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Connecting Motu Ultralike MK3 (not hybrid) to a device without firewire inputs.
Old 11th August 2018
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Connecting Motu Ultralike MK3 (not hybrid) to a device without firewire inputs.

Recently my macbook crashed and I'm thinking about buying a windows laptop since the prices for macbooks are out of my range. I love my Motu Ultralike MK3 only it's non-hybrid version so there is no USB out. How would I go about connecting it to a current windows laptop? Every internet search I do leads me to posts regarding the hybrid version thus suggesting using the USB out instead of firewire, which it doesn't have. Is there any way of connecting the MK3 without Firewire to a windows laptop?
Old 11th August 2018
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I don't think there's a way unless a) the laptop has Thunderbolt, which is backwards compatible with FW or b) you can install some kind of a FW extension card to the laptop.
Old 11th August 2018
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Man, I was affraid for this. Looks like I also have to replace the interface then. I would really like to keep using the Ultralite line, any experience with the newer models which support USB? I read some complaints about them on windows devices during my search.
Old 11th August 2018
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I think you're pulling the shortest straw here. Unless you can find a pcmcia firewire card to usb adapter i don.t see how to pull this one off. never seen them b.t.w..

Tunderbolt is not going to work unless in one direction only. That, however, is not pratical at all.

Your best option would be an older model buisness class laptop with pcmcia slot.

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