MOTU 828X Thunderbolt Audio & MIDI Interface

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Manufacturer: Motu

Category: Recording & Playback

Details

Details

MOTU 828X Thunderbolt Audio & MIDI Interface can also connect to any computer with high-speed USB 2.0, which is USB 3.0 compatible, so if you don't have Thunderbolt yet, the 828x has you covered.

The new 828x provides all of the same features as MOTU's latest 828mk3 Hybrid interface, including hi-speed USB 2.0 connectivity to a computer host, but replaces FireWire with Thunderbolt, the new ultra-fast connectivity standard now found on today's current-generation MacBooks, iMacs, Mac Pro, and various laptops from leading PC vendors like Hewlett Packard.

Thunderbolt allows you to connect the 828x and other Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals to a laptop for a sleek, state-of-the-art desktop production system. Even with a high-performance hard drive or RAID, plus a large computer display, the Thunderbolt bus allows the 828x to easily stream 58 simultaneous channels of audio (28 inputs and 30 outputs) with plenty of bandwidth to spare for smooth, glitch-free operation.

Up to six devices can be connected to a Thunderbolt daisy-chain, with the 828x at the end of the chain. Thunderbolt is a plug-and-play protocol, so devices can be hot swapped, even while the host computer remains powered up.

  • Thunderbolt connectivity — Compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2.
  • Hi-speed USB 2.0 connectivity — Compatible with USB 3.0.
  • 58 simultaneous channels — 28 inputs and 30 outputs, including two mic preamps with sends, 8 TRS analog in/out, separate main outs on XLR jacks, two banks of optical, S/PDIF, MIDI in/out, time code in/out, word clock I/O, and two front-panel headphone jacks.
  • CueMix FX™ — High-powered DSP with mixing and effects on individual ins/outs. Includes classic reverb, modeled analog EQ, and vintage LA-2A compressor.
  • Flexible mic/guitar inputs with preamps — Two front panel combo jacks provide hi-Z 1/4” guitar input or XLR mic input with individual phantom power and pad.
  • Precision Digital Trim™ — Digitally controlled analog trim on all analog inputs (mic/guitar inputs + quarter-inch TRS inputs) provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB increments.
  • V-Limit™ overload protection — Hardware-based input limiter on the mic/guitar inputs prevents digital clipping and distortion from overloaded signal levels up to +12 dB over zero.
  • Front-panel control for stand-alone operation — Access any setting in your entire 828x mix directly from the front panel.
  • Foot switch input — Connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free punch-in and punch-out while recording. Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS) — DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 828x is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • Time code support — Directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs — Use the 828x with Volta™ (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
  • Instrument tuner and audio analysis tools — Includes an oscilloscope, real-time FFT, X-Y Plot, and graphic phase analysis.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Specification
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

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

Compatible Mac software

The 828x ships with standard Core Audio and Core MIDI drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible (and Core MIDI-compatible) apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • MOTU AudioDesk
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Logic Express
  • Apple Garage Band
  • Ableton Live
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Compatible Windows software

The 828x ships with standard Wave and ASIO drivers for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista for compatibility with virtually all Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Ableton Live
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Image Line FL Studio
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Sony Acid
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)