MOTU 828ES Thunderbolt and USB Audio Interface

MOTU 828ES Thunderbolt and USB Audio Interface

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

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Your compact bus-powered portable studio is ready to go.

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

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 617-576-2760

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (53 ratings)
Submitted July 26, 2008 by a customer from gmail.com
"nearly indispensible bit of mac gear"
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.

Sound
didn't use "10" because there may be better mic pre's out there. but this is 9.5...

Features
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 read more 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?!"

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