MOTU 828es Audio Interface

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MOTU 828es Audio Interface (MOTU-828es)

MOTU 828es Audio Interface
28 x 32 I/O with 2 mic/line/instrument, 48-ch mixing, MIDI, AVB-TSN, time code.

60 simultaneous audio channels. 28 inputs and 32 outputs, all independent. Connect all your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines, outboard processors, MIDI gear, optical expanders - even a foot pedal. All I/O is available simultaneously. Superb analog audio quality.  Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC technology. New in the 828es, renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology delivers 123dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU's flagship 1248. High-performance Thunderbolt and USB drivers for Mac and PC. Ultra-low latency and renowned. rock-solid performance. Round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt™ with high-performance DAW hosts.

Universal connectivity. USB and Thunderbolt for Mac, PC and iOS. Connects to your Mac or PC with Thunderbolt™, Hi-speed USB 2.0 or AVB/TSN Ethernet for up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out). Class-compliant firmware and industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connects to iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (adapter). Hi-speed USB 2.0. USB 2 audio class compliant. USB 3 compatible. Thunderbolt Technology. Thunderbolt 1, 2 and 3 compatible. AVB/TSN Ethernet. System expansion and audio networking. iOS Connectivity with USB camera adapter.

Redesigned mic channels. Cutting-edge components deliver ultra-transparent sound Capture your recorded material in its truest, most natural form with -108 dB THD+N, 118dB dynamic range and -128dBu EIN performance. Each mic channel has individual preamp gain, pad, 48V phantom power and digital remote control. Do you work with outboard EQs and compressors? Each 828es mic input offers a pre-converter, hard-wired send for mono or stereo mic channel outboard processing. Control room features. Take control of your recording sessions. Take control of your recording sessions with the built-in talkback mic and front-panel talk button. Connect two sets of speakers and check your mixes instantly with front-panel A/B speaker select buttons.

DSP mixing and effects. Console-style mixing with 48 channels and 12 busses A full-fledged 48-input digital mixer delivers 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression. If you know your way around a large-format mixing console, you'll feel right at home. If you've ever wished to mix on a large console, the driver's seat is now yours. Modeled vintage effects processing. Vintage processing with 32-bit float precision. Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs. The 828es DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.

Flexible matrix routing and splitting. Route your audio anywhere with one-click ease Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the audio network. Web app control from any device. Control everything from your laptop, tablet and smartphone The software that you use to control the 828es doesn't reside on your hard drive. It's a web app served from the hardware itself. This means you can control the 828es on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network. Use any web client on any platform - Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android - as long as it shares the same network. Stand-alone operation with wireless control. No computer or laptop needed. Connect an Apple® Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing and DSP effects. Solid metal chassis. MOTU interfaces are built to last Like all MOTU interfaces, the 828es aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and tour bus. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the solid feeling of the 828es metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.

System expansion / networking. Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control. Add a 2nd MOTU AVB-equipped interface with a simple CAT-5e Ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB/TSN Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB/TSN switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network. Advanced Extras. The engineering behind the 828es runs deep to give your audio recordings the depth of quality they deserve. Two banks of optical. Two optical banks provide 16 channels of ADAT optical at 48 kHz or 8 channels of S/MUX optical I/O at 96 kHz. Each optical input and output operates independently, allowing you to mix and match any optical formats, in and out. Bank A ports can alternately be switched to stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF).

MIDI I/O. Connect MIDI gear without the need for a separate MIDI interface. Time code support. Dedicated time code input and output jacks. Converts SMPTE time code (LTC) to MIDI Time Code (MTC) and passes MTC on to any MTC-compatible host software. DC-coupled TRS outputs. Use the 828es to manipulate sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW. Balanced analog. 828es balanced I/O connections are well-protected against RF interference, AC hum, and other noise-producing environmental factors. S/PDIF digital I/O. Stereo digital transfers are an essential fact of daily studio life. The 828es'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 96kHz. Foot switch input. Connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free talkback or punch-in while recording. Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software. Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS). DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 828es is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code. Two headphone jacks. Each headphone output can be programmed with the same or different mixes, with independent front-panel volume control. Audio analysis tools. Includes an oscilloscope, real-time FFT, X-Y Plot, and graphic phase analysis. AudioDesk. Powerful audio workstation technology for Mac and Windows Includes AudioDesk® workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

Technical Specifications

Sample rates

44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Mic/line/instr inputs

2 x XLR/TRS "combo style" inputs 
Preamp gain: 0 to +63 dB (digitally controlled)

Analog inputs

8 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced) 
Max level: +24 dBu (digitally adjustable -96 to +22)

Analog outputs

8 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled) 
Max level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20) 
2 x male XLR with +20 dBu max 
2 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone 
2 x 1/4" TRS sends (pre-converter)

Digital I/O

2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates 
2 banks (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates 
1 bank switchable to TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) 
1 x stereo S/PDIF on RCA (up to 96 kHz)

Total I/O

28 in / 32 out (60 total) at 1x sample rates 
20 in / 24 out (44 total) at 2x sample rates 
10 in / 14 out (24 total) at 4x sample rates

Computer I/O

1 x Thunderbolt 1 (Mac and Win) 
      Thunderbolt 2 & 3 compatible 
1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant 
      USB 3.0 and iOS compatible

Computer I/O channels

Thunderbolt

128 in/out at 1x or 2x (44.1 to 96 kHz) 
64 in/out at 4x (176.4 to 192 kHz)

Computer I/O channels

USB

64 in/out at 1x (44.1 to 48 kHz) 
32 in/out at 2x (88.2 to 96 kHz) 
24 in/out at 4x (176.4 to 192 kHz)

MIDI I/O

1 x MIDI IN 
1 x MIDI OUT 
16 MIDI channels to/from computer host

Foot switch

1 x 1/4" pedal input

Sync I/O

1 x BNC word clock in/out 
1 x 1/4" time code in/out

Network I/O

1 x RJ45 AVB/TSN Ethernet (1 Gbps)

Headphone

2 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)

Phantom power

2 x individual +48V

Front panel

2 x 1/4" TRS headphone output 
2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs 
2 x digital rotary encoders • phone vol 
2 x digital rotary encoders • mic/instr input gain 
2 x large digital rotary encoders • main vol / menu 
4 x small switches • (2) Pad / (2) 48V Phantom pwr 
8 x large switches • menu nav / A/B mon select, etc.
2 x LCD (128 x 160) for level meters / menu nav

Power

International 100-240V auto-switching supply 
50-60 Hz • 0.5A max

Dimensions / Weight

(width x depth x height, enclosure only, with rack brackets) 
19 x 7 x 1.75 inches 
48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm 
4.2 lbs / 1.9 kg

 

Mac System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
  • Available Thunderbolt 1/2/3, USB 2/3 or AVB/TSN Ethernet port*
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • *AVB/TSN Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X El Capitan or later

Windows System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • Available Thunderbolt 1/2/3 or USB 2/3 port
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Web App Support

  • Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
  • Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.

Included Software

  • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 drivers
  • MOTU Discovery App for Mac & PC (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
  • MOTU Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
  • MOTU Pro Audio Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
  • MOTU Audio Tools (FFT, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, phase analyzer)
  • AudioDesk for Mac & Windows (separate download)

Operating Systems

  • For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
  • For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android

Compatible Mac Software

The 828es ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Logic Express
  • Apple Garage Band
  • Apple SoundTrack Pro
  • Ableton Live
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Compatible Windows Software

The 828es ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 10 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Ableton Live
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image Line FL Studio
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Sony Sound Forge
  • Sony Acid
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

828es Feature Summary

New dual-LCD design. Two full-color LCDs display all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analog and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu.
Superb analog audio quality and high-end converters. Renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology delivers 123 dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU's flagship 1248.
Ultra-low latency and proven, high-performance MOTU drivers. Round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt™ with high-performance DAW hosts.
Universal connectivity. Connects to your computer with Thunderbolt™, hi-speed USB 2.0 or AVB/TSN Ethernet for up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out). Class-compliant firmware and industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connects to an iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).
60 simultaneous audio channels. 28 inputs and 32 outputs, including two mic preamps with sends, 8 TRS analog in/out, separate main outs on XLR jacks, two banks of optical, S/PDIF, MIDI in/out, time code in/out, word clock I/O, and two front-panel headphone jacks.
DSP mixing and effects processing. Flexible 48-input digital mixer with 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, access to 32 network inputs, and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression.
32-bit floating point processing. The 828es mixing and effects DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.
Modeled vintage effects processing. Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs.
Flexible matrix routing and splitting. Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the AVB network.
Stand-alone operation with wireless control. Connect an Apple® Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing and DSP effects.
Web app control from any device. Control everything from your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet and smartphone connected to your local Wi-Fi network.
Precision Digital Trim™. Digitally controlled analog trim on all analog inputs (mic/guitar inputs + quarter-inch TRS inputs) provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB increments.
Control room features. Built-in talkback mic with front-panel "talk" button and"A/B" speaker select buttons.
System expansion. Add a 2nd MOTU AVB-equipped interface with a simple CAT-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).
AVB/TSN audio networking. Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB/TSN switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.
Redesigned mic channels. Cutting-edge components deliver ultra-transparent sound with -108 dB THD+N, 118 dB dynamic range and -128 dBu EIN. Each mic channel provides individual preamp gain, pad, 48V phantom power, digital remote control and analog (pre-converter) sends for mono or stereo outboard processing.
Two headphone jacks. Each headphone output can be programmed with the same or different mixes, with independent front-panel volume control.
Two banks of optical I/O. Connect outboard digital processors, digital mixers or other gear. 16 channels of ADAT at 44.1/48 kHz, 8 channels of SMUX at 88.2/96 kHz or 4 channels of TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) up to 96 kHz. Mix and match formats among in/out ports.
Foot switch input. Connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free punch-in and punch-out while recording. Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software.
Time code support. Dedicated time code input and output jacks. Converts SMPTE time code (LTC) to MIDI Time Code (MTC) and passes MTC on to any MTC-compatible host software.
MIDI I/O. Connect MIDI gear without the need for a separate MIDI interface.
Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS). DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 828es is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
DC-coupled TRS outputs. Use the 828es to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
Instrument tuner and audio analysis tools. Includes an oscilloscope, real-time FFT, X-Y Plot, and graphic phase analysis.
AudioDesk -  Workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

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