MOTU 828 USB Audio Interface

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  • The MOTU 828 USB Audio Interface features ESS Sabre32 DAC technology for exceptional analog quality and ultra-low harmonic distortion. 
  • With 60 simultaneous audio channels, it accommodates microphones, guitars, synths, MIDI gear, and more. Class compliant firmware ensures seamless compatibility with Mac, PC, and iOS devices. 
  • Achieve pristine recordings with -113 dB THD+N, 115 dB dynamic range, and -129 dBu EIN performance. Each mic channel offers individual preamp gain, pad, and 48V phantom power. 
  • Control 5.1 and 7.1 surround systems with ease, connect two monitor sets, and utilize CueMix 5 for graphic mixing and EQ adjustments. 
  • Channel 1-2 inserts enable outboard processing, and the DI input allows for simultaneous recording of dry and amped guitar signals. 
  • Enjoy remote control from your iOS device, including multiple iOS devices simultaneously, and enhance security with password protection. 
Our price £999.00


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MOTU 828 USB Audio Interface


The all-new MOTU 828 USB Audio Interface is a 1U 28x32 interface that provides excellent analog quality for professional musicians, sound engineers and producers. It is linked via a high-speed 5 Gbps USB3 connection, and offers an impressive 60 channels of I/O, complete with a 24-channel mixer that boasts built-in effects like reverb and EQ.  


High Performance 

The MOTU 828 incorporates the well-renowned ESS Sabre32 DAC technology which delivers 125 dB of dynamic range and exceptionally low harmonic distortion. This Analog performance is driven by decades of engineering know-how in audio interface technology. 

The 828 also features a high-performance driver which provides ultra-low latency performance for both Mac and PC completing an amazing round trip latency (RTL) of ~2 ms over USB (2 or 3) at 96 kHz with a 32-sample host buffer. 


Endless Connectivity 

You can connect 60 simultaneous audio channels like microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines, outboard processors, MIDI gear, optical expanders and even a foot pedal. All 28 inputs and 32 output are available to you simultaneously.  

The MOTU 828 delivers universal connectivity for Mac, PC and iOS with 5 Gbps. Class compliant firmware means you can plug-in and play with Mac hosts with no driver necessary. The industry standard drivers work with any audio apps, and you can even connect to your iPad via USB-C or a lighting adapter. 

Also, channel 1-2 inserts mean that each mic input offers a dedicated analog send/return loop which allows for both mono and stereo mic channel outboard processing through fully balanced connections. And if nothing is plugged into a mic input, the return can act as an extra line input with the same signal characteristics as the other lines. 


Capture Your Sound 

Capture your recordings material in its truest form with -113 dB THD+N, 115 dB dynamic range and -129 dBu EIN performance. Each mic channel has individual preamp gain, pad, 48V phantom power and remote control from your computer or iOS device. And each combo jack alternately provides a 1/4-inch high-impedance TS guitar input for DI tracking and re-amping. 

Additionally, you can DI your guitar to the front-panel input and record both the dry signal and a mic’d up amp simultaneously. You can then re-amp the dry signal later with different amps and cabs, or amp modeling plug-ins to experiment with different tones. 


More Control 

The MOTU 828 allows you to control a 5.1 and 7.1 surround speaker system with a single fader and gives you the flexibility to choose any analog outputs you want to control. Take charge of your recording sessions with a front panel talkback switch. You can also connect two sets of monitors and check your mixes instantly with A/B select buttons. 

With CueMix 5 you have complete graphic control over you mix with graphic mixing, editing of parametric EQ and a touch friendly interface on iOS. You can control all setting and mixing from your USB host, iPhone or iPad and use multiple iOS devices simultaneously when running the CueMix 5 app. For extra network security set a password for your 828. 


Key Features 

  • MOTU 828 USB Interface features ESS Sabre32 DAC for exceptional sound quality and low distortion. 
  • Connect 60 audio channels to microphones, instruments, and more, with Mac, PC, and iOS compatibility. 
  • Achieve top-notch recordings with individual preamp control, pad, and phantom power for each mic channel. 
  • Manage surround systems, connect dual monitors, and use CueMix 5 for graphic mixing and EQ adjustments. 
  • Channel 1-2 inserts for outboard processing, DI input for guitar, and simultaneous dry and amped signal recording. 
  • Control remotely from iOS devices, enhance security with password protection, and simplify your audio setup. 


(W) 482.6mm x (D) 311mm x (H) 44.4 mm


5 kgs

Sample rates    

44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Mic/line/instr inputs    

2 x XLR/TRS "combo" jacks
Individual -20 dB pad and 48V phantom power
Preamp gain: +74 dB in 1 dB increments
1 MΩ impedance on the line/instr inputs
Independent balanced send/return inserts

Analog inputs    

8 x 1/4-inch TRS line in (balanced/unbalanced)
2 x 1/4-inch insert returns function as balanced TRS
line inputs (with no mic inputs connected)
Max level: +21 dBu
+20 dB digital gain on each input

Analog outputs    

8 x 1/4-inch TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled)
2 x male XLR out
Max level: +21 dBu
2 x 1/4-inch TRS stereo headphone (see below)
2 x 1/4-inch TRS sends (balanced, pre-converter)

Digital I/O    

2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical I/O at 1x sample rates
2 banks (8 ch) of S/MUX optical I/O at 2x sample rates
Bank A switchable to stereo TOSLink I/O (optical S/PDIF)
1 x stereo S/PDIF I/O on RCA (up to 96 kHz)

Computer I/O    

1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) Type C • USB2 compatible
USB audio class compliant (no driver needed)
1 x IF-certified USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C-to-C cable included
Compatible with USB Type A (with a C-to-A cable, sold separately)
Total USB audio channels: see "Total Audio I/O" below
Round Trip Latency (RTL): ~2 ms (32 sample buffer at 96K)

Total audio I/O    

28 in / 32 out (60 total channels) at 1x sample rates
20 in / 24 out (44 total channels) at 2x sample rates
10 in / 14 out (24 total channels) at 4x sample rates

MIDI I/O    

1 x MIDI In
1 x MIDI Out/Thru
16 MIDI channels to/from computer host


2 x 1/4-inch TRS stereo headphones
Output impedance: <1Ω
Max output: 14.4 dBu

Phantom power    

2 x individual +48V

Foot Switch

1 x 1/4-inch foot switch input
Mapping: pedal up/down to any host keystrokes

Sync I/O    

1 x BNC Word Clock In
1 x BNC Word Clock Out/Thru
Sample rates: all (from 44.1 to 192 kHz)

Front panel    

2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs
2 x 1/4" TRS headphone outputs
2 x potentiometer • headphone volume
2 x potentiometer • mic/instr input gain
1 x potentiometer • menu navigation
1 x large potentiometer • main volume
12 x switches • (2) 48V, (2) pad, (6) control room, (2) nav
1 x 3.9-inch 480 x 128 pixel 24-bit RGB TFT display
1 x latching power button


Internal 100-240V autoswitching supply
50-60 Hz • 0.5A max