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MOTU 828mkII FireWire Audio Interface   

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The MOTU 828mkII FireWire audio interface is great for studio or remote recording. Incredibly expansive in its level of control and versatility, the ...Read More

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The MOTU 828mkII FireWire audio interface is great for studio or remote recording. Incredibly expansive in its level of control and versatility, the 828mkII delivers DSP-driven mixing and monitoring in any situation. At the studio, clubs, or rehearsal, you can connect anything you want and monitor it with no separate mixer needed. The superb front-panel control array and backlit LCD allow you to directly access the entire mix or individual settings. There's no channel sharing, either. Its 20 inputs and 22 outputs include 2 mic/guitar inputs, TRS analog I/O, separate main outs, 24-bit ADAT optical I/O, MIDI, sync, and 24-bit S/PDIF digital I/O up to 96kHz.

Includes Audiodesk software, a sample-accurate workstation for Mac OS with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit automated mixing/processing/mastering. Mac/PC.

  • Expandable 24-bit/96kHz audio interface
  • FireWire connection
  • 20 input channels and 22 output channels (simultaneous)
  • 2 mic/guitar inputs with phantom power
  • 8 TRS analog inputs
  • 8 TRS +4dB analog outputs
  • Separate TRS main outs
  • Headphone jack
  • 8 channels of 24-bit ADAT optical I/O
  • Sample-accurate ADAT SYNC
  • MIDI I/O
  • 24-bit S/PDIF digital I/O up to 96kHz
  • Word clock sync

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Don't think about it - buy it!

First, hats off to MOTU for a supurb unit. I have been waiting for a 24/96 firewire all channel available, all the time unit - and they delivered exactly what I was...Read complete review

First, hats off to MOTU for a supurb unit. I have been waiting for a 24/96 firewire all channel available, all the time unit - and they delivered exactly what I was waiting for. I love the little pre-amps for on the road writing with my laptop. I love the sound quality of the AD/DA converters. I love the brick S----house package it was all put in to. It sounds so good that another member in the band I work in (Heather and Blacksmith) got one too. I will tell you that I had to work a bit with my laptop and home p/c to configure the systems to work without glitches in the recording process. I use Dell and the laptop firewire port was sharing an interupt with another item, so I fixed that by sharing interupts between the floppy drive and other conflicting piece of hardware. Bingo! Hasn't dropped or popped since. The firewire port on my laptop is a 4 pin, not 6 so I had to also buy a 4 to 6 pin cable. It would be nice if MOTU would ad a little convertor end. I wish I had a faster hard drive on both units (they are not 7200 rpm as MOTU suggests) but they both record 8 channels at 24/96 just fine. I need another unit soon so I will have to spring for a cheap USB/Firewire add on hard drive - lucky I won't be out more than a few hundred on that. By the way, both P/C's are 1.8 gig pentiums, with 80 gig hard drives and 500 meg of ram.And onother thing - I teamed MOTU 828mkII up with SONAR 3 Producer. Whoa - I am still in dreamland. Both products work flawlessly together, and the sound - flexibility - productivity level I now have makes it sweet to create.Thanks MOTU first for such an amazing unit and thanks Cakewalk for Sonar ! A perfect pair.Lance


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Why did I buy this?

Great product at first. I run Cubase SX3 on a XP PC. I have a 3.4 Ghz processor and 2gb of ram on my Asus motherboard. I have been using the 828 MKII...Read complete review

Great product at first. I run Cubase SX3 on a XP PC. I have a 3.4 Ghz processor and 2gb of ram on my Asus motherboard. I have been using the 828 MKII for over a year and I kick myself everytime I turn my computer on. This was the WORST purchase I ever made. There are NO upgrades and support is horrible. I strongly urge anyone looking at this product to visit the support forum and look through how many complaints there are about the 828 and other MOTU products. I have had NOTHING but problems with this device and I wish I had researched more. $*** down the drain and now I have an annoyance everytime I want to write a song. Don't buy it.

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Decent in all respects

By Songster

from Eugene Oregon

For those of us who can't afford the megabucks systems, this box has the flexibility and shine that is worth the price. You can find them for a decent price in the used market, and they make a great demo with care taken to feed them good input. I recently had mine repaired after owning it for several years without any problems. It cost me $80 for them to go over it and get it straight, and this included the shipping coming back to me. I heard that it's a bit more now presumably because of gas prices, but the point is, you're likely to get a few good years out of it, and they will still service them for a reasonable price. Just be patient with contacts. They are a large company with high volume communications.

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By TheGreenRoom

from Seattle, WA

I bought my 828mkII used about a month and a half ago. I run 8 channels from my mackie 1604vlz into the 8 analog ins on the back of the 828, and it gets the job done better than any other decent home studio interface I've used (Presonus, Alesis, etc). It runs flawlessly on my Mac G4 with Digital Performer 5.1. I have yet to have a problem with it, or know anyone who has had a problem with one. It isn't an interface that will project a 'sound' on to your audio. It's quite transparent and will produce a good sound if it's got a good sound going in.


Great quality and easy to use

By Nukeitout

from Germany

If you use the firewire interface connected to a PC it is very easy to use! The software mixer controls the unit from the PC, and integration into your program of choice is the same as any other multi-channel hardware device. You select from multiple stereo pairs for the analog inputs, and each channel is left or right from one pair. This unit is all you'll ever need for a small band recording live or in a studio setting.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


It's not worth it

By Phil

from South Florida

Great options, great concept, good priced but.. All of these qualities don't count anymore, once you loose hundreds if not thousands of $s when that thing fails and there is no support to help you with a reasonable solution. I was out of commission for more then 10 days without any solution in sight. If you use it for your Hobby, it might worth to consider it. If you make a living with your music, I would suggest, Don't touch it. Phil

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


MoTU support is very poor


from Highlands Ranch, CO

I had used this product for over a year but when it failed MoTU would not return any calls, emails or the fax I sent so I could get it repaired. Their products are great but with such poor support you better hope it never fails.I have had both my 828mkIIs fail within 2 years and motu doesnt seem to care.


Dirty Sock Funk

By Jbodango-nXGWI

from Kansas CIty

Okay, I've had mine for a year now, and all I can say is used balance outputs and good cables, make sure you have the latest and greatest drivers. If using with PC, disable everything on your OS but the bare essentials (I have an AMD chipset...) This is a serious tool. Like the aforementioned reviews, this is not a plug and 'pray' wonder. You need to adjust your buffers, especially with ASIO drivers in apps like Reason, Audition, and Ableton. Once you get defaults, be ready to be blown away.


Good for a while...

By mwereski

from Los Angeles CA

The 828 mkII i first purchased worked perfectly. After 2 weeks the main outputs died. I tried to call tech support but MOTU's support team is horrible. I exchanged the 828 for a new one. The new one worked fine also until the Left Main Output died.


Decent card


from Evansville, IN

Needs some tweaking to sound good. You can't just plug it in and expect the best out of it. Do not use analog mixer with it, cause you get that pretty hiss. Stick with a digital mixer. Doesn't work well with Sonar.


Great interface for studio and remote recording.

By od's Audio Engineer

from Chicago suburb

I use the 828 to interface to a 2.6GHz HP Pavilion multimedia PC and have had great results in my project studio and remote recordings. I have even used it as a dj mixer for a friend's wedding as the stand-alone mixer section gave me control to computer-based song files. The firewire connection makes remote sessions incredibly fast and easy. I have a rack with the 828, several compressor/limiters, an effects device (mostly for live sound), and a Behringer 8 channel mic pre; for remote sessions I need only set up my computer and connect to the rack with one firewire cable. What could be simpler! 18 IO channels of audio are streamed to my computer where I use Sonic Foundry and Adobe Audition software. The software works well with the 828, but be forwarned that it is not a simple plug and play device as you will have to configure your IO devices and sample and buffer rates to achieve best results; but once your defaults are set, you can fly! I recommend the Motu 828 with confidence. Please note that some people have problems with AMD computer chipsets with this product.


Best bang for your buck!

By kingmetal

from Undisclosed

I've had my 828MKII for almost 2 years now and I wouldn't trade it for anything. A lot of people rave about the Fireface 800, which certainly has a slew of features my 828 doesn't have, but check the price difference out! The Fireface sure isn't double the features (but it certainly is double the price!). my MOTU has never once had a single problem that wasn't just simple user error stuff and has transferred flawlessly amongst 3 computers (one of them being a laptop). Sound quality is amazing for the price and the feature list is expansive for such a small price. These things are built like tanks too, I've certainly hauled mine around a fair number of places. I accidentally left the rack ears on during a particularly rough trip and one of them cracked (still useable, just cracked). I e-mailed MOTU to inquire about buying a replacement pair (hey, it was my fault they broke!) and they offered to send me a free replacement pair no questions asked! They even picked up the shipping! I've heard of people having compatibility problems with their MOTU products. I can't even fathom what those problems could be. I'm planning on buying another 828 in the next year when I get my Yamaha 01V96 so I can get 16 channels of ADAT (the 8 extra analog ins and 4 extra mic pres will be nice too). Two MOTUs may be approaching the cost of a Fireface, but to tell you the truth I'd rather stick with my MOTU.

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