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828x

Category: Product ID: 11580

The 828x with Thunderbolt Technology

MOTU’s all-time best-selling, award-winning audio interface, now with ThunderboltTM Technology and USB 2.0

 

Thunderbolt technology

The future of connectivity

Thunderbolt fulfills the promise of a truly state-of-the-art connectivity standard for personal computers. With massive bandwidth, Thunderbolt allows you to connect displays, hard drives, and other peripherals to your computer, along with the 828x, up to six devices total (with the 828x at the end of the chain), and the Thunderbolt bus won’t even break a sweat. Thunderbolt combines plug-and-play convenience with massive bandwidth and low latency for truly professional audio interface performance.

Hi-speed USB 2.0
Mac, PC, and USB 3.0 compatible

As Thunderbolt becomes more widely adopted, Hi-speed USB 2.0 provides across-the-board compatibility with virtually all laptops and desktops on both Mac and Windows. Since USB 2.0 devices are compatible with USB 3.0-equipped hosts, your 828x interface is a future-proof investment in your studio.

28 inputs and 30 outputs

How can one audio interface offer this much I/O?

We pack it in, like no one else can: two combo-style mic/guitar inputs with preamps, 8 balanced analog in/out, XLR main outs, 16 channels of ADAT optical (8 channels at 96 kHz), plus S/PDIF, word clock and MIDI. Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and effects processors.

Recording up to 192 kHz

Audio quality without compromise

Now in its fifth generation, the 828 has become a benchmark for the industry, setting the bar by which others are judged. How has this level of respect been earned? Through consistent design integrity and intelligent use of current-generation parts and design technologies.

Studio-grade mic channels

Enjoy extras like sends and optional hardware limiting

Do you work with outboard EQs and compressors? Each 828x mic input offers a pre-converter send for mono or stereo mic channel outboard processing. The 828x’s unique V-Limit™ hardware limiter employs a proprietary design to offer an additional 12 dB of headroom over digital zero with no digital clipping or harsh artifacts, for that added protection in dynamic recording situations. The 828x’s preamps are clean and neutral, allowing you to use your favorite plug-ins and host software to color the sound just the way you want for each recording application.

On-board digital mixer with effects

Mixing and effects for monitoring and live mixing

Record, monitor, route and process all live inputs using the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer – with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Apply DSP-driven compression, EQ and reverb to every input and output, independent of your host computer.

Stand-alone operation as a mixer

Go instantly from studio to stage

After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the 828x from the computer and take it on the road for operation as a stand-alone mixer with effects. All mixing and effects parameters are adjustable using the front panel backlit LCD.


Solid metal chassis

MOTU interfaces are built to last, and last, and last…

We still get calls and Facebook posts from happy users of the original 828, introduced more than 10 years ago! Like all MOTU interfaces, the 828x’s aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and road. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the cool feeling of the 828x’s metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.

Support for Mac OS X and Windows
Run all your favorite audio apps

The 828x provides time-tested drivers for Mac OS X and Windows (8, 7 and Vista) for cross-platform compatibility with virtually all audio software via WDM, ASIO, and Core Audio drivers.

Advanced extras

The engineering behind 828x runs deep, to give your audio recordings the depth of quality they deserve

MIDI I/O
Connect your MIDI gear without the need for a separate MIDI interface.

96 kHz Optical
With two optical banks, you get 8 channels of 96 kHz SMUX digital input and output.

Expansion
Add another MOTU audio interface for more inputs and outputs as your needs grow.

Instrument tuner
Tune your guitar or other instrument to within a hundredth of a cent with this easy-to-read meter.

SMPTE time code sync
Resolve your workstation software to time code, without the need for a dedicated synchronizer.

Analysis tools and oscilloscope
Visualize the harmonic content of your mix with dynamic animation and vivid color. Check phase.

Need legacy FireWire support?

The 828mk3 Hybrid is for you

The 828mk3 Hybrid provides virtually identical features to the 828x (including USB 2.0 support), except that instead of Thunderbolt, it provides FireWire connectivity to any FireWire-equipped Mac or PC. The connectors are “Type B” jacks typically used for FireWire 800, but they operate as standard FireWire 400 ports and are compatible with any FireWire port on your computer (A or B).

Technicial Specifications

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

Mac System Requirements

  • A Mac with an Intel processor
  • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.6 or later required
  • Available Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 (or 3.0) port
  • USB cable included; Thunderbolt cable purchased separately
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

Windows System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
  • 1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
  • Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista, 32- or 64-bit; Vista SP 2 or later required
  • Available Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 (or 3.0) port
  • USB cable included; Thunderbolt cable purchased separately
  • A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

Included software

Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X version 10.6 or later
  • Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista (SP2 or later is required)

64-bit operation

  • Available for Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista
  • Requires a 64-bit CPU

 

Compatible Mac software

The 828x ships with standard Core Audio and Core MIDI drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible (and Core MIDI-compatible) apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • MOTU AudioDesk
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Logic Express
  • Apple Garage Band
  • Ableton Live
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Compatible Windows software

The 828x ships with standard Wave and ASIO drivers for Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista for compatibility with virtually all Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Ableton Live
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Image Line FL Studio
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Sony Acid
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

 

Feature Highlights

Thunderbolt™ connectivity

Take full advantage of all that Thunderbolt has to offer. Compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2.

Don’t have Thunderbolt yet?

Connect to any Mac or PC using High-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0).

28 inputs / 30 outputs (at 44.1/48 kHz)

There’s no channel sharing in the 828x; the mic inputs, S/PDIF I/O, headphone out and main outs all operate as separate channels.

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.

Front-panel control

Access any setting in your entire 828x mix directly from the front panel.

Stand-alone operation

Program your mixes at the studio and then bring the 828x 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

Create different monitor mixes for the main outs, headphones, or any other output pair. Or add send/return loops for outboard gear — with no latency. Up to 8 separate mixes are supported.

Flexible mic/guitar inputs with preamps

Two front panel combo jacks provide hi-Z 1/4” guitar input or 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.

V-Limit™ overload protection

Mic/guitar input limiter prevents digital clipping and distortion from overloaded signal levels up to +12 dB over zero.

Plentiful analog I/O

Eight 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 + quarter-inch TRS inputs) provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB 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 (96 kHz) or two pairs of stereo TOSLink. Mix and match formats between the two banks.

Sample-accurate MIDI

Connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed. MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software.

Foot switch input

Connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) 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 main outs

Connect your primary powered studio monitors to separate XLR main outs. Add additional monitor pairs connected to balanced TRS outputs. Control volume of all monitor pairs with the front panel MAIN VOL knob or your software.

Two headphone outs

One phone jack is assignable: operate as an independent output or mirror any other output pair. The 2nd phone jack always mirrors the main outs. Both have front-panel volume control.

S/PDIF I/O

Independent 24-bit RCA S/PDIF in/out at sample rates up to 96 kHz.

Word clock I/O

Resolve to external word clock sources at sample rates up to 192 kHz. Output word clock that matches current rate, or corresponding 1x rate when operating at 2x or 4x.

Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS)

DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 828x is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.

SMPTE time code in/out

Dedicated Longitudinal TIme Code (LTC) input and output. Resolve to time code with fast lockup times and sub-frame accuracy.

DC-coupled TRS outputs

Use the 828x with Volta™ (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.

CueMix™ FX cross-platform mixing software

Attractive on-screen graphic mixing with an instrument tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.

Universal compatibility

Includes 32- and 64-bit native drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 10/8/7/Vista, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.

AudioDesk

Full-featured workstation software for Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing and sample-accurate sync.

Plug and play operation

Connect to your Mac or PC with Thunderbolt (1 or 2 compatible) or high-speed USB 2.0 (3.0 compatible).

Front panel volume control

Control stereo, Quad, 6.1, 7.1 or user-defined surround monitoring configurations.

Comprehensive metering

Front panel meters or activity LEDs for all analog, digital and MIDI I/O, plus SMPTE sync tach and lock LEDs.

Auto-switching power

International 100-240V, 50-60 Hz autoswitching power supply.

Chassis dimensions and measurements

Excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and connectors: 19 × 7 × 1.75 inches (48.26 × 17.78 × 4.45 cm). Knobs and connectors extend up to 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from front and back panels, adding 1 inch (2.54 cm) to depth. With rack ears attached, fits standard 19 inch (48.26 cm) rack at 1U high.

 

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