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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 analog & digital I/O options packed into a single 1U 19" rack format.

Redesigned with renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology and new dual full-color LCDs, the 828es connects to a Mac or PC over Thunderbolt™ or USB 2.0 with 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, modeled analog EQ, and vintage compression modeled 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.

  • 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, DC coupled)
  • 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 sample rates
  • 2 banks (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
  • Switchable to stereo 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 iOS compatible
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • MIDI I/O 1 x MIDI IN
  • 1 x MIDI OUT
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 19 x 7 x 1.75 inches
  • 48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm
  • 4.2 lbs / 1.9 kg



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  • Alex Banks


    This item is exceptional. Previously I had 2 x MOTU 24IO, but modern 64bit architecture made it obsolete (fair, as its 21 year old technology). The 828es is a breeze to set up. The routing is exceptional and is performed via a web browser - neat. Having front panel choices such as mute, talkback, 2 x mic in, 2 x headphones, 2 x monitor switch and output control is extremely well thought out. If you are not aware, this item scores very highly on loopback test which examine information loss against a source file. Its up there with devices that cost more than 3 times as much. Over thunderbolt 3 on iMac running Logic X I have an output latency of 1.1ms (2.2ms round trip). Interface is Thunderbolt 2 , so you will need an adapter if you're running Thunderbolt 3 (buy a TB2 cable and interface with a TB 3 to TB 2 adapter). It is my intention to purchase more of these items to eventually replace the 48IO I have with the two MOTU 24IO on my other system.

  • wade wallace


    great quality sounding interface

  • Ian F


    Outstanding audio interface. Industry-standard features and sound.

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