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  • MOT-828ES

    MOTU 828es - 60 Channel Thunderbolt/USB AVB Audio Interface

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    The MOTU 828es is a single rack-unit 60 channel Thunderbolt / USB 2.0 audio-interface, with 28 total inputs and 32 total outputs. The 828es is the latest 828 model, that now includes premium analog convertor quality, thanks to the ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC. The 828es is also an AVB compatible interface. Other features include DSP based FX, 2 x re-designed mic-preamps with sends, Talkback, 2 x headphone mixes, 8 x 8 analog I/O, 4 x TOSLINK digital audio connectors for ADAT, SPDIF, MIDI and word clock ports.


        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).

        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.

        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
        Switchable to stereo 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)

        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

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

        Dimensions and weight: (WDH enclosure only, with rack brackets) 48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm / 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)
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