Motu M4

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What Is The Motu M4 Audio Interface?

The MOTU M-series interfaces are designed with professional musicians in mind. With features including 24 bit/96 kHz converters, high quality mic preamps, headphone amps, MIDI ports, USB connectivity, and more, these interfaces provide everything needed for recording and mixing music.

Motu M4 Features

24 Bit / 96kHz Converters - Each channel has two independent 24bit/96khz converters which allow users to record pristine digital audio files.

High Quality Mic Preamp Inputs - All channels include dual microphone inputs allowing multiple sources to be recorded simultaneously.

Headphone Amplifiers - Headphones can be connected directly to each input via balanced XLR connectors.

How Does The Motu M4 Compare To Other Interfaces?

The MOTU M-Series interfaces are designed specifically for recording and mixing music. While many interfaces have built-in effects processors, the MOTU M-series does not. However, there are plenty of third party plug-ins available for purchase.

Who Uses An Audio Interface?

Anyone who wants to record or mix music uses an audio interface. Whether you're working alone or collaborating with others, an audio interface makes it easy to capture and process sound.

Where Can I Use My Motu M4?

An audio interface is useful anywhere where you'd normally use a mixer. Recording studios, rehearsal rooms, bedrooms, etc., are all great places to start.

The Importance of Purchasing a Quality Motu M4

In today’s music production market there are many different types of microphones available. Some of these include condenser, dynamic, ribbon, shotgun, and more.

Benefits of Using a MOTU M4 With Ableton Live 9.1

First let us start by discussing the benefits of using a MOTU M4 with Ableton Live Let’s take a closer look at each benefit individually.

Ableton Live 9.1 – One of the most popular digital audio workstations available. Ableton Live 9.1 offers a wide range of features including MIDI sequencing, virtual instruments, effects, loops, samplers, sequencers, recording, mixing, mastering, and exporting.

All of these channels provide professional grade sound quality and allow you to record vocals, acoustic guitar, drums, bass, piano, strings, synths, horns, etc.


There are 2 input jacks on the front panel of the unit. One is labeled LINE IN and the other MIC. Both allow you to connect microphones or instruments directly into the MOTU M4. If you plan on using the MOTU M4 primarily for vocals, mic placement is very important. We recommend placing the microphone close to the mouthpiece of the instrument so that the sound waves travel straight to the mic. Also, be sure to turn down the volume on the instrument before connecting the mic because the sound levels can be quite loud!


On the back panel there are 4 output connectors. Two are labelled OUTPUTS 1/2™ and OUTPUTS 3/4™. Each of these outputs provide balanced XLR connections allowing you to send signals to external amplifiers or mixers. The third connector is marked HEADPHONE JACK and the last is marked MIC. Headphones are connected to the headphones jack while the mic signal goes to the mic input. All three of the outputs can be set to either unbalanced RCA plugs or balanced XLRs.

MIDI In / Out

MOTU makes great products and the M4 is no exception. With its built-in MIDI capabilities, you can record MIDI data right onto your DAW. Just plug in your favorite controller and start jamming away. Or maybe you prefer to play along with backing tracks. No problem, simply load up your favourite song and let the M4 handle the rest.

Phantom Power

This feature lets you run devices without needing batteries. Phantom power is useful for running effects pedals or guitar amps without worrying about battery depletion. Simply put the pedal or amp into "phantom" mode by pressing the footswitch once. Once the switch is released, the effect returns to normal operation.

Level Control

Many digital audio interfaces include a gain knob to adjust the overall volume of the incoming signal. But sometimes you might want to fine tune the volume of each channel individually. That’s where the LEVEL CONTROL comes in handy. Use the Level Controls to boost or cut individual channels. This way you can dial in exactly the amount of volume needed for each track.

24 Bit / 96 kHz Sample Rate

Most professional music production software uses 24 bit samples. However, the quality of those files depends on the sample rate. Higher sample rates produce higher quality sounds.

Different Types of Motu M4

The M-4 has been designed specifically for recording musicians and engineers who require a professional mixing board for live performance and studio applications. With its unique design, the M-4 offers a wide range of features including MIDI control, USB connectivity, headphone monitoring, and more.

MOTU M-4 Features

Each pair of input jacks accepts both microphone and instrument signals simultaneously. Four Stereo Outputs - Balanced line level outputs allow for easy integration into most sound reinforcement systems. Eight Mono Outputs - Line level unbalanced output connectors enable users to connect directly to mixers, amplifiers, and other devices. Headphone Monitoring - Monitor headphones via the built-in headphone jack. MIDI Control - Connect to a DAW using the included USB cable and software. USB Port - Use the provided USB port to transfer files between computers. Note Repeat - Allows the user to repeat notes played back by the internal speaker. Built-In Speaker - Provides a full range of frequency response while maintaining low distortion levels. Effects Loop - Controls effects sent to each channel individually. Master Volume - Adjust master volume independently of individual track volumes. Track Balance - Adjust balance between left and right tracks. Panning - Automatically adjust pan position based on selected source. Cue Point Indicator LED - Shows which track is currently playing. Record Button - Start/stop recording. Playback Button - Rewind/Fast Forward playback. Channel Selector Buttons - Change active channel. Transport Wheel - Scroll through available transport functions. Main Menu Display - View main menu options. Invert Switch - Flip polarity of signal path.

Motu M-4 Setup Tips

To set up the MOTU M-4, simply plug the unit into AC power and turn it on. Once powered on, press the "Setup" button located on top of the unit.

From here, select the desired function by pressing the corresponding number key. For example, selecting "Record" will bring up another window where you can choose whether to record from the mic input or the aux input. If you're setting up multiple units, there are several ways to assign different settings to each unit. First, you can create separate profiles for each unit. Second, you can manually enter specific settings for each unit. Third, you can link the units together so that they share common settings. To learn more about these methods, please refer to our tutorial video below.

How Do I Set Up My Unit?

Once you've chosen the correct function, press OK to return to the previous screen. Now, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the "Save Settings" button. Then, press Save again to complete the process.