MOTU micro lite

5x5 Expandable USB MIDI Interface
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Built from the same technology found in MOTU's flagship MIDI Timepiece, the micro lite is a professional MIDI interface and that provides portable, plug-and-play connectivity to any USB-equipped Macintosh or Windows computer. The micro lite provides 5 MIDI IN, 5 MIDI OUT, 80 MIDI channels and compatibility with all Macintosh and Windows software.

The micro lite takes full advantage of USB, giving you high-speed MIDI throughput, sub-millisecond timing accuracy, support for "hot-swapping" and plug-and-play expansion. Need to connect another sound module or synth? No problem. Just add another MOTU USB MIDI interface via any available USB port. And the micro lite is powered by the USB port - no wall wart or AC plug.

MOTU Microlite Features:
  • MIDI connectivity - Five MIDI inputs and outputs provide 80 MIDI channels.
  • Expansion - MOTU MIDI interfaces grow with you. Expansion is simple. Add additional MIDI ports by plugging in another MOTU MIDI interface.
  • Compatibility - Works with your favorite software. Includes drivers for Mac OS9, Mac OS X and Windows Vista, 7, and 8. High-speed USB connection.
  • USB-powered - Bus-powered from USB connection. No additional power necessary.

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Tech Specs

Type Desktop or Rack
Ports 5 x 5
Computer Connectivity USB
Compatibility - Mac OS9, OS 10
Compatibility - Windows Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10
Power Bus Powered
Height 1.75"
Depth 7"
Width 9.5"
Manufacturer Part Number 5056

Customer Reviews

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The Answer To All Your M1D1 Woes

This thing is built like a tank and it works like a beaut. It's plug and play on Mac and fixed all the timing issues I was running into running through my MIDI controller. MOTU has been an industry standard for MIDI for many years. Tons of pros use it, so should you!
Music background: Electronic

Nice Product

This product is a must have. Great if you have V-Drums. One long midi cable and you're off to the races.
Music background: Producer and artist.

Totally awesome!

I own a professional home recording studio. For many years I sequenced via my Korg M3 88. The M3 controlled all my external sound modules. Recently, I decided it was time to invest in a D.A.W. I use the the D.A.W. Primarily for sequencing. I now was in need of a midi interface to trigger my external sound modules and synths. I opted for the micro lite. I must say I was impressed. Works seamlessly with my D.A.W. Easy set up and sufficient channels for all my external midi equipment. I am extremely satisfied and recommend this product. Looks sleek and looks good with the rest of my babies. Good luck!
Music background: Hobbyist

Great MIDI device

Needed something with more than 2 ins/2 outs without overspending on something too large. This fit the bill well. Installation was very simple, software drivers have been rock solid, and my DAW could access the MIDI ports without any manual intervention. The device works better than I expected and has certainly lived up to MOTU's reputation.
Music background: Home studio enthusiast

Fast and easy.

ultra efficient and easy to setup and administrate. Works fantastic in cubase 7
Music background: Music teacher, studio musician.
See also: MOTU, MOTU MIDI Interfaces