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MOTU Microbook II Audio Interface
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Everything you need to make world-class recordings.

The MicroBook II is a compact, yet powerful feature loaded preamp that provides simultaneous inputs for a microphone, a guitar, and a keyboard or other stereo line level device. The mic preamp delivers neutral coloration and pristine sound, with 20dB pad and 48V phantom power for condenser mics. Programmable outputs provide flexible monitoring options.

Take it with you anywhere
The MicroBook II is an impressively small 5.5 by 3.6 by 1.25 inches, which means that it slides easily into your backpack — or a large pocket. It also sits nicely next to your laptop or desktop computer.

Engineered for the discriminating ear
The MicroBook II has been engineered with MOTU’s renowned, award-winning audio interface technology, which delivers the uncompromising audio quality and rock-solid performance MOTU interfaces are known for worldwide. You can always record and mix with confidence, even in most demanding professional recording situations, knowing that decades of engineering experience are behind you, every step of the way. The MicroBook II delivers measured audio specs that rival interfaces costing hundreds more.

High-powered features and flexible controls
The MicroBook II can record and play all channels simultaneously, and high-speed USB 2.0 provides plenty of bandwidth, even at 96 kHz. The two digital rotary encoders not only look good, they feel good, too. Push the volume knob repeatedly to cycle among the main outs, headphones, or both, as indicated by the LEDs. For the mic input, adjust trim and toggle 48V phantom power or the -20 dB pad. Hands-on control is immediate and intuitive.

Mixing and effects
The MicroBook is an 8-bus digital mixer that lets you mix live inputs with each other — with or without host software tracks. With CueMix FX running on your computer, you can create separate mixes of live audio from your mic, guitar, and keyboard, and send each mix to separate outputs (main out, line out, and phones out) or any combination of all three.

MOTU interfaces are built to last
The MicroBook aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and tour bus. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the cool touch of the MicroBook II's metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction built to last.

Advanced extras
The engineering behind the MicroBook II runs deep, to give your audio recordings the depth of quality they deserve

The MicroBook II includes AudioDesk, the workstation software for Mac OS X, which provides advanced 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 MicroBook II transform your computer desktop into a complete, professional recording studio.

The included CueMix FX software for Mac OS X and Windows gives you graphic, on-screen control of the MicroBook II's on-board audio mixer, with up to four separate stereo mixes (a separate mix for each output pair). For example, 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 include a tuner, oscilloscope, FFT/spectrogram, and phase analysis tools.

MOTU Microbook II Audio Interface Features:

  • 4-Input, 6-output bus-powered "plug-and-play" high-speed USB 2.0 audio interface
    6 x 8 Physical inputs and outputs
    8-Bus digital mixer to route and mix live inputs with computer tracks
    Pre-amp equipped mic input with Precision Digital Trim 48V phantom power, and 20 dB pad
    Hi-Z guitar input with -20 dB pad Precision Digital Trim
    Stereo line level analog input (balanced TRS quarter-inch or stereo mini)
    Stereo balanced TRS quarter-inch line level main outs
    Stereo eighth-inch "mini" line level out
    S/PDIF digital out (duplicates main out)
    Headphones output on quarter-inch stereo jack with independent volume control
    Digitally controlled analog trim for all analog inputs
    Digital trim for all outputs
    Output volume digital rotary encoder. Push to cycle among three modes: main out, phones, or both
    Mic input digital rotary encoder for adjusting trim level, 48V and pad
    Dedicated 3- or 4-segment LED meters for all inputs and outputs
    Support for recording and playback at 2x sample rates (88.2 and 96 kHz)
    CueMix FX no-latency mixing and monitoring with EQ and dynamics processing
    7-Band parametric EQ and compression
    Instrument tuner
    Test tone and white/pink noise generator
    Advanced audio analysis software tools
    100% Compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio program
    Industry standard Mac and Windows audio
    Compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs
    Includes AudioDesk full-featured audio workstation software for Mac OS X

MOTU Microbook II Audio Interface Specifications:

  • Converters: 24-bit
    Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
    Analog In:
    1 x XLR mic input with preamp
    1 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar
    2 x 1/4" TRS phone (balanced/unbalanced)
    1 x 1/8" stereo "mini" (unbalanced)
    Analog Outputs:
    2 x 1/4" balanced TRS main out
    1 x 1/8" stereo "mini" line out (unbalanced)
    2 x 1/4" TRS headphone
    Digital Output: 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
    Computer I/O : 1 x USB 2.0 "High-speed"
    Sync Out: S/PDIF
    Headphone Output: 1 x 1/4" TRS phone with volume control
    Phantom Power: +48V
    Top panel:
    2 x 3-segment ladder LEDs • main outs
    1 x 4-segment LEDs • mic in
    1 x 4-segment LEDs • guitar in
    1 x 3-segment LEDs • line in
    2 x 3-segment LEDs • main out
    1 x 3-segment LEDs • line out
    1 x LED • 48V phantom power
    1 x LED • -20 dB pad
    2 x LEDs • main/phone vol
    1 x digital rotary encoder • mic trim
    1 x digital rotary encoder • main/phone volume
    Power Requirements: USB bus power
    Mac System Requirements:
    PowerPC G4 CPU 1 GHz or faster (including any Mac with a PowerPC G5 or any Intel processor)
    1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
    Mac OS X version 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7; v10.5.8 or later required
    Available high-speed USB 2.0 port
    A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)
    Windows System Requirements:
    1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster equipped with at least one USB2 or FireWire port
    1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
    Windows 7 or Vista, 32- or 64-bit; Vista SP 2 or later required
    Available high-speed USB 2.0 port
    A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)
    Included software
    CueMix FX
    AudioDesk (Mac only, optical CD drive required)
    Operating Systems
    Mac OS X version 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7 (v10.5.8 or later is required)
    Windows 7 or Vista (SP2 or later is required)
    64-Bit operation
    Available for Mac OS X v10.6 or 10.7
    Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or Vista
    Requires a 64-bit CPU (and host application for plug-in versions

MOTU Microbook II Audio Interface

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    As reviewed by jason legler on 4/6/2013

    I have an 828mkIII and got this because I love the 828 so much. Let me tell you why MOTU's stuff kills everyone else's. First of all, the thing no one tells you about them, is that all of the outputs are discrete. There is no mirroring of the mains out the headphone output (unless you want to). That means you can do things like pipe a mix with louder vocals and a click track to your stereo headphone out, while you send a normal stereo mix out to the PA, and yet another stereo mix to somewhere else. That's why they cost more. Would you like to put compression on your voice as it's recorded? Maybe a little reverb? How about some EQ? Done. You want to do all of that same stuff to your headphone mix, but leave you main mix alone? Yep, you can do that too. Does it work on macs and pcs equally well? Yes it does. They had Windows 8 drivers the day Windows 8 came out. The drivers are totally integrated with MacOS. It works so well you forget that apple didn't write the software. The inputs have limiters on them in case you feed them a little bit of a hot signal. This is really useful live. I can't say enough good things about these things. Go buy one.

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    As reviewed by Landry Mckee III on 1/31/2013

    If you wanna device to get u there .... this will do it no matter what frequency you ridin real talk...GET IT DONE

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