The 828 has proved to be a very popular interface for MOTU. Being the first to mass produce FireWire audio interfaces MOTU have quite a head-start in the market. Now they are to update the 828 with the announcement of the 828 MkII, available Q2 2003 at $795.
The 828mkII adds many new features, including more simultaneous inputs (20) and outputs (22), 24-bit 96kHz operation, 8-bus monitor mixing with front panel LCD programming, stand-alone operation, front-panel mic/guitar/instrument inputs with preamps and sends, SMPTE time code sync and MIDI input/output, all at the same price as the original 828 - nice one MOTU.
The 828mkII provides all of the same features as the original 828, along with many new features, including:
Built-in CueMix DSP monitor mixing
The 828mkII provides DSP-driven digital mixing and monitoring for all 20 inputs. The 828mkII supports up to four separate stereo monitor mixes assigned to any four digital or analog output pairs. For example, separate monitor mixes could be set up for the main outs and headphone outs, while two additional stereo buses could be used for send/return loops. Each mix can support all 20 inputs (8 TRS analog, 2 mic, 8 ADAT optical digital and stereo SPDIF digital). A new "CueMix Bounce Back" feature lets the user to route one of the four CueMix DSP mixes back to the computer. Front-panel programming
Input gain, panning, +4/-10 input level, 6dB boost, stereo pair grouping, mix output assignment (in 8 memory locations) can be accessed directly from the front panel using six rotary encoders and a 2x16 backlit LCD display. Stand-alone operation Front-panel mic/instrument inputs with sends
Two front-panel Neutrik combo (XLR/TRS) jacks with preamps and phantom power allow microphone, guitar or any quarter-inch input with front-panel convenience. The XLR jack serves as a low-impedance mic input, and the TRS jack serves as a high-impedance guitar/instrument input. Before A/D conversion, the pre-amplified signal from each front-panel input is routed to one of two rear-panel quarter-inch analog sends, so that users can insert a favorite outboard EQ, compressor, amp or effects processor to the mic/guitar input signal before it is converted to digital form. The resulting output from the outboard gear is fed back into the 828mkII via one of the eight TRS analog inputs on the rear panel, for routing to the computer and/or inclusion in the 828mkII's built-in monitor mixes. 20 inputs / 22 outputs
8 channels of quarter-inch TRS 24-bit 96kHz analog I/O (with individually switchable +4/-10 reference levels on input), 2 mic inputs with preamps and phantom power, 8 channels of 24-bit ADAT optical digital I/O (4 channels at 96kHz), 24-bit 96kHz SPDIF digital I/O, headphone out and stereo main out. All inputs and outputs can be individually addressed from host audio software running on the computer. All inputs can also be individually addressed in the 828mkII's built-in CueMix DSP mixer. The headphone output and main outs each have independent front-panel volume control. The headphone output can be programmed via software to either mirror another pair of outputs (such as the main outs) or serve as its own independent output pair. Sample-accurate MIDI
MIDI IN and OUT jacks are provided for users to connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed. MIDI timing is sample-accurate with supporting software. Built-in SMPTE synchronization
The 828mkII is the first FireWire audio interface to provide on-board SMPTE time code synchronization features. These features allow users to slave their 828mkII system to SMPTE time code without a synchronizer via a dedicated quarter-inch SMPTE input jack. A SMPTE out jack is also provided for time code generation. The 828mkII provides a DSP-driven phase-lock engine with sophisticated filtering that provides fast lockup times and sub-frame accuracy.
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