Awesome Interface plus PCIe Card!The MOTU 2408mk3 PCIe audio interface offers DAW users with what is easily one of the best-sounding all-round recording, mixing, and monitoring solutions available. The MOTU 2408mk3 not only offers highly value-packed expandability, but also lets you easily combine your legacy hardware with newest additions as well. From the eight channels of super-quiet 96kHz analog ins, to the 24 channels of digital I/O including ADAT, TDIF, S/PDIF, and word clock, the MOTU 2408mk3 is a true studio workhorse. Let the heart of your digital audio workstation beat with MOTU's 2408mk3.
MOTU 2408mk3 PCIe at a Glance:
- Eight analog inputs/outputs with 24-bit/96kHz converters and 24 channels of ADAT and Tascam digital I/O.
- DSP-driven mixing and monitoring matrix.
- Includes cross-platform PCIe-424 card.
- Versatile 24-bit/96kHz digital audio workstation.
Versatile 24-bit/96kHz Digital Audio Workstation
The 1U rack-mountable 2408mk3 has seven banks of I/O: one bank of 24-bit, 96kHz analog on balanced Tip-ring-sleeve connectors, three banks of 96kHz ADAT optical, three banks of 96kHz Tascam TDIF, plus stereo S/PDIF. You can go with any three banks (up to 24 channels) to be active at one time. This means you can hook up three ADATs, three DA-88s, and eight analog devices all at the same time and access any three banks - in any combination of formats. And you can freely switch formats at any time. In addition to the eight dedicated analog outputs, the 2408mk3 also features a stereo out with front panel volume control so you can plug powered monitors straight into the 2408mk3.
24 Channels of Digital I/O
With 24 channels of digital I/O, the 2408mk3 is ideal for connecting your computer to a digital mixer. Both ADAT lightpipe and TASCAM TDIF digital connections are supported at any sample rate up to 96kHz. Plus, the 2408mk3 offers built-in video and SMPTE synchronization. Slave your entire workstation straight to video or SMPTE time code with sub-frame accuracy - without a dedicated synchronizer. It's just another example of this unit's versatility.
DSP-driven Mixing and Monitoring Matrix
The PCIe-424 card features CueMix DSP, a rocking processor dedicated to creating a custom tailored monitor mix of up to 96 channels of 96kHz audio. Because the mixing takes place on the card itself, instead of making the round trip from the PCIe bus to the host processor, the 2408mk3 rig rocks the same near-zero latency performance as today's newest digital mixers. CueMix DSP completely eliminates the buffer latency associated with monitoring on host-based systems. Because the DSP is mixing for you, your computer's CPU is free for other applications. Cuemix DSP is the most flexible CueMix ever, allowing you to mix multiple channels into multiple mix busses or straight assigned outputs. Manage your monitor mix with the enhanced CueMix Console software included with the 2408mk3. CueMix console greatly now rocks independent level and pan controls for each input on every mix. Also, Cue Mix DSP does not limit you to four stereo mixes. You can configure a one-of-a-kind mix for every physical stereo out you have available. This means you can have up to 48 separate stereo mixes on a 96 out rig.
Cross-platform PCIe-424 Card
The MOTU 2408mk3's PCIe card lets you take advantage of the next-generation functionality of PCIe architecture; the bus technology that will dominate the personal computer for the coming decade. Unlike older parallel technologies, PCI Express guarantees each device dedicated bandwidth to and from the system controller. PCI Express cards and slots are defined by their bandwidth, or number of data lanes - typically one lane, four lanes, eight lanes, or 16 lanes. At 250 MBps per lane, a four-lane slot can transfer data at up to 1 GBps and an eight-lane slot, up to 2 GBps - almost twice as fast as a 133MHz PCI-X slot at a max throughput of just over 1 GBps. The new PCIe-424 card can be installed in any PCI Express slot (regardless of its number of lanes). PCI Express delivers more than enough bus bandwidth for the 424 card, while ensuring that other PCI devices won't "steal" bus cycles from the 424 card. PCIe means more bandwidth and a vastly better scheme for high-speed data transfers - just what you need for premium audio.
The 2408mk3 offers cross-platform compatibility with Macintosh, Windows 98SE/Me/2K/XP and all of your favorite audio software and host-based effects via WDM/ASIO/Sound Manager drivers. Or you can use the included AudioDesk workstation software for Macintosh, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.
Continuing MOTU's tradition of compatibility with existent MOTU interfaces, if you own a PCI-424-based 2408mk3, the PCIe-424 card will work with your existing hardware, so you can expand your system with your present 2408mk3 rack unit.
MOTU 2408mk3 PCIe Features:
- 8 analog inputs/outputs with 24-bit, 96kHz converters on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" Tip-ring-sleeve connectors
- 108dB S/N ratio (A-weighted)
- 24 channels of ADAT optical input/output
- 24 channels of TDIF (Tascam digital) input/output
- 2 channels of S/PDIF in and 4 channels out
- 16, 20 and 24-bit recording at 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz kHz
- ADAT sync input on PCIe-424 card
- Word clock in and out
- Includes cross-platform PCIe-424 card