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896HD Digital Audio Interface

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High-level recording with a superior hardware interface.

The MOTU 896HD FireWire digital interface is easy to use and quick to set up. Empowers your computer with powerful 24-bit, 192kHz audio. Provides 8 mic preamps, pristine 192kHz analog I/O, 8 channels of ADAT digital, and stereo AES/EBU. Adapts to studio or stage. With a computer, provides 18 inputs and 22 outputs, including main out and headphone out.

The 896HD includes the CueMix DSP onboard mixing feature, a flexible DSP-driven 18-input/8-bus mixing and monitoring matrix that eliminates the need for an external mixer or patchbay. CueMix connects all of your studio gear, including mics, guitars, keyboards, drum machines, and effects processors. Everything can be controlled from the included CueMix Console software or directly from the 896HDs front panel.

If you're hitting the road, just program the 896 in the studio with the CueMix Console software and then take the 896 on the road for portable mixing and monitoring without a computer. In the studio, the 8 channels of ADAT optical I/O, plus stereo AES/EBU, make the 896HD an ideal companion to a digital mixer. All digital I/O connections support standard sample rates up to 96kHz.


  • Activity meters
  • Large 10-segment meters display all analog input activity with software-controlled peak and clip indicators
  • Programmable meters allow you to view analog output, ADAT input, or ADAT output
  • Front-panel input trims
  • Independent control of input gain for all 8 24-bit, 192kHz inputs
  • Each input has its own front-panel 48-volt phantom power switch
  • Main outputs
  • Connect powered monitors directly to these jacks and separately control your main mix and monitor levels with convenient front-panel knobs
  • AES/EBU digital I/O with SRC
  • Stereo AES/EBU input and output
  • Built-in sample rate conversion allows
  • you to connect 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96kHz devices, regardless of the system sample rate
  • International power supply
  • Built-in international power supply accepts 110-220V on a standard IEC cable so your 896HD can follow you wherever your music takes you
  • Standard 1394 FireWire ports
  • Connect your FireWire-equipped computer here
  • No PCI or PC cards to install ” just plug in and go
  • MOTU FireWire interfaces are expandable;
  • the second FireWire port allows you to daisy-chain more devices without the need for a FireWire hub
  • Word clock
  • Word clock input and output for synchronization with a wide variety of digital devices or a centralized word clock source
  • System meters
  • Dedicated meters for main outputs plus programmable meters for digital
  • AES/EBU input or output activity
  • Clock indicators display sample rate, clock source and rate conversion
  • Handsfree punch in/out
  • Connect a pedal for handsfree punch in and out
  • Volume controls
  • Volume control can optionally control level to main monitors as well as headphones
  • 8 balanced outputs
  • Each XLR output is individually switchable for +4 or -10dB levels
  • 8 mic/line/instrument inputs
  • Neutrik connectors accept XLR or 1/4" inputs Plug in a mic, guitar or synth to 24-bit, balanced or unbalanced 192kHz inputs
  • Each input is switchable to accept mic or line level signals, with additional front-panel trim or completely bypass the trim circuit with the +4/fixed setting
  • ADAT optical I/O
  • 8 channels of ADAT optical (lightpipe) input and output
  • Connect a digital mixer, ADAT or additional A/D/A converter
  • Also supports 4 channels of 88.2 or 96kHz audio ADAT Sync port provides sample-accurate sync for compatible devices
  • Transfer multiple passes of ADAT via lightpipe with single-sample accuracy every time
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