MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid
MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid

896mk3 Hybrid, USB audio interface from MOTU in the 896 series.

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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 8 reviews )
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stompboxjon's review"controlling it with my iPad"

MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid
The MOTU 896mkII Hybrid is a rackable unit firewire or USB interface that has 8 channels and comes with solid preamps and effects. You can use this as your interface with either a Mac or a PC. You will get no latency with processing effects with this unit and that is very important because I tend to use a lot of effects back and forth between my DAW and all of my gear. You can use your effects with the 896mk3 because it can also act as a stand alone unit or as the brain between your computer and gear.


This unit has really made me look at audio interfaces a different way, after using this I have no idea why I even wasted my time with some of the smaller/weaker interfaces in the past when I could have just had something like this. Yes it is more expensive than most of the smaller table top interfaces but you can just do some much more with it and the quality is so much better.


The preamps are warm and amazing, as long as your microphone is half way decent you will get amazing quality when recording vocals or instruments with this unit. The preamps are what really give you your sound, they are quiet and worth every single penny that this unit cost.


The only regret I have is not getting this unit when it first came out, I have only had it for a few months but I think that it came out long before I got my hands on it. I only came across it after going to a local trading event with a bunch of musicians. My favorite feature that I just recently found is that I can use my iPad with it. My iPad can now control all of the functions of the MOTU 896mkII, this was a little different to set up but it was not hard.

Fredgafieira's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" robust .. and finally for PC!"

MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid
PC .. and yes because Apple has long been the exclusive platform for MOTU gear. But then we can say that the brand has finally turned to the Windows world ...
After I separated from my 01V, I was looking for a multi I / O converter, preferably with LED VU meters on the front panel and can connect a preamp with adat to add entries.

I use it with:
-Synths (DSI, Kurzweil, Emu Orbit3)
-1 Battery "pad"
Micro-singing and perceived
A Focusrite preamp-8 i / o adat connected and toilet.


Due to the use of the IEEE port or usb, stability is really related to computer config .. To win a USB port on my computer (almost all taken by other equipment), I have first tried to use the IEEE Port (new card PCIe Texas instrument). But that shit at times to restart!
So stay on the usb and it seems to hold the road.
As against the driver seems to have trouble managing sharing, I can not open the control panel of the MOTU when Cubase is démmarré ... (I had no pblm with my old card RME HDSP96)
Side latency, it should be around 15ms @ 88KHz. I will try to check ...


The interface was recognized immediately, but must be set in the Windows device after install (yes, I keep the sound on my computer for video editing needs are on the same machine.)
on the other hand I have restart several times, as if the system is needed in order MOTU / / of my other USB devices also ..

The config is pretty easy (even more obvious that the routing matrix proposed by RME!). I still qq question on monitoring .. the sound is super strong low enough according to that selected as listening ..

Very detailed manual on CueMix accompanying MOTU.


it's good 3 months now.
I had moult interfaces before it (Hoonetech Echo Layla24, Tascam FW Yam01v96vcm).

The +:
- 8 analog inputs, dual i / o adat for a preamp
- VU meter front
- Built-in effects
- Finishing the pro
The -:
- Firewire port unstable home
- The green LED at the preamp (which indicates an input is connected) are too bright! (Visually quite overwhelming when you hump the night ..)
- I would have preferred a real knob for volume rather than a notched knob

Good Q / P
I may redo this choice, otherwise it would be a RME

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good value for money."

MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid
Using a logic pro and macpro under protools9, To see the features of the site directly or Motu Univers-Sons. Firewire connection.


Installation without problem on MacPro, I guess it's on the same PC.


The routing and monitoring can sometimes be confusing but with a little practice you succeed quickly find its way ..
The only drawback was the inability to insert a compressor or EQ on the inputs without bypass for recording, as the Apollo Universal Audio, though it costs more than twice the price of the Motu . Food for thought.
However, the reverb exception to this rule due to the auxiliary bus, needed to catch votes. You can always put an eq on the slices or other output without having to recording;


To summarize, preamps and converters are of very high quality, inserting effects on output bus
is a solution to correct the monitoring without affecting the recording. The CueMix FX allows access to all parameters without affecting the audio interface., Very convenient.
For that price, there is no real competitor and with this budget, I will ever be the same choice without trembling ...

"Sorry for that opinion a bit messy, this is the first I wrote"