MOTU UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid
Mobile Firewire & USB Audio Interface


MOTU's UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid is their most compact and versatile audio interface, featuring hybrid FireWire/USB2 connectivity to your Mac or Windows computer, on-board mixing and effects, superb sound and reliable performance.

As the first-ever "hybrid" audio interface of its kind, the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid provides flexible and mobile operation via FireWire or hi-speed USB2 connectivity to a Mac or PC computer, with professional audio quality at samples rates up to 192 kHz and plenty of I/O, including two mic/instrument inputs, six line-level analog inputs, ten channels of analog output, stereo S/PDIF and a stereo headphone output.

Housed in a rugged, compact half-rack enclosure you can take anywhere, the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer.  As an interface or standalone mixer, the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid provides 10 separate inputs and 14 separate outputs.

Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines, effects processors and even MIDI devices.  Record, monitor, route and process all of these live inputs using the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer — with no latency and no processor strain on your computer.  Apply hardware DSP-driven effects processing to inputs, outputs, and busses independent of your host computer.  Add Classic Reverb™ with lengths up to 60 seconds.  Further sculpt your sound with 7-band parametric EQ featuring filter types carefully modeled after British analog console EQs.  Choose between two forms of compression: a conventional compressor and the Leveler™, an accurate model of the legendary LA-2A™ optical compressor that provides vintage, musical automatic gain control.

The included CueMix FX cross-platform mixing software provides attractive graphic mixing, graphic editing of parametric EQ, and a convenient tabbed interface for quick access to all features in one window.  Advanced signal analysis tools include a full-screen real-time FFT display, spectrogram "waterfall" display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.

After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid from the computer and take it on the road for operation as a stand-alone mixer with effects.  All mixing and effects parameters are adjustable using the front panel backlit LCD.

The UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid provides cross-platform compatibility with Mac and Windows and all of your favorite audio software and host-based effects via WDM/ASIO/Core Audio drivers. Or you can use the included AudioDesk workstation software for Mac, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.

MOTU UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid Features:

  • Includes rack adapter for TWO MOTU half-rack interfaces. (This is not a kit that allows you to mount ONE half-rack interface into a full rack space.)
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB2 connectivity
  • CueMix FX™ — flexible 10 input/14 bus mixer with on-board DSP effects,including reverb with sends/returns, plus EQ and compression on every inputand output.
  • 10 inputs / 14 outputs — there's no channel sharing in the UltraLite-mk3Hybrid; the mic inputs, S/PDIF I/O, headphone out and main outs are allhandled as separate channels.
  • Classic Reverb™ — provides five different room types, three frequencyshelves with adjustable crossover points, shelf filtering and reverb lengthsup to 60 seconds.
  • Two forms of compression — a standard compressor with conventionalthreshold/ratio/attack/release/gain controls and the Leveler™, an accuratemodel of the legendary LA-2A optical compressor, which provides vintage,musical automatic gain control.
  • Modeled EQ — provides 7-band parametric EQ modeled after British analogconsole EQs, featuring 4 filter styles (gain/Q profiles) to effectively covera wide range of audio material. LP and HP filters are also supplied withslopes that range from 6 to 36 dB.
  • CueMix FX cross-platform mixing software — attractive graphic mixing,graphic editing of parametric EQ and a convenient tabbed interface for quickaccess to all features in one window. Also provides full-screen real-time FFTdisplay, spectrogram "waterfall" display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear orpolar phase analysis.
  • Front-panel control — access any setting in your entire UltraLite-mk3Hybrid mix directly from the front panel.
  • "Reverb return" stream — allows users to record or mix UltraLite-mk3Hybrid reverb output separately in their DAW. Effects can also be applied whenthe UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid is operating stand-alone (without a computer) as acomplete stand-alone mixer.
  • Stand-alone operation — program your mixes at the studio and then bringthe UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid to your gig — no computer needed. Just plug in theincluded power adapter and you are ready to go. Need to tweak the mix? Do iton site using the back-lit LCD and front-panel controls.
  • Multiple CueMix FX mixes — for example, create different monitor mixes forthe main outs and headphones. Or add send/return loops for outboard gear —with no latency.
  • Two combo jacks provide hi-Z 1/4” guitar input or low-Z XLR mic input withphantom power, pad and plenty of gain.
  • Eight 24-bit 192kHz analog inputs and outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4"TRS jacks
  • Precision Digital Trim™ — Digitally controlled analog trim on all analoginputs (mic/guitar inputs + quarter-inch TRS inputs) provides accurateadjustements in 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of your analog inputsand then save/recall trim configurations.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS) — a DSP-driven phase lock engine andinternal clock source that produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics(below the noise floor), even when the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid is resolved to anexternal clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • Time code support — directly resolves to (or generates) time code via anyquarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • Sample-accurate MIDI — connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module withno separate interface needed. MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supportingsoftware.
  • Expandable — add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Separate TRS main outs with front panel volume control.
  • Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF in/out.
  • Includes drivers for Mac & PC, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio,and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popularaudio programs.
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software forthe Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing& sample-accurate sync.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2.
  • Front panel volume control for monitoring. Stereo, Quad, 6.1, 7.1 anduser-defined surround monitoring setups available.
  • Front panel headphone jack with volume control.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation. No need for external power when operatingas a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is includedfor stand-alone operation.
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