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MOTU Uses all Burr Brown preamps...

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by JonathanD, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. JonathanD


    Dec 13, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Self Edit

  2. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    RME > MOTU
  3. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Recording gear and equipment...

    On another note RME is very linux friendly, unlike my current rig. :(
  4. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    I just bought a 828mkIII , the reason I got it was because I needed a small digital board to mix my acoustic trio.
    This unit is AMAZING !! ( for the price )
    I use it to mix myself for either my monitor or inear too.

    The compressor emulation of the LA2A is pretty good , not as good as the UAD1 but for live applications..... wow.
    And you have a full blown 5 band full parametric + LPF and HPF on each chanel.
    My live setup is a TD100 = FMR RNC = 828 .
    I am considering seriously by-passing the RNC. The comp section sounds a lot better in the 828.
    The preamps are very good too.

    I have seen a thread on Gearslutz on a guy who posted a comparative test of a 828mkII ( yes mkII ) and an Apogee Rosetta.
    90% voted on a file and were all sure it was the Rosetta , but it was the 828! :smug:
    Try to find it..... I'll post it later , very funny.

    People tend to snob MOTU products , maybe they should double the price , or triple it. And it is one the few products still made in the USA.

    For your clocking question , I have an Apogee Bigben in my setup to clock everything and the 828mkIII behaves very well.
    It sounds very good in stand alone too.

    Personaly , the reason I went for the 828 instead of the Ultralite is also because of the 2 ADAT I/O ( 16 chanels )
  5. chicago_mike


    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome - Dallas
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    motu is a good company. They used to have issues with windows back in 98-2000, but a lot of issues back then were related to matrox cards. I remember the horror.

    rme, motu, apogee..if you got the money, spend it.:hyper:

    Im trading some engineering time for a digi 002 that Ill change the opamps out of.:)
  6. I use a 896HD and have owned an original 828 and a Ultralight. I like the MOTU gear a lot, but mainly it is about good data throughput and good integration with my DAW. Reasons to go with other gear? I could see where something like an Apogee Duet, for instance, could be useful. RME makes good gear, and RME$$$ > MOTU$$$ on a per-channel basis, but I wouldn't switch just for the nameplate. Until you get into "real" pro quality converter and preamp setup (i.e. MP2NV pair into a Rosetta 200) there isn't a huge amount of difference. The consumer and prosumer gear is very much about bang/buck and not about bleeding edge performance. As much as I have never thought twice about my 896HD purchase, it is all about convenience and reliability. There are plenty of times where a top notch 2-channel rig without all of the "swiss army knife" features would be appreciated.
  7. chicago_mike


    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome - Dallas
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    and actually most studios, even top dollar pro, use mostly rme, or motu, or lynx..if the lynx drivers will work. I'd like to see a uad-2 with adat ins and outs. that would be nice..

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