MOTU 828 Mk2
MOTU 828 Mk2

Interfaccia audio esterna de la série 828

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songboy 02/12/2011

Recensione di songboy (contenu en anglais) "Not impressed, dull recordings compared to other interfaces."

2
I travel sometimes and help out friends with studio projects. In my travels I sometimes use great gear and sometimes not so great gear. This one is the later in my opinion. I spent two weeks at a friends home studio doing a project with him and he used this interface. He said he bought it at the time because he likes to record at 96khz and this was one of the more affordable units back in '06. We ran this on a PC running protools with an ART Pre Amp and some AKAI condensors and Shure sm57/58s. This was run using the FireWire 400 slot. We recorded single takes using no more than 6 mics at a time (drums).

UTILIZATION

The unit itself was very stable. We never had any serious crashes or glitches. Occasionally his PC would get overloaded in mixing but that was because of the heavy use of Plugins and his computer was a little behind. The latency was OK but was only noticed during mixing as we properly setup his gear to handle the latency during recording. We used Pro Tools for the entire session and everything seemed to run smooth with the occasional CPU spike from CPU hungry mixing plugins. We never did more than 6 tracks during our session but he did say he would run more when sequencing/recording his synthesizers and that it handled the load just fine.

GETTING STARTED

There were no compatibility issues that I experienced. Everything booted up properly and his drivers were up to date so it was all good. I never read the manual. He seemed very confident with the unit and said that he was able to start recording in a matter of minutes after it had been installed. The unit is fairly easy to use. The dsp Mixer that comes with unit makes controlling your ins and outs very easy. I have been using Totalmix with my RME Fireface 800 for awhile and I found them to be similar. With the dsp mixer and the front face of the unit itself, most of all the typical functions are found very easily. A few things are down in some menus and such, but nothing is too hard to find.

OVERALL OPINION

What I liked most about this unit is that it was stable and was able to record and mix our entire project in 96khz which was a stipulation for my friend. What I didn't like was how, in my opinion, the recorded tracks were pretty dull, especially the drums. We spent a lot of time with EQ, Compression and various other effects trying to bring life back into them. I think we did a decent job, but as soon as I was home, I compared our Raw tracks with some raw tracks I recorded with my FireFace and the difference was very noticeable. The Fireface had much better dynamics and clarity and in my opinion, put the MK2 to shame. I have worked with some MK3's briefly and find they don't suffer nearly as bad ad the MK2 does with this dullness.
I don't know what he paid for the MK2, and maybe it was considered good quality back in the day, but I don't recommend it to anyone who wants a competitive quality of sound. The reality is you get what you pay for. If you want top notch AD/DA, then you need to spend some serious cash.
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ericthegreat 26/09/2011

Recensione di ericthegreat (contenu en anglais) "one of the best"

4
The sound quality on the mk3 is very good, it's I/o flexibility is nearly perfect, for my needs (live sound) I would love to have 8 mic pres not 2 and dedicated gain control knob for each of the 8 line inputs (or at least one knob that could access each line input gain and shuttle between them. my only real disappointment is the lowest latency setting of 64 samples per buffer this setting is not quite fast enough for a pro musician I normally run at 16 and if I want to run big multichannel shows I might drop to 32 samples per buffer. the 828 mk3 has not proven to be stable until I drop it 96 samples per buffer.

UTILIZATION

Motu Hybred 828 mk3 Audio interface will take some getting use to.
Why the special 9 pin to a 6 pin fire wire cable, when it would have been better and more convenient with a standard
6 pin on both sides cable type.
The cable works fine when positioned in a certain way to fit.
Although many computers are discontinuing firewire, for audio fire wire has more bandwidth.
When the 828 Hybred mk3 works it' sounds pretty good.
It replaces my Emu 1818M that I loved and had for many years.
It took some time for Motu to release new drivers for this unit, once downloaded it works fine.
Customer service at Motu was fine, I was able to speak with a tech who helped on the configuration
before the latest driver release drivers for Windows on 8/09/2011 (version 4.0.48697) from Motu Download sight.

GETTING STARTED

Getting started for me was a tough task, but after some reading of the manual (which is easy to understand) i got the hang of it fast.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, Very solid piece for an awesome price. CueMix FX is great and anyone not using it is not using this thing to it's fullest. I can use the CueMix FX to monitor artists using EQ, Comps, & Reverbs with no latency while having my DAW have a 1024 buffer and making it super solid and reliable. It also takes care of talk back and basic volume controls, eliminating the need for any external central station/big knob controllers. Front two inputs are very handy and DO NOT overide analog 1 & 2 on the back. Just really, really feature loaded. On the BAD side...the LED's on the front are useless and the knobs on the front feel really sketchy. The software can control everything and you never really need to touch those though. I have mine hooked up via USB to W7 32bit w/ Samplitude 11.2 and it's been perfect. No crashes, no ASIO dropouts, nothing. GREAT piece at a great price.
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FP User 01/11/2008

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5
Nothing missing, in fact, it has extra that comes in very handy. I like to purchase equipment based on whether the equipment can be used for production and live. With the 828mkII, you get a free mixer practically! There are 4 mix channels and slots to save mixing presets. So you can have a "Studio" for a headphone mix and another for Monitoring, then just load a "Live" preset for when you go gigging. CueMix has saved me $80.

Price paid

$750

UTILIZATION

The learning curve is next to nothing. The MOTU 828mkII comes with software for your PC to control anything with a better user interface. Given the limited size of the LCD on the 828mkII, it's a bit hard figuring where things are at first, but using the PC interface, you'll get a good idea and won't find it tough the next time you use the LCD. It comes with ASIO and MME drivers and you can run both concurrently. If you're running your sequencer using the ASIO drivers, you can still run, say, Winamp thru the MME drivers.

GETTING STARTED

Just looking at the construction of the thing tells you it can take a beating... but who'd want to beat a $750 piece of gear with lights in it? You got your wife for that! :P I've only had it for almost a month and I take extra care of any gear, if an accident were to happen, I'm sure as hell confident it'll survive.

OVERALL OPINION

The sound quality is prestine. Recording at 96kHz/24-bit has great improved the overall sound of any recording. Recording in 96kHz better captures waveforms more accurately. 24-bit allows for more digital processing without any noticeable degradation/data loss. All plugs are gold-plated, reducing any possibly of radio/noise interference (of course, hi-quality TRS/XLR cables to help A LOT!) If you're a perfectionist, 96kHz won't be enough(386kHz!). But 96kHz is beyond practical, and if your machine can't handle this, there's 88.2kHz... which is twice more samples/sec. than an ordinary CD.

First of all, it's black, sleek, green and blue lights and an occasional red light when you're clipping... I went from the M-Audio Quattro to this and instantly my recordings sounded better, my production time quicker. If I were given the choice between 10 Digidesign Digi 002 Rack and just one MOTU 828mkII... I'll just take the MOTU (well, take the Digis, sell them all and get more MOTUs!!) It looks good, works excellent, and it's versatile... if I moved to Arkansas, I'd marry this thing!

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Borthox ( 2-, 2004)
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FP User 01/11/2008

Recensione di FP User (contenu en anglais)

1
Well, the cuemix function doesnt work on 828's, yet the marketed it like it did.

Price paid: 300 usd

UTILIZATION

No problems, worked like it should.

GETTING STARTED

Not the greatest build, but not the worst either.

OVERALL OPINION

Flat, not musical. Made all my recordings very dull. I recorded at 48/24. better than your standard soundcard.

i * hated that thing. It sucked so bad at recording stuff. made everything sound dull. Im only writing this review to warn others of its crappyness.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: housewreckinpro ( 1-, 2006)
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FP User 01/11/2008

Recensione di FP User (contenu en anglais)

5
Allows you to record up to 20 channels at the same time at 24bit. The only catch is that 8 of those channels are ADAT (Great if you have a digital mixer) and 2 of them digital coax. That leaves you with 8 1/4" to work with and a pair of combo XLR 1/4" on the front.

Price paid

700

UTILIZATION

Not bad, I was worried at first not having a lot of reviews from PC users running WinXP. Don't even worry about it, this thing links up with no problems and you can set everything from the Cuemix console on the computer and store it to 20 presets in the unit. Any one of the presets can be loaded from the front panel or the computer very quickly. The six push-turn buttons on the front are confusing as heck, but after a couple of hours of messing with them, you will have the logic down. Lots of routing options, so if you have more gear than inputs, pick up a patchbay at the same time then you can set one Cuemix setup and use your patchbay hardware to do the input switching. The manual is very weak, no help there if you have major questions about using the system without the computer. Its totally written from the computers point of view, assuming that you are running Cubase. If you are running any software that is not ASIO compatable, you can still use it running legacy drivers according to the manual, but its not recommended.

GETTING STARTED

Windows users, you will love this product if you are running Cubase, Vegas, Soundforge, or Acid Pro, All Inputs and outputs are available for use at 96kHz/24bit resolution. I set presets for my diffrent software right into the Cuemix and recall them quickly with the touch of a button on the front panel, as I switch from diffrent Aps. Its even works with my windows laptop with no problems recording 18 channels to the internal hard drive in the field. This is one nice firewire interface that give you a lot of routing options. One word of advice. GET A PATCHBAY so you don't have to reach around back to get to your inputs and outputs, especially if its racked and

OVERALL OPINION

Absolutly flawless, no cracks, pops, or coloration to the sound. What you put in is what you get out. Used a compressor and eq chain on inputs 7 and 8 straight from the powered pre-amp outs on the 2 front panels and got a perfectly polished sound from my bass straight into the computer. You can also record the raw sound from the front panel at the same time.

Wouldn't have my studio with out it! Get one of these! They rock!

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Smoothbassman (January 2-, 2005)