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    MOTU 16A

    Manufacturer: MOTU
    32x32 I/O with 16x16 TRS analog, 48-ch mixing, DSP & AVB-TSN networking
    SKU: MOTU16A
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    $1,495.00 excl tax
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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.

    Matrix routing and splitting

    Flexible, matrix-style audio routing and splitting for any analog 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 favorite 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 analog and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu.


    Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

    Technical Specifications

    Sample rates44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    Analog inputs16 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
    Analog outputs16 x 1/4" TRS line outputs (balanced)
    Digital I/O2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
    1 bank (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
    Stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) on Bank A (optional)
    Total I/O32 inputs and 32 outputs (64 total) at 1x sample rates
    24 inputs and 24 outputs (48 total) at 2x sample rates
    16 inputs and 16 outputs (32 total) at 4x sample rates
    Computer I/O1 x Thunderbolt (compatible with 1 and 2)
    1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant
          USB 3.0 and iOS compatible
    1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)
    Computer I/O channelsThunderbolt (44.1 to 96 kHz): 128 in/out
    Thunderbolt (176.4 to 192 kHz): 64 in/out
    USB 2.0 (44.1 to 48 kHz): 64 in/out
    USB 2.0 (88.2 to 96 kHz): 32 in/out
    USB 2.0 (176.4 to 192 kHz): 24 in/out
    AVB Ethernet: 16 to 128 in/out, depending on
          host computer speed
    Sync I/O1 x word clock in
    1 x word clock out
    Network I/O1 x RJ45 AVB/TSN Ethernet (1 Gbps)
    AVB streams
    (8 channels per stream)
    16 in / 16 out @ 44.1 or 48 kHz
    16 in / 16 out @ 88.2 or 96 kHz
    8 in / 8 out @ 176.4 or 192 kHz
    Front panel5 x switches • menu navigation
    324 x 24 pixel LCD for level meters / menu nav
    1 x AC power switch
    PowerInternational 100-240V autoswitching supply
    50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
    and weight
    (width x depth x height, enclosure only)
    19 x 7 x 1.75 inches
    48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm
    5.0 lbs / 2.27 kg
    with rack brackets removed:
    17.25 inches (43.8 cm) wide
    4.9 lbs / 2.22 kg

    Mac System Requirements

    • 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
    • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
    • Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
    • Available Thunderbolt, USB 2.0 or AVB Ethernet port*
    • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
    • *AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite

    Windows System Requirements

    • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
    • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
    • Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
    • Available Ethernet port for firmware updates
    • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

    Web App Support

    • Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
    • Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.
    • Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU AVB interface by wire or Wi-Fi.

    Included Software

    • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 drivers
    • MOTU Discovery App for Mac & PC (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
    • MOTU Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
    • MOTU Pro Audio Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
    • MOTU Audio Tools (FFT, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, phase analyzer)
    • AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac & PC (separate download)

    Operating Systems

    • For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
    • For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android

    Analog I/O Specifications

    Connector type
    Dynamic range
    Trim range
    (in 1 dB steps)
    Line output1/4" TRS, balanced, tip hot123 dB-110 dB+20 dBu24 dB (-4 to +20 dBu)
    Line input1/4" TRS, bal/unbal, tip hot117 dB-110 dB+24 dBu22 dB (+2 to +24 dBu)

    Compatible Mac Software

    The 16A ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including:

    • MOTU Digital Performer
    • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
    • Apple Logic Pro
    • Apple Logic Express
    • Apple Garage Band
    • Apple SoundTrack Pro
    • Ableton Live
    • Propellerhead Record & Reason
    • Steinberg Cubase
    • Cockos Reaper
    • Native Instruments Kontakt
    • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

    Compatible Windows Software

    The 16A ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 10 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

    • MOTU Digital Performer
    • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
    • Ableton Live
    • Cakewalk Sonar
    • Steinberg Cubase
    • Propellerhead Record & Reason
    • Image Line FL Studio
    • Sony Vegas Pro
    • Sony Sound Forge
    • Sony Acid
    • Cockos Reaper
    • Native Instruments Kontakt
    • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)
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