Mark of the Unicorn
Motu Traveler
FIREWIRE Audio / Midi Interface (24-bit, 192kHz)
For studio and stage

Includes full-featured AudioDesk workstation software for the Macintosh

Motu Traveler : euro 1,150
Estimated release date. January 20005


10.2.3 or higher)
Mac and Windows
OS supported

Windows Me/2000/XP

The Traveler turns your computer into a mobile 24-bit, 192kHz digital audio workstation. Powered by your computer's FireWire bus, the Traveler gives you a complete, battery-operated studio wherever your recording projects take you.
The Traveler provides eight channels 192kHz analog recording and playback, combined with all of the digital I/O you need: ADAT optical, AES/EBU and S/PDIF (both TOSLink and RCA). You can expand your system by connecting additional Traveler, 828 or 896 FireWire audio interfaces.

Precision Trim and on-board mixing

The Traveler's four microphone/instrument pre-amps are equipped with individual 48V phantom power switches and digital Precision Trim controls, conveniently adjusted from the front panel or the included CueMix Console software. No mixer is required, thanks to CueMix DSP the Traveler's latency-free, 8-bus digital mixer. Connect all of your studio gear, including microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and even effects processors. Then monitor all of these live inputs via the Traveler's main outs, headphone jack and/or any other output — with no latency and no processor drain on your computer. You can even create separate monitor mixes for the main outs, headphones and other outputs and control everything from the CueMix Console software or directly from the Traveler's front-panel.

Bus power and extended battery operation

Time to hit the road? The Traveler slides easily into your backpack or briefcase and fits neatly beneath your laptop. Record in the most remote locations with the complete freedom of battery power. You can even use the Traveler as a stand-alone mixer. Tweak your mix on the spot with the Traveler's backlit LCD and front-panel controls.
Back in the studio, mount the Traveler in your rack with the included rack ears. Eight channels of ADAT optical I/O make the Traveler an ideal companion for a digital console. The ADAT lightpipe connection supports sample rates up to 96kHz.

Additional features

The Traveler includes a 16-channel MIDI interface. Simply plug in your FireWire cable, and both MIDI and audio are ready to go. Connect any MIDI device, such as a controller keyboard, synth module, automated control surface or drum machine.

Timing is sample-accurate with supporting software.

The Traveler provides cross-platform compatibility with Mac OS X (10.2.3 or higher), Windows Me/2000/XP 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 Macintosh, with 24-bit recording/editing and 32-bit mixing/processing/mastering

Traveler Features

Sturdy lightweight construction—ready to travel with you anywhere.
Compact size (14.75 x 9 inches)—fits easily into a napsack, briefcase or computer bag and sits perfectly under any laptop.
Powered by computer (bus power requires a non-adapted 6-pin FireWire port ) or battery—no additional power supply necessary for complete recording freedom.
20 channels with 4 mic inputs—all the I/O you need.
Individual 48V phantom power—mix and match microphones.
Digital Precision Trim™—adjust preamp gain in 1dB increments; save and recall multiple trim setups.
Record at sample rates up to 192kHz.
CueMix DSP™—provides latency-free monitoring system.
Front-panel control—access your entire mix, or any Traveler setting, directly from the front panel.
Stand-alone operation—program your mixes at the studio and then bring the Traveler to your gig—no computer needed. Just plug in any DC power adapter (10-24 volts, tip positive or negative). Need to tweak the mix? Do it on site using the back-lit LCD and front-panel controls.
Multiple CueMix DSP mixes—create different monitor mixes for the main outs and headphones. Add send/return loops for outboard gear—with no latency.
Four mic pre-amps with switchable 48-volt phantom power, front-panel Digital Precision Trim™ controls and pre-amplified sends.
20 inputs / 22 outputs—there's no channel sharing in the Traveler; the mic inputs, S/PDIF I/O, AES/EBU I/O, and headphone out are all handled as simultaneously active, independent channels.
8 channels of 24-bit ADAT optical input/output. Eight channels at 44.1/48kHz. Four channels at 88.2/96kHz.
Sample-accurate digital transfers between ADAT digital tape decks and the computer via the ADAT sync port.
Sample-accurate MIDI—connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed. MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software.
Expandable—add additional 828, 828mkII, 896 or Traveler FireWire interfaces for additional I/O.
Eight 24-bit 192kHz outputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks
Four 24-bit 192kHz inputs on balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS jacks
Separate headphone jack, with independent volume control.
Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF in/out
Word clock in and out
Sample-accurate ADAT sync
Built-in SMPTE time code sync
Includes drivers for Mac & PC, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, GSIF, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Macintosh and Windows audio software.
100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today's popular audio programs.
Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Macintosh with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
Two FireWire ports for daisy-chaining without a hub
Front panel meters for all analog, digital and MIDI I/O, plus SMPTE sync tach and lock LEDs.
Dedicated front panel clock status LEDs.
*Bus power requires a non-adapted 6-pin FireWire port

Traveler Inputs and Outputs
All inputs and outputs are discrete and simultaneously active. For example, a mic-preamp input does not "steal" an input from the TRS analog I/O bank. In addition, the headphones and main outputs are available as separate mix destinations. They are not forced to "mirror" another output pair, although you can configure the headphones to mirror any output pair you wish.

All inputs and outputs are discrete and simultaneously active. For example, a mic-preamp input does not "steal" an input from the TRS analog I/O bank. In addition, the headphones and main outputs are available as separate mix destinations. They are not forced to "mirror" another output pair, although you can configure the headphones to mirror any output pair you wish.

analog 24-bit 192-kHz on +4/-10 bal/unbal TRS
input: 4
output: 8

mic/instrument preamps 24-bit 192-kHz on XLR/TRS combo
input: 4

headphone stereo output

ADAT optical (digital)
input: 8 (4 channels at 88.2 / 96kHz - can also be configured as stereo TOSLink S/PDIF)
output: 8 (4 channels at 88.2 / 96kHz - can also be configured as stereo TOSLink S/PDIF)

S/PDIF 24-bit 96-kHz (digital)
input stereo
output stereo

AES/EBU 24-bit 96-kHz (digital) stereo stereo
input stereo
output stereo

input: 20
output: 22

Traveler SMPTE

The Travler provides on-board SMPTE time code synchronization features that allow you to slave your Traveler system to SMPTE time code without a synchronizer.

The Traveler provides a DSP-driven phase-lock engine with sophisticated filtering that provides fast lockup times and sub-frame accuracy.

Traveler Front, Rear, and Side Panels

1. Volume and headphone output control
Dual function knob provides separate volume control over main outputs and headphones. Headphone output can supply a separate mix.

2. Mic and instrument input controls
Four microphone preamplifiers provide plenty of gain with individually switchable phantom power. Fine tune input gain in 1 dB increments with the Traveler's unique digital Precision Trim™. View input gain values in the LCD display as you make adjustments. Save input trim settings for instant total recall.

3. Optical I/O and ADAT sync
Eight channels of ADAT optical (lightpipe) input and output. Connect a digital mixer or an additional A/D/A converter. Also supports four channels of 96kHz digital audio. ADAT sync port provides sample-accurate sync for compatible devices. Transfer multiple passes of ADAT via lightpipe with single-sample accuracy every time.

4. Word clock
Word clock input and output for synchronization with a wide variety of digital devices—or a centralized word clock source.

5. Standard 1394 'FireWire' ports
Connect your FireWire-equipped computer here. No PCI or PC cards to install—just plug in and go. MOTU FireWire interfaces are expandable; the second FireWire port allows you to daisy-chain more devices without a FireWire hub.

24-bit, 96kHz AES/EBU digital I/O. Connect a DAT machine or effects processor.

7. CueMix DSP™ mixer controls
Create up to four stereo monitor mixes with 20 inputs each using these front-panel controls. Mix to any four output pairs you wish. Because the mixing takes place in the Traveler itself, your computer's processor is free for other tasks.

8. Multi-function backlit LCD display
The Traveler can be used as a stand-alone mixer. The front-panel display allows you to configure your mix and system settings, using an intuitive interface. Dedicated LEDs display audio levels, tach and lock status, and clock rate.

24-bit, 96kHz S/PDIF digital I/O. The S/PDIF and AES/EBU I/O are discrete inputs and outputs, and can be used simultaneously.

10. Eight balanced analog ins/outs
24-bit, 192kHz analog inputs and outputs on balanced/unbalanced connectors. Input level can be switched between +4/-10 for each input. Resolve the Traveler directly to SMPTE time code from an analog video tape deck or video source. No extra synchronizer needed.

11. Mic and instrument inputs
Four inputs accept either high impedance quarter-inch inputs or low impedance XLR microphone inputs.

12. Removable rack ears
The Traveler fits comfortably under a laptop computer, or you can attach the included ears for rack mount operation.

13. MIDI input and output
No need to carry an additional MIDI interface. Connect a MIDI controller, keyboard, sound module, control surface or any other MIDI device.

14. Additional power options
The Traveler can be powered via the FireWire cable connected to your computer, but additional power sources are supported, such as an external battery (not included) for extended recording sessions and for stand-alone mixer operation without a computer. Also, a DC power adapter* can be connected.

Mark of Unicorn contacts:
Mark of the Unicorn -1280 Massachusetts Avenue- Cambridge, MA 02138
tel. 617.576.2760, fax 617.576.3609,

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advanced technologic sound magazine
2004 december issue 132

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