MOTU UltraLite MkIII Hybrid

FireWire and USB 2.0 audio interface

  • 24 - bit / 192 kHz
  • Two microphone or instrument inputs
  • 6 Balanced analog inputs and 10 outputs with TRS
  • 48V phantom power
  • S / PDIF input / output
  • Headphone output
  • Usable as a stand-alone mixer
  • CueMix FX
  • Integrated DSP
  • LCD Display
  • WDM / ASIO / Core Audio drivers
  • Native 32 & 64 bit driver
  • Operating System: Windows 7 / Vista / XP SP3 - Mac OS X 10.4 and above
  • Included AudioDesk Software for Mac

Further Information

Recording/Playback Channels 10/14
Number of microphone inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 6
Number of instrument inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 10
Headphone Outputs 1
Phantom power Yes
S/PDIF Connectors 1
ADAT Connectors 0
AES/EBU Connectors 0
MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Misc. Connectors No
MIDI Interface Yes
Word Clock No
max. Samplerate in kHz 192 kHz
Max. Resolution in bit 24 bit
Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply Yes
Firewire Version 400
Width in mm 241 mm
Depth in mm 178 mm
Height in mm 45 mm
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Lots of value and quality for money
MikaL, 19.01.2014
What can I say, quality piece of hardware. Compact, sturdy and easy to carry around. Although UltraLite MkIII Hybrid is small in size, it packs an amazing number of inputs and outputs. Although it is an audio interface it doubles as a small portable mixer that works as standalone piece or attached to computer (when you can use CueMix which is included in package).

It is not apparent from outside, but you have lots of configuration options regarding the inputs and outputs. It is possible to use more than 2 monitors. Due to these configuration options and mixer features it may be too confusing if you are looking some simple solution or just a basic. But if you are looking an audio interface that can handle moderately complex audio routings, this is a good choice.

Considering that UltraLite is not expensive it has such additional features like hardware DSP (reverb etc), USB and Firewire connectivity and 192 KHz sampling rate.

I have used it both standalone and attached to several computers. Nice thing is that CueMix and UltraLite work also with old PowerPC based Mac Pro. My only complaint is the cramped interface panel. It is not very easy to use as standalone piece due to cramped rotary buttons which you have to push and rotate in order to navigate through menu and adjust some parameter. But with computer and CueMix it is perfect.
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Carry-around design with a built like Tank
21.11.2014
My first impression of this device is well built, light and amazingly compact. To my pleasant surprise, I found that the version I received (UL Mk3 Hybrid rev3) has a 9-pin Firewire connector (though port is FW400) that means the cable supplied with Ultralite plugs to my Mac straight out of the box. You do not need to purchase a 6-pin to 9-Pin Firewire cable. The box packaging is good and comes with all the things you might need to get going with it i.e. Firewire cable, a USB cable, Rack mounting kit (good that it was not pre-installed since I intend to use it as a desktop interface only), Power adapter, Full manual ( you can download one from MOTU's website as well), Software disk (Audiodesk 3.21, CueMix, OSC layout for iPad app, best of all - a video tutorial on CueMix). If I were to tell the missing links, I'd say an ADAT IO and Class-compliant mode (to record on iPad) would have made it a killer package but considering its cost and size that is forgiving. Driver's installation was a breeze and my Mac (on Maverick) immediately recognized Ultralite.Knobes on the front have good tactile feel and have step-type movement rather than a smooth one, which I personally find better to my taste.
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Amazing, versatile unit
Steve84, 03.06.2013
Although mainly an audio interface, I've also used this as a PA mixer, compressor/limiter, equaliser and even all of the above at the same time. It packs an amazing quantity of features into a half rack unit. It's extremely well made. It takes a bit of practice to use all the features via the front panel, but the software makes it easy. Very highly recommended.
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All You Need!
Tom1529, 20.08.2014
I’ve tried quite a lot of interfaces over recent years, and I can honestly say that I know I’ll be using this lovable brick a lot. Many reviews have spoken about how versatile it is. The amount of inputs is fantastic, the preamps are very nice (not the best on the market, but certainly in that higher bracket for this price) and the interface is sturdy and reliable. I’ve been using this to record an album for my post-grad studies, and it has been perfect. The real added bonus is definitely being able to use it stand-alone, in a live environment. Anybody looking for quality on a budget should absolutely give this some thought. I suspect when I eventually upgrade in a few years to meet larger needs, I’ll still keep this as a travel companion.
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