MOTU 828es

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60 simultaneous audio channels

28 inputs and 32 outputs, all independent

Connect all your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines, outboard processors, MIDI gear, optical expanders - even a foot pedal. All I/O is available simultaneously.


Superb analog audio quality

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.


High-performance Thunderbolt and USB drivers for Mac and PC

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.


Universal connectivity

USB and Thunderbolt for Mac, PC and iOS

Connect to your Mac or PC with Thunderbolt™ or Hi-speed USB 2.0, with up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out) over Thunderbolt. Or stream dozens of audio channels to and from your Mac over AVB/TSN Ethernet using a standard, affordable CAT-5e cable up to 100 meters long. Class-compliant firmware and industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connect to your iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).


Redesigned mic channels

Cutting-edge components deliver ultra-transparent sound

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

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

Console-style mixing with 48 channels and 12 busses

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.


Modeled vintage effects processing

Vintage processing with 32-bit float precision

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


Flexible matrix routing and splitting

Route your audio anywhere with one-click ease

Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing

to and from the computer, plus any devices on the audio network.


Web app control from any device

Control everything from your laptop, tablet and smartphone

The software that you use to control the 828es doesn't reside on your hard drive. It's a web app served from the hardware itself. This means you can control the 828es on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network. Use any web client on any platform - Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android - as long as it shares the same network.


Touch Console

The art of the mix on your touchscreen

Designed specifically for touchscreen operation, Touch Console™ delivers a whole new mixing experience. Access Touch Console from your tablet or smartphone to effortlessly control the powerful 48-channel mixer and effects in the 828es. With large targets for your fingers, multi-touch operation and intuitive design, you can tap, swipe and pinch your way to a perfect mix, every time


Stand-alone operation with wireless control

No computer or laptop needed

Connect an Apple® Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing and DSP effects.


Solid metal chassis

MOTU interfaces are built to last

Like all MOTU interfaces, the 828es aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and tour bus. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the solid feeling of the 828es metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.


System expansion / networking

Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control

Add a 2nd MOTU AVB-equipped interface with a simple CAT-5e Ethernet cable.

Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB/TSN Switch (sold separately).

Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB/TSN switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.

Advanced Extras

The engineering behind the 828es runs deep

to give your audio recordings the depth of quality they deserve

Two banks of optical

Two optical banks provide 16 channels of ADAT optical at 48 kHz, 8 channels of S/MUX optical I/O at 96 kHz or a single stereo TOSLink pair at rates up to 96kH

S/PDIF digital I/O

Stereo digital transfers are an essential fact of daily studio life. The 828es's standard RCA S/PDIF input and output make stereo digital transfers a snap, with optional external clocking and support for sample rates up to 96kHz.


Connect MIDI gear without the need for a separate MIDI interface.

Foot switch input

Connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free talkback or punch-in while recording. Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software.

Time code support

Dedicated time code input and output jacks. Converts SMPTE time code (LTC) to MIDI Time Code (MTC) and passes MTC on to any MTC-compatible host software

Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS)

DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 828es is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.

DC-coupled TRS outputs

Use the 828es to manipulate sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.

Two headphone jacks

Each headphone output can be programmed with the same or different mixes, with independent front-panel volume control.

Balanced analog

828es balanced I/O connections are well-protected against RF interference, AC hum, and other noise-producing environmental factors.

Audio analysis tools

Includes an oscilloscope, real-time FFT, X-Y Plot, and graphic phase analysis.



Powerful audio workstation technology for Mac and Windows

Includes AudioDesk® workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

Technical Specifications


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

Mic/line/instr inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS "combo style"inputs

Preamp gain: 0 to +63 dB (digitally controlled)

Analog inputs: 8 x 1/4" TRS line inputs(balanced/unbalanced)

Max level: +24 dBu (digitally adjustable -96 to +22)

Analog outputs: 8 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DCcoupled)

Max level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20)

2 x male XLR with +20 dBu max

2 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone

2 x 1/4" TRS sends (pre-converter)

Digital I/O: 2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x samplerates

2 banks (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates

1 bank switchable to TOSLink (optical S/PDIF)

1 x stereo S/PDIF on RCA (up to 96 kHz)

Total I/O: 28 in / 32 out (60 total) at 1x sample rates

20 in / 24 out (44 total) at 2x sample rates

10 in / 14 out (24 total) at 4x sample rates

Computer I/O: 1 x Thunderbolt 1 (Mac and Win)

      Thunderbolt 2& 3 compatible

1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant

      USB 3.0 and iOScompatible

Computer I/O channels Thunderbolt: 128 in/out at 1x or 2x(44.1 to 96 kHz)

64 in/out at 4x (176.4 to 192 kHz)

Computer I/O channels USB: 64 in/out at 1x (44.1 to 48 kHz)

32 in/out at 2x (88.2 to 96 kHz)

24 in/out at 4x (176.4 to 192 kHz)



16 MIDI channels to/from computer host

Foot switch: 1 x 1/4" pedal input

Sync I/O: 1 x BNC word clock in/out

1 x 1/4" time code in/out

Network I/O: 1 x RJ45 AVB/TSN Ethernet (1 Gbps)

AVB streams (8 channels per stream): 4 in / 4 out @ 44.1 or48 kHz

4 in / 4 out @ 88.2 or 96 kHz

2 in / 2 out @ 176.4 or 192 kHz

Headphone: 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)

Phantom power: 2 x individual +48V

Front panel: 2 x 1/4" TRS headphone output

2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs

2 x digital rotary encoders phone vol

2 x digital rotary encoders mic/instr input gain

2 x large digital rotary encoders main vol / menu

4 x small switches (2) Pad / (2) 48V Phantom pwr

8 x large switches menu nav / A/B mon select, etc.

2 x LCD (128 x 160) for level meters / menu nav

Power: International 100-240V autoswitching supply

50-60 Hz 0.5A max

Dimensions and weight: (width x depth x height, enclosureonly)

19 x 7 x 1.75 inches

48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm

4.1 lbs / 1.9 kg

with rack brackets removed:

17.25 inches (43.8 cm) wide

4.0 lbs / 1.8 kg

Mac System Requirements

1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster

2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended

Mac OS X version 10.8 or later

Available Thunderbolt 1/2/3, USB 2/3 or AVB/TSN Ethernetport*

A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

*AVB/TSN Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X ElCapitan or later

Windows System Requirements

1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster

2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended

Windows 7*, 8 or 10

Available Thunderbolt 1/2/3 or USB 2/3 port

A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

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