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Old 12-06-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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Hi,
I'm currently thinking of buying the MOTU UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid audio interface.
Just wanted to know if someone could recommend the sound card, or generally, MOTU's Hardware products.

I already own Digital Performer 8, which I love. But it seems like not every company have the same quality standards within their software products and hardware products.

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Old 12-06-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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I have the MOTU 828 MKII firewire and absolutely love it. I'll only sell it to upgrade to a new MOTU interface. Probably the one you are talking about, or perhaps if they have a 16 out interface....

Per-amps are pretty ace for what I'm doing (recording samples from vinyl, synths etc). No latency problems. Solid build. Options to use the interface as a standalone mixer w/o the computer. WAY better A/D converters than I ever had before (Mackie Blackjack Onyx, before that M-Audio PCI Audiophile).

Go for it. You won't regret it.

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Thanks a lot relic, I'll go for it then! Btw i'm new to this forum, so how do I "thank" your reply?
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:19 PM   #4
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No worries. I really don't think you'll be disappointed with a MOTU interface. Great tool if you plan on recording external hardware or doing any processing OTB.

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Hmm, it isn't there, guess I have to make some more posts, but anyway, thanks relic!
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Hmm, it isn't there, guess I have to make some more posts, but anyway, thanks relic!
I got this.

Anyway...

Second on the Motu. I had the same one as relic, sold it long before I knew what to do with it. Wish I still had it because it sounded great.

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Re: MOTU Hardware - any good?

Third that MOTU..they make a great product. A friend of mine just switched from 4- Delta 1010's to the MOTU 24I/0 with the 2408mk3 expansion and loves it..Give him 2 more slots on his rack for more gear.

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Old 13-06-2013, 02:32 AM   #8
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Re: MOTU Hardware - any good?

Unless you are looking for absolute top of the line platinum album cash flow D/A conversion and pre-amps, No reason, NO FUCKING reason... not to go MOTU imo. : )

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Re: MOTU Hardware - any good?

All of the above.

Best price/feature set/sound to $ ratio out there.

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Re: MOTU Hardware - any good?

A friend of mine has the same interface. I remember reading that some older MOTU interfaces had some problems with Windows drivers (MAC ones were never a problem) but those seem to be solved on the newer interfaces (incl. the one you want to get).

Anyway, considering the replies (which included Windows users) this doesn't seem to be a problem.

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Old 13-06-2013, 03:18 PM   #11
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A friend of mine has the same interface. I remember reading that some older MOTU interfaces had some problems with Windows drivers (MAC ones were never a problem) but those seem to be solved on the newer interfaces (incl. the one you want to get).

Anyway, considering the replies (which included Windows users) this doesn't seem to be a problem.
Part of the issue is that some of the older firewire MOTUs required a computer have a Texas Instruments chipset for firewire. I got a PCI firewire card with a TI chipset, but it also ran fine on my MB's firewire chipset.

I guess most firewire isn't actually class compliant. TI always is.

But yea, running Win 7 64bit here. No issues. Ever.

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Re: MOTU Hardware - any good?

I think it was a TI chipset issue, not a driver one, from what I remember.

Could be wrong though.

I don't think it's that big of a deal anymore.

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Gotta be quick around here.

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Re: MOTU Hardware - any good?

I know off the chipset problems but my friend had one of their USB interfaces so that wasn't the issue. The issue seemed to be bad drivers. However, this is about 7-8 years ago so I'm sure things have changed

Edit: And if I'd buy an audio interface I would also buy the ultralight or the traveller.

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Old 13-06-2013, 05:08 PM   #15
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Re: MOTU Hardware - any good?

I know there was problems with windows drivers a couple of years back, but i don't think that's much of an issue now.

Depending on how much i/o you need the Focusrite Forte has been getting some really good reviews from people i know using them and the press!
They have the same converters as the rednet series so might be worth a look at!

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Re: MOTU Hardware - any good?

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Hi,
I'm currently thinking of buying the MOTU UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid audio interface.
Just wanted to know if someone could recommend the sound card, or generally, MOTU's Hardware products.

I already own Digital Performer 8, which I love. But it seems like not every company have the same quality standards within their software products and hardware products.


My MOTU Ultralite MK 2 is the bees knees. Very versatile and super compact and also light in weight. So many options to choose from and the setup is really straight forward no complicated GUI to mess your way through.

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