MOTU, Inc. (www.motu.com) has introduced the Traveler-mk3, a mobile Firewire audio interface
for Mac and Windows personal computers that provides eight channels of
pristine 192kHz analog recording and playback combined with twenty
channels of digital I/O in ADAT optical, AES/EBU and S/PDIF formats.
Engineered for portable recording situations with either desktop or
laptop computers, the Traveler-mk3 draws power from
its Firewire connection to the computer. For extended remote sessions,
the Traveler can be powered by an industry-standard field battery pack.
As a complete audio recording system with 28 inputs and 30 outputs
operating simultaneously, including four XLR/TRS "combo" style mic
inputs equipped with high-quality preamps, the Traveler-mk3 inherits
many features from MOTU’s award-winning Traveler interface and adds
many additional significant new features, including V-Limit™ signal
overload protection, true hi-Z guitar inputs, a 32-bit floating point
DSP for on-board effects and mixing, two banks of configurable optical
I/O and much more.
"The V-Limit hardware limiters we've added to all four mic inputs make
the Traveler-mk3 even more versatile, especially for remote sessions in
non-studio recording environments," said Jim Cooper, Director of
Marketing at MOTU. "The new reverb, modeled EQ and vintage compression
sound absolutely superb and add a whole new dimension to recording
sessions and stand-alone operation as a digital mixer."
Unique mobile design
At 3.8 pounds and 14.75 inches wide by 9 inches deep, the Traveler-mk3
is housed in a strong, lightweight aluminum alloy case that fits neatly
beneath any 15-inch laptop and slides easily into a backpack or
computer bag. Sturdy rack ears are included for convenient 19-inch rack
New "mk3" feature highlights
More inputs and outputs — The Traveler-mk3 provides a total of 28
inputs and 30 outputs (at 44.1/48kHz), including four XLR/TRS "combo"
style mic inputs, TRS analog, two new configurable banks of optical,
AES/EBU, new RCA S/PDIF jacks and phones, all simultaneously available
as separate I/O channels. All analog and digital I/O channels can
operate at sample rates up to 96kHz, and all eight channels of analog
I/O support very high-resolution 192kHz operation.
Latest-generation converters and preamps — The Traveler-mk3 analog
section is equipped with latest-generation A/D/A converters and mic
True hi-impedance guitar inputs — Four combo jacks provide true hi-Z
1/4” guitar input or low-Z XLR mic input with transparent preamps,
phantom power, pad and plenty of gain.
V-Limit™ and Soft Clip overload protection — The V-Limit
hardware limiter is exclusive to MOTU "mk3" audio interface preamp
inputs and prevents digital clipping and distortion from overloaded
signal levels up to +12 dB over zero. Additional protection can be
applied to the mic/guitar inputs by enabling the Traveler-mk3's Soft
Clip feature, which engages just before clipping occurs and helps
reduce perceptible distortion.
Digital Precision Trim™ — Users can now adjust input gain in 1dB
increments on ALL analog inputs (mic/guitar inputs + quarter-inch TRS
inputs). Users can fine-tune the balance of all analog inputs, then
save and recall multiple trim setups.
CueMix FX™ — CueMix FX is a flexible, DSP-driven 28 input/16 bus mixer
with effects processing, including classic reverb with sends/returns,
plus modeled British analog console EQ and vintage compression on every
input and output. CueMix FX offers two forms of compression: a
conventional compressor and the Leveler™, an accurate model of the
legendary Teletronix™ LA-2A™ optical leveling amplifier, known for its
unique and highly sought-after Automatic Gain Control (AGC)
Advanced audio signal analysis — The Traveler-mk3's included CueMix FX
software provides two new advanced diagnostic tools: real-time FFT and
spectrogram "waferfall" displays for visual analysis of individual
audio signals and entire mixes. This CueMix FX software upgrade will
ship with the Traveler-mk3, but it will also be available for download
at motu.com and enables these new tools for owners of all currently
shipping MOTU "mk3" Firewire audio interfaces, including the 828mk3,
896mk3, UltraLite-mk3 and even the V4HD FireWire video interface.
Flexible optical I/O — The Traveler-mk3 provides 16 channels of ADAT
lightpipe, 8 channels of SMUX (96kHz) or two pairs of stereo TOSLink.
Mix and match formats between the two banks.
Expanded front-panel control — The Traveler-mk3 front panel has been
modified to support all of the new CueMix FX mixing and effects
processing features directly from the LCD menus. Users can access their
entire mix or any Traveler-mk3 setting. The LCD also now provides
comprehensive level metering, including 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.
New MIDI Time Code support — Similar to all current MOTU Firewire audio
interfaces, the Traveler-mk3 provides built-in SMPTE time code
synchronization features, allowing it to resolve to and generate
longitudinal time code (LTC). New MIDI Time Code (MTC) support allows
Apple Logic Pro and other MTC-compatible Mac software to resolve to
time code via MTC with no additional synchronizer needed. Mac or
Windows hosts that support the Core Audio or ASIO2 sample-accurate sync
protocols can resolve to time code via the Traveler-mk3 with
near-sample accurate precision. MIDI Time Code support will be
available for other "mk3" Firewire interfaces as well via a driver
update at motu.com/download.
Support for the MOTU 8pre mic input expander — Users can connect the
8pre interface via one or two optical banks to add eight more mic
inputs at sample rates up to 96kHz, fully integrated into the
Traveler-mk3's CueMix FX mixing environment via pristine optical
Included AudioDesk 3 workstation software gets a major upgrade —
AudioDesk is a full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for
Mac OS X with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects
processing and sample-accurate sync. Version 3 offers new features,
enhanced operation and improved performance at all levels, from
hundreds of small enhancements driven by user requests to a sleek new
look and feel to inspire creativity and drive productivity. AudioDesk 3
will be available as a free upgrade to all registered MOTU audio
Additional Traveler-mk3 features
Powered by computer — no additional power supply necessary for complete recording freedom.
Optional battery power — standard field battery pack (sold separately)
can be used for extended remote recording sessions and stand-alone
operation as a complete digital mixer.
Individual 48V phantom power on each mic input — mix and match condenser and dynamic microphones.
Quarter-inch analog I/O — Provides four 24-bit 192kHz analog inputs and
eight analog outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks.
Stand-alone operation — Users can program mixes at the studio and then
take the Traveler-mk3 on the road without a computer. Power is supplied
by the included DC power adapter or a field battery pack. Users can
adjust settings using the back-lit front-panel LCD.
Sample-accurate MIDI — Users can connect a MIDI controller and/or sound
module with no separate interface needed. MIDI I/O is sample-accurate
with supporting software.
Word clock input/output — Allows the Traveler-mk3 to be synchronized with any digital audio clock source.
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
Includes drivers for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista, including ASIO, WDM, Core Audio, and Core MIDI.
Front panel volume control for monitoring. Stereo, Quad, 5.1, 7.1 and
user-defined surround monitoring setups are available.
The Traveler-mk3 is expected to ship Q1 of 2009 at the same price as the original award-winning Traveler.