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MOTU Debuts HD Audio Interface

Two-rack-space unit offers 12 channels at 192 kHz By Dave Nagel
Mark of the Unicorn has debuted its new HD192, a high-definition audio interface for Macintosh and Windows. It will be sold as a core system with PCI card and AudioDesk software and as an I/O expansion. It's expected to be available in the first quarter of 2003.

The MOTU HD192 offers 12 XLR inputs supporting operation at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz. The inputs offer a dynamic range of more than 120 dB (A-weighted at 48 kHz) with a THD+N of 0.0005 percent.


It also offers AES/EBU digital I/O at sample rates up to 96 kHz with independent real-time sample rate conversion on input and output. It has a separate BNC connector that allows users to clock the AES/EBU section independently from the rest of the system, and a system word clock I/O is also provided on BNC connectors.

The core system includes the PCI-424 PCI card, which was introduced with the 2408mk3 system earlier this year. It provides a fourth Audio Wire port that allows users to connect up to four additional MOTU interfaces. It also features CueMix DSP, a DSP-driven mixing and monitoring matrix that allows for near-zero latency in monitoring, according to MOTU. Other features include:

  • Nineteen-segment metering for all analog I/Os;
  • Drivers for Macintosh and Windows;
  • Onboard SMPTE time code synchronization;
  • Support for legacy interfaces;
  • AudioDesk workstation software for the Macintosh, featuring 24-bit recording with 32-bit mixing, processing and mastering.

The HD192 is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2003. The core system with the PCI card and AudioDesk software will run $1,895. The expansion I/O version will sell for $1,595. For more information, visit http://www.motu.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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