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MICROBOOK II ADDS MORE I/O, VOLUME CONTROL, AND USB 2.0

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Thursday, January 26, 2012. In a post-NAMM  announcement, MOTU unveiled the MicroBook II, an updated version of the  compact, studio-grade audio interface that turns a Mac or PC into a  personal 4 x 6 recording studio with professional I/O and monitor mixing. The MicroBook II will replace the original model at  the same price.

"For discriminating users who insist on the very best audio  quality, MicroBook II delivers unmatched performance for compact,  personal recording," said MOTU Marketing Director Jim Cooper. "Plug in a  mic, guitar, keyboard, and powered speakers, then enjoy sound quality that rivals other audio interfaces in the six to eight  hundred dollar range."

The MicroBook II comes in a compact, rugged cast metal case  suitable for on-the-go recording, personal studio tracking, laptop-based  DJ-ing, and many other recording and playback activities. At only 5.5 x  3.5 x 1.25 inches, the bus-powered MicroBook II has all the great features of the original model, plus hands-on volume  control, USB 2.0 connectivity for low-latency performance, more  simultaneous outputs (six), an XLR mic input, and support for 96 kHz  recording and playback.
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I/O engineered for sound quality

The four inputs (mic, hi-Z guitar, and stereo balanced line in) can  be recorded simultaneously. The mic preamp delivers neutral coloration  and pristine sound, with 20 dB pad and 48V phantom power for condenser  mics.

Engineered for exceptional audio quality, the MicroBook II includes  balanced analog connectors and digitally controlled analog trim. Input  trim is controlled separately from input mix volume, so that users never  have to sacrifice sound quality for a balanced mix.

The MicroBook II provides six channels of computer output on eight  physical outputs (four pairs): balanced TRS quarter-inch main outs,  stereo "mini" line out, S/PDIF digital out, and phones (on a stereo  quarter-inch jack). The S/PDIF digital output always mirrors the main outs.

Advanced features

Internal CueMix™ mixing and routing features let users program a  different stereo mix for each output pair, consisting of any combination  of live inputs and host audio tracks. Alternately, users can send the  same mix to multiple outputs, or choose a separate output for the MicroBook's built-in test tone generator or white and  pink noise generator.

The driver provides an extra input and output pair for routing  complete mixes back to the computer host, for scoping audio streams with  the analysis tools in the included CueMix FX software, and for routing  virtual instrument (or other host) output to the MicroBook II mixer.

On-board effects include modeled analog EQ and compression, which  can be applied with near-zero latency (in the hardware) to live inputs.

MicroBook feature highlights

- 4-input, 6-output bus-powered "plug-and-play" USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac and Windows.

- 6 x 8 physical input/output channels.

- 8-bus digital mixer to route and mix live inputs with computer tracks.

- Pre-amp equipped mic input with Precision Digital Trim™ 48V phantom power, and 20 dB pad.

- Hi-Z guitar input with Precision Digital Trim.

- Stereo line level analog input (balanced TRS quarter-inch or stereo mini).

- Stereo balanced TRS quarter-inch line level main outs.

- Stereo eighth-inch "mini" line level out.

- S/PDIF digital out (duplicates main out).

- Headphones output on quarter-inch stereo jack with independent volume control.

- Digitally controlled analog trim for all analog inputs.

- Digital trim for all outputs.

- Output volume digital rotary encoder. Push to cycle among three modes: main out, phones, or both.

- Mic input digital rotary encoder for adjusting trim level, 48V and pad.

- Dedicated 3- or 4-segment LED meters for all inputs and outputs.

- CueMix™ FX no-latency mixing and monitoring with EQ and dynamics processing.

- 7-band parametric EQ and compression.

- Test tone and white/pink noise generator.

- Support for recording and playback at 2x sample rates (88.2 and 96 kHz).

- Advanced audio analysis software tools, including FFT display,  spectrogram "waterfall" display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, and phase  torch.

- Industry standard Mac and Windows audio drivers (Core Audio, Wave, and ASIO) for across-the-board compatibility.

- Compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.

- Includes AudioDesk DAW software, USB cable, and mic cable adapter.


Availability

The MicroBook will ship in the spring of 2012. Price is $269 USD.

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