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MOTU 2408 A/D converters

Discussion in 'Converters & Interfaces' started by Newatthis, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. Newatthis

    Newatthis Guest

    Hello, does anyone have an opinion as to the difference in sound quality with the original 2408, 2408MKII or MKIII models? I own the original and want to add another for 16 channels. The originals are going for aprox $150 while the newer models are $300 and $800. Is it worth the extra cost or should I maybe even look into different converters all together.
  2. Newatthis

    Newatthis Guest

    Sorry, the MOTU or Mark of the Unicorn 2408 series. Thanks.
  3. take a look on RME.
    great AD/DA converts.


  4. Newatthis

    Newatthis Guest

    Thanks for the info so far. Is there anyone out there that has additional comments about the sonic differences between these MOTU 2408 units.
  5. I would like to know peoples opinion about MOTU stuff. I am real close to buying an 896 and at least a Mac G4 with dual 1.0 (or better)processors. If you use this type of gear would you be so kind and tell me what you don't like about it. Thanks


    Hey guys:

    If you have a PC I would strongly recommend staying away from Motu. Their drivers are bad, and their tech support is worse!

    The way I see it is...
    Look how many different options a 2408 or 828 gives you, and look at the price. Too squeeze all that functionality in one box for that price means they are skimping out on something. Probably the Pre's or the converters. The price is great, but I think it is too good to be true.
    I have used the 896 before, and i thought the converters were pretty weak, I ended up using an Alesis AI-4 converter for the rest of the album...ouch.

  7. thank you Shineboxnj, any other points of view?
  8. syborg

    syborg Guest

    I run a MOTU 2408 Mk3 and a 24I/O on a PC with Nuendo 1.61 and it works perfectly. People who make blanket statements about 'PCs' like the above really dont know what theyre talking about. With so many different combinations of chipsets, cards, drivers, ect out there, the PC platform IS a minefield where you should make sure you really research your choices before diving in. But both platforms have stuff that you have to know if you want a stable, productive system.
    As far as the converters are concerned, the Mk3's converters are a big step up from the originals IMO. And the no latency cue mix on the Mk3 is a big plus. AND I've actually had no problems with MOTUs tech support the one time I needed to get ahold of them.
  9. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Feb 16, 2001
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    i just set up a G4 dual 1.25ghz with a MOTu PCI-324 and 2408MKII with DP 3.11. Works perfectly.

    The MKII and MK3 have 24 bit A to D while the 1st 2408 was 20 bit. The MK3 also does 96khz sampling.

    by the way, Club Mac is selling a limited number of Dual 1.25's for $1594.00. Hurry!
  10. thanks folks, what is club mac?
  11. never mind I found it...
  12. Ras Judah

    Ras Judah Guest

    Greetings All,

    Whilst I can't comment on the differences between mk1, mk2 & mk3, as an owner/user of mk3 with a PC (albeit a piss poor PC) I have to agree with Syborg when he says that it works fine with PCs.

    Just to clear up (possible) confusion though, I must add that the 2408 doesn't have any mic-pres - it works at line level - so if you wish to use it with mics (or Hi-Z instruments) you'll need a separate pre, channel strip or mixer.

  13. Spy, what are the specs of your PC, operating system, ram, processor speed, hard drive size? Also, what type of card are you using?
    Thanks alot if you can take the time to answer these questions.
  14. Ras Judah

    Ras Judah Guest

    Greetings mmsm,

    To quote Kel "Aww, here it goes...'

    AMD Duron 1.3GHz CPU
    PC Chips mobo
    SiS 730 chipset
    Maxtor 2FO4OJO 40GB, 5400rpm HDD
    unknown 224MB SDRAM
    Win XP Professional (recent upgrade from Home)

    The MOTU uses the PCI-424 PCI card (comes with the core system £845 new in London, UK), which is plugged into one of only two slots available on the far from recommended (for audio/studio applications) motherboard.

    Unfortunately, when I bought the PC I knew absolutely nothing about them (in terms of components and how they work) and believed the bloke I bought it from (in a music shop too :( ) when he said that I was buying a 'music PC'.

    Mind you, it's with this same PC that I learned (from forums such as this) so much about them (and how much more I still need to learn :D

    With regards to the MOTU, I'd learned my lesson by the time I bought this and had done some extensive research (including listening to equipment) before parting with my hard-earned. What I have in this is (for the money) top quality A-D & D-A conversion, 8 analog in, 10 analog out (master same as 1 & 2) plus headphones, 24 channels of ADAT & TDIF all up to 24-bit/96KHz wordlength/sampling rate, Wordclock, SMPTE and 'Cue Mix' DSP routing/monitoring software.

    Also, let's not forget that the PCI-424 has room for up to three more 'Audiowire' devices - i.e. expandability :p


    The statement i made about MOTU and PC's is not exactly blanket. I have worked on just about every major type of motherboards, chipsets, etc and have found very minimal positives coming out of Motu gear.
    Sure, sometimes they will work fine, but more times than not...they probably wont. if it happened once or twice i would ignore it, but i probably have worked on 10 motu machines and maybe 3 of them were stable...moderately at that.

    As for Motu's tech support.. perhaps sometimes they are ok... but i have never had an easy time talking with them.

    let us know how your results are if you decide to go with it.. i would be curious.

  16. thanks guys
  17. MrGrooves666

    MrGrooves666 Guest

    Another 2408 mkIII success story here, and a new member of this fine forum.
    Here are my specs:
    ECS L7S7A2 mobo (cheap but efective, SIS 746 chipset)
    1 Gig crucial DDR 2700 Ram
    3 Maxtor HD's (OS/software, Sample library, audio)
    Teac CD-RW
    Matrox G450 DH 32 meg DDR
    Athlon CP 2500+ (barton core)
    Zalman CPU6000 (or something) all cooper heatsink/fan
    Mackie UAD dsp card

    System works rock solid. 0 problems. I'm using behringer's DDX3216 digital board as a front end for the time beign (nice board for the price though). The 2408 is a nice piece of hardware. I guess in level with RME and lynx on top. I've had such a good experience, that I went ahead and bought motu's microexpress midi usb interface. It works awesome too. I don't use the analog I/O on the 2408 much though. Call me crazy but I find the A/D conversion on the behringer digital board rarely good. In my opinion, this board is probably one of the few gear pieces that berry has excell somewhat. It also allows me to track 16 sources (16 buses in the board), in one shot via the adat ports on the 2408 in a split fashion while monitoring with FX without significant software latency otherwise.
  18. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    I only work on Macs with audio, so I can't say anything about stability with PC's. My setup on the Mac is rock solid.

    Currently I own an 828, and the converters sound great compaired to others. I also owned a digi001, and to my ear, these sound better. I also used to own an original 2408, and made some truly great sounding CD's on that system. I think more important than the a/d in this case is the mic preamps that you are using. The original 2408 is only 20 bit, and that's why I moved to the 001 and then back to MOTU with the 828 in the first place. If you can afford, the 2408 MKII is 24 bit...so I'd go with that. The original 2408 and the MKII work together. While you only truly get 20 bits out of the original, you can still take advantage of the 24 bit capabilities of the original.
  19. adamcal

    adamcal Guest

    I have a 24 i/o with the new 424 card running on XP rock solid. Using Logic 5.5.1. will to switch to Nuendo 2 over the next year or so.
  20. synthnut

    synthnut Guest

    I am going to be selling a MOTU setup because their support is really not good, and there are better pieces out there ...I went to the Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882..They're more for Mac folks...I dont think they have drivers for PC yet...A lot of my PC buddy's go with RME gear...Much better converters than the MOTU gear..Give a call to the MOTU tech support to chat, and see what I mean ..Jim

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