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MOTU UltraLite AVB USB Interface  From MOTU

18x18 USB/AVB audio interface with DSP, wireless control and audio networking.

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$649.00

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Manufacturer's Description from MOTU

36 simultaneous audio channels

The most I/O ever offered in the UltraLite series

You get 2 mic inputs, 2 guitar inputs, 6 line inputs, 8 line outputs, headphone out and 8-channel optical I/O for a total of 18 inputs and 18 outputs, simultaneously. The optical ports also support stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF).

Best-in-class analog audio quality

Performance suitable for the most 

demanding situations

The UltraLite AVB sets a new standard for analog audio performance in a mobile audio interface. The eight balanced analog outputs deliver a stunning 117 dB dynamic range. This level of measured performance had previously only been available in audio interfaces that cost thousands of dollars.

Universal connectivity

Class compliant USB 2.0 plus audio over Ethernet

The UltraLite AVB connects to your computer with audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS) for across-the-board compatibility now and in the future. Alternately, if you have a Mac running OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later, you can use a standard Ethernet cable for operation as an audio interface. Either way, the UltraLite AVB is compatible with all audio software.

DSP-powered mixing

Console-style mixing with 48 channels and 12 busses

The mixer in the UltraLite AVB is a complete departure from earlier models. In fact, it's identical to the mixer found in MOTU's flagship 1248 and 16A interfaces. If you know your way around a large-format mixing console, you'll feel right at home. If you've ever wished to mix on a large console, the driver's seat is now yours.

Modeled analog EQ and compression

Vintage processing with 32-bit float precision

British analog mixing consoles are renowned for their musical EQ profiles. The UltraLite AVB meticulously models these classic EQs to give you the very same, magical EQ response found on these coveted desks. Each input channel also provides a classic compressor with peak/RMS operation.

 

Groups and the Main Mix bus are equipped with MOTU's Leveler™, an accurate model of the legendary Teletronix™ LA-2A™ optical leveling amplifier, known for its highly sought-after Automatic Gain Control (AGC) characteristics.

Web app control

Control everything from your laptop, tablet and smartphone

The software that you use to control the UltraLite doesn't reside on your hard drive. It's a web app served from the hardware itself. This means you can control the UltraLite's on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from the web app software running in your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network. Use any web client on any platform — Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android — as long as it shares the same network.

Stand-alone mixing with wireless control

Control everything from your iPad or iPhone

Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to the UltraLite with a standard Ethernet cable and control the UltraLite AVB's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smartphone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live sound mixing!

Comprehensive metering

View all I/O activity at a glance

The large backlit 128 x 48 pixel LCD lets you view all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analog and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu.

Feature Summary

18 x 18 USB/AVB audio interface with 36 simultaneous audio channels

2 mic inputs, 2 guitar inputs, 6 line inputs, 8 line outputs, headphone out and 8-channel optical I/O for 18 inputs and 18 outputs.

 

Best-in-class audio quality

117 dB dynamic range on analog outputs represents best-in-class analog audio performance for mobile recording.

 

DSP mixing and effects processing

Flexible 48-input digital mixer with 7 stereo aux busses, 3 group sends, access to eight network inputs, and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression.

 

Modeled vintage effects processing

Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs.

 

Flexible matrix routing and splitting

Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the AVB network.

 

Stand-alone operation with wireless control

Connect an Apple® Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing and DSP effects.

 

Universal connectivity

Connects to your computer with standard AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS). Compatible with all audio software.

 

Web app control from any device

Control everything from your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet and smartphone connected to your local Wi-Fi network.

 

System expansion

Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M, 16A, 24Ai, 24Ao, etc.) with a simple CAT-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).

 

AVB audio networking

Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.

 

Comprehensive metering

The large backlit LCD lets you view all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analog and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu.

 

AudioDesk

Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.


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Specifications

Sample rates  44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Mic inputs  2 x XLR mic inputs 

Preamp gain: 0 to +56 dB (digitally controlled)

Analog inputs  

  • 2 x 1/4" hi-Z guitar inputs (front panel) 
  • 6 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced) 
  • Max level: +24 dBu (digitally adjustable -96 to +22) 

Analog outputs  

 

  • 8 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled) 
  • Max level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20) 
  • 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone

 

 

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)

 

Total I/O

 

  • 18 inputs and 18 outputs (36 total) at 1x sample rates 
  • 14 inputs and 14 outputs (28 total) at 2x sample rates 
  • 10 inputs and 10 outputs (20 total) at 4x sample rates

 

 

Computer I/O

 

  • 1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant 
  •       USB 3.0 and iOS compatible 
  • 1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)

 

Computer I/O channels 

 

  • USB 2.0 (44.1 to 48 kHz): 64 in/out 
  • USB 2.0 (88.2 to 96 kHz): 32 in/out 
  • USB 2.0 (176.4 to 192 kHz): 24 in/out 
  • AVB Ethernet: 16 to 128 in/out, depending on host computer speed

 

 

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 (assignable)

Phantom power 2 x individual +48V

Front panel

 

  • 1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output 
  • 2 x TRS hi-Z guitar input 
  • 1 x digital rotary encoders • main/phone volume 
  • 2 x digital rotary encoders • guitar input gain/power 
  • 2 x digital rotary encoders • mic preamp gain 
  • 4 x switches • (2) Pad and (2) 48V Phantom switch 
  • 128 x 48 pixel LCD for level meters / menu nav

 

Power

  • External 12-18V DC power supply 
  • 1.0A max • tip pos or neg

 

Mac System Requirements

1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster

2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended

Mac OS X version 10.8 or later

Available high-speed USB 2.0 or AVB Ethernet port*

A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

*AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite

 

Windows System Requirements

1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster

2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended

Windows 7, 8 or 10

Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port

Available Ethernet port for firmware updates

A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

 

Web App Support 

Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android

Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.

Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU AVB interface by wire or Wi-Fi.

 

Included Software

MOTU AVB Discovery App for Mac & Windows (finds connected MOTU interfaces)

MOTU AVB Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)

MOTU AVB Control web app (served from the hardware itself)

AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac & Windows (separate download)

 

Operating Systems

For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later

For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android