MOTU UltraLite mk3
MOTU UltraLite mk3

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

peepsaudio 09/07/2008

MOTU UltraLite mk3 : peepsaudio's user review


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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.