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Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) 896HD FireWire Audio Interface (Macintosh and Windows)

2 FireWire ports. 18 inputs. 22 outputs. 8 mic pre-amps. (43) Read 9 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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MOTU 896HD Firewire

The 896HD contains everything you need to turn your computer into a powerful 24-bit, 192kHz digital audio workstation. The 896HD provides 8 mic preamps, pristine 192kHz analog I/O, 8 channels of ADAT digital I/O and stereo AES/EBU. Expand your system by connecting additional 828 or 896 FireWire audio interfaces.

The 896HD is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. As a computer interface, the 896HD provides 18 separate inputs and 22 outputs, including separate main outs and headphone out.

You can add additional send/return loops using the 896HD’s new CueMix DSP

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) products.
Inputs and Outputs

analog 192kHz analog I/O on combo/XLR
8 inputs, 8 outputs

main outputs 24-bit 192kHz on XLR
stereo output

headphone output**
stereo output

ADAT optical (digital)
8* inputs, 8* outputs

AES/EBU 24-bit 96-kHz (digital)
stereo input, stereo output

total
18 inputs, 22 outputs

* 4 channels at 88.2 / 96kHz
** at 192/176.4 main and headphone outputs are mirrored
MOTU Warranty MOTU offers a 2 year warranty on all Firewire interfaces and all Video/Audio interfaces. USB MIDI interfaces and PCI Audio interfaces carry a 90 day warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 617-576-2760
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3.5 out of 5 (43 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Very versatile and expandable."
Sound: The pre-amps are very clean, not warm, but clean. some of the input knobs are a bit "scratchy". I wish it had -20 db pads though, even at the lowest volume my NT5's peak when used for overheads for drums. A plus though, even when they peak, I hear no distortion. Feature: I am not a Midi guy, so the lack of Midi ins and outs doesn't matter to me. I love how easy it is to hook your entire sound system into this unit. The CueMix software is great too. It has 4 buses with faders, Its pretty much a virtual mixing board. Also, the buses are zero latency because the unit will bus the audio back out with out running it through your computer first. Also It has the "motu audio setup" which allows you to use the unit as your main sound card and adjust all the settings. Instead of using the crappy built in mic in your computer to talk to people online, I use my GT55 with a compressor! Ease of Use: Plug and play at its best. I use Motu's DP5 and it couldn't be simpler. Quality: Only complaint is the "scratchy" pots. Value: Its great for live and studio. With 4 buses, you can record the live sound, then bus it out the the PA with no strain on your computer. Manufacturer Support: No problems yet. The Wow Factor: It looks boring until you use it and all the meters light up. Sound check is a breeze with the bright LED's. Overall: This is the heart of my studio. Even though the pre's aren't incredible, you can bypass them and use an external pre. The a/d converters are great, so have no fear there.
Style of Music: rock
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"Every recording artist should own a MOTU 896HD!"
Sound: Crisp and clean mic pres and A/D conversion. Even at 44.1 it sounds remarkable. The D/A is just as impressive. I really couldn't ask for a better sound. Feature: Love the ADAT and sync capabilities. Love the 8 Neutrik combo connectors for the ins!!! Solid, XLR out connectors so someone cant trip over your cables during a gig and rip them out. So nice to see MOTU break away from the norm of 1/4" outs. AES/EBU is THE standard. I only wish there was S/PDIF so I could integrate it with my Audiophile 192, but regardless, it's a rock solid unit! Quality: The MOTU 896HD is built extremely well. It has sturdy connections in a thick box. The knobs are no joke either - durable and and not too loose. I have already taken this beauty on the road and it works like a charm. Again, XLR AND Neutrik Combo connectors!! 8 individual phantom power switches!!! Value: For the price, you cannot beat what you get. Manufacturer Support: Never needed support. The Wow Factor: I've wanted this for a while. I did plenty of research before I bought it making sure it would be a reliable product. I was not disappointed. Overall: I plan on keeping the 896HD for a long time. I will use it in my studio and on the road. I would definitely buy it again.
Style of Music: Classical, Acapella, Rock
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