MOTU UltraLite mk5

USB 2.0 Audio Interface

  • With USB C connector
  • ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology
  • 24 Bit / 44.1 - 192 kHz
  • Precise level meters for all analogue inputs/outputs with high-resolution OLED display
  • 2 Microphone / line / Hi-Z inputs via XLR/jack combo socket
  • Gain control and 48V phantom power for both mic inputs
  • 10 DC-coupled line outputs via 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • 6 Line inputs via 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • Digital inputs/outputs via ADAT (8 channels) or Optical S/PDIF (2-channel)
  • MIDI input and output
  • Stereo headphone output via 6.3 mm jack with independent volume control
  • DSP-controlled 22 x 6 monitor mixer incl. reverb, parametric 4-band equaliser and dynamic effects
  • Driver loopback for mixing computer audio, live streaming and podcasting
  • iOS compatible (USB class compliant)
  • System requirements: Windows 7 or higher, USB Class Compliant for plug-and-play operation on the Mac
  • Includes MOTU Performer Lite 10

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 18x22
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 10
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock 0
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 220 mm
Depth in mm 178 mm
Height in mm 45 mm

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L_Bo, 15.05.2021
Nicely compact with a pleasing aesthetic, sleeker in person than the pictures would have you believe. Build quality is excellent, surpassed my expectations. The unit gets slightly warm during use, nothing out of the ordinary for electronic equipment.

I use it in a Win10 home studio setup, drivers install along with CueMix 5 in a single installer, firmware update via CueMix took 30 secs, was up an running on my system within about 15 mins from opening the box. CueMix 5 is well laid out, easy to use, responsive and functional.

The OLED is a nice addition and is quite useful for quick metering and there are some settings you can change directly on the device without having to open CM5 such as sample rate and factory reset. Latency performance is good, nice and stable at low buffer sizes. Loads of I/O, the two pre-amps sound great, transparent, with lots of gain. DC coupled outputs are a useful bonus. MIDI I/O essential, ADAT expansion great to have.

One con: the Volume knob is small and right above the headphone output so can be harder to turn when you have a set plugged in. The knob is high precision but that also means it takes a few seconds to turn all the way down. As far as I can tell, there is no way of quickly muting either the headphones output or the main output directly on the device.

Overall very pleased with this purchase, does everything I need and more at a very high standard of quality across the board.
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Excelente tarjeta.
J. Jaime, 01.06.2021
Estupenda tarjeta de sonido. La utilizo para grabar audio y midi en mi home estudio y se ajusta perfectamente a mis necesidades. He estado usando durante más de 10 años una RME Fireface 400, hasta que ha dejado de funcionar y he tenido que reemplazarla por otra. La Motu UltraLite mk5 me ha sorprendido por su gran calidad de audio, su buena construcción, y está a la altura de lo que esperaba. Resultó muy fácil la instalación y es sencilla de manejar. Ha cubierto mis expectativas, la recomiendo.
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TB carte
vebe, 04.05.2021
Comme d'habitude, très bonne carte son signée Motu. C'est ma 3ème carte de la famille Ultralite. Costaude, facile à mettre en œuvre et TB qualité audio.
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Klanglich Top - Win-Treiber noch verbesserungswürdig.
Jah Horst, 18.05.2021
Der neue ES9026Pro DAC klingt erwartungsgemäss hervorragend und auch der Kopfhörerverstärker spielt weit über seiner Preisklasse.
Die A/D Wandler sind solide, eingehende Detailtests stehen noch aus.
Leider sind die Win10 Treiber noch nicht ganz da; der WDM-Treiber hat noch Aussetzer, z.B. bei der Streaming-Wiedergabe im Browser.
Der Asio-Treiber funktioniert bei mir schon sehr gut und die Performance ist tatsächlich in der Nähe der Königsklasse-RME-Treiber.
Wer ein Multichannel-Interface mit herrausragendem Klangbild sucht, wird hier definitiv fündig. Mir ist keine besserklingende Alternative im Bereich bis 2000€ bekannt (UFX + und UAD Apollo X eingeschlossen). Zu dem Preis ein absoluter Knüller, vor allem, wenn die zu erwartenden Treiberupdates bald folgen.
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