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MOTU UltraLite FireWire Audio Interface
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More I/O, knobs, meters and features than seems humanly possible.
- Bus-powered FireWire computer interface
- Sturdy lightweight construction
- Compact size (8.5"W x 7"D)
- 24-bit/96kHz audio quality
- Discrete I/O
- 10 inputs with 2 mic preamps
- 14 outputs including separate mains
- Sample-accurate MIDI I/O
- TRS main outs
- Front-panel headphone jack
- Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF in/out
- Front panel LCD metering
- Individual 48V phantom power on preamp inputs
- CueMix DSP™ near-zero monitoring and mixing system
- Support for multiple CueMix DSP mixes
- Front-panel mix control
- Stand-alone operation
- 3-way preamp pad switch (0, 18 & 36dB)
- 24dB of adjustable trim (in 1dB increments; 60dB gain range)
- 18dB of gain for TRS inputs
- SMPTE sync and striping via any analog input/output.
- Includes drivers for Mac & PC, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, GSIF, Core Audio, and Core MIDI
- Supports all popular Macintosh and PC audio software
- Compatible with all host-based effects processing
- Includes AudioDesk recording/sequencing software for Mac
- 2 FireWire ports
- Plug-and-play operation
- Includes power supply for stand-alone operation
- Expandable with additional UltraLite, or other MOTU FireWire interface
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Damn, I love this thang. Straight out of the box it worked flawlessly. I was up and running and recording in about 5 minutes. I took my laptop and my Ultralite into my office and in my downtown started mixing two recordings for a new CD that I am doing. Put this together with TCElectronics Powercore compact and you have a very capable portable compact recording solution. Worth every dollar I spent on it.
I know this isn't the best Firewire interface made but it is definitely a pro quality piece. I had a Roland FA-66 firewire interface that I was unhappy with the lack of gain on the headphone bus. It was nearly impossible to get the level of my dynamic mic input loud enough to hear with my DAW output. I read that this unit had a good amount gain to drive monitor style headphones and it solved that problem completely. But, what I wasn't expecting was the increased quality of the audio/digital conversion and/or mic pre. I don't know which it is but my recorded guitar tracks are like night and day in difference. The Roland sound is thin and digital sounding compared to the Ultralite (dumb name). This unit makes my amp'd guitar tone fat and warm and it sits in the mix way better. This unit was at the edge of my price range and for the money I was hoping it would be an improvement and it definitely is.
I do like the UltraLite, but I am not sure I love it yet. From what I've read since I bought it, the drivers are better for the Mac than for the PC. It will not work at all with many FireWire chipsets. It works great on my desktop PC but my laptop requires a complete power down (restarting isn't good enough) every time I want to use it or all I get is static. MOTU have no official tech support boards. There has been one driver update (for PC) since the unit was introduced, but no mention of any changes/fixes at all. That said, I love it when it works. I replaced a Mackie CFX 12 and in my opinion the preamps sound much better in the UltraLite. I?m no pro, so don?t ask me to define better. I have mostly used it to record vocals, acoustic guitars. I have used the SPDIF in/outs to record my electric guitar direct and that went without a hitch as well. I don?t want to turn anyone off of the UltraLite, just make sure you do your research especially if you aren?t using a Mac.
I researched this HARD! I have both mac and pc and prefer my mac for creating things. Anyone who has experienced the slickness of iLife, where you can take your photos and mp3s and dump them into the imovie you are working on then burn the whole shebang onto a dvd knows that its more fun making projects than trying to get them to work. Enough evangelizing. Use what you want- your mileage may vary. But the Ultralite is FLAWLESS for my needs. I could have got the fire box by presonus for $250 less. But not nearly the number of inputs. I would rather spend more for a device I could grow into. Also the Motu software was a snap. Something Mac users expect. I ordered this box with the Behringer Truth Monitors and I have zero regrets.I am not much of a "recording engineer" just a semi-pro hobbyist. I hope to post follow ups but so far no issues, no problems. The unit is SOLID!The install cd and plugging in took 5 minutes, garageband recognized it immediately and the mixer app is very cool as well I would rather not junk up my workspace with boxes if they can be done PROPER in software (NOTE: Mixer not available for PC)My intended use:Making song demosCreating soundtracks for indie filmrecording bands liveLearn audio recording techniquesComputer: 20" Imac with 2.5 gigs ramSummary:You can pay less for an interface but you will have less capabilities.If you use Mac I doubt you can find better.Feel free to email me with questions, I might learn something!
Bad stuff first... It doesn't work on my PC. Don't know if it's the drivers or what, but strange pops, noises, crackles then nothing.NOW TO THE GOOD... On my MacBookPro I love it. The preamps rock. Definitely pro quality. Tons of I/O!!! I love the fact it can function as a standalone mixer. It's a really rugged piece as well. The knobs are a little close together but that's a small price to pay. I have used this for live mixing and recording and it passed the initial trial-by-fire with flying colors. The AudioDesk software is really good too for the value. Very low latency playback and a ton of features make it good for anyone who is serious about mobile recording.
I just recently bought one of these. I needed a FireWire Interface for recording acoustic guitar using a Fishman Rare Earth Blend Pickup and a Rode NT4 Stereo Mic (has two capsules/channels) so I needed at least 3 inputs. 2 XLR (with preamps) and a 1/4 in.I First went with the PreSonus FireBox, because of the price and popularity. It did everything I need, but horribly. Mainly, the preamps were terrible. The Rode NT4 is a great mic and I've heard favorable results using it, but when hooked into the FireBox, the sound quality was just poor.So, I decided to give the UltrLite a shot. Man, this thing sounds awesome. Now my Rode NT4 picks up sounds I can't even hear. The preamps on this thing are awesome. As for the design and looks, I love the LCD screen... looks a lot fancier than the FireBox and sturdy in construction.Overall, the UltraLite does everything I need and looks good too.
I purchased the Motu Ultralite about a month ago. This device is great for audio, but the midi inputs and outputs are not being recognized by my Imac G5 duo core, Garageband, Reason 3.0 or Cubase SE3. I have used different forums and tried the suggestions with no success. I have emailed Motu tech support and have not received any response. Make sure that you know that you computer is compatible with this device or you will deal with all the problems I currently have.