MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
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MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid

UltraLite mk3 Hybrid, USB audio interface from MOTU in the UltraLite series.

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 27 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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sw8011/12/2012

sw80's review"awsome effects"

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
The UltraLite MK3 Hybrid is a 10 input and 14 output interface that connects to your computer through a USB cable or you can connect it to you computer through a firewire port if you PC or Mac has one. It has 2 very good preamps and has some on unit effects as well. The price is very affordable for all that this interface comes with. The UltraLite MK3 has a screen display on it, it is not a full color screen though. The screen display is great for choosing your effects and tweaking those effects to the desired amount you wish to use.

UTILIZATION

You can use this interface with either a Mac or a PC depending on which OS you are using. You will get very low latency recordings with this interface and you can also use it for the effects in a standalone mode. I have used this interface for both recording and for effects, the first time that I used it was last fall. I wanted to purchase it immediately after using it for the first time.

GETTING STARTED

It is simple to set up, and you can use it in almost any DAW that you choose. Both of the microphone amps have phantom power built in for your condenser microphones. You will have no issues installing the drivers on your computer, it is a plug and play type of interface. The MK3 is also built to last you a long time, it is built with some sort of a protective casting around it that will stand up strong if you happen to knock it off the desk or drop it. Because it can not be racked this is something to take into consideration when looking for an interface.

OVERALL OPINION

The MK3 has about 12 digital mixer effects that you have right at your finger tips. Even if you choose to not use this as your main interface you will still have some great effects that you can use stand alone.
Farben12/04/2014

Farben's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Satisfactory"

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
I chose this interface for its excellent quality / price.

For a compact interface, it still has a number of inputs / outputs more than satisfactory and a lot of options are available. Note the ability to mount the 192KHz sampling.

I tested the firewire and USB. No differences of course but gained consciousness I would recommend firewire.
I use it mainly for listening, sound editing and occasionally Foley on Adam A5X.
It has happened to me to use it to record the stereo analog output table in a classical recording.

USE

I would note a few stability problems. Is not at all a computer whiz, I do not know what is the fact that, listen, this interface abruptly stops sending sound. I just need to restart the file to get everything in order, but it is a difficult problem ...

I use many Pro Tools and Ableton. Who had never worked on large sessions, I have not yet seen the limits of the number of lanes. The recording quality is correct without being exceptional ...

The updates do not seem very common and has high latency but at that price, I do not expect much better.

CueMix FX software, however, is very pleasant to use and has many useful tools to analyze a mix.
The reverb embraquée is a great selling point for this interface. However, I use reverb convolusions and find them obviously superior to it. From an algorithmic point of view, I'm more a fan of the Lexicon and TC reverb that this will probably satisfy a musician but not a sound editor.

Level preamp, we are in an amateur but good registry for what it is. With little budget, I usually used with a NT2A Rode for voices and sound effects. The couple works well but sounds a little cold ...

IMPLEMENTATION

Simple Installation and use.

Just plug and install the software and everything goes.

You just get used to press the knobs to access other functions of the card. Ultimately, not even need to read the manual.

NOTICE GLOBAL

I use it for 3 years and I have to say that despite some reservations about the stability of the beast, I'm pretty satisfied.

I find it superior to the MBox.

I especially like its modularity, the large number of inputs / outputs, good recording quality for the price and the CueMix FX software rather comprehensive and user-friendly as far as manipulating the mouse is not disconcerting.

For 500 €, I think it's proper case, but which calls for a future purchase more efficient as far as we seek something higher course.

I think I would do this choice if I was in the same financial conditions and with the same level of incompetence at the time of my purchase.
I think it fulfills its role card aspiring sound engineer but a greater mastery of the sound world calls for quick switching interfaces.

I intend to keep it and use it as analog / digital converter with a direct outs Revox table for a mobile control for the classic.
magete08/21/2014

magete's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" AWESOME PRACTICE"

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
THIS IS A VERY EFFICIENTLY MAP !! I BUMP ON MOTU 10 YEARS
IMPEC !!!
I USED THE TABLE WITH MACKIE !! THE OLD VLZ it rocks
A PREAMPLI LAMP !! AWESOME FOR WHAT I DONE !!
VOICE GUITARS, RECEIVED, LOW,

UTILIZATION

VERY STABLE
I BUMP ON LOGIC AND PROTOOLS
NEVER HAD BIG WORRIES

GETTING STARTED

EASY TO INSTALL

OVERALL OPINION

10 SINCE I DO THAT BUMP ON MOTU
THE I HAVE A 828 MK3 BECAUSE I PASS BY OPTICAL CONVERTER
I FOUND THE CHEAPER THAN CARDS PROOTOOLS (DESI DESIGN) WHICH ARE TIMES IN MY VIEW overvalued
WITH CONVERTERS AND ALWAYS PREAMPES NOT TOP
I HAVE TRIED OTHER MODELS BUT I RETURN ON MOTU
I RECORDED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN GERMANY ON MOTU IN GREATER STUD IT ME TOO AND FROM THE PLU !!
MonEX08/05/2014

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

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
with MacPro and Yamaha HS 50, Minitaur Moog Kawai Keyboard, USB (with power supply) or firewire, and reputed brand recommended by professionals colleagues

UTILIZATION

No problem, except sometimes you have to restart the card on my MacPro, which does not recognize the boot

Maschine 2.0 and Ableton Live

GETTING STARTED

Easy to use via CueMix, control over the card is also a bit tedious but it will, the manual is quite comprehensive but insufficient

OVERALL OPINION

last year

I am very pleased with this card

I do not use too integrated Reverb or the EQing, the compressor and yes I find it ok, but do not expect very good on this side the
misticalitk08/04/2014

misticalitk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love it"

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
the number of outlet
I use home studio cubase iMac and an analog console

UTILIZATION

Mac nothing to say

GETTING STARTED

Nothing to say

OVERALL OPINION

without hesitation I would do this choice and I plan to invest in even more outputs for
chupachups07/27/2014

chupachups's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nomadic and Quality at appointment"

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
size (small)
production (solid),
very good quality of its inputs,
the number of entries,
virtual mix table (but very complicated "modular")
compressors, reverb, and EQ.
We can do without a computer :-) map also operates autonomously.

Self-powered Firewire :-)

I have a MOTU (large version).

UTILIZATION

The drivers are stable,
MOTU but are not the strongest in terms of updating or support .. damage.

I use this card in Ableton Live 7, 8, 9. Latency very low (ten tracks with 6ms latency buffer ... Total 64 samples or 128 samples .. ca super password!), low CPU resource .

Warning sound card offers to use via its table mix CUE MIX .. it is sometimes complicated :-( some settings are another tool MOTU (MOTU SETUP).'s Manual does not explain much. However, we learn walking, live status, etc. ... so you get there :-)

GETTING STARTED

"Easy" to use with the cue mix software virtual.
You can record different presets table mix and settings of the sound card. It reminds easily ... and that without computer on as the card also works without the USB or FW, standalone.

Installation of drivers okay.
Little explicit manual :-(
The usb does not feed the sound card.

OVERALL OPINION

I award this sound card for its size (small), manufacturing (solid), the quality of its inputs, the number, virtual mix table (but very complicated "modular"), compressors, reverb, and EQ. I also took as it is powered by Firewire :-)

It can be used with or without a computer.

It is a sound card very good in terms of inputs and outputs, the mixing desk and manufacturing.

Update: I sold this card to keep only her big sister. Indeed, live, I prefer the larger version because I can put a machine on, I can put two headphones (we both play) and I go XLR what suits teams sound.

But that should not stop you:
It is a sound card very good in terms of inputs and outputs, the mixing desk and manufacturing.

Some take RME but it is more expensive. Here, the MOTU gives great results, it is very suitable for portable use (and the results are PRO).
Dj k-ci02/11/2014

Dj k-ci's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" adpanne"

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
Motivation = the name of manufacturer / converters

= Making use voice (studio) / plant pretty simple (configuration = headache)

System: Pro Tools HD 9 - win7 64 - 16GB ram / preamp: Universal Audio 6176 / LA-610 MKII

Firewire & USB

UTILIZATION

stability level (few crashes / Audio Clips for reading / and sometimes stop during recording) stability subsequently improved with new drivers

use only for making voice until I receive my new sound card

GETTING STARTED

installation is simple yes

configuration is sucks!

OVERALL OPINION

Used many times we will say that it helps out if you know to go

converters are not worth the HD192 (it's a legend)

the quality / price ratio: it should make 300 €

Overall for the home studio is clearly usable,

for non pro studio!
trokchonchon12/14/2013

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

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
I had chosen because it is compact and very versatile pm (I / O) / converters / preamps / SPDIF / DSP / full output bus.
But also fidelity to MOTU and fear of the unknown.

For a roaming registration and use as mixing at home. I took him various preamps variable quality (BlueTube, joemeek, audio TL ivory, spl GoldMike mk2) and a nice variety of microphones (again, no crap) and I've never been disappointed by the converters.
For monitoring, I used ADAM a7x + hifi + a crash test (computer speakers) + active PA speaker (mono), so 7 outputs used. Here it should be noted that the D / A converters are numerous AND quality, which is rare in this price range, it seems to me.

UTILIZATION

The drivers were stable under winXP, win7 and mac (I know what OS). That's the whole point of this machine, you can install the app super fast on the local computer (in a musicos example) and transform it into audio recording station in 5 minutes (well if when even already DAW software, which is what many musicos in their computer).

I have already recorded 8 tracks simultaneously using dsp (eq / comp / reverb), no problem.
Another important point is the low latency and direct monitoring can even say no latency. In any case if there are problems, it will probably because the PC because this card ensures that view.

The firmware has been updated correctly, I had a problem before or after the execution of the update.

GETTING STARTED

The installation is really quick and painless, the CueMix software, it's been a decade that I practice so it's tricky, but I say it's still easy to understand and intuitive. It is regrettable that it is impossible to have both the IN, OUT and Mix windows must often pass each other, but hey, it is logical.
The manual is clear and sufficient paper version + pdf.

In contrast direct commands on the machine, it is tedious and not ergonomic at all, at the same time it is true that claim condense a mixer on 4cm2 is hot. MOTU tells us we can use the card without the interface, it's bullshit. Here can only serve as troubleshooting, and more.
I would say that, given the quality of the knobs, it is better to leave the volume knob to a stereo or other not to damage the poor little one or two years of normal use, ie listen to music daily (as convertos, again, are very pleasant to listen to our favorite music in good condition).

OVERALL OPINION

I used it for 4 years (2009/2013), after a motu 828 mk2 who farted after 6 years (2003/2009). The ultralight, it has not sold but I sold it (in perfect condition) for a map Steinberg UR824 more preamps.

I also know RME, and I also attended more expensive systems, but only as a musician.

MOTU defended well because it is compact and all in one, but it can also be a default because if used at the end of its capabilities, it almost pitied her with all these cables and returning coming out of the little black and green thing in the middle. And in terms of handling, everything is tight, it was difficult to find a connection with your fingers. I also find that the controls are very fragile and do not inspire confidence. That said, if all the control mice who cares.

The power transformer is blown, I changed it and everything worked again.

The backlight is very fragile, something that applies to all MOTU cards, so we must think of the contrast down a few points from the factory setting (and you can see very well anyway).

Must engage the XLR straight and cleanly as it can stay a little stuck sometimes short, carefully manipulate the connectors.

Absolutely sure of the power from the PC, it is not reliable at all if we want to exploit its capabilities (pad, 48v, preamp, dsp). From this point of view, this is false advertising. Against by the transformer, everything is reliable. On the original model, the Tranfo too hot, disconnect it when not in use. The new model of transformer does not have the same characteristics, which is not, in my opinion, not a chance (1A instead of 800mA)

Frankly and finally, the machine is very pretentious but it provides good from every point of view, if it is treated like a diva and you have the patience to accept the weaknesses related to its small size, to be gentle with it, etc. ...

It has the defects of his qualities.

This is a good quality / price ratio in my opinion.
Phil C.12/11/2013

Phil C.'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fully satisfied"

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
I chose it for several reasons:
- I wanted to move to something beefier than my old m-audio Delta 44
- Of course it fit my budget,
- Its size,
- Two converters good,
- The phantom power adapter included,
- The respectable number of inputs and outputs.
- More specious: Line 6, which nevertheless produces audio interfaces, then put on his website demos simulation of acoustic guitar recorded via an audio interface Motu ...

I use it only in home studio.
It can connect to a computer via USB or Firewire 2, with which the use of the supplied power is not helpful.

Without connecting to a computer (PC or Apple), it can also serve as a mixer on stage for example, there are effects, compressor / limiter and reverb, EQ is very effective.

For now, I use the USB port for recording guitar, bass, and occasionally voice, and of course reading moultes sound banks.

UTILIZATION

The drivers are stable the regular updates.
I record up to two tracks simultaneously, and read I go to a little less than a twenty.
The latency is about 4 milliseconds, very acceptable.
I use it with Cubase.

GETTING STARTED

Installation is simple.
This is my first map so sophisticated, so the grip took me a little time.
Most important: NEVER USE THE OUTPUT MAIN OUT, otherwise everything that enters the card comes through like it or not, terrible mixing or testing a mix of different tracks ...

OVERALL OPINION

I've had two / three years, I do not know well, and I am fully satisfied.
It requires that all of the sound chain is of good quality, so do not skimp on the quality of the tracks, there is no incentive to use the speaker with a laptop ...
It suited my needs, I upgraderai if I have the opportunity to work on projects much larger than I made today.
Leaves today to buy something similar, I will look good on the news, but this interface will keep my reference.
Unless you fall on the five-legged sheep, quality converter even better and even lower prices with the same level of reliability, I might repeat this interface.
roska04/09/2013

roska's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A road"

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
The brand has always been the quality

UTILIZATION

The drivers are EXTREMELY stable and the machine works perfectly with Logic, Cubase and Cakewalk sequencers are the three most commonly used with Ableton Live.

GETTING STARTED

Installing Mac is a real treat. Windows 8, no problem

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 3 months without the slightest problem.
The quality is very good. Converters are very good quality and the rendering is fairly neutral.
The sound is powerful and output effects are of good quality.
the quality / price seems good
The housing is very strong and really suitable for mobile use.
Regarding the final rendering, I compare the APOGEE DUET 2, which is my point of reference in terms of their Mac. Obviously, I have no point of reference similar to Windows. I tested it with Cakewalk (latest version) on Windows 8 and I have no problems of instability. Latency is extremely low or negligible