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    MOTU Ultralite - MK5

    Manufacturer: MOTU
    18x22 USB I/O with 2 mic/line/instr combo, 6x8 analog, MIDI, DSP mixing/FX
    SKU: MOTU8453
    GTIN: 839128006188
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    $695.00 excl tax
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    5th-generation engineering delivers unprecedented
    sound quality, ultra-low latency and proven performance.

    Best-in-class audio quality
    The UltraLite-mk5 includes renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology, featuring the ES9026PRO DAC, to deliver measured 125 dB dynamic range and -114 dB THD+N. Renowned drivers deliver rock-solid performance and industry-leading low latency.

    Ultra-low latency
    Optimized drivers for both Mac and PC deliver ultra-low latency performance. With a high-performance DAW such as Digital Performer, the UltraLite-mk5 delivers an astonishing round trip latency (RTL) of 2.4 ms (milliseconds) over USB (at 96 kHz with a 32-sample host buffer).

    Built for studio and stage
    Housed in a compact, steel enclosure you can take anywhere, the UltraLite-mk5 is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. Connect all your personal studio gear for state-of-the art computer-based recording and production, or take it to your next gig to mix live, without a computer.

    40 simultaneous audio channels 
    As an interface or mixer, the UltraLite-mk5 provides 18 inputs and 22 outputs, for a total of 40 simultaneous, independent I/O channels. You get 2 mic/line/instrument inputs, 6 line inputs, 10 line outputs, headphone out and 8-channel optical I/O. The optical ports alternatively support stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF).

    All the I/O you need
    Connect all of your audio gear, including speakers, headphones, mics, guitars,
    synths, keyboards, drum machines, effects processors and even MIDI devices.

    iOS compatibility
    The UltraLite-mk5 is USB audio class compliant, giving you plug-and-play compatibility with iPad® and other Apple® iOS devices. Record on-the-go, directly to your iPad, or play backing tracks during a gig, mixed with your live inputs with the UltraLite-mk5's built-in mixing. Control everything from the CueMix 5™ mixing app on your iPad or iPhone.

    The UltraLite-mk5 provides convenient loopback channels to your host computer or iOS device, so you can easily route computer output, along with a mix of live inputs from the UltraLite-mk5 itself, back to the computer, where you can record it back into your podcasting host software or stream it live to the internet. Streaming and podcasting has never been easier and better-sounding!

    Mobile recording and mixing
    After recording and mixing in the studio, take the UltraLite-mk5 on the road with your laptop for mobile recording and live mixing.

    I/O (18 x 22)

    • 2x mic/line/Hi-Z guitar inputs
    • 10x balanced 1/4-inch TRS outputs
    • 6x balanced 1/4-inch TRS inputs
    • 1x optical in/out (ADAT or TOSLink)
    • 1x RCA S/PDIF digital in/out
    • 1x stereo headphone w/volume
    • 1x MIDI in/out


    • Superb sound quality & performance
    • 40 simultaneous ins/outs (18 x 22)
    • On-board DSP, mixing and effects
    • Universal connectivity
    • Loopback and other advanced extras
    • CueMix™ 5 console app (Mac/Win/iOS)
    • Performer® Lite workstation software


    • USB-C audio class compliant
    • Compatible with USB Type A
    • Low-latency Windows ASIO driver
    • Low-latency Windows WAVE driver
    • Low-latency Mac driver (optional)
    • iOS / USB-C
    • iOS / Lightning (with adapter kit)


    • 125 dB dynamic range on output
    • -129 dBu EIN on mic inputs


    • macOS 10.11 or higher
    • Windows 10
    • iOS 12.4 or higher

    Introducing CueMix™ 5
    CueMix 5 gives you simple, yet comprehensive graphic control over your mix. CueMix 5 is a completely new app with attractive graphic mixing, graphic editing of parametric EQ, and a convenient touch-friendly interface for quick access to all mixing features, digitally controlled trims and other settings in your UltraLite-mk5.

    Start making music right away with included workstation software, virtual instruments and loops
    Connect the UltraLite-mk5 to your Mac or PC and start laying down tracks with the included Performer Lite production
    software, plus hundreds of loops, one-shots and sounds from industry leaders Big Fish Audio, Lucidsamples and Loopmasters.

    Performer Lite
    Performer Lite provides everything you need to record, edit, mix, process and master your own music tracks quickly and easily. Plug in your mic, guitar and MIDI keyboard and start tracking with over 100 virtual instruments, dozens of effects plug-ins, guitar FX processing and much more.

    100+ Instruments
    Performer Lite includes over 100 virtual instruments, including acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, basses, drums, organs synths, orchestral instruments, choirs, world instruments and much more. Take your musical muse wherever it wants to go.

    6 GB of free loops and sample packs
    Performer Lite includes 6 GB of free loops and sample packs from leading sample content providers to help you start making music right away. From Performer Lite's Content Browser, choose from dozens of musical styles, click to audition, then drag and drop in your projects timeline to build your track quick.

    Technical Specifications

    • Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    • Mic/line/guitar inputs
    • 2 x XLR/TRS "combo" jacks
    • 1 MΩ impedance on the line/instr inputs
    • Analog inputs: 6 x 1/4" TRS line in (balanced)
    • Analog outputs: 10 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled)
    • Digital I/O
    • 1 bank (8 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
    • 1 bank (4 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
    • Switchable to stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF)
    • 1 x stereo S/PDIF on RCA (up to 96 kHz)
    • Computer I/O
    • 1 x USB-C 2.0 audio class compliant
    • Compatible with USB Type A (with adapter or C-to-A cable)
    • Total audio I/O
    • 18 in / 22 out (40 total) at 1x sample rates
    • 14 in / 18 out (32 total) at 2x sample rates
    • 8 in / 12 out (20 total) at 4x sample rates
    • MIDI I/O
    • 1 x MIDI IN
    • 1 x MIDI OUT
    • 16 MIDI channels to/from computer host
    • Headphone: 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone
    • Phantom power: 2 x individual +48V
    • Front panel
    • 2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs
    • 1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output
    • 1 x potentiometer • phone/monitor vol
    • 2 x potentiometer • mic/instr input gain
    • 4 x switches • (2) 48V and (2) pad
    • 1x high-resolution white OLED display for metering/status
    • Power
    • External 12-18V DC power supply
    • 1.0A max • tip pos or neg
    • Dimensions and weight
    • (width x depth x height, enclosure only)
    • 8.6 x 6.9 x 1.75 inches
    • 22 x 17.5 x 4.5 cm
    • 2.875 lbs / 1.31 kg

    System Requirements

    • Mac System Requirements
    • Intel Core i3 Mac or faster (including the new M1 Macs)
    • 4 GB RAM; 8 GB or more recommended
    • macOS version 10.11 or later
    • (Optional driver requires 10.13 or later)
    • Available USB port
    • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
    • Windows System Requirements
    • Intel Core i3 PC (or AMD equivalent)
    • 4 GB RAM; 8 GB or more recommended
    • Windows 10
    • Available USB port
    • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
    • Class-Compliant Support: USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation on Mac or iOS (no driver required)
    • Included Software
    • CueMix 5
    • MOTU Performer Lite
    • 6GB of loops and sounds from Big Fish Audio, LucidSamples, Loopmasters and MOTU

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