MOTU 828 Mk2
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MOTU 828 Mk2

828 Mk2, FireWire audio interface from MOTU in the 828 series.

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yoTrakkz02/23/2012

yoTrakkz's review"rack it up!"

MOTU 828 Mk2
The MOTU 828 MK2 is a 14 x 10 audio and MIDI interface designed for the home studio DAW that will support up to 96 kHz. For such a little unit, it’s actually got a good amount of versatility and options. It’s a firewire based unit, consisting of two ports. There are two microphone preamps, each of which have dual ¼”/XLR jacks and trim knobs, built in phantom power, and a pad for each as well. As far as other connections go, it has six other ¼” inputs, eight ¼” outputs to correspond with each of the inputs, and ¼” main stereo outputs for sending your sound to your monitors. It also has a MIDI input and output and the same for S/PDIF as well. There’s also a ¼” jack for a headphone input and metering is done with the LED screen on the front panel. It’s powered by either your computer via bus power, or with a nine volt power supply. The 828 MK2 is also rackable.


UTILIZATION

As long as you understand the characteristics and features involved here, you’re going to be able to operate the 828 MK2 without any issues. Everything is pretty straight forward and direct once you understand all of the connections and features here. Of course if this is your first audio interface, you might want to have the manual around to help you understand all of the basic components here.


GETTING STARTED

The 828 MK2 is overall a very clean sounding unit, from the preamps to the overall playback quality through the converters. Especially considering that this is meant for portability, the sound is quite sparkling clean. The preamps aren’t necessarily the best sounding in the world, but they do have a decent amount of depth to them and will definitely get the job done for remote recording or for work in a smaller home studio.


OVERALL OPINION

As far as small/portable audio interfaces go, the 828 MK2 has as much flexibility crammed on this little unit as any I’ve used before. It will definitely work in your home studio if you want a little audio interface to run your DAW on, but I think it would work best as a supplemental unit for recording on the go. I don’t own this audio interface myself, but a friend of mine has it for his home studio and uses it all the time for recording on the go, which is really a great thing to be able to do. MOTU has some great audio interfaces in all different price ranges and for different purposes, so if the 828 MK2 doesn’t do it for you, definitely check out the others that they have to offer.
songboy12/02/2011

songboy's review"Not impressed, dull recordings compared to other interfaces."

MOTU 828 Mk2
I travel sometimes and help out friends with studio projects. In my travels I sometimes use great gear and sometimes not so great gear. This one is the later in my opinion. I spent two weeks at a friends home studio doing a project with him and he used this interface. He said he bought it at the time because he likes to record at 96khz and this was one of the more affordable units back in '06. We ran this on a PC running protools with an ART Pre Amp and some AKAI condensors and Shure sm57/58s. This was run using the FireWire 400 slot. We recorded single takes using no more than 6 mics at a time (drums).

UTILIZATION

The unit itself was very stable. We never had any serious crashes or glitches. Occasionally his PC would get overloaded in mixing but that was because of the heavy use of Plugins and his computer was a little behind. The latency was OK but was only noticed during mixing as we properly setup his gear to handle the latency during recording. We used Pro Tools for the entire session and everything seemed to run smooth with the occasional CPU spike from CPU hungry mixing plugins. We never did more than 6 tracks during our session but he did say he would run more when sequencing/recording his synthesizers and that it handled the load just fine.

GETTING STARTED

There were no compatibility issues that I experienced. Everything booted up properly and his drivers were up to date so it was all good. I never read the manual. He seemed very confident with the unit and said that he was able to start recording in a matter of minutes after it had been installed. The unit is fairly easy to use. The dsp Mixer that comes with unit makes controlling your ins and outs very easy. I have been using Totalmix with my RME Fireface 800 for awhile and I found them to be similar. With the dsp mixer and the front face of the unit itself, most of all the typical functions are found very easily. A few things are down in some menus and such, but nothing is too hard to find.

OVERALL OPINION

What I liked most about this unit is that it was stable and was able to record and mix our entire project in 96khz which was a stipulation for my friend. What I didn't like was how, in my opinion, the recorded tracks were pretty dull, especially the drums. We spent a lot of time with EQ, Compression and various other effects trying to bring life back into them. I think we did a decent job, but as soon as I was home, I compared our Raw tracks with some raw tracks I recorded with my FireFace and the difference was very noticeable. The Fireface had much better dynamics and clarity and in my opinion, put the MK2 to shame. I have worked with some MK3's briefly and find they don't suffer nearly as bad ad the MK2 does with this dullness.
I don't know what he paid for the MK2, and maybe it was considered good quality back in the day, but I don't recommend it to anyone who wants a competitive quality of sound. The reality is you get what you pay for. If you want top notch AD/DA, then you need to spend some serious cash.
ericthegreat09/25/2011

ericthegreat's review"one of the best"

MOTU 828 Mk2
The sound quality on the mk3 is very good, it's I/o flexibility is nearly perfect, for my needs (live sound) I would love to have 8 mic pres not 2 and dedicated gain control knob for each of the 8 line inputs (or at least one knob that could access each line input gain and shuttle between them. my only real disappointment is the lowest latency setting of 64 samples per buffer this setting is not quite fast enough for a pro musician I normally run at 16 and if I want to run big multichannel shows I might drop to 32 samples per buffer. the 828 mk3 has not proven to be stable until I drop it 96 samples per buffer.

UTILIZATION

Motu Hybred 828 mk3 Audio interface will take some getting use to.
Why the special 9 pin to a 6 pin fire wire cable, when it would have been better and more convenient with a standard
6 pin on both sides cable type.
The cable works fine when positioned in a certain way to fit.
Although many computers are discontinuing firewire, for audio fire wire has more bandwidth.
When the 828 Hybred mk3 works it' sounds pretty good.
It replaces my Emu 1818M that I loved and had for many years.
It took some time for Motu to release new drivers for this unit, once downloaded it works fine.
Customer service at Motu was fine, I was able to speak with a tech who helped on the configuration
before the latest driver release drivers for Windows on 8/09/2011 (version 4.0.48697) from Motu Download sight.

GETTING STARTED

Getting started for me was a tough task, but after some reading of the manual (which is easy to understand) i got the hang of it fast.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, Very solid piece for an awesome price. CueMix FX is great and anyone not using it is not using this thing to it's fullest. I can use the CueMix FX to monitor artists using EQ, Comps, & Reverbs with no latency while having my DAW have a 1024 buffer and making it super solid and reliable. It also takes care of talk back and basic volume controls, eliminating the need for any external central station/big knob controllers. Front two inputs are very handy and DO NOT overide analog 1 & 2 on the back. Just really, really feature loaded. On the BAD side...the LED's on the front are useless and the knobs on the front feel really sketchy. The software can control everything and you never really need to touch those though. I have mine hooked up via USB to W7 32bit w/ Samplitude 11.2 and it's been perfect. No crashes, no ASIO dropouts, nothing. GREAT piece at a great price.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

MOTU 828 Mk2
Well, the cuemix function doesnt work on 828's, yet the marketed it like it did.

Price paid: 300 usd

UTILIZATION

No problems, worked like it should.

GETTING STARTED

Not the greatest build, but not the worst either.

OVERALL OPINION

Flat, not musical. Made all my recordings very dull. I recorded at 48/24. better than your standard soundcard.

i * hated that thing. It sucked so bad at recording stuff. made everything sound dull. Im only writing this review to warn others of its crappyness.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: housewreckinpro ( 1-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

MOTU 828 Mk2
Allows you to record up to 20 channels at the same time at 24bit. The only catch is that 8 of those channels are ADAT (Great if you have a digital mixer) and 2 of them digital coax. That leaves you with 8 1/4" to work with and a pair of combo XLR 1/4" on the front.

Price paid

700

UTILIZATION

Not bad, I was worried at first not having a lot of reviews from PC users running WinXP. Don't even worry about it, this thing links up with no problems and you can set everything from the Cuemix console on the computer and store it to 20 presets in the unit. Any one of the presets can be loaded from the front panel or the computer very quickly. The six push-turn buttons on the front are confusing as heck, but after a couple of hours of messing with them, you will have the logic down. Lots of routing options, so if you have more gear than inputs, pick up a patchbay at the same time then you can set one Cuemix setup and use your patchbay hardware to do the input switching. The manual is very weak, no help there if you have major questions about using the system without the computer. Its totally written from the computers point of view, assuming that you are running Cubase. If you are running any software that is not ASIO compatable, you can still use it running legacy drivers according to the manual, but its not recommended.

GETTING STARTED

Windows users, you will love this product if you are running Cubase, Vegas, Soundforge, or Acid Pro, All Inputs and outputs are available for use at 96kHz/24bit resolution. I set presets for my diffrent software right into the Cuemix and recall them quickly with the touch of a button on the front panel, as I switch from diffrent Aps. Its even works with my windows laptop with no problems recording 18 channels to the internal hard drive in the field. This is one nice firewire interface that give you a lot of routing options. One word of advice. GET A PATCHBAY so you don't have to reach around back to get to your inputs and outputs, especially if its racked and

OVERALL OPINION

Absolutly flawless, no cracks, pops, or coloration to the sound. What you put in is what you get out. Used a compressor and eq chain on inputs 7 and 8 straight from the powered pre-amp outs on the 2 front panels and got a perfectly polished sound from my bass straight into the computer. You can also record the raw sound from the front panel at the same time.

Wouldn't have my studio with out it! Get one of these! They rock!

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Smoothbassman (January 2-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

MOTU 828 Mk2
Nothing missing, in fact, it has extra that comes in very handy. I like to purchase equipment based on whether the equipment can be used for production and live. With the 828mkII, you get a free mixer practically! There are 4 mix channels and slots to save mixing presets. So you can have a "Studio" for a headphone mix and another for Monitoring, then just load a "Live" preset for when you go gigging. CueMix has saved me $80.

Price paid

$750

UTILIZATION

The learning curve is next to nothing. The MOTU 828mkII comes with software for your PC to control anything with a better user interface. Given the limited size of the LCD on the 828mkII, it's a bit hard figuring where things are at first, but using the PC interface, you'll get a good idea and won't find it tough the next time you use the LCD. It comes with ASIO and MME drivers and you can run both concurrently. If you're running your sequencer using the ASIO drivers, you can still run, say, Winamp thru the MME drivers.

GETTING STARTED

Just looking at the construction of the thing tells you it can take a beating... but who'd want to beat a $750 piece of gear with lights in it? You got your wife for that! :P I've only had it for almost a month and I take extra care of any gear, if an accident were to happen, I'm sure as hell confident it'll survive.

OVERALL OPINION

The sound quality is prestine. Recording at 96kHz/24-bit has great improved the overall sound of any recording. Recording in 96kHz better captures waveforms more accurately. 24-bit allows for more digital processing without any noticeable degradation/data loss. All plugs are gold-plated, reducing any possibly of radio/noise interference (of course, hi-quality TRS/XLR cables to help A LOT!) If you're a perfectionist, 96kHz won't be enough(386kHz!). But 96kHz is beyond practical, and if your machine can't handle this, there's 88.2kHz... which is twice more samples/sec. than an ordinary CD.

First of all, it's black, sleek, green and blue lights and an occasional red light when you're clipping... I went from the M-Audio Quattro to this and instantly my recordings sounded better, my production time quicker. If I were given the choice between 10 Digidesign Digi 002 Rack and just one MOTU 828mkII... I'll just take the MOTU (well, take the Digis, sell them all and get more MOTUs!!) It looks good, works excellent, and it's versatile... if I moved to Arkansas, I'd marry this thing!

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Borthox ( 2-, 2004)
cessacom02/10/2014

cessacom's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" problems crunches"

MOTU 828 Mk2
used since 2003, so more than 10 years of service in a home studio with a Imac logic and audio settings using the front is complicated but it is a good steady audio card is forgotten ...
... until that awful creaking untimely sacking tracks and taken her. (Last few months)
After numerous searches on the net, these problems are scouring Trim potentiometers 2 preamps therefore a life not very long, as these cracks appeared earlier for some users.
No way to find these knobs (SAV Motu? ....), I perform the transformation circulating on the net (as it is easily) which is to replace potentiometers with fixed resistance, so more volume settings entry, unfortunately.
This allows me to continue using my Mk2, without investing in a new card.

UTILIZATION

drivers ok

GETTING STARTED

Installation ok

OVERALL OPINION

Average long-term
liz van deuq04/21/2013

liz van deuq's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good material"

MOTU 828 Mk2
I bought the MOTU 828 MK2 in Quebec because the digital audio equipment is cheaper there. I was more interested in the stability of the brand by the number of entries. The number of output also interested me but I do have rarely served.
I use it with my Macbook Pro that I bought in 2005. I still have these two devices together and after updating Mac, it works fine.
This is the firewire legacy that connects the two and I rarely had any problems. The day I got one, the distributor of the brand in Paris I was replaced for less than 100 euros. If I have to buy a card, I will take a MOTU. I connect my MIDI keyboard. And I get my stereo audio on the map.
My macbook pro: Mac OS X - Processor: 1.83 Intel Core Audio - Memory 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM.

UTILIZATION

I recorded three tracks at a time no more. It works.
I can read 12 audio without problems.
The system is overloaded from 16 tracks, at the reading.
The drivers are stable. I use Logic Pro 9 and MainStage. I never had a problem.
I have no lag or it is very short.
on the other hand to control sound physical modeling, it does not work well. The dynamic is not good. But maybe it comes from the keyboard.

GETTING STARTED

Installation is very simple. The card is detected as soon as the computer and the card and the computer are connected.

OVERALL OPINION

I use the two together for 8 years. Everything is stable as long as it takes and as long as the software does not change too quickly as this may be outdated.
MOTU before, I tried two others: EDIROL and other small cards but it was not stable with the ibook I had at the time. Connections behind the camera are not practical. Ergonomics can definitely improve. The price is worth it because of the stability of my system.
mielobule01/14/2013

mielobule's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MOTU 828 Mk2
Purchased 10 years ago because of the reputation of the brand. Used for film music and pub as midi (virtual instruments) and audio (made instruments and vocals). Connected to an iMac and used with Logic Pro.

UTILIZATION

Stable drivers, installation very simple: you install the driver, plug the firewire cable and go.
No audible latency, including such parts ultra rhythmic rhodes piano jazz / funk clavinet.
I saved up to 6 tracks (drums) simultaneously and it goes without pb, in fact multitrack recording performance depends on the power of the computer.

The preamps on the front are nice to troubleshoot (especially because you can switch jack and xlr and because you can directly connect a bass or electric guitar) but the signal quality is average. It is much better to go through a "real" external preamp connected to the inputs on the rear panel.

GETTING STARTED

No pb computer type to report, this card is stable and it is especially strong. I embedded the 10aines times for sessions, and I turn off an average of 4 times per day for 10 years, calculate ...

OVERALL OPINION

I worked mainly on RME Fireface, Apogee Ensemble, MOTU and concerned. I will not be smart to say that MOTU sounds better or worse than the other 2 because I do not know: there are too many parameters that come into play (quality of listening, room acoustics, style music, etc.). I leave the subtleties of the debate on the quality of converters purists :)

What I can tell you is that MOTU has never given the impression of limiting anything in the creative process as it is used in a serious audio chain (good mics, good preamps, good plays) and is capable of delivering sound pro, and music that sells ;)
Zlhanh12/18/2012

Zlhanh's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" excellent, well thought out, complete, very stable with excellent CV"

MOTU 828 Mk2
I wanted an interface with inputs lines and NOT the preamp signal path. CV with good communication and very fast with the motherboard to support mixing sessions asser loaded. I had a budget squeeze at the time of purchase.

it works 110 or 220volt via a switch on the side (I use my ca)

Used with a macbook pro under Lion.

UTILIZATION

Perfect stability, never crash, never a bug. When OSX Lion is out, Motu has reacted quickly and asser first update the driver was impeccable. This is always the case.

Used with Logic (8 and 9), Reason 5, Live 8 and a bunch of other standalone software. A test wave in Protools and Reaper. RAS.

When I reach the 60 tracks and a few plugs around it starts to jam with a latency under 11 ms, but unfortunately I know with certainty that the problem comes from Logic. With other I never had any problems.

GETTING STARTED

Mine had a concern about the firewire. I bought it used and I think it is for many ca ... Finally, once the problem resolut, everything works perfectly.

The management utility of monitoring is simple and gets the job done without. I prefer to make my configuration directly on the hardware.

The manual is very clear and simple answers to many questions and detail.
A friend turns on the pc (windows 7 it seems) and has stability issues.

I use the i / os / PDIF and I noticed the noise on the input when the peripheral branch is turn off. I do not think that comes from the Motu ca. a use that is not dereangeant requires a ca not allow direct monitoring of the S / PDIF open when not in use.

OVERALL OPINION

This is excellent, value for money is to die for. Converters me enormously more, apart from one Apogee Rosetta 200 I do not use more than the Motu.

I like stability, no stall even when changing sampling frequency, with programs already opened in the brancheant / unplugging hot, and putting the computer into standby (working on laptop, it is convenient).

Another point that I like, it is a 10 in 10 out analog. Both preamps foh not replace input lines and output monitor not replace the line output.

The only point I like a little less is not to have two different potentiometers for the headphone output facade and the speaker volume. (Gains are different of course, but you must click to select one or the other).

In summary, this is excellent, well thought out, complete, very stable with excellent driver and CV. I almost considered buying a second because as explained in the manual, Motu has planned power chaining interfaces (up to 3 I think). was $ 300, I'm full.