MOTU UltraLite

MOTU UltraLite

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

46 user reviews

MOTU UltraLite tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: MOTU
  • Model: UltraLite
  • Series: UltraLite
  • Category: FireWire audio interfaces
  • Added in our database on: 03/05/2006

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MOTU UltraLite user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 46 reviews )
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theaudioandvideoguy's review"I wish it was rackable."

MOTU UltraLite
The Motu Ultra Lite is a audio interface that connects to your pc through fire wire, you computer would need to have a fire wire port in order for you to be able to use this device. If you don’t have a fire wire port on your computer don’t even bother purchasing this. You will need to get a USB interface instead. There is a large debate on if fire wire is better than USB, in my opinion you wont really be able to tell a difference in quality just maybe the USB will have a little more of a lag, but in most cases the lag is so minimal that the ear cant even pick it up. But there is a lag in fire wire too, so don’t think if you purchase the Motu Ultra Lite that you wont have any lag at all, because all interfaces have some sort of a lag. But you wont be able to tell there is a lag when using the Motu lite.


The Motu Ultra Lite is a complex little interface, it is very powerful for it to be such a small unit. There are plenty of ins to run all of your audio in signals into so you can do whatever you want to do with them , in my case I used it to get audio into my pc from external gear.


The sound is very good, you will love the quality. But I think that the price of this unit brand new is a little too expensive. Even a used one can still cost 200 or more dollars today and it has been out for a while now.


There are several fire wire interfaces that are great, the Motu Ultra Lite is a great one as well, I just feel like it is an overpriced unit because its just too expensive. Maybe if it was this price and it was rack able then it would be different or if they offered a rack able version of this same device I would feel different about it.

yoTrakkz's review"for your home studio"

MOTU UltraLite
The Motu Ultra Lite is a simple, USB audio interface for use in home studios. This type of interface is a perfect way to start building your small home studio. It's definitely not going to be adequate for an sort of in depth recording, but if you're just looking to get some demos down it will do the job. There are a lot of audio interfaces out there like this, so definitely make sure to do your homework before deciding on one. The UA-25 in particular has two dual XLR-1/4" microphone preamps, each with their own gain knobs and a 1/4" headphone jack in the front. In the back it's MIDI and digital (ADAT) inputs and outputs as well as 1/4" and RCA outputs for your main monitors. It has built in phantom power and can support sample rates up to 96 K.


If you understand the basics behind audio interfaces, nothing should seem complicated to you about the Motu Ultra Lite . Once you make your initial connections, there's not too much to be aware of on this, as it's pretty simple. Of course I do understand that those who are looking at something like this probably are just starting out. If you feel lost just looking/hearing about this, grab the manual for some help...


The sound of the mic preamps on the Motu Ultra Lite aren't all that great, but are suitable for laying down demos at the least. Those looking at the UA-25 most likely aren't going to need the best sounding preamps, and if you are I'd suggest you stop reading this review and look elsewhere! You probably couldn't make a professional sounding recording, but if you just want something with a few mic inputs to use in your DAW, the UA-25 sounds just fine for that.


While there isn't too much that sets the Motu Ultra Lite apart, it's still a solid USB audio interface for very small home studios where you might have this and a microphone and your DAW basically.

moosers's review

MOTU UltraLite
The MOTU UltraLite is a 14 x 10 audio and MIDI interface designed for the home studio DAW that will support up to 96 kHz. For such a little unit, it’s actually got a good amount of versatility and options. It’s a firewire based unit, consisting of two ports. There are two microphone preamps, each of which have dual ¼”/XLR jacks and trim knobs, built in phantom power, and a pad for each as well. As far as other connections go, it has six other ¼” inputs, eight ¼” outputs to correspond with each of the inputs, and ¼” main stereo outputs for sending your sound to your monitors. It also has a MIDI input and output and the same for S/PDIF as well. There’s also a ¼” jack for a headphone input and metering is done with the LED screen on the front panel. It’s powered by either your computer via bus power, or with a nine volt power supply. The MOTU UltraLite isn’t rack mountable, as it’s meant to be as portable as possible.


As long as you understand the characteristics and features involved here, you’re going to be able to operate the MOTU UltraLite without any issues. Everything is pretty straight forward and direct once you understand all of the connections and features here. Of course if this is your first audio interface, you might want to have the manual around to help you understand all of the basic components here.


The MOTU UltraLite is overall a very clean sounding unit, from the preamps to the overall playback quality through the converters. Especially considering that this is meant for portability, the sound is quite sparkling clean. The preamps aren’t necessarily the best sounding in the world, but they do have a decent amount of depth to them and will definitely get the job done for remote recording or for work in a smaller home studio.


As far as small/portable audio interfaces go, the MOTU UltraLite has as much flexibility crammed on this little unit as any I’ve used before. It will definitely work in your home studio if you want a little audio interface to run your DAW on, but I think it would work best as a supplemental unit for recording on the go. I don’t own this audio interface myself, but a friend of mine has it for his home studio and uses it all the time for recording on the go, which is really a great thing to be able to do. MOTU has some great audio interfaces in all different price ranges and for different purposes, so if the UltraLite doesn’t do it for you, definitely check out the others that they have to offer.

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

MOTU UltraLite
The reputation of the brand
I am the User in dplacement with a MacBook Pro equipped with 4 GB of RAM
Connect all without the slightest problem.
I possde also a Firewire 18/14 MAudio and also no problems.


Absolutely no problem with DInstalling MAC. on the other hand, be careful with Windows because some FireWire configurations are not recognized.
No necessity of reading the manual is clear interface so.


The "drivers" are extremely stable.
They are upgraded when this is ncessaire, I suppose?
Logic Pro, I have absolutely no problem meeting.
Jobtiens infrieure a latency of 5 ms, which is ngligeable.
Jarrive record more than 20 tracks without the slightest poblme. I think quon go to del.


I am the User for two years without ever having encountered any problem.
Jadore compact side and being able to use it as a mixer without computer.
I also possde MAudio Firewire 18/14 I find clearer in the violins and string sounds in general.
The report qualitprix is ​​properly done.
If CTAIT again, this is a product that I would take into account.

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