New half-rack FireWire audio/MIDI interface announced 10/03/06
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Our wanderings around the Sounds Expo show at Londonâ€™s Olympia yesterday revealed the existence of the MOTU Ultralite â€“ a newly resized 10 in, 14 out FireWire audio and MIDI interface designed for the traveling recordist. The unit is a half rack-space in size and can be bus-powered from the desktop or laptop whilst being capable of up to 96kHz/24-bit recording. The MOTU drivers make it possible to use the Ultralite with either the PPC mac or Intel powered as well as PCs.
The unit is ruggedly constructed from aluminium alloy and features 2 mic/line inputs with 48v phantom, a 3 position pad (-36dB, -18db and 0dB) and up to 60dB of gain. You also get 8 analog ins and 10 outs all on TRS connectors for integration into balanced environments, plus a 96kHz capable S-pdif Digital I/O, headphone out and MIDI i/o too.
The built-in 8-bus mixer gives you plenty of monitoring options with all the tweakability accessible using the CueMix Console.
Additionally, the Ultralite comes with on-board SMTPE synchronization, so you can generate and read TC for locking up to external gear.
The UltraLite provides cross-platform compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3 or higher (including the new Intel Macs), Windows XP and any audio software that supports standard WDM/ASIO/Core Audio drivers. The included AudioDesk workstation software for Macintosh provides 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.
Shipping soon, the Ultralite retails at $595 /Â£495