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      MOTU 828x Thunderbolt Audio Interface (J05436)
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MOTU's best-selling audio interface, now with Thunderbolt connectivity.

The 828x is MOTU's most advanced, award-winning audio interface, and now comes with lightning fast Thunderbolt connectivity. Raising the bar with innovative features and ultra-reliable performance, the MOTU 828x provides 28 inputs and 30 outputs with recording up to 192kHz resolution, studio-grade mic channels, on-board digital mixer with effects, standalone mixer option, solid metal chassis, high-speed USB 2.0 and 3.0 connectivity for across-the-board compatibility.

The future of connectivity
Thunderbolt fulfills the promise of a truly state-of-the-art connectivity standard for personal computers. With massive bandwidth, Thunderbolt allows you to connect displays, hard drives, and other peripherals to your computer, along with the 828x, up to six devices total (with the 828x at the end of the chain), and the Thunderbolt bus won't even break a sweat. Thunderbolt combines plug-and-play convenience with massive bandwidth and low latency for truly professional audio interface performance.

Audio quality without compromise
Now in its fifth generation, the 828 has become well respected in the audio industry. How has this level of respect been earned? Through consistent design integrity and intelligent use of current-generation parts and design technologies.

Mac, PC, and USB 3.0 compatible
As Thunderbolt becomes more widely adopted, Hi-speed USB 2.0 provides across-the-board compatibility with virtually all laptops and desktops on both Mac and Windows. Since USB 2.0 devices are compatible with USB 3.0-equipped hosts, your 828x interface is a future-proof investment in your studio. With recording up to 192kHz resolution, you'll always have the most pristine, professional sound at your disposal.

How can one audio interface offer this much I/O?
Two combo-style mic/guitar inputs with preamps, 8 balanced analog in/out, XLR main outs, 16 channels of ADAT optical (8 channels at 96 kHz), plus S/PDIF, word clock and MIDI. Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors.

Studio-grade mic channels
Do you work with outboard EQs and compressors? Each 828x mic input offers a pre-converter send for mono or stereo mic channel outboard processing. The 828x's unique V-Limit™ hardware limiter employs a proprietary design to offer an additional 12 dB of headroom over digital zero with no digital clipping or harsh artifacts, for that added protection in dynamic recording situations. The 828x's preamps are clean and neutral, allowing you to use your favorite plug-ins and host software to color the sound just the way you want for each recording application.

Mixing and effects for monitoring and live mixing
Record, monitor, route and process all live inputs using the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer – with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Apply DSP-driven compression, EQ and reverb to every input and output, independent of your host computer.

Go instantly from studio to stage
After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the 828x from the computer and take it on the road for operation as a stand-alone mixer with effects. All mixing and effects parameters are adjustable using the front panel backlit LCD.

Built to last, and last, and last…
Like all MOTU interfaces, the 828x's aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and road. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the cool feeling of the 828x's metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.

MOTU 828x Thunderbolt Audio Interface Features:

  • 28 inputs and 30 outputs
    Thunderbolt technology
    High-speed USB 2.0
    Up to 192kHz audio resolution
    Studio-grade mic channels
    On-board digital mixer with effects
    Stand-alone operation as a mixer
    Solid metal chassis
    Support for Mac OS X and Windows
    MIDI I/O built-in
    Analysis tools and oscilloscope


MOTU 828x Thunderbolt Audio Interface Specifications:

  • Technical Specifications
    Converters 24-bit
    Sample rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    Analog inputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo-style mic/guitar inputs
    8 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
    Analog outputs 2 x XLR balanced main out
    8 x 1/4" balanced TRS line out
    2 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
    Digital I/O 16 channels of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
    8 channels of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
    2-channel TOSlink (optical S/PDIF) up to 96 kHz
    2-channel RCA S/PDIF up to 96 kHz
    Total I/O 28 inputs and 30 outputs at 1x sample rates
    20 inputs and 22 outputs at 2x sample rates
    10 inputs and 10 outputs at 4x sample rates
    Computer I/O 1 x Thunderbolt (compatible with 1 and 2)
    1 x USB 2.0 (compatible with 3.0)
    Sync I/O 1 x SMPTE time code in (LTC)
    1 x SMPTE time code out (LTC)
    1 x word clock in
    1 x word clock out
    Headphone output 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)
    1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (mirrors main outs)
    Phantom power 2 x individual +48V
    Front panel 2 x XLR/TRS combo mic/guitar in
    2 x 1/4" TRS phone
    2 x digital rotary encoders • phone/main volume
    2 x digital rotary encoders • mic trim
    4 x switches • Pad and 48V Phantom
    4 x digital rotary encoders for LCD control
    2 x 16 character LCD
    8 x 4-segment ladder LEDs • 1/4-inch analog in
    8 x activity LED • 1/4-inch analog out
    2 x 4-segment ladder LEDs • RCA S/PDIF in
    2 x activity LED • RCA S/PDIF out
    2 x 10-segment LEDs • mic in with V-Limit
    2 x 5-segment ladder LEDs • main outs
    6 x LED • sample rate indicator
    1 x LED • LOCK/TACH indicator
    2 x activity LEDs • optical bank A/B
    1 x activity LED • MIDI in/out
    1 x AC power switch
    Power International 100-240V autoswitching supply
    50-60 Hz • 20 Watts

    Mac System Requirements
    A Mac with an Intel processor
    1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
    Mac OS X version 10.6 or later required
    Available Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 (or 3.0) port
    USB cable included; Thunderbolt cable purchased separately
    A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

    Windows System Requirements
    1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
    1 GB RAM; 2 GB or more recommended
    Windows 8, 7 or Vista, 32- or 64-bit; Vista SP 2 or later required
    Available Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 (or 3.0) port
    USB cable included; Thunderbolt cable purchased separately
    A large hard drive (preferably at least 250 GB)

    Included software
    CueMix FX
    MOTU SMPTE Console
    AudioDesk (Mac only, optical CD drive required)

    Operating Systems
    Mac OS X version 10.6 or later
    Windows 8, 7 or Vista (SP2 or later is required)

    64-bit operation
    Available for Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 8, 7 or Vista
    Requires a 64-bit CPU


MOTU 828x Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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