Fuck you MOTU
The 828 running on my G4 powerbook has frozen on me mid-take 5 times in the last 2 days. It's history for this project.
So I'm back to using my sweet, sweet rock solid, has never failed me ProTools Mix++ system. And it feels great!
Steve in comments said he was thinking about buying a MOTU box himself -here's some context about what exactly I was doing.
I was trying to record 5 tracks simultaneously at 24/96kHz on my 12' Apple Power Book with a 1gHz G4 processor and 1.2GB of RAM onto a LaCie 250GB External Hard Drive thru FireWire 400. (the drive has about 30GB of space used)
The recording software I was using is called "AudioDesk". It comes free with the interface. it's pretty much a ProTools rip off witohut all the attention to detail that makes using ProTools such a joy for me.
But the point wasn't to mix and produce in MOTU Audio Desk -just track. No plugins were used and no other software was running on my mac. If I had this out on a gig I'd be pissed. (I shuold point out that Dave Grosmman had a MOTU282 out at Solo Bass night a few weeks back and he tracked the whole show with it at 24/96.) 2 track recording only and he was using it on a PC I believe.
The computer froze up mid take at least 5 times in the past 2 days. It's frozen at the end of a take when I press stop also. These weren't great once in a lifetime takes - but the freeze thingy really reduced my confidence and it became 1 MORE thing to worry about while recording.
Maybe if I had FireWire 800 on my puter it would have been able to track more reliably.
Also - If the sample rate was lower I suspect it might be more stable as well. But that's not why I bought it.
Here's a mesage board where you can get an idea of what people are complaining an raving about in terms of MOTU..
My suggestion - know what you're going to use it for - the upper limit of what you expect it to do - and make sure you buy 2 times the computer power you'll need to do that if it's available.