MOTU 896 Goes Hybrid

Digital interface box adds USB 2.0 interface
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Digital interface box adds USB 2.0 interface

MOTU is shipping the latest version of its 896 digital interface box, the 896mk3 Hybrid.

The mk3 version adds USB 2.0 to the FireWire, AES/EBU, ADAT optical, S/PDIF and analog I/O, warranting the “Hybrid” moniker. Combo jacks on the analog XLR inputs allow for guitar and other 1/4-inch input.

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MOTU lists the FireWire performance at 400 Mbps and the USB speed at 480 Mbps. Top performance is 24-bit/192 kHz across eight channels. Utilizing the internal CueMix FX soft mixer and a computer more than eight channels can be accessed.

The 896mk3 has 48V for its microphone inputs along with DSP effects such as reverb, “vintage” compression and a seven-band parametric EQ.

Word clock and SMPTE timecode are also onboard. There is even a tuner and a suite of signal analysis tools included. The 896mk3 Hybrid is compatible with all major DAW platforms. Ships with AudioDesk Mac-based DAW software. Price: $995.