The Track 16 from MOTU is an elegant, and simple design with a big, studio-grade sound quality. There's plenty of I/O available for a well-equipped personal studio, ready for multi-player recording se... Read More
The Track 16 from MOTU is an elegant, and simple design with a big, studio-grade sound quality. There's plenty of I/O available for a well-equipped personal studio, ready for multi-player recording sessions. Track16's high-quality mic preamps, balanced line-level audio connections, and renowned MOTU engineering deliver world-class audio quality.
An astonishing array of inputs and outputs
Record two mics, two guitars, a keyboard, a sound module, and eight optical channels simultaneously. How can such a compact unit offer 16 channels of input and 14 channels of output, simultaneously, with mixing? The short answer: Track16 truly is an engineering achievement, packing the same quantity and quality of audio channels as other interfaces that cost hundreds more.
â¢ Two mic inputs with individual preamps
â¢ Two guitar inputs
â¢ Two pairs of line inputs
â¢ Main outs and line outs
â¢ MIDI I/O
â¢ Two headphone jacks
â¢ Digital I/O
You always know your levels - at a glance
Track16 sets the bar high for detailed metering in such a compact interface. You get dedicated 7-segment main out meters, and configurable meters for all other analog inputs and outputs. Just press the METERS button to toggle between the blue and white labels. It's easy to monitor your signal levels at a glance with Track16.
Backlit buttons - Designed for the studio and stage
Often, we are called upon to work in studio or stage environments where the lighting conditions are not optimal. Track16's buttons are backlit with multi-color LEDs to facilitate operation just about anywhere. From the factory, the buttons glow amber (orange), except for the currently selected channel, which glows bright green. Or, you can choose from six other color schemes, in various combinations of green, red and amber to completely customize it the way you like.
Studio grade sound -Your sound will be ready for prime time
Track16 has been engineered with MOTU's renowned, award-winning audio interface technology. The result is the pristine audio quality and rock-solid performance that MOTU interfaces are known for worldwide. You can always record and mix with confidence, knowing that decades of engineering experience are behind you, every step of the way.
Thanks to MOTU's Hybrid interface technology, Track16 connects to any Mac or PC via FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0. Connect your mic, guitar, keyboard, and digital input, and you are ready to make pro-quality recordings.
Track16 can record and play all channels simultaneously, and high-speed USB 2.0 provides plenty of bandwidth, even at 192 kHz. Track16 can also draw power from its FireWire connection to the computer, so you can operate remotely on laptop battery power.
Solid metal chassis -built to last, and last, and lastâ¦
Track16's 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 feeling of Track16's metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.
CueMix Software - On-screen mixing and control
CueMix gives you comprehensive graphic control over your mix and other settings in Track16. CueMix can be operated side by side with any host audio software for Mac or Windows, and it can be controlled from the Mackie Control Universal Pro automated worksurface.
Eight separate stereo mixes
The Track16 mixer takes signals from its 16 inputs (eight stereo) and mixes them to an output pair, such as the main outs. You control the volume of each input. Better yet, you can adjust input volumes differently for each output pair. In other words, each output pair can have its own unique mix. For example, you might create a balanced mix going to your PA via the main outs, but bring up the guitar for the mix going to your stage monitors via the line outs, so you can easily monitor your guitar sound. You get a separate mix for main outs, line outs, optical digital outs, and phones.
Multi-touch iPad control - Use an iPad to control your Track16 mix
It's the ultimate hands-on experience: use TouchOSC software (sold separately) with a custom-designed template for your Track16 and enjoy hands-on control of all mixing, EQ and compressor settings. Refining your mix has never been this fluid and intuitive. The MOTU-supplied TouchOSC CueMix template will be available soon as a free download.
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The Motu Track 16 looks great on my desk, and is very well built. Setup was easy and fast with my Mac, and easily integrated with both Machine and Ableton Live 9. The included CueMix software is intuitive and also fits nicely into my workflow. Sound is excellent with no issues whatsoever. I was initially worried about the large breakout cable but that has turned out to be a plus as it keeps the immediate area where the Track 16 sits more clutter free. On the box itself the interface and controls are intuitive, with functional and practical LED meters. My second worry was the type of inputs on the box. I mainly connect older drum machines and needed at least four line-level inputs so I could separate out the base and snare from the main outputs. I overcame that by using a split 2x mono to stereo cable into the mini line input on the front. Worked great. On the CueMix software I was able to split the input into two separate channels. I have not tried running line-level inputs into the mic inputs. However, with the pad options and software input trim this could probably work as well. In any case, I've ordered the Motu 8 Pre, which I will connect via the optical cable. Then I'm set for any conceivable input needs. As it stands alone though, compared to similar products on the market, the Track 16 is most practical with it's number and variety of input options.
I have used the Track 16 for about two weeks now and it works well, but I have had problems with it not being recognized on boot up in Mac OS X Mountain Lion, I have to reboot sometimes twice or three times before it's recognized. I have a backup drive that still has Lion on it and that seems to work better. Also, there is a noticeable "pop" when I power the unit up through my monitor speakers, also when I shut it down. On a couple of occasions in Logic Pro I will get a small pop when I stop playback and start again. I don't think this is related to my buffer because it is set at 256 and I have 16gb of RAM. I have made a couple of calls to MOTU tech support but both times I waited 15+ minutes on the phone and gave up. I will keep trying to contact them and keep watching for a possible Mountain Lion update to the Track 16 that will correct these issues. Other than the small issue (only at times) with the popping on stop/playback the Track 16 works quite well.
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