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MOTU 828x Thunderbolt & USB Audio Interface

This is the latest in thunderbolt 8 channel audio interfaces from Motu. It also features super fast USB 3 so you are well protected for any potential connectivity. Thunderbolt fulfills the promise of a truly state-of-the-art connectivity standard for personal computers. With massive bandwidth, Thunderbolt allows you to connect displays, hard drives, and other peripherals to your computer, along with the 828x, up to six devices total (with the 828x at the end of the chain), and the Thunderbolt bus won't even break a sweat. 


      As Thunderbolt becomes more widely adopted, Hi-speed USB 2.0 provides across-the-board compatibility with virtually all laptops and desktops on both Mac and Windows. Since USB 2.0 devices are compatible with USB 3.0-equipped hosts, your 828x interface is a future-proof investment in your studio.

      28 inputs and 30 outputs
      How can one audio interface offer this much I/O?

      We pack it in, like no one else can: two combo-style mic/guitar inputs with preamps, 8 balanced analog in/out, XLR main outs, 16 channels of ADAT optical (8 channels at 96 kHz), plus S/PDIF, word clock and MIDI. Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors.

      Recording up to 192 kHz
      Audio quality without compromise

      Now in its fifth generation, the 828 has become a benchmark for the industry, setting the bar by which others are judged. How has this level of respect been earned? Through consistent design integrity and intelligent use of current-generation parts and design technologies.

      Studio-grade mic channels
      Enjoy extras like sends and optional hardware limiting

      Do you work with outboard EQs and compressors? Each 828x mic input offers a pre-converter send for mono or stereo mic channel outboard processing. The 828x's unique V-Limit™ hardware limiter employs a proprietary design to offer an additional 12 dB of headroom over digital zero with no digital clipping or harsh artifacts, for that added protection in dynamic recording situations. The 828x's preamps are clean and neutral, allowing you to use your favorite plug-ins and host software to color the sound just the way you want for each recording application.

      On-board digital mixer with effects
      Mixing and effects for monitoring and live mixing

      Record, monitor, route and process all live inputs using the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer - with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Apply DSP-driven compression, EQ and reverb to every input and output, independent of your host computer.

      Stand-alone operation as a mixer
      Go instantly from studio to stage

      After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the 828x from the computer and take it on the road for operation as a stand-alone mixer with effects. All mixing and effects parameters are adjustable using the front panel backlit LCD.

      Solid metal chassis
      MOTU interfaces are built to last, and last, and last

      We still get calls and Facebook posts from happy users of the original 828, introduced more than 10 years ago! Like all MOTU interfaces, the 828x's aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and road. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the cool feeling of the 828x's metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.

      Converters 24-bit
      Sample rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
      Analog inputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo-style mic/guitar inputs 
      8 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
      Analog outputs 2 x XLR balanced main out 
      8 x 1/4" balanced TRS line out 
      2 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
      Digital I/O 16 channels of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates 
      8 channels of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates 
      2-channel TOSlink (optical S/PDIF) up to 96 kHz 
      2-channel RCA S/PDIF up to 96 kHz
      Total I/O 28 inputs and 30 outputs at 1x sample rates 
      20 inputs and 22 outputs at 2x sample rates 
      10 inputs and 10 outputs at 4x sample rates
      Computer I/O 1 x Thunderbolt (compatible with 1 and 2) 
      1 x USB 2.0 (compatible with 3.0)
      Sync I/O 1 x SMPTE time code in (LTC) 
      1 x SMPTE time code out (LTC) 
      1 x word clock in 
      1 x word clock out
      Headphone output 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable) 
      1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (mirrors main outs)
      Phantom power 2 x individual +48V
      Front panel 2 x XLR/TRS combo mic/guitar in 
      2 x 1/4" TRS phone 
      2 x digital rotary encoders • phone/main volume 
      2 x digital rotary encoders • mic trim 
      4 x switches • Pad and 48V Phantom 
      4 x digital rotary encoders for LCD control 
      2 x 16 character LCD 
      8 x 4-segment ladder LEDs • 1/4-inch analog in 
      8 x activity LED • 1/4-inch analog out 
      2 x 4-segment ladder LEDs • RCA S/PDIF in 
      2 x activity LED • RCA S/PDIF out 
      2 x 10-segment LEDs • mic in with V-Limit 
      2 x 5-segment ladder LEDs • main outs 
      6 x LED • sample rate indicator 
      1 x LED • LOCK/TACH indicator 
      2 x activity LEDs • optical bank A/B 
      1 x activity LED • MIDI in/out 
      1 x AC power switch
      Power International 100-240V autoswitching supply 
      50-60 Hz • 20 Watts

      Mac System Requirements

      A Mac with an Intel processor
      1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
      Mac OS X version 10.6 or later required
      Available Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 (or 3.0) port
      USB cable included; Thunderbolt cable purchased separately
      A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

      Windows System Requirements

      1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
      1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
      Windows 8, 7 or Vista, 32- or 64-bit; Vista SP 2 or later required
      Available Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 (or 3.0) port
      USB cable included; Thunderbolt cable purchased separately
      A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)
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