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Traveler-mk3 unveiled by MOTU

The Traveler-mk3 enables you to make high-quality recordings anywhere.
The Traveler-mk3 enables you to make high-quality recordings anywhere.

Ever since it was first launched, MOTU's Traveler has been an extremely highly-regarded portable audio interface. Now it's set to get even better, as the company has released spec details of the forthcoming mk3 version.

A bus-powered FireWire device, the Traveler-mk3 can also run on batteries, and comes with a heady complement of 28 inputs and 30 outputs.

Significantly, the four combo jacks now offer hi-Z 1/4-inch guitar inputs (as well as low-Z XLR mic inputs), while the V-Limit hardware limiter that's present on all inputs is designed to prevent digital clipping and distortion.

Other new features include 32-bit floating-point DSP for onboard effects and mixing and two banks of configurable optical I/O.

The Traveler-mk3 is set to ship in the first quarter of 2009 - you can find out more on the MOTU website. It's Mac- and PC-compatible and will come with an updated version of the AudioDesk DAW (OS X only).

The price will be the same as for the previous version of the Traveler.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology.