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Product Traveler-mk3
Developer MOTU
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Audio Interface
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
This is a Hardware product
InterfacesFireWire 400
I/O¼” Hi–Z In¼” Line In¼” Line OutADAT OpticalS/PDIFXLR Mic In
PowerBus PoweredPSU (External)
DriverSee Operating System section below
Operating System Availability
Download Released
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Pentium CPU (or equivalent) 1 GHz or faster; Pentium 3 or faster recommended
Windows 7, Vista, or XP, 32- or 64-bit; XP SP3 or later required
Downloads Released
System Requirements
PowerPC G4 CPU 500 MHz or faster (including PowerPC G5 CPUs and all Intel processor Macs)
Mac OS X version 10.4, 10.5, or 10.6; v10.4.9 or later required
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The MOTU Traveler-mk3 provides eight channels of 192 kHz analog recording and playback, combined with twenty channels of digital I/O in ADAT optical, AES/EBU and S/PDIF formats.

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

MOTU FireWire audio interfaces are fully compatible with FireWire 800-equipped Macs. The FireWire bus operates at 400 Mb/sec.

The user can connect all their 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 on-board CueMix FX digital mixer.

Add Classic Reverb with lengths up to 60 seconds. Further sculpt the sound with 7-band parametric EQ featuring filter types modeled after British analog console EQs. Choose between two forms of compression: a conventional compressor and the Leveler, a model of the LA-2A optical compressor that provides vintage, musical automatic gain control. When recording from the four mic/guitar inputs, the Traveler-mk3's signal overload protection allows an extra 12 dB of headroom above zero.

After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, the Traveler-mk3 can be unplugged and taken on the road for operation as a portable, bus-powered audio interface for a laptop or battery-operated stand-alone mixer with effects. The Traveler slides easily into a backpack and fits neatly beneath a laptop. All mixing and effects parameters are adjustable using the front panel backlit LCD. Record extended sessions with field battery power.

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

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