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 8 or later, USB Class Compliant for plug-and-play operation on the Mac
  • Includes MOTU Performer Lite 10
Available since April 2021
Item number 516626
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Recording / Playback Channels 18x22
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 8
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
Connection Format USB port Type C
Included in delivery MOTU Performer Lite 10
Zero latency monitoring 1
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27 Reviews

Ticks all the boxes
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.


10out 8in budget, okay Wandlung, harsche Höhen und Jitter - das hört man sofort
OTEC Events 12.06.2023
735€ und 1 bit oled display einzubauen ist das allerletzte auf der Welt. Unfassbar. Digital-analog Wandlung ist o.k.a.y. Sehr störend auf das Gesamtbild des Klanges und insgesamt Gerätes wirken die harsche Höhen und Jitter aus. Wahrscheinlich 125db,115db noise floor und viele ins und outs konnten nur mit obengenannten Klangproblemen erreicht werden (typisch Motu). Im Vergleich beim Apollo Twin X gibt das nicht. Da klingt alles sehr gut, eingebaute preamps um Welten besser.
Vielleicht mit external clock verbessert sich beim Ultralite5 alldas wie das z.B. bei Apollo x16 der Fall ist (x16 mit guten external clock wird auf ein mal eine höhere Wandlerklasse, nur wenige wissen dass apollo für einen externen Clock ausgelegt ist). Von daher die Wandlung und internal clock ist nur mit O.K. zu bewerten.

Motu ist verbesserungsfähig und sollte dies korrigieren z.B. 1000-2000€ aber dann bitte menschlichen Sound, guten Clock, gerne Doppelhöhe bzw. 19'' zoll rackfähig, externes Netzteil weiterhin und klever konfiguriert - Ultralite5 ist zurückgeblieben und nicht überlegen, ich habe es gekauft, wegen 125db und 10 Ausgängen.

Der Preis 735€ für 10 simmetrische Ausgänge und 8 simmetrische Eingänge (2 davon Preamps) ist trotzdem viel zu hoch.

Die Software und Treiber auf Windows 11 liefern schnell zuverlässige und intuitive Ergebnisse - hier beste Note. Wird leicht warm das Gerät, es wackelt nichts, gutes Gewicht, Gummifüße, gute stabile Buchsen, auch hier beste Note.

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Top Sound Quality and features
Dim83 15.11.2022
As from past years MOTU has a very special quality about its products! High quality converters, high build quality and very nice deal at this price range!


Perfect in every way
OCAudiophile 18.10.2023
Unmeasurable distortion levels, enough channels to even run Dolby Atmos with filters from a PC


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