MOTU Ultralite wins top honors as Best Audio Interface
The editors of Electronic Musician and Future Music magazines have given the MOTU UltraLite their award for Best Audio Interface of 2006. Read what they - and other respected industry publications - have to say about the UltraLite.
Electronic Musician: Winner - Electronic Musician 2007 Editors' Choice Award for Best Audio Interface
"MOTU's UltraLite packs a lot of punch for its size, in terms of both features and audio quality."
"The UltraLite's audio quality is great, and its mic pres are more than adequate and provide lots of headroom and gain. Details like +4 dB operation and the ability to easily route mixed audio back to the computer make the UltraLite a pro-quality device in a budget-priced package."
"With a computer and digital-audio-sequencing application, the UltraLite is really in its element. It’s a front end that’s useful and cool. You can even name your inputs. The combination of MOTU’s well-designed hardware and compatible software sets a high standard for compact FireWire setups. Details like +4 dB operation and the option to easily route mixed audio back to the computer make the UltraLite a pro-quality device in a budget-priced package."
"The system sounds great and is expandable. With AudioDesk and CueMix Console included, it offers almost every feature a computer-based recordist could need, and throws in SMPTE, talkback, and four stereo buses. With MOTU's software, the system operates seamlessly, and the clear, well-written manual provides detailed instructions for use with other Core Audio software and with Windows software, including ASIO (Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo), WDM (Cakewalk Sonar), and GSIF (Tascam GigaStudio) applications. The UltraLite package is a great choice if you're looking for a pro-quality compact FireWire recording system, and the included software makes it especially attractive."
Future Music: Winner - 2007 Future Music Ace Awards: Best Audio Interface Product
"Rugged, hip design, pro features like on-board metering and a powerful set of 10-in/14-out I/O options made UltraLite the stand-out performer in a crowded field of excellent audio interfaces that came out in 2006. The included AudioDesk software is the icing on the cake."
"Full standalone control of an audio interface like this is astonishing (and it works)."
"For standard computer audio interface usage MOTU provides their excellent CueMix Console software, which operates the UltraLite via a virtual mixer graphical interface."
"MOTU's CueMix Console works superbly, whether in conjunction with or independent of your DAW software. The UltraLite's drivers are rock-solid and the preamps and converters are as clean, punchy and generally as high quality as we've come to expect from MOTU."
"As well as making a great introduction to Digital Performer, AudioDesk could easily serve as a serious DAW for anyone...even if you've already made your sequencing choice, I'd strongly urge anyone to try this surprisingly powerful application anyway. You might just fall in love with it."
"MOTU has come correct with UltraLite. At this price and size, it wields explosive power, both as an expandable interface and as a stand-alone digital mixer. The sound quality is superb, and along with a Mac or PC (with or without a DAW), UltraLite is smart and easy to learn."
"I don’t typically like stepped volume pots, but UltraLite’s are definitely an exception; a move of several steps causes a 1dB change on the headphones and main outputs (at lower volumes, the number of steps gradually decreases). This level of accuracy was quite pleasing."
"UltraLite's preamps had plenty of push."
"In short, CueMix is great stuff."
"Voilà! Say hello to the UltraLite, which packs ten inputs and fourteen outputs into a half-rackspace metal casing that's tough enough for anything the recording world can inflict on it, physical violence included."
"Oh, and did we mention that it sounds fantastic? It sounds fantastic. The preamps and converters set a high standard."
"Bottom line: if you were interested in MOTU's interfaces and were waiting for something a bit smaller, a bit more affordable, and with slightly fewer options (of the kind many small rigs wouldn't need anyway), take a look at the UltraLite. It's small, it's mighty, it rocks."