Will the MOTU 828 work with a Sonnet Firewire Card and P

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by georgecarnes1, May 4, 2001.

  1. My system: Powercomputing Powercenter Pro upgraded with a
    Sonnet Crescendo G3 400 MHz processor
    256 mb RAM
    Virtual Memory OFF
    Appletalk OFF
    Mac OS 9.0.4
    OMS 2.3.8
    Minimal extension set.

    Please tell me if anyone has any information on whether the following Firewire PCI card and Firewire-based Digital Audio hardware will work smoothly on my system. Does anyone have experience with a Firewire PCI card and Digital Audio recording/playback on the Powercenter Pro? Any information or advice is appreciated.

    Powercomputing Powercenter Pro
    Powercomputing Powercenter Pro

    The Sonnet Tango FireWire/USB PCI combo card
    Sonnet Tango Firewire/USB PCI combo card

    The MOTU 828: FireWire-based digital audio hard disk recording system for Mac OS
    MOTU 828

    Thank you.
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    The biggest factor in getting the unit to work on a Firewire PCI card is to make sure it doesnt have an NEC chip on it..those are incompatible with the 828's..you need the units with a T1(texas Instruments) chipset on it..those are the ones that do work with the 828...I believe the two that ARE supported from MOTU are ADS Pyro and the Keyspans..as far as working with your system..that depends on stability and bandwidth availability!
    Again..I'll warn you of a manufacturing defect that was found on the 828's SPDIF port..for some reason most units wont clock to anything at all..supposedly MOTU has a fix for this but I'll believe it when I see it!
  3. This is from the MOTU website:

    Firewire and Cardbus Cards, MOTU 828

    Some PCI Firewire and Cardbus Cards work just fine with the MOTU 828. However, MOTU has discovered some problems in Firewire cards that use NEC type chips. We've specifically found problems using Orange Micro and Western Digital cards. We recommend cards that use Texas Instrument or Lucent chips. Specific cards that we have tested an okayed are Keyspan & ADS Pyro (uses TI) and Sonnet Tango (uses Lucent). Check with your card or cardbus vendor on chip type before purchasing a Firewire card for use with 828.

    So, I know that the Sonnet Tango (uses Lucent) should work with the MOTU 828. My question is: does anyone know if this combination will work with my machine:
    Powercomputing Powercenter Pro upgraded with a
    Sonnet Crescendo G3 400 MHz processor

    Thank you!
  4. subspace

    subspace Guest

    I can't give you a definitive answer as I don't have that set-up, mine's a PowerCurve/1224/2408 rig, but MOTU is now offering a rebate on both the Crescendo CPU upgrades and Tango PCI cards:

    That's about as strong an endorsement as they could make and they claim complete compatability! Looks like your golden...
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