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MOTU Ships Hybrid

Not a Car but a USB/FireWire audio interface

MOTU has released an upgraded version of its UltraLite-mk3 audio interface, the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid.

The Hybrid is a portable USB/FireWire audio interface. The addition of a USB 2.0 interface is the main new goodie.

The digital specs top out, not surprisingly for a MOTU piece, at 24-bit/192 kHz. Other features are a 10-input software mixer, EQ and DSP (including reverb and compressors, one of which is an LA-2A model), timecode support and the AudioDesk DAW program. Up to 7.1 surround sound can be monitored.

Additions specific to the Hybrid include 48V phantom power and a 20 dB pad (for screamers).

The UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 along with Mac OS X, including 64-bit drivers.

Retail price: $595.