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Track16 Breakout Box
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he Track16 Breakout from MOTU is a hardware breakout box that mirrors all the inputs and outputs that are otherwise provided on the Track16's breakout cable.

The solidly constructed metal case offers a more robust interconnection solution than that found on the breakout cable and cleans up cable clutter.

  • Breakout box for the Track16 desktop audio interface
  • Provides the same connections as the breakout cable originally supplied with the Track16
  • Connects to Track16 with an included custom, shielded 40-inch (1 meter) DB25-to-DB25 cable
  • All metal housing

Technical Specifications

Technicial Specifications

Converters 24-bit
Sample rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Analog inputs 2 x XLR mic inputs
2 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
1 x 1/8" stereo "mini" line inputs (unbalanced)
2 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar inputs
Analog outputs 2 x 1/4" balanced TRS main out
2 x 1/4" unbalanced TRS line out
1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
1 x 1/8" stereo headphone
Digital I/O 8-channel ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
4-channel SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
2-channel TOSlink (optical S/PDIF) up to 96 kHz
Computer I/O 1 x FireWire 400 (Type B connector)
1 x USB 2.0
Sync in/out SMPTE time code (LTC)
Headphone output 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone
1 x 1/8" stereo phone
Phantom power Individual +48V
Top panel 2 x 7-segment ladder LEDs • main outs
2 x 7-segment LEDs • mic in or line 3-4 in
2 x 7-segment LEDs • guitar in or phones
2 x 7-segment LEDs • line in 1-2 or line out
2 x LEDs • 48V phantom power
2 x LEDs • -20 dB pad
5 x backlit switches • input select
3 x backlit switches • output select
1 x backlit switch • meters toggle
1 x backlit switch • power
Power requirements 9-18V DC, 5W, tip + or -
FireWire bus power
DC power adapter included, required for stand-alone and USB 2.0 operation (except with FireWire bus power)

Mac System Requirements

  • PowerPC G4 CPU 1 GHz or faster (including any Mac with a PowerPC G5 or any Intel processor)
  • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, or 10.5; v10.5.8 or later required
  • Available FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

Windows System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster equipped with at least one USB2 or FireWire port
  • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
  • Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista, 32- or 64-bit; Vista SP 2 or later required
  • Available FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

Included software

  • CueMix FX
  • MOTU SMPTE Console
  • AudioDesk (Mac only, optical CD drive required)

Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X version 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, or 10.5 (v10.5.8 or later is required)
  • Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista (SP2 or later is required)

64-bit operation

  • Available for Mac OS X v10.8, 10.7, or 10.6
  • Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista
  • Requires a 64-bit CPU

Feature Highlights

16 x 14 audio interface for Mac and Windows

All channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.

Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity

Connects to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2.

One-touch operation

Simply tap the input or output you wish to control with the main knob.

Compact desktop form factor

Sits neatly next to your computer keyboard or laptop.

16-bus digital mixer

Routes and mixes all sixteen inputs to any output pair.

Eight separate stereo mixes

Each output pair (main outs, line outs, phones, 4x optical, and a return bus) can have a completely different mix of all eight inputs, with or without computer tracks.

Two mic inputs

2x pre-amp equipped mic inputs with individual 48V phantom power, -20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim™, and plenty of gain.

Two guitar inputs

2x hi-Z guitar inputs with Precision Digital Trim.

Stereo line inputs

On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect a keyboard, synth, drum machine or other analog source.

Stereo main outs

On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).

Stereo line outs

Separate line-level outputs for secondary studio monitors or other destination.

Two headphone outputs

Can't find your headphone adapter? No problem. Both a quarter-inch and eighth-inch jack are provided. Or connect two pairs of phones simultaneously.

Support for HD audio

Supports standard sample rates up to 192 kHz.

Precision Digital Trim™

Digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of your inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.

CueMix™ FX cross-platform mixing software

Attractive on-screen graphic mixing with an instrument tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram "waterfall" display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.

Stand-alone operation

Bring the Track16 to your gig, with or without a computer. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go.


Add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.

Time code support

Directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.

Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS)

DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the Track16 is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.

DC-coupled TRS outputs

Can be used with Volta™ (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.

Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2

Compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.

Native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 8/7/Vista

Includes ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI drivers. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.

Fully compatible with 3rd-party software

100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs.

Includes audio workstation software

Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.

Bus-powered FireWire operation

No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone or USB2 operation.

Compact form factor

Chassis dimensions: 5 (W) × 8.375 (L) × 1.125 (H) inches (12.7 × 21.27 × 2.86 cm). Knob height adds approximately 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from the top surface.

Included breakout cable

Included DB25 breakout cable with audio connectors is approximately 44 inches (111.76 cm) long.

Track16 breakout box (sold separately)

Connects to Track16 via a custom-designed DB25-to-DB25 cable (included with the breakout box) and provides all the same connectors as the Track16 cable.

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