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M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP

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Product Highlights
  • 6 Input / 8 Output
  • Four Microphone/Line Preamps
  • S/PDIF and MIDI I/O
  • Multiple Speaker Outputs
  • Assignable Transport Controls
  • 24-bit/96kHz
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Pro Tools SE Included
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows Vista/7

The Fast Track C600 from M-Audio is a USB audio interface featuring 4 inputs and 6 outputs. The desktop design provides convenient controls, including assignable transport 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 three 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 dual, discrete 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
Six-input, eight-output design allows for capturing and playing back multiple sources
Four 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
Six balanced analog outputs with monitor management system for connecting up to three sets of studio monitors (or two set of monitors and a subwoofer) and easily switching between them
Two discrete headphone outputs with independent volume controls
Near-zero latency monitor mixer with built-in reverb and delay effects
Master volume
Five reassignable transport controls
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) or the included AC adapter 1
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 C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP
  • External Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Software Installation Disc
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    M-AudioFast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP
     
    4.2

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (9)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Compact (7)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (9)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Portable, Hi-quality and easy to use

    Beautiful, small, great sound, easy to use...
    Everything that M-Audio describes is true!

    Pro-Tools SE is not a good software. But C600 works really great with Garage...Read complete review

    Beautiful, small, great sound, easy to use...
    Everything that M-Audio describes is true!

    Pro-Tools SE is not a good software. But C600 works really great with Garage band.

    The only negative point is the front painel, don't try to clean with a polishing cloth... you will make a mark on it. I still looking forward to find an case or bag to carry C600 safetly.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Almost made the mark.

    I bought the C600 to use as an interface for Cubase 7 Artist runnning on my PC laptop. I like the features, especially the twin headphone jacks and the transport buttons, much easier...Read complete review

    I bought the C600 to use as an interface for Cubase 7 Artist runnning on my PC laptop. I like the features, especially the twin headphone jacks and the transport buttons, much easier than using a mouse to start and stop recording. I think it has DSP for the monitor mix, but I didn't try it.

    I decided to return it for another interface because I had a couple of issues with it. I had to put the gain all the way up to get a decent signal from my SM55 mics, some people say that is no big deal, but I didn't like the lack of headroom. My condensor mic was no problem. But, what really bothered me was that both the USB connector and the power supply jack did not fit well when I put those connectors into the unit. They didn't seem to go all the way in and just hung there, slightly loose. I felt that this would be a problem down the line, especially since there is no power button to turn it on and off.

    Other than that, I had no problems, the ability to use different monitors is good and the multi button has potential, thought I never got that far into it. Absent the issues I detailed, I would have been tempted to keep it.

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    5.0

    Best in class

    By SRM

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Musicianengineer

    Pros

    • Easy To Integrate

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

      I searched thoroughly, and tried other products, but nothing beats the C600 for ease of integration and reliable performance. I use MIDI, and line audio, and have integrated with a 'mini' Mackie mixer and with high end DAW running Ableton. Very please with unit, no issues whatsoever.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      3.0

      Almost made the mark.

      By Rudy Jo

      from Franklin, MA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Bad Usb Power Connectors

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

      I bought the C600 to use as an interface for Cubase 7 Artist runnning on my PC laptop. I like the features, especially the twin headphone jacks and the transport buttons, much easier than using a mouse to start and stop recording. I think it has DSP for the monitor mix, but I didn't try it.

      I decided to return it for another interface because I had a couple of issues with it. I had to put the gain all the way up to get a decent signal from my SM55 mics, some people say that is no big deal, but I didn't like the lack of headroom. My condensor mic was no problem. But, what really bothered me was that both the USB connector and the power supply jack did not fit well when I put those connectors into the unit. They didn't seem to go all the way in and just hung there, slightly loose. I felt that this would be a problem down the line, especially since there is no power button to turn it on and off.

      Other than that, I had no problems, the ability to use different monitors is good and the multi button has potential, thought I never got that far into it. Absent the issues I detailed, I would have been tempted to keep it.

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      1.0

      good idea but under developed

      By Alex

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

      Good Idea, unique design, convenient to use good quality recording. Even though not best sensitivity on gain. I installed it on windows 7 and main problem was one day it loads program and everything working smooth another day Pro Tools SE will not recognize Fast Track hardware and will not start. Second problem no upgrade for Pro Tools SE, so u stack with it. So I say better get at ones something more advanced. It is very discouraging when u ready to create music but hardware and software doesn't communicate.

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      5.0

      Perfect, Good Looking, Easy

      By TheRealCorreal

      from Bogota,Colombia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

      Its perfect for the desktop, for such a low price the best one to buy.. and for live presentations its stable and Really usefull! BUY IT!

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      5.0

      For indie producers, all you need!.

      By Juan Manuel y Tigre Contento

      from Miami, FL.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Good value
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Independent Producers
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

      I was looking for a brand new interface who has enough Ins for recording more than 2 mics at the same time in different tracks and many Outs for hardware compression routing and at least 2 monitoring options but that was not too much expensive and voilá!: This amazing good looking unit has everything i want, many options for routing, 6 Ins, 3 different kind of monitoring, 2 independent headphones mix, wow!. My budget was short but M-AUDIO do it again, high quality, and everything i want. Pro tip: Always look for your needs before by brands.

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      5.0

      Home Studio - A Must To Have

      By Phild

      from Montreal,Quebec, CAN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

          I use it for my home studio. Mostly for band preProd and for DI recording to send it to bigger studio for re-amping.
          Great about it: 4 XLR rear inputs, 2 front inputs for instruments. All my gear is wired to it. Pre-prod is fast and i can lay down all my ideas quickly. The 3 outputs for monitors are great for the mixing.
          Not great: not so much. The controls are not very useful.

          Overall i totally LOVE IT.

          Buy it.

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          4.0

          Be Patient with the Drivers

          By Captain Darker

          from Princeton, NJ

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Driver Issues

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

          The build of the hardware as well as the components and the design is quite excellent. It comes with Pro Tools SE which is a rather limited version of Pro Tools 10 or Pro Tools HD (for example, it will only permit recording of two sources simultaneously). One major issue I had was that suddenly, the Pro Tools did not recognize that the Hardware was connected. The issue was brought up on various audio forums so I know I'm not unique. The error message read something like: "Avid Hardware not detected. Please connect and try again." I tried a re-install of both the Pro Tools and the driver to no avail. I left the issue unresolved and uninstalled the software and installed it on to my Apple computer (it was on a PC) where it has been stable ever since.

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          5.0

          Works Great!

          By JZ- Wineskins Entertainment Inc.

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

          It's just what I was looking for in order to record my sophomore album. Works with various audio application such as Adobe Audition, but works best with Pro Tools 10! I just haven't figured out the multi button very well yet.

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          5.0

          Works Great!

          By JZ - Wineskins Entertainment Inc.

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

          Works great with Pro Tools 10! Just what I was looking for in order to record my sophomore album! Just not to sure on how to program that multi button to well; It's probably just me.

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          4.0

          Nice but somewhat complicated

          By RKH Tech

          from Ann Arbor MI

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

          I use the Fast Track C600 primarily with Pro Tools. I love the fact that it has midi in and out. I use this to trigger my MPC. The routing can be confusing. Overall I think it was a good purchase. It will help my work-flow.

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          4.0

          Portable, Hi-quality and easy to use

          By Thiago

          from San Paulo, BR

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
          • Easy to Customize
          • Easy to Navigate
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Difficult to clean-painel

          Best Uses

            Comments about M-Audio Fast Track C600 - USB Recording Interface with DSP:

            Beautiful, small, great sound, easy to use...
            Everything that M-Audio describes is true!

            Pro-Tools SE is not a good software. But C600 works really great with Garage band.

            The only negative point is the front painel, don't try to clean with a polishing cloth... you will make a mark on it. I still looking forward to find an case or bag to carry C600 safetly.

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

            Share this review

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