MOTU 828 Mk2
MOTU 828 Mk2

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

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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.

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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.


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


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!

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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.

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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.


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.


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!

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Posted by: Borthox ( 2-, 2004)

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.


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.


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 ...


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 ;)

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.


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.


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.


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.

da_capo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" my faithful friend always very reliable and steady"

MOTU 828 Mk2
The purchase of my and my microphone pre-amp has motivated the choice of the Motu.
For consistency, the Motu corresponded exactly to my installation: Newmann TLM.

Even with my old windows XP PC 98, it works and knows how to install nikel almost of itself, despite several uninstall my PC system.

Taking fireware is excellent and convenient ... they should all be the same way.


Bought used, it runs perfectly, no problem.
Quite stable, even when I open ejamming with skype.

Magix software: I can read 10 tracks simultaneously.

No noise, no latency or delay ... everything is perfect ... a true gem!

For cons, the updates are not indicated or requested ...


Easy installation .. you just need to pay attention to the outputs, especially when you want to use e jamming and playing with friends in lines.

General Setup nice and simple.

The manual? God thank you I found this site in French!


I use it for almost 2 years and it dates from 2009.

Its reliability and reputation I have not done hésiter...qualité / price: super!

What I like most is its first appearance: clear and everything is displayed.
Then, is his loyalty and reliability.

The sound comes and nickel addition, the map remains stable and long process with several open at the same time.

With experience, I remake the same choice but earlier!

Slone's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sure value"

MOTU 828 Mk2
MOTU had a good reputation, especially for the A / DD / A, and it was at the time my priority. I knew Digidesign Session 8 PC with an interface 828 MkII which I was very happy, and then I made the mistake of falling for different audio cards offering plethora of supposed benefits (yamaha DS qqchose, Creamware Pulsar and other qq) but had suffered from declining quality dramatically as it had involved. With the 828, I found sound "solid", full, punchy.

I mainly use the balanced inputs connected to preamps. I do not use the preamps of the 828 that are there to help, but not to make definitive catch. It is also the only real weak point.


I bought this interface for use with the PC despite some negative feedback regarding PC drivers. I took a chance and I must say that I have never had to complain of the 828 drivers. But it is true that I ride my own PC and is rather attention to the various elements that I use, I learn about bugs and incompatibilities particular chipset, and have followed the recommendations of Motu on the choice of chipset Firewire, to avoid unpleasant surprises me as possible.

Drivers are updated as each major version of Windows, and pose no problems. My Motu had XP, Vista and Seven. Under Vista, I had a lot of trouble, but I can not blame Motu, because I had a lot of problems with Vista in general.

I rarely record more than 3 tracks at once (eg when I pick up the sound of a guitar pure sound of the preamp + live + the sound of one or more micro transplanted to an amp or line output a simulator hp). I work with 24 bits/44.1 buffer at least at the beginning of the project ... Then gradually as the # of tracks increased and I began treatment for the mix, I increase the max buffer fast enough, because there is how to have big cracks unmanageable.

The latency problem arises, but only when using VSTi. Direct monitoring of the savings we map bp latency in the sound.


The installation is very easy.

Configuration may seem difficult, given the number of inputs / outputs. For example, I've never tried to run their routing for monitoring cabin / console explanation did not seem very clear, but I have not really emphasized the use I have was being too limited.

I used two UAD1 and today UAD 2. No compatibility worries at this level.


bought in 2003, it continues to serve me faithfully. I am satisfied with the sound as always. I knew the wave Yamaha DSP card and Creamware. Yamaha (DS24 memory) I was just disgusted, I found the sound horribly low, and horribly cold treatments. Creamware Pulsar was the much better from every point of view, but a little cumbersome to use and still below what I had experienced with the Digidesign 882. I was led to working with RME very popular at the time, which was very decent but I have not had the thunderbolt.

After this period of "trial & error" sound card Motu 828 MkII the conquered me, so much so that I have still not changed to this day.

Given the products available at the time, it was the best choice I would do without hesitation. Today, however, it seems that there are better offers, both in Motu than competitors. But it seems that despite the news, the 828 MKII is a very good choice in terms of sound quality and reliability, the sound it produces does not seem down today and I feel no need to change in the immediate future.

albanus's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good machine"

MOTU 828 Mk2
I use it with a capture card mac-pro or a mac laptop.


yes the drivers are stable.
I use it with Cubase 6.5 and it works great.
I read both of forty tracks and 8 or 16 simultaneous recording and it works with no teaser.


Easy. Logic is and I think I've never opened the manual


Very good model

kzav's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" great card I love! I use 2"

MOTU 828 Mk2
input and multiple outputs.
I do summation on an analog console with 2 motu 828mk2 in sync.
so 20 physical outputs (I do not use the spdif and adat).
Apple PPC G5 2x2, 2
Cubase SX3
I only record in real instrumentals and old, acoustic guitars, bass voice (bcp) drums, dobros, brass, guitar amps etc on elec ... C12 AKG C 414 AU or 6176 AKG AVALON 737.
utilisationen the separated outputs and sync works perfectly, very stable.


maximumu of simultaneous tracks: 12
latency? I do the live recording via my console so I'm not bothered by the latency


plug and play setup


Using a catre since September 2004
purchase of the 2nd October 2007.
value for money genial.
I know the RME DIGI 01,02,03.
I prefer a tt ca
I would do this choice

ZeeByeZon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Reliable, efficient"

MOTU 828 Mk2
I chose for the number of inputs / outputs.
Today I plugged him ADAT converter (actually a Presonus Firestation) and it gives me 18 analog inputs and 20 outputs by counting the hand and headphone.
My synth, my electronic drums, my guitar and my microphone eur each have the dedicated input.
I also use it in standalone computer off. Very convenient to be able to act on the mix from the front of the rack.


I use it on PC. The drivers are probably fine, I have no problem so I forget a little.
I mainly use Reaper. I do not feel limited to use on latency, number of tracks for recording or playback. Yet my PC a few years ago.
I think I have a latency of a few milliseconds. No perceptible playing anyway.


No problem of implementation.


I use it for ten years. I am really happy with my choice.
She has a weakness in the backlight of the LCD, which I've never taken the time to fix it. This is probably because it is not pretty annoying :-)

In short, a great product with a great sound. Presonus preamps are the best though.

fabrice.fargues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A classic ..."

MOTU 828 Mk2
Interface multi-channel firewire.

10 out analog
1 out ADAT port
1 S / PDIF out
1 phone

Or 22 trips ...

2 preamps
8 inputs "line"
1 ADAT port in
1 S: pdif in

Or 20 inputs


Mac OS X, I have NEVER encountered any problem. Optimum stability, installation very simple, always less than 5ms latency. Truly "plug and play" ...


Well, I do not use with my imac, Cubase mainly, but also in logic, and from the moment we say to the computer using its driver, the rest is childish ... I use "linked" to a 828 MKIII, and no worries, you create a mac "Aggregate Device" and I have access to 54 outputs and 44 inputs available ... Note that this driver is the same for ALL MOTU USB / Firewire ... Well done ...

"Clockée" on a bigben, converters are superb dynamics and neutrality ... So, the problems are often VERY reference clock ...


I am MOTU 6 years now, and without going to say that it is a panacea for the Mac user that I am, this is a brand that is very well work with a quality / price ratio almost unbeatable. I have the chance to use Apogee and RME regularly, and the difference is inaudible (in my config with external clock). Worldclock without a fireface seems slightly more dynamic and "ensemble" sounds more round on the bottom of the spectrum, more "flattering" ... This is very subjective it all ... Let's say we enter the high-end, with all the seriousness and quality that implies, even if some are right to rail against the after sales service which is itself, below the quality standards of the brand . I'm always loyal to the brand, even if the product design begins to date somewhat (no thunderbolt ...). An external clock quality, it's still unbeatable quality / price ratio, so a smart choice for those who can not afford to buy high-end but are sensitive to sound quality. ..