RME/MOTU advice


I'll be purchasing an hardware processor which I want to run through Logic after I've recorded a dry signal. I'll be needing an interface with more than the 2-in 2-out I currently have. So it's time to say goodbye to my Edirol UA5, which takes me back to Logic 6. It has served me well. It owes me nothing.

I'm looking at either RME Fireface UC or MOTU Ultralite MK3 hybrid. I want to go USB since I already have two external drives connected to my iMac, one for samples, one for recorded audio.

The price difference between the two units is huge--$700+, and given that I do this as a hobby that's a tough number to justify. Both interfaces have the i/o I'm looking for and since I use outboard mic pres I'm not especially driven by that consideration. I don't doubt that the converters on the Fireface are likely to be superior, but still...

On the other hand, I've learned that going cheap usually has associated costs.

Any experiences/advice?



I've set up a couple of Logic users with MOTU Ultralite interfaces, and they seem to be great bang for the buck. The drivers are robust and they work well. Cuemix works great for direct monitoring. I wouldn't hesitate personally in buying one for myself if I were in the market for one right now.

I do have one Logic client who uses an RME Fireface (not the UC version) and it is great as well. Totalmix is more flexible than Cuemix, but I m admittedly not a big fan of Totalmix. I find it very unintuitive. But that's just me - it really is very good.

I don't think you'll go wrong with the MOTU box. And if you've got other preamps you use already, I wouldn't hesitate. Both MOTU and RME have good core audio drivers. And honestly, IMHO, those will affect your day to day Logic life way more than a slight difference in the quality of the converters. As long as they are decent of course; which they are in the MOTU.


I have both a MOTU 828MK II and an Ultralite. I can wholeheartedly endorse either box for both the quality of the drivers and the mic pre's which are very good.

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I've used MOTU equipment for many years as it's been rock-solid and sounded quite nice. I do music for TV ads, soundtracks, etc. No complaints.

Jay Asher

I do nit think, based on my experiences, that the MOTU stuff is on a par with the RME stuff either in terms of audio quality or driver reliability. And the RME console app is far superior to MOTU's IMHO.