Firewire 96kHz audio interface (2U rack) for Macintosh and Windows
The MOTU 896 includes the double rack space I/O unit , a 15-foot FireWire cable to connect the 896 to your computer, software drivers for both Mac OS and Windows, and Audiodesk workstation (a complete Macintosh audio workstation software package to record, edit, mix, process and master an audio project in a Power Macintosh computer). The 896 is expandable. Additional 896 or 828 units can be combined to handle large studio projects.
These 10-segment level
meters provide a range from -42dB to clip with two red
"over" LEDs. One remains illuminated after clipping while
the other remains active to provide feedback during further
2 - Metering/Clock Indicators
Main output meters : this
is a dedicated pair of 10-segment meters for the main
3 - Front Panel Trims/phantom power
All eight analog inputs
have individual input trim knobs, which provide a trim range
of approximately 30dB for the LINE setting (on the rear
panel) and approximately 40dB for the MIC setting (with some
overlap between the two settings).
4 - Monitor Section
Main volume knob with
toggle switch Controls the headphone out and, if the toggle
switch is flipped up, the main outs.
CueMix Plus - No Latency Monitoring
The 896 gives you the
ability to select a mono or stereo input via software and
mix it with the main outputs inside the 896 to create a no
latency monitor mix. Because the mix does not have to travel
back to the computer, the result is delay-less
patch-thru.This mix is sent out the main outs and
headphones. You can adjust the patch thru volume relative to
the main mix with the convenient front panel monitor level
AES/EBU digital in/out provides digital I/O at any supported sample rate up to 96 kHz. Sample rate conversion is supplied on either input or output. The AES/EBU input can convert from any sample rate to the 896 system rate. For example, it can convert 44.1 kHz audio input to 96 kHz. The AES/EBU output can either double or halve the 896 system clock rate. For example, it can convert 96 kHz audio to 48 kHz. In addition, the AES/EBU OUT can resolve to the AES/EBU input while converting, with the input serving as a clock source only (not as an input source).
2 - Main Outputs
These two extra XLR outputs can be connected directly to a set of powered monitors.A front panel volume knob is provided for convenient hands-on volume control. this control may be bypassed with the front panel toggel switch. The main outputs mirror the signal on outputs 1 and 2. In addition, they sum these signals with up to two channels of live input from a pair of inputs via the 896's no-latency monitoring bus. You may choose any two analog or AES/EBU inputs (via software) as the monitor inputs. A separate knob is provided on the front panel for convenient hands-on adjustment of the live input level, relative to the main mix.
3 - Analog Outputs
Eight analog outputs on XLR connectors. Each output is equipped with 24-bit 128x "enhanced multibit" D/A converters and includes its own switch for either +4 or -10dB operation.
4 - IEC Power
The 896 has an internal power supply with a convenient external switch for either 115V or 230V operation.
5 - Word Clock
Allows the 896 to resolve word clock via a standard synchronizer such as the MOTU MIDI Timepiece AV. This enables you to lock to SMPTE time code , blackburst, video or other external clock sources. Can slave to word clock at half-speed or double speed. Can send word clock at half speed when running at 88.2 or 96 kHz.
6 - ADAT Lightpipe digital I/O
These standard ADAT optical jacks can operate at 44.1 or 48 kHz, or they can be turned off (to conserve FireWire bus bandwidth). They are automatically disabled when the 896 is operated at 88.2 or 96 kHz.
7 - ADAT sync & Firewire I/O
9-pin ADAT sync input allows sample-accurate digital transfers with ADATs or any other device that supports ADAT SYNC. This allows you to make digital transfers between your computer and other optical devices without your tracks drifting by even one sample.
Two standard 1394 FireWire connectors can be used to connect the 896 to the FireWire port on any computer via a standard FireWire cable. Additional MOTU FireWire audio interfaces can be connected to the second FireWire jack. Up to four interfaces can b daisy-chained (connected one to another) on a single FireWire bus (without a hub), providing 72 channels of I/O at 44.1 or 48 kHz. At high sample rates (88.2 or 96 kHz), the ADAT optical channels are disabled and two or three interfaces can supply analog and AES/EBU I/O for 20 to 30 channels of I/O, respectively (depending on system performance). A MOTU 828 FireWire audio interface can also be connected to the second FireWire jack of a MOTU 896. In addition, multiple 828s can be mixed and matched with multiple 896s using standard FireWire hubs.
8 - Analog Inputs
Each input is equipped with a
24-bit 64x oversampling A/D converter, built-in preamp,
front-panel trim knob, front-panel 48 volt phantom power
switch and a rear-panel 3-way input level switch with three
settings: MIC, LINE and +4/FIXED. The MIC and LINE settings
provide front-panel trim, while the +4/FIXED setting
bypasses the trim circuit for unattenuated signals up to
approximately +18dBu. Together, the MIC and LINE settings
provide a trim range of approximately 55dB with some
overlap. The LINE setting can accommodate a -10 or +4 input
signal. The MIC setting can be used for microphones or
unamplified instrument pickups (guitars, etc.)
Drivers for Mac & PC - for all popular Macintosh and Windows audio software (ASIO/WDM/Wave/Sound Manager drivers).
Expandable with additional MOTU Firewire based interfaces such as the MOTU 828.
100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs.
44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz sample rates supported.
CueMix Plus zero-latency hardware patchthru system.
Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for MacOS with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
8 channels of 24-bit ADAT optical input/output.
Sample-accurate digital transfers between ADAT digital tape decks and thecomputer via the ADAT sync port.
Stereo AES/EBU input and output with built in sample rate conversion.
Word clock I/O for easy integration into a studio with many devices with digital I/O. Can slave to word clock at half-speed or double speed. Can send word clock at half speed when running at 88.2 or 96 kHz.
Eight 24-bit analog inputs using balanced/unbalanced 1/4"/XLR Neutrik combo connectors.
Eight mic pre-amps with switchable 48-volt phantom power on the front panel.
Eight 24-bit analog outputs using balanced XLR connectors. Each output is individually switchable to +4 or -10.
109dB dynamic range
Front panel volume control of monitor input level on main outs.
Front panel headphone jack with independent volume control.
Extensive multi-segment front panel metering for all I/O and clock modes.
Software-configurable peak and clip hold times.
Trim controls for all inputs on front panel.
Front panel footswitch/punch jack.
Expandable - connect up to three 1296 rack I/Os to a PCI-324 audio card for a total of 36 inputs and 36 outputs. Use as many simultaneous channels as host software and computer allow.
100% compatible with the 2408, 308 24i, and 1224. Mix and match MOTU Audio Interfaces (up to three at once) to meet your exact I/O needs.
Independent hardware digital audio sample rate conversion on AES/EBU I/O.
ASIO 2 drivers for Mac OS and Windows 95/98 - provides multi-channel, sample-accurate 24-bit I/O for all leading ASIO-compliant audio software on both computer platforms.
Multichannel Wave driver for Windows 95/98 - provides simultaneous inputs/outputs for all Windows audio applications that support standard multi-channel Wave drivers.
100% compatible with VST, MAS, Premiere, DirectX, and all other host-based native plug-in formats supported by today's popular audio programs. Does not require proprietary plug-ins.
Twelve channels of +4, balanced, 96-kHz 24-bit analog inputs and outputs using XLR jacks.
19-segment LED meters on every input and output 16, 20 and 24-bit recording at 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96kHz
Word clock in and out
Dedicated word clock input for AES/EBU I/O
Audiowire connector for PCI-324 audio card
A-weighted dynamic range 117dB
R/CORE transformers for efficient, low-heat operation with virtually no magnetic interference or acoustic hum
Power Macintosh or faster A G3-based Power
Mac or faster is recommended At least 64 Mb
of RAM (128 Mb is recommended) Mac OS version
7.6.1 or later A large hard
drive (preferably at least 9
CPU or faster A Pentium II
processor or faster is recommended At least 64 Mb
of RAM (128 Mb is recommended) Windows 95 or
Windows 98 A large hard
drive (preferably at least 9 Gb)
Any 604-based Power Macintosh or faster
A G3-based Power Mac or faster is recommended
At least 64 Mb of RAM (128 Mb is recommended)
Mac OS version 7.6.1 or later
A large hard drive (preferably at least 9 Gb)
200MHz Pentium CPU or faster
A Pentium II processor or faster is recommended
At least 64 Mb of RAM (128 Mb is recommended)
Windows 95 or Windows 98
A large hard drive (preferably at least 9 Gb)
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