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MOTU828MK3 Hybrid Audio Interface


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The MOTU 828 mk3 is a hybrid audio interface boasting both USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity and a plethora of advanced routing/mixing options too numerous to list in a single description. Additionally, the interface features 10 channels of 192kHz analog recording/playback alongside 16 channels of ADAT digital I/O and stereo S/PDIF.

The interface is also expandable via another MOTU audio interface or the 8pre input expander, and can be used independently from a computer as a standalone mixer with 28 inputs and 30 outputs. 

The interface benefits from advanced tools allow users to several means of signal analysis: there’s a full-screen FFT display, waterfall display, spectrogram, oscilloscope, linear and polar analysis graphs, and a X-Y plot. If all that isn’t enough, the 828 can be used independently from a computer as a standalone mixer with effects. In terms of the latter, each of the 828’s 28 inputs enjoy access to digital reverb, EQ, and compression—which means users can mix, process, and monitor from one convenient location. 

Other powerful features, like CueMix FX and the ability to support up to 8 stereo mixes make the MOTU 828 mk3 a welcome addition to any home or professional studio setup. 

828MK3 Features

  • Hybrid FireWire/USB2 connectivity lets you connect to your computer via either bus-powered FireWire or hi-speed USB2
  • CueMix FX - flexible 28 input/16 bus mixer with on-board DSP effects, including reverb with sends/returns, plus EQ and compression on every input and output
  • 28 inputs / 30 outputs (at 44.1/48 kHz) - there's no channel sharing in the 828mk3; the mic inputs, S/PDIF I/O, headphone out and main outs are all handled as separate channels
  • Front-panel control lets you access any setting in your entire 828mk3 mix directly from the front panel
  • Standalone operation lets you program your mixes at the studio and then bring the 828mk3 to your gig with no computer needed
  • Tweak your mix on site using the back-lit LCD and front-panel controls
  • Multiple CueMix FX mixes - create different monitor mixes for the main outs and headphones, or add send/return loops for outboard gear with no latency
  • Two front panel combo jacks provide hi-Z 1/4" guitar input or low-Z XLR mic input with phantom power, pad, and plenty of gain
  • Mic/guitar instrument sends - add your favorite outboard EQ, preamp, reverb or other processor to the two mic/guitar inputs, before the signal goes digital
  • Clip protection - Mic/guitar input limiter prevents digital clipping and distortion from overloaded signal levels up to +12dB over zero
  • 8 24-bit 192kHz analog inputs and outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks
  • Precision Digital Trim - Digitally controlled analog trim on all analog inputs (mic/guitar inputs + 1/4" TRS inputs) provides accurate adjustments in 1dB increments
  • Fine-tune the balance of your analog inputs and then save/recall trim configurations
  • Flexible optical I/O - 16 channels of ADAT lightpipe, 8 channels of SMUX (96kHz) or two pairs of stereo TOSLink
  • Mix and match formats between the two banks
  • Connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed
  • The MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software
  • Add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow
  • Separate XLR main outs and front-panel headphone jacks, each with independent volume control
  • Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF in/out
  • Word clock in and out
  • SMPTE in and out
  • Includes 32- and 64-bit native drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista/XP, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Macintosh with recording, editing, mixing, realtime 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0
  • Front panel volume control for monitoring - Stereo, Quad, 6.1, 7.1 and user-defined surround monitoring setups available
  • Two front-panel headphone jacks with independent volume controls
  • Front-panel meters or activity LEDs for all analog, digital and MIDI I/O, plus SMPTE sync tach and lock LEDs
  • Dedicated front-panel clock status LEDs
  • International 100-240V, 50-60 Hz auto-switching power supply


Mac System Requriements

  • A G4/500Mhz Power Mac or faster equipped with at least one FireWire port
  • At least 256MB (megabytes) of RAM (512MB or more is recommended)
  • Mac OS X (version 10.4.9 or later)
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 100GB)

Windows System Requirements

  • A 1GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster equipped with at least one FireWire port
  • A Pentium III processor or faster is recommended
  • At least 256MB of RAM (512MB or more is recommended)
  • Windows XP or Vista
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 100GB)
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