MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface
Product #51811 | SKU 9380
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MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

Product #51811 | SKU 9380
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Product Features
  • Compatible with Thunderbolt and USB
  • 28 Inputs, 32 Outputs
  • 24-Bit/192 kHz Resolution
  • Two Microphone Preamps with +48V
  • ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC
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Product Details
  • Product: #51811
  • SKU: 9380
Our Price $1,699.00 AUD
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The MOTU 828es is a 1 RU, 28x32, audio interface designed to provide versatile connectivity, DSP console-style mixing, and high-resolution audio for musicians and recording engineers in project studios, commercial facilities, home setups, and live stage applications. Packed with ESS Sabre32 Ultra digital audio convertors, it boasts a dynamic range of 123 dB and latency as low as 1.6 ms. The 828es can be used at up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution with a host DAW or as a standalone mixer, and is compatible with Thunderbolt and USB on Mac OS X and Windows systems.

Its 28 inputs include eight 1/4" TRS inputs, two XLR-1/4" combo jacks for mics or instruments, and S/PDIF and ADAT optical ports. Phantom power is selectable per-preamp. Among the 32 outputs are eight 1/4" TRS jacks, two pre-convertor 1/4" sends, balanced XLR main outputs, independent 1/4" TRS headphone outputs, and S/PDIF and ADAT optical ports.

Flexible monitor controls such as A/B speaker switching, mono summing, and mute functionality simplify studio life. Plus, a built-in talkback mic and front-panel talk button allow you to easily communicate with your artists. DSP-powered mixing offers console-style control over 48 channels, multiple aux buses and groups, and effects such as reverb, AEQ, gating, and compression.

Control the interface functions via a web app on a wired or wireless device. Additional power is unlocked via the supplied MOTU software package, which includes audio-analysis tools and the AudioDesk digital audio workstation.


Thunderbolt Connectivity
Enable high channel counts and low latency via Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3 connection

USB Connection
USB Type-B port is compatible with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports

Comprehensive I/O
28 inputs and 32 outputs including stereo S/PDIF coaxial, 16 channels of ADAT optical, dual XLR-1/4" combo jacks, eight 1/4" I/O, two independent headphone outputs, and more

DSP Mixer
A 48-input digital mixer delivers seven stereo aux busses, three groups, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects including reverb, 4-band AEQ, gating, and compression

Dual front-panel LCD screens provide visual access to robust metering and menu displays

Versatile Control
Easily control the interface via a web app on a wired or wireless device

Stand-Alone Operation
Use the interface without a computer for effects and signal routing at a live gig

Mic/Guitar Instrument Sends
Enables adding an outboard AEQ, preamp, reverb, or other processor to the two mic/guitar inputs before the signal is converted into the digital domain

Standard MIDI 5-pin jacks provide 16 channels of MIDI I/O

Foot-Switch Input
Enables connection of a standard foot pedal switch (available separately) for hands-free punch recording, talkback, and more

Connect multiple interfaces together to expand system I/O

Separate Main Outs
Provides dedicated XLR main outputs for connecting to studio monitors, as well as additional balanced TRS outputs for connecting to secondary monitors

Dual-Headphone Outputs
Each 1/4" TRS headphone output has its own volume control and can be programmed with the same or different mixes

Word Clock I/O
BNC jacks allow you to sync to a master clock or use the 828es as the master clock

Direct Digital Synthesis
Produces low jitter by phase-locking internal clock source, even when resolved to an external clock via SMPTE timecode

SMPTE Timecode Support
Dedicated 1/4" jacks for Longitudinal-Timecode (LTC) and automatic SMPTE-to-MTC conversion

DC-Coupled TRS Outputs
Use the 828es to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesisers from a host DAW

Audio Analysis Tools
Included software features an oscilloscope, real-time FFT analyser, X-Y plot, and graphic phase-analysis

Includes digital audio workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, 32-bit mixing and effects processing, and sample-accurate editing

Built-In Talkback
Integrated talkback microphone and front-panel talk button

Monitor Controls
Front-panel monitor level with mono, mute, and switching for two sets of monitors

Provides LED-panel metres for analogue, digital, MIDI I/O, SMPTE sync, and lock LEDS

Auto-Switching Power
Enables international 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz auto-switching power supply


System Requirements Mac
OS X 10.8 or later (10.11 or later is required for AVB/TSN Ethernet audio interface functionality)
1 GHz or faster Intel processor
2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
500 GB or larger hard drive recommended for recording
Available Thunderbolt 1/2/3, USB 2.0/3.0, or AVB/TSN Ethernet port

Windows 7, 8, or 10
1 GHz or faster Pentium processor
2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
500 GB or larger hard drive recommended for recording
Available Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3, or USB 2.0 or 3.0 port

Web App Support
Any web client platform (Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, or Android)
Any web browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.)
Rack Height 1 RU
Bit Depth 24-bit (convertors)
32-bit floating point (built-in mixing and DSP)
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz
Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4" combo jacks
8 x 1/4" TRS (balanced/unbalanced)
1 x S/PDIF coaxial
2 x ADAT Optical
Outputs 2 x XLR 3-pin
2 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone jacks
2 x 1/4" sends
8 x 1/4" TRS balanced, DC coupled
1 x S/PDIF coaxial
2 x ADAT optical
Word Clock I/O 1 x BNC word clock input
1 x BNC word clock output/through
Timecode 1 x 1/4" input
1 x 1/4" output
MIDI I/O 1 x MIDI 5-pin input
1 x MIDI 5-pin output
Other Connectors 1 x Thunderbolt
1 x USB Type-B
1 x RJ45
1 x 1/4" pedal input
Channel Count Total I/O
28 in, 32 out at 1x sample rates (44.1 to 48 kHz)
20 in, 24 out at 2x sample rates (88.2 to 96 kHz)
10 in, 14 out at 4x sample rates (176.4 to 192 kHz)

Computer I/O via Thunderbolt
128 in/out at 1x or 2x sample rates (44.1 to 96 kHz)
64 in/out at 4x sample rates (176.4 to 192 kHz)

Computer I/O via USB
64 in/out at 1x sample rates (44.1 to 48 kHz)
32 in/out at 2x sample rates (88.2 to 96 kHz)
24 in/out at 4x sample rates (176.4 to 192 kHz)
D/A Convertors ESS Sabre32 Ultra
Dynamic Range 123 dB (D/A convertors)
118 dB (microphone preamps)
108 dB (headphones)
Maximum Level Input: +24 dBu
Output: +20 dBu
THD+N -108 dBu
Equivalent Input Noise -128 dBu
Latency As low as 1.6 ms at 96 kHz (32 sample buffer) over Thunderbolt
Enclosure Material Aluminium alloy chassis
Power Requirement 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 0.5 A (maximum)
Dimensions (W x D x H) 48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm
Weight 1.9 kg

Australian Shipping Via DHL
DHL offers a great express shipping service to Australia from New Zealand. We are proud to be able to offer express shipping to main cities on the east coast of Australia, within the same timeframe ( If not quicker ) than local Australian courier companies. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, service standards for these main centers was overnight. However these services have been impacted greatly, and as such the overnight service has been suspended. Overnight shipping will likely resume once things have returned to normal.

Qualifying main centers include:

  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Adelaide

Whilst this service is extremely efficient and will likely be delivered within 1-2 days 99.9% of the time, it cannot be guaranteed. In the case where something were to go wrong with your delivery and it doesn’t arrive within the specified time frame, in most cases it will be delivered by the next day.

While not all major cities are eligible for overnight delivery, they still benefit from this great service. Other centers throughout Australia will have a typical delivery ETA of 2-4 days. (Excluding rural delivery address where this ETA can be extended to an additional three or more days).

If you require urgent shipping and you don’t reside in one of the cities stated above, please contact us and we can find a solution that works best for you.

Please Note: Shipping via DHL is not available to PO boxes and/ or parcel boxes etc.

In The Box

  • MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface
  • MOTU Audio Tools Software
  • AudioDesk Software
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty


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  • Product: MOTU 828es 28x32 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface
  • Manufacturer: Motu
  • Model: 828es
  • SKU: 9380
  • RM Product #: 51811