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MOTU UltraLite AVB 18x18 USB/AVB

The MOTU UltraLite AVB boasts both USB 2.0 and AVB Ethernet connectivity, with sample rates up to 192kHz and extensive I/O options, including dual mic inputs, two hi-Z guitar ins, six line-level inputs, eight outputs, MIDI I/O, AD I/O, and a headphone output. 

The AVB is ideal for ether studio or stage environments and can be used independently of a computer, lending another advantage to its compact size. In addition to interface duties, the AVB can also be used as a standalone mixer. When in this mode, the AVB provides 18 individual ins and outs. But that’s far from all, folks. Live inputs can be processed via on-board 48-channel mixer, with absolutely zero latency or processing strain imparted on the host computer. From there, incoming signals can be processed through powerful DSP effects consisting of reverb, a 4-band parametric EQ, compressor, and gating. 

When used as a portable standalone mixer, the AVB is capable of connecting to an Apple Airport or another WiFi router via Ethernet cable, allowing it to be controlled from a tablet or smartphone for added convenience. 

UltraLite AVB 18x18 USB/AVB 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.
  • Sample Rates Available: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • 2 x XLR mic inputs; Preamp gain: 0 to +56 dB (digitally controlled)  
  • 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)
  • 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 output
  • 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 MIDI Input; 1 x MIDI Output; 16 MIDI Channels to/from computer host.
  • 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

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)
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