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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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.

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.

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

MOTU UltraLite mk3
Quality and renames Motu. Nothing is missing: I / O galore, microphone jack, routing, DSP ... Rglage master volume (all external interfaces do not offer). Firewire connection not ncessitant external power (sick of these son lurking everywhere!) And especially I can also plug it into my laptop. Otherwise I will go for a multifaceted in PCI Express

Usage amateur home studio, creation of electronic music, guitar and microphone jacks

2.66 Ghz Mac Pro quad-7 GB Ram, 500 GB Sata HDD 2

Used with a Virus TI and Novation Xstation Cubase 5


Installation nickel, I Tlcharger the latest drivers on the website Motu.

Minimum System 2 among 2 outputs very easy to implement. Not try routing, see.

Manuel not regardbr />

For now everything works perfectly, so I assume that drivers are stable.

Latency obtained approximately 6ms

Over 30 tracks and I still do not have push its limits


It's been just four hours that I use

Highlight: audio quality gain on my projects,
Weakness: green screen on the facade before, suddenly it looks like a car radio

Testing the Rme Multiface 2 express card on my laptop but I had big problems with the drivers and connections. So, back direct sender.

Very good report quality price, its nearest competitor (Multiface) is about 300 euros more.

Not enough experience with to say.

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

MOTU UltraLite mk3
I was looking for stuff I can dplacer with a laptop computer to record or I wanted.


Itallation has provided easy to watch the pilot intalled 6 software and not to fiddle on pc when one believes that it blocks and still rinstalle once! lol


Drivers stable


Frankly I'm on the ass!
I just bought this sound card to make me a small home studio, I use it with a micro audio technica 4033 and TL Audio pramplis ivory2 5051 and I have taken sick sounds!
I bossai in a studio and not attendai me to have such a quality home, with hardware that price.

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

MOTU UltraLite mk3
Quality of those converter ultimate in external sound card has a reasonable Buget, there really anyone need this card ds hummmmm outputs and entréesssss
use recording studio
Asus Notebook P8600 4GB ram 2 hard drive for recording and 5400tr 7200tr win vista
MPC-connected audio and MIDI, MIDI controller keyboard, synth, Cubase 4.5, and with various vst plug.
and another laptop with the same setup myself with win xp
I use the fire wire port 1394 laptops


A blue screen linstalation
normal must be unconfigured sound card on your pc orrige am ds windows am in the bios, after repairing that oversight here I am near the end of my installed motu.
bin config if you know the vocabulary ds sound is no problem hun my friends ...
manual is clear enough after internet!


Nikel no problem on win xp
a hearing problem with windows vista when playing any worries vista has a moment when playing music or sound, there is a sharp SIFL I am currently looking to solve this problem but I think the driver deserves to win vista update, not all works in cubase normalemen xp and vista (even me as bright fu win xp and win Dobb **)

update bof enough for my taste

no lag jai pa still do the test but is nothing to say perfect c
I do not know jen am 20 and have it work correctly
I have not put the 10sur WinVista 10 because of the ***** I expect the update to home motu.


-3 Weeks
Nbr-most entries sortiesss insert the converter
the lowest bin button my lair fragile to be cruised for vraimen fe vera is it to use. a flat for the whistle if it deserves a 10/10 all the points! jvai and repeated the EM Kest what he é vista sucks it, if you have less than 2GB in vista c no point of thinking to the musik!
so which one mmbox ki raproche most of the motu (pb with vista driver mmbox)
money, is not it better to c! c THE MOTU!
so no worries, but I think seriously to switch to MAC PRO

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

MOTU UltraLite mk3
My choice was motivated by the reputation of the brand, that it is portable and there was enough inputs and outputs for connecting to all without having to disconnect and reconnect the machines MIDI or my microphone. And the fact that this version mk3 integrating effects and CueMix that looked easy to understand.

I use it for the month of September for electronic music composition, but also record guitar, synth and rs7000.

My setup is a PC tower dedicated solely for music. Core 2 Duo 3.16 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, a motherboard with gygabite controller texas instrument firewire hard disc and two Samsung 500 GB. Before I had a laptop toshiba satellite A100, which is two years old, I had problems with him latency and power too limited. So I can say is that you still have a good PC. Level quality of the recordings I am very satisfied, it is clean and dynamic, I do not have much thing to do on the sound that is registered, no need to take the lead to make up for her.


Installation is no problem with the drivers CD, for now do not go to the motu drivers on the site, they do not work.

Level conflict, I had trouble with my laptop, but it's more because it was not for I think. The PC with the Tour and bin is fine.

The configuration is simple, the CueMix is ​​quite clear, we must get used to, but then much simpler than my old Hoontech. Still a little worry is that the exit and hand phones are not really separate. So for now not possible to transfer the hand to listen to the headphones. Maybe in the next maj ca be possible if there are Maj (they not look at s'affoller motu)

The manual is in English, French is the pdf on the installation CD, not against by super translate and it's a mix with the manual of 828. So it's not very serious. I put 8 in the manual, but good people come here.


The drivers are stable, yes, they are not updated in the moment and finally update the drivers offered on the site do not work.

At lag I'm running buffer to 192, I went even lower, latency is 5.7 ms. Above all that the latency is related to the PC, the more powerful the PC is less than y 'will, which means we can reduce the buffer of the card without having audio dropout. So you need a good PC!

At the moment I record a track at the same time, after reading level, jsuis happened to a dozen without worries. I think I went much further.


I use it for 4 months, what I like most is the quality of recorded sound, ease of CueMix. Being able to equalization of dealing or using the compressor. There a very good momentum, even for listening to music, there is a big difference listening.

What I like least, not much room behind at the jacks, they should not be too big for the main outs and I use neutrik bin they touch, oh yeah shame that the hands are out not xlr.

Before that I had on a 386DX guillemot and a DSP 24 Hoontech home.

I would do without hesitation that choice, now it is a pleasure to do sound, I lose no time, I'm going faster, and the creation is so easy.