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Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) UltraLite-mk3 Firewire Audio Interface

10 inputs and 14 outputs. Front-panel LCD metering for all I/O. 14-bus CueMix FX. (21) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Mark of the Unicorn UltraLite Interface

The UltraLite-mk3 provides flexible and mobile bus-powered operation, 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 discrete stereo headphone output.

Housed in a rugged, compact enclosure you can take anywhere, the UltraLite-mk3 is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. As an interface or standalone mixer, the UltraLite-mk3 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.

After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the UltraLite-mk3 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 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.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) products.
MOTU Warranty ´╗┐MOTU offers a 2 year warranty on all Firewire interfaces and all Video/Audio interfaces. USB MIDI interfaces and PCI Audio interfaces carry a 90 day warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 617-576-2760
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "MOTU Ultralite MK3 is the interface for me"
Sound: Previous reviewer stated that you need a TI chipset and they're right. But that goes for any firewire interface. With all the right connections this is the 'go to' interface for the home studio. The preamps are clear and the onboard dsp is brilliant. Feature: Onboard DSP is what made me take a serious look at this product. No need to route external hardward such as reverbs for monitoring and a compressor/limiter in my signal chain. Just hook it up and use the software to do all your signal processing. Plus the onboard DSP doesn't eat up any computer RAM! The front panel knobs are a bit tricky to work with, but I hardly use them since I control everything from the software. The Cuemix FX mixer takes a few to learn, but once you've got a hang of it, it's awesome. Plenty of ins and outs for such a compact unit. Ease of Use: Like I said previously the front panel knobs are a bit cumbersome to deal with, but if you understand how to use the software, you won't even have to fiddle with the knobs, except to turn it on. Quality: Built like a tank. Very mobile, but you can rackmount it, which is nice. Product works great for me! Value: When you look at what you're getting and what you won't need (like reverbs and signal processors) you're getting a steal. Manufacturer Support: Website is straightforward. Haven't had to deal with customer service. The Wow Factor: Just a practical addition, doesn't make me feel any different. Overall: This is my first MOTU product and I am extremely satisfied. I would buy another MOTU product if this one decided to quit, but I know that it won't!
Style of Music: Folk/Jazz
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"versatility, pristine conversion, feature loaded, industry best"
Sound: pristine, good built in eq and compression Feature: bal/unbal line inputs up to 192 khz, standalone mix DAW independent midi interface w/ zero latency small footprint Ease of Use: logic complexity depends on user experience with module programming. unit has exceptional work flow applicability Quality: superb construction and visual engineering, Value: for the quality of build, performance, transparancy, digital controlled rotaries, compactness, the price is reasonable, but who wouldn't want to pay less. You get what you pay for and this is no exception. Remarkable engineering comes at a price. Manufacturer Support: traditionally MOTU support excells The Wow Factor: Sure I wouldn't mind another Overall: The ultralite is the closest to my budget and what I feltwas important for a reasonable interface: 24/192, bal/unbal/ i/o, tight clock synch, at least 6x6, midi i/o, headphone, vista compatible, great bundle of mix and dsp apps. 2006 and 2007 best interface awards. Its a bit pricey but the quality and versatility is without compromise.
Style of Music: psy goa trance, classical, electronic prog fusion,
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