MOTU M2 2×2 USB-C Audio Interface

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Pristine, versatile, and portable, the MOTU M2 desktop 2×2 USB Type-C audio/MIDI interface combines high-class audio performance, a robust bundle of DAWs, virtual instruments, loops, and samples, and a feature set that makes it equally powerful and user-friendly for musicians, podcasters, and producers, all at a highly affordable price point.

Key Features

  • Musicians, Podcasters, and Producers
  • USB Type-C / Type-A Connectivity
  • 2 Mic/Line/Instrument Preamps
  • 1 Headphone Out, 2 RCA & 1/4″ Line Outs


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If you want a professional-quality audio interface at a wallet-friendly price, consider the MOTU M2, a USB-C device designed for recording, mixing, podcasting, and more. Offering loopback connections that allow podcasters to record skype calls with absoutely no fuss, the M2 can feed audio to both computers and iOS devices, thanks to its USB-C connection.

With two XLR-1/4″ inputs, the M2 can handle microphones, line-level instruments, or Hi-Z instruments such as guitars and basses. Selectable phantom power is on hand for your condenser mics, and the preamps are exceedingly clean, with an EIN of -129 dB; this ensures you only hear the instrument or voice being captured, rather than any noise from the preamp. Whether you need a clear-sounding vocal for a podcast, or a transparently-recorded guitar for a mix, the M2 will deliver the goods.

Professional-Level Audio Quality

Equipped with the same ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology found in audio interfaces the pros use, the M2 delivers 120 dB of dynamic range on its main outputs. ESS converters also drive the headphone output. Ultraclean preamp circuits produce a measured -129 dBu EIN on the mic inputs; this means while recording, you’ll only hear the mic, not the mic pre.
  • 2 input / 2 output USB Type-C audio interface with professional-level sound
  • ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC Technology
  • Ultralow latency for host software processing
  • Easy-to-read metering for all inputs/outputs, with a full-color LCD
  • 2 XLR-1/4″ mic/line/Hi-Z guitar inputs
  • Individual preamp gain and 48V phantom power for each input
  • Hardware direct monitoring for each input (mono or stereo)
  • -129 dB EIN on mic inputs
  • 2 balanced, DC-coupled 1/4″ TRS outputs
  • 120 dB dynamic range on outputs
  • 2 RCA unbalanced analog outs, mirrored
  • 1 headphone output, driven by ESS converters, with independent volume control
  • MIDI I/O over 5-pin DIN jacks
  • 24-bit support for sample rates between 44.1 to 192 kHz
  • USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation on Mac (no driver required)
  • Windows driver with 2.5 ms round-trip latency (32 sample buffer at 96 kHz)
  • Optional Mac driver for 2.5 ms round-trip latency (32 sample buffer at 96 kHz), as well as loopback features
  • iOS compatible (USB audio class compliant)
  • Driver loopback for capturing host output, live streaming, and podcasting
  • Bus powered USB Type-C with power switch (USB cable included, compatible with USB Type-A)
  • Rugged metal construction
  • MOTU Performer Lite and Ableton Live Lite software included
  • Over 100 instruments in Performer Lite
  • Over 6 GB of included free loops, samples, and one-shots
  • Kensington security slot

Sample rates

44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Mic/line/guitar inputs

2 x XLR/TRS "combo jack" mic/line/Hi-Z guitar inputs
Independent preamp gain, 48V phantom power and monitor switch for each input

Analog outputs

2 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled)
2 x RCA (unbalanced) analog out (mirrored)
1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone

Computer I/O

1 x USB-C (compatible with USB Type A) 2.0 audio class compliant


16 MIDI channels to/from computer host


1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone

Phantom power

2 x individual +48V

Front panel

1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output
2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs
1 x potentiometer • monitor vol
1 x potentiometer • phone vol
2 x potentiometer • mic/instr input gain
4 x switches • (2) 48V and (2) MON
160 x 120 pixel full-colored LCD with input and output level meters


Bus-powered through USB

Dimensions and weight

(width x depth x height, enclosure only)
7.5 x 4.25 x 1.75 inches
19.05 x 10.8 x 4.5 cm
1.35 lbs / 0.61 kg

Mac System Requirements

1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
macOS version 10.11 or later
(Optional driver requires 10.13 or later)
Available USB port
A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Windows System Requirements

1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
Windows 7, 8 or 10
Available USB port
A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Class-Compliant Support

USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation on Mac or iOS (no driver required)

Included Software

MOTU Performer Lite
Ableton Live 10 Lite
6GB of loops and sounds from Big Fish Audio, LucidSamples, Loopmasters and MOTU

  • MOTU M2 Desktop 2x2 USB Type-C Audio/MIDI Interface
  • USB Type-C to Type-A Cable