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 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 FidelityYou'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 CompatibilityThe 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.