M-Audio Fast Track Ultra - USB 2.0 Recording Interface

M-Audio Fast Track Ultra - USB 2.0 Recording Interface

M-Audio Fast Track Ultra - USB 2.0 Recording Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 8 Channels I/O
  • 4 Preamps
  • On-Board DSP
  • 24-Bit/96kHz
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP
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M-Audio Fast Track Ultra Overview

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The Fast Track Ultra from M-Audio is a high-speed, 8 x 8 USB 2.0 recording interface, that delivers four "Octane" technology, phantom powered preamps and features on-board DSP. It allows for recording on all eight channels simultaneously with 24-bit/96kHz fidelity.

An on-board MX Core DSP mixer processes eight hardware inputs and eight software returns to the eight hardware outputs, delivering flexible routing and monitoring with delay and reverb. The eight individual DSP cores also deliver near-zero latency monitoring.

Two completely independent headphone outputs take advantage of the DSP mixer's powerful routing options and allow for creating two different mixes for performers, complete with reverb and delay. The unit can be USB powered, albeit with restricted I/Os.

High-speed USB 2.0 interface with 24-bit/96kHz audio on all I/O simultaneously
MX Core DSP technology provides digital effects processing with assignable parameters and flexible channel routing options
Four XLR microphone inputs including two XLR/TRS combo jacks for microphone or instrument level input
20dB pad on each preamp and signal/peak LED indicator lights
Phantom power for use with condenser microphones
Six balanced line inputs and six balanced outputs
Two analog inserts
S/PDIF digital I/O
Built-in 1 x 1 MIDI interface
Two independent headphone outputs with individual volume controls
Full ASIO 2.0, WDM, MME and Core Audio support
USB bus powered for restricted performance (requires included power supply for full I/O performance) 1
Bundled with Ableton Live Lite 6 software
In the Box
M-Audio Fast Track Ultra - USB 2.0 Recording Interface
  • External Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Lite 6
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    M-Audio Fast Track Ultra Specs

    Converters 24-bit
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
    Analog Input 2 x Neutrik XLR-1/4" TRS combo
    2 x XLR

    6 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
    2 x 1/4" TRS phone Inserts
    Analog Output 6 x 1/4" TRS phone (balanced)
    Digital Input 1 x RCA coaxial S/PIDF
    Digital Output 1 x RCA coaxial S/PIDF
    MIDI In/Out Yes
    Sync In/Out S/PDIF
    Headphone Output Yes (2)
    THD + N Not specified by manufacturer
    Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
    Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer
    System Requirements Mac:
    1GHz CPU
    OS X 10.3.9 or later
    516MB RAM
    USB 2.0 port

    1.6GHz processor (higher speed may be necessary for laptops)
    Windows XP SP2
    516MB RAM)
    DirectX 9.0c or higher (included in XP)
    USB 2.0 port

    Dimensions (WxDxH) 10 x 5.5 x 1.6" (255 x 140 x 40mm)
    Weight 1.9 lbs (0.9 kg)
    Specialties MIDI activity LEDs

    M-Audio Fast Track Ultra Reviews

    Fast Track Ultra - USB 2.0 Recording Interface is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly Impressed I was weary of USB interfaces after researching on the internet and a bad experience with the Lexicon Omega. But the Fast Tracks Ultra has proven that USB 2.0 is fully capable of getting the job done. My computer is not ultra-powerful (it's a laptop with 1Gig Ram), but I'm still able to get exceptional quality with this unit. The things that are great about the Fast Track Ultra are the number of inputs/outputs, quality A/D/A conversion (24 bit, 96khz), solid preamps, inserts (This was so important to me yet few USB interfaces had them...), control panel and onboard dsp allows you to monitor with onboard reverb and delay effects! Things that are not so great: NOTHING that I can think of!
    Date published: 2008-04-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fast Track Ultra can be yours! I spent a lot of time studying options. I needed a USB interface, at least 2 low-Z microphone inputs and the ability to work with most recording software. Bottom-line, make sure your computer, sources (mikes) and software are compatible and give you what you need. After breaking-in the MAFTU with on-hand dynamic and ribbon and electret condensor mikes I found a need for an external preamp when using my preferred dynamics and classic ribbons. My MAFTU is, therefore, primarily an A/D D/A interface during sessions. Not able to use the touted Octane preamps. If your setup includes condensor microphones you will be at an advantage, certainly a 'cleaner' studio. Nice gear if it's right for you!
    Date published: 2009-11-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent multi-purpose audio interface I use the Fast Track Ultra for site recording with a laptop, for adding vocals to my mixes, and for monitoring my mix-downs. It's an ASIO device providing digitization at up to 96k that has 6 channels of inputs (4 phantom-powered mike inputs, 6 line-level inputs) plus 2 SPDIF inputs. It can also accept 8 discrete channels from a DAW such as Sonar, Audition or Reaper. Though the sound quality is extraordinary, this is not a beginner's sound card -- it takes a little computer tweaking to get it working, but once it does, it works flawlessly. Support from m-audio is minimal but sufficient.
    Date published: 2011-02-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from solid experience, some difficulties This product works great, I use up to four channels simultaneously for recording live music, both vocals and instruments. I had difficulties setting it up on my MAC. Tech Service would only answer one question at a time, I eventually got it working after 3 separate calls, and then more work on my own. Still I have to reconnect the USB everytime I start up to get the mac to recognize the unit? It works well, and is easy to use now though. I don't like that the ear phone jacks for monitoring are for either ch 1 and 2 or ch 3 and 4, I had to buy adapters to listen to all channels at once.
    Date published: 2010-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony vegas Pro 5.1 Surround / Bootcamp Thank you M-Audio for making this. MY USE FOR THIS UNIT IS TO SOLELY WORK WITH 5.1 SURROUND MIXES ON VIDEO WITH SONY VEGAS 9. LISTEN UP! (Don't worry as this is good news and I'm giving a little tech support as well). ATTENTION WINDOWS EDITORS / USERS RUNNING WINDOWS ON MAC: THIS IN THE O N L Y, I REPEAT, THE O N L Y DEVICE THAT BOOTCAMP WILL NOT GIVE YOU ANY HEADEACHE! Firewire interfaces for Mac running windows, FUGGETTABOUTIT! I tried 11 (ELEVEN) different interfaces from several brands and manufacturers and they all crashed. Crashing was the pleasant part. I won't even mention the worse it can happen... Also, Focusrite Saffire won't even past driver install on Windows side. The old Firewire M-Audio Firewire 410 was a disaster, it installs but very unstable drivers not to mention the embarrassement returning it to the stores 1 by 1 from the 11 I tried... I am now able to do voiceovers via its XLR inputs straight into the timeline and the audio quality is nothing but awesome (assuming you have an expensive mic). The M-Audio Fast Tracker Ultra USB device's driver is VERY stable and reliable. Side effects:(happens with all interfaces. You will lose the ability to control the volume from your keyboard. Once set, leave the volume control alone. if you touch it, then you will have to go to Windows control Panel and simply adjust the volume to max. From now on, adjust the volume using your amplifier's volume knob. This only affects the audio in other application such as media players, internet explorer, etc. Not your editing software as it has it's own volume controls. I have been trying to get my 5.1 mix back since 2007! Thank you m-audio! Thank you, thank you-thank you-thank you-thank you-thank you-thank you!!
    Date published: 2009-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great... However, as with all USB interfaces, you must have all your software settings and hardware settings right on the money. With my HP 2.4 gig quad processor and Sony ACID, I stiil had to change a setting in Windows Media Player, Tools, Options, Devices, Speakers, uncheck the 24 bit box.
    Date published: 2008-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's perfect for anyone who wants perfec The product Fast Track Ultra - USB 2.0 is efficient for studio recording because it has greater potential in the projects of recording media or musical material, that compared to other products. Fast Track Ultra - USB 2.0 is centuries ahead, it actually offers more performance and also better performance for a digital job well done, perfect for professional work agree with the highest quality.IT'S PERFECT FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS PERFECTION, it is suitable for those with greater professionalism.
    Date published: 2011-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Value for the Product Great product for the price! We would have had it up and running within minutes if we hadn't wasted our time with the Live Lite that came in the box. Absolutely worthless for use with the Ultra. We were doing 5-channel recording without any hiccups once we got used to the Ultra's sensitivity and GUI (using recording software of our own choosing). Excellent reproduction without applying any filters to the channels. You're only limited by the power of your own computer.
    Date published: 2010-02-10
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