MOTU 828x 28x30 Thunderbolt / USB 2.0 Audio Interface

28x30 Thunderbolt/USB 2.0 Audio Interface with 2 Microphone Preamps, 8 TRS Inputs, 8 TRS Outputs, 2 XLR Outputs, 2 x ADAT I/O, MIDI I/O, Word Clock I/O, and Built-in Mixer with Onboard DSP Effects - Mac/PC
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MOTU's Ultra-flexible Interface Adds Thunderbolt Connectivity

MOTU adds blazing-fast Thunderbolt connectivity to their audio interface lineup with the 828x! It's got USB too, and whichever way to you connect you'll have access to up to 28 inputs and 30 outputs - all in a single rack space. MOTU's acclaimed CueMix FX mixer software makes it easy to set up any routing configuration, and built-in DSP gives you awesome-sounding reverb, EQ, and compression. MOTU interfaces have always been popular at Sweetwater for their great sound, powerful flexibility, and outstanding reliability - and that's what you get with the MOTU 828x.

MOTU 828x Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Fantastic sound quality and exceptional routing versatility
  • Great-sounding DSP effects won't tax your computer
  • Thunderbolt connectivity for wide bandwidth and ultra-low latency
Fantastic sound quality and exceptional routing versatility

One reason the MOTU 828 series has been so popular and well loved is the fact that these interfaces sound incredible, while remaining extraordinarily versatile. You can record up to 24-bit/192khz-quality audio, and the MOTU 828x offers combo inputs, 1/4" inputs, and ADAT banks. You can also use the MOTU 828x as a standalone mixer, using the onboard DSP to route signals the way you please.

Great-sounding DSP effects won't tax your computer

The built-in DSP in the MOTU 828x doesn't just power its flexible mixer. You also get built-in EQ, compression, and reverb effects that are powered by DSP. That way, you can give your artist a lush headphone mix, without tapping into any of your computer's CPU power you need for recording. You can also record those effects, so it's like having top-notch plug-ins without the CPU strain! All of the DSP mixing and effects are controlled by the included CueMix FX software.

Thunderbolt connectivity for wide bandwidth and ultra-low latency

While the 828x is perfectly capable connected via USB, it's also packing Thunderbolt connectivity for maximum performance that's usually only available with PCIe interface systems. You'll be able to run more tracks with lower latency than ever, all across a single Thunderbolt cable.

MOTU 828x Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface Features:
  • Highly-flexible 28-in/30-out audio interface with Thunderbolt and USB connectivity
  • Easily manage complex routing configurations with CueMix FX software mixer
  • Built-in DSP gives you high-quality reverb, EQ, and compression on inputs, outputs, and headphone mixes
  • Can be used as a standalone mixer with complete front panel control
  • Separate XLR main outs and front-panel headphone jacks, each with independent volume control
Add incredible flexibility to your studio with the MOTU 828x!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
MOTU 828x

Tech Specs

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)
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock (In/Out via BNC), 1 x SMPTE (In/Out via 1/4")
Rack Spaces 1U
Depth 7"
Width 19"
Height 1.75"
Manufacturer Part Number 828x

Customer Reviews

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MOTU 828x

Like all MOTU products, 828x is a great machine. But I think it is not complete because of its mixer, CueMix. These are my cons: It is not possible to move faders and knobs with the wheel of the mouse. This feature should be there for a fine tuning of any parameter. I have been testing Studio 192 from Presonus and its graphical way to compress or equalize is a very good and easy way to work. I think many users should be happy with this feature in CueMix: a graphical interface and to be able to move faders and knobs with the wheel of the mouse. Regards,


Arrived very quickly. Attached and started up about 2 weeks later. Enclosed CD was useless, Laptop Mac has not CD reader and Desktop Mac does but driver on disk was out of date. Went online with both Macd and downloaded driver and all worked very well. Use laptop on Thunderbolt and USB with IMac. Both are excellent. Has exactly the types of I.O i needed and then a few.


works great!

This replaced my Digi 002

Yes, I was trepidatious. I had two of the Digi's and was reluctant to leave them behind. But this was a happy change. It set up easily, and though I had trouble for a while getting my bearings with the 828 and my new software (I also left ProTools after many years) I did find what I needed and my studio back in working order. Great product. Easy to use and great sound.
Music background: Musician & educator

Thunder! Thunder! thunderbolt!

MOTU is pushing the envelop as usual! This new MOTU 828x is smooth! No audio dropouts! Finally, this MOTU can keep up with the processing power of the fastest macs!
Music background: Keyboards, Programming
See also: USB Interfaces, MOTU, MOTU Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces, MOTU USB Audio Interfaces