MOTU is music-technology designer and manufacturer based in the USA. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1984, MOTU, aka Mark Of The Unicorn, have been manufacturing some of the industry's best audio, video and MIDI interfaces and music production software for over 30 years.
The audio interfaces from MOTU are some of the cleanest and most stable the industry has to offer. The most notable and certainly the most successful models released by MOTU are the 828mk3 Hybrid, a 28x30 I/O Firewire interface with two microphone preamps and a wide selection of analogue and digital connectivity, and the 828x, a newer model with all the same functionality as it's predecessor but with Thunderbolt connectivity. The MOTU 8pre has also been very popular with engineers looking for additional microphone preamps, of which it has eight along side 16x12 I/O, both analogue and digital. In addition, the MOTU UltraLite models have been very successful, providing an ultra-portable option that has all the great sound and functionality the MOTU products are known for but in a much smaller desktop format. Again, the UltraLite comes in two forms; the UltraLite AVB that connects via AVB and USB, or the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid which uses USB and Firewire.
In addition to audio interfaces, MOTU also have a range of video interfaces. This range includes models like the HDX-SDI, a video processing unit that provides professional video capture and monitoring for both Mac and PC. It not only supports uncompressed HD and SD footage but also Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD and many others. By using the HDX-SDI to process all your video content, it removes a huge amount of strain from your computers native CPU and allows for a more streamlined workflow. MIDI interfaces are also available from MOTU and allows users to control numerous MIDI devices via USB from a Mac or PC. The MIDI Express XT for examples has eight MIDI IN, nine MIDI OUT and 128 MIDI channels, meaning you can control MIDI devices across a small to medium sized studio all from your computer.
MOTU has proven its worth to the world in a very short space of time. If you are looking for an affordable audio interface to act as the central hub of your studio, or a MIDI interface to expand your control over your studio, then MOTU are the brand for you.