Motu 828MK3 Hybrid Audio Interface

The 828mk3 Hybrid is a unique Audio Interface from Motu. This interface feature both USB & Firewire connection along with 10 amazing 192kHz analog recording playback, 16 channels of ADAT digital I/O and stereo S/PDIF. Making this a must have for any serious studio.

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Hybrid FireWire / USB2 connectivity

As a hybrid audio interface, the 828mk3 provides flexible connectivity to any Mac or PC via FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0, with ten channels of pristine 192 kHz analog recording and playback, combined with sixteen channels of ADAT digital I/O and stereo S/PDIF. Expand your system by connecting additional MOTU audio interfaces or the 8pre mic inputexpander

Tons of I/O

The 828mk3 is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. As an interface or standalone mixer, the 828mk3 provides 28 separate inputs and 30 separate outputs, including dedicated main outs on XLRs and two front panel headphone outs.

On-board digital mixer with effects for monitoring and live mixing

Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors. Record, monitor, route and process all of these live inputs using the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer – with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Apply hardware DSP-driven compression, EQ and reverb to every input and output, independent of your host computer. When recording from the mic/guitar inputs, the 828mk3’s signal overload protection gives you an extra 12 dB of headroom above zero with no digital clipping or harsh artifacts.

    • Hybrid FireWire/USB2 connectivity — connect to your computer via either plug-and-play 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 — access any setting in your entire 828mk3 mix directly from the front panel.
    • Stand-alone operation — program your mixes at the studio and then bring the 828mk3 to your gig – no computer needed. Need to tweak the mix? Do it on site using the back-lit LCD and front-panel controls.
    • Multiple CueMix FX mixes — for example, 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 +12 dB over zero.
    • Eight 24-bit 192kHz analog inputs and outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4″ TRS jacks

For More Info See the MOTU Website

Full system requirements

Converters: 24-bit
Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Analog inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS combo-style mic/guitar inputs
8 x 1/4″ TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
Analog outputs: 2 x XLR balanced main out
8 x 1/4″ balanced TRS line out
2 x 1/4″ TRS stereo headphone
Digital I/O 16 channels of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
8 channels of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
2-channel TOSlink (optical S/PDIF) up to 96 kHz
2-channel RCA S/PDIF up to 96 kHz
Total I/O 28 inputs and 30 outputs at 1x sample rates
20 inputs and 22 outputs at 2x sample rates
10 inputs and 10 outputs at 4x sample rates
Computer I/O 1 x Thunderbolt (compatible with 1 and 2)
1 x USB 2.0 (compatible with 3.0)
Sync I/O 1 x SMPTE time code in (LTC)
1 x SMPTE time code out (LTC)
1 x word clock in
1 x word clock out
Headphone output: 1 x 1/4″ TRS stereo phone (assignable)
1 x 1/4″ TRS stereo phone (mirrors main outs)
Phantom power 2 x individual +48V
Front panel: 2 x XLR/TRS combo mic/guitar in
2 x 1/4″ TRS phone
2 x digital rotary encoders • phone/main volume
2 x digital rotary encoders • mic trim
4 x switches • Pad and 48V Phantom
4 x digital rotary encoders for LCD control
2 x 16 character LCD
8 x 4-segment ladder LEDs • 1/4-inch analog in
8 x activity LED • 1/4-inch analog out
2 x 4-segment ladder LEDs • RCA S/PDIF in
2 x activity LED • RCA S/PDIF out
2 x 10-segment LEDs • mic in with V-Limit
2 x 5-segment ladder LEDs • main outs
6 x LED • sample rate indicator
1 x LED • LOCK/TACH indicator
2 x activity LEDs • optical bank A/B
1 x activity LED • MIDI in/out
1 x AC power switch
Power: International 100-240V autoswitching supply 50-60 Hz • 20 Watts

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