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

CPUAMD Ryzen 7 1700
RAMCorsair LPX 16GB
MotherboardMSI B350 Tomahawk
GPUNvidia Quadro 4000
SSDSamsung 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


Verdict:
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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MOTU 828MKII

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

Pros

Hardware MIDI

Standalone mode.

ffado-mixer supported.

Front panel controls.

Cons

42dB preamps.

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

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