- Hybrid FireWire/USB2
- Mic/guitar inputs
- Comprehensive I/O
- Mixing and effects
- CueMix FX software
- Classic reverb
- Modeled analog EQ
- Vintage compression
- Tuner & analysis tools
- Clock and sync
- Expansion & drivers
- Feature summary
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"In the audio interface wars, the 828mk3 brings on the heavy artillery...this is the interface you bring out when the children have left the room."
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The 828mk3 is the very first advanced "hybrid" audio interface to offer both FireWire and high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity.
MOTU FireWire audio interfaces can connect to any Firewire port. Just plug in and go, with any standard cable. The 828mk3 Hybrid provides two FireWire Type B ports, which provide the most reliable FireWire connection available. The ports operate at 400 Mbit/s, and they can be connected to any available FireWire port on your computer, either Type A or Type B. If your computer has FireWire Type B ports, use the included 9-pin-to-9-pin FireWire cable. If your computer has either standard Type A ports or miniature Type A ports, use the appropriate 9-pin-to-6-pin or 9-pin-to-4-pin FireWire cable (sold separately).
FireWire has long been recognized as a reliable, high-performance connectivity standard for professional audio interfaces like the 828mk3. Meanwhile, high-speed USB 2.0 has also developed into a widely adopted standard for connecting peripheral devices to personal computers.
To fully support both formats, the 828mk3 hybrid audio interface is equipped with FireWire jacks and a high-speed USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) connector, and you can use either port to connect the 828mk3 to your computer. This gives you maximum flexibility and compatibility with today’s ever-expanding universe of Mac and Windows computers.
If your computer does not have a FireWire port, then obviously you will need to connect the 828mk3 to one of its high-speed USB 2.0 ports.
If your computer has both FireWire and USB2, then it is your choice, and your decision will depend mostly on other peripherals you may also have.