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MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid FireWire / USB2 Audio Interface
MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid FireWire/USB2 Audio Interface

MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid FireWire/USB2 Audio Interface

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MSRP: $795.00
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The 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. 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&trdae; optical leveling amplifier. Effects can even be applied when the 828mk3 is operating stand-alone (without a computer) as a complete rack-mounted mixer.

Connect a wide variety of studio gear to the 828mk3, 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 (7 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.

MOTU 828mk3 Features

  • Thunderbolt technology
  • High-speed USB 2.0
  • 28 inputs and 30 outputs
  • Recording up to 192kHz
  • Studio-grade mic channels
  • Onboard digital mixer with effects
  • Standalone operation as a mixer
  • Solid metal chassis
  • Support for Mac OS X and Windows
  • 828mk3 Hybrid FireWire / USB2 Audio Interface1
  • Converters24-bit
  • Sample rates44.1, 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 power2 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

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