The 828x is MOTU’s best-selling audio interface of all time, and now it’s been upgraded to incorporate the lightning-fast Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 technology. The 828x boasts 28 inputs and 30 outputs, with high-end precision audio recording at up to 192kHz resolution, studio-grade mic channels, on-board digital mixer with effects, and a solid metal chassis that is built to last for years and years of recording and performing. Solid metal 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.
Thunderbolt technology is a 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, compatible with mac & pc, 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: 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 even effects processors.
Recording up to 192 kHz: 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.
Enjoy extras like sends and optional hardware limiting with Studio-grade mic channels: 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: 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. 828x operates as a standalone mixer with effects.
Optical expansion: If you need more inputs and outputs then connect a MOTU 8pre to the 828x's optical input and you now have an additional eight mic inputs with individual preamps. Or connect any optical device to further expand the inputs and outputs of your 828x system. Best of all, the optical ports are fully integrated into the 828x's on-board mixing environment, with seamless side-by-side operation with all other 828x channels.
MIDI I/O: The 828x provides MIDI input and output featuring sample-accurate timing with supporting software. Connect a MIDI keyboard, sound module or control surface, and you are ready to go. The Thunderbolt or USB connection to the computer carries both MIDI and audio so you don't need to connect an additional USB cable for MIDI.
No separate synchronizer required direct SMPTE time code sync: You can resolve the 828x directly to SMPTE time code, without a dedicated synchronizer, using the dedicated time code input, or any analog input. The 828x employs DDS, a DSP-driven phase-lock engine with sophisticated filtering that provides fast lockup times and sub-frame accuracy. This technology represents the very latest in high-performance, yet cost-effective digital audio clocking. DDS also allows the 828x to maintain an extremely stable clock while resolved to incoming clock sources that have substantially more jitter than the 828x itself.
Instrument Tuner: Just open the Tuner window, play a note, and use the large graphic display to get in tune with an accuracy of one 10th of a cent (one 1,000th of a semi-tone). Being in tune has never been easier. The Tuner displays the detected note by frequency (in Hertz), note name and octave, with an adjustable reference frequency for A4 between 400 and 480 Hz. The large meter gives you a clear indication of how high or low you are from the detected pitch. Large red arrows direct you up or down as needed to zero in on the correct pitch. You can even tune phase-coherent stereo signals. The CueMix Tuner is as advanced and accurate as any dedicated hardware tuner out there.
Input output :-
Two convenient front-panel mic/guitar inputs are equipped with pristine, transparent preamps and offer individually adjustable 48V phantom power and -20 dB pad. All settings can be adjusted directly on the front panel, or from the 828x CueMix FX software running on your computer. Mic inputs can be operated individually or in stereo pairs, as needed. The two mic inputs are combo jacks that also accept quarter-inch plugs from a guitar or bass, without an amp or cabinet, so you can run your guitar input through amp/cab simulation plug-ins in your host software. Each mic input has individual 48V phantom power, -20dB pad and preamp gain to give you maximum flexibility with the microphones you choose to work with. You get the best of both worlds: analog trim with digital precision and control. The 828x preamps provide 53 dB of gain, which you can adjust in approximately 1 dB increments using the detented digital rotary encoder. As you turn the encoder, you see graphic and numeric feedback in the front panel LCD, so you know exactly how much gain you are applying. The gain adjustment itself is smooth because it is analog, but the digital control gives you both precision and the ability to save and recall trim settings. Both mic/guitar inputs are equipped with V-Limit™, a hardware limiter that helps prevent digital clipping from overloaded input signals. With V-Limit enabled, signals can go above zero dB (where limiting kicks in) to as high as +12 dB above zero with no distortion due to digital clipping. Additional protection can be applied to the mic/guitar inputs by enabling the 828x's Soft Clip™ feature, which engages just before clipping occurs and helps reduce perceptible distortion. Each mic input has a corresponding rear panel send that allows you to insert outboard gear before the signal goes digital. Any input can be used as a return. Eight balanced (TRS) 24-bit analog inputs and outputs, as well as two XLR main outs and the two preamp inputs, can operate at sample rates up to 192 kHz (a total of ten analog inputs and outputs). Two headphone jacks, Work with others, free from noise restrictions, a second phone jack can be life-saver when you need to finish the mix with your colleague in close proximity to family or neighbors you don't want to disturb. The top phone jack always mirrors the main outs, and the "MAIN VOL" knob controls both. The bottom phone jack has added flexibility: it can mirror the main outs with independent volume control, or it can mirror any other 828x output pair. Two optical banks provide 16 channels of ADAT optical at 48 kHz, 8 channels of S/MUX optical I/O at 96 kHz or two banks of stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) at rates up to 96 kHz. Each optical input and output operates independently, allowing you to mix and match any optical formats, in and out. Stereo digital transfers are an essential fact of daily studio life. The 828x'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.
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 auto-switching 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 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).
Operating Systems: Mac OS X version 10.6 or later or Windows 8, 7 or Vista (SP2 or later is required)
Compatible Mac software: 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),MOTU Digital performer, MOTU AudioDesk.
Compatible Windows software: 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),MOTU Digital performer.