MOTU M6 USB-C Audio/MIDI Interface

Product #105687 | SKU 3160 | Motu
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  • Musicians, Podcasters, and Producers
  • AC and Bus Powered / Mac, Windows
  • 4 Mic / Line / Hi-Z Preamps, 2 Line In
  • 2 Headphone Out, 4 Line Out
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz Audio AD/DA Conversion
  • Full-Colour LCD with I/O Metering


A High-quality Audio Interface That Won’t Break the Bank

Looking for a high-quality audio interface that won't break the bank? The MOTU M6 fits that description to a T. This 6-in/4-out USB-C audio interface includes ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology for top-shelf sound, along with optimised drivers that yield impressive low-latency performance. Four great-sounding mic preamps include individual gain adjustment and phantom power, while 1-touch hardware monitoring ensures smooth tracking. You'll also benefit from convenient front-panel metering, by way of the M6's full-color LCD screen. Podcasters will appreciate the built-in loopback functionality, which includes a mix knob for balancing your live input with your computer's playback. Bus-powered for the ultimate in portability, the MOTU M6 packs a lot of performance into a compact, high-powered audio interface.

Best-in-class D/A, low latency, and ample I/O

MOTU have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, due to MOTU's products offering customers superb sound and solid performance. The M6 follows suit, packing top-notch sound, impressively low latency, and ample I/O into a single-rack enclosure. Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology delivers 120dB of dynamic range, ensuring that the M6's analog audio quality can hang with the most impressive gear on the market. Optimised drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 32-bit/96kHz with a 32 sample buffer. The M6 includes all of the essential connections, including four mic/line/hi-Z guitar inputs on combo XLR/TRS jacks, four DC-coupled analog outputs, and an ESS-driven stereo headphone output. MIDI I/O is also included.

Loopback functionality makes live internet streaming easy

If you do live streaming or podcasting, you'll appreciate the MOTU M6's loopback functionality. Loopback blends your mic or other input signals with the output from your computer, then sends the blended signal back to your computer. This enables you to record your computer's output, along with the inputted material. The M6 also includes a mix knob for balancing your live input with your computer's playback.

Hardware monitoring offers zero-latency operation

Latency can really take the mojo out of a performance — it's a jarring sensation. That's why the M6 includes 1-touch hardware monitoring. This feature enables all of the interface's analog inputs to be routed directly to its analog outputs, resulting in zero-latency operation. This means that there is no delay between what you play and/or sing and what you hear in your headphones. The M6's inputs can also be recorded simultaneously, allowing you to monitor with zero latency while tracking — a must for achieving a natural-sounding performance.

Key Features
  • 6-in/4-out USB-C audio interface
  • ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology delivers 120dB of dynamic range and superb audio quality
  • Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 32-bit/96kHz with a 32 sample buffer
  • Full-color LCD screen supplies convenient front-panel metering
  • 4 great-sounding microphone preamps with individual gain and phantom power
  • 1-touch hardware monitoring on all inputs
  • Loopback for live streaming and podcasting
  • Mix knob for balancing live input with your computer's playback
  • USB bus-powered for the ultimate in portability
  • 6+GB of free loops, samples, and 1-shots from industry-leading libraries


Form Factor Desktop
Display 1 x Colour LCD
Channels of I/O Analogue:
6 Inputs / 4 Outputs
Built-In DSP None
Maximum Sampling Rate 192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps 4 Preamps
Built-In Microphone None
Input Level Adjustment 4 x Knob
Expansion Slots None
Signal Processing
Pad None
Gain/Trim Range Mic Inputs:
0 dB to +60 dB
Line/Hi-Z Inputs:
0 dB to +57 dB
High-Pass Filter None
Solo/Mute None
Analogue Audio I/O 4 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Input
2 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output (DC-Coupled)
Phantom Power 48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Digital Audio I/O None
Host Connection / USB 1 x USB-C
Host Connection Protocol USB 2.0
USB (Non-Host) None
Sync I/O None
Network I/O None
MIDI I/O 1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Wireless Connectivity None
Frequency Response Mic Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.1 dB
Line, Hi-Z Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.15 dB
Line Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.07 dB
Line Outputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.1 dB
Maximum Input Level Mic Inputs:
+10 dBu (Max Level In)
Line Inputs:
+16 dBu (Max Level In)
Maximum Output Level Line Outputs:
+18 dBu (Balanced)
Line Outputs:
+16 dBu (Unbalanced)
Headphone Outputs:
+12.5 dBu
Impedance Mic Inputs:
2.65 Kilohms
Line Inputs:
2 Megohms
Hi-Z Inputs:
1 Megohm
Line Outputs:
100 Ohms
Dynamic Range Mic Inputs:
115 dBA
Line Inputs:
114 dBA
Line/Monitor Outputs:
120 dBA
Headphone Outputs:
115 dBA
THD+N Mic Inputs:
-97 dB
Line Inputs:
< -100 dB / < 0.001% (@ 14 dBu)
Line/Monitor Outputs:
< -110 dB / < 0.00032% (@ -1 dBFS, Unweighted, 1 kHz)
Headphone Outputs:
< -110 dB
EIN Mic Inputs:
-129 dBu A-Weighted (@ Max Gain, 150 Ohms)
Digital Audio
Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
Sample Rate Conversion None
Bit Depths 24-Bit
Latency Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring2.5 ms at 96 kHz (Dependant on Buffer Size, Input to Output)
Sync Sources Internal
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card Slot None
OS Compatibility macOS 10.11 or Later (64-Bit Only)
macOS 10.13 or Later (64-Bit Only)
Windows 10 or Later (64-Bit Only)
*As of October, 2022: Cheque with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Included Software Ableton Live Lite
Digital Performer Lite
Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Included Plug-Ins None
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-Ins macOS Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Processor Requirement Mac:
1 GHz Intel Core i3 (64-Bit)
1 GHz Intel Pentium
RAM Requirements 2 GB, 4 GB Recommended
Storage Requirements 500 GB
Required Hardware Available USB 2.0 Port
USB Cable (Included)
Internet Connection Required for Software/Driver Download
Power Requirements AC/DC Power Adapter (Included)
Anti-Theft Features Kensington Security Slot
Dimensions 9.21 x 4.75 x 1.8" / 23.39 x 12.06 x 4.6 cm (Chassis Only)
Weight 2.2 lb / 1.0 kg

In The Box

  • MOTU M6 USB-C Audio/MIDI Interface
  • USB-C to USB-A Cable
  • DC Power Adapter


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  • Product: MOTU M6 USB-C Audio/MIDI Interface
  • Manufacturer: Motu
  • Model: M6
  • SKU: 3160
  • RM Product #: 105687

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