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MOTU 1248 Thunderbolt AVB Interface

Code: MOT-1248

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Old Price: $2,399.00
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RRP: $2,399.00
Price: $2,299.00
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The 1248 is the flagship interface for a MOTU's new line of high performance audio interfaces that combine superb audio quality and state of the art features such as AVB networking and Thunderbolt connectivity.  The 1248 Provides all the I/O you need for a well equipped studio, OB setup or the stage.  With four mic inputs, two dedicated hi-Z guitar inputs, 8x12 TRS analogue I/O, seperate main & monitor outs plus dual 8ch ADAT ports and SPDIF, both your digital and analogue connectivity is catered for.  If you need even more I/O just add any of our AVB enabled products and you're in business.

Modeled analog EQ and compression

Vintage processing with 
32-bit floating point precision

British analog mixing consoles are renowned for their musical EQ profiles. The 1248 meticulously models these classic EQs to give you the very same, magical EQ response found on these coveted desks. Each input channel also provides a classic compressor module with optional peak/RMS operation. Groups and the Main Mix bus are equipped with MOTU's Leveler™, an accurate model of the legendary Teletronix™ LA-2A™ optical leveling amplifier, known for its unique and highly sought-after Automatic Gain Control (AGC) characteristics.


Matrix routing and splitting

Put the ultimate patch-bay at your fingertips

With one click on the 1248's routing grid, you can route any source signal to any destination. Sources can be analog or digital inputs on the interface, computer channels, mixer bus outputs, or audio network streams from other devices on the network. Destinations include interface outputs, host software inputs, mixer inputs, or any other device (or computer) on the AVB network. You can even split any single input (or stereo pair) to unlimited multiple output destinations.


System expansion and audio networking

Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control

Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).  The 1248 network port introduces AVB Ethernet, the new industry standard developed by the IEEE for professional audio networking. Add a second MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Cat-5e or CAT-6 ethernet cable.

Build a network with multiple interfaces, computers, and AVB switches using standard 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.

Web app control

Control everything from your laptop, tablet, and smart phone

The software that you use to control the 1248 doesn't reside on your hard drive. It's a web app served from the hardware itself. This means you can control the 1248's on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from the web app software running in your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet or smart phone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network. Use any web client on any platform — Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android — as long as it shares the same network.

Stand-alone mixing with wireless control

Control everything from your iPad or iPhone

Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to the 1248 with a standard Ethernet cable and control the 1248's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smart phone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live sound mixing!

Comprehensive metering

View all I/O activity at a glance

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.

Quick Setup presets

Completely transform your MOTU interface with one click

The 1248 is so flexible, it can serve many roles — in the studio, on stage, and throughout an installation. The Quick Setup menu lets you instantly reconfigure the 1248 for many common situations, from operation as a standard audio interface to serving as a network "snake" from one location to another. Once a preset is chosen, you can easily customize the routing grid and mixer settings to further suit your requirements.


Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity1 x Thunderbolt, 1 x USB 2.0 Type B
Form FactorRackmount
Simultaneous I/O32 x 34
A/D Resolution24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FXYes
Analog Inputs4 x XLR, 8 x 1/4" TRS, 2 x 1/4" (hi-Z)
Analog Outputs8 x 1/4" (line out), 2 x 1/4" (main out), 2 x 1/4" (monitor out)
Digital Inputs2 x Optical (ADAT, SMUX), 1 x Coaxial (S/PDIF)
Digital Outputs2 x Optical (ADAT, SMUX), 1 x Coaxial (S/PDIF)
Headphones2 x 1/4"
Number of Preamps4
Phantom PowerYes
Clock I/OIn, Out/Thru
Data I/OEthernet
OS Requirements - Mac1GHz Intel CPU or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended, OS X 10.8 or later, iOS/iPad compatible (with camera connection kit)
OS Requirements - PC1GHz Intel compatible processor or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended, Windows 7 or later, USB 2.0 audio class compliant hosts
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