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Best-in-class audio quality

The UltraLite-mk5 includes renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology, featuring the ES9026PRO DAC, to deliver measured 125 dB dynamic range and -114 dB THD+N. Renowned drivers deliver rock-solid performance and industry-leading low latency.


Ultra-low latency

Optimized drivers for both Mac and PC deliver ultra-low latency performance. With a high-performance DAW such as Digital Performer, the UltraLite-mk5 delivers an astonishing round trip latency (RTL) of 2.4 ms (milliseconds) over USB (at 96 kHz with a 32-sample host buffer).

Built for studio and stage

Housed in a compact, steel enclosure you can take anywhere, the UltraLite-mk5 is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. Connect all your personal studio gear for state-of-the art computer-based recording and production, or take it to your next gig to mix live, without a computer.

40 simultaneous audio channels

As an interface or mixer, the UltraLite-mk5 provides 18 inputs and 22 outputs, for a total of 40 simultaneous, independent I/O channels. You get 2 mic/line/instrument inputs, 6 line inputs, 10 line outputs, headphone out and 8-channel optical I/O. The optical ports alternatively support stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF).

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.


iOS compatibility

The UltraLite-mk5 is USB audio class compliant, giving you plug-and-play compatibility with iPad® and other Apple® iOS devices. Record on-the-go, directly to your iPad, or play backing tracks during a gig, mixed with your live inputs with the UltraLite-mk5's built-in mixing. Control everything from the CueMix 5™ mixing app on your iPad or iPhone.



The UltraLite-mk5 provides convenient loopback channels to your host computer or iOS device, so you can easily route computer output, along with a mix of live inputs from the UltraLite-mk5 itself, back to the computer, where you can record it back into your podcasting host software or stream it live to the internet. Streaming and podcasting has never been easier and better-sounding!


Mobile recording and mixing

After recording and mixing in the studio, take the UltraLite-mk5 on the road with your laptop for mobile recording and live mixing.

Half-rack Mounting Kit

Ready for serious touring, the steel-encased UltraLite-mk5 can be rack-mounted with thick, steel brackets designed to withstand the punishment on the road ahead. (Sold separately)

Half-rack Coupler Kit

Join two UltraLite-mk5 units together, side by side, to fill a space in your rack or road case. Thick steel brackets ensure everything connects solidly as a singular full-rack unit. (Sold separately)



I/O (18 x 22)


2x mic/line/Hi-Z guitar inputs

10x balanced 1/4-inch TRS outputs

6x balanced 1/4-inch TRS inputs

1x optical in/out (ADAT or TOSLink)

1x RCA S/PDIF digital in/out

1x stereo headphone w/volume

1x MIDI in/out




125 dB dynamic range on output

-129 dBu EIN on mic inputs





Superb sound quality & performance

40 simultaneous ins/outs (18 x 22)

On-board DSP, mixing and effects

Universal connectivity

Loopback and other advanced extras

CueMix™ 5 console app (Mac/Win/iOS)

Performer® Lite workstation software


Introducing CueMix™ 5

CueMix 5 gives you simple, yet comprehensive graphic control over your mix. CueMix 5 is a completely new app with attractive graphic mixing, graphic editing of parametric EQ, and a convenient touch-friendly interface for quick access to all mixing features, digitally controlled trims and other settings in your UltraLite-mk5.

Start making music right away with included workstation software, virtual instruments and loops

Connect the UltraLite-mk5 to your Mac or PC and start laying down tracks with the included Performer Lite production

software, plus hundreds of loops, one-shots and sounds from industry leaders Big Fish Audio, Lucidsamples and Loopmasters.


Performer Lite

Performer Lite provides everything you need to record, edit, mix, process and master your own music tracks quickly and easily. Plug in your mic, guitar and MIDI keyboard and start tracking with over 100 virtual instruments, dozens of effects plug-ins, guitar FX processing and much more.

100+ Instruments

Performer Lite includes over 100 virtual instruments, including acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, basses, drums, organs synths, orchestral instruments, choirs, world instruments and much more. Take your musical muse wherever it wants to go.

6 GB of free loops and sample packs

Performer Lite includes 6 GB of free loops and sample packs from leading sample content providers to help you start making music right away. From Performer Lite's Content Browser, choose from dozens of musical styles, click to audition, then drag and drop in your projects timeline to build your track quick.

Technical Specifications

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

Mic/line/guitar inputs      2x XLR/TRS "combo" jacks

1 M impedance on the line/instr inputs

Analog inputs     6 x1/4" TRS line in (balanced)

Analog outputs  10 x1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled)

Digital I/O           1bank (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)

Computer I/O     1 xUSB-C 2.0 audio class compliant

Compatible with USB Type A (with adapter or C-to-A cable)

Total audio 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

MIDI I/O              1x MIDI IN


16 MIDI channels to/from computer host

Headphone         1 x1/4" TRS stereo phone

Phantom power 2 xindividual +48V

Front panel         2 xXLR/TRS combo inputs

1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output

1 x potentiometer phone/monitor vol

2 x potentiometer mic/instr input gain

4 x switches (2) 48V and (2) pad

1x high-resolution white OLED display for metering/status

Power   External 12-18VDC power supply

1.0A max tip pos or neg

Dimensions and weight   (widthx depth x height, enclosure only)

8.6 x 6.9 x 1.75 inches

22 x 17.5 x 4.5 cm

2.875 lbs / 1.31 kg

System Requirements

Mac System Requirements            IntelCore i3 Mac or faster (including the new M1 Macs)

4 GB RAM; 8 GB or more recommended

macOS version 10.11 or later

(Optional driver requires 10.13 or later)

Available USB port

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

Windows System Requirements   IntelCore i3 PC (or AMD equivalent)

4 GB RAM; 8 GB or more recommended

Windows 10

Available USB port

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

Class-Compliant Support               USBaudio class compliant for plug-and-play operation on Mac or iOS (no driverrequired)

Included Software            CueMix5

MOTU Performer Lite

6GB of loops and sounds from Big Fish Audio, LucidSamples,Loopmasters and MOTU

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