The 16A 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 16A 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 specific needs — and then save your own custom presets.
For example, the balanced TRS analog outputs produce 123 dB dynamic range and -110 dB THD+N (0.0003%) at -1 dBFS, Unweighted, 1 kHz.
Sixteen balanced/unbalanced TRS analog inputs and outputs, plus 2 x 8-channel ADAT optical ports for 32 inputs and 32 outputs.
Connects to a computer with Thunderbolt, standard AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS). Discovery app and web app software works alongside any host audio software.
Flexible 48-input digital mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression.
The 16A's mixing and effects DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.
Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs.
Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Cat-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and 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.
Flexible, matrix-style audio routing and splitting for any analog or digital input, computer channel or network stream to any other output, computer, or network device. Split any single input to unlimited multiple output destinations.
Record and monitor up to 128 networked audio channels in and out, simultaneously, through the Thunderbolt connection to a host computer.
Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from web app software running in your favorite browser on a laptop, tablet or smart phone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.
Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to the 16A with a standard Ethernet cable and control the 16A's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smart phone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live sound mixing.
Connect outboard digital processors, digital mixers or other gear. 16 channels at 44.1/48 kHz or 8 channels at 88.2/96 kHz.
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.
Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.
|Sample rates||44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz|
|Analog inputs||16 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)|
|Analog outputs||16 x 1/4" TRS line outputs (balanced)|
|Digital I/O||2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates |
1 bank (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
Stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) on Bank A (optional)
|Total I/O||32 inputs and 32 outputs (64 total) at 1x sample rates |
24 inputs and 24 outputs (48 total) at 2x sample rates
16 inputs and 16 outputs (32 total) at 4x sample rates
|Computer I/O||1 x Thunderbolt (compatible with 1 and 2) |
1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant
USB 3.0 and iOS compatible
1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)
|Computer I/O channels||Thunderbolt (44.1 to 96 kHz): 128 in/out |
Thunderbolt (176.4 to 192 kHz): 64 in/out
USB 2.0 (44.1 to 48 kHz): 64 in/out
USB 2.0 (88.2 to 96 kHz): 32 in/out
USB 2.0 (176.4 to 192 kHz): 24 in/out
AVB Ethernet: 16 to 128 in/out, depending on
host computer speed
|Sync I/O||1 x word clock in |
1 x word clock out
|Front panel||5 x switches • menu navigation |
324 x 24 pixel LCD for level meters / menu nav
1 x AC power switch
|Power||International 100-240V autoswitching supply |
50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
|Trim range |
(in 1 dB steps)
|Line output||1/4" TRS, balanced, tip hot||123 dB||-110 dB||+20 dBu||24 dB (-4 to +20 dBu)|
|Line input||1/4" TRS, bal/unbal, tip hot||117 dB||-110 dB||+24 dBu||22 dB (+2 to +24 dBu)|
The 16A ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including:
The 16A ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 7 and 8 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and Wave-compatible audio apps, including: