MOTU 828 mk2

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Sound Gal - Michelle
Member Since: Jul 11, 2005

has anyone used one of these? - they come in either firewire or usb 2.0 connectivity option to the PC...

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 16, 2005 09:17 pm

I installed a pair of them this summer for a friend. He hasnt had any trouble with them as far as I know. I have to admit though that I have heard of a few poeple having a bit of trouble with XP. Although those were people using and older version of the 828 and I honestly dont know if they updated their driver's for them or not. I did look at that unit before gong the ESI route for the load of goodies it contain's. It is a very versatile unit and can be run as stand alone or hooked to the PC. I suggest gong the USB 2.0 route though without a doubt as the firewire was what I heard was a bit finicky.

Other then that MOTU has a reputation of building some very solid unit's. I know a couple guy's still running some of their first interfaces and getting excellant results.

jimmie neutron
Since: Feb 14, 2005

Dec 17, 2005 12:36 pm

Like any interface, they have their troubles with certain hardware combinations. MOTU *still* has a FAQ on their support site from early 2004 that says not to use SP2, so I don't know if they're not keeping up with stuff, or have just overlooked that, or if the *do* still have trouble with WinXP SP2... The big thing with MOTU (or any firewire interface, for that matter) is "quality" firewire ports, which usually equates to a Texas Instruments chipset (Lucent is accepetable, also). Usually speaking, this means using an add-on PCI card and not the onboard ports on most motherboards. Also, "dedication" of the computer to audio and PCI buss optimizations...

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 17, 2005 10:03 pm

jmail, if you read my reply it states to use the USB 2.0 port for that very reason. The 828 mk2 is capable of both firewire and USB. And the USB 2.0 is much faster the the firewire, and more stable.

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