MOTU M2 USB Audio Interface

Get MOTU sound quality in an incredibly affordable, desktop-friendly USB-C audio interface! The M2 offers 2 clean mic/line/hi-Z guitar inputs, plus MIDI I/O.

The MOTU M2 is a 2-in/2-out USB-C audio interface for Mac, Windows, and iOS that offers best-in-class audio quality, best-in-class speed (ultra-low latency) and best-in-class metering with a full-color LCD. Record vocals, instruments or other audio sources quickly and easily. The M2 includes MOTU Performer Lite and Ableton Live Lite production software, 100+ instruments, dozens of plug-ins, and over 6 GB of loops and samples to start making music right away.

See how to connect your MOTU M2 or M4 interface and start recording in this video:

Additional features include two mic/line/hi-Z instrument XLR combo inputs, individual preamp gain and 48V phantom power, one-touch hardware monitoring, support for stereo monitoring, balanced 1/4-inch DC-coupled outputs, unbalanced RCA outputs (mirrored), ESS-driven headphone output with independent volume control, MIDI in/out, driver "loopback" channels for live-streaming and podcasting, and USB bus power with power switch (USB cable included).

Best-in-Class Audio Quality

Equipped with the same ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology found in audio interfaces costing thousands, the MOTU M2 delivers an astonishing 120 dB dynamic range on its main outputs. ESS converters also drive the headphone output, which rivals dedicated headphone amplifiers costing hundreds. Ultra-clean preamp circuits produce a measured -129 dBu EIN on the mic inputs. Capture and monitor your audio with pristine clarity.


The M2 provides best-in-class speed read more for monitoring live inputs (mic, guitar or keyboard) through your computer, thanks to MOTU's expertly engineered USB drivers, which deliver class-leading, ultra-low 2.5 ms Round Trip Latency (at 96 kHz with a 32 sample buffer).


When recording and mixing, nothing is more critical than achieving optimum levels. The M2 is the only audio interface in its class with a full color LCD featuring clear, detailed level meters for all inputs and outputs. Enjoy professional-level volume control and feedback to get your sound just right.


The M2 driver provides convenient loopback channels to your host computer, so you can easily route computer output back to the computer, where you can mix it with live mics and/or guitar inputs from the M2 in your host software for live streaming or podcasting. Streaming and podcasting has never been easier and better-sounding!


- 2-in / 2-out USB audio interface with studio-quality sound
- Best-in-class audio quality driven by ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC Technology -- the same converter technology used in audio interfaces costing thousands
- Best-in-class speed (ultra-low latency) for host software processing
- Best-in-class metering for all inputs/outputs with a full-color LCD
- Measured 120 dB dynamic range on outputs
- Measured -129 dBu EIN on mic inputs
- ESS-driven headphone output
- 2x mic/line/hi-Z guitar inputs on combo XLR/TRS
- Individual preamp gain and 48V phantom power for each input
- Hardware (direct) monitoring for each input (mono or stereo)
- Measured -129 dB EIN on mic inputs
- 2x balanced, DC-coupled 1/4-inch TRS outputs
- Measured 120 dB dynamic range on the 1/4-inch balanced TRS outputs
- 2x RCA (unbalanced) analog out (mirrored)
- 1x headphone out (driven by ESS converters) with independent volume control
- MIDI in/out
- Support for 44.1 to 192 kHz sample rates
- 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)
- Mac driver (optional, for 2.5 ms RTL@32/96 kHz and loopback feature)
- iOS compatible (USB audio class compliant)
- Driver loopback for capturing host output, live streaming and podcasting
- Bus powered USB-C (compatible with USB Type A) with power switch (USB cable included)
- Rugged metal construction
- Workstation software included (MOTU Performer Lite 10 and Ableton Live Lite 10)
- 100+ instruments (in Performer Lite)
- Over 6 GB of included free loops, samples and one-shots from industry leading libraries
- Kensington security slot
- Built in the USA
- Two-year warranty
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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

- 1 x MIDI IN
- 1 x MIDI OUT
- 16 MIDI channels to/from computer host

Headphone: 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

Power: 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)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3120
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 1.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3120

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 617-576-2760

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (6 ratings)
Submitted July 13, 2020 by Hurvey J in San Diego, CA
"I Can;t Believe This!!"
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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Let me start off by saying I came from the Scarlett Focusrite 2i2 2nd gen. I was having a problem not being able to hear out of the right side. I'm so glad I had that problem. I stumbled upon this sweet audio interface, and I'm like," Where have you been all of my life?" You have your visual eye candy to see your levels. The software.... performer lite Daw! I love it, and the sound is so so pleasing! I am able to pan hard left, and hard right and still get sound!!My favorite part of this baby you might add? Are there any samplers in the house? That's right, you can use this interface to record youtube right in the Performer Lite, { for personal use of course}. The rest of the software is mouth watering!Did I forget to mention that it has an on/ off switch in the back of the unit, and also mini in and out, and other ports on the back?This is the Motu M2, and I have to tell you, I can work this thing like I had it for many years.I'm a fan for life, and take away the price, and compare it to other units, Motu will still have more value hands down!!
Musical Background:
I've been playing keyboards over 20 years
Musical Style:
Gospel, Hip-Hop., Old School
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