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MOTU 828es

8x10 USB, Thunderbolt & AVB Audio Interface

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  • 828es (Front)
  • 828es (Rear)
£932.00 (inc VAT) £776.67 (exc VAT)

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Proven performance. Superb analogue sound.

The MOTU 828es brings the pristine audio quality and new networking and control technologies from the AVB series into the classic 828 formula of multiple analogue & digital I/O options packed into a single 1U 19" rack format.

Redesigned with renowned ESS Sabre32 DAC technology and new dual full-colour LCDs, the 828es connects to a Mac or PC over Thunderbolt or USB 2.0with ultra-low latency and renowned, proven Drivers to deliver 28 inputs, 32 outputs, 48-channel mixing and 32-bit floating point DSP effects processing, including Classic Reverb, modelled analogue EQ, and vintage compression modelled after the legendary LA-2A.

Two mic/guitar "combo" style inputs provide transparent preamps with remote control for individual gain/pad/48V phantom power and amp-like hi-Z guitar input.

Control room features include a built-in talkback mic with front-panel "talk" button and"A/B" speaker select buttons.

The AVB port allows for additional I/O options such as MADI or AES/EBU to be easily added to the system via an Ethernet cable connection.

Advanced extras include flexible matrix-style routing and splitting, stand-alone mixing with Wi-Fi control, pre-converter mic channel sends, dedicated time code in/out and AudioDesk workstation software.


  • 8x Analogue I/O via TRS
  • 16x Optical I/O via Toslink (less for sample rates above 48kHz)
  • 2x Main Outputs vix XLR
  • 2x Mic/Hi-Z Combo Inputs
  • 2x Stereo Headphone Outputs
  • 2x S/PDIF I/O via RCA

Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology

New in the 828es, renowned ESS Sabre32 DAC technology delivers 123dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU's flagship 1248.

Ultra-low latency and renowned rock-solid performance

Round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt with high-performance DAW hosts.

USB and Thunderbolt for Mac, PC and iOS

Connects to your Mac or PC with Thunderbolt, hi-speed USB 2.0 or AVB/TSN Ethernet for up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out). Class-compliant firmware and industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connects to iPad with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).

Redesigned mic channels

Capture your recorded material in its truest, most natural form with -108 dB THD+N, 118dB dynamic range and -128dBu EIN performance. Each mic channel has individual preamp gain, pad, 48V phantom power and digital remote control. Do you work with outboard EQs and compressors? Each 828es mic input offers a pre-converter, hard-wired send for mono or stereo mic channel outboard processing.

Control room features

Take control of your recording sessions with the built-in talkback mic and front-panel talk button. Connect two sets of speakers and check your mixes instantly with front-panel A/B speaker select buttons.

DSP Mixing and Effects

A full-fledged 48-input digital mixer delivers 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression. If you know your way around a large-format mixing console, you'll feel right at home. If you've ever wished to mix on a large console, the driver's seat is now yours.

Modelled vintage processing

Classic reverb. Compression modelled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modelled after British analog console EQs. The 828es DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.

Flexible routing matrix and splitting

Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the audio network.

SKU: 828es

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