Old 20th July 2005
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Motu 896

Hello people, I own a motu 828 mkII and wanted to expand via the firewire daisychaining capabilities, so ive found a couple of 896's. Now i understand there is a firewire model and the HD model (also firewire), or a new version and an older version of the 896, i just wanna know if the old and new models are still compatible with each other and the 828 mkII? And whats the difference between them anyway??

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Old 20th July 2005
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Yes, they all can be mixed (actually depends on your host software/OS). The HD adds 192kHz support.
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im running apple OSX. so the only difference is that the HD has a much higher sampling rate? my 828 mkII only supports 96k anyway.
Old 20th July 2005
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OSX Tiger can combine any number of inputs into one virtual soundcard. Otherwise, if you use Digital Performer, you can use all interfaces at once anyway (also on older OSX versions).

I think (not 100% sure) that the HD also adds the monitor mixer like on the 828mkII. On the older version it's more limited (like on original 828) i believe.
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so i should be ok? cue mixes aren't too important, can aux them via desk to phones.
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Should be ok yes, tho I expect the HD to sound better then the normal one, even at lower sample frequencies. Not that an older 896 wouldn't be usable of course.
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The 896 (HD) has an ADAT I/O (8 channels) and an AES/EBU I/O (2 channels). On a Motu 2408mkIII, you have 3 ADAT I/O (or TDIF I/O, but few convertors use that format). Also has an spdif I/O.
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Nope, It's just passing bits.

But, the HD will let you send a digital input to the Que mix for near-zero latency monitoring....



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Old 24th July 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by aiff
Could you perhaps explain to me how I would get to plug in say a Lavry into a motu mkiii setup without it being processed at all by the motu converters ?
Sorry for the late answer, i've been away for a few days.

Just connect the Lavry to the spdif I/O of the Motu 2408mkIII, leave the Lavry as master clock.

When connecting anything digitally to the Motu, the Motu just serves as a pass-thru interface unit for the digital data from/to computer.
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