An Overview of the MOTU 828 mk3 Audio Interface.
An Introduction to the MOTU 828 mk3
The original MOTU 828 was a rugged 8 channel firewire interface that was mains powered relatively straight forward to set up and operate. Speaking from personal experience I purchased one of these units back in 2004 and it is still going strong with no problems. I have used the motu with several recording programs including Cubase sx3, Garageband, Logic and Studio One without any issues.
The latest 828 includes a number of new hardware improvements which make it more versatile.
Probably one of the most significant features is Hybrid FireWire / USB2 connectivity
As a hybrid audio interface, the 828mk3 provides users the option of connecting to any Mac or PC via a FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0 cable. So if for example you needed to work with an apple based software one day then lay down tracks on a windows based system the next, you could do it without having to swap interfaces as well.
What are the inputs and outputs of the Motu 828?
As an interface or standalone mixer, the 828mk3 provides 28 separate inputs and 30 separate outputs, including dedicated main outs on XLRs and two front panel headphone outs. 192 kHz analog recording at at a high bit rate (24 up to 32) and playback, combined with sixteen channels of ADAT digital I/O and stereo S/PDIF. It is also possible to add more inputs by connecting additional MOTU audio interfaces.
The 828mk3 is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer.