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MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB/AVB Audio Interface

MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

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Mfg Model SKU 9380
UPC Code 839128006096

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Product Code : 828ES


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MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt USB Audio Interface

Product HIghlights

  • Compatible with Thunderbolt and USB
  • 28 Inputs, 32 Outputs
  • 24-Bit/192 kHz Resolution
  • Two Microphone Preamps with +48V

Upgraded DAC, Dual Full-color Displays, and AVB Networking

With the 828es, MOTU's legendary audio interface has been retooled with an ESS Sabre32 DAC and dual full-color displays. This interface delivers pristine audio playback, with an outstanding 123dB of dynamic range. Its recording performance is just as impressive, with round-trip latency as low as 1.6ms at 96kHz. A superb complement of I/O includes 60 simultaneous audio channels, two great-sounding mic preamps, a range of digital options, and AVB networking. Employ the 828es as a standalone mixer, or enjoy wireless control from your tablet, smartphone, and laptop. The 828es's powerful DSP-driven mixer gives you 48-channel mixing, along with a range of great-sounding digital effects. The 828es makes a fine centerpiece for any studio.

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

MOTU 828es overview with Dave Roberts

MOTU 828es Features:

  • 28-in/32-out hybrid audio interface for studio and live sound
  • ESS Sabre32 DAC technology delivers 123dB of dynamic range and superb audio quality
  • Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 1.6ms at 96kHz via Thunderbolt and 1.9ms via USB
  • Dual LCD screens allow you to see all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering
  • Access your hardware settings from a simple and convenient front-panel menu
  • 2 great-sounding microphone preamps with dedicated sends, switchable pads, and phantom power
  • 8 analog inputs accommodate a wide variety of line-level gear
  • 16 channels of ADAT optical digital I/O and stereo S/PDIF expand your system with additional gear
  • Built-in talkback mic with front-panel Talk button and A/B speaker select buttons
  • Onboard 32-bit floating point DSP-driven digital mixer with EQ, dynamics, and effects provides latency-free routing
  • Hook up a wireless router and take complete control of the onboard mixer from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone
  • MOTU's AVB audio networking expands your system with additional AVB-equipped audio interfaces
  • Create an AVB network via optional AVB Switches with support for up to 5 compatible interfaces

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