M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio Interface

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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
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765

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.

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(99 ratings)
Submitted November 26, 2010 by a customer from neo.rr.com
"Yepp, it's pretty sweet."
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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. They did read more 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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