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MOTU 828

98,000.00

28-in/32-out USB3 Audio Interface with 24-bit/192kHz Conversion, 3.9″ TFT Display, 2 Mic Preamps, 24-channel Digital Mixer, and DSP Effects – Mac/PC/iOS

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28 x 32 USB3 audio interface for Mac, Windows and iOS with mixing and effects

Audio performance

Superb analog audio quality

Renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology delivers 125 dB dynamic range and extremely low harmonic distortion. Analog performance is driven by decades of engineering expertise in audio interface technology.

USB-C

Universal connectivity for Mac, PC and iOS

Connect to your Mac, PC or iOS device with 5 Gbps USB 3 (compatible with USB 2), with up to 60 audio channels (28 in and 32 out). Class-compliant firmware means you can plug-and-play with Mac or iOS hosts, no driver needed. Industry standard high-performance drivers work with any audio apps. Connect directly to your iPad™ via USB-C or a standard camera connection kit (Lightning adapter).

Connectivity

60 simultaneous audio channels

Connect all your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines, outboard processors, MIDI gear, optical expanders — even a foot pedal. All 28 inputs and 32 outputs are available simultaneously.

High Performance Driver

Ultra-low latency performance

Optimized drivers for both Mac and PC deliver renowned, ultra-low latency performance. With a high performance DAW such as Digital Performer, the 828 delivers an astonishing round trip latency (RTL) of ~2 ms (milliseconds) over USB (2 or 3) at 96 kHz with a 32-sample host buffer.

Mic Inputs

Transparent mic channels and hi-Z guitar inputs

Capture your recorded material in its truest, most natural form with -113 dB THD+N, 115 dB dynamic range and -129 dBu EIN performance. Each mic channel has individual preamp gain, pad, 48V phantom power and remote control from your computer or iOS device. Each combo jack alternately provides a 1/4-inch high-impedance TS guitar input for DI tracking and reamping.

Hi-Z Guitar Inputs

DIY guitar re-amping

DI your guitar to the front-panel input, use CueMix’s near-zero latency to loop to any output (with a re-amp adapter, if needed), and record both the dry signal and your mic’d up amp simultaneously. Then re-amp the dry signal later with different amps and cabs — or amp modeling plug-ins — to experiment with different tones. No need to re-plug cables between recording and re-amping.

Channel 1-2 Inserts

Extra line inputs when you need them

Do you work with compressors and other outboard gear? Each 828 mic input offers a dedicated analog send/return loop, allowing for both mono or stereo mic channel outboard processing via fully balanced connections. If nothing is plugged in to a mic input, its return serves as an extra line input with identical signal characteristics to all other line inputs.

Monitor Group

Control up to ten analog outputs

Control your 5.1 or 7.1 surround speaker system with a single fader. The Monitor Group gives you the flexibility to choose any analog outputs you wish to control.

Control Room

A/B speaker select and talkback

Take control of your recording sessions with the front-panel
talkback switch. Connect two sets of monitors and check
your mixes instantly with front-panel A/B select buttons.

CueMix™ 5

Monitor Mixing with Effects

CueMix 5 for Mac, Windows and iOS gives you simple, yet comprehensive graphic control over your mix with attractive graphic mixing, graphic editing of parametric EQ, and a convenient touch-friendly interface (on iOS) for quick access to all mixing features, digitally controlled trims and other settings.

Wireless Control

CueMix 5 for iOS

Control all settings and mixing from your USB host or from an iPhone or iPad running the CueMix 5 app. You can even use multiple iOS devices simultaneously. Set a password for your 828 for network security.

ADVANCED EXTRAS

Loopback and live streaming

With 828 loopback
channels, you can easily
route computer output
back to the computer,
where you can mix it with
live mics and/or guitar
inputs from the 828 in
your host software for live
streaming or podcasting.

Optical I/O and optical expansion

Two optical banks provide
16 channels of ADAT
optical at 48 kHz, 8
channels of S/MUX optical
I/O at 96 kHz, with optional
stereo TOSLink at rates up
to 96kHz. Expand your
828 with other gear, or use
it as an optical expander.

S/PDIF digital I/O

The 828’s standard RCA
S/PDIF input and output
make stereo digital
transfers a snap, with
optional external clocking
and support for sample
rates up to 96 kHz.
Choose any source signal
for the S/PDIF output.

MIDI I/O with MIDI Thru

Connect MIDI gear
without the need for a
separate MIDI interface.
MIDI Thru mode lets you
loop MIDI directly from
IN to OUT, bypassing
the computer (or with no
computer connected).

Foot switch input

Connect a standard foot
pedal switch (sold
separately) for hands-
free punch-in while
recording. Or map the
pedal to any keystroke
function in your host software.

DC-coupled TRS outputs

All analog outputs are
DC-coupled. This means
you can use the 828 to
manipulate and sequence
modular synthesizers
from a host DAW using
control voltage (CV).

Two headphone outputs

Each headphone output
can be programmed with
the same or different
mixes, with independent
volume control from the
front-panel or CueMix 5.

Balanced analog

The 828’s balanced I/O
connections are well-
protected against RF
interference, AC hum,
and other noise-producing
environmental factors.

Meter Views

Not using the optical I/O?
Or any digital I/O? The 828
provides customized meter
views for analog I/O only,
digital I/O only and other
combinations to best
support your workflow.

Start making music right away with included workstation software, virtual instruments and loops

Connect the 828 to your Mac or PC and start laying down tracks with the included Performer Lite production software, plus hundreds of loops, one-shots and sounds from industry leaders Big Fish Audio, Lucidsamples and Loopmasters.

Performer Lite

Performer Lite provides everything you need to record, edit, mix, process and master your own music tracks quickly and easily. Plug in your mic, guitar and MIDI keyboard and start tracking with over 100 virtual instruments, dozens of effects plug-ins, guitar FX processing and much more.

100+ Instruments

Performer Lite includes over 100 virtual instruments, including acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, basses, drums, organs synths, orchestral instruments, choirs, world instruments and much more. Take your musical muse wherever it wants to go.

6 GB of free loops and sample packs

Performer Lite includes 6 GB of free loops and sample packs from leading sample content providers to help you start making music right away. From Performer Lite’s Content Browser, choose from dozens of musical styles, click to audition, then drag and drop in your projects timeline to build your track quick.

Since 1986, Big Fish Audio has consistently produced the highest quality sample libraries available. Over the years, their sounds have been featured in hundreds of charting songs and top film and television soundtracks.

Lucidsamples is a collective of experienced music producers and professional musicians that offers high quality samples and sample packs which are suitable for creating products in the most popular music genres. Their sounds are being used all over the world by many well known DJs, music producers and companies.

Loopmasters is the definitive “sample boutique.” Based in Brighton, England, this label has been providing pristine audio libraries for more than a decade. Content has been expansive and evolving over the years, with hundreds upon hundreds of royalty-free packs to inspire amateurs and seasoned artists alike.

  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

  • 2 x XLR/TRS "combo" jacks Individual -20 dB pad and 48V phantom power, Preamp gain: +74 dB in 1 dB increments 1 MΩ impedance on the line/instr inputs

  • 8 x 1/4-inch TRS line in (balanced/unbalanced) 2 x 1/4-inch insert returns function as balanced TRS line inputs (with no mic inputs connected) Max level: +21 dBu +20 dB digital gain on each input

  • 8 x 1/4-inch TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled) 2 x male XLR out Max level: +21 dBu 2 x 1/4-inch TRS stereo headphone (see below) 2 x 1/4-inch TRS sends (balanced, pre-converter)

  • 2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical I/O at 1x sample rates, 2 banks (8 ch) of S/MUX optical I/O at 2x sample rates, Bank A switchable to stereo TOSLink I/O (optical S/PDIF), 1 x stereo S/PDIF I/O on RCA (up to 96 kHz)

  • 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) • USB2 compatible USB audio class compliant 1 x IF-certified USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C-to-C cable included Compatible with USB Type A (with a C-to-A cable, sold separately) Total USB audio channels: see "Total Audio I/O" below Round Trip Latency (RTL): ~2 ms (32 sample buffer at 96K)

  • 28 in / 32 out (60 total channels) at 1x sample rates, 20 in / 24 out (44 total channels) at 2x sample rates, 10 in / 14 out (24 total channels) at 4x sample rates

  • 1 x MIDI In, 1 x MIDI Out/Thru, 16 MIDI channels to/from computer host

  • 2 x 1/4-inch TRS stereo headphones, Output impedance: <1Ω, Max output: 14.4 dBu

  • 2 x individual +48V

  • 1 x 1/4-inch foot switch input, Mapping: pedal up/down to any host keystrokes

  • 1 x BNC Word Clock In, 1 x BNC Word Clock Out/Thru, Sample rates: all (from 44.1 to 192 kHz)

  • 2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs, 2 x 1/4" TRS headphone outputs, 2 x potentiometer • headphone volume, 2 x potentiometer • mic/instr input gain, 1 x potentiometer • menu navigation, 1 x large potentiometer • main volume, 12 x switches • (2) 48V, (2) pad, (6) control room, (2) nav, 1 x 3.9-inch 480 x 128 pixel 24-bit RGB TFT display, 1 x latching power button

  • Internal 100-240V autoswitching supply 50-60 Hz • 0.5A max

  • (width x depth x height, enclosure only) 19 x 12.25 x 1.75 inches / 48.26 x 31.1 x 4.44 cm 11 lbs / 5 kgs

  • Intel Core i3 Mac or faster (including Apple silicon Macs) 4 GB RAM; 8 GB or more recommended macOS version 10.13 or later Available Hi-Speed or Super-Speed USB port A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

  • Intel Core i3 PC (or AMD equivalent) 4 GB RAM; 8 GB or more recommended Windows 10 or later (x64 AMD/Intel only), Available Hi-Speed or Super-Speed USB port, A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

  • USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation on Mac or iOS (no driver required)

  • CueMix 5 MOTU Performer Lite Ableton Live Lite 6GB of loops and sounds from Big Fish Audio, LucidSamples, Loopmasters and MOTU

  • Connector Type: 1/4" TRS, balanced, tip hot, Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 120 dB, THD+N (unweighted): -114 dB (0.0002%), Max Level: +21 dBu

  • Connector Type: 1/4" TRS, balanced, tip hot, Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 125 dB, THD+N (unweighted): -114 dB (0.0002%), Max Level: +21 dBu

  • Connector Type: XLR, balanced, pin 2 hot, Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 118 dB, THD+N (unweighted): THD+N: -114 dB, EIN: -129 dBu, Max Level: 0 dBu (without pad) Preamp gain: +74 dB

  • Connector Type: 1/4", TRS stereo, Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 118 dB, THD+N (unweighted): -110 dB (0.0003%), Max Level: 14.4 dBu Output Impedance: <1 Ohm