MOTU UltraLite mk5
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.
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.
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!
I/O (18 x 22)
10x balanced 1/4-inch TRS outputs
6x balanced 1/4-inch TRS inputs
1x stereo headphone w/volume
1x MIDI in/out
40 simultaneous ins/outs (18 x 22)
On-board DSP, mixing and effects
Loopback and other advanced extras
Compatible with USB Type A
Low-latency Windows ASIO driver
Low-latency Mac driver (optional)
iOS / USB-C
iOS 12.4 or higher
Monitor Mixing with Effects
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 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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|Connector Type||Dynamic Range (A-weighted)||THD+N (unweighted)||Max Level|
|Line Input||1/4″ TRS, balanced, tip hot||120 dB||-114 dB (0.0002%)||24 dBu|
|Line Output||1/4″ TRS, balanced, tip hot||125 dB||-114 dB (0.0002%)||21 dBu|
|Mic input||XLR, balanced, pin 2 hot||115 dB||THD+N: -113 dB EIN: -129 dBu||Max level: 0 dBu Preamp gain: +74 dB|
|Phones||1/4″, TRS stereo||118 dB||-110 dB (0.0003%)||Max level: 14 dBu Output Impedance: <1 Ohm|