pristine audio quality, advanced engineering, and consistent performance that MOTU interfaces are known for.

Hybrid Firewire & USB 2.0 Connectivity

firewire usb

Fully SupportedFireWire has been known as a reliable, high-performance connectivity standard for professional audio interfaces for a while. Whereas high-speed USB 2.0 has also developed into a widely adopted standard for connecting audio devices to personal computers.

The Audio Express hybrid audio interface features a FireWire jack (400 Mbit/sec) and a high-speed USB 2.0 jack (480 Mbit/sec), providing you with full support, maximum flexibility and compatibility when connecting to the modern world’s continuously expending Mac and Windows computers.

A More Enjoyable Process

Mic/Guitar Inputs

Mic/Guitar InputsThe Audio Express combo mic/guitar inputs feature pristine, transparent preamps with individually adjustable 48V phantom power and -20 dB pad. The quarter-inch guitar jack offers high-impedance load characteristics perfect for both passive and active pickups.


MIDI I/OThe Audio Express MIDI input and output featuring sample-accurate timing with supporting software. Connect a MIDI keyboard, sound module or control surface, and you're all set. The FireWire or USB connection to the computer carries both MIDI and audio so you don't need to connect an additional USB cable for MIDI.


ExpansionConnect Audio Express (or other MOTU audio interface) as your needs grow using a standard Firewire or USB 2.0 hub. The Audio Express provides driver-level support for resolving multiple interfaces with each other so that their audio streams never drift apart over time during recording or playback.

Digitally Controlled Analog Rim

Digitally Controlled Analog RimThe Audio Express's analog trim circuits provide a clean sound, combined with the precision of digital control. Trim is adjusted at the input, before the mixer, so it works on all mixes. Mix levels are controlled separately from trim, so you never have to compromise sound quality for a balanced mix.

SMPTE Console Software


SMPTE Time Code SyncMOTU SMPTE Console™ software (for Mac OS X and Windows) is included, which provides a complete set of tools to generate SMPTE for striping, regenerating or slaving other devices to the computer. Like CueMix, the synchronization features are cross-platform and work with all audio sequencer software that supports the ASIO2 sample-accurate sync protocol.

You can resolve the Audio Express directly to SMPTE time code, without a dedicated synchronizer, using any analog input. The Audio Express provides a DSP-driven phase-lock engine with sophisticated filtering that delivers rapid lockup times and sub-frame accuracy. This technology is an example of the latest in high-performance, yet cost-effective digital audio clocking. DDS also allows the Audio Express to maintain an extremely stable clock while resolved to incoming clock sources that have more jitter than the Audio Express itself.

Included Software

CueMix Software AudioDesk

CueMix SoftwareThe included CueMix software for Mac OS X and Windows gives you graphic, on-screen control of the Audio Express'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 Audio Express 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 Audio Express transform your computer desktop into a complete, professional recording studio.

Audio Express

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
Computer Connectivity FireWire/USB 2.0
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 6 x 6
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Effects Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR, 5 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 5 x 1/4"
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF
Rack Spaces 1U
Bus Powered Yes
Dimensions Height: 1.75"
Width: 7"
Depth: 9.5"
Computer Interface Type
  • FW 400
  • USB 2
Connections (Input)
  • 2 x 6.35mm (1/4") TRS Jack
  • 1 x MIDI
  • 1 x S/PDIF Coaxial
  • 2 x XLR / Jack Combo
Mic Preamps (Max) 2
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
  • 1 x Headphone (TRS 6.35mm Jack)
  • 1 x MIDI
  • 1 x S/PDIF Coaxial
Dimensions (mm) 241.3 × 44.5 × 177.8 WxHxD
DSP Processing No
Misc. Notes  
Additional Information
Scan Code LN56374
GTIN 00839128005402

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