MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid
MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid

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

tomduff 01/16/2012

MOTU UltraLite mk3 Hybrid : tomduff's user review

«  Compact and versatile, but handling not so easy »

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It is a USB or Firewire audio interface, equipped with 8 inputs (phantom power supply with 2XLR + 6 jacks) in a very compact, compared with a whisk. It can be used in stand alone, without a PC.

I bought it at the time to record vocals and guitars in a home studio for electro rock project. Since then, I also used to record 8 tracks in my rock band.
I use it on PC and Mac, Cubase, Logic and Reaper, mostly USB. Motu does not offer driver for Linux.


A black spot is its stability. I've had a few blue screens, but it is so exceptional it is not yet gone through the window (against, in a live, AC can be a problem).

Its ergonomics are not the top, but the defects of his qualities.
Optionally, it can be adjusted directly through the few front-panel buttons or PC via the supplied software.
The facade is laborious adjustment: 4 buttons to 8 inputs (with compressor, filters and reverb, ...) That's a lot of menus and submenus. Feasible, but the risk of tearing their hair.
For cons, the software is not too bad and, ultimately, is what I use all the time to adjust.

Finally, once adjustments are made and saved, it is very convenient. I use my home (in home studio) and repetition. It stores up to 8 tracks simultaneously with a relatively low latency.


No problem with installation on various PC and Mac on which I use.
Only the grip is long enough, but the manual is dense.


I have been using 2 / 3 years now.
I had a Lexicon Omega before the recording quality which left me on my hunger. With preamps and converters of this Motu is the day and night, and it is his main quality: excellent sound quality, good connectivity, and easily transportable.
on the other hand, it takes a little patience to learn and configure it properly.

As for the price, I found it a bit expensive to buy just to save his guitar and singing at home. But ultimately, it can replace a small mixer for a rock band, and there, it's worth it.