MOTU’s UltraLite-mk5 is a tiny but powerful audio interface

MOTU has a pedigree in audio interfaces that few others can boast. The new UltraLite-mk5 continues the tradition while bringing improvements.

After a stylish makeover and a few updates, the MOTU UltraLite-mk5 has been launched. Doing what the UltraLite has always done best, the new version of the interface combines superior audio quality with extreme portability and convenience.

With 40 simultaneous audio channels, it’s a little black box that doesn’t want to compromise.

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The UltraLite-mk5 features 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs for mic, line, and Hi-Z outputs, 6 line inputs and 10 line outputs, a headphone output, and 8 ADAT and MIDI optical in/out channels. Optical connectivity also supports RCA S/PDIF I/O, and combo inputs include preamps offering up to +74dB of gain. The UltraLite MK5 features a brilliant white OLED display and digital I/O activity indicators, making it easy to keep an eye on all your levels.

The device’s analog outputs are powered by ESS DAC, while the ES9026PRO DAC provides up to 125dB dynamic range and -114dB total harmonic distortion plus noise, with sample rates up to 192kHz. The interface comes with the new and improved CueMix 5 software which allows users to manage signal routing and develop monitor mixes using EQ, reverb, compression and noise gate. CueMix 5 is compatible with macOS, Windows 10 and iOS.

Despite the long roll call of capabilities under the hood, the UltraLite MK5 prioritizes a sleek and simple workflow. Connection to the interface can be made via USB-C or USB-A, with an extremely low round-trip latency of 2.4ms.

For more details, visit MOTU.