I only have two pieces of gear in my rack– the MOTU 828 mkii and an 8-channel ADAT optical interface, so I have more i/o’s than I care to count, or, frankly, have ever come close to using. Still, it’s good to know they’re there if I need them. I figure I’ll grow into them.
Do you know that MOTU stands for Mark of the Unicorn? I suspect the influence of Dungeons and Dragons.
As I’ve mentioned, I didn’t even know what a firewire audio interface was before I started using Live. Basically, it’s the way an analog signal gets transferred into digital. It’s how you plug in live music to your computer.
The MOTU comes with a built-in mixer that I never use because I just use Ableton Live to mix. I asked the audio engineer all about it and he said the only time I’d need to use Cuemix is if I was worried about some real minor latency issues. To be honest, I don’t like that there’s a whole section of my MOTU that I don’t know how to work, but jesus christ I hate those tiny little knobs and that ’80s style green glowscreen. So there.
But don’t get me wrong– the MOTU is a great piece of equipment, especially for something that came out years ago.