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.
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.
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.
jumax7111/25/2012

jumax71's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good but a little light to be fully effective"

MOTU 828 Mk2
fiber + pc overinflated

UTILIZATION

not too stable since I've been in windows 7 xp very well but is sorely lacking in tone

GETTING STARTED

complicated especially if you already have the motu type 128 Express installed

OVERALL OPINION

use since 2008
relative price quite a bit lack of reliability on Windows 7
yes but easy to inflate usb pc config
bidoo11/12/2012

bidoo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Dated taff, good value for money"

MOTU 828 Mk2
I chose this model for the number of IO and format.
I use the line inputs to my synths and my preamp SPL, the IO for my optical multi Fireworks and TC inputs with preamp on the occasion when you jam at home with friends. The outputs are used to leave me in the synths to use the Virus filter for example, or to re-sampler in my MachineDrum

UTILIZATION

It is very stable. I read twenty projects with audio track without pb and record 8 tracks simultaneously without any pb either.
I use either a IMac with Live or Cubase / Live on PC and it runs without pb.
Softwares config and mixing / routing is simple.

GETTING STARTED

No blémo, manual never opened.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought it right out (so 8 years ago). Before I was using a Creamware Luna2 with a small Mackie mixer, so I recorded one track and was using the Mackie not really in the mix (EQ) ... what motivated my choice.
I made the costs of major defect ie the first series LCD slammed after a year of loyal service. I've never made repair because I do not use the display and it does not affect the quality of the audio card.
It stays on and does not flinch 24h/24h, the sound quality is more than adequate for what I did and is consistent with the rest of my audio system.
A remake I resumed the MOTU or I look toward RME has a very good kicki too.
06/21/2012

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My baby"

MOTU 828 Mk2
The front and rear panel of this sound card have motivated my choice, especially his feet and saw his buttons. Bus 4 and its connection back to match.
It was a different connected portable PCs as a hp zv5000, a Sony VAIO vpcF23, a Lenovo T420 And a t400 and the other fixes.seul Sony has had problems with.
Its use was reserved to the music production, recording and playback.

UTILIZATION

The drivers are stable?
They say everything on this card. it depends mainly machinery behind, depending on the chipset driver reacts differently. But mostly here runs well except once or twice in 7 years the driver has undergone a cracking final and had to reinstall it with difficulty. It seems that this card does not like being transported, unplugged. Today she runs a home lenovo T420 i7, and the driver under XP32 really run well, no worries, FireWire can be disconnected and reconnected while playing (= power driver asio) and well rebuke the map almost instantly when it is reconnected. I saw this card reliability increase as a measure of the evolution of PC.

GETTING STARTED

The implementation is quite simple, especially since the release of the single driver package for all their cards under 64/32bit.
J-have kept the old package of drivers to keep the old version of cue MIX (interface on pc).

OVERALL OPINION

For 7 years I used-and all other cards that I have or have had is the only one that is perfect in every way a condition of not carrying around too much.
* What is so special that you like best?
Which produces the sound.
* The least?
S customer service is lost in the sticks in Texas red necks including transportation by ship across the Atlantic (maybe on a freighter Hungarian?) So have at least two months in case of failure, and do not rely on anything troubleshooting of their sav, has less to speak redneck. Seriously they are not always very responsive.
Otherwise info for some series of these cards would be worse than others, but it is a bit old (firmware that cracks for good and apparently also burn out the LCD screen of the card, which made micro crament ...)
With experience I will ever so this choice.
Fazz01/30/2011

Fazz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"

MOTU 828 Mk2
I wanted a compact interface with a maximum input-output in order to work with many external instruments and mix in 5.1, good mic preamps, completely controllable by software, but acting also as standalone. All at the best price of course.
I use it with Samplitude on a PC running Windows 7 64-bit processor core i7 4 HyperThreading 2.8 GB, 8GB RAM, 1TB of HDD in Raid.
I use Fostex PM2 monitors for front and center, PM1 for the rear, and subwoofer Eltax Atomic 15.2, all connected by XLR.
Y are connected in midi control surface Mackie Control Universal and a mini midi keyboard E-mu Xboard 25, a Roland JV1010 sound module, a micro SE2200a SE Electronics. All other input-output are reported on a Berhinger Ultrapatch.


UTILIZATION

I use this interface in turn with Samplitude and Vegas, as I work sound or image. The drivers are stable. It should however not forget to turn on the interface and all its peripherals afternoon before the computer, otherwise it does not track.
I did updated only twice (the last time in installing Windows 7 64 on my new PC). Everything works perfectly with 5ms of latency (256 samples).
It happened recently to record 12 simultaneous audio tracks + 8 to noon, all without flinching, but with a 10ms latency.


GETTING STARTED

Installation is trouble-free operation, even though Windows does not see one but 11 cards. The general setup is easy, I have not encountered any particular difficulty. It still lacks some controls on the supplied software such as a level adjustment of the main exit. Ds management monitors and headphones are not the forte of this software, as for plupar elsewhere. It would be easy to implement Contol controllable via MIDI. On the other hand, the talkback button is activated when pressed, while a fugitive function would be welcome.
The management of the sampling frequency is sometimes complicated by a conflict between native at 44.1 pc and the software that requires 48. But I think the problem is that most of the PC card.
Incompatibilities, and I admit to not having had to read the manual.


OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 6 years without problems. What I like most is its versatility. We can do things with maximum control and all without moving (in my studio when I work behind the console, I have no visual access to the Motu).
What I like least is the use standalone. Appreciating interfaces like "one button = one function", I have difficulty to use when you can press to have a function, then turn power to choose a setting, then press again to confirm before they finally settle. This is not my logic.
The value for money is excellent nonetheless, and despite his age, I do not want to part with it.
I tried other models since then, and in this price range, the EMR would be my choice today, thanks to its sound quality, but it is much more expensive.
BBurn's10/24/2010

BBurn's's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Trs qualitprix good report!"

MOTU 828 Mk2
8 inputs, 8 outputs in jack, MIDI, SPDIF, ADAT's short, it is UNESCORecords level connections but I am using only the audio jack and the south ... It is very

UTILIZATION

stable, easy to use with Ableton Live, very low latency ... SIR!

GETTING STARTED

Downloaded the driver on Motu's website, install it, plug the card in Fw, and that's it!

OVERALL OPINION

One day I have a Apogee or Prism Sound, but meanwhile, it has everything a great!
And working out its cost, it can get out of very nice things!
I like this card :-)
guyroots10/05/2010

guyroots's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good average!"

MOTU 828 Mk2
the 20 I / O simultannes were interresting for me.
I use the converter ADATs with other 8 I / O.
my trips more consoles on the 8 analog I.
So in a firewire pc 2ghz quadcore 4gh ram.

UTILIZATION

Drivers very stable until the arrival of USB in motu.
since when the plant DAW (rarement..), it crashes at all!
latency of 5ms to compose many cash and AC plugs.
if not the greatest mix latencies and is stable.
I record 20 tracks conjuction carefree, and reading .. er ...
I never get beyond 75 tracks and all is well ...

GETTING STARTED

Easy

OVERALL OPINION

6 years of use so no worries.
best for me and a lot of stability.
the sound is fairly transparent, end. lacks a bit of character my taste but I love the grainy ...
Currently I would wear to an RME more ...
Mix2dub09/24/2010

Mix2dub's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I will use it until it loose"

MOTU 828 Mk2
The number of I / O is always part of my criteria when choosing this card. FireWire version because too many problems with other USB sound cards.
This is the nerve center of my home studio, I even reviewed the audio architecture, removing my mixer, and I focus around the 828mk2.

The first 4 I / O Analog I use to send and return for my 2 rack effects
The four other entries = synth expander +
1 output to the bass amp
1 = talkback mic
Spdif = retrieves sounds from my second PC Link + Sync VST Cubase a second
Adat = connected to a Focusrite Octopre = bass + guitar + 4 + 2 mic inputs available.

Stand Alone mode essential to my taste.

UTILIZATION

Driver stable for laptops verify FireWire chipset.
No major problems under win xp sp3 and windows 7
Driver updated regularly, although I do think we will see less and less.

Relatively short latency, except that I live quite a load VST, put guitarRig around and work on multiple tracks, so, the CPU of the PC galley, so, it sputters a bit then I increase the latency.

Playing twenty audio processing with VST and direct effects without worries. The failures mainly come from the PC.

GETTING STARTED

Product easy to learn, even the menu card is a bit confusing. I think I simply find it difficult to get used to it. CueMix I use 99% for the set.

OVERALL OPINION

The fact that it is cascadable with 3 other Motu leaves me the desire to preserve and to graft one second mk2 + pre amp on adat to double the beast (not enough mic to constantly remain connected microphones batteries.

Pre amp and converter of quality but no more, ideal for a homestudiste.