MOTU have just announced a new desktop audio interface: the six channel in/out, hybrid USB/FireWire400 Audio Express. Featuring two TRS jack and two pre-amped combo inputs, four TRS outputs and 24/96 stereo S/PDIF in/out.
The most interesting feature of the Audio Express is its standalone capability
There’s also MIDI I/O, complemented by MOTU’s Direct Digital Synthesis for sample accurate clock locking,and a headphone out.
The most interesting feature of the Audio Express is its standalone capability; aided by front panel mixing controls, the Audio Express doesn’t require a computer connection to accept inputs and route them through to its outputs, and MOTU’s Precision Digital Trim technology enables 1dB audio adjustments with save and recall of channel settings.
Audio Express looks to be a really interesting purchase for a home and small band user that uses a computer for tracking and finishing, but has standalone instruments they use for composition – its £330GBP retail price is quite high in light of competition from Focusrite, but its hybrid nature and combination of portability and mixing control sets it apart slightly. More news on how it sounds when it’s released and I get to test it… until then, you can check out more at MOTU’s site.
Footnote: I’m also conscious of the number of forward slashes I’ve put in this piece.