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AVB Thunderbolt und USB Audio Interface

The MOTU 16A AVB is a Rack Mount Thunderbolt Audio Interface. The 16A Thunderbolt Audio Interface has a huge dynamic range, providing the features of a great mixer with a total of 64 input / output audio channels (32 input and 32 output channels). The 16A can be operated via Thunderbolt or USB 2.0 (USB 3.0 compatible). As an interface or standalone mixer patch-bay the 16A has over 32 discrete inputs and 32 discrete outputs, including 16 balanced analogue jack inputs, 16 balanced analogue TRS outputs and two digital ADAT banks of 8-channels. A powerful DSP offers the quality of a mixing console with 48 channels, 12 stereo busses and 32-bit floating-point effects processing including modelled analogue EQ, compression vintage and classic reverb.

The comprehensive equipment of the routing network connecting inputs to outputs and routes the inputs to multiple destinations within the network. Use the 8M as a standalone mixer and control its entire innovative web app from running on your iPad, iPhone, tablet, smart phone or laptop. Connect using a simple Ethernet cable a second MOTU interface AVB (1248 or 8M). Create an AVB audio network with multiple switches and a latency of less than a millisecond - even over long cable runs. Stream hundreds of channels on devices and computers on your network. From recording to mastering the 16A delivers excellent sound quality, user-friendly operation and reliable performance.

The main features of the MOTU 16A AVB include:

  • Note: Digital Performer 9 included (german version)
  • Superb audio quality: For example, the balanced TRS analogue outputs produce 123 dB dynamic range and -110 dB THD+N (0.0003%) at -1 dBFS, Unweighted, 1 kHz.
  • 64 simultaneous audio channels: Sixteen balanced/unbalanced TRS analogue inputs and outputs, plus 2 x 8-channel ADAT optical ports for 32 inputs and 32 outputs.
  • Universal connectivity: Connects to your computer with Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0). Class-compliant firmware and Industry standard drivers work with any audio software.
  • On-board DSP with mixing and effects: Flexible 48-input digital mixer modelled after large format mixing consoles, with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression.
  • 32-bit floating point processing: The 16A's mixing and effects DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.
  • Modelled vintage effects processing: Classic reverb. Compression modelled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modelled after British analogue console EQs.
  • System expansion and audio networking: Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Cat-5e Ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (hundreds of meters). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.
  • Matrix routing and splitting: Flexible, matrix-style audio routing and splitting for any analogue or digital input, computer channel or network stream to any other output, computer, or network device. Split any single input to unlimited multiple output destinations.
  • 256 channels of network audio I/O for your host computer: Record and monitor up to 128 networked audio channels in and out, simultaneously, through the Thunderbolt connection to a host computer.
  • Web app control: Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from web app software running in your favourite browser on a laptop, tablet or smart phone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.
  • Stand-alone mixing with wireless control: Connect an Apple Airport or other Wi-Fi router directly to the 16A with a standard Ethernet cable and control the 16A's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smart phone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live sound mixing.
  • ADAT digital I/O: Connect outboard digital processors, digital mixers or other gear. 16 channels at 44.1/48 kHz or 8 channels at 88.2/96 kHz.
  • Comprehensive metering: The large backlit 324 x 24 LCD lets you view all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analogue and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu.

Scope of Delivery:

  • Power Adapter: Internal
  • USB Cable: Yes


  • Manufacturer: MOTU
  • Number of analog inputs: 14-16
  • Number of Channels: 64
  • ADAT: Yes
  • Wordclock: Yes
  • Bit Resolution: 24 Bit
  • sampling rate (kHz): 192
  • Latency Free Monitoring: Yes
  • DSP Mixer: Yes
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