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MOTU 828es

28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

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$995.00

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Product Description for the MOTU 828es

Introducing the 828es Thunderbolt/USB interface for Mac, PC and iOS

Redesigned with renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology and a new front panel layout, the 828es connects to a Mac, PC or iOS device over Thunderbolt™ or USB with low latency, high performance drivers to deliver 60 total channels of I/O, 48-channel mixing and 32-bit floating point DSP effects processing.

Superb analog sound and ultra low latency performance

Advanced extras, incorporated from MOTU's flagship 1248 interface, include ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology with 123 dB dynamic range, ultra low round trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96 kHz over Thunderbolt (and 1.9 ms over USB), USB audio class compliant firmware for connection to iOS™ devices (with a standard camera adapter, sold separately), convenient web app control from any mobile computing device, flexible matrix-style routing and splitting, stand alone mixing with Wi-Fi control and AVB/TSN audio networking for system expansion.

 828es control room features

New control room features

New control room features appearing for the first time on a MOTU interface include a built-in talkback mic with front panel "talk" button and "A/B" monitor select, mute and sum-to-mono buttons for the main outs.

Award-winning design

Numerous features brought forward from the award-winning 828x model include pre-converter sends for the two mic inputs, dedicated quarter-inch time code input and output jacks, MIDI in and out jacks, BNC word clock I/O, a foot switch input for hands free punch-in during recording, AudioDesk workstation software and a suite of audio analysis apps.

All the I/O you need

Housed in a sturdy, aluminum alloy chassis (one rack space), the 828es provides 28 inputs and 32 outputs, including two redesigned mic/guitar “combo” style inputs featuring high quality, transparent preamps with front panel control (and remote software control) of individual gain/pad/48V phantom power. The hi-Z quarter-inch sockets on the combo jacks provide amp-like performance when plugging in a guitar.

828es front rear stack

Additional I/O includes eight balanced (TRS) analog in/out (with DC coupled outputs), separate main outs on XLR jacks, two banks of 8-channel optical I/O (switchable to stereo TOSLink), RCA S/PDIF digital I/O and two independent front panel headphone jacks with volume controls.

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).

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

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 produce 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.

Features

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)
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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.
SKU MOT-828ES
Brand MOTU
Weight 10.0000
Dimensions (WxHxD) No

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