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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 46 reviews )
 32 reviews70 %
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Target:Advanced usersValue For Money:Excellent

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.

Smonnsa's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" This is a CIBIE?"

MOTU UltraLite
Why this purchase:
Strength - Quality - Dynamic - Multi direct return (bus 4)

Usage: Mobile Studio - DJ'ing - Montage


I use it for more than 5 years and each time it is with the CD-install it works ....


I note also that it is super sensitive to the level of supply therefore best used with supply (transformer) ....

I've always had stability problems on laptop ordis whether live or connect with MPCIMCIA Map.

Once stable, no problems with any software ....


C "is good stuff set apart my stability problem.

A little pricey at the time, the levels of the converters is not very high!


- Pay attention I think there is some model have problems with factory ...!

- No use with Linux!

- Brittle transformer

- They always told me that it is more dedicated hardware MAC!

- For the current price is not bad at all ....

For the record I buy a week before he announced the release of the Hybrid: I had the balls ..... So be careful ... it is often SKY show that we see the future ...!

The little joke one day a guy asked me if it was a CIBIE

Boone's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good product"

MOTU UltraLite
Electric Guitar, Bass, Midi, mini studio, I use it now as always mix in my basement for practice sessions.


Drivers great Mac and PC


easy installation


I now have sound cards that sound a little better than this one but for a card mat we carry around anywhere she did an excellent job.

sectiond's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" My best buy"

MOTU UltraLite
is the value for money of the product that has motivated my choice.

I use almost all connectors, input output jack for my compressor for my multi effect spdif, midi to my synth .. and now with traktor to play in the evenings because I bought a 828 that replaces the studio.


drivers always up to date and super stable.

I used logic, live and traktor still no problem.

I can use all inputs and outputs simultaneously with no worries latency.


installation without any problem ..

configuration super easy ..

principle defined .. no I did not need the manual.


this is the oldest product of my studio and simply the best purchase I made for 7 years.

it's been over seven years since the interface makes me good service and I do not feel the need for more expensive.

what I like most is the value of his / price / flexibility.

I redid the choice a second time by taking a 828 for the studio which is almost similar to the ultralite and the compactness of lThis last makes it a perfect ally to play in the evenings.

URecords38's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

MOTU UltraLite






Good sound card, but drivers bug too, since I've been on RME Fireface UC is the day and night.
Selecta Tipiak aKa littlebigman10/21/2012

Selecta Tipiak aKa littlebigman's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Well for starters!"

MOTU UltraLite
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
The number of input and output, the reputation of the motu converters for year / na. Firewire cable to connect to my macbook. But especially the size and therefore the possibility of easily take out of my home studio.
With which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtD ...) you use it and how connections? ...
Firstly it served as my motherboard connected to my mac and my monitor speakers. Then she allowed me to work with the hardware and now it allows me to increase my output of my focusrite to an analog console.






How long have you been using?
Mmmmmh see at least 5 7 years. I actually know!
Did you try many other models before buying it?
What is so special that you like most and least?
nothing to declare!
How do you rate the quality / price? With experience, you do again this choice? ...
It is still in service returned after a year. They sent me a brand new after a long battle with the VAS. Since no worries. I think yau fake contact Firewire who grilled so be careful!

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

MOTU UltraLite
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
Its mid-range card
IO number of interesting

What instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtDs ...) the use and how you connect? ..
DJ setup mainly
Stereo output for playback
SM 58 microphone
A synth

It worked A1.

For what purpose? What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / RAM / Disk, ...)?
DJ / Producer electronic
Mac Pro 1.1 5 gig of ram.


Stable drivers and updated regularly, without regression.
Logic used most often.
It can record all analog inputs at the same time without problems.
For latency, I can not remember, but it is in terms of perforation.


Everything is perfect and it's easy.


I sold it to go to the RME. This is a sound card that I recommend to everyone who wants the connectivity and an average range.

xsensor's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super sound card"

MOTU UltraLite
What motivated me to buy this sound card is the fact that it is not bulky and it is possible to "Racké" but the real plus is the quality of this preamp to soundcard

The purpose: to make its decision on a home LogicPro (Guitar Voice) but also recording rehearsal
Firewire 400


no driver problems
no latency
yes update


mac no problems in PC I is not tested


2 years
I try a lot of models before choosing and are not photographs