MOTU 896 mk3 Hybrid | 28x30 Firewire/USB Audio Interface

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Expanding on the already exquisite capabilities of the 896mk3, the 896mk Hybrid now includes USB connectivity, to make it even more versatile.

MOTU 896 mk3 Hybrid Firewire / USB Recording Interface with Effects

896 mk3 Now Includes USB Connectivity
Expanding on the already exquisite capabilities of the 896mk3, the 896mk Hybrid now includes USB connectivity, to make it even more versatile. Eight channels of combo XLR / TRS analogue input, including preamp, Hi-Z guitar inputs, combined with a host of digital I/O, provides a total of 28 inputs and 32 outputs. Built-in effects, coupled with seamless mixing capabilities provide a tool set that is at the top of its game, and sure to enrich the arsenal of any professional audio engineer.

Great for Stage or Studio
The 896mk3 is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. As an interface or standalone mixer, the 896mk3 provides 28 separate inputs and 32 separate outputs, including dedicated main outs on XLRs and two front panel headphone outs.

Impressive Connectivity and Signal Routing
Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors. Record, monitor, route and process all of these live inputs using the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer – with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Apply hardware DSP-driven effects processing to inputs, outputs, and buses independent of your host computer.

Onboard Effects
Add Classic Reverb™ with lengths up to 60 seconds. Further sculpt your sound with 7-band parametric EQ featuring filter types carefully modeled after British analog console EQs. Choose between two forms of compression: a conventional compressor and the Leveler™, an accurate model of the legendary LA-2A™ optical compressor that provides vintage, musical automatic gain control which works magic on drum tracks and mix buses.

Backup Headroom for Analogue Inputs
When recording from the analog inputs, the 896mk3’s signal overload protection gives you an extra 12 dB of headroom above zero with no clipping or harsh artifacts.

Advanced Diagnostic Tools Included
Analyze and scope your audio with advanced diagnostic tools, including a full-screen real-time FFT display, spectrogram "waterfall" display, full-featured oscilloscope, X-Y plot, and linear/polar phase analysis graphs.

Use as Live Audio Mixer
After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the 896mk3 from the computer and take it on the road for operation as a stand-alone mixer with effects. All mixing and effects parameters are adjustable using the front panel backlit LCD.

Compatible with Mac and Windows
The 896mk3 provides cross-platform compatibility with Mac and Windows and all of your favorite audio software and host-based effects via WDM/ASIO/Core Audio drivers. Or you can use the included AudioDesk workstation software for Mac, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.


  • 28-in/32-out FireWire interface with FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity
  • CueMix FX - flexible 28 input/16 bus mixer with on-board DSP effects
  • Stand-alone operation
  • Clip protection
  • Eight 24-bit/192kHz analog inputs and outputs on XLR jacks
  • Eight rear panel combo jacks provide 1/4" or XLR mic input with phantom power and pad
  • 16 channels of ADAT lightpipe, 8 channels of SMUX (96kHz) or two pairs of stereo TOSLink
  • Expandable - add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow
  • Separate XLR main outs and front-panel headphone jacks
  • Stereo 24-bit 96kHz in/out (AES/EBU and S/PDIF)
  • Supports all popular Macintosh and Windows audio software
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire


Computer Connection Type FireWire/USB 2.0
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 28 x 32
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Number of Audio Inputs 8
Audio Inputs Types 8 x XLR Combo
Number of Audio Outputs 12
Audio Output Types 8 x XLR, 2 x XLR (Main), 1 x TRS (Main), 1 x TRS (Headphone)
Number of Digital Inputs 20
Digital Input Types 2 x ADAT (Optical, 16 Ch), 1 x AES/EBU (XLR), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Number of Digital Outputs 20
Digital Output Types 2 x ADAT (Optical, 16 Ch), 1 x AES/EBU (XLR), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Phantom Power Yes
MIDI I/O Supports Core MIDI via FireWire/USB
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock (In/Out via BNC)
Bus Powered No
Rack Units 2U
Dimensions 482mm x 89mm x 179mm
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