Interfacing Linux: MOTU 828MKII

Are you in the market for a 1U eight-channel 24-bit 96kHz recording interface sporting hardware MIDI, S/PDIF, and lightpipe? How about one that can be used in standalone mode?

Now, imagine being able to get all that (and more) for under $100. Interested?

Jackbox: Testing setup

CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700
RAM Corsair LPX 16GB
Motherboard MSI B350 Tomahawk
GPU Nvidia Quadro 4000
SSD Samsung 840
PSU: EVGA 600 B1
Firewire: Syba SY-PEX30016
Network: Intel i350-T4
OS: Debian Buster
Kernel: 5.4.47-rt
Desktop: XFCE 4.12

Disable ALSA firewire drivers: Create the file alsa-nope.conf in /etc/modprobe.d/ and add the following.

blacklist snd-firewire-motu

MOTU 828MKII: Round-trip latency @44100 HZ

MOTU 828MKII: Round-trip latency @48000 HZ

MOTU 828MKII: Round-trip latency @96000 HZ

Like the Traveler MKI everything just works™ under Linux. If I was searching for something to knock it for it would be the two 42dB preamps. You’re not going to drive a Shure SM7B or Golden Age D2 without some additional preamplification.

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9.5 out of 10
Works out of the box
10 out of 10
Ease of setup
10 out of 10
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8 out of 10


Hardware MIDI

Standalone mode.

ffado-mixer supported.

Front panel controls.


42dB preamps.

Optical S/PDIF and ADAT I/O share the same socket.


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