MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid USB and Firewire Audio Interface

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Product Description

The MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid connects via FireWire or hi-speed USB2 to a Mac or PC computer and delivers 28 audio inputs and 30 outputs with on-board effects and mixing. Apply hardware-based effects to all 28 inputs and 30 outputs via an on-board DSP-driven 8 stereo bus digital mixer with 32-bit floating point precision. 828mk3 Hybrid's effects include Classic Reverb with tail lengths up to 60 seconds, 7-band parametric EQ modeled after British analog consoles, and vintage compression (automatic gain control) modeled after the legendary LA-2A optical leveling amplifier. Effects can even be applied when the 828mk3 is operating stand-alone (without a computer) as a complete rack-mounted mixer.

MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid Audio Interface Features

  • Hybrid FireWire/USB2 connectivity thru bus-powered FireWire or hi-speed USB2
  • CueMix FX - flexible 28 input/16 bus mixer with on-board DSP effects
    • Includes reverb on 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
    • Mic inputs, S/PDIF, headphone and main outs handled as separate channels
  • Front-panel control - access any setting and mix directly from the front panel
  • Stand-alone operation- No Computer Required
    • Program mixes at the studio and bring the 828mk3 to your gig
    • Tweak the 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
    • Add send/return loops for outboard gear - with no latency
  • Two front panel combo jacks
    • Hi-Z 1/4 inch guitar input
    • Low-Z XLR mic input with phantom power, pad and plenty of gain
  • Mic/guitar instrument sends
    • For introducing outboard gear to the signal path before it goes digital
  • Clip protection - Input limiter prevents digital clipping and distortion
    • On overloaded signal levels up to +12 dB over zero
  • Eight 24-bit 192kHz analog inputs and outputs
    • On balanced/unbalanced 1/4 inch TRS jacks
  • Precision Digital Trim - Digitally controlled analog trim on all analog inputs 
    • Provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB increments
    • Fine-tune the balance and then save/recall trim configurations
  • Flexible optical I/O
    • 16 channels of ADAT lightpipe
    • 8 channels of SMUX (96 kHz)
    • Two pairs of stereo TOSLink
    • Mix and match formats between the two banks
  • Sample-accurate MIDI
    • Connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module without a separate interface
    • MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software
  • Foot switch input for hands-free punch-in and punch-out while recording
    • Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software
  • Expandable - 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 as well as SMPTE in and out
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs - Use with Volta (sold separately)
    • Manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synths from a host DAW
  • Includes 32- and 64-bit native drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista/XP
    • Includes ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI
    • Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software
  • 100% compatible with host-based effects processing in popular audio programs
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for Mac
    • Record, edit and mix,
    • Real-time 32-bit effects processing and 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 and 7.1 as wellas user-defined surround setups
  • 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

Connect a wide variety of studio gear to the 828mk3 Hybrid, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors via 8 balanced TRS analog in/out, two banks of optical (ADAT and TOSLink formats) and S/PDIF digital I/O. Monitor everything via XLR main outs, surround output and two front-panel phone jacks with independent volume control. Two front-panel mic/guitar combo inputs are equipped with transparent preamps, digitally controlled trim with plenty of gain, XLR mic input, true high-impedance guitar input, individual 48V phantom power switch, 20 dB pad, and V-Limit, a hardware limiter that helps prevent digital clipping from overloaded input signals as high as +12 dB above zero with no distortion. Additional protection can be applied with Soft Clip.

All 828mk3 analog inputs are equipped with digitally controlled analog trim controls that allow adjustments in precise 1 dB increments. The mic/guitar input trims can be adjusted using front-panel digital rotary encoders that provide feedback in the front panel LCD, while all quarter-inch TRS inputs can be trimmed from the included cross-platform CueMix FX software. Different trim configurations can be saved as files on disk for instant recall.

Additional advanced features include 192 kHz operation, Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) precision clocking, direct SMPTE time code sync (no extra synchronizer needed), MIDI I/O and much more. The 828mk3 provides CueMix FX and drivers for Mac (OS X) and Windows (XP and Vista) for cross-platform compatibility with virtually all audio software via WDM/ASIO/Core Audio drivers. The included AudioDesk workstation software for Mac provides 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.

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Product Specifications

Product Specifications
MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid Audio Interface System Requirements
  • Mac OS X:
    • PowerPC G4 CPU 1 GHz or faster (including PowerPC G5 CPUs and all Intel processor Macs)
    • Mac OS X version 10.5 or 10.6; v10.5.8 or later required
  • Windows:
    • Pentium 4 CPU (or equivalent) 1 GHz or faster
    • Windows 7, Vista, or XP, 32- or 64-bit; XP SP 3 or Vista SP 2 or later required
  • All Systems:
    • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
    • Available FireWire or USB2 port
    • Large hard disk drive (preferably at least 100 GB)

Customer Reviews

Review: BChil from Sicily Island, La, USA Submitted: 5/14/2014

Product Rating1 out of 5 stars.



Review: Steve S Submitted: 4/4/2014

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.



very versatile and quiet
Product Rating

Product Review

It is a very capable piece of eqpt. Solidly built and running cool in 1.5 rack spaces. Ive owned 1 usb interface prior to this ( firewire hookup ) and I love all the optional ways to connect and use it. Learning curve was a bit steep at 1st. When I expand studio I will get another.

Nice clean layout...takes a bit of time to commit to mind some of the layers and option settings available.

Versatility...low noise factor....ability to quickly and radically change mixes, inputs and outputs.

VERY happy with it. Will get another.

Review: Daniel Casselberry Submitted: 2/27/2014

Product Rating1 out of 5 stars.



Very disappointed

Product Review

I am never happy when i acquire an expensive component requiring software shipped with the product that is so buggy that it will not install. It is supposed to be compatible with my system but refuses to recognize the key code provided for installation. I sent a tech support request to MOTU but they say it takes up to two business days for a response. Not exactltly what i would call stellar tech support for a brand new product that at the present is little more than a $750 paper weight.

Unusable as the software for it won't install.

The features look great on paper. Too bad they won't work.

Absolutely not! Any other product would be better as long as it works.

Review: JayB from Atlanta Submitted: 10/12/2011

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


Rock Solid

This is very well made.... KEEP IT IN YOUR RACK HOWEVER

The onboard DSP Is great..... It allows me to EQ or compress before I even track.... Great for Native systems.....

Its just basic signal flow..... READ THE MANUAL or just play around to configure for your home or patch bay




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