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      MOTU Traveler-mk3 FireWire Audio Interface (580182)
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Portable bus-powered audio interface with on-board effects and mixing.

Engineered for high-end mobile recording applications, the Traveler-mk3 from MOTU delivers four very high quality mic inputs, bus power, optional battery power, and DSP-driven mixing and effects processing. The rackmountable Traveler-mk3 interface gives you 8 channels of 192kHz analog recording and playback combined with 20 channels of digital I/O in ADAT optical, AES/EBU, and S/PDIF formats. Expand your system by connecting additional MOTU FireWire audio interfaces or through the 8pre mic input expander.

The MOTU Traveler-mk3 is equally suited for studio, stage, and remote locations, with or without a computer. As an interface or standalone mixer, the Traveler-mk3 provides 28 separate inputs and 30 separate outputs, including 4 XLR/1/4" combo mic/instrument analog inputs equipped with pre-amps, individual 48V phantom power switches, and Digital Precision Trim controls conveniently adjusted from the front panel or via the included CueMix FX software.

This handy interface makes it possible to connect all of your audio instruments and gear, including mics, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines, and even effects processors. Record, monitor, route, and process all of these live inputs using the professional on-board CueMix FX digital mixer with no latency and no processor strain on your computer. Apply hardware DSP-driven effects processing to inputs, outputs, and busses independent of your host computer.

The Traveler-mk3 audio interface lets you add Classic Reverb with lengths up to 60 seconds. Further sculpt your sound with its 7-band parametric EQ featuring filter types carefully modeled after British analog console EQs. Choose between two forms of compression: a conventional compressor, and the Leveler, an accurate model of the legendary LA-2A optical compressor that provides vintage, musical automatic gain control. When recording from the 4 mic/guitar inputs, the Traveler-mk3's signal overload protection gives you an extra 12dB of headroom above zero with no clipping or harsh artifacts.

After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the MOTU Traveler-mk3, remove the rack brackets, and take it on the road for operation as a portable, bus-powered audio interface for a laptop, or battery-operated standalone mixer with effects. The Traveler slides easily into your backpack and fits neatly beneath a laptop. All mixing and effects parameters are adjustable using the front panel backlit LCD. Record extended sessions even in the most remote locations with the complete freedom of field battery power.

The Traveler-mk3 interface provides cross-platform compatibility with Mac and Windows and all of your favorite audio software and host-based effects via WDM/ASIO/Core Audio drivers. You can also use the included AudioDesk workstation software for Mac, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.

MOTU Traveler-mk3 FireWire Audio Interface Features:

  • Sturdy, lightweight construction
    Compact size
    Powered by computer (bus power requires a non-adapted 6-pin FireWire port
    28 inputs/30 outputs (at 44.1/48kHz)
    Mic inputs, TRS analog, AES/EBU, RCA S/PDIF, and phones are all handled as separate channels
    Four combo jacks provide Hi-Z 1/4" guitar input or low-Z XLR mic input with transparent preamps, phantom power, pad, and plenty of gain
    Clip protection up to +12dB over zero
    Individual 48V phantom power on each mic input
    Four 24-bit 192kHz analog inputs and 8 analog outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks
    Digital Precision Trim lets you adjust input gain in 1dB increments on all analog inputs, fine-tune the balance, and save and recall multiple trim setups
    High-resolution recording: operate all analog I/O at sample rates up to 192kHz
    Flexible optical I/O allows you to mix and match formats between the two banks (16 channels of ADAT lightpipe, 8 channels of SMUX (96kHz), or two pairs of stereo TOSLink)
    CueMix FX offers flexible 28 input/16 bus mixer with on-board DSP effects, including classic reverb with sends/returns, plus modeled EQ and vintage compression on every input and output
    Multiple CueMix FX mixes lets you create different monitor mixes for the main outs and headphones, or add send/return loops for outboard gear with no latency
    CueMix FX software provides real-time FFT and spectrogram waterfall displays for advanced audio signal analysis of individual signals and entire mixes
    Access your entire mix, or any Traveler-mk3 setting, directly from the front panel
    Standalone operation lets you program your mixes at the studio and then bring the Traveler-mk3 to your gig by just plugging in the included DC power adapter (Tweak settings using the back-lit LCD)
    Connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed
    MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software
    Add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow
    Connect the 8pre via optical for 8 more mic inputs at sample rates up to 96kHz fully integrated into the Traveler-mk3's CueMix FX mixing environment
    Built-in SMPTE time code sync resolves to and generates time code, allowing you to directly resolve Digital Performer, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo and other compatible host software to time code with no additional synchronizer needed
    Includes drivers for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista, including ASIO, WDM, Core Audio, and Core MIDI
    Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software
    100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs
    Includes AudioDesk 3: full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac OS X with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing, & sample-accurate sync
    Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire: Two FireWire 400 ports allow for daisy-chaining without a hub
    Works with a FireWire 800 connection via a simple adapter or FW400-to-800 cable
    Front panel volume control for monitoring
    Stereo, Quad, 5.1, 7.1, and user-defined surround monitoring setups available
    Front panel meters or activity LEDs for all analog, digital, and MIDI I/O, plus SMPTE sync, tach, and lock LEDs
    Front panel LCD provides vertical meters for entire banks (8 channels at once) or horizontal long-throw metering for individual channels
    Meter banks are quickly accessible via the dedicated METERS rotary encoder on the front panel
    Dedicated front panel clock status LEDs


MOTU Traveler-mk3 FireWire Audio Interface Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 14.75"W x 9"D

    Eight 24-bit 192kHz outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks
    Phone jack with front panel volume control
    Stereo 24-bit 96kHz AES/EBU In/Out
    Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF In/Out
    Word clock in and out


MOTU Traveler-mk3 FireWire Audio Interface

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  • worth every penny

    As reviewed by tcot on 6/12/2011

    For mobility with a bus powered/firewire interface this is the gold standard for any Mac laptop user who wants instant studio capability or to just layer individual tracts. It's works great with garageband or logic pro. And it has midi connections.

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  • Amazing Professional Interface

    As reviewed by Christian Hermida on 5/12/2010

    This interface is phenomenal ! It integrates perfectly in MOTU Digital Performer, but can also be used in a variety of other programs. The firewire speed is a major plus for this item, and its multiple inputs are perfect for any studio. The thing that sells me the most is the fact it has all the professional outputs you would need in any audio situation. We have 20 of these in our studio for multiple computers, and they're all linked together to create a massive input device if needed. The AES/ABU and SPDIF outputs are great for the traveling engineer, where output options are a must. You can be confident that your interface will work in virtually any studio environment with the amount of connectivity this device has . Bus power is an great feature for field recording as well as any mobile gigs. The PREAMPS ARE AMAZING! Very high gain, and a nice clean sound with no coloration at all. This interface even makes even standard SM 58 sound like a studio vocal mic. This is an all around sturdy device!

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