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MOTU UltraLite AVB 18x18 USB/AVB Ethernet Audio Interface

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UltraLite AVB is an 18-input, 18-output audio interface with DSP mixing, wireless control, AVB audio networking and best-in-class analog audio quality for on-the-go mobile audio recording. Connect to a computer through AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.... Read More

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Description

UltraLite AVB is an 18-input, 18-output audio interface with DSP mixing, wireless control, AVB audio networking and best-in-class analog audio quality for on-the-go mobile audio recording. Connect to a computer through AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS) and record at sample rates up to 192 kHz with two mic inputs, two hi-Z guitar inputs, six line-level analog inputs, eight analog outputs, 8-channel optical I/O (with support for 2-channel TOSLink), MIDI I/O and a headphone output. Powerful DSP delivers large console style mixing with 48 channels, 12 stereo busses, and 32-bit floating point effects processing, including modeled analog EQ, vintage compression and classic reverb. Matrix routing lets you quickly patch ins to outs, or split inputs to multiple destinations.

Use the UltraLite AVB as a stand-alone mixer and control everything wirelessly from innovative web app software running on your iPad, iPhone, tablet, smart phone, and laptop. Through AVB Ethernet, connect another MOTU AVB interface for more I/O or connect to an expanded MOTU AVB network with multiple interfaces and computers. From studio to stage, the UltraLite AVB delivers exceptional sound quality, state-of-the-art operation and rock-solid performance.

Features:

  • 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 32 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.

More I/O
The UltraLite AVB now provides separate mic and guitar inputs (two each), 8-channel ADAT optical (switchable to stereo TOSLink), 6 x 8 balanced quarter-inch analog I/O and MIDI IN/OUT jacks, all housed in a rugged aluminum alloy half-rack chassis that slides easily into a backpack. That's a total of 18 simultaneous inputs and outputs.

Best-in-class analog audio quality
The balanced analog outputs achieve a measured dynamic range of 117 dB, rivaling the audio quality of interfaces at much higher price points.

More DSP
Expanded DSP doubles the available processing power for the redesigned console-style mixer, which provides 48 inputs, 12 stereo busses and 32-bit floating point effects processing, including modeled analog EQ, vintage compression and classic reverb. Matrix routing lets you quickly patch ins to outs, or split inputs to multiple destinations. You can even use the UltraLite AVB as a stand-alone mixer and control everything wirelessly from innovative web app software running on your iPad, iPhone, tablet, smartphone and laptop. Multiple musicians can access their own aux mixes simultaneously from their own Wi-Fi devices.

Class-compliant connectivity
The UltraLite AVB connects to a computer through AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS) and records at sample rates up to 192 kHz.

Expansion and networking
The optical ports let you connect the UltraLite AVB to other interfaces you may own, or future gear purchases as your studio grows. Through AVB Ethernet, you can connect another MOTU AVB interface for more I/O with a standard Ethernet cable up to 100 meters long! Or, you can connect to an expanded MOTU AVB network with multiple interfaces and computers.

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Product Specs

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)
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 or better
Windows System Requirements 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
Windows 7 or later
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 (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

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