MOTU UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid USB / FireWire Audio Interface

When you pick the Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid, you won’t have to be worried about limiting yourself to just one connection type. This audio interface is the first ever to feature two types of connectors: USB 2.0 and FireWire. These two connection types are available on nearly every new Mac or PC laptop or desktop computer, so you’ll be set wherever you decide to record! When you use FireWire, your Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid will get all the power it needs right from your computer – including the phantom power needed for your condenser microphones. When connected via USB, you can use the included power adapter to get full functionality.

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What is an Audio Interface — Do I Need One?

As far as connectivity goes, the MOTU UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid features 24-bit/192kHz operation with a generous complement of inputs and outputs. It has two microphone preamplifiers plus six balanced line-level 1/4″ (TRS) inputs (a total of eight analog ins) and 10 analog TRS outputs. Also included are stereo S/PDIF digital I/O, a dedicated stereo headphone output, and MIDI I/O for a controller keyboard and other gear. That makes way for serious versatility in your studio. It gets better, though.

MOTU Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid FireWire and USB 2.0 Audio Interface at a Glance:

  • Powerful built-in effects and routing
  • Control CueMix with your iPad
  • It’s a great standalone mixer too

Powerful built-in effects and routing

With built-in effects and DSP routing, the MOTU UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid lets you dial in great headphone mixes, without taxing your computer. The effects include reverb, parametric EQ and compression/limiting. Of special note, you’ll appreciate the built-in accurate model of the legendary LA-2A optical compressor which provides vintage, musical automatic gain control. These aren’t just ho-hum effects – these are great-sounding tools you can use to create wet headphone mixes while you keep a dry monitor mix. But if you want, you can record your signals wet, so you don’t have to waste CPU on effects later down the line.

Control CueMix with your iPad

MOTU’s CueMix FX software, the mixing software that drives the powerful routing of the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid, can be controlled from your iPad. MOTU created CueMix templates for the TouchOSC controller app, giving you complete control over your UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid’s mixing and effects processing over a Wi-Fi network. This means that when you’re recording in your studio, you don’t need to keep going back to your computer to adjust gain levels, change monitoring effects, or virtually anything else you rely on CueMix for.

It’s a great standalone mixer too

You can take charge of the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid’s DSP mixer and effects 100% free of a computer, so you can use it as a standalone mixer when you’re just jamming around and don’t have time to go find your laptop. It also makes a great stage companion. You can make all the adjustments you need to make straight from the front panel menu, so you can bring it to the gig and use it as a regular mixer – complete with effects.

MOTU Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid FireWire and USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features:

  • Hybrid FireWire and USB 2.0 audio interface
  • 10-input, 14-output audio interface with FireWire bus power
  • Included power adapter for when connected via USB 2.0
  • Two microphone preamplifiers with 48V phantom power
  • Six balanced line-level TRS inputs
  • Ten analog TRS outputs
  • Stereo 96kHz S/PDIF I/O
  • Latency-free monitoring with four monitor mixes
  • Onboard 14-bus digital mixer with effects
  • Can operate as a standalone mixer with effects
  • Program with CueMix Console software or computer-free via front panel
  • Slaves to SMPTE time code
  • Compatible with Mac and PC computers

MOTU makes mobile recording even easier with the Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid USB 2.0 and FireWire audio interface!

MOTU MicroBook IIc Mobile USB iOS Audio Interface

MOTU’s MicroBook IIc audio interface packs tons of great sound and functionality for your Mac, PC or iPad into a petite-yet-rugged cast metal case. The MicroBook IIc builds upon the features of its popular predecessor with hands-on volume control, negligible latency, six simultaneous outputs, an XLR mic input, and 96kHz recording and playback support. Perfect for for live recording, laptop-based DJing, or laying down tracks in your home studio, the MicroBook IIc has the sonic quality and routing flexibility to become the hub of your audio rig. For a compact audio interface, the MOTU MicroBook IIc is a solid performer.

MOTU MicroBook IIc USB Audio Interface at a Glance:

  • An ideal mobile audio interface
  • Engineered for sound quality
  • Manage Routing and Effects from CueMix FX Software on Mac and PC

An ideal mobile audio interface

With its compact size, you can pop the MOTU MicroBook IIc into a backpack on your way to the club or studio. It’s the ideal interface if you’re a mobile musician. And you can use it to record directly to your iPad with Apple’s Camera Connection Kit (not included). You’ll have access to all four inputs and six outputs from your DAW apps, making the MicroBook IIc a great choice for small-format mobile music sessions.Engineered for sound quality

MOTU has been at it for a while, now – since 1980, in fact – and knows what they’re doing when it comes to pro audio. With support for 96kHz recording and playback, the sound quality of the MicroBook IIc rivals that of audio interfaces costing a whole lot more. And the MicroBook IIc packs extras to help you with your productions, like sine wave and noise generators for calibration, an instrument tuner, and analysis tools to give you visual feedback of what’s happening in your mix.Manage Routing and Effects from CueMix FX Software on Mac and PC

With MOTU’s CueMix FX software for Mac and PC you can efficiently manage your MicroBook IIc’s signal routing, create headphone mixes, and add EQ and dynamics processing. And when you’re using the MicroBook IIc as an interface for your computer, you can control CueMix FX software via the TouchOSC app running on your iPad – even wirelessly over your Wi-Fi network. This means that when you’re recording in your studio, you don’t need to keep going back to your computer to adjust gain levels, change monitoring effects, or virtually anything else you rely on CueMix for.MOTU MicroBook IIc USB Audio Interface Features:

  • 24-bit/96kHz USB audio interface for Mac, PC and iPad
  • Class compliant for use with iPad via Apple Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Supports four simultaneous input channels and six simultaneous output channels
  • 8-bus digital mixer for routing and mixing live inputs with computer tracks
  • XLR pre-amp input, precision digital trim, 48V phantom power, 20dB pad
  • hi-Z guitar input with precision digital trim
  • Stereo line-level analog input (balanced 1/4″ TRS or stereo mini)
  • CueMix FX no-latency mixing and monitoring with EQ and dynamics processing
  • 7-band parametric EQ and compression
  • Test tone and white/pink noise generator
  • Includes AudioDesk DAW software, USB cable, and mic cable adapter

Get the little audio interface that does it all: the MOTU MicroBook IIc!

MOTU M6 6×4 USB-C Audio Interface

Looking for a high-quality audio interface that won’t break the bank? The MOTU M6 fits that description to a T. This 6-in/4-out USB-C audio interface includes ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology for top-shelf sound, along with optimized drivers that yield impressive low-latency performance. Four great-sounding mic preamps include individual gain adjustment and phantom power, while 1-touch hardware monitoring ensures smooth tracking. You’ll also benefit from convenient front-panel metering, by way of the M6’s full-color LCD screen. Podcasters will appreciate the built-in loopback functionality, which includes a mix knob for balancing your live input with your computer’s playback. Bus-powered for the ultimate in portability, the MOTU M6 packs a lot of performance into a compact, high-powered audio interface.

Best-in-class D/A, low latency, and ample I/O

Sweetwater and MOTU have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, due to MOTU’s products offering our customers superb sound and solid performance. The M6 follows suit, packing top-notch sound, impressively low latency, and ample I/O into a single-rack enclosure. Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology delivers 120dB of dynamic range, ensuring that the M6’s analog audio quality can hang with the most impressive gear on the market. Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 24-bit/96kHz with a 32 sample buffer. The M6 includes all of the essential connections, including four mic/line/hi-Z guitar inputs on combo XLR/TRS jacks, four DC-coupled analog outputs, and an ESS-driven stereo headphone output. MIDI I/O is also included.

Loopback functionality makes live internet streaming easy

If you do live streaming or podcasting, you’ll appreciate the MOTU M6’s loopback functionality. Loopback blends your mic or other input signals with the output from your computer, then sends the blended signal back to your computer. This enables you to record your computer’s output, along with the inputted material. The M6 also includes a mix knob for balancing your live input with your computer’s playback.

Hardware monitoring offers zero-latency operation

Latency can really take the mojo out of a performance — it’s a jarring sensation. That’s why the M6 includes 1-touch hardware monitoring. This feature enables all of the interface’s analog inputs to be routed directly to its analog outputs, resulting in zero-latency operation. This means that there is no delay between what you play and/or sing and what you hear in your headphones. The M6’s inputs can also be recorded simultaneously, allowing you to monitor with zero latency while tracking — a must for achieving a natural-sounding performance.

MOTU M6 USB-C Audio Interface Features:

  • 6-in/4-out USB-C audio interface
  • ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology delivers 120dB of dynamic range and superb audio quality
  • Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 24-bit/96kHz with a 32 sample buffer
  • Full-color LCD screen supplies convenient front-panel metering
  • 4 great-sounding microphone preamps with individual gain and phantom power
  • 1-touch hardware monitoring on all inputs
  • Loopback for live streaming and podcasting
  • Mix knob for balancing live input with your computer’s playback
  • USB bus-powered for the ultimate in portability
  • 6+GB of free loops, samples, and 1-shots from industry-leading libraries

MOTU M4 4×4 USB-C Audio Interface

Looking for a high-quality audio interface that won’t break the bank? The MOTU M4 fits that description to a T. This 4-in/4-out USB-C audio interface includes ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology for top-shelf sound, along with optimized drivers that yield impressive low-latency performance. Two great-sounding mic preamps include individual gain adjustment and phantom power, while 1-touch hardware monitoring ensures smooth tracking. You’ll also benefit from convenient front-panel metering, by way of the M4’s full-color LCD screen. Podcasters will appreciate the built-in loopback functionality, which includes a mix knob for balancing your live input with your computer’s playback. Bus-powered for the ultimate in portability, the MOTU M4 packs a lot of performance into a compact, high-powered audio interface.

Best-in-class D/A, low latency, and ample I/O

Sweetwater and MOTU have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, due to MOTU’s products offering our customers superb sound and solid performance. The M4 follows suit, packing top-notch sound, impressively low latency, and ample I/O into a single-rack enclosure. Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology delivers 120dB of dynamic range, ensuring that the M4’s analog audio quality can hang with the most impressive gear on the market. Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 24-bit/96kHz with a 32 sample buffer. The M4 includes all of the essential connections, including two mic preamps, four DC-coupled analog outputs, and an ESS-driven stereo headphone output. MIDI I/O is also included.

Loopback functionality makes live internet streaming easy

If you do live streaming or podcasting, you’ll appreciate the MOTU M4’s loopback functionality. Loopback blends your mic or other input signals with the output from your computer, then sends the blended signal back to your computer. This enables you to record your computer’s output, along with the inputted material. The M4 also includes a mix knob for balancing your live input with your computer’s playback.

Hardware monitoring offers zero-latency operation

Latency can really take the mojo out of a performance — it’s a jarring sensation. That’s why the M4 includes 1-touch hardware monitoring. This feature enables all of the interface’s analog inputs to be routed directly to its analog outputs, resulting in zero-latency operation. This means that there is no delay between what you play and/or sing and what you hear in your headphones. The M4’s inputs can also be recorded simultaneously, allowing you to monitor with zero latency while tracking — a must for achieving a natural-sounding performance.

MOTU M4 USB-C Audio Interface Features:

  • 4-in/4-out USB-C audio interface
  • ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology delivers 120dB of dynamic range and superb audio quality
  • Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 24-bit/96kHz with a 32 sample buffer
  • Full-color LCD screen supplies convenient front-panel metering
  • 2 great-sounding microphone preamps with individual gain and phantom power
  • 1-touch hardware monitoring on all inputs
  • Loopback for live streaming and podcasting
  • Mix knob for balancing live input with your computer’s playback
  • USB bus-powered for the ultimate in portability
  • 6+GB of free loops, samples, and 1-shots from industry-leading libraries

MOTU M2 2×2 USB-C Audio Interface

Looking for a high-quality audio interface that won’t break the bank? The MOTU M2 fits that description to a T. This 2-in/2-out USB-C audio interface includes ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology for top-shelf sound, along with optimized drivers that yield impressive low-latency performance. Two great-sounding mic preamps include individual gain adjustment and phantom power, while 1-touch hardware monitoring ensures smooth tracking. You’ll also benefit from convenient front-panel metering, by way of the M2’s full-color LCD screen. Podcasters will appreciate the built-in loopback functionality. Bus-powered for the ultimate in portability, the MOTU M2 packs a lot of performance into a compact, high-powered audio interface.

Best-in-class D/A, low latency, and ample I/O

Sweetwater and MOTU have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, due to MOTU’s products offering our customers superb sound and solid performance. The M2 follows suit, packing top-notch sound, impressively low latency, and ample I/O into a single-rack enclosure. Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology delivers 120dB of dynamic range, ensuring that the M2’s analog audio quality can hang with the most impressive gear on the market. Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 24-bit/96kHz with a 32 sample buffer. The M2 includes all of the essential connections, including two mic preamps, two DC-coupled analog outputs, and an ESS-driven stereo headphone output. MIDI I/O is also included.

Loopback functionality makes live internet streaming easy

If you do live streaming or podcasting, you’ll appreciate the MOTU M2’s loopback functionality. Loopback blends your mic or other input signals with the output from your computer, then sends the blended signal back to your computer. This enables you to record your computer’s output, along with the inputted material.

Hardware monitoring offers zero-latency operation

Latency can really take the mojo out of a performance — it’s a jarring sensation. That’s why the M2 includes 1-touch hardware monitoring. This feature enables all of the interface’s analog inputs to be routed directly to its analog outputs, resulting in zero-latency operation. This means that there is no delay between what you play and/or sing and what you hear in your headphones. The M2’s inputs can also be recorded simultaneously, allowing you to monitor with zero latency while tracking — a must for achieving a natural-sounding performance.

MOTU M2 USB-C Audio Interface Features:

  • 2-in/2-out USB-C audio interface
  • ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology delivers 120dB of dynamic range and superb audio quality
  • Optimized drivers yield round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 24-bit/96kHz with a 32 sample buffer
  • Full-color LCD screen supplies convenient front-panel metering
  • 2 great-sounding microphone preamps with individual gain and phantom power
  • 1-touch hardware monitoring on all inputs
  • Loopback for live streaming and podcasting
  • USB bus-powered for the ultimate in portability
  • 6+GB of free loops, samples, and 1-shots from industry-leading libraries

MOTU UltraLite-mk5 18×22 USB Audio Interface

The fifth-generation MOTU UltraLite-mk5 packs 40 simultaneous channels — 18-in and 22-out — in a compact, portable USB audio interface that vaunts reference-quality ESS SABRE PRO D/A and an astonishing 2.4ms of round-trip latency. The UltraLite-mk5’s dual microphone preamps offer crystal-clear audio capture, and with this much I/O at your disposal, you’ll have no trouble integrating your favorite outboard hardware. This high-performance audio interface’s loopback functionality makes podcasting and livestreaming a piece of cake. Likewise, thanks to excellent-sounding onboard DSP and overhauled CueMix 5 software, achieving spot-on monitor mixes is super simple. Compatible with Mac, PC, and iOS, the MOTU UltraLite-mk5 comes with Performer Lite DAW software, 100-plus virtual instruments, and 6GB of loops/samples.

Reference-quality ESS SABRE PRO D/A and super-low latency

Whether you’re onstage or in the studio, top-shelf sound and rock-solid operation are crucial. The UltraLite-mk5 delivers on both fronts. It boasts ESS Technology’s reference-quality ES9026PRO SABRE D/A, which yields a 125dB dynamic range and -114dB THD+N. You’ll benefit from round-trip latency of 2.4ms over USB at 24-bit/96kHz. And, thanks to optimized drivers, the UltraLite-mk5 offers reliable performance on Mac, PC, and iOS.

Jam-packed with comprehensive connectivity

The MOTU UltraLite-mk5 packs a lot of I/O into its portable half-rack enclosure — 40 simultaneous audio channels, if you add them up. This 18-in/22-out USB audio interface includes two crystal-clear mic/line/instrument inputs, along with six line inputs and 10 line outputs. A superb-sounding headphones output, eight channels of digital optical I/O, and MIDI I/O round out the UltraLite-mk5’s audio connections. You also get loopback functionality — a must-have feature for podcasting and livestreaming.

Onboard DSP and overhauled CueMix 5 software

Here at Sweetwater, one of our favorite UltraLite-mk5 features is its excellent-sounding onboard DSP, which includes reverb, a 4-band parametric EQ, and dynamics. This USB audio interface also includes a built-in, DSP-driven 22-in/6-out monitor mixer that provides a separate monitor mix for each analog output pair. MOTU’s CueMix 5 software gives you easy-to-use, comprehensive, graphic control over your mix. Plus, CueMix 5 has been completely overhauled — its eye-grabbing graphic mixing, graphic editing of its parametric EQ, and convenient, touch-friendly interface are guaranteed to turbocharge your workflow.

MOTU UltraLite-mk5 Features:

  • 40 simultaneous channels — 18-in/22-out — in a compact, portable unit
  • Reference-quality ES9026PRO SABRE D/A yields 125dB dynamic range and -114dB THD+N
  • Round-trip latency of 2.4ms over USB at 24-bit/96kHz
  • Optimized drivers offer reliable performance on Mac, PC, and iOS
  • 2 mic/line/instrument inputs exhibit crystal-clear audio capture
  • MIDI I/O for easy integration of hardware synths and modules
  • Loopback functionality is a must-have feature for podcasting and livestreaming
  • Excellent-sounding onboard DSP with reverb, a 4-band parametric EQ, and dynamics
  • Overhauled CueMix 5 software gives you easy-to-use, comprehensive, graphic control over your mix
  • Comes with Performer Lite DAW software, 100+ virtual instruments, and 6GB of loops/samples