Motu 828es 28×32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

The MOTU 828es is a 28-in, 32-out, Thunderbolt or USB Audio Interface with an ESS Sabre32 DAC as well as dual full-colour displays. Delivering pristine audio quality playback, the 828es boasts an outstanding 123dB of dynamic range. As a result, you’ll enjoy all-round impressive recording performance, with next to zero latency.

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Motu 828es

The MOTU 828es is a 28-in, 32-out, Thunderbolt or USB Audio Interface with an ESS Sabre32 DAC as well as dual full-colour displays. Delivering pristine audio quality playback, the 828es boasts an outstanding 123dB of dynamic range. As a result, you’ll enjoy all-round impressive recording performance, with next to zero latency.

With a host of I/O, the 828es gives you access to 60 simultaneous audio channels; 2 top of the range mic preamps; a wide range of digital options; and AVB networking. What’s more, you can use the 828es as a standalone mixer; or make use of wireless control directly from your tablet, smartphone, or laptop. Above all, the 828es is a powerful, DSP-driven audio interface that offers a wide range of great-sounding digital effects.

Packed with high-end features

MOTU is a brand that’s renowned for its top-notch hardware and professional sound. Following suit, the 828es gives you everything you’d expect. Including top-notch sound, ridiculously low latency, and ample I/O into a single-rack enclosure. Sporting renowned ESS Sabre32 DAC technology, the 828es gives you analog audio quality that competes with the best. While the optimized drivers mean you’ll experience latency as low as 1.6ms at 96kHz through Thunderbolt connection and 1.9ms through USB.

The 828es also features 2 mic preamps, 8 analog inputs & outputs, 2 XLR outputs, and dual stereo headphone outputs. Not to mention 16 channels of ADAT, S/PDIF, MIDI, and word clock I/O.

DSP, EQ, Compression & Effects

Sporting a built-in digital mixer, the MOTU 828es delivers large-console-style mixing offering 48 channels, 7 stereo busses, 3 groups, access to 32 network inputs, and 32-bit floating-point effects processing. So it’s easier than ever to build complex and latency-free routing schemes. You can also send any input to any output, or even multiple outputs. When it comes to effects, the 828es boasts a Classic Reverb, 4-Band British Parametric EQ, and vintage modeled LA-2A compression. So you’ve got everything you need to fine-tune and add flare to your recordings.

Innovative Wireless Control

Connect your 828es to a wireless router, and enjoy the capabilities of a fully standalone mixer. Allowing you to access all the internal mixing functions, effects, and processing power; straight from your tablet, smartphone, or laptop. To top it off, the 828es software is entirely web-based. So it can run directly from your web browser, as long as you’re on the same network.

Get more from your MOTU 828es

Finally, if you need even more I/O and processing power; the MOTU 828es allows you to link multiple AVB-equipped audio interfaces directly to it. Allowing you to easily link hundreds of channels across multiple rooms!

  • 28-in/32-out hybrid audio interface for studio and live sound
  • ESS Sabre32 DAC technology delivers 123dB of dynamic range and superb audio quality
  • Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 1.6ms at 96kHz via Thunderbolt and 1.9ms via USB
  • Dual LCD screens allow you to see all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering
  • Access your hardware settings from a simple and convenient front-panel menu
  • 2 great-sounding microphone preamps with dedicated sends, switchable pads, and phantom power
  • 8 analog inputs accommodate a wide variety of line-level gear
  • 16 channels of ADAT optical digital I/O and stereo S/PDIF expand your system with additional gear
  • Built-in talkback mic with front-panel Talk button and A/B speaker select buttons
  • Onboard 32-bit floating point DSP-driven digital mixer with EQ, dynamics, and effects provides latency-free routing
  • Hook up a wireless router and take complete control of the onboard mixer from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone
  • MOTU’s AVB audio networking expands your system with additional AVB-equipped audio interfaces
  • Create an AVB network via optional AVB Switches with support for up to 5 compatible interfaces

Computer Connectivity: Thunderbolt 2, USB 2.0, Ethernet AVB

Form Factor: Rackmount

Simultaneous I/O: 28 x 32

A/D Resolution: Up to 24-bit/192kHz

Number of Preamps: 2

Phantom Power: Yes

Analog Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4″ combo (mic/line/instrument), 8 x 1/4″ (line)

Analog Outputs: 8 x 1/4″ (line out), 2 x XLR (main out), 2 x 1/4″ (sends)

Digital Inputs: 1 x RCA (S/PDIF), 2 x Optical (ADAT)

Digital Outputs: 1 x RCA (S/PDIF), 2 x Optical (ADAT)

Headphones: 2 x 1/4″ TRS

USB: 1 x Type B 2.0

Thunderbolt: 1 x Thunderbolt 2

Data I/O: 1 x Ethernet (AVB/TSN)

MIDI I/O: In/Out

Other I/O: 1 x 1/4″ (footswitch)

Clock I/O: 2 x BNC (In, Out/Thru), 2 x 1/4″ (TC In, Out)

OS Requirements – Mac: OS X 10.8 or later

OS Requirements – PC: Windows 7 or later

Rack Spaces: 1U

Power Supply: Standard IEC AC cable

Height: 5cm

Width: 48.26cm

Depth: 18cm

Weight: 2kg

For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.