MOTU 828 mk3 Hybrid
MOTU 828 mk3 Hybrid

828 mk3 Hybrid, USB audio interface from MOTU in the 828 series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 9 reviews )
 5 reviews56 %
 4 reviews44 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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mrjason's review"control it from an iPad"

MOTU 828 mk3 Hybrid
The MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid is a interface that has 2 mic preamps and 8 TRS inputs with 8 TRS outputs. This interface can work either with USB or Firewire which is a huge plus for me, being able to have the option to work with either Firewire or USB connection is a nice option to have when it comes to this type of interface because not all systems/computers have a Firewire connection. I have used this interface on 2 different computers in the past one with USB and one with Firewire.


I was also able to use CueMix (the software that comes with it) with my iPad via an app that can be downloaded from the App store. I pretty much had full control over this interface via the iPad as long as there was a WiFi network available to use. This came in handy because I didn’t have to keep going and grabbing my computer mouse each and every time I wanted to adjust some volumes and that was a lot easier than having to run to the computer from the other side of the room. The iPad app was a huge plus for MOTU with this interface and it is a huge selling point.


The preamps sound pretty good, but I wish they were a little more “natural”. They do have a tendency on certain microphones to lightly color the sound a little bit. It was hardly noticeable to me but I could still tell. This interface does not get its power from USB connection and needs to be plugged into a wall.


But it looks great in my rack and I have been using it for a while now. It is pretty much still being used as one of the main interfaces in my personal studio and has been for some time now. I have plenty of outputs and cool features with this interface. It just depends on which microphone I use with it.

Vévé's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good interface"

MOTU 828 mk3 Hybrid
I chose this interface for its number of inputs / outputs (10 and 10) and also 2 inputs / outputs Adat

I use it for recording voice or instrument. It is coupled with a pre Focusrtite in Octo ADAT and various pre-tube amps to analog (SPL, Art, Focusrite, TLA ....)


I use it on my pc with usb Win XP Pro 64bit and Nuendo 4. No stability problem drivers except that XP wants to re-install every time you start while they are there. Another bug, I do not know to the Motu as the default so the player does not work in Windows. It does not matter since I do not use it ... :-)

I do not do multi-track recording so I can not speak to the number of tracks that may have ...

Low latency in the order of 4/6 ms and I can still go down ...


Installation without any problem if it is the one quoted above. Of course I updated the firmware and drivers.

It has the ability to quickly record a track but it is not an interface to put in the hands of a beginner I think. It took me a few tries and some reading / re-reading the manual to get to the set as I wanted. That said, this is my first Motu, maybe someone familiar with their philosophy was faster than me :-)

Cuemix software provides control inputs / outputs and make the mix without a host software. Thereupon the manual is not very clear either. I do not think I have explored the entirety of its possibilities ...


I use it for 5 months, I tried some other sound card as Tascam 1648, 144 ... We are in another world with the Motu, maybe not top notch but it is close.

I love the routing options: I'm using the console "control room" Nuendo 4 stereo sends musicians to talk back system with each consignment controlled by a foot pedal to keep your hands free .. :-)
The number of analog and digital inputs are more than enough and you can easily end up with 26 inputs via ADAT and 2 analog which is enough for a recording studio ..

I do not like this conflicts with the Windows Media Player but it's still a good detail for me

I got 600 € from Thomman in "B-Stock" instead of € 780. Very good quality / price ratio in this case :-)

Chouby's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Wait before you buy"

MOTU 828 mk3 Hybrid
Everything is already said
in my case: coupling has a large table and several racks of effects ... many analog. No I never use the example of motu preamps on my fixed station against a lot to catch outdoors (on my laptop). D or my choice for this interface ...


Cubase, two generations apart: Nuendo and Cubase 3/XP 6/windows 7 64-bit. Why? Because of my station pricipale fixed workplace, I have enormemment good plugins that are not compatible 64-bit ... And my laptop is brand new 64-bit / Windows 7 (or my purchase of group CUBASE 6): I used to catch the outside (instead of repeating / studio specializing, etc, etc ...). I therefore exports the wav of the laptop to my base station to "fine tune" projects, mix and masteuriser ...
Once installed: impeccable .... is why the motu does not work in the same way on two configs: Can not operate properly on Windows 7 individual outputs and impossible to use the output of hand .. Nuendo why? ben j have not yet found ... j any way have a big table so I do mix with the records pending updates

Importantly, j used with USB


c is the big gallery ... On the first config because it starts to get Grandpa and the other because it is out ... Anyway the thing is clear: with the CD installation of the box -> nothing works .... but nothing at all ... Am beginning ennerver these manufacturers coming out their products without testing them.
Motu, c is the opposite of Cubase exactemment 6 (which I've installed windows 7 on the config):
cubase 6 = not even 5 minutes and it works without any problem
Motu 828 Mk3 hybrid = 7 hours and download many of (which asks you to register to receive their t shit pubs / a know it s not sell your email addreses to the CIA or other agencies not to mention ...)( that he asks you to pay their docs to get e **)

If it comes to manual precisely: exactly the same answer. Impec for cubase 6. terribly "** borders that" to Motu, not well understood how to walk CueMix (which does not work on XP of course). besides Motu should not by law be sold either in Germany or in France or Spain for not having a doc in these languages ​​... Personal I am embarrassed but not in Spain, not many people dominates the language of ladie gaga ...


Now a good week and I can work ....

1. Wait a year before making the purchase of the Motu
2. And convert its ad / da for pro (in my case c)
3. Apart from the problem of output, the ideal companion to Cubase Nuendo 6 as finally

So my conclusion: last time that I bought a Motu ... I have no time to lose to the computer. My job c is a musician ...
... I put "good" because once the galleys that past and future updates J will have a very good tool to work ...

t42krs's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good price quality report"

MOTU 828 mk3 Hybrid
Technical characteristic view give manufacturer

The possibility of using either usb or firewire. This allows me to be of use on my Imac or be on my laptop for a nomadic use.


No problem with the drivers that will be on pc and mac via the Ableton Live software. I used the 2 master output, 4 output effect send and track 4 comes into effect return, the latency is quite reasonable.


No care of installation and implementation, I have no need to open the manual.


I used the last eight months, for the time j am fully satisfied, a very good report quality price.
Only small downside the sound quality (which is good) is not worth my old sound card Apogge Duet (which is the same price with just two in and two out), but given the number between and output the fact that it is rack for the price, I do it again this choice without asking any question.