MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

BH #MA828ESTB • MFR #9380
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MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface
Key Features
  • Compatible with Thunderbolt and USB
  • 28 Inputs, 32 Outputs
  • 24-Bit/192 kHz Resolution
  • Two Microphone Preamps with +48V
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The MOTU 828es is a 1 RU, 28x32, audio interface designed to provide versatile connectivity, DSP console-style mixing, and high-resolution audio for musicians and recording engineers in project studios, commercial facilities, home setups, and live stage applications. Packed with ESS Sabre32 Ultra digital audio converters, it boasts a dynamic range of 123 dB and latency as low as 1.6 ms. The 828es can be used at up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution with a host DAW or as a standalone mixer, and is compatible with Thunderbolt and USB on Mac OS X and Windows systems.
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MOTU 828es Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Thunderbolt Connectivity
  • 3USB Connection
  • 4Comprehensive I/O
  • 5DSP Mixer
  • 6Displays
  • 7Versatile Control
  • 8Stand-Alone Operation
  • 9Mic/Guitar Instrument Sends
  • 10MIDI I/O
  • 11Foot-Switch Input
  • 12Expandable
  • 13Separate Main Outs
  • 14Dual-Headphone Outputs
  • 15Word Clock I/O
  • 16Direct Digital Synthesis
  • 17SMPTE Timecode Support
  • 18DC-Coupled TRS Outputs
  • 19Audio Analysis Tools
  • 20AudioDesk
  • 21Built-In Talkback
  • 22Monitor Controls
  • 23Metering
  • 24Auto-Switching Power

The MOTU 828es is a 1 RU, 28x32, audio interface designed to provide versatile connectivity, DSP console-style mixing, and high-resolution audio for musicians and recording engineers in project studios, commercial facilities, home setups, and live stage applications. Packed with ESS Sabre32 Ultra digital audio converters, it boasts a dynamic range of 123 dB and latency as low as 1.6 ms. The 828es can be used at up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution with a host DAW or as a standalone mixer, and is compatible with Thunderbolt and USB on Mac OS X and Windows systems.

Its 28 inputs include eight 1/4" TRS inputs, two XLR-1/4" combo jacks for mics or instruments, and S/PDIF and ADAT optical ports. Phantom power is selectable per-preamp. Among the 32 outputs are eight 1/4" TRS jacks, two pre-converter 1/4" sends, balanced XLR main outputs, independent 1/4" TRS headphone outputs, and S/PDIF and ADAT optical ports.

Flexible monitor controls such as A/B speaker switching, mono summing, and mute functionality simplify studio life. Plus, a built-in talkback mic and front-panel talk button allow you to easily communicate with your artists. DSP-powered mixing offers console-style control over 48 channels, multiple aux buses and groups, and effects such as reverb, EQ, gating, and compression.

Control the interface functions via a web app on a wired or wireless device. Additional power is unlocked via the supplied MOTU software package, which includes audio-analysis tools and the AudioDesk digital audio workstation.

Thunderbolt Connectivity

Enable high channel counts and low latency via Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3 connection

USB Connection

USB Type-B port is compatible with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports

Comprehensive I/O

28 inputs and 32 outputs including stereo S/PDIF coaxial, 16 channels of ADAT optical, dual XLR-1/4" combo jacks, eight 1/4" I/O, two independent headphone outputs, and more

DSP Mixer

A 48-input digital mixer delivers seven stereo aux busses, three groups, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects including reverb, 4-band EQ, gating, and compression

Displays

Dual front-panel LCD screens provide visual access to robust metering and menu displays

Versatile Control

Easily control the interface via a web app on a wired or wireless device

Stand-Alone Operation

Use the interface without a computer for effects and signal routing at a live gig

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

MIDI I/O

Standard MIDI 5-pin jacks provide 16 channels of MIDI I/O

Foot-Switch Input

Enables connection of a standard foot pedal switch (available separately) for hands-free punch recording, talkback, and more

Expandable

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 outputs for connecting to secondary monitors

Dual-Headphone Outputs

Each 1/4" TRS headphone output has its own volume control and can be programmed with the same or different mixes

Word Clock I/O

BNC jacks allow you to sync to a master clock or use the 828es as the master clock

Direct Digital Synthesis

Produces low jitter by phase-locking internal clock source, even when resolved to an external clock via SMPTE timecode

SMPTE Timecode Support

Dedicated 1/4" jacks for Longitudinal-Timecode (LTC) and automatic SMPTE-to-MTC conversion

DC-Coupled TRS Outputs

Use the 828es to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW

Audio Analysis Tools

Included software features an oscilloscope, real-time FFT analyzer, X-Y plot, and graphic phase-analysis

AudioDesk

Includes digital audio workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, 32-bit mixing and effects processing, and sample-accurate editing

Built-In Talkback

Integrated talkback microphone and front-panel talk button

Monitor Controls

Front-panel monitor level with mono, mute, and switching for two sets of monitors

Metering

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 auto-switching power supply
UPC: 839128006096

MOTU 828es Specs

Form FactorRackmount
Channels of I/OAnalog / Digital:
28 Input / 32 Output at 48 kHz
20 Input / 24 Output at 96 kHz
10 Input / 4 Output at 192 kHz
Thunderbolt:
128 Input / 128 Output at 96 kHz
64 Input / 64 Output at 192 kHz
USB:
63 Input / 63 Output at 48 kHz
32 Input / 32 Output at 96 kHz
24 Input / 24 Output at 192 kHz
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps2
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Input
8 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Input
2 x XLR 3-Pin Monitor Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Headphone Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Line Output
8 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Output
Digital Audio I/O1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Output
2 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT Input
2 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT Output
Host Connection / USB1 x Thunderbolt/MDP
1 x USB Type-B (USB 2.0)
Network I/O1 x RJ45 Ethernet
Sync I/O1 x 1/4" TS SMPTE/LTC Input
1 x 1/4" TS SMPTE/LTC Output
1 x BNC Word Clock Input
1 x BNC Word Clock Output
MIDI I/O1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Other I/O1 x 1/4" TRS Footswitch Input
Performance
Max Input LevelInputs:
+24 dBu
Dynamic RangeD/A Converters:
123 dB
Outputs:
108 dB
Mic Inputs:
118 dB
THD+N-108 dBu
EIN-128 dBu
Digital Audio
Sample Rates44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
Bit Depths24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
32-Bit (Internal DSP)
Latency1.6 ms at 96 kHz (Dependent on Buffer Size, Over Thunderbolt)
Compatibility
OS CompatibilityWindows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
macOS 10.8 or Later
Processor RequirementMac:
1 GHz Intel
PC:
1 GHz Intel Pentium
RAM Requirements2 GB, 4 GB Recommended
Storage Requirements500 GB
Required HardwareAvailable AVB/TSN Ethernet Port, Thunderbolt Port, USB 2.0 Port, or USB 3.0 Port
Power
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Physical
Rackmount Size1 RU
Dimensions19 x 7 x 1.8" / 48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm
Weight4.2 lb / 1.9 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)23.4 x 11.4 x 5.4"
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