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.

 

Connection Input Output
Analog (balanced 1/4 inch TRS) 8 8
Mic/Guitar inputs with preamps 2 -
XLR main outputs - 2
Headphones output - 2x stereo
ADAT optical 16 16
RCA S/PDIF 2 2
Total 28 32

 

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

Connect to your Mac or PC with Thunderbolt™ or Hi-speed USB 2.0, with up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out) over Thunderbolt. Or stream dozens of audio channels to and from your Mac over AVB/TSN Ethernet using a standard, affordable CAT-5e cable up to 100 meters long. Class-compliant firmware and industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connect to your iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (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.

MOTU 828es Thunderbolt™/USB 2 audio interface with DSP, networking and MIDI

$995.00Price

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)
AVB streams
(8 channels per stream)
4 in / 4 out @ 44.1 or 48 kHz 
4 in / 4 out @ 88.2 or 96 kHz 
2 in / 2 out @ 176.4 or 192 kHz
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 autoswitching supply 
50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
Dimensions
and weight
(width x depth x height, enclosure only) 
19 x 7 x 1.75 inches 
48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm 
4.1 lbs / 1.9 kg 
with rack brackets removed: 
17.25 inches (43.8 cm) wide 
4.0 lbs / 1.8 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

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