June Deals Sizzling Savings Added Daily!
$ 895 .00
You Save: $100.00
Regular: $ 995 .00
No interest if paid in full within 6 months Learn more
Temporary Shipping Delay
We're moving our warehouse. This item may not ship out until after June 30th. To inquire if this item is available to ship sooner or is in one of our stores, please call 888.653.1184 or chat with us.



MOTU 828es (Demo Deal)

28x32 Thunderbolt/USB2 audio interface with DSP, networking, and MIDI I/O
MFR# 9380

Product Description

The MOTU 828es provides up to 28 inputs and 32 outputs through a single USB or Thunderbolt connection, now with ultra low-latency as low as 1.6ms at 96 kHz. The flexible I/O of the 828es allows you to easily mic up an entire band, provide multiple cue mixes to the musicians and hook up all your external, keyboards, drum machines, MIDI and outboard gear with room to spare.

Utilize the Ethernet Port for up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out), an expansion of I/O that truly sets the 828es apart from any other interface in its class.

Get up to 123 dB of dynamic range with the help of ESS Sabre32 DAC technology, which is the same DAC used in MOTU’s flagship 1248. Now be sure you’re always hearing the truest possible playback available.

Each internal preamp provides very clean -108 dB THD+N, 118 dB of dynamic range and -128 dBu EIN, simply put it offers a large amount of gain with very little noise and distortion, providing the cleanest and punchiest recording possible.

Each channel has individual mic gain, the option for a pad and +48 V phantom power. Each option is also accessible through a digital remote control. The mic inputs also offer a pre-converter, hard-wired send to patch in outboard EQ, compression or external effects.

The front panel offers easy access to mic preamps one and two and can accept both mic and line level. The well lit LED display screen can be used for multiple functions, such as navigating menu controls or monitoring your input and output levels.

The Monitor section provides the ability to switch between two sets of studio speakers (A/B) with the press of a button. You can also choose to sum the stereo mix to mono or mute playback altogether. A talkback microphone is built in so you don't have to use up an internal preamp, engage the talkback microphone and dim the playback with the “TALK” button.

Two dedicated headphone sends with individual volume controls can be assigned to monitor the master playback or separate artist cues.

There are many expanded features in the 828es that are accessible through the web-based software. The full-fledged mixer includes 48-inputs, seven stereo busses, and three groups. There are an additional 64 network inputs and all the included 32-bit DSP effects such as vintage reverbs, British style EQs, classic gates and LA-2A style compression. Utilizing all the features of the mixer can make the 828es feel and function like a large format mixing console.


  • Two banks of optical: Two optical banks provide 16 channels of ADAT optical at 48 kHz, 8 channels of S/MUX optical I/O at 96 kHz or two banks of stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) at rates up to 96 kHz. Each optical input and output operates independently, allowing you to mix and match any optical formats, in and out.
  • MIDI I/O: Connect MIDI gear without the need for a separate MIDI interface.
  • Time code support: Dedicated time code input and output jacks. Converts SMPTE time code (LTC) to MIDI Time Code (MTC) and passes MTC on to any MTC-compatible host software.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs: Use the 828es to manipulate sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
  • Balanced analog: 828es balanced I/O connections are well-protected against RF interference, AC hum, and other noise-producing environmental factors.
  • S/PDIF digital I/O: Stereo digital transfers are an essential fact of daily studio life. The 828es's standard RCA S/PDIF input and output make stereo digital transfers a snap, with optional external clocking and support for sample rates up to 96 kHz.
  • Foot switch input: Connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free talkback or punch-in while recording. Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS): DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 828es is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • Two headphone jacks: Each headphone output can be programmed with the same or different mixes, with independent front-panel volume control.
  • Audio analysis tools: Includes an oscilloscope, real-time FFT, X-Y Plot, and graphic phase analysis.

Product Specifications

ConditionDemo / B-Stock
Chassis19-inch Rack-mount
Rack Spaces1u
Digital Inputs18
Analog Inputs10
Input Connectors1/4-inch TRS, BNC, Digital RCA, Optical, XLR Combo Jack TRS
Digital Outputs18
Analog Outputs14
Output Connectors1/4-inch TRS, Analog XLR, BNC, Digital RCA, Optical
Computer ConnectionThunderbolt, USB
Number of Preamps2
MIDI ConnectionsIn, Out
Clock I/OIn, Out
Maximum Sampling Rate96 kHz
Digital FormatS/PDIF, SMUX

Product Reviews

No one has written a review yet. Be the first!

* Required Fields

Share Your Opinion

The best gear advice always comes from those who use it the most. That's where you come in! Let the pro audio world hear your voice with a review of the MOTU 828es (Demo Deal) . Once you submit your review, please check your email and verify your address to have it posted.

How do you rate this product?
I would like to thank VK for the wonderful sales assistance, service and prices. This was my first purchase with you and it won't be my last. I only wish I'd discovered you years ago!
Matthew R.
I had two Grammy wins this year - Ray LaMontagne & Carolina Chocolate Drops. Both made with help from Vintage King!
Ryan F.
In almost 20 years in Pro audio buying, never did I receive a unit so well packed and exactly as described. Works flawlessly. The whole process has been so smooth. I will never hesitate to do business with you guys in the future and will recommend you to everyone I know.
Martin C.
This was my first experience buying something from Vintage King (although I surf the "used" categories on the website frequently!), and, despite being on the other side of the world, I had absolutely no trouble and everything went very smoothly.
Phil T.
The speed of delivery exceeded my expectations! I was VERY pleased that my shipment arrived in time for a scheduled vocal tracking session. The packing insured that my order arrived safely. And the sales staff responded quickly to questions regarding the product.
James P.
Thank you so much! Vintage King has been so fair and easy to work with. I can't thank you enough. It feels good to trust such a hefty purchase to folks who are so helpful and knowledgeable. Vintage King is a sound designers dream store.
Noa L.
You guys have excellent customer service and I am excited about the next upgrade I complete on my fifth recording facility. I've been in the studio business for forty plus years. The salesman I worked with at Vintage King was the best of the best. You all rock!
Robby T.
I would recommend Vintage King to any one looking for top-class gear, unbeatable customer service and the best prices on the map!
Jake D.
My experience with Vintage King was excellent. The order was here fast considering it was out of stock. The sales person had SKB send it to me directly and I couldn't have been more pleased.
Michael D.
From the minute I placed my order I was kept well-informed through each step in your process. Even though I was buying a comparatively modest piece of gear, your attention to detail made me feel like I was purchasing a six-figure mixing desk.
Thomas W.
I am a new customer of yours. You guys provided me the absolute best deals in ordering all the equipment to power my brand new recording studio. Your customer service is amazing and i will always deal with you from here on out.
Rob M.
Thanks for your great service and getting this out today. You guys really are the Kings!
Alan B.
Better than expected! Truly impeccable service. Your team was professional, knowledgeable, provided speedy delivery above and beyond standard. Vintage King Audio is definitely my go to for all of my audio and information needs.
James O.