- Mic/guitar inputs
- Comprehensive I/O
- Mixing and effects
- CueMix FX software
- Classic reverb
- Modeled analog EQ
- Vintage compression
- Tuner & analysis tools
- Clock, sync and MIDI
- Mobile operation
- Expansion & drivers
- Feature summary
Traveler-mk3 wins Best Audio Interface of 2010
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The Traveler has garnered universal praise for its design, audio quality, performance and value.
Read what the critics have said about the Traveler, the bus-powered Firewire audio interface that has set a new standard for truly professional and portable Firewire audio I/O.
"The Traveler packs an incredible amount of audio muscle."
"The Traveler's sync capabilities are dizzying. I tried just about every sync/timecode combination imaginable, and they all worked without a glitch."
"High-res recordings of a Taylor acoustic guitar yielded great results with an excellent sense of depth that trumped recordings done at a lower resolution. MOTU packs a lot of versatility into Traveler while providing great audio."
"Traveler may be portable, but it is by no means a stripped-down interface for mobile work. It's an incredibly powerful device that fulfills the oft-promised 'studio in a box.' Traveler can handle any mobile gig you can imagine, and, most importantly, it sounds fantastic. If you need a FireWire interface — portable or otherwise — then you owe it to yourself to hear the Traveler."
"I was really impressed by how easy it was for me to set up multiple mixes using the Traveler’s little LCD. And this is without having a computer attached to the Traveler. Cool."
"I had the Traveler’s inputs loaded with mics, synths, and digital signals. As a standalone mixer, its performance knocked me out."
"The Traveler sounded great, in all situations and in all configurations."
"Great sound. Excellent I/O options. No-latency monitoring. Rock-solid dependable."
Electronic Musician Magazine
"I would expect an audio interface that has a feature set as extensive as the Traveler's to cost much more. I was very impressed with its performance and versatility, especially in light of its affordability. The Traveler is well designed and well executed, and anyone who is looking for a full-featured recording interface should definitely consider buying it."
Pro Audio Review Magazine
"I found the included software applications - especially the CueMix console - easy to use and absolutely intuitive."
"Something else I really liked about the Traveler was its ability to instantly recall CueMix levels (including mic input levels!), which came in really handy when switching from one session client to another and back again the next day."
"The sound quality of the unit's 192kHz/24-bit A-to-D (64x oversampling) and D-to-A converters was excellent, and compared favorably to other similary equipped converters on hand, including RME and Universal Audio and even approached Lavry quality. Very impressive."
--Pro Audio Review
"The four mic preamps were definitely of high quality and proved to be quite pleasing and capable on several critical recordings, including classical guitar and solo violin."
"The Traveler preamps were highly impressive given the cost of the unit, and easily beat out other similarly priced FireWire interfaces/control surfaces on hand."
"Try as I might, I just could not find anything to dislike about MOTU's Traveler. Between its impressive performance as a high-quality multichannel FireWire interface and standalone mixer, plus its application as a portable recording rig perfect for video location jobs (thanks to its built-in SMPTE reader/generator and standard 4-pin battery pack operation), the Traveler qualifies as one of those few products of which I can comfortably say you can't go wrong having on hand. Highly recommended!"
Sound On Sound Magazine
"Used this way [under bus power] with an Apple 1GHz G4 Powerbook, the Traveler gave me a very respectable two and a quarter hours of use before my Powerbook battery ran down, and this was with none of the laptop's energy-saving options enabled."
"At 1.8kg it's surprisingly light, and its case, with friendly rounded corners and edges, is manufactured not from plastic but a more confidence-inspiring aluminium alloy. The front panel is made from the same alloy, and the controls have a good, solid feel to them."
"For what is a compact unit, the Traveler packs in a lot of connectivity."
--Sound On Sound
"For classical and live sound recordists the Traveler can simultaneously fulfill conventional audio interface duties for an attached laptop as well as supplying a 'safety' mix to a two-track recorder, which would remain unaffected in the case of a computer crash."
"The Traveler inspires confidence from the moment you take it out of the box. The construction quality is excellent, and all sockets and controls have a nice solid feel. Setting up and software installation is very straightforward and it's quite a liberating moment when you power up a laptop-based system for the first time and realise there's not a mains lead in sight."
"The Traveler mic pres are excellent. I'd have no hesitation whatsoever in using the Traveler mic preamps for almost any application — they return a colourful, involving sound with bags of detail and a convincing musicality."
"As someone who works with classical musicians a lot, using small diaphragm mics in fairly distant locations, I was delighted to discover that even with maximum gain dialled in, the sound remained transparent and fluid, and with an impressively low noise floor."
"The bad news? I can honestly say that while there's lots to like, I could find almost nothing to criticise!"
"MOTU have equipped the Traveler with such an extensive and well-balanced feature set, implemented for the most part with great elegance, that it is a genuine pleasure to work with and to have around in the studio. The Cuemix Plus monitoring makes mixerless setups a reality, not just a possibility, and has benefits in the studio and on the road for users working in a variety of different areas."
"MOTU appear to have been careful, though, to give the Traveler some distinctive features that not all the others can match — genuine stand-alone operation, the excellent mic preamps and digital gain controls, flexible powering options, the extensive Cuemix Plus monitoring facilities, and of course genuine portability."
"By any standards, the Traveler is a hugely capable, great-sounding and brilliantly conceived product which will not disappoint."
"So what makes the Traveler so exciting? Let's just say that MOTU left no connector unimplemented. A quick look at the back panel will cause your jaw to drop...this is one tricked-out interface."
"AudioDesk is far from a 'Lite' pacakge, and is of a different class that most bundled software. Comparing AudioDesk to some of the 'Lite' program versions thrown in with digital audio recording devices is a clear mismatch - for audio recording, it is like comparing a rocket to a sparkler."
"This is the right interface for anyone who wants flexibility and quality while on the road, and I couldn't recommend it more highly."