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Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 14 reviews )
 7 reviews50 %
 3 reviews21 %
 4 reviews29 %
Value For Money : Poor
theaudioandvideoguy07/25/2012

theaudioandvideoguy's review"18 ins and 22 outs"

MOTU 896HD
The Motu 896 HD is a fire wire interface, it is also rather a big unit so don’t expect just to sit this on your desktop. I am pretty sure that I twill take up more than one rack space if I can remember correctly and if you don’t have rack space in your studio then I don’t recommend purchasing this because you really wont have anywhere to put it at.


UTILIZATION

The price of this interface is pretty steep, but it does have a lot of ins for your to record all of your mics and instruments all together. it’s a really convenient device but only if you don’t plan on making it a mobile interface. It is not mobile at all and belongs in a studio setting racked up. It can also be used on a stage if you need it to be , it actually seems like it was built for a live stage setting if you ask me. It has 18 inputs and 22 outputs, it has the main outs for your monitors or speakers and outs for your headphones.


GETTING STARTED

The greatest part of this interface I that it has an on board mixing feature, I never really had the chance to get into depth with this feature though just because I really would rather mix on my DAW and with a lot of different plug ins.


OVERALL OPINION

I am not sure about the manual with this device, when I was using it I didn’t have a manual which was part of the reason that I couldn’t use the Motu 896 HD to its full potential. I had several questions about a few things while I was using it and just didn’t have a manual to do these things.

If you can afford to purchase one of these I say go for it if you have the space. If you don’t have the space you don’t need this type of unit because there are a lot of ins and outs. that’s only for bigger projects and if you just need to inputs there really isn’t a point in having this. I didn’t need to have it at home, its in the local studio.
moosers02/20/2009

moosers's review

MOTU 896HD
The MOTU 896 HD was the first audio interface I bought when I wanted to get into digital recording with my computer. I was running it with a Hewlett Packard lap top with a 3 Ghz processor and 2 GB of RAM and using Cubase SX as a sequencer. It has eight XLR input based preamplifiers and then has eight more ADAT inputs and outputs and also has a AES/EBU connections.

UTILIZATION

Setting up the MOTU 896 HD was quick and painless. I had no compatibility issues and was able to have the unit up and running with my machine within minutes. The general configuration of the unit is simple and easy to follow, which makes it easy to manipulate and to learn what everything does. The manual is complete and through and is useful when setting up and using this audio interface.

GETTING STARTED

I ran the MOTU 896 HD with Cubase SX without any problems. The drivers were stable and are updated pretty often. I was able to record without any latency, as this machine does all of its processing within the unit, freeing up space on my computer. I was able to record at least ten tracks at once, sometimes more, which has more to do with my computer I think, but being as fast as this interface is, it definitely helps to run everything quickly and smoothly.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought the MOTU 896 HD about four years ago, but I have since switched to a Pro Tools based system with a different audio interface. The reason I switched had nothing to do with this unit, as I think this is better than the audio interface I have now - a Digidesign Digi 002 rack version. The reason I switched was simply because I need to run Pro Tools. If you don't use Pro Tools, this is one of the best home studio audio interfaces you can get. The preamps aren't the best sounding, but are definitley usable and will get a pretty clean sound. One of my favorite parts about this is the metering, as it is extremely clear and looks great! This interface worked great for me while I had it, and if I could run Pro Tools with it, I would still have it. Highly recommended for those looking to put together a computer based home studio with an audio interface like this one.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

MOTU 896HD
IT HAS EVERYTHING I NEED FOR MY COMPLETE SETUP. I COULD SERIOULSY JUST PLUG IN AND RECORD FROM ANYWHERE. I HAVE IT SETUP ON MY STUDIO DESKTOP AND ALSO ON MY LAPTOP. ITS NOT REALLY BIG BUT ITS NOT SMALL. ITS A COMPLETE PACKAGE JUST PLUG YOU MICS AND YOUR MONITORS INTO ONE SYSTEM AND THERE YOU HAVE IT. DONT EVEN NEED AN OUTSIDE MIXER. UNLESS YOUR USING ANY TYPES OF PRE-AMPS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. ALSO HAS A ON BOARD HEAD PHONE INPUT SO YOU CAN LISTEN TO YOUR MIX AND WHATS GOING ON.

Price paid: $1000

UTILIZATION

REAL EASY TO USE WAS UP AND RECORDING THE NEXT DAY I GOT IT. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE PLUGS YOU NEED!!

GETTING STARTED

I DROPPED IT ONCE AND ITS STILL TICKING. (AT LEAST I THINK IT STILL SOUND GOOD.) NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. HAD IT FOR ALMOST A YEAR.

OVERALL OPINION

IT IS A REALLY GREAT PRODUCT. HANDS DOWN FOR ME HAS DELIVERED THE BEST SOUND IT CAN RECORD UP TO 192KHZ ONLY IF YOUR COMP CAN HANDLE IT. I ONLY WISH THE SOFTWARE WAS A LITTLE MORE IN-DEPTH THOUGH.

MY LOVER PRETTY MUCH. WE HAVE RELATIONS EVERYDAY OF THE WEEK. SHE LIKES IT WHEN I TURN HER KNOBS.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unfadeable E.R.G. ( 4-, 2006)
JackLudden08/07/2008

JackLudden's review

MOTU 896HD
- What technical features/characteristics motivated your choice?

This unit can record at varying bit-depths and sample rates, all the way up to 24-bit/192khz, which is about as good as it gets right now. It has 8 audio inputs with preamps and phantom power which sound very good and transparent. The front panel meters are generously sized so it's easy to monitor levels while recording. Firewire connectivity makes it very portable and easy to set up. It's a fantastic converter box for any home or project studio.

- For what use?

I use this as my main converter for my studio.

- What is your Setup (Mother Board/CPU/RAM/Disc,...)?

I run Sonar on a Windows XP system with an Intel motherboard, dual core Intel processor, 4GB of Ram, an 80GB Raptor hard drive for audio and 3 500GB data drives.

- With what instruments or systems (console, preamp,DTD...) do you use it and what connection types are there ?

I use it as a converter as a DAW and sometimes for its preamps. I also use it with outboard preamps, as the audio inputs are variable and can be set to accept line level audio. In addition to microphones, I have run basses direct into the preamps on the MOTU, and it worked fine. The 8 audio inputs are combo connectors, so you can use XLR and 1/4".

UTILIZATION

- Did it install without any problems?

Installation is extremely easy - install the driver and plug in the firewire. No problems.

- Were there any compatibility issues?

MOTU is great about providing drivers for a wide variety of OS's and audio formats. I had no compatibility issues.

- Is the general configuration/setup simple?

It is. The basic uses of the unit are very intuitive - though there are more advanced features if you care to peruse the manual - such as using the device as a live sound mixer.

- Is the manual clear and sufficient?...
It is very much so.

GETTING STARTED

- Are the drivers stable?

I've never had any problems with the drivers, this unit is very reliable.

- Are they often updated?

MOTU seems to be quick about offering patches or new drivers when any problems arise, but since I've owned this unit I've had no problems.

- Which software do you most often use?

Windows XP and Cakewalk SONAR.

- How much latency are you getting?

Doesn't really apply - although the MOTU offers Zero Latency monitoring, using the included CueMix software.

- How many tracks can you record/read simultaneously?...

8 Tracks recorded simultaneously, and as many as your computer can handle for reading.

OVERALL OPINION

- For how long have you been using it?

I've been using it for about 3 years.

- What thing do you like most/least about it?

I love the clean, transparent sound, the great metering, the portability, and it's a great value. I really don't have much to say negatively about it.

- Did you try many other models before getting this one?

I have worked with other competing models, such as the Mackie Onyx converter, and found the 896HD to be the best value in the ~$1000 price range.

- What is your opinion about the value for the price?

Great value.

- Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...

Absolutely. However - MOTU just released the 896mk3, which is basically an updated version of this unit. So I would advise buyers to go for the 896mk3 now, as it has more features.
tonalli10/22/2012

tonalli's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super Interface"

MOTU 896HD
I chose the 896HD for 8 inputs and 10 outputs, ADAT inputs and outputs
I used in the home studio to record mainly rock band (drums, guitar, vocals, synth etc.), I mostly use the preamp Motu which are, in my opinion, very good they may be lacking a bit of headroom but very acceptebla

It is connected to PC firewire windows 7 64.
Asus M5A88-Vevo
AMD FX-6100 3.30ghz 6 cores
16gb ram
Radeon HD 6770
3TB hard drives

UTILIZATION

For my part, unlike many, I found the driver very stable with my config. I never had any problems stall or cracking noise or bizare as music. I just unplug it, turn it off and never problems
the setting still and always already deal with the PC. That said, I do not have the Texas Instrument chipset on my card Pci Firewire.

I use Cubase 5 for complete mix, I just record 8 tracks simultaneously without any problem. I just listen to a song and mix complete (about 30 to 40 tracks) without even touching the buffer before the end and with a lot of plug ins waves.

Latency is very low and inaudible

The problem with this is that the Motu drivers are almost never updated but for my part that I work very well anyway so even if a new drive Motu go out I do not instalerais fear of have problems

GETTING STARTED

The installation ...
I pulled the hair on the head hhhaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggg
but after the first installation over the same problems I reinstall after formatting and no problem the first time wow

The general config is very simple in cubase 5 when conait based

No incompatibility has played this but I must say that c, and the same pc and the same cubase

I downloaded the manual and it is very comprehensive

OVERALL OPINION

I've had two and a half years

I tried the presonus usb audiobox which is very good but only 2 inputs and 2 outputs
The result in line 6 TonePort UX8 I used a lot and that I loved but I still I do is more, since I have the UX8 896HD is the past

What I like most is the quality of the converters, the robustness of the machine and connections DiverCité
I love the moin is the lack of MIDI but I have a midi express 128 going for me so ca
Gam40x12/13/2010

Gam40x's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MOTU 896HD
The number of input and output of many preamps that are of good quality. Very useful, 8 phantom power and routing systems can send different mix in the headphones of various members of the group that recorded.


UTILIZATION

Used with xp sp 2, laptop centrino 1596 MHz and 1.5 GB of RAM, which is already 5 years old and still all his teeth! No problems with drivers downloaded from the site. The card does not require large resources given the age of my machine is good. The update on the website of drivers motu is followed. Used with Cubase SX.

GETTING STARTED

Easy installation, setup is easy. Over long recording periods (several hours or a day) no worries. on the other hand can encounter problems if you turn the computer inadvertently. It is better to eliminate all paused the computer that can disrupt the operation of the card and let everything run if absent shortly.

OVERALL OPINION

More than two years of use. Using the Roland GS 10 above, I still use it in addition to the motu for guitar effects and amp simulations via USB port. There is no picture quality preamp and what pleases me most is the number of inputs and outputs, preamp and phantom power and possibilities of routing and mix. Now I no longer need as many inputs and outputs and I'm going back on a small card less bulky (the motu 896 hd is formatted rack) in a cell block mind-note music. And if I need to save something more ambitious or praise I will borrow the gear.
SebCK09/04/2009

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

MOTU 896HD
CHARACTERISTICS allchantes, 8 pramp of quality perfect for drums, and various display resolutions chantillonages to facilitate conversions ...
Using OSX 10.5 with an Intel iMac 4GB Ram.
Use home studio / record RPTES.
Branch in firewire.

UTILIZATION

Drivers stable? Okay, not great in OSX. It teind is back on, restart it, still nothing ...
Once launched it is launched.
Used with Logic Pro 8.
It can record 8 tracks easily but then quickly overload the CPU, 8 tracks on an empty project.
RAS latency.
I put 2 use for its instability rcurrente.

GETTING STARTED

The installation is not the top.
A FIREPOD has fewer options but There's also less sea ** s.
The config is not great, the buttons are not moldy plastoc prcis.
The config is sometimes his own and only changes everything.
I put 2 because There's nice that give an ide led (or not) of the clipping.

OVERALL OPINION

Uses in a year.
I think this card is not worth its price.
The preamps are not great, the knobs not notched on one battery with the overheads, even in the line / mic and a 0 dB peak (capt why I never! Power the preamps is it so Powerful? ps: test with different microphones)
I did not buy but a friend. I would never have bought otherwise (It will not please him). The opinions ngatifs taient trs unusual the era of purchase, I see that it went well DGRAD thereafter.
Frankly, with all its complex possibilities, we include anything, especially since a does not work that MOITI so it gets worse. It's expensive and not ergonomic. The switch the rear are plastic and not prcis a pet.
The level of the LEDs is also a bit wrong (Difference of 0dB numrique / analog??)
In short, look elsewhere especially if you do not know much.
Take the plug-n-play plutt ^ _ ^
SebCK09/04/2009

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

MOTU 896HD
Enticing features, 8-quality preamp perfect for the battery's sampling various resolutions and to facilitate conversions ...
Used under OSX 10.5 with an intel imac 4GB Ram.
Use home studio / record repeated.
Trendy firewire.

USE

Drivers stable? Bad, Poor OSX. It extinguishes it back on, it restarts, still nothing ...
Once launched, it is launched.
Used with Logic Pro 8.
It can record 8 tracks easily, but the CPU overhead so quickly, 8 tracks on VIDE project.
RAS latency.
I put 2 to use for its recurrent instability.


IMPLEMENTATION

The installation is not the top.
A FIREPOD has fewer options but there's also less sea ** s.
The config is not terrible, moldy plastoc buttons are not accurate.
The config sometimes acting up and changes everything alone.
I put 2 because there's pretty LED that give an idea (or not) of clipping.


NOTICE GLOBAL

Used for a year.
I think this card is not worth its price.
The preamps are not terrible, not notched the knobs on a battery with the overheads, even line / mic and clipping it to 0dB (I've never picked why !!! The power of preamps she would be so Powerful? Ps : tested with various microphones)
I did not buy but a friend. I never would have bought otherwise (It will not make her happy). Negative opinions were very unusual at the time of purchase, I see that this is deteriorated thereafter.
Frankly, with all its complex possibilities, we include anything, especially since it only works halfway, so it gets worse. It is expensive and not ergonomic. The switch at the back are plastic and not accurate for a pet.
The level of LEDs is also a bit wrong (unlike the D / 0dB ???)
In short, look elsewhere especially if you do not know much.
Take the plug-n-play rather ^ _ ^
TheStudioSound11/22/2008

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

MOTU 896HD
Tempting ...
I do not return dessus.Je put 8 because the features are not bad, the preamp a little soft, with dynamic typing really need it.
The quality is good but could well have 10db preamp gain to allow additional margin.

UTILIZATION

This is where it goes bad
Installation ok for a map! For cons: I made the mistake of buying two and there is a real mess in XP! All forums will tell you ...
I worked with several config MOTU, Cubase, Samplitude and DP. With PCI (HD192 or 828 etc ...) are no problem sync. You plug, it works. But with FireWire, it's still the same boat for sync! Clearly, you branchezs, it does not work.
Under windows, I am desperate to see 4 896HD work together as expected in the manual ... frankly I do not believe for a moment.
With multiple cards, the general config is simple but not working or wrong, not! voila!
I'm not sure if the problem is resolved with the new version to follow ....

Another black spot worse for that matter, is the CueMix. With the PCI version, if you got 24 entries, you're a CueMix of 24 slices, which is very convenient. With multiple firewire cards, you're a console card is not practical, especially for monitoring ... Should use out of a card to enter the other to a mix of all inputs, in short not practical.

It gets a good novel when I stop.

GETTING STARTED

The stable drivers, so with a card with two ... I do not know if it's the driver, but in any case it is the misery! Have a look on the forum and Audiofanzine motu on sync

Updated, well there is a priori no need, since it MOTU tape that it does not work in firewire ... there's to ask, do we have all (for those who have multiple cards).

0 latency for monitoring, if not acceptable for all projects up to 20 entries at least for my part (analog + AES ...) again is that the conversion sampling via AES, but hey, never mind.

So there I cares a big bubble that moves the Motu is f *** and stop charging a fortune for cards like that?!? At this price it is expected of something stable! They do it well with the PCI.

OVERALL OPINION

I used one card for many years, nickel. In the second, it was a disaster.

It's really dedicated home studio, with the switch on the back the bike, the combo inputs, you can not put that rack studio pro to connect everything to a patchbay, should always go back to fiddling with something stupid. on the other hand, if you have two cards, it's nice to have feet to wear!

The value for money is worth now, used. But above Do not buy TWO!

With experience I will not repeat that choice. Advice, be patient, put 400 dollars more and get a PCI!
It upset me very MOTU on this point so I refout a bubble, so there!
batteurdu1209/06/2008

batteurdu12's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MOTU 896HD
What technical specifications motivated your choice?

Premire of all frquences chantillonage.
Secondly the number of
Then the quality of Class A pramp
A stability with any software and PC and Mac compatible
And secondly because motu proven

For what purpose?
What is your config (motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?

I use it in my home studio with an imac intel dual core 2.8
with 4 gigabytes of RAM and Logic Studio 8 software
and Genelec monitoring 1029apm
It's good stuff you need to know the master course. There are better now but we must bring the ticket and I think the Motu 896 HD is already very honorable way you can go can be the last of the 896 mk 3 it has a built-in compressor. Bonne continuation.

UTILIZATION

Installation is no problem it?

can not be easier I finally installed the first time with my config there was no worry.

Have you experienced any incompatibility?

NO

Gnrale configuration is easy?

We can not go that far if it must lean on.

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

manel gives all the necessary information there is no problem

GETTING STARTED

The drivers are stable?

I never had to worry about it

Are they often put day?

not often but it means that ceu that are in place works very well why change

What software do you use most often?
Logic Pro 8

What you get lag?
o latency

How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...
8

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it?

soon 1 year

What is the particular feature you like best and least?

I love the quality as I wanted at least a second headphone

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
I knew the presonus FIREPOD

How do you report qualitprix?
very good

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...

ben wait a bit and I'll take the last of 896 mk 3