Synth studio hardware
Neumann Introduces MT48 Audio Interface
It’s an expanded Merging Technologies Anubis interface, Neumann/Sennheiser’s first product since acquiring the company
Neumann’s parent is Sennheiser, who acquired Merging Technologies last year. Merging Technologies’ products are still available, including the Anubis interface this one is based on.
But it’s not just re-badged, it has USB and 8-channel ADAT digital I/O, plus a redesigned interface… as you’ll read. This interface has 4×8 analog I/O, and of note its two mic preamps have a hefty 78dB of gain – very useful for people using low-output dynamic and ribbon mics. With four inputs you’ll need a submixer if you have a lot of hardware synths, but not everyone needs separate audio interface inputs for all their instruments.
The MT 48 – we’ll let you guess how they came up with the name – has some interesting features that let it work stand-alone. Those features include four built in four mixers (one per stereo output pair) and internal FX. And you can control it from an app.
Here’s Neumann’s release:
Berlin, Germany, 3 April, 2023 – Neumann, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of studio equipment, is proud to announce the launch of its first-ever audio interface, the MT 48. This innovative product represents a significant milestone in the company’s nearly 100-year history, as Neumann expands its portfolio beyond microphones, loudspeakers, and headphones to include the crucial interaction with the digital realm. The MT 48 thus realizes reference class Neumann quality from input to output.
The MT 48 audio interface is the first product with Merging Technologies inside. The Swiss Brand is famous among audio professionals for its expertise in premium AD/DA conversion and networked audio. Based on the acclaimed Merging Anubis audio interface (which remains available), the MT 48 features additional USB and ADAT connectivity, as well as a new user interface, optimized for maximum ease of use in studio and home studio applications. With a dynamic range of 136 dB (A) and mic preamps with up to 78 dB gain, the MT 48 sets a new benchmark in audio quality. It thus captures the full sound potential of even the best microphones without any bottlenecks. The MT 48 has 4 analog inputs and 8 analog output channels (4 stereo outputs) and is expandable via ADAT (switchable to S/PDIF) and AES67. MIDI I/O is included as well.
The interface also boasts two extremely powerful headphone amplifiers with ultra-low output impedance, driving any headphones to peak performance. Onboard DSP effects include sophisticated EQ, complex dynamics processing, and reverb. Additionally, the MT 48’s unique Dual Output Technology allows users to record the pre-FX and post-FX signal simultaneously. Four independent mixers, one for each stereo output, allow for perfect monitoring, thus fostering creativity for inspired performances. An intuitive touchscreen interface allows users to change mixer levels, pan positions, and other parameters with ease. Monitor mixes and all settings can be adjusted directly on the unit. For users wishing to operate the MT 48 from their computer or tablet, a Remote Control App and browser-based Web Control are available.
- Class-leading AD/DA converters with enormous dynamic range
- Intuitive touchscreen user interface
- DSP processing (EQ, dynamics, reverb)
- 4 independent mixers with integrated talkback
- USB, MIDI, ADAT and AES67 connectivity
List price: $1,850