MOTU 828mkII
For portable, powerful recording that doesn’t lag

By Steph Jorgl

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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 828mkII’s 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 you’ve hooked up all of your studio gear, you can then monitor the live inputs through the 828mkII’s 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 you’re on the road and don’t want to drag a mixer along, you can use the 828mkII without one, controlling the mix through the 828mII’s 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 828mkII’s 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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Sound Design with the 828mkII

In his tech tips column for, sound designer for music, film, video games and software instruments Richard Devine recommends the 828.

“You’ll 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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