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MOTU Ultralite-mk3 hybrid vs. MOTU microbook
Old 27th December 2010
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MOTU Ultralite-mk3 hybrid vs. MOTU microbook

Hello dear, generous, helpful people. Hope many of you are enjoying a snowday as I am!

I'm trying to decide between the MOTU Ultralite-mk3 hybrid and the MOTU Microbook. I'm going to be using my choice primarily for live Ableton performance and realtime processing (software based) of sound from a mic/instruments simultaneously. Not recording so much. But I had a few questions...

1. I've read that the Ultralite-mk3's's latency performance is better than that of the Microbook's. Do you think the difference is significant enough to impact use in live performance and effects processing?

2. The Microbook has a 1/8" stereo out (which is convenient for me) as well as the standard 2 x 1/4" L&R channel outs, but the Ultralite only has the latter. Would a simple $5 adapter do the trick in getting the Ultralite's output to a single, 1/8" stereo line, or am I misunderstanding how this works somehow?

3. I'm thinking about getting a MBP but currently have a PC. I know MOTU isn't known for great PC drivers, but my impression is that they've gotten better as of late. Is either of these units known to play nicer with PCs?

Thanks for any help in advance! I have to admit that the price-tag, streamlined design, and "not too many features I won't use" aspect of the Microbook is appealing to me. But if latency is a problem, that could be a deal breaker.
Old 27th December 2010
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Additionally, the one other unit I'm considering is the M-audio Fast Track Ultra. So if anyone is able to comment on that in regards to my above concerns as well, I would truly appreciate it!
Old 27th December 2010
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Sorry, one more bumped update.

I've eliminated the Microbook from contention.

So now it's the Motu Ultralite-mk3 hybrid ($529) or the M-audio Fast Track Ultra ($285) with the same qualifications in place. Is the price difference worth it?
Old 27th December 2010
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I upgraded to the ultralite mkIII hybrid from the M-audio ultra...The difference is night and day. The converters are better and the extra i/o's make life alot easier. The only thing I dont like about the Motu is that the master knob and the headphone knob are the same knob(you have to click it so switch functions).
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