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Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) UltraLite 10x14 FireWire Interface with MIDI

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MOTU UltraLite FireWire Interface

Your compact bus-powered portable studio is ready to go
The UltraLite bus-powered FireWire audio interface delivers everything you need to turn your laptop or desktop Mac or PC into a mobile 24-bit, 96kHz recording studio with 10 inputs and 14 outputs. And because it's bus-powered, the UltraLite gives you the ultimate freedom to make music anywhere, anytime.
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Housed in sturdy yet lightweight aluminum alloy, the UltraLite provides 2 mic/instrument inputs with preamps, 48V phantom power, front-panel gain adjust and three-way pad switch. There is plenty of additional analog I/O via 6 balanced line-level quarter-inch (TRS) inputs and ten analog TRS outputs for a total of 8 analog ins and 10 analog outs. You also get stereo S/PDIF digital I/O, a dedicated stereo headphone output and MIDI I/O for your controller keyboard and other gear.

Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors. Then monitor all of these live inputs via the UltraLite's main outs, headphone jack or any other output--with virtually no monitoring latency and no processor drain on your computer. You can even create separate monitor mixes for the main outs, headphones and other outputs. Control everything, including talk-back and listen-back, from the included CueMix Console

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. "nearly indispensible bit of mac gear"
Sound: didn't use "10" because there may be better mic pre's out there. but this is 9.5... Feature: see "Sound." lots of inputs, tiny box. Ease of Use: the interface is far from intuitive and requires a bit of twiddling, but i haven't found a sound i want that i couldn't create. admittedly, this is not for noobs. experience with similar is required, but if you grok the "page & value" stuff, it's not a challenge. interfaces flawlessly with logic & coreaudio, but that's no surprise, since everything motu has been meant for mac for 25 years. probably a kludge with kludgy systems. Quality: amazingly robust for its weight & profile. don't know where the "brittle knob" complaint comes from. suggestion: don't try to hang your guitar on the knobs, maybe? Value: for the features, & for those who can afford a mac shop, it's perfect. probably not recommended for the windows world. you'll have problems, and there are other, less elegant solutions for you. don't buy one, i'd say, only to complain later that it's a "mac thing" or too expensive. instead, use google to find "windows firewire audio interface." or you might consider why so many happy, successful folks never have to wrestle with drivers & security patches... Manufacturer Support: motu support has always been knowledgeable and accessible, although they can be impatient with dumb questions. hell, so am i. The Wow Factor: certainly a sexy bit of gear. so tiny & capable. "all you brought is THAT?!" Overall: for its purpose, part of a studio i can fly around without blowing carry-on weight limits, i expect to have this for a long time.
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Sound: The MOTU Ultralite is an awesome audio interface. It may not have quite the sound of an apogee, but it is nice. I have had virtually no problems using it on both windows and mac machines. It is picky about the firewire chip you are using. MOTU recommends using a Texas Instruments based firewire port, but i did have a problem with a built-in firewire port on a Gigabyte motherboard, and it was a Texas Instruments chipset. However, once i plugged it into a port on a PCI card everything was great, and every other firewire port i have ever plugged it into (weather it was a pc, Mac, Desktop, Laptop, whatever) it has worked flawless. It does work best with my MacBook Pro (Duh!). It would be nice if the "Cue Mix Console" had some EQ's on the channels, or supported some plug-ins on the channels. Feature: The UltraLite came with everything i would need. The included "AudioDesk" software is actually just Digital Performer with the MIDI functions stripped out. I don't use it beacause i need the Virtual Instruments. I personaly recommend Digital Performer 5.11 with the Intel based Macs. Another cool thing is that they give you the longest firewire cable i've ever seen come with any device. Ease of Use: If you have any experience with external audio interfaces, the Ultralite is going to be a walk in the park. Quality: The Ultralite is housed in a very rugged cast aluminium chassis. But i am very careful with mine as i am always using it in various clubs and venues. Value: Awesome price for this high quality unit. Manufacturer Support: I have never had any problems with the Ultralite unit. I did have a problem using it with a certain buggy firewire port, as i have previously mentioned. The MOTU techs were quick to work with me on an unsolvable problem. The Wow Factor: This is a nice looking unit. It is ultra portable. I carry a 15" MacBook Pro, The UltraLite, Headphones, A Lacie 320GB External Hard Drive, a 6 outlet power strip, all my cables and power supplies in my wenger backpack. Overall: This unit is almost the perfect device. With some software improvements, it could very well be a 10.
Style of Music: Trans Genre
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