MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

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MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Thunderbolt and USB
  • 28 Inputs, 32 Outputs
  • 24-Bit/192 kHz Resolution
  • Two Microphone Preamps with +48V
  • ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC
  • Onboard Digital Mixer with Effects
  • Standalone Analog Mixer Operation
  • Built-In Talkback Microphone
  • Flexible Monitor Controls
  • Software Analysis Tools & AudioDesk DAW
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MOTU 828es overview

  • 1Description

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
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
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
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
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
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
In the Box
MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface
  • MOTU Audio Tools Software
  • AudioDesk Software
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    MOTU 828es specs

    System Requirements Mac
    OS X 10.8 or later (10.11 or later is required for AVB/TSN Ethernet audio interface functionality)
    1 GHz or faster Intel processor
    2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
    500 GB or larger hard drive recommended for recording
    Available Thunderbolt 1/2/3, USB 2.0/3.0, or AVB/TSN Ethernet port

    Windows 7, 8, or 10
    1 GHz or faster Pentium processor
    2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
    500 GB or larger hard drive recommended for recording
    Available Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3, or USB 2.0 or 3.0 port

    Web App Support
    Any web client platform (Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, or Android)
    Any web browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.)
    Rack Height 1 RU
    Bit Depth 24-bit (converters)
    32-bit floating point (built-in mixing and DSP)
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz
    Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4" combo jacks
    8 x 1/4" TRS (balanced/unbalanced)
    1 x S/PDIF coaxial
    2 x ADAT Optical
    Outputs 2 x XLR 3-pin
    2 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone jacks
    2 x 1/4" sends
    8 x 1/4" TRS balanced, DC coupled
    1 x S/PDIF coaxial
    2 x ADAT optical
    Word Clock I/O 1 x BNC word clock input
    1 x BNC word clock output/thru
    Timecode 1 x 1/4" input
    1 x 1/4" output
    MIDI I/O 1 x MIDI 5-pin input
    1 x MIDI 5-pin output
    Other Connectors 1 x Thunderbolt
    1 x USB Type-B
    1 x RJ45
    1 x 1/4" pedal input
    Channel Count Total I/O
    28 in, 32 out at 1x sample rates (44.1 to 48 kHz)
    20 in, 24 out at 2x sample rates (88.2 to 96 kHz)
    10 in, 14 out at 4x sample rates (176.4 to 192 kHz)

    Computer I/O via Thunderbolt
    128 in/out at 1x or 2x sample rates (44.1 to 96 kHz)
    64 in/out at 4x sample rates (176.4 to 192 kHz)

    Computer I/O via USB
    64 in/out at 1x sample rates (44.1 to 48 kHz)
    32 in/out at 2x sample rates (88.2 to 96 kHz)
    24 in/out at 4x sample rates (176.4 to 192 kHz)
    D/A Converters ESS Sabre32 Ultra
    Dynamic Range 123 dB (D/A converters)
    118 dB (microphone preamps)
    108 dB (headphones)


    Maximum Level Input: +24 dBu
    Output: +20 dBu
    THD+N -108 dBu
    Equivalent Input Noise -128 dBu
    Latency As low as 1.6 ms at 96 kHz (32 sample buffer) over Thunderbolt
    Enclosure Material Aluminum alloy chassis
    Power Requirement 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 0.5 A (maximum)
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 19 x 7 x 1.8" (48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm)
    Weight 4.2 lb (1.9 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.4 x 11.4 x 5.4"

    MOTU 828es reviews

    828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super capable and flexible professional audio interface I am a newbe to professional audio and have an eclectic mix of interests which this interface is handling with ease. �I am transcribing cassette tapes to CD-quality wave (BWF) files and vinyl to 24-bit, 96-Hz files. I am recording stereo-miked classical acoustic guitar via the balanced CLR inputs/preamps, and live dubbing 4-part acapella using the low latency 828ES mixer and recorded tracks from Logic Pro X. I use A/B monitoring to switch outputs between headphones and line out to a high end stereo receiver with passive studio monitors. The DAC in this unit is a high quality ESS Sabre32 and the ADCs (3 4-channel units) are 32-bit, 768 kHz AKMs. �Using the Sound Prefs, I can switch my Mac Pro apple-lossless CD files from iTunes either through the 828ES DAC or a USB DragonFly DAC and route the output to headphones or speakers with the A/B monitor switch. �This is a complex unit to master, but the cogent 120 page manual is excellent in describing all functions and clarifying routing and workflow issues. �The Thunderbolt or USB connected interface also has optical and MIDI IO along with master clock IO and AVB for easy expansion as the studio grows. You can't go wrong with this new offering from MOTU!
    Date published: 2018-02-18
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