MOTU MicroBook II
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MOTU MicroBook II

MicroBook II, USB audio interface from MOTU in the MicroBook series.

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Average Score:3.1( 3.1/5 based on 6 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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nofuturenocore08/19/2014

nofuturenocore's review"I wouldn't take it for anything in the world"

MOTU MicroBook II
Which technical specifications motivated your choice?
Small, portable, MOTU, Enough for a beginning.

What do you use it for?
To record condenser MICs, analog and modular synthezisers and DAW.

What's your setup (motherboard, CPU, RAM, hard drive,...)?
I have a badass monster I put together and optimized myself, I work with computers...

Do you use it with other instruments or systems (mixing console, preamp, DtD, ...) and what's your setup? ...
Focal monitors, Cordial cable, DJTT USB cable.

UTILIZATION

Are the drivers stable?
No

Are they up to date?
No

Which software do you use?
Ableton Live

What's the latency of your system?
It's useless to do automation with Ableton's Curve without having a buffer of 512 Samples; no problems with my motherboard's built-in soundcard using MME DirectX...

How many tracks can you record/playback simultaneously ? ...
I have never counted, because it depends on the gear you use on each track, but with a CPU-resource consumption above 40% it produces glitches, clicks and pops.

GETTING STARTED

Did you have any problems during the installation?
Plug and Play ( ...or rather Plug and Do Your Head In)

Did you have any incompatibility problems?
Yes

Is the overall configuration complicated?
You can get easily lost with the strange options...

Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive? ...
Yes

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you been using it?

Which feature do you like the most / the least?
The most:
The tools are great, Oscilloscope, Tuner, FFT Analyzer, etc.

The least:
The included USB cable is completely useless, it only makes the soundcard restart all the time.
USB female connector of dubious quality.
Latency, CPU consumption, it's horrible, glitches, clicks and pops without end.
The card simply can't be used with a buffer below 512 (and I'm talking about a 4.8 Ghz PC with the best components inside, and I won't to tell you how it did with my laptop...)
Live's Automation works poorly or not at all in "Curve" mode if the buffer isn't set to 512 samples in Live, but I have no problems with Directx/MME and a built-in soundcard.

Did you try any other models before buying this one?
No

How would you rate its value for money?
It's worthless, frankly, not even free is it a good option.

Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? ...
Right now, if I were to find one lying on the street inside its box I would throw it directly into the first garbage can I'd found.

A final word:
I must warn all Windows users to run from the brand, which is just worse as time goes by, the drivers aren't stable, the USB connector and the USB cable included are of very bad quality. The overall operation is deplorable.

Bottom line, unless your idea of making music is racking your brains every time, don't even think about it.

I had heard lots of good things about this brand when I started out but, to be true, I don't know where that reputation comes from.

In short, it's lousy.
mrjason03/06/2013

mrjason's review"It is good, but I would not purchase it again"

MOTU MicroBook II
The MOTU Micro Book II is very small and compact. It works via USB with a computer and it is an 8 bus digital mixer as well. This mixer is plug and play, even the install is very quick and easy. Loading up the drivers is really the only thing that needs to be done and after that it will work in your DAW. I only used it on my MacBook Pro and used it a few times for some small projects in Garage Band. I have also used it with Ableton Live and it worked great. I didn’t install the software that came with it though because I didn’t feel the need to put it on my hard drive knowing that I wouldn’t need it. But for someone who is just starting out, it does come with software just in case you do not already have one.

UTILIZATION

The conversion on this unit is very good but there are some issues with using it in Garage Band when it comes to the phone output. There are a lot of users who have had this problem and for some reason it only happens on Macs. The playback and outputs are very clean even when at loud volumes. I used a pair of Alesis speakers to monitor with when I had this device and the speakers were not very expensive either but it sounded great.

GETTING STARTED

This unit is very portable and small, I recommend it for the mobile producer/engineer or even the mobile DJ. There are ups and downs with it and it wouldn’t be my first choice in this price range if I had to do it all over again I would have purchased something else.

OVERALL OPINION

Also the customer support with it was not very good either, they didn’t seem to know what they were talking about. So if you are not good at working with interfaces like this one and do not want to trouble shoot I would stay away from it.
sw8011/12/2012

sw80's review"Use it on the go"

MOTU MicroBook II
The MicroBook II is a 4 in and 6 out interface that connects to your computer through a USB cable. It is one of the smaller and more portable interfaces that MOTU makes, it is also one of the more affordable ones as well. This interface is small and simple to understand, you will not need to touch a manual to operate the MicroBook II. It works great on your PC and on your Mac, and will work in any DAW you wish to use it with. I started using this interface off and on this summer and one of the first things that I noticed is how great of a recording you can get with this little interface. I would not use it for anything but rough drafts and demos though just because the preamps are not warm enough for me and the tone is a little colored with this interface.

UTILIZATION

For this interface to be small and affordable, the latency is gone! You can record whatever you would like to record with this interface latency free. I do recommend using a higher quality microphone with it because of the preamps coloring the sound, using a cheaper microphone will give you some bad quality.

GETTING STARTED

I have experienced 0 compatibility issues when using it with my MacBook and all of the basic functions of this interface are right on the face of it. They are easy to use and understand, the knobs are built well for this interface to be as affordable as it is.

OVERALL OPINION

My favorite thing about this interface is that you can take it with you and get a good sound no matter where you are going to use it at. The lease favorite thing about this interface is that you have to use a better than average microphone with it or your tone will have a lot of color to it. Even I am recording a demo on the go I still want a clean sound.
emohint05/10/2012

emohint's review"Good and small mobile card!"

MOTU MicroBook II
I was looking for a small and compact soundcard with enough INs & OUTs to be able to record demos on the road.

Plus, it has built-in DSPs, cool. It's (high rate) USB powered, which is cool.

UTILIZATION

The drivers seem stable and, from what I know of the brand, updates are constant. Cuemix FX is clear and easy to use. I use this card with DP or Audiodesk.

GETTING STARTED

Easy and effective overall design and usability. Installation in a couple of clicks.

OVERALL OPINION

Interesting value for money, I think the sound is quite all right for a soundcard at this price point. I have never tried the "Mix" DJ mode, but I'm sure it will find a place in my mobile setup.
PhiBee12/01/2014

PhiBee's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good nomadic card, or even fixed."

MOTU MicroBook II
I was looking for a small card with a minimum of 4 in and 4out, and I end up with 6 out :) - Also looking for a nomadic card. And especially with a DSP to limit or eliminate latency.
I use it on a MacBook Pro i7 in Yosemite and records mostly guitars (acoustic and electric), with an external MultiFX (Digitech TSR24s) insert in the card.
All under 11 and Komplete 8 Protools.

UTILIZATION

Stable drivers (for the moment) to see over time;)
Tests in rec 4 simultaneous tracks.
For latency, via the sequencer, a very slight lag, but as I use the internal routine of the card - with its DSP and FX - it's just perfect :)
The sound is clear to him, with good dynamics, without distortion or special coloring.

GETTING STARTED

Installation without any problems, there is no simple: install the software, plug the card.
The app home management routine takes some practice, but once you understand, it works very well, and the ability to create routings and save the "4 mix" that manage the different outputs with independent settings is frankly more.

OVERALL OPINION

I did that for several days, but accustomed to sound and studio equipment (post-production sound engineer) for quite a few years (sic!), I find it sounds spot in agreement with what I was looking for, at a price quite reasonable. Also tested Focusrite Sapphire PRO14 and 24 (very good in this case) in the same price range, but my choice was on MOTU this time (I had Mbox2 Mini Digidesign and Roland UA-101 before; MOTU surpasses without problems).
In search of a small multi-purpose card, solid and stable, with minimum 4x4, it is also imposed by the experience of the brand.
dj_le_fuck10/11/2012

dj_le_fuck's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good sound and very flexible."

MOTU MicroBook II
I was taken to a crisis idiophilie paranoid and I started Lexicon Ionix U42S accuse my ring hollow and dull.
Then I read a review in Sound on Sound on the Motu, and considering the price, I thought that I might as well try it.
Size also played a role in my choice: it has the same length as a CD case for 75% of the width. Height: 3.5 cm. All metal housing.
Compared to my Lexicon, it's a big change.
In contrast, the internal DSP side, internal mixer cooled me: I do not want to add a layer of whatever between the converters and the file. In fact, it is not so: the DSP is only used for monitoring, the sound returned once scanned indeed directly in the file.
On the other hand, I had used my Lexicon is to digitize my vinyl or taken for micro, never more. I never really needed four XLR / 48V Lexicon. The Motu could perfectly fit in my needs.
The gain is analog, but digitally controlled. That's good: gain levels can be stored in the software configuration control CueMix. On my Lexicon gain knobs cracked, and there was a lot of noise on the remaining 10%, there much much less with Motu.
I therefore used for recording microphone (Rode NT-1) and digitizing vinyl.
My config: Tower PC / Motherboard Asus / proc i7 2600 / 16GB Ram

UTILIZATION

Stable drivers yes.
However, it "jumps" systematically at every boot. So I have to disconnect and then reconnect to the end of each boot. So I placed a small USB extension cable that I unplugged / branch, rather than damaging force the USB card.
It just may be that I go through a hub (see below why). But I'm too lazy to solve this problem which is not really for me. It's just a bit boring.
I actually use modest two tracks to both input, four output if I make Traktor. No problems. Latency of 6-8 ms is enough for me, I did not really try to do less, lazy again, and to avoid picking up the emm * HERD.

GETTING STARTED

Very very bad impression at first use: constant digital noise in my speakers (Yamaha HS-80M-connected symmetric) regardless of the level. Mass problem I suppose, information travels constantly between the card and control software CueMix.
I said that this self-powered by USB card not getting enough juice from the bus my motherboard: so I plugged into a powered hub, and then the noise has disappeared forever, forever, forever ...
Otherwise installation without problems. The serial number is in Flash, so you have to have done the installation process to end before registering at Motu.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for two months and it's going very well.
Most: 3 analog stereo outputs, two mini-jack, each of which receive a different mix back via the control software CueMix. That is downright practical, especially since we can EQer and compress each output.
1 SPDIF output suplémentaire mirroring Main I think.
Balanced analogue output of 1-2, thank you guys, it's clean.
Another plus: it may be a psychological effect, but I think it sounds very good output, very clear, very powerful. But I repeat: I am paranoid idiophile limit, so psychology plays a huge role in my feelings.
However, I felt no difference in my entry into digitizing vinyl over my Lexicon. Still feeling a little lack of air and space relative to the direct signal. Again, the psychological effect of idiophile?

To summarize:
Quality / Price ratio: excellent, a killer for the price.
Features: Excellent for my use:
One XLR microphone input / 48V
1 high impedance instrument input
1 stereo input jacks big or small jack
Gain entries: very very clean for my taste.
3 analog stereo outputs
Control software CueMix rather well done, which can save the complete configuration of the beast.