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UltraLite-mk4

18×22 I/O with 2 mic/line/instr combo,
6×8 analog, MIDI, DSP mixing/FX

Category: Product ID: 12889

The latest in MOTU’s award-winning UltraLite audio interface series, the UltraLite-mk4 delivers 18-input, 22-outputs, DSP mixing, FX processing and superb analog audio quality for studio-grade mobile audio recording.

 

Superb Audio quality

 

New for 2018, the ultraLite-mk4 now includes ESS Sabre32TM DAC technology, delivering 123 dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU’s flagship 1248. Renowned drivers deliver rock solid performance and industry leading low latency.

Ultra-low latency

New, optimized drivers for both Mac and PC deliver ultra-low latency performance. With a high-performance DAW such as Digital Performer, the UltraLite-mk4 delivers an astonishing round trip latency (RTL) of 1.83 ms (milliseconds) on OS X and 1.84 ms on Windows over USB (at 96 kHz with a 32-sample host buffer).

Built for studio and stage

Housed in a compact, aluminum-alloy enclosure you can take anywhere, the UltraLite-mk4 is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. As an interface or mixer, the UltraLite-mk4 provides 18 ins and 22 outs, for a total of 40 simultaneous I/O channels.

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.

Large console-style mixing

Record, monitor, route and process all live inputs using the on-board 48-channel, console-style mixer, with no latency and no processor strain on your computer.

Modeled analog EQ and compression

Further sculpt your sound with 4-band parametric EQ featuring filter types carefully modeled after British analog console EQs. Choose between two forms of compression: a conventional compressor and the Leveler™, an accurate model of the legendary LA-2A™ optical compressor that provides vintage, musical automatic gain control.

Advanced Extras

 

Analyze and scope your audio with advanced diagnostic tools, including a full-screen real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, full- featured oscilloscope, X-Y plot and phase analyzer.

Mobile recording and mixing

 

After recording and mixing in the studio, take the UltraLite-mk4 on the road with your laptop for mobile recording and live mixing.

 

Web app control from any device

Control everything from your laptop, tablet and smartphone

 

The software that you use to control the UltraLite-mk4 doesn’t reside on your hard drive. It’s a web app served from the hardware itself. This means you can control the UltraLite-mk4 on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from 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.

 

Touch Console

The art of the mix on your touchscreen

 

Designed specifically for touchscreen operation, Touch Console™ delivers a whole new mixing experience. Access Touch Console from your tablet or smartphone to effortlessly control the powerful 48-channel mixer and effects in the UltraLite-mk4. With large targets for your fingers, multi-touch operation and intuitive design, you can tap, swipe and pinch your way to a perfect mix, every time.

Solid Metal Chassis

 

The UltraLite-mk4 aluminum chassis is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy and durable, and designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and tour bus. In a world awash with cheap plastic, the cool touch of the UltraLite-mk4’s metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction built to last.

 

Rack mounting brackets

 

Use included brackets and hex bolts to mount the UltraLite-mk4 on rack rails, as shown here with a companion MOTU micro lite MIDI interface.

 

Use the included jointer bracket to connect another MOTU half-rack interface (MIDI or audio). You can then mount them together in a standard 19-inch equipment rack.

Technical Specifications

Sample rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Mic/guitar inputs 2 x combo XLR/TRS mic/guitar inputs
Preamp gain: 0 to +60 dB (digitally controlled)
Instrument gain: 0 to +30 dB (digitally controlled)
Analog inputs 6 x 1/4″ TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
Max level: +24 dBu (digitally adjustable -96 to +22)
Analog outputs 10 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)
1 x stereo S/PDIF on RCA (up to 96 kHz)
Total 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
Computer I/O 1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant
USB 3.0 and iOS compatible
Computer I/O channels 64 in/out at 1x (44.1 to 48 kHz)
32 in/out at 2x (88.2 to 96 kHz)
24 in/out at 4x (176.4 to 192 kHz)
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 XLR/TRS combo inputs
1 x digital rotary encoders • main/phone vol/pwr
2 x digital rotary encoders • mic/instr input gain
4 x switches • (2) Pad and (2) 48V Phantom pwr
128 x 48 pixel LCD for level meters / menu nav
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 7 x 1.75 inches
22 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm
2.3 lbs / 1.04 kg

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 USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

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
  • 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.

Included Software

  • MOTU Discovery App for Mac & PC (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
  • MOTU Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
  • MOTU Pro Audio Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
  • MOTU Audio Tools (FFT, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, phase analyzer)
  • AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac & PC (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

Analog I/O Specifications

Connector type Dynamic range
(A-weighted)
THD+N
(unweighted)
Max
level
Trim range
(in 1 dB steps)
Line output 1/4″ TRS, balanced, tip hot 123 dB -112 dB +20 dBu 24 dB (-4 to +20)
Line input 1/4″ TRS, bal/unbal, tip hot 110 dB -102 dB +24 dBu 118 dBu (-96 to +22)
Mic input XLR, balanced, pin 2 hot 112 dB -104 dB +24 dBu
(with pad)
56 dB
Phones 1/4″, TRS stereo 112 dB -94 dB Max. 80 mw 128 dB

Compatible Mac Software

The UltraLite-mk4 ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Logic Express
  • Apple Garage Band
  • Apple SoundTrack Pro
  • Ableton Live
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Compatible Windows Software

The UltraLite-mk4 ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 10 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Ableton Live
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image Line FL Studio
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Sony Sound Forge
  • Sony Acid
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

UltraLite-mk4 Feature Summary

18 x 22 USB audio interface with 40 simultaneous audio channels

2 mic/guitar inputs, 6 line ins, 10 line outs, phone out, S/PDIF digital I/O and 8-channel optical I/O for 18 inputs and 22 outputs.

Superb analog quality with ultra-low latency

Renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology delivers 123 dB dynamic range on analog output. New, optimized drivers deliver rock-solid performance and industry-leading low latency.

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.

Web app control

Control everything from your favorite web browser on a laptop or mobile device (table or smartphone) through a shared Wi-Fi network.

Universal connectivity

Connects to any computer with hi-speed USB 2.0 (audio class compliant, compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS). Compatible with all audio software.

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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