The 896mk3 audio interface delivers advanced design, high-end performance, superb sound, and universal "hybrid" FireWire/USB2 connectivity to your Mac or Windows computer.
Hybrid FireWire / USB2 connectivity
As a hybrid audio interface, the 896mk3 provides flexible connectivity to any Mac or PC via FireWire or high-speed USB 2.0, with eight channels of pristine 24-bit 192 kHz analog recording and playback, combined with sixteen channels of optical digital I/O, stereo AES/EBU, S/PDIF and separate analog main outs. Expand your system by connecting the 8pre microphone input expander or other MOTU audio interfaces.
The 896mk3 is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. As an interface or standalone mixer, the 896mk3 provides 28 separate inputs and 32 separate outputs, including dedicated main outs on XLRs and two front panel headphone outs.
Watch a movie about the 896mk3's on-board mixing and FX processing
On-board digital mixer with effects for monitoring and live mixing
Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors. Record, monitor, route and process all of these live inputs using the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer - with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Apply hardware DSP-driven effects processing to inputs, outputs, and busses independent of your host computer. Add Classic Reverb with lengths up to 60 seconds. Further sculpt your sound with 7-band parametric EQ featuring filter types carefully modeled after British analog console EQs. Choose between two forms of compression: a conventional compressor and the Leveler, an accurate model of the legendary LA-2A optical compressor that provides vintage, musical automatic gain control.
MOTU FireWire audio interfaces can connect to any Firewire port. Just plug in and go, with any standard cable. The 896mk3 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).
When recording from the analog inputs, the 896mk3's signal overload protection gives you an extra 12 dB of headroom above zero with no clipping or harsh artifacts.
Advanced audio analysis tools
Analyze and scope your audio with advanced diagnostic tools, including a full-screen real-time FFT display, spectrogram "waterfall" display, full-featured oscilloscope, X-Y plot, and linear/polar phase analysis graphs.
Stand-alone operation as a mixer
After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the 896mk3 from the computer and take it on the road for operation as a stand-alone mixer with effects. All mixing and effects parameters are adjustable using the front panel backlit LCD.
The 896mk3 provides cross-platform compatibility with Mac and Windows and all of your favorite audio software and host-based effects via WDM/ASIO/Core Audio drivers. Or you can use the included AudioDesk workstation software for Mac, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.
The MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid FireWire/USB audio interface enhances the already supremely accomplished 896mk3 with the addition of USB. With eight XLR/TRS "combo" style analog inputs with preamps, true hi-Z guitar inputs plus a load of digital I/O for a total of 28 inputs and 32 outputs, the 896mk3 Hybrid is ready to rock. Onboard effects juice the featureset with Classic Reverb, Brit-flavoured EQ, and an emulation of the legendary LA-2A, which does jaw-dropping things to drums and mix busses. If you need a top-notch interface, check out the MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid.
The 896mk3 Hybrid provides 28 inputs and 32 outputs in a two rack-space form factor. All I/O is routed to an on-board 16-bus digital mixer driven by hardware-based DSP with 32-bit floating point precision. The mixer allows for no-latency effects processing to inputs, outputs, or busses directly in the 896mk3 hardware, independent of the computer. Effects can even be applied when the 896mk3 is operating stand-alone as a complete rack-mounted mixer. Input signals to the computer can be recorded wet, dry, or dry with a wet monitor mix (for musicians during recording, for example).
The 896mk3 Hybrid is equipped with Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS), a DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source that produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 896mk3 is resolved to an external clock source via either word clock or SMPTE time code. The 896mk3 can directly resolve to (or generate) time code via a dedicated quarter-inch time code input and output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
The MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid features comprehensive front panel metering. For starters, 10-segment ladder LEDs are provided for every input and output. One 8-channel meter bank is dedicated to the eight analog inputs. Another 8-channel meter bank can display any input or output bank, which the user can quickly select with a convenient front-panel rotary encoder. Dedicated main out meters are also provided.
MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid Features:
28-in/32-out FireWire interface with FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity
CueMix FX - flexible 28 input/16 bus mixer with on-board DSP effects
Comprehensive front-panel control
Eight rear panel combo jacks provide 1/4" or XLR microphone input with phantom power and pad
Eight 24-bit/192kHz analog inputs and outputs on XLR jacks
16 channels of ADAT lightpipe, 8 channels of SMUX (96kHz) or two pairs of stereo TOSLink
Expandable - add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow
Separate XLR main outs and front-panel headphone jacks, each with independent volume control
Stereo 24-bit 96kHz AES/EBU in/out
Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF in/out
Word clock 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 workstation software for the Mac
Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire
Front panel volume control for monitoring
Stereo, Quad, 6.1, 7.1 and user-defined surround monitoring setups available
Two front panel headphone jacks with independent volume controls
Comprehensive front panel metering for all analog and digital audio I/O
Dedicated front panel clock status LEDs
International 100-240V, 50-60Hz autoswitching power supply
Computer Connection Type FireWire/USB
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 28 x 32
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Number of Audio Inputs 8
Audio Input Types 8 x Combo (Mic/Line/Hi-Z)
Number of Audio Outputs 12
Audio Output Types 8 x XLR, 2 x XLR (Main), 1 x TRS (Main), 1 x TRS (Headphone)
Number of Digital Inputs 20
Digital Input Types 2 x ADAT (Optical, 16 Ch), 1 x AES/EBU (XLR), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Number of Digital Outputs 20
Digital Output Types 2 x ADAT (Optical, 16 Ch), 1 x AES/EBU (XLR), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Number of Mic Preamps 8
Phantom Power Yes
MIDI I/O Supports Core MIDI via FireWire/USB
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock (In/Out via BNC)
Bus Powered No
Rack Units 2U
Manufacturer Part Number 4470
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