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M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP

B&H # MAFASTRKC400 Mfr # 9900-65162-12
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 4 Input / 6 Output
  • Dual Microphone/Line Preamps
  • S/PDIF and MIDI I/O
  • Multiple Speaker Outputs
  • Top-Panel Controls
  • 24-bit/96kHz
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Pro Tools SE Included
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows Vista/7

The Fast Track C400 from M-Audio is a USB audio interface featuring 4 inputs and 6 outputs. The desktop design provides convenient controls, while onboard MX Core DSP technology delivers reverb and delay effects without taxing the host CPU. The built-in monitor management system allows for checking mixes on two sets of speakers, and the unit can be used with the included Pro Tools SE software, or any other compatible DAW.

An assignable Multi button enhances the creative flow by allowing access to executing critical tasks without touching a mouse. Any sequence of up to eight steps can be programmed for any software program that supports ASCII key commands, or by using the preset workflows with Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Live, and Reason. The built-in DSP provides reverb or delay on the headphone outputs with the turn of a single knob.

The MX Core mixer also provides sophisticated channel-routing options, accessible via an intuitive control panel. The included Pro Tools SE software makes it easy to create polished productions with 24 audio and virtual instrument tracks, over 100 virtual instruments, and EQ, reverb, and other effects.

Attention has been paid to every detail of designing the interface, from the shortest possible signal paths to boutique-quality preamps, superior converters, and other high-end components to preserve the quality of the recorded material.

Desktop styled USB audio interface ensures pristine audio recordings sound with 24-bit/96kHz audio fidelity
Four-input, six-output design allows for capturing and playing back multiple sources
Two high-quality microphone/line combo preamps on rear panel
Two front-panel 1/4" instrument inputs
20dB pad on each preamp for capturing hotter signals without distortion
Phantom power for condenser microphones
Four balanced analog outputs with monitor management system for connecting up to two sets of studio monitors (or 1 set of monitors and a subwoofer) and easily switching between them
Headphone output with independent volume control
Near-zero latency monitor mixer with built-in reverb and delay effects
Master volume
Assignable Multi button
S/PDIF digital I/O
MIDI I/O
Includes Pro Tools SE music creation software
Full ASIO 2.0, WDM, MME, and Core Audio support
Powered via USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0) - no power supply necessary
System Requirements
Mac Fast Track C400 Hardware
Intel processor
OS X 10.5.8 or greater, 10.6.3 or greater
1GB RAM
USB 2.0 port

Pro Tools SE Software
1.8GHz multi-core processor (Intel)
OS X 10.5.8 or greater, 10.6.1 or greater
1GB RAM
5400 RPM drive
Adobe Flash Player 10
PC Fast Track C400 Hardware
Pentium IV 2GHz
Windows Vista 32/64 or Windows 7 32/64
1GB RAM
USB 2.0 port

Pro Tools SE Software
1.8GHz multi-core processor (Intel or AMD)
Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate
1GB RAM for Windows 7 32-bit
2GB RAM for Windows 7 64-bit
5400 RPM drive
Adobe Flash Player 10
M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP
  • USB Cable
  • Software Installation Disc
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    M-AudioFast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP
     
    3.9

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Compact (6)
    • Excellent sound (4)
    • Simple controls (4)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Professional recording (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for garage band artists

      For what it is, it performs very well. The pre-amps seem pretty clean and powerful, and the system itself is very easy to use. It also comes bundled with ProTools SE, so...Read complete review

      For what it is, it performs very well. The pre-amps seem pretty clean and powerful, and the system itself is very easy to use. It also comes bundled with ProTools SE, so you really can't beat the price. One minor thing: The glossy face isn't the most durable... i scratched it with my finger nail taking it out of the packaging. Besides that, the buttons and knobs are very well made.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      c400 review

      fast track c400 is a good audio interface for recording home projects. the latency was very good. i have two problems with this item. firstly the monitor outputs are way to low. i...Read complete review

      fast track c400 is a good audio interface for recording home projects. the latency was very good. i have two problems with this item. firstly the monitor outputs are way to low. i raised all the volume on the control settings and still the monitor outputs are way too low for my studio monitors. the headphones output is way louder and more clearer. secondly, when i mute the audio, you can hear clippings. i am thinking of buying another audio interface.

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      4.0

      A step on previous Fast Track models

      By Jim

      from Colorado

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

      Switchable monitor options very useful in mixing situations and the effects on the direct monitoring are welcome.

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      4.0

      A step up on the Fast Track Mk II

      By Jim

      from Colorado

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

          Easy to use home recording device. The reverb on the direct monitoring is a nice touch and the 2 monitor outputs make it very easy to A-B mixes. Great value!

          One word of caution - 4 inputs equals 2 x.l.r. and 2 jacks. Only 2 can be used at once.

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          4.0

          A step up on the Fast Track Mk II

          By Jim

          from Colorado

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

              Easy to use home recording device. The reverb on the direct monitoring is a nice touch and the 2 monitor outputs make it very easy to A-B mixes. Great value!

              One word of caution - 4 inputs equals 2 x.l.r. and 2 jacks. Only 2 can be used at once.

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              4.0

              Very good!

              By Alex

              from Montreal

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Professional Recording
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

                Very nice interface for the price.
                Perfect for recording stereo sources and monitoring on two different monitor sets. Seems like it is well built. Great design.
                You have to reboot your computer after the drivers have been installed.

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                5.0

                It just Works

                By News Man

                from Union City, NJ

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Music Videos
                  • News Documentary Vocals
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

                  If you're looking for way to record via XLR into GarageBand and/or Final Cut Pro X, the C400 is a quality and affordable solution.

                  The bottom line: it works. It does what it's supposed to do. What more can you ask of a product?

                  I've used two of these- one on an iMac and one on a MacBook Pro. I've had zero problems recording vocals.

                  It takes less than an hour to download the software and to set up.

                  After one recording session you will be up to speed on its functions and settings.

                  You will, of course, want a quality mic.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By J.R.

                  from Rochester, ny

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

                        I use the fasttrack for recording in my home studio its very small and easy to use just plug and go its that simple

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                        2.0

                        c400 review

                        By chinshue

                        from miami

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Poor Quality Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording

                        Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

                        fast track c400 is a good audio interface for recording home projects. the latency was very good. i have two problems with this item. firstly the monitor outputs are way to low. i raised all the volume on the control settings and still the monitor outputs are way too low for my studio monitors. the headphones output is way louder and more clearer. secondly, when i mute the audio, you can hear clippings. i am thinking of buying another audio interface.

                        Share this review

                         
                        3.0

                        Great Product, poor packaging

                        By STEPENUP

                        from INTERGALACTIC

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Breaks Easily

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

                        Product arrived on time, however this product uses a cardboard egg crate packaging that does damage to the buttons and left several scratches on the device.

                        Happy with the product but would prefer being able to return locally.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Excellent interface!

                        By backyardsky

                        from Melbourne, FL

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Recording
                          • Soundtracks

                          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

                          Does what it says it will. Would be nice if it were a tad more Surround-friendly. Other than that... great piece!

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great for garage band artists

                          By Matt

                          from Easthampton, MA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                          • Easy to Navigate

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C400 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

                              For what it is, it performs very well. The pre-amps seem pretty clean and powerful, and the system itself is very easy to use. It also comes bundled with ProTools SE, so you really can't beat the price. One minor thing: The glossy face isn't the most durable... i scratched it with my finger nail taking it out of the packaging. Besides that, the buttons and knobs are very well made.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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