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M-AudioFast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface
 
4.1

(based on 45 reviews)

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    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (4)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (34)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Good audio (31)
  • Lightweight (30)
  • Versatile (23)

Cons

  • Limited functions (6)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (34)
  • Amateur recording (26)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (15)
  • Performances (14)
  • Professional recording (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Novice (14), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Product

I use this unit in doing direct to disc recording during video shoots. The product came bundled with Ableton Lite, which is of limited value. It IS however, a nice bonus! The...Read complete review

I use this unit in doing direct to disc recording during video shoots. The product came bundled with Ableton Lite, which is of limited value. It IS however, a nice bonus! The Fast Track Pro interfaces with just about any of the current generation of software used in audio recording. I am partial to Reason and Digital Performer but this could apply equally well to Logic, etc. Very nice, easy to use, clear sound. The website gives the most current drivers.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not As Advertised

Microphone pre-amp is not as strong as advertised. As a result, I had to buy a separate mic pre-amp.
Noise was evident in headphones when usb bus was attached to computer.

Microphone pre-amp is not as strong as advertised. As a result, I had to buy a separate mic pre-amp.
Noise was evident in headphones when usb bus was attached to computer.

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4.0

Finally something that works!

By Echi

from Adrogué, Argentina

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

    Excellent balance price/performance

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    5.0

    Great product!

    By danster

    from Ohio

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

      i needed a audio interface to connect my speakers and my midi controller to my computer, it did just that perfectly and fast. it only took around 6 or 7 minutes to install. I LOVE IT!

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      5.0

      My favorite, very portable interface.

      By thejimnasium

      from Columbus OH

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

        I have several A/D D/A convertors and interfaces, but for traveling light, this is the best. It doubles as a MIDI interface for those backwards places that have no USB keyboard, and fits into a backpack easily. Awesome. Not the greatest conversion, but if small and easy is what you're looking for, this can't be beat.

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        4.0

        good product, after some tweaks

        By Circuit23

        from Salt Lake City, UT

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

          I really like this compact recording/MIDI solution. it works for DJing and recording out and about, as well as production work on my laptop at home. my only problem is that i had to tweak the drivers a bit to cut out the clicks and pops, but that wasn't too much trouble at all. i'm on WinXP with an older laptop by the way, so i expected to have to dumb down the software so that my computer could handle it. all in all great product.

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          5.0

          Great Product! [...]

          By JCC

          from Arlington, VA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • na

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

          [...] I hooked up my Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface to my MacBook Pro and it works like a charm. Easy setup overall - Disc was easy to install and my software recognized the product easily as well. Great job B&H

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          5.0

          Fantastic product

          By Mttomazela

          from Descalvado,SP - Brazil

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

          If you want something professional without spending thousands this is exactly what you need. You get 2 front-panel mic/line inputs complete with phantom power (+48v) for condenser microphones, inserts for outboard effects balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI I/O, many many ways to use this interface. Perfect for Home Studio projects and small productions.
          Just limited if you need to record alive more than 4 inputs.

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          5.0

          Great buy for the price

          By Colin the Composer

          from Boulder, CO

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Big Learning Curve

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Composing

          Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

          I am a composer using Sibelius, and I use the Fast Track Pro as an external sound card and as a midi input for my keyboard. It takes a little playing with to get the settings where you need them, but well worth it in the end.

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          4.0

          Simple and Eficient Audio Interphase

          By eventZglobal

          from Columbia, MD

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

            Used as an audio interphase to cnnect my laptop to the analog and digital mixing consoles.

            Simple and efficient

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            4.0

            Compact but good for beginers

            By Alejo Alarcas

            from Chiapas México

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

            Is easy to use, but for windows 64 bits you need to download the controller, the software included is really limited

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            4.0

            Fairly Easy Set Up

            By NocnalemCreative

            from atlanta, ga

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

              i use the fast track pro for voice work, and it works just fine...once you are finally able to download the correct drivers. if you have windows 7, be aware the CD that comes with the product is useless--you'll need to go to their website to download the driver you need.

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              5.0

              cool stuff

              By BC

              from Fairfield

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

                works well with almost all audio software

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                5.0

                Nice product once it works.

                By Flutistman

                from WPB, FL

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Asio
                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Economic
                • Lightweight
                • Many features for money
                • MIDI activity light
                • No latency monitoring
                • Small
                • Up to 96khz
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Limited Functions
                • Not full 96khz cappable
                • Setup problems possible

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • On a budget recording
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording
                • Soft synths live

                Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

                Let's face it . . . if you are looking for this product, you are shopping on a budget. That being said, there is bang for the buck here, and plenty. The specifications give you that information already, what the specifications don't give you however is the fact that setting at 96khz will only give you either in or out, not both through TRSs (not a problem since it has direct hardware monitoring through 1/4 jack for headphones), and only one stereo pair (not both). To use both simultaneusly (OUTs, or IN & OUT), you have to come down to 48khz or even 44.1khz if using the RCA digital. Other than that, it is a great interface that does what it claims, even if it does it with these restrictions. Powering through USB is nice if you are mobile (my case), then again for some odd reason, it only works fine on one of three USB ports on my laptop. I know what you are thinking . . . 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 . . . not the case this time. All three ports on my laptop are 2.0 and have the same milliamperage (come out of the same board on the right side of the laptop), yet the interface would RANDOMLY fail (introduces digital noise temporarily, and or permanently after working fine for a few seconds/minutes) if I don't connect to the one particular USB port where it likes to work. I tried installing the driver while connected to another port, and then tried using the other (2 ports) after that. It always wants to work on the one port regardless. What gives, it works fine once this issue was circunvented. Having a MIDI light is a nice feature since it confirms signal at that level. I use it to play live with soft synths triggered with a wind controller, 6.5ms overall latency at 96khz reported by the driver, in reality however it is giving me 4ms ( bad!). I think it is great for the money, and if I want to play along with the other output, I can direct the backing tracks to one output, and the synths to another in order to mix at the external mixer, and obtain more accesible "on the fly" means to adjust. Same can be done for recording, albeit only at a maximun of 48khz. If you are recording only however, you can bump it up to 96khz, no problem. All in all, I'd recommend it for certain uses. It is like a little Swiss Army interface of sorts.

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                5.0

                Perfect for price

                By 9vRobot

                from St. Louis, MO

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

                  Just wanted something I could use to easily record ideas I have.

                  It's super portable, super easy to use, and sounds great.

                  It comes with a lite version of Ableton - Live. I didn't care for it too much, but use your favorite editing software and you're good to go. Just install the drivers.

                  The only thing I didn't care for too much, and it's probably me being picky is everything is plastic. I'm rough on stuff, so I am afraid I'll break it.

                  Overall, I love it.

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                  1.0

                  Doesn't work for me

                  By Mike

                  from New York State

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

                  This unit did not do what I need. Support for this product, although they were prompt answering my questions, really did not help me.

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                  5.0

                  Great USB Interface!!!!

                  By Bill

                  from Leominster, MA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ

                  Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

                  First off, installation took <5mins and I was up and running! My computer is running XP/sp3. It has plenty of inputs and outputs. I have been running my line out from my amp to the front pre-amps and getting excellent results.
                  It seems well made, knobs all turn nicely (with a small amount of resistance) and the pre-amps sound really good. It has a lot of capability for a unit in it's price range! NO LATENCY ISSUES AT ALL!!!I am totally happy! I would buy this again!

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                  4.0

                  Great Interface

                  By DJ Distro

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Cheap plastic feel
                  • Fails occasionally

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

                  Great interface, probably the best value for the money. I didn't have any problem installing the drivers. Its too bad it doesn't have a line in input. The digital in/out is very frustrating to use since almost none of my equipment gives out a digital signal.

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                  1.0

                  "Stuck" MIDI notest, overall low volume

                  By djfaq

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality
                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

                      When submitting multiple MIDI note commands at once multiple times, some notes get "stuck" and continue to play. Known bug, multiple threads on the web.

                      Overall volume of the outputs is very low.

                      Powering down the card while OS was running, froze the machine.

                      Tried 9V power adapter (as opposed to suggested USB powered, hence no power cord in the package) - no difference.

                      Comp. specs: Windows 7, i7 proc., 4GB RAM, latest greatest drivers.

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                      5.0

                      Fast Track Pro (audio/midi interface)

                      By D'cyple

                      from Wisconsin Rapids

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

                      Great product w/ great results. I definately reccomend it!

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                      4.0

                      Fast track pro...great price/great sound

                      By Tim Torrential

                      from Hartford,ct

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Yet another usb device

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

                      This is a great piece for the money. I got it from B&H for [$] and everywhere else it was [$] retail, and they also threw in a free M-audio broad cast mic that was worth 30.00!! I am using it for my home studio where i run ableton live along with an m-audio axiom 49 and an APC-40. I needed to upgrade my sound card from an old audiophile 24/96 and this thing works great. Clear sound, very little latency, easy to plug and play (mics & etc)

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                      4.0

                      perfection!!

                      By [@]

                      from texas

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

                        Great product for mobile recording and a very great price with B&H.

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