MOTU 828x Professional 28x30 Audio Interface with Thunderbolt Technology

MOTU 828x Professional 28x30 Audio Interface with Thunderbolt Technology

MOTU 828x Professional 28x30 Audio Interface with Thunderbolt Technology

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Thunderbolt and USB 2.0
  • 28 Inputs
  • 30 Outputs
  • 24-bit 192 kHz Resolution
  • Two Microphone Preamps with +48V
  • Onboard Digital Mixer With Effects
  • Standalone Analog Mixer Operation
  • Built-In Instrument Tuner
  • SMPTE Time Code Sync
  • Analysis Tools and Oscilloscope
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MOTU 828x overview

  • 1Description

The MOTU 828x Professional 28x30 Audio Interface with Thunderbolt Technology is a 1RU 19" rack mountable digital audio interface that can connect to your 32- or 64-bit Mac or PC computer over Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, or USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 ports). Up to six Thunderbolt devices such as displays and hard drives can be daisy chained together with the audio interface at the end of the chain.

The interface offers eight channels of 192 kHz analog recording and playback, combined with 16 channels of ADAT optical digital I/O (8 channels at 96 kHz), stereo S/PDIF, MIDI I/O, word clock, two headphone jacks, and stereo XLR main outs. Equally suited for the studio and stage, the interface can also function without a computer connection as a standalone mixer with effects such as reverb, EQ, and classic compression.

Two front panel microphone/guitar inputs feature high-quality preamps, plus a V-Limit hardware limiter for overload protection. Additional protection is available via MOTU's Soft Clip function. Each microphone input is equipped with individually switchable 48V phantom power and a 20 dB pad. Each microphone input also has a rear panel send that allows for inserting outboard gear before the analog to digital conversion.

An additional 8 balanced analog inputs enable connection to most studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synthesizers, keyboards, drum machines, and effects processors. In turn, these can all be recorded, monitored, routed and processed using the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer, with minimal latency and processor strain on the computer.

Additionally, the interface includes a built-in chromatic tuner and audio analysis tools such as a Fast Fourier Transform function, spectrogram, and X-Y phase alignment plot. The mixer can be remotely controlled using an iPad and TouchOSC software (sold separately). The interface includes a license for AudioDesk 3 digital workstation software for Mac OS X.

Thunderbolt Connectivity
Enables high-speed low-latency connection between the audio interface and the computer using Thunderbolt 1 or Thunderbolt 2
USB Connection
Provides a USB 2.0 connection compatible with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports
Provides 28 inputs and 30 outputs distinct channels for microphone inputs, S/PDIF I/O, headphone out, and main outs
CueMix FX
Provides flexible 28 input/16 bus mixer with on-board DSP effects such as reverb with sends/returns, as well as EQ and compression on every input and output
Front-Panel Control
Enables access to every setting on the interface
Stand Alone Operation
Allow you to use the interface without a computer for effects and signal routing at a live gig
Multiple CueMix FX Mixes
Enables you to create up to eight different monitor mixes for the main outs, headphones, or other output pairs
Flexible Mic/Guitar Inputs with Preamps
Offers two front panel combo jacks provide hi-Z 1/4" guitar input or XLR mic input with phantom power, pad, and gain control
Mic/Guitar Instrument Sends
Enables adding an outboard EQ, preamp, reverb, or other processor to the two mic/guitar inputs before the signal is converted into the digital domain
Instrument Tuner
Provides real-time tuning of inputs with an accuracy of one 10th of a cent
V-Limit Overload Protection
Prevents digital clipping and distortion from overloaded signal levels up to +12 dB over zero
Analog I/O
Provides eight inputs and outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks that can be converted at 24-bit 192 kHz resolution
Precision Digital Trim
Provides digitally controlled trim adjustments in 1 dB increments that can be saved and recalled
Flexible Optical I/O
Offers 16 channels of ADAT lightpipe, 8 channels of SMUX (96 kHz), or two pairs of stereo TOSlink
Sample-Accurate MIDI
Enables connection of MIDI controller or sound module without the need for a separate MIDI interface
Foot Switch Input
Enables connection of a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free punch in and out during recording, or to be mapped to any keystroke function
Connect multiple interfaces together to expand system I/O
Separate Main Outs
Provides dedicated XLR main outputs for connecting to studio monitors, as well as additional balanced TRS monitors for connecting to secondary monitors. Multiple monitor output pairs can be controlled with the front panel main output knob or through software
Dual Headphone Outputs
Provides one assignable headphone output for a submix and one headphone output that always correlates the main output
Provides 24-bit RCA/SPDIF in/out at up to 96 kHz
Word Clock I/O
Resolves to external word clock sources at sample rates up to 192 kHz, and outputs work clock at current rate or 1x rate when operating at 2x or 4x setting
Direct Digital Synthesis
Produces low jitter by phase locking internal clock source, even when resolved to an external clock via SMPTE time code
SMPTE Time Code In/Out
Provides dedicated Longitudinal Time Code (LTC) in and output to resolve time code with fast lockup times and sub-frame accuracy
DC-Coupled TRS Outputs
Using Volta interface (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizer from host DAW
CueMix FX Cross-Platform Mixing Software
Enables on-screen graphic mix 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
Works with both 32 and 64 bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 8/7/Vista
Includes digital audio workstation software for Mac with recording, mixing, editing, real time 32-0bit effects processing and sample-accurate sync
Plug and Play
Connect to your Mac or PC with Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, or USB 2.0 (USB 3.0 port compatible)
Front Panel Volume Control
Controls stereo, quad 6.1, 7.1, or user-defined surround monitoring configurations
Provides LED panel meters for analog, digital, MIDI I/O, SMPTE sync, and lock LEDS
Auto-Switching Power
Enables international 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz autoswitching power supply
UPC: 839128005846
In the Box
MOTU 828x Professional 28x30 Audio Interface with Thunderbolt Technology
  • Power Cord
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Audiodesk 3.0 DAW License
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    MOTU 828x specs

    Bit Depth 24-bit
    Sample Rate 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz
    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

    1x Thunderbolt (compatible with 1 and 2)
    1x USB 2.0 (compatible with 3.0)

    Sync I/O
    1x SMPTE time code in (LTC)
    1x SMPTE time code out (LTC)
    Headphone Output 1x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)
    1x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (mirrors main outs)
    Front Panel 2x XLR/TRS combo mic/guitar in
    2x 1/4" TRS phone
    2x digital rotary encoders for phone/main volume
    2x digital rotary encoders for mic trim
    4x switches for pad and 48 V phantom
    4x digital rotary encoders for LCD control
    2x 16 character LCD
    8x 4-segment ladder LEDS for 1/4" analog in
    8x activity LED for 1/4" analog out
    2x 4-segment ladder LEDS for RCA S/PDIF in
    2x activity LED for mic in with V-Limit
    2x 5-segment ladder LEDS for main outs
    6x LED for sample rate indicator
    1x LED for LOCK/TACH indicator
    2x activity LEDS for optical bank A/B
    1x activity LED for MIDI in/out
    1x AC power switch
    Analog Inputs 2x 3-Pin XLR balanced main out
    8x 1/4" balanced TRS line out 2x 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
    Power International 100 to 240 V autoswitching supply at 50 to 60 Hz: 20 W
    Mac System Requirements (Intel) 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)
    Compatible Software Mac
    Works with Core Audio and Core MIDI applications

    Works with standard Wave and ASIO drivers for Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista for compatibility with virtually all Wave-compatible audio applications
    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)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 19.00 x 7.00 x 1.75" (48.26 x 17.78 x 4.45 cm)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.6 x 11.4 x 5.5"

    MOTU 828x reviews

    828x Professional 28x30 Audio Interface with Thunderbolt Technology is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Interface, LCD Display Weak A very flexible connection set was the deciding factor for purchasing the 828X. Nothing to complain about there. Input/Outputs all solid. SPDIF synced to word clock ties in my legacy Yamaha AW4416 nicely. TOSLink for DAT at the same time is great. MIDI for the Old School stuff. The preamps aren't bad. CueMix could be more straightforward, but OK once you get the hang of it. The LCD is my only real beef. The implementation is fine, but the display itself seems to get somewhat flaky after the unit has been on for awhile. Some of the back lighting fades in and out. Doesn't effect the functionality, but raises the question of future problems there. A better LCD would make this a 5 star review.
    Date published: 2014-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Component This interface a computer in-and-of-itself..!! It will do anything you need to do with audio, whether it's attached to your computer or as a stand alone mixer.. Complete control and flexible hook-up possibilities to the computer and to-and-from any audio device..!! I am using this with a Thunderbolt connection to Mac Pro.. Excellent response zero latency and on target.. After thorough exploration of competition, I believe this is the best audio interface for the price.. It costs about half of what the nearest competition does and in my opinion offers the greatest amount of possibilities for hook-up, not to mention the Cue mix which comes standard with the product.. Overall I'd say this is a very dependable and professional workhorse of an Audio Interface.. BRAVO..!!
    Date published: 2015-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motu 828x is the Bomb I have been using a older Motu 828 Firewire for years and loved it. I upgrade to a new Mac and upgraded to the Motu 828x. It's a very versatile and sophisticated interface. No latency using it's Thunderbolt port. I am using it with LogicX and AudioDesk. Love the preamps. They work great with mics like the Equitec E100s.
    Date published: 2014-07-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from MOTU 828x Bought the 828x to act as an audio interface in a speech processing setup, with real-time signal processing, pitch shifting, etc.Physically nice to look at and fairly easy to navigate.Works like a charm on the Mac (Yosemite), except for as yet unresolved authorization issues for installing Autodesk.Consistent problems on Windows 8.1 however. Initially incapable of sending or receiving audio via the USB, communicating with Cuemix FX. Somehow, after moving the device to the Mac, getting everything running, then hooking it back up to the PC, everything started working! Then the audio console GUI stopped appearing. A driver reinstall has worked, but after a few uses, it disappears again.Any further testing of the MOTU is going to have to be with Mac, which is a pain given I have platform dependent software.
    Date published: 2014-12-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light Years Ahead Of My Old Recording Hardware Starting to use it to record demos and interface with our professional sound engineer for our 4 person acoustic Celtic-Americana band. Am still learning all of its capabilities- of which there are many. Started with new recording software (Digital Performer) at the same time--so am not sure if some of the glitches are software or hardware related (such as having trouble adjusting headphone volumes)> I am assuming that this is related to operator error and a learning curve.
    Date published: 2016-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product! I carefully researched a lot of audio interfaces before selecting the MOTU 828x. Due to it's features and mixing capabilities, this unit nicely fit the bill for me. When it arrived, I installed it in my rack, hooked it up and installed the drivers and CueMix FX software. From there I was quickly able to start using it. Everything works as expected. The 828x is a nice addition to my home recording studio.
    Date published: 2016-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from MOTU quality and affordable Thunderbt So far I'm extremely impressed with the interface. This is my first dive into pro-status gear. The build quality is top notch. The preamps sound great and gotta love the Thunderbolt latency (nil). Also the toslink connections are primo.
    Date published: 2014-12-30
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