MOTU MicroBook

This USB bus-powered audio interface delivers studio-grade audio performance in a compact size small enough to fit in a pocket. The MicroBook turns a Mac or PC computer into a personal 4x2 recording studio with all the audio I/O and mixing needed to make professional recordings.
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This USB bus-powered audio interface delivers studio-grade audio performance in a compact size small enough to fit in a pocket. The MicroBook turns a Mac or PC computer into a personal 4x2 recording studio with all the audio I/O and mixing needed to make professional recordings.

The MicroBook offers four simultaneous inputs for a microphone, a guitar, and a keyboard or other stereo line-level device. The mic preamp delivers neutral coloration and pristine sound, with 20dB pad and 48V phantom power for condenser mics. Programmable analog, digital and headphone outputs provide flexible monitoring options.

Due to its slim form factor, the MicroBook's mic input is a balanced 1/4-inch jack. If a user would prefer to use a mic cable with an XLR plug, the MicroBook package includes an XLR-to-1/4-inch adapter. The mic input preamp and A/D converter deliver pristine sound and transparent coloration. True 48V phantom power can be enabled, powered by the MicroBook's USB connection to the computer.

The MicroBook's Precision Digital Trim™ feature provides digitally controlled analog trim on all analog inputs. Users can even save and recall trim settings on their computer. The guitar input provides the proper impedance loads for guitars so users can play through guitar processing plug-ins in their host software; users can connect a MOTU ZBox impedance adapter.

The "mini" 1/8-inch analog input can be used to connect an iPod or other stereo line-level signal. Audio input can be mixed with other inputs and routed to any output pair. The MicroBook provides four pairs of outputs: balanced TRS 1/4-inch main outs, stereo "mini" line out, S/PDIF digital out and phones (on a stereo "mini" 1/8-inch jack). Users can connect powered studio monitors to the main outs and/or powered desktop speakers to the stereo mini output jack. With its internal mixing and routing features, the MicroBook lets users program up to five different stereo mixes comprising any combination of inputs and host audio tracks. Alternately, users can send the same mix to multiple outputs or employ a separate output for the MicroBook's built-in test-tone generator or white- and pink-noise generator. The S/PDIF digital output mirrors the main outs.

The MicroBook will ship in July 2010. Price is $269 USD.

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