MOTU UltraLite-mk3 HybridItem ID: UltraLite3Hy
10-in/14-out USB 2.0 and FireWire Hybrid Audio Interface with 2 Microphone Preamplifiers, DSP Mixer and Built-in Reverb, EQ, and Compression Effects - Mac/PC
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Handy Interface Connects Via USB or FireWire!When you pick the Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid, you won't have to be worried about limiting yourself to just one connection type. This audio interface is the first ever to feature two types of connectors: USB 2.0 and FireWire. These two connection types are available on nearly every new Mac or PC laptop or desktop computer, so you'll be set wherever you decide to record! When you use FireWire, your Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid will get all the power it needs right from your computer - including the phantom power needed for your condenser microphones. When connected via USB, you can use the included power adapter to get full functionality.
As far as connectivity goes, the MOTU UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid features 24-bit/192kHz operation with a generous complement of inputs and outputs. It has two microphone preamplifiers plus six balanced line-level 1/4" (TRS) inputs (a total of eight analog ins) and 10 analog TRS outputs. Also included are stereo S/PDIF digital I/O, a dedicated stereo headphone output, and MIDI I/O for a controller keyboard and other gear. That makes way for serious versatility in your studio. It gets better, though.
MOTU Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid FireWire and USB 2.0 Audio Interface at a Glance:
Powerful built-in effects and routing
With built-in effects and DSP routing, the MOTU UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid lets you dial in great headphone mixes, without taxing your computer. The effects include reverb, parametric EQ and compression/limiting. Of special note, you'll appreciate the built-in accurate model of the legendary LA-2A optical compressor which provides vintage, musical automatic gain control. These aren't just ho-hum effects - these are great-sounding tools you can use to create wet headphone mixes while you keep a dry monitor mix. But if you want, you can record your signals wet, so you don't have to waste CPU on effects later down the line.
Control CueMix with your iPad
MOTU's CueMix FX software, the mixing software that drives the powerful routing of the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid, can be controlled from your iPad. MOTU created CueMix templates for the TouchOSC controller app, giving you complete control over your UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid's mixing and effects processing over a Wi-Fi network. This means that when you're recording in your studio, you don't need to keep going back to your computer to adjust gain levels, change monitoring effects, or virtually anything else you rely on CueMix for.
It's a great standalone mixer too
You can take charge of the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid's DSP mixer and effects 100% free of a computer, so you can use it as a standalone mixer when you're just jamming around and don't have time to go find your laptop. It also makes a great stage companion. You can make all the adjustments you need to make straight from the front panel menu, so you can bring it to the gig and use it as a regular mixer - complete with effects.
MOTU Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid FireWire and USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features:
MOTU makes mobile recording even easier with the Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid USB 2.0 and FireWire audio interface!
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Reviewsbased on 27 reviews
Great hardware, wish the drivers were better though.
by Jon Dye from Dallas, TX USAEverything about this piece of hardware seems like it was built to last. Unfortunately, my experience with the drivers has not been 5-star, but since that can be easily fixed without needing a new uni... read more [+]t, the UltraLite -mk3 Hybrid gets 5 stars. close [-]
March 16, 2013
Music Background: Performance Musician, Recording Engineer, Mastering Engineer, etc.
Have No Gear - MOTU is Here!
by Chris Morriah from Stuart, FlMy SweetWater Salesman turned me on to something I didn't think existed. The MOTU UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid FireWire (or USB) Audio Interface (Thanks AGAIN Aaron Regenald)!
September 22, 2012
Music Background: Played Bass/Guitar in Heavy Metal/Hard Rock bands. Starting Film scoring until life got put on hold
I'm (slowly) tryi... read more [+]ng to get back to work with assisting the composers, that make the big money, by filling in music around their 'more important' cues. But I also wanted to be able to use the Audio Interface like a mixer, w/o having to turn the DAW each time. So 'Thanks Aaron!' for coming up with the MOTU UltraLite. After all the research, finding out I didn't have room for some of the bigger gear, Aaron found a 1/2 Rack Interface, that work GREAT!!!!!!
5 Starts for the performance of the Hybrid and 5 Stars for the extra time you put in. Cheers n Spasiba (Thnx!) -cMorr close [-]
The best audio interface when money IS AN object.
by Nathanael from Salt Lake City, UTFive stars relative to it's competitors. This is THE audio interface to buy unless money IS NOT an object. The preamps, the converters, the whole feature set is the summum bonum of any audio interface... read more [+] built to a cost. Having logged enough hours in commercial studios and project studios alike to appreciate the nuances and quality of fine A/D converters, I can safely say that the difference between the converters in this box, and ones in the lofty reaches of the Apogee or Digidesign/Avid lines, is so minuscule as to be irrelevant except in the following scenarios:
May 9, 2012
Music Background: Mix Engineer, Pro Musician
1. You are running a commercial studio as your livelihood and need to look serious to your clients, and/or...
2. You are recording material that is heavy on microphone technique and light on processing (i.e. classical, jazz, folk, foley).
The preamps are excellent, and very usable for most applications (though I wouldn't recommend low-output microphones without a cloudlifter or something of that ilk), though thankfully I have enough inputs with this to accommodate a few external preamps that can provide more gain and/or coloration. The DSP mixing is great and more than adequate for zero-latency tracking. The LA-2A leveller that is available on each channel is convincing enough to be written to disk.
Seriously, there is no reason to go beyond this price point unless you are in any of the scenarios listed above or need more than 8 analog channels for some reason.
Never forget, it's all about the music... the best gear just stays out of the way, and the UltraLite does just that. close [-]
Motu UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid
by Dave Garza from Chicago Illinoisas usual....stud
January 16, 2012
Music Background: Vocal, Bass, Guitar
by Guilherme Fonseca from Houston, TX.This thing is incredible... Drivers install perfectly, it's plug and play. The I/O possibilities are great.
November 1, 2011
Music Background: Pro musician, producer.
I'm able to route audio in and out to my compressors and outboard gear, enjoying th... read more [+]e best of both digital and analog worlds.
I know there are incredible converters out there, but I'm still waiting for a product that integrates audio from your computer, your daw, internet like Motu does...
Great product!!!! close [-]
Mary Ann, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ
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