The Infamous MOTU 828mkII
The 828mkII is a
long-running favorite among the various FireWire audio interfaces on the
market. Many a producer, band and composer use the 828mkII on the road as the
centerpiece of their mobile recording studio.
The current 828mkII model is a 24-bit, 96kHz 828mkII audio interace
gives you 20 inputs and 22 outputs, for 10 channels of 96kHz analog recording and
playback, plus 8 channels of ADAT digital I/O and stereo S/PDIF. The 828mkII is
easily expandable by daisy chaining additional 828mkII or
896HD interfaces via FireWire.
Hook It Up, Baby!
The two mic/guitar/instrument inputs feature analog pre-amps, so you can plug in
all of your favorite outboard gear. Any input can be used as a return, or you can
add additional effect loops by using the 828mkIIs CueMix DSPŠ on-board
mixing option, which is a DSP-driven 20-input/8-bus mixing and monitoring matrix
that you can use in lieu of an external mixer or patchbay.
No Lag, But Total Control
Once youve hooked up all of your studio gear, you can then monitor the live inputs through the
828mkIIs main outs, headphone jack or any other output with virtually no
lag time or taxing of your CPU. You can also create and control your own custom
monitor mixes for the main outs, headphones and other outputs via the included
CueMix Console software or through the front panel on the 828mkII.
Use It On The Road
If youre on the road and dont want to drag a mixer along,
you can use the 828mkII without one, controlling the mix through the
828mIIs backlit LCD and front-panel controls. All 828mkII settings are
easily accessed through the front panel.
Use It In The Studio
Or, in the studio, the 828mkIIs 8 channels
of ADAT optical digital
I/O, plus stereo S/PDIF, make it a great addition to your
digital mixer. You also get 16-channels of MIDI I/O with the 828mkII which, like
the audio, travels via FireWire to your CPU.
Works With Everything!
The 828mkII is compatible with Mac OS 9, Mac OS X (version 10.2 or later),
Windows Me/2000/XP and with WDM/ASIO/Core Audio/Sound Manager drivers. If your
apps or devices fall outside of these specs, you can use MOTU AudioDesk
workstation app (included) for the Mac.
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MOTU 828mkII FireWire audio/MIDI interface
Design with the 828mkII
In his tech tips column for Audiohead.net,
sound designer for music, film, video games and software instruments Richard Devine
recommends the 828.
Youll want to get a decent sound card with decent
microphone inputs, says Devine. I use the DigiDesign Mbox and MOTU
828s for my acoustic outside recordings as they have decent Mic pres and
integrate well with laptop computers.
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