MOTU UltraLite-mk5 Desktop 18x22 USB Type-C Audio/MIDI Interface

Credit offered by PayBright . Get pre-approved at the checkout!

Arriving Soon
We're expecting more shortly!

Raising the bar above the previous generation of UltraLite, the MOTU UltraLite-mk5 desktop 18x22 USB Type-C audio/MIDI interface provides a slew of enhancements inside MOTU ULTRALITE-MK5 and out, from its fresh appearance and simplified operation to updated DACs and improved analog performance. With its flexible connectivity, generous software bundle, virtual loopback function, and host-based or standalone use, the UltraLite-mk5 is equally advantageous for musicians, producers, podcasters, and content creators.

The mic preamps on the UltraLite now deliver up to +74 dB of gain, more than enough to get a robust recording level even from low-output dynamic mics. The two combo inputs can also accept line/instrument sources while the six rear-panel 1/4" inputs are dedicated for line-level sources. Thanks to the 10 DC-coupled line outputs and stereo headphone out, the interface can easily feed speakers, cans, and outboard gear. Plus, 10 channels of digital audio I/O and traditional MIDI I/O are present, should you need to integrate the UltraLite-mk5 with more complex setups.

UltraLite-mk5 Vs UltraLite-mk4

In addition to its freshened look and feel, the UltraLite-mk5 features updated ESS DACs, an ESS-driven headphone out, improved analog performance, simplified operation, USB Type-C connectivity, and new software and drivers.


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 along with high-resolution support up to 24-bit / 192 kHz. Renowned drivers deliver rock-solid performance and industry-leading low latency.


Flexible XLR/TRS combo jacks let you plug in mics, guitars, and/or line inputs. Add individual 48V phantom power if needed, adjust level with trim and pad, and start recording. Apply reverb, EQ, and compression to the mix in your headphones, to the recorded tracks, or both.

The headphone output mirrors the main outs, but it can also mirror any other output pair. You can even create your own independent headphone mix. Push the volume knob to control main out volume.

Each mic input has +74 dB of independent preamp gain, a -20 dB pad, and 48V phantom power for condenser mics. Use the rotary encoders for quick access to basic settings from the front panel.

The bright, crisp, high-resolution OLED provides long-throw metering for all analog I/O, plus activity indicators for digital audio and MIDI I/O.


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 two mic/line/instrument inputs on XLR-1/4" combo jacks, six 1/4" TRS balanced line inputs, 10 DC-coupled 1/4" TRS balanced line outputs, a 1/4" front-panel headphone out, stereo coaxial S/PDIF I/O, and 8-channel optical I/O. The optical ports alternatively support stereo TOSLINK (optical S/PDIF). Traditional 5-pin MIDI input and output ports are also provided.

USB Class Compliance

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. The interface has a USB Type-C port and is compatible with USB Type-A. Mac and Windows drivers are available for low-latency operations (2.4 ms roundtrip latency). The external power supply ensures stable operation whether you use the UltraLite-mk5 standalone or with a host.

Live Streaming

The UltraLite-mk5 provides convenient loopback channels to your host computer or iOS device, so you can easily route the 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.

Ready for the Road

After recording and mixing in the studio, take the UltraLite-mk5 on the road with your laptop for mobile recording and live mixing. It features a rugged steel enclosure that can be rackmounted alone or beside another unit using optional hardware.

Included Software

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take your musical muse wherever it wants to go with over 100 virtual instruments, including acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, basses, drums, organs synths, orchestral instruments, choirs, world instruments, and more.
  • Performer Lite includes 6GB 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 project's timeline to quickly build your track.
Form Factor Tabletop
Display 1 x Monochrome OLED
Channels of I/O Analog:
8 Inputs / 12 Outputs
10 Inputs / 10 Outputs
Max Sample Rate/Resolution 192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps 2
Input Level Adjustment 2 x Knob
Solo/Mute None
Pad Mic:
-20 dB (Switchable per Channel)
High-Pass Filter None
Expansion Slots None
Analog Audio I/O 2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input (Front Panel)
6 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Input
10 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output (DC-Coupled)
1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output (Front Panel)
Phantom Power +48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Digital Audio I/O 1 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT / S/PDIF Input
1 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT / S/PDIF Output
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Output
Host Connection / USB 1 x USB Type-C (Class-Compliant USB 2.0)
USB (Non-Host) None
Sync I/O None
Network I/O None
MIDI I/O 1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Wireless Connectivity None
Memory Card Slot None
Gain/Trim Range Mic Inputs:
Up to +74 dB 
Max Output Level Headphone Outputs:
+14 dBu 
Impedance Line/Hi-Z Inputs:
1 Megohm 
Dynamic Range Mic Inputs:
115 dB (A-Weighted) 
Line Inputs:
120 dB (A-Weighted) 
Line Outputs:
125 dB (A-Weighted) 
Headphone Outputs:
118 dB (A-Weighted) 
THD+N Line Inputs:
-114 dB / 0.0002% (Unweighted) 
Line Outputs:
-114 dB / 0.0002% (Unweighted) 
Headphone Outputs:
-110 dB / 0.0003% (Unweighted) 
EIN Mic Inputs:
-129 dBu 
Digital Audio
Sample Rates 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz 
Sample Rate Conversion None
Bit Depths 24-Bit
Latency 2.4 ms at 96 kHz (Dependent on Buffer Size, Input to Output)
Sync Sources ADAT, Internal, S/PDIF
OS Compatibility macOS 10.11 or Later
Windows 10
iOS 9 or Later
Included Software Digital Performer Lite
Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Included Plug-Ins None
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-Ins macOS Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Windows Driver Downloadable from Manufacturer
Processor Requirement Mac:
Intel Core i3 or Better 
Intel Core i3 or Better 
RAM Requirements 4 GB, 8 GB Recommended
Storage Requirements 500 GB
Mobile Device Compatibility iPad  
iPod Touch 
Required Hardware Available USB 2.0 Port 
Internet Connection Required for Registration, Software/Driver Download
Power Requirements AC/DC Power Adapter (Included)
AC/DC Power Adapter 12 to 18 VDC at 1 A, Center-Positive or Negative (Included)
Rackmount Size 1 RU (with Optional Hardware, 1/2-Rack)
Dimensions 8.6 x 6.9 x 1.75" / 21.8 x 17.5 x 4.45 cm
Weight 2.9 lb / 1.3 kg
More Information
Price $749.00
Vendor Item Number 8453
Special Order 1
Coming Qty 4
Manufacturer Motu
Stock Status In Stock
Write Your Own Review
Only registered users can write reviews. Please Sign in or create an account