MOTU Traveler mk3 | Bus Powered Portable Audio Interface

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The new take on MOTU's traveler interface is up there with some of the most powerful, yet affordable portable recording devices in the world.

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MOTU Traveler mk3 - Portable Bus-powered Audio Interface

A Must Have for the Traveling Audio Engineer
The new take on MOTU's traveler interface is up there with some of the most powerful, yet affordable portable recording devices in the world. With a multitude of inputs and outputs (28-in/30-out), including four combo inputs with world-class pristine preamps, this workhorse of a unit packs a surprising punch for it's compact size.

It comes with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from MOTU, including DSP-driven effects and CueMix digital mixing software. What's more, it will run solely from bus power off your computer or even battery power if required, meaning you can take it on the road for on-site recording wherever you go.

Great for Stage or Studio
The Traveler-mk3 is equally well-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 conveniently adjusted from the front panel or CueMix FX™ software.

Impressive Connectivity and Signal Routing
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 buses independent of your host computer.

Onboard Effects
Add Classic Reverb™ with lengths up to 60 seconds. Further sculpt your sound with 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.

Backup Headroom for Analogue Inputs
When recording from the four mic/guitar inputs, the Traveler-mk3’s signal overload protection gives you an extra 12 dB of headroom above zero with no clipping or harsh artifacts.

Take it on the Road
After programming the on-board mixing in the studio, unplug the 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 stand-alone mixer with effects. The Traveler slides easily into your backpack and fits neatly beneath your 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.

Compatible with Mac and Windows
The Traveler-mk3 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. Or you can use the included AudioDesk workstation software for Mac, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering.


  • Powered via FireWire Bus
  • Optional battery power via standard field battery pack (sold separately)
  • 28 inputs / 30 outputs (at 44.1/48kHz)
  • Four combo jacks provide hi-Z 1/4" guitar input or lo-Z XLR mic input
  • Clip protection - Up to +12dB over zero
  • Individual 48V phantom power on each mic input
  • Four 24-bit 192kHz analog inputs and eight analog outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks
  • Digital Precision Trim - adjust input gain in 1dB increments on all analog inputs
  • Flexible optical I/O - 16 channels of ADAT lightpipe, 8 channels of SMUX (96kHz) or two pairs of stereo TOSlink
  • CueMix FX - flexible 28-input/16-bus mixer with onboard DSP effects
  • Expandable - add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire
  • Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software
  • Includes AudioDesk 3 full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac OS X
  • Two FireWire 400 ports allow for daisy-chaining without a hub


Computer Connection Type FireWire
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 28 x 38
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Number of Audio Inputs 8
Audio Input Types 4 x Combo (Mic/Line), 4 x TRS
Number of Audio Outputs 9
Audio Output Types 8 x TRS, 1 x TRS (Headphone)
Number of Digital Inputs 20
Digital Input Types 2 x ADAT (Optical, 8 Ch.), 1 x AES/EBU (XLR), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Number of Digital Outputs 20
Digital Output Types 2 x ADAT (Optical, 8 Ch.), 1 x AES/EBU (XLR), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Number of Mic Preamps 4
Phantom Power Yes
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock (In/Out via BNC)
Bus Powered Yes
Rack Units 1U
Dimensions 482mm x 44mm x 179mm

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Custom Label: MOTU-Traveler-mk3

SKU: MOTU-Traveler-mk3

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