Mark of the Unicorn
Motu 828 mkII

Audio and Midi

24-bit, 96kHz digital audio workstation
protocol: FireWire
Daisy-chain expandable by second FireWire port
Includes drivers for Mac & PC, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, GSIF, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular
Macintosh and Windows audio software.

(version 10.2 or higher)
Mac and PC
OS supported

WinMe, Win2K, WinXP

Designed for studio and stage, with or without a computer, thhe 828mkII provides 20 inputs and 22 outputs, including 10 channels 96kHz analog recording and playback, combined with 8 channels of ADAT digital I/O and stereo S/PDIF.
Designed for studio and stage, with or without a computer.
As a computer interface, the 828mkII provides 20 separate inputs and 22 outputs, including separate main outs and headphone out. The two mic/guitar/instrument inputs feature analog, pre-amplified sends which allow you to insert your favorite outboard EQ, compressor, guitar amp, reverb or other effects processor before the signal goes digital. Any input can be used as a return.

You can add additional send/return loops using the 828mkII’s new CueMix DSP on-board mixing feature, a flexible DSP-driven 20-input/8-bus mixing and monitoring matrix that eliminates the need for an external mixer or patchbay. Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors. Then monitor all of these live inputs via the 828mkII’s main outs, headphone jack or any other output ,with virtually no monitoring latency and no processor drain on your computer. You can even create separate monitor mixes for the main outs, headphones and other outputs. You can control everything from the included CueMix Console software or directly from the 828mkII’s front-panel.

The 828mkII operates as a stand-alone mixer, with no computer required. Need to tweak your mix? Do it with the 828mII’s backlit LCD and front-panel controls. Every 828mkII setting can be accessed from the front panel.

In the studio, 8 channels of ADAT optical digital I/O, plus stereo S/PDIF, make the 828mkII a companion for a digital mixer. All digital I/O connections support standard sample rates up to 96kHz.

The 828mkII includes 16-channels of MIDI input and output via the FireWire connection to the computer. Simply plug in your FireWire cable, and both MIDI and audio are ready to go. Connect any MIDI device, such as a controller keyboard, synth module, automated control surface or drum machine. Timing is sample-accurate with supporting software.

The 828mkII provides cross-platform compatibility with Mac OS 9, Mac OS X (version 10.2 or later) , Windows Me/2000/XP and all of your favorite audio software and host-based effects via WDM/ASIO/Core Audio/Sound Manager drivers. Or you can use the included AudioDesk workstation software for Macintosh, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.

1 - CueMix DSP mixer controls
Create up to four stereo monitor mixes with 20 inputs each using these front-panel controls. Mix to any four output pairs you wish. Because the mixing takes place in the 828mkII itself, your computer’s processor is free for other tasks.

2 - Volume control
Dual function knob provides separate volume control over main outputs and headphones.

3 - Front-panel mic/guitar inputs
Two front-panel inputs accept either high impedance quarter-inch inputs or low impedance XLR microphone inputs. The microphone preamplifers provide gain and individually switchable phantom power. Use the rear-panel sends to insert an outboard EQ, compressor, reverb or other processor before the signal goes digital.

4 - S/PDIF I/O
Stereo 24-bit, 96kHz S/PDIF digital I/O.Connect a DAT machine or effects processor.

5 - ADAT sync port
Provides sample-accurate sync for compatible devices. Transfer multiple passes of ADAT via lightpipe with single-sample accuracy.

6 - ADAT optical I/O
Eight channels of ADAT optical (lightpipe) input and output. Connect a digital mixer, ADAT or additional A/D/A converter. Also supports four channels of 88.2 or96kHz audio.

7 - International power supply
Built-in international power supply accepts 110-220v on a standard IEC cable so your 828mkII can follow you wherever your music takes you.

8 - Word clock
Word clock input and output for synchronization with a wide variety of digital devices, or a centralized word clock source.

9 - Standard 1394 ‘FireWire’ ports
Connect your FireWire-equipped computer here. No PCI or PC cards to install , just plug in and go. MOTU FireWire interfaces are expandable; the second FireWire port allows you to daisy-chain more devices without the need for a FireWire hub.

10 - Backlit LCD display
The 828mkII can be used as a stand-alone mixer. The front-panel display allows you to configure your system using an intuitive interface. Every setting is available from the LCD.

11 - Level meters / status indicators
Dedicated LEDs display audio levels, tach and lock status, and clock rate.

12 - MIDI input and output
No need to carry an additional MIDI interface. Connect a MIDI controller, keyboard, sound module, control surface or any other MIDI device.

13 - Eight balanced TRS analog ins/outs
24-bit 96kHz analog inputs and outputs on balanced/unbalanced quarter-inch connectors. Input level can be switched between +4/-10 for each input via software.

14 - Sends
These pre-amplified analog outputs from the two front-panel inputs allow you to insert a compressor or effectsprocessor before the signal goes digital. Use any input as a return.

15 - Main outputs
Connect powered monitors directly to these jacks and separately control your main mix and monitor levels with convenient, front-panel knobs.

16 - Hands-free punch in/out
Connect a pedal for hands-free punch in and out.

17 - SMPTE I/O
Resolve the 828mkII directly to an external analog tape deck or video source. No extra synchronizer needed.


analog 24-bit 96-kHz on +4/-10 bal/unbal TRS: 8 input, 8 output
mic preamps 24-bit 96-kHz on XLR/TRS combo: 2 input
main outputs 24-bit 96kHz on bal/unbal TRS: stereo output
headphone output: stereo output
adat optical (digital); 8 input (4 channels at 88.2 / 96kHz - can also be configured as stereo toslink s/pdif), 8 output (4 channels at 88.2 / 96kHz - can also be configured as stereo toslink s/pdif)
s/pdif 24-bit 96-kHz (digital): stereo input, stereo output
total: 20input; 22 output

All inputs and outputs are discrete. In other words, using a mic-preamp input does not 'steal' an input from the TRS analog I/O bank, and the headphones and main outputs are available as separate mix destinations. They do not 'mirror' another output. CueMix DSP, however, can be configured to mirror an existing mix bus to the headphones.

The 828mkII includes a 16-channel MIDI interface that provides sample-accurate timing with supporting software. Connect a MIDI keyboard, sound module or control surface, and you are ready to go. The FireWire cable carries both MIDI and audio so you don't need to connect an additional USB cable for MIDI.

The 828mkII provides DSP-driven digital mixing and monitoring for all 20 inputs. You can connect mics, guitars, synths and effects processors, and monitor everything from the 828mkII’s main outs or headphone jack with no separate mixer.
The 828mkII supports up to four separate stereo monitor mixes assigned to any four digital or analog output pairs. For example, you could set up separate monitor mixes for the main outs and headphone outs, while two additional stereo buses could be used for send/return loops to reverb units or other outboard gear. 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 you route one of the four CueMix DSP mixes back to the computer. This allows you to record, for example, your entire mix.

The 828mkII can function as a stand-alone digital mixer. Create up to four independent stereo mixes and adjust them on the fly with the front panel display.

The 828mkII provides on-board SMPTE time code synchronization features. These features allow you to slave your 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.
The included MOTU SMPTE Console software provides a complete set of tools to generate SMPTE for striping, regenerating or slaving other devices to the computer. Like CueMix DSP, the synchronization features are cross-platform and compatible with all audio sequencer software that supports the ASIO2 sample-accurate sync protocol. including monitored inputs, back into the computer.


CueMix DSP near-zero monitoring system.
Front-panel control - access your entire mix, or any 828mkII setting, directly from the front panel.
Stand-alone operation - program your mixes at the studio and then bring the 828mkII to your gig - no computer needed. Need to tweak the mix? Do it on site using the back-lit LCD and front-panel controls. and headphones. Add send/return loops for outboard gear - with no latency.
Two mic pre-amps with switchable 48-volt phantom power, front-panel trim controls and pre-amplified sends.
Mic/guitar instrument sends - add your favorite outboard EQ, preamp, reverb or other processor to the two mic/guitar inputs, before the signal goes digital.
20 inputs / 22 outputs - there's no channel sharing in the 828mkII; the mic inputs, S/PDIF I/O, headphone out and main outs are all handled as separate channels.
8 channels of 24-bit ADAT optical input/output. Eight channels at 44.1/48kHz. Four channels at 88.2/96kHz.
Sample-accurate digital transfers between ADAT digital tape decks and the computer via the ADAT sync port.
Sample-accurate MIDI - connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed. MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software.
Expandable - add additional 828, 828mkII or 896 FireWire interfaces for additional I/O.
Eight 24-bit 96kHz analog inputs and outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks
Separate TRS main outs and front-panel headphone jack, each with independent volume control.
Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF in/out
Word clock in and out
SMPTE in and out
Includes drivers for Mac & PC, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, GSIF, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Macintosh and Windows audio software.
100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs.
Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Macintosh with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
Two FireWire ports for daisy-chaining without a hub
Front panel volume control for main outputs.
Front panel headphone jack with independent volume control.
Front panel meters for all analog and digital I/O, plus SMPTE sync tach and lock LEDs.
Dedicated front panel clock status LEDs.

core system price: Us$795

Mark of Unicorn contacts:
Mark of the Unicorn -1280 Massachusetts Avenue- Cambridge, MA 02138
tel. 617.576.2760, fax 617.576.3609,

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advanced technologic sound magazine
2003 june issue 115

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