Motu Audio Interfaces

MOTU Mods

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MOTU offers a wide range of audio interfaces that are great for both large and small audio production setups. Their interfaces feature low-latency monitoring on newer hardware/software revisions, and have solid drivers to boot. See below for details on how we can take your interface to the next level!

*A 50% down payment will be collected during checkout. The remainder 50% will be due when the modification is complete. You will receive a confirmation email with your scheduled mod date after we receive your down payment. The interface is not included in the mod price. Please click on the “Disclaimer & Warranty” tab below for more information on how to schedule a mod.

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Product Description

Our MOTU modifications come in two different varieties:

Standard Mod

  • New, high performance op-amp upgrade on analog inputs (mic and line) to ensure better signal quality leading up to the A/D conversion stage
  • New, high performance op-amp upgrade on the analog outputs (line, monitor, and headphone) to ensure better signal quality from the D/A conversion stage to the outputs
  • Improving the performance of the analog stage circuits makes a drastic difference for tracking, mixing, and mastering (expect amazing micro-dynamics and space)!

Premium Mod

  • In addition to the Standard Mod, we include our proprietary converter decoupling on all of the A/D and D/A converters
  • Our approach to converter decoupling reduces noise generated during the conversion process, leaving you with crisp, clear audio!
  • *24Ao Premium Mod consists of converter decoupling, op-amp decoupling, and a high-end word clock crystal upgrade for the D/A converters
  • **828x / 828 Mk3 / 828 Mk3 Hybrid – Premium Mod consists of converter decoupling, high performance op-amp upgrade on analog inputs/outputs, and a signal path capacitor upgrade on analog inputs/outputs
  • ***1248 Premium Mod consists of converter decoupling, high performance op-amp upgrade on analog inputs (line/instrument), op-amp decoupling on line outputs, upgraded oscillators that run the ESS converters, headphone amplifier upgrade, and signal path capacitor upgrade on analog inputs/outputs

Get ready to hear the difference you’ve been chasing after, but unable to capture until now. Click “+” next to each modification that you’re interested in purchasing, then click “Add to cart.” Also, be sure to check out the Micro Clock Bundles tab (above) to explore how to further improve your conversion experience, and save money!

Modification

Sonic Quality

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MOTU 896 Standard

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MOTU 896mk3 Standard

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MOTU 896HD Standard

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MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid Standard

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MOTU Track 16 Premium

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MOTU 1224 Standard

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MOTU 1248 Premium

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MOTU 1296 Standard

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MOTU 16A Premium

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MOTU 2408 mk1 Standard

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MOTU 2408 mk2 Standard

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MOTU 2408 mk3 Standard

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MOTU 24Ao Premium

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MOTU 24i Standard

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MOTU 828mk3 / 828mk3 hybrid / 828x Premium

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MOTU HD192 Standard

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MOTU HD192 Premium

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The scale is from 1-10, with “1” being unimpressive audio quality and “10” being true audio excellence. This is an exponential scale, so going from “1” to “2” isn’t nearly as big of a jump as going from “9” to “10”.

FULL MOD RATINGS LIST (click here)!

Micro Clock Bundles

Create a winning team by adding the Micro Clock to your modification, and save money! By making the Micro Clock your master clock, you’ll dramatically increase the sampling precision of your digital gear. This will provide you with a more “3-dimensional” sound-stage full of detail and space.

“I’m getting my Duet mod done because I just had you guys mod my MOTU 896HD. I couldn’t believe how different (i.e.better) it sounded!! I wasn’t prepared for what I heard. I immediately went online to your site and order the mod for the Duet and to check and see if you did mods on any other gear I have. Wow, is all I gotta say! Wow!”

– Tom Mgrdichian, CA, USA 

 

“I want to tell anyone thinking of doing the Motu mod and getting the MicroClock2 that it is definitely worth it!  Both the mod and the MicroClock mk2 are great! Both are must-haves.  Nothing will improve your sound like these two purchases! I just called my wife in [to listen & she said it sounded] “crystal clear,” and “like you took the ‘muffling’ off…” she also definitely heard a big improvement in the sound! Thanks…”

Dave Bourgeois, BC, Canada

 

“Hi, thanks for the great mod on my MOTU units, big lows, fat mids and never-ending high’s, not to mention my stereo field and stereo placement is beautiful… The difference is simply unbelievable. I can’t believe I have been missing this sound all these years. Thank heavens that your company exists.”

Jacques Grylls, Ontario, Canada

 

“I just received my BLA modified Motu 828MKII and MicroClock MKII.  The improvement is beyond words.  I expected it would be better, but not by this much. I wonder how I could work before!!…  Like my monitors were covered in thick felt before…  I am able to hear details that just weren’t [previously] there…  So it’s like I received new monitors and a perfectly treated room with the package.  Shocking!!!”

Till Rohmann (aka “Glitterbug”), Cologne, Germany

 

“As soon as I plugged in the MOTU, everything worked perfectly; no problems at all. After listening to some sessions and reference songs it was clear that the D/A chain was a lot better. I could hear so much detail that I never had before– things I never even noticed before– and things that stood out! I could tell when something was too bright or too dark and I could tell if elements were fighting each other. If that wasn’t impressive enough, then I tried to record something with the MOTU. WOW! The clarity and depth that I got was phenomenal. I was blown away from the dry sounds of an acoustic guitar, and after recording vocals with a high dollar tube mic, I KNEW that I had made the right decision. It’s like every piece of gear I own now sounds twice as expensive.

Now even after that, I knew I just had to do a full rock session with this thing, and yesterday I had that opportunity. I can hardly describe the incredible change in sound quality. The A/D section is where the mod really shines. Sure, it’s great to have the high quality D/A section, but when you’ve got high quality A/D’s in your signal chain and your track counts start getting up in the 40-80 tracks per session range, the increase in individual track quality adds up and makes the overall sound quality just incredible. Every improvement counts and I believe Black Lion knows that.

I’m completely sold. It’s got depth, it’s got space, it’s got headroom! Clarity, definition, quality. all of it! My mixes translate SO easily now to different systems and my near-fields have never sounded so good. Mixing time is literally cut in half because I don’t have to worry about inaccuracy or translation anymore. Really, it sounds how I always WISHED my mixes would sound. That’s the best way to describe it: the BLA mod gave me the sound I have always been looking for, and it’s truly professional sound quality. I can FINALLY trust my signal chain. You guys have truly changed the way I record and mix. Thank you guys again for everything you do. I think you guys deserve a Nobel Prize.”

Kendal Osborne, The Closet Studio, Tulsa, OK

 

“Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I’ve been using my modded MOTU the last few days and I am loving this mod! Everything I record is much clearer, and seems to have a “space” in the mix. I guess a good description would be that everything just sounds much more real to my ears. It sucks that I have the older MOTU, and couldn’t do the clock mod, but I can only imagine what that must do for the sound! Anyway, I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. Money well spent, and I look forward to doing more business with you in the future. Thanks for all you guys are doing.”

Nick Afflitto, Roselle Park, NJ

 

“It’s been 6 years!  You modded my MOTU896HD in 2005… I “upgraded” computers and converters to a Lynx Aurora8 with AES16pci card but for some reason keep listening back to the stuff I did with the BLA MOTU and I love the sound!  Am I crazy?…  The Aurora sounds decent, but just flat and lifeless…”

Philip Thi

 

“I should’ve emailed you guys awhile ago, but I’ve been so busy using my MOTU24 which sounds like heaven now, I just forgot to email you back to say what I great job you guys did and how ridiculously good it sounds. You all rule!!! But I’m sure you know that by now… Thanks again guys! I’m looking to grab and Auteur really soon cause I’m more than satisfied with the mod!”

Jeff Grimm

 

“It’s some 3 months+ now since I got my upgraded MOTU back from you guys, and I’m sure you’ve got recommendations coming out the wazoo by now but I just wanted to add my own. You guys did a sterling job with my “damaged-on-arrival” MOTU box, surpassing my service-level expectations by far, well done.  The sound is, as expected, really, really, REALLY good – but it’s no better than the rest of your service, which is really saying something. Well done again. I’m recommending you to everyone I know who would care…”

Lindon Parker, Red Hill, Victoria, Australia

 

“I was just recommending you guys to another friend of mine today and I realized that it’s approaching 2 years since you modded my MOTU 24io for me. I just wanted to say thanks for providing such an awesome service at such awesome prices. I am constantly recommending that people on a budget go to you guys. My unit sounds absolutely fantastic, still functions perfectly alongside the Micro Clock MkII, and has been the best investment I’ve ever made, hands down… Keep up the good work…Thanks again and take care!”

Harold King, Exemplary Records, Austin, TX

 

MODIFICATIONS

Scheduling

We schedule modifications according to demand. The next available “mod” date is listed on our website. Modifications can be scheduled online or by email (info@blacklionaudio.com). We require a 50% down payment in order to secure your spot on our “mod” calendar. You will receive a confirmation email with your scheduled date after we receive your down payment. The audio interface is NOT included in the “mod” price.

Payment

We accept credit and debit cards (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover), PayPal, checks, money orders, and real estate deed transfers (no mortgages or liens, please).

Shipping

Please ship your gear to arrive at our shop 1-2 business days prior to your scheduled “mod” date. Be sure to pack your gear well (recommended 2” – 4” of protective materials) to avoid any additional charges for BLA-supplied packaging materials. We won’t be held liable for damage incurred during shipping.

Turnaround Time

Our turnaround time on modifications is typically 7-10 business days from the scheduled “mod” date. This does not include any unforeseen issues, the time it takes for final billing, or return shipping. We will contact you if we’re experiencing longer-than-usual turnaround.

Final Payment

After your modification is complete, we will contact you to collect the remainder 50% of the modification price, plus return shipping.
Please be aware, any completed modifications remaining unpaid in our shop for more than 5 business days from the time the final invoice is sent will accrue a $10 per day holding fee. Any completed modifications remaining in our shop for more than 20 business days from the time the final invoice is sent will be considered abandoned and sold to reimburse our costs.

Return Shipping

Customers are responsible for all return shipping costs for modifications. We use UPS (signature required) for shipping within the continental U.S., and USPS for shipping elsewhere. We can accommodate DHL and FedEx shipments upon request. You will be emailed a tracking number when your order ships.
We won’t adjust invoices to help international shipments avoid import duties, so please don’t ask. Your time is better spent lobbying your local government.

Warranty

We extend a two-year warranty on defects in materials and workmanship for all Black Lion Audio modifications from the modification date. This does not cover user error, wear, tear, abuse, or OEM failures related to hardware, firmware, or software.
Should your B.L.A. modification experience any problems or failures during the warranty period, please email us at info@blacklionaudio.com to request an RMA form. Warranty repairs that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed.

Rescheduling

We can reschedule modifications for up to two weeks prior to the scheduled modification date. Please email us at info@blacklionaudio.com with any changes you’d like to make.

Cancellations

We accept modification cancellations for up to two weeks prior to the scheduled modification date. If you need to cancel within two weeks of your scheduled date, there is a 30% cancellation fee of the down payment amount.

Returns & Exchanges

Once something has been modified, there’s no going back. We are not able to offer returns or exchanges on modified equipment.

Non-Warranty Repairs

If your B.L.A. modification is in need of a repair that isn’t covered by our warranty, please email us at info@blacklionaudio.com to request an RMA form. Repairs that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed. We charge a nominal bench fee that covers most repairs. If the cost of a repair exceeds the bench fee, we will contact you.

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