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MOTU Traveler-mk3 Reviews

4.0 stars based on 2 customer reviews
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  • Customer
    from New Jersey, USA July 6, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist (for 30 years)


    I use the Traveler-mk3 for just about everything. I play e-guitar through it so that I can use s/pdif to interface with an MX200 and then listen on the headphones. I run 3.1 channels of TV through it (optical in only decodes 2 channels though - had to use line-ins) too Yamaha HS monitors. I run computer audio (iTunes, YouTube, ...) through it.

    But there are problems (at least with my unit). There is a high pitch (~7Khz) resonance with certain types of music. Classical music with lots of strings or brass provokes a faint sound like a wine glass is shimmering in front of each speaker. But it's not super obvious. It's some kind of digital artifact. The FireWire cable I'm using is a little long. Another computer might not have any such problem. But if I listed to the same exact music file on my iPhone, the sound quality is fine. The 48v supplies cause a little 6db whistle at around 10kHz. Sounds like a faint wind blowing in the distance. I have seen posts in forums about this exact problem. And also the headphones out is not super powerful.

    Otherwise Traveler in is a very useful piece of equipment. And I put it to work hard everyday as explained above. The CueMIX software is very good. I thought I would care about controling everything from the front panel but I just use CuMIX for everything. Never used the digital effect although sometimes I'll mess with the parametric filters with e-guitar to get different tones.

  • John D.
    from Western MA April 1, 2010Music Background:

    An I/O Swiss Army Knife!

    I really wanted this to sound great, because on paper it had most everything I wanted - a huge selection of I/O options coupled with 4 decent pres and all this in a portable unit capable of running on bus power (with some computers) or external battery - AND 192 kHz sampling. Well, it does sound great, and I'm keeping it! Will the pres replace my external high-ticket pres? Nope, but they are good enough for most anything I choose to record with them, and I'll use them happily in a remote situation. Once I started using Cuemix I was hooked - a really stupendous piece of programming. One warning there - the reverb is currently only usable when sampling at 44.1, even if only using it for monitoring (and that's why I'm only giving it 4.5 stars). Sweetwater replaced the first unit I received because of an uncorrectable issue (SPDIF input was showing a small signal at all times, with nothing connected to that input and all trims down) and so far the replacement unit is working flawlessly. I'm running it with an HP i5 750 running Win 7 64-bit (I did add a PCIe Firewire card with the obligatory TI chip even though others have used the onboard VIA chip without issue - I just needed one less thing to pay attention to when evaluating the unit). Like a lot of other MOTU Win7 users, I too had to roll back the Firewire driver for Win7 to the legacy (could not update the firmware) but since then no issues. One little oddity: some of my mic cables with Neutrix connectors will not click-lock into the mic inputs, but they fit snuggly enough that it's just not an issue for me (Switchcraft and others lock normally).

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