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MOTU UltraLite mk5

USB 2.0 Audio Interface

  • With USB C connector
  • ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology
  • 24 Bit / 44.1 - 192 kHz
  • Precise level meters for all analogue inputs/outputs with high-resolution OLED display
  • 2 Microphone / line / Hi-Z inputs via XLR/jack combo socket
  • Gain control and 48V phantom power for both mic inputs
  • 10 DC-coupled line outputs via 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • 6 Line inputs via 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • Digital inputs/outputs via ADAT (8 channels) or Optical S/PDIF (2-channel)
  • MIDI input and output
  • Stereo headphone output via 6.3 mm jack with independent volume control
  • DSP-controlled 22 x 6 monitor mixer incl. reverb, parametric 4-band equaliser and dynamic effects
  • Driver loopback for mixing computer audio, live streaming and podcasting
  • iOS compatible (USB class compliant)
  • System requirements: Windows 7 or higher, USB Class Compliant for plug-and-play operation on the Mac
  • Includes MOTU Performer Lite 10

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 18x22
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 10
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock 0
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 220 mm
Depth in mm 178 mm
Height in mm 45 mm

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Ticks all the boxes
L_Bo, 15.05.2021
Nicely compact with a pleasing aesthetic, sleeker in person than the pictures would have you believe. Build quality is excellent, surpassed my expectations. The unit gets slightly warm during use, nothing out of the ordinary for electronic equipment.

I use it in a Win10 home studio setup, drivers install along with CueMix 5 in a single installer, firmware update via CueMix took 30 secs, was up an running on my system within about 15 mins from opening the box. CueMix 5 is well laid out, easy to use, responsive and functional.

The OLED is a nice addition and is quite useful for quick metering and there are some settings you can change directly on the device without having to open CM5 such as sample rate and factory reset. Latency performance is good, nice and stable at low buffer sizes. Loads of I/O, the two pre-amps sound great, transparent, with lots of gain. DC coupled outputs are a useful bonus. MIDI I/O essential, ADAT expansion great to have.

One con: the Volume knob is small and right above the headphone output so can be harder to turn when you have a set plugged in. The knob is high precision but that also means it takes a few seconds to turn all the way down. As far as I can tell, there is no way of quickly muting either the headphones output or the main output directly on the device.

Overall very pleased with this purchase, does everything I need and more at a very high standard of quality across the board.
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MOTU UltraLite mk5
CyyberLiTeck-fr-85, 20.07.2021
J'utilisais au par avant une MOTU Ultra Lite AVB.
Ce produit ne répond pas à mes attentes (MOTU UltraLite mk5).
L'interface de gestion est déroutante. Je ne remets pas en cause la qualité du produit. Je suis repartis sur une MOTU Ultra Lite AVB.
Super gestion de la part de THOMANN pour la demande de retour et remboursement.

Super équipe.
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Überzeugendes Interface
Maik Goltz, 29.07.2021
Verarbeitung ist top. Stabilität auch (vermittelt den Eindruck man könnte damit Nägel in die Wand schlagen ohne dass es Schaden nimmt). Sieht auch gut aus (was nebensächlich ist).

Ich nutze es nur um 4 externe Synths an meinen M1 Mac Mini anzuschließen. Passt alles hervorragend. Klang ist nicht zu beanstanden (im Gegensatz zum Presonus 68c, das ich davor hatte und das einfach nur matschig klingt gegen das Motu .. da fehlt sämtlicher Druck den mein Prophet und der Moog da rein drücken). Das Motu zaubert die Klänge einwandfrei in die Spuren. Die RTL ist hier am M1 Mac mit 1.8 Sekunden bei 32 Samples ohne Knackser hervorragend und somit kann ich meine Effektplugins 'live' nutzen. Das ist was ich wollte, den Mac als Effektgerät nutzen :) Klappt super mit dem Motu.

Anschlusstechnisch ist es für den Einsatz im Synth-Homestudio eigentlich das falsche. Zu wenig Eingänge, zu viele Ausgänge. Da wäre ein 8A AVB (alle Eingänge hinten und per AVB leicht erweiterbar) besser, oder eher das 16A AVB. Aber die haben beide noch die alte Software, die ich nicht so toll finde.

Insgesamt ein tolles Gerät zu einem angemessenen Preis.
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Excelente tarjeta.
J. Jaime, 01.06.2021
Estupenda tarjeta de sonido. La utilizo para grabar audio y midi en mi home estudio y se ajusta perfectamente a mis necesidades. He estado usando durante más de 10 años una RME Fireface 400, hasta que ha dejado de funcionar y he tenido que reemplazarla por otra. La Motu UltraLite mk5 me ha sorprendido por su gran calidad de audio, su buena construcción, y está a la altura de lo que esperaba. Resultó muy fácil la instalación y es sencilla de manejar. Ha cubierto mis expectativas, la recomiendo.
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