Scan code: LN56372 Manufacturer code: 828 X

MOTU - '828x' Thunderbolt & USB Audio Interface

MOTU - '828x' Thunderbolt & USB I/O, 192 kHz. 24 Bit, 2 Mic Preamps

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Scan code: LN56372 Manufacturer code: 828 X
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MOTU - '828x'
Thunderbolt & USB Audio Interface

motu 828x

Upgraded Award-Winning InterfaceThe MOTU 828x introduces rapid Thunderbolt connectivity to the audio interface range. Also featuring USB, once you connect you gain access to up to 28 inputs and 30 outputs all in a 1U rack format. MOTU's renowned CueMix FX mixer software makes setting up any routing configurations easy. With built-in DSP you get studio-quality reverb, EQ, and compression. MOTU continue their great reputation for incredible sound, practicality and consistent performance with the 828x proving to be a great tool for a live setting and in the studio.

Amazing Features • Built-in DSP provides high-quality reverb, EQ, and compression on inputs, outputs, and headphone mixes
• Individual XLR main outs and front-panel headphone jacks, all have separate volume control
• Versatile audio interface with 28-in/30-out Thunderbolt and USB connectivity
• Manage diverse routing easily using with CueMix FX software mixer

Audio Quality Without Compromise

motu 828x

Studio-Grade ComponentsEquipped with two combo-style mic/guitar inputs with preamps, 8 balanced analog in/out, XLR main outs, 16 channels of ADAT optical (8 channels at 96 kHz), plus S/PDIF, word clock and MIDI. Microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and effects processors can all be connected. The 828 has become a benchmark for the industry, now in its fifth generation, it raises the bar even further with consistent, reliable design and carefully selected modern components and design technology.

Each 828x mic input features a pre-converter send for mono or stereo mic channel outboard processing. The 828x's unique V-Limitâ„¢ hardware limiter uses a specific design to offering up to 12 dB of headroom over digital zero with no digital clipping or harsh elements, for additional protection in unpredictable recording scenarios. The 828x's preamps provide a clear and natural sound, so your favourite plug-ins and software control the sound just as you wish.

The Future Of Connectivity


Thunderbolt TechnologyThunderbolt is an innovative state-of-the-art connectivity standard for modern computers. With huge bandwidth, Thunderbolt allows you to connect displays, hard drives, and other components to your computer.

The 828x, can also connect up to six devices total, with the 828x at the end of the chain, and the Thunderbolt bus can still easily keep up. Thunderbolt joins plug-and-play convenience with epic bandwidth and low latency, giving you an incredible, professional interface experience.

Hi-Speed USB 2.0

USB 2.0

Mac, PC, & USB 3.0 CompatibleWhilst Thunderbolt becomes more integrated, Hi-speed USB 2.0 offers compatibility across-the-board with almost all laptops and desktops on both Mac and Windows. Since USB 2.0 devices are compatible with USB 3.0-equipped hosts, your 828x interface becomes a future-proof investment for your studio.

On-Board Digital Mixer With Effects

Digital Mixer

Advanced Monitoring & Live MixingRecord, monitor, route and process all live inputs with the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer, no latency and no overriding to processor on your computer. Add DSP-driven compression, EQ and reverb to every input and output, independent of your host computer.

From Studio To Stage

Stand-Alone Operation

Stand-Alone OperationWhen you're done programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the 828x from the computer and take it on the road to use as a stand-alone mixer with effects. All mixing and effects setting are adjustable using the front panel backlit LCD.

Additional Extras


MIDI I/OConnect your MIDI gear without the need for a separate MIDI interface.

96 kHz Optical

96 kHz OpticalTwo optical banks provide 8 channels of 96 kHz SMUX digital input and output.


ExpansionAdd another MOTU audio interface for more inputs and outputs as your requirements develop.

Instrument tuner

Tune your guitar or other instrument accurately with this easy-to-read meter.

SMPTE time code sync

SMPTE time
code sync
Resolve your workstation software to time code, without needing a dedicated synchronizer.

Analysis tools and oscilloscope

Analysis tools and oscilloscopeVisualize the harmonic content of your mix with dynamic animation and vivid color.

Built To Last

motu 828x

Solid Metal ChassisAs with all MOTU interfaces, the 828x's aluminum alloy enclosure is lightweight, whilst very sturdy and durable. Designed to withstand the heavy use of the studio, stage, and road. In a world full of cheap plastic, the feeling of the 828x's metal casing in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.

828x Thunderbolt / USB 2.0 audio interface with DSP mixing and effects

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
Computer Connectivity USB 2.0/Thunderbolt
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 28 x 30
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x Combo (Mic/Line/Hi-Z), 8 x TRS
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR (Main), 8 x TRS, 2 x 1/4" (Send), 1 x TRS (Main) 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Digital Inputs 2 x ADAT (Optical, 8 Channels), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax/TOSLink)
Digital Outputs 2 x ADAT (Optical, 8 Channels), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax/TOSLink)
Thunderbolt 1 x Thunderbolt 2
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock (In/Out via BNC), 1 x SMPTE (In/Out via 1/4")
Rack Spaces 1U
Dimensions Height: 1.75"
Width: 19"
Depth: 7"
Computer Interface Type
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB 2
Connections (Input)
  • 8 x 6.35mm (1/4") TRS Jack
  • 2 x ADAT Optical
  • 1 x MIDI
  • 1 x S/PDIF Coaxial
  • 1 x Word Clock (BNC)
  • 2 x XLR / Jack Combo
Mic Preamps (Max) 2
Instrument Inputs (Max) 2
Phantom Power Yes
Sample Rate (Max) 192 kHz
Bit Resolution 24
iPad Compatible No
Connections (Output)
  • 8 x 6.35mm (1/4") TRS Jack
  • 2 x ADAT Optical
  • 2 x Headphone (TRS 6.35mm Jack)
  • 1 x S/PDIF Coaxial
  • 1 x Word Clock (BNC)
  • 2 x XLR
Dimensions (mm) 482 x 44 x 177 WxHxD
DSP Processing Yes
Misc. Notes  
Additional Information
Scan Code LN56372
Model Number 828 X
GTIN 839128005846

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MOTU - '828x' Thunderbolt & USB Audio Interface
MOTU - '828x' Thunderbolt & USB Audio Interface