MOTU 896 Mk3 Hybrid USB2 and Firewire audio interface with DSP effects processing
The MOTU 896 Mk3 Hybrid is a two rack-space 24-bit 192 kHz FireWire/USB2.0 audio interface for Mac and Windows with 28 channels of input and 32 channels of output. It offers 8 channels of analogue I/O on Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors, 8 mic pre-amps, two banks of ADAT optical I/O, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, CueMix FX mixing with effects and drivers for all major DAWs. Effects include Classic Reverb, modelled vintage EQ and classic compression modelled after the legendary LA-2A™.
- Hybrid connectivity. Use either Firewire 400 or hi-speed USB2
- On-board digital mixer with effects for monitoring or live mixing
- Up top 24 bit, 192kHz sampling rates
- Eight professional quality mic pre amps with individually switchable phantom power
- Compatible with most major DAW's on Mac or Windows platforms
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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 analogue recording and playback, combined with sixteen channels of optical digital I/O, stereo AES/EBU, S/PDIF and separate analogue main outs.
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.
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 modelled after British analogue 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.
When recording from the analogue inputs, the 896mk3's signal overload protection gives you an extra 12 dB of headroom above zero with no clipping or harsh artefacts.
Advanced audio analysis tools
Analyse 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 favourite 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.