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16A Feature Summary

  • Superb audio quality
    For example, the balanced TRS analog 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 analog inputs and outputs, plus 2 x 8-channel ADAT optical ports for 32 inputs and 32 outputs.
  • Universal connectivity
    Connects to a computer with Thunderbolt, standard AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS). Discovery app and web app software works alongside any host audio software.
  • On-board DSP with mixing and effects
    Flexible 48-input digital mixer modeled 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.
  • Modeled vintage effects processing
    Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog 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.


MOTU 1248, 8M, 16A Thunderbolt interface

...AVB system's clock is set to internal. EDIT: Correction - see manual quote below. I've intended all along to get a 16A as my "main" input device (and 24Ai units for ROMplers), using my Kemper's analogue I/O for recording and reamping 'cause I didn't want to mess around with conversion boxes in order to use...

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Airwindows RawTimbers: Mac/Windows/Linux AU/VST I have a higher resolution file to dither from: you get the jams hot off the MOTU 16A inputs, untouched. Sort of a 'analog in digital bar' to reach, in a situation where every little calculation takes a toll.

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converter w/o preamps?

MOTU 16A is fantastic. There’s also the 8A if you need fewer channels.

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