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MOTU 828 MkIII Hybrid

Product Code: 375440

MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid Audio Interface delivers innovative new features, universal 'hybrid' FireWire/USB2 connectivity to your Mac or Windows computer, superb sound, and reliable performance.

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MOTU 828 MkIII Hybrid

MOTU's all-time best-selling, award-winning audio interface, now with Thunderbolt™ Technology and USB 2.0.


Hybrid FireWire / USB2 connectivity

As a hybrid audio interface, the 828mk3 provides flexible connectivity to any Mac or PC via FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0, with ten channels of pristine 192 kHz analog recording and playback, combined with sixteen channels of ADAT digital I/O and stereo S/PDIF. Expand your system by connecting additional MOTU audio interfaces or the 8pre mic input expander.

Tons of I/O

The 828mk3 is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. As an interface or standalone mixer, the 828mk3 provides 28 separate inputs and 30 separate outputs, including dedicated main outs on XLRs and two front panel headphone outs.

Watch a movie about the 828mk3's on-board mixing and FX processing

On-board digital mixer with effects for monitoring and live mixing

Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors. Record, monitor, route and process all of these live inputs using the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer - with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Apply hardware DSP-driven compression, EQ and reverb to every input and output, independent of your host computer. When recording from the mic/guitar inputs, the 828mk3's signal overload protection gives you an extra 12 dB of headroom above zero with no digital clipping or harsh artifacts.

MOTU FireWire audio interfaces can connect to any Firewire port. Just plug in and go, with any standard cable. The 828mk3 Hybrid provides two FireWire Type B ports, which provide the most reliable FireWire connection available. The ports operate at 400 Mbit/s, and they can be connected to any available FireWire port on your computer, either Type A or Type B. If your computer has FireWire Type B ports, use the included 9-pin-to-9-pin FireWire cable. If your computer has either standard Type A ports or miniature Type A ports, use the appropriate 9-pin-to-6-pin or 9-pin-to-4-pin FireWire cable (sold separately).

Advanced audio analysis tools

Analyze and scope your audio with advanced diagnostic tools, including a full-screen real-time FFT display, spectrogram "waterfall" display, full-featured oscilloscope, X-Y plot, and linear/polar phase analysis graphs.

Stand-alone operation as a mixer

After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the 828mk3 from the computer and take it on the road for operation as a stand-alone mixer with effects. All mixing and effects parameters are adjustable using the front panel backlit LCD

Across-the- board compatibility

The 828mk3 provides cross-platform compatibility with Mac and Windows and all of your favorite audio software and host-based effects via WDM/ASIO/Core Audio drivers. Or you can use the included AudioDesk workstation software for Mac, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.



  • Hybrid FireWire/USB2 connectivity
  • CueMix FX
  • 28 inputs / 30 outputs (at 44.1/48 kHz)
  • Front-panel control
  • Stand-alone operation
  • Multiple CueMix FX mixes
  • Two front panel combo jacks provide hi-Z 1/4" guitar input or low-Z XLR mic input with phantom power, pad and plenty of gain
  • Mic/guitar instrument sends
  • Clip protection
  • Eight 24-bit 192kHz analog inputs and outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks
  • Precision Digital Trim
  • Flexible optical I/O
  • Sample-accurate MIDI
  • Expandable
  • Separate XLR main outs and front-panel headphone jacks, each with independent volume control
  • Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF in/out
  • Word clock in and out
  • SMPTE in and out
  • Includes 32- and 64-bit native drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista/XP, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Macintosh with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0
  • Front panel volume control for monitoring. Stereo, Quad, 6.1, 7.1 and user-defined surround monitoring setups available
  • Two front panel headphone jacks with independent volume controls
  • Front panel meters or activity LEDs for all analog, digital and MIDI I/O, plus SMPTE sync tach and lock LEDs
  • Dedicated front panel clock status LEDs

Converters: 24-bit


Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz


Analog inputs

  • * 2 x XLR/TRS combo-style mic/guitar inputs
  • * 8 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced) Analog outputs
  • * 2 x XLR balanced main out 8 x 1/4" balanced TRS line out 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone


Digital I/O

  • * 16 channels of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
  • * 8 channels of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
  • * 2-channel TOSlink (optical S/PDIF) up to 96 kHz
  • * 2-channel RCA S/PDIF up to 96 kHz


Total I/O

  • * 28 inputs and 30 outputs at 1x sample rates
  • * 20 inputs and 22 outputs at 2x sample rates
  • * 10 inputs and 10 outputs at 4x sample rates


Computer I/O

  • * 1 x Thunderbolt (compatible with 1 and 2)
  • *  1 x USB 2.0 (compatible with 3.0)


Sync I/O

  • * 1 x SMPTE time code in (LTC)
  • * 1 x SMPTE time code out (LTC)
  • * 1 x word clock in
  • * 1 x word clock out


Headphone output

  • * 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)
  • * 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (mirrors main outs)


Phantom power

  • * 2 x individual +48V
Customer Reviews
  • Verified Customer
    on 04 July 2013
    It's a very versatile, fully functioned machine. The 828mk2 lasted me for 14 years before it started breaking down inside. The mk3 shows signs of being an improved model and I'm looking forward to a long relationship with it. However, using its own interface can be confusing and frustrating as the box is small and is crammed with clumsy knobs too close together. Also, each knob is multifunctional.
  • Verified Customer
    on 04 March 2013
    Use this as my interface in my studio. Switched onto MOTU after using flagship 896 and HD range in studios. The 828 has stunning pre-amps for the 2x mic inputs (shame there are only 2, but you can always expand using the 8pre). I/O is fantastic.. everything is routable and programmable via software so it's ultra flexible. The software can take a bit of getting used to (especially for non DP users). Onboard DSP effects sound great.
  • Verified Customer
    on 03 February 2013
    We were impressed with the quick delivery and sturdy build of the product we had it up and running with ProTools within minuets.
  • Verified Customer
    on 21 April 2011
    Although good quality construction and sound the product is mared by the inability to expand the Cubase software window and intransigence of MOTU's support. [...]I think RME or competitor boxes may be better / better software.

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