M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio Interface

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Start recording with the M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB audio interface. M-Audio Fast Track Pro is affordable and compatible with all popular audio software.

The name says it all: if you want to dive headlong into high-fidelity recording, the M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB is the perfect hardware platform. Beautifully clear microphone preamps, professional audio connections throughout, and better-than-CD digital audio quality with one simple USB connection. Compatible with just about all popular audio software and priced for anyone who wants to get into recording, M-Audio Fast Track Pro is your express route to making amazing recordings!

Connections For Hobbyist And Pro-Level Gear

Just about every computer sold today has at least one USB port. By connecting an M-Audio Fast Track Pro to that port you suddenly have a complete set of studio inputs and outputs that can handle a wide variety of professional recording gear. On the front panel you'll find the two XLR-1/4-inch combination jacks. These "combi" inputs accept either 1/4-inch instrument plugs for connecting keyboards, guitars, or basses, or three-pronged, balanced XLR cables for connecting just about any microphone on the market. Because the Fast Track Pro also provides true 48-volt phantom power (switchable on or off), you'll be able to connect anything from un-powered "dynamic" microphones to sensitive "condenser" microphones which require phantom power for operation. Along the back you'll also find balanced 1/4-inch TRS outputs for hooking up a pair of studio-quality reference monitor speakers, as well as RCA inputs and outputs for the ability to connect just about any audio read more gear (DJ mixers, CD players... lotsa stuff). Perhaps the most exciting feature for aspiring audio professionals is the Fast Track Pro's "insert" jacks on the input channels. These handy connectors allow you to place compressors, exciters, and other outboard gear where they're supposed to be in the signal chain--between the microphone preamp and analog-to-digital converters--and they're rarely found in interfaces at this price. The inclusion of MIDI input and output ports and S/PDIF digital I/O rounds out the M-Audio Fast Track Pro as a complete audio interface for your burgeoning studio.

Pristine Fidelity

You'll notice the M-Audio Fast Track Pro's most important feature as soon as you make your first recording: the sound! The pro-level fidelity on this USB interface is due both to its high-quality microphone preamps and its stable, high-resolution analog-to-digital converters. The converters are capable of digital recording resolutions of up to 24-bit, 96kHz. For comparison, CD Audio is encoded at 16-bits and 44.1kHz. With the Fast Track Pro's 24/94 resolution capability you'll capture more detail during recording and be able to mix with more accuracy during playback. Anyone who's ever used a microphone preamp knows how much they can contribute to--or detract from--the sound of your microphone. The preamps on M-Audio's Fast Track Pro have been engineered to work with as wide an array of microphones as possible by introducing minimal "color" into your signal and by, well, just plain sounding great!

Near-Universal Software Compatibility

The included drivers allow the M-Audio Fast Track Pro to work flawlessly with audio editing software on both Mac OSX and Windows PC platforms. Whether you use destructive editors like Bias Peak or Wavelab, or non-destructive Digital Audio Workstations like SONAR, Logic, or Cubase, the Fast Track Pro will tap into your software's recording potential. Best of all, the Fast Track Pro is compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered, a sophisticated edition of the professional standard in digital audio recording especially configured for use with M-Audio USB and FireWire interfaces.
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-24-bit/96kHz audio interface
- 2 balanced outputs (1/4 in. TRS)
- 4 unbalanced outputs (RCA)
- S/PDIF coaxial I/O with w/ 2-channel PCM
- S/PDIF out also supports pass-through of AC-3/DTS surround-encoded content
- 1 x 1 MIDI I/O with activity LEDs
- headphone output (1/4 in. TRS) with level control
- headphone A/B source switch for DJ-style cueing
- input/playback mix control for hardware direct monitoring
- mono switch for input/playback direct monitoring
- master output level control
- near zero-latency hardware direct monitoring
- low-latency ASIO software monitoring
- USB connection to computer
- powered via USB or optional AC power adapter
- Kensington lock port
- Mac and PC compatible; class compliant with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher
- up to 16-bit/48kHz 2 x 4 operation is class-compliant. Driver installation required to access more I/O.

2 front panel mic/instrument preamp inputs (Neutrik XLR/ 1/4 in. TRS) with:
- Gain controls
- Signal/peak lights
- Pads for each input
- Insert jack (1/4 in. TRS) for outboard processors

Compatibility:
- WDM
- ASIO 2
- Core Audio

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
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M-Audio Fast Track Pro Audio Interface

The M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB audio interface delivers all the mobile recording flexibility of the Fast Track USB, plus even more professional features. You get 2 front-panel mic/line inputs complete with phantom power for condenser microphones, inserts for outboard effects balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI I/O, and more. The M-Audio Fast Track Pro also features near-zero latency direct hardware monitoring and low-latency ASIO software monitoring, plus an A/B source switch and dual output pairs for DJ-style cueing. The M-Audio Fast Track Pro is compatible with most popular PC and Mac music software. USB connection and bus power along with class compliancy for Mac OS X* make it a breeze to set up.

* Class compliancy supports up to 16-bit/48kHz 2 x 4 operation on OS X 10.3.9 and higher. Driver installation required to access more I/O.

Get Professional Recording—Anywhere, Anytime

M-Audio Fast Track Pro is designed to let you record with professional results whenever and wherever you want. A single USB connection gives you access to all the I/O you need for microphones and instruments like guitars, as well as MIDI- and S/PDIF-equipped digital audio gear. The microphone inputs are even phantom powered to accommodate the studio-quality condenser microphones like the M-Audio Luna and Solaris. M-Audio's time-tested driver software gives you total routing control over the 4 x 4 I/O—including setting up an effects loop with external devices.

Monitoring Galore

One of the hallmarks of a great audio interface is its monitoring flexibility—and M-Audio Fast Track Pro delivers. The Fast Track Pro features a powerful headphone amp with volume control. Hardware direct monitoring eliminates the latency or delay inherent in even the best internal circuitry while listening to your input and existing tracks. You can also listen to your input complete with effects while recording by using extremely the low-latency ASIO monitoring we’ve perfected over the years. Two pairs of analog outputs let you connect to a DJ mixer and use the front-panel A/B source switch to audition cues.

inTone - Express Bundle Included

Creative Software Applications for M-Audio Hardware Products. Your M-Audio hardware is compatible with a suite of creative applications that enable you to start making music right away. Designed by leading audio effects provider Audiffex, the inTone series provides a broad array of tools--from guitar and bass stomp boxes to virtual mixers and much more. Each software program lets you arrange channel routing and effects in a variety of ways, so you can develop a sound that's truly unique.

Pro Tools SE

Pro Tools SE music recording and creation software delivers many of the same powerful features that studio professionals use to create Grammy(R) award-winning albums, Emmy(R) award-winning television shows, and Academy Award(R)-winning films. This easy-to-use software lets you create pro-sounding music with up to 24 audio and virtual instrument tracks. It also includes over 100 virtual instruments to build out your mixes, plus EQ, reverb, and other effects to make your music sound professionally produced.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (99 ratings)
Submitted November 26, 2010 by a customer from neo.rr.com
"Yepp, it's pretty sweet."
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This product is great for recording and playing back music. It's probably not the best product if you're a serious audiophile looking to produce a Grammy winning piece, but if you're a solo musician, hobbyist, or even just someone who wants to listen to their music in higher quality, this product is of fantastic value. It's easy to use, relatively easy to set up, provides everything you need to get to doing some pretty quality things.

Sound
Playback with this interface is such a step above what you are getting from the sound card that came in your computer. The clarity is incredible. The headphone amp could use to be a bit louder, but other than that, playback is fantasticly good sounding. When recording however, I couldn't get it to record in 24bit/96khz as the product claims it will, so I just left it in 16bit/44khz. Even at a lower than ideal setting the sound recorded was very clear with almost no latency (none that was too distracting.)

Features
Mine came with a USB cable, and some included software, but honestly, I didn't bother installing the included software because I run Sonar 8.5 Producer. It would've been nice if it would've included drivers that actually worked, but it was easy enough to get the Windows7 x64 drivers downloaded and running that I won't hold it against them too much.

Ease of Use
The drivers included were from a long time ago, and didn't support Windows 7. read more They did recently release new drivers for Win7 that worked just fine. All I had to do was install the drivers, reboot my computer, and it was working. I haven't gotten it to record in 24bit quality in Sonar yet, but honestly I haven't tried too hard because I'm getting trading my PC in for a MacBook Pro soo, however; it can probably be done. The actual hardware interface is easy to use though, everything makes sense.

Quality
I bought mine "blemished" but the only thing that was blemished about it was the packaging. It feels like it's made pretty well. The knobs have a nice resistance to them so that when you turn them they move smoothly and can make fine adjustments. I've been using it for about a week or so, and it hasn't crashed at all. I am lead to believe that most people who have problems with this interface actually have computer problems, or have no idea what they're doing.

Value
This product is a great value. Even if you only use it to listen to music through, you'll love the increase in sound quality. If you're a home studio musician, this interface gives you everything you need - two good sounding mic preamps, multiple outputs, and its even relatively portable.

Manufacturer Support
I gave it a 10 becuase I haven't had to contact them. In my opinion, making a quality product that doesn't require me to waste my time with calling customer service is worth way more than a 10.

The Wow Factor
It's a pretty nice product. It kind of looks like a toy, which I'm not a big fan of, but other than that it's a pretty sexy interface I suppose.

Musical Background:
ElectroPop Sensation

Musical Style:
ElectroPop, Indie
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