24-Bit, 96kHz Next-Generation FireWire Production!
Mark of the Unicorn continues to amaze and delight desktop production creators with innovative designs and rock solid hardware for both Mac and PC users alike. The 828mkII takes FireWire audio production to a whole new level!
The Ins & Outs
The 828mkII provides the following simultaneous, independent inputs and outputs: 8 channels of quarter-inch TRS 24-bit 96kHz analog I/O (with individually switchable +4/-10 reference levels on input), 2 mic inputs with preamps and phantom power, 8 channels of 24-bit ADAT optical digital I/O (4 channels at 96kHz), 24-bit 96kHz SPDIF digital I/O, headphone out and stereo main out. All inputs and outputs can be individually addressed from host audio software running on the computer. All inputs can also be individually addressed in the 828mkII's built-in CueMix DSP mixer. The headphone output and main outs each have independent front-panel volume control. The headphone output can be programmed via software to either mirror another pair of outputs (such as the main outs) or serve as its own independent output pair.
Front Panel Access
Two front-panel Neutrik combo (XLR/TRS) jacks with preamps and phantom power allow you to connect a microphone, guitar or any quarter-inch input with front-panel convenience. The XLR jack serves as a low-impedance mic input, and the TRS jack serves as a high-impedance guitar/instrument input. Before A/D conversion, the pre-amplified signal from each front-panel input is routed to one of two rear-panel quarter-inch analog sends, so that you can insert a favorite outboard EQ, compressor, amp or effects processor to the mic/guitar input signal before it is converted to digital form. The resulting output from the outboard gear is fed back into the 828mkII via one of the eight TRS analog inputs on the rear panel, for routing to the computer and/or inclusion in the 828mkII's built-in monitor mixes.
Built-in CueMix DSP Monitor Mixing
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 needed and no latency. The 828mkII supports up to four separate stereo monitor mixes assigned to any four digital or analog output pairs. For example, separate monitor mixes could be set up 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 your entire mix, including monitored inputs, back into the computer!
Front Panel Programming
You can access your mixes, or any 828mkII setting, directly from the front panel using six rotary encoders and a 2x16 backlit LCD display. Mix settings such as input gain, panning, +4/-10 input level, 6dB boost, stereo pair grouping, mix output assignment and others are quickly accessed, clearly marked and easy to adjust. You can create, save, recall and duplicate eight global presets.
The ADAT optical digital inputs and outputs provide 4 channels at 88.2 or 96kHz. 96kHz SPDIF is also provided. As with the original 828, the optical I/O can be switched to the TOSLink format via software.
- FireWire connectivity
- 20 inputs & 22 outputs
- Support for 96kHz via ADAT (S/MUX)
- MIDI I/O
- Front-panel control
- CueMix DSP - for DSP-driven monitoring
- Stand-alone operation - Program your mixes in your studio then bring your 828mkII to your gig WITHOUT the need of your computer!
- Front panel Mic & Guitar inputs
- 8 TRS analog I/O
- ADAT lightpipe I/O
- S/PDIF I/O
- Sync includes Word Clock, ADAT Sync Inand SMPTE I/O
- Includes AudioDesk for Mac OS and AudioDesk 2 for Mac OS X