MOTU UltraLite mk3
MOTU UltraLite mk3

UltraLite mk3, FireWire audio interface from MOTU in the UltraLite series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 17 reviews )
 12 reviews71 %
 3 reviews18 %
 2 reviews12 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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peepsaudio's review

MOTU UltraLite mk3
I got this a year or two ago because I wanted to get a small portable interface that I can take with me when I travel and I don't want to lug around a giant rack with my studio gear. This little interface is packed full of features even though it's tiny. There are 8 audio inputs, a headphone and main out, built-in FX, and good sounding preamps and A/D conversion. I use this pretty much exclusively with my Toshiba Satellite laptop which has Windows XP. The audio inputs and outputs are all standard 1/4" cables. It will connect to your computer with a firewire cable.


This installed with no problems. I installed the driver from the disc, then updated it with the drivers on the MOTU website. After that it was pretty much ready to go after I plugged it in. There is a software interface page on which you can set a few options, and after that I was ready to record. I haven't experienced any compatibility issues with my computer or with the Nuendo software I run on it. The manual is very good. If you have any questions it's very likely you'll find the answer in there. There are also some subtle features on this interface that the manual explains, so it's worth your time to read through the whole thing.


The drivers work very well, I have never had a problems with them. I believe they were last updated about a year ago, but I haven't seen any reason to update them since then since they work fine. I most often use this interface with Nuendo. The latency is just about 0, and you can also monitor while recording straight through the interface which is 0 latency monitoring. You can record 8 tracks at a time with the 8 1/4" inputs.


I really love the compactness of this interface since it makes it great for traveling and using it as a laptop companion. Even though it's small, it doesn't skimp on features that you may get used to having in the studio. The price is great, MOTU is giving you a great deal on a very useful piece of gear. It's a great value and I would definitely get it again.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I recommend!"

MOTU UltraLite mk3
Lightweight and small, ideal for transportation. And very robust!


Latency of 14ms, I use it with cubase 4.


Not need to know much computer to run it, especially as the MOTU site is exemplary!


8 years ago I have this machine, it has undergone local and often humid with temperatures not recommended for this type of device ... Never the slightest problem manifested itself.

rjeunet's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Compact mixer!"

MOTU UltraLite mk3
I was looking for a mobile interface for connecting multiple sources, and Motu offers a large number of I / O in a compact housing. In fact, the audio interface function is secondary to the Ultralite: it is a mixer with built-in effects. Ie a computer can use it as sound card, but it is not essential, alone it acts mixer.
It is possible to configure a different mix for each pair of stereo audio output, this is the equivalent of 8 MIXERS. The integrated effects of compression and reverb apply without latency.
It can mix all the entries in a small group of music (a guitarist, an electric piano, one or two microphones, etc.) without using a computer. IT HAPPENS FOR COMPUTER as RME.


The CueMix allows a simple graphical access to all functions of the Ultralite. Note that absolutely everything is customizable interface with integrated Ultralite, without needing the computer, even the 8 mixers integrated. The use of the computer used to store different configurations mixes if you want to define multiple sets of 8 tables mixes: example this morning I mix a small quartet, this afternoon my home studio, the band tonight .. 3 .. The mixer configurations are stored in the Motu, and the menu I go from one to the other. SUPER powerful!


No worries MacOSX. Those who are not accustomed to dealing with issues of monitoring, or multiple I / O will find the same difficulties as other similar products.
On other systems I do not know.


I have 5 years and I started to saturate the I / O So I plan to buy a second for my connecting additional devices. I also considered the equivalent product from RME, but I'm happy, no reason to change
What I like most is its autonomy vis-à-vis the computer: just Motu one or more sound sources, and it is part of my Genelecs or a multitrack recorder!
Franck Débine01/06/2012

Franck Débine's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MOTU UltraLite mk3
J I took this card for its number of inputs and the reputation of the brand.

I used to finally make the return to my Mackie Onyx ... then 2 and 1 microphone input.

PC Setup:

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5

Intel Core I7 920
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366

G Skill 6GB DDR3-1333

OCZ Vertex 2 SSD Series internal 2.5 "- 120 GB

Samsung SyncMaster T240HD

Raid 1: 2 x Western Digital Caviar Blue 650 GB Sata II


Driver stable under Windows 7 64bit.

Used with Cubase 5 carefree.

No I never use more than one track record.

Latency below 25ms.


Quick and efficient.

General config simple.

Attention chispet your firewire, some are finicky d after a lot of comments.

Not open the manual.


This must have 2 years as jl.

J got to the other cards and this one suits me very well.

Value for money for me very good.

I would do this choice without worry.

M0LI's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Satisfied"

MOTU UltraLite mk3
The purchase of the card was motivated by the reputation of the brand's level, a complete connection (I did not need as many inputs and outputs, but at least I know I would not be limited if my setup changes). After using an Edirol long, I wanted to move on: good sound quickly and efficiently, without taking the lead. I was also fascinated by the built-in effects.

The card is plugged in firewire on an iMac and I use as Adam A5 monitors, knowing that I am in an apartment. My setup is consistent and matches the quality I expect.


The card is very stable, at least on my mac, I use Mac OS or Windows XP in bootcamp.

With the software CueMix is ​​easily reached its goals: to levels enable direct monitoring, apply effects as needed ...

Finally I use very little effects of the card, because I do not like the effects used in recording, and used during the mix is ​​relatively complicated (just look in the tips for s' accountable). It's a shame because the compressor and eq sound good.

Note that you can use the card without turning on the computer that provides the juice still on the firewire port. In this case she uses mixer sonnoriser quickly if I want something (an iPod, an instrument ...). Very convenient.


Installation without problems.

The map is accompanied by a heavy paper manual, but honestly, it is not always clear.


More than 2 years that I use now, and I am completely satisfied. I went from a low-end config Pc less powerful laptop + Edirol UA25 + Roland DM10 monitors in a home studio config quality, and I do not regret having put the money. Quality is at the appointment, and I do not take my head with my stuff. I am very happy with my choice.

fion's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" disappointed"

MOTU UltraLite mk3
I was tempted by this card because it seemed reliable (more on that later) being well equipped on the basics: lantency, converters, drivers, general features. I wanted one thing more than anything, that it works and it does not crash. MOTU had fairly good reputation, they had big problems with firewire but this dark period seemed gone with the advent of USB 2 ..


This is where I am disappointed, I use it on a beautiful, recently purchased tower PC  that has far more resources than necessary. And well I tell you plainly: it crashes ALL THE TIME, which is nice -  plus all the computer crashes completly (it does not at any time the rest of the time). I find myself forced to reboot one time, 2 times, up to 6 times (last night) so that the drivers are finally stack.. When you're with your recording session guitarist who waits while contemplating the stars that fucks her really bad, she gets mad and one does not get anywhere. When it works, it is fine.


no particular concerns


very disappointed. I was ready to pay the price for something stable and pro. If I can not find a solution I will go with RME little chance that I buy MOTU again.

DiZ69's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Satisfies"

MOTU UltraLite mk3
See manufacturer website


Nickel ...


Chrome ...


My little MOTU UltraLite mk3 has never failed, I just want to change right now, just to see top line,

But for the home studio on the standard monitor, or a mobile config, the beast is well

Used on the Texas Instrument firewire chipset gigabytes of my EP45 UD3P everything works properly

At the time, I wanted to type in RME, but I had a lot of investment has realized

I do not regret my purchase, I would do in similar circumstances this choice

lta's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MOTU UltraLite mk3
The number of input-output, phantom power, and brand reputation are key factors that motivated my purchase.

I use in my home studio but I had initially planned to use it to live in different styles of techno with aggressive hardware by side.


Like many brands these days, MOTU has succumbed to the temptation to provide a driver with huge lot (trop!) functionality, which gives a much broader, more complicated to maintain and test for the brand and therefore inevitably less stable.

At precisely the stability I was tremendously disappointed. I tested on different PCs for me, with the firewire chip recommends the mark either side of decent quality. In the best case, it does everything that crashed two days and in the meantime with regular small breaks in the sound by emitting a shrill sound. As developer, with skills in audio dev, I can usually run a proper gear that I buy.

Apparently it works much better on Mac, which seems to be the reference platform Motu, but I could not see.

These are not updated very often, and are not available under Linux, which is not usually a good sign for a manufacturer.

To summarize, driver rating, Motu trying to do too much and can not do: - / The mixer and the integrated effects are relevant and of good quality, but before that I just love the card is stable! RealTek and SoundBlaster drivers make better qualities!

Apart from stability problems, the card works fine when it remains within reasonable latencies (6-10 ms) can use all the tracks if I remember correctly


Installation is easy, the configuration is usually simple and intuitive when one does not fall on the rare but troublesome gaps evident.

Again the interface is not supported on Linux, which I use regularly. It is a very bad practice from a manufacturer that ultimately did nothing very interesting to hide by hiding the specifications to develop one.

Otherwise I have not read the manual either wholly or carefully I did include it in the note.


I used six months before selling for RME (which has none of the defects of this interface, especially stability)

I'm going through a lot of models and lower midrange: M-Audio, Edirol, E-mu, Behringer has the opportunity and even Hercules.

I do not buy new equipment from MOTU.

Sq06's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MOTU UltraLite mk3
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?
The MOTU Notore brand, the quality of the converters, the price, many of the effects Intgr ...
- For what purpose?
Home studio, models, see album ...
- What is your config (motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
Well, not terrible, a Dell Inspiron 530 2GB RAM, 2GHz, however I board no problem to work ...
- Which instruments or Systmes (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ...
Micro audio technica at 2020, presonus tube pre, Line6 Flextone 2 Hd, marshall thirtieth birthday, the strat paul ...


- Installation is it without problem?
Had no particular concerns
- Have you experienced any incompatibility?
- The configuration gnrale is easy?
Yes, but yet very extensive.
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
In English, but I rcupr in french so all is well.


- The drivers are stable?
- Are they often put day?
No, but they walk so no worries.
- What software do you use most often?
Magix Samplitude 10.1
- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...
I did not realize, but my projects run an average of 10 track, ca runs without problem.


- How long have you use it?
About a month
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
The quality of the converters, software CueMix, I do not blame him, it's perfect!
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
I owned an Edirol UA 25, sold.
- How do you report qualitprix?
Extra, Great value quality price!
- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
Without hsiter.

fouz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MOTU UltraLite mk3
- FireWire / Buttons faade / a lot of outlets for a small
- Home Studio / typical cost
- Intel Imac Windows XP (sacrilge)
- Master keyboard Akai MPK49 Genelec 8020A speakers


Installation without problem. Just a driver problem but brid Firewire MOTU does not lie. The manual book is in English.


No crashes, except when j'teins sound card for the extinction of XP.
Trs good latency. CueMix software is excellent.


I use it now for several months.
I love the ruggedness.
I have so far not used the entries, but it will not be long.
I also like the panel and buttons faade, being able to master volumes rgler / phones without using the mouse mouse.
The sound is good trs trs! The software allows CueMix rglages for sound. I play a lot with the equalizer depending on what j'coute.
This is THE FIRST j'achte that pro sound card, and I'm not. This changes the low-end cards Realtek!
I would do without this choice hsiter.