M-Audio Fast Track - USB Audio Recording Interface

M-Audio Fast Track - USB Audio Recording Interface

M-Audio Fast Track - USB Audio Recording Interface

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M-Audio Fast Track - USB Audio Recording Interface

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Product Highlights

  • Includes Pro Tools Essential Software
  • Virtual Instruments, FX & Loops Included
  • Phantom Power for Professional Mic Use
  • More Powerful Headphone Output Level
  • Records High Resolution Audio at 48 kHz
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
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M-Audio Fast Track Overview

  • 1Description

The Fast Track from M-Audio is a USB audio interface for both Mac and Windows computers. It enables you to transform your computer into a mobile recording studio that's capable of capturing, editing, and mixing excellent sounding music. It includes Pro Tools M-Powered Essential software, which is a basic version of the software used in countless recording studios and post-production facilities around the world.

This system has been designed to be easy to use and to give you the tools you need to start making music right out of the box. The included Pro Tools M-Powered Essential software comes with Structure Essential, which is a virtual software instrument with over 60 different sounds. Several gigabytes of audio loops are also included, so you can start composing and experimenting right away.

The Fast Track has a dedicated guitar input, so you can plug in and get optimum sound quality directly into your computer. A SansAmp guitar amplifier modeling plug-in is included, so you can make your guitar or bass sound like it was played through a huge stack. The dedicated XLR microphone input works with any kind of professional microphone, including phantom powered condenser microphones.

Pro Tools has been used by professional musicians and producers for a long time, and the Fast Track is the by far the most budget-friendly way to start using and learning the industry standard music production software. It's also fully compatible with most other popular music software, such as GarageBand and Ableton Live. If you're looking for a device to get you into the world of audio production, or if you've been into producing for years and need an inexpensive interface with Pro Tools, the Fast Track is the best way to go.

Fast Track Features

2-input, 2-output audio interface
Compatible with most popular recording software including Pro Tools M-Powered 8 and GarageBand
24-bit/48kHz professional sound quality
Plug-and-play USB connection
XLR microphone input with gain control and 48V phantom power
1/4" instrument input with gain control
1/4" stereo headphone output
Improved headphone output levels
RCA stereo speaker outputs
Output level knob for adjusting volume of headphones and speaker outputs
Direct monitoring button
Powered by USB - no power adapter required

Pro Tools M-Powered Essential Features

16 stereo/mono audio tracks
8 instrument tracks
8 MIDI tracks
4 aux tracks, 4 mono busses, 1 master fader, 3 inserts per track
2 audio inputs / 2 audio outputs
Effects include reverb, chorus, delay, flanger, compression, and EQ
Includes SansAmp guitar amp and distortion modeling plug-in for easy direct guitar recording without amplifiers
Structure Essential virtual instrument includes over 60 incredible instrument sounds
Over 3GB of audio loops to start creating with immediately
In the Box
M-Audio Fast Track - USB Audio Recording Interface
  • Pro Tools M-Powered Essential Software
  • Structure Essential Virtual Instrument
  • Over 3 GB of Audio Loops
  • SansAmp Modeling & Distortion Plug-In
  • USB Cable
  • 1 Year warranty
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    M-Audio Fast Track Specs

    Inputs 1 x XLR Input
    1 x 1/4" Instrument Input
    Outputs 2 x RCA (Left & Right Stereo)
    1 x 1/4" Headphone Output
    Panel Microphone Preamp 1 Microphone Preamp
    Phantom Power Yes, 48V
    Connectivity USB
    Sample Rate 24-Bit 48 kHz
    MIDI In/Out No
    Digital I/O Options None
    Minimum System Requirements Windows:
    XP (SP3 - Home or Professional version only - Windows Media Center Edition is not supported)
    Windows Vista 32/64
    Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
    1 GB RAM
    One Native USB Port

    Pro Tools M-Powered Essential Software - Windows Requirements
    1.8 GHz Multi-Core Intel or AMD Processor
    5400 RPM Hard Drive
    DVD-ROM Optical Drive
    4 GB of space on hard drive (additional space needed for loop content)

    Mac:
    OSX 10.4.11
    G4 Processor or Higher (G4 Accelerator Cards Not Supported)

    Pro Tools M-Powered Essential Software - Mac Requirements
    OSX 10.5.5 or Higher 1.8 GHz Multi-Core Intel Processor
    5400 RPM Hard Drive
    DVD-ROM Optical Drive
    4 GB of space on hard drive (additional space needed for loop content)

    Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer

    M-Audio Fast Track Reviews

    Fast Track - USB Audio Recording Interface is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good for playing with headphones I bought this as a replacement for my guitar amplifier since I play 95% of the time with headphones. The sound from it is FAR better than I got from the headphone jack on the amp, and way better than my $30 Behringer USB interface. I use this with Guitar Rig 4 - they work perfect together. I have a $200 sound card in my PC and $200 cans, so I know good sound quality compared to low quality. When I was playing along with music on my Behringer, it was terrible. This is obviously not as good as my sound card, but it is pretty good for what it is. I plan to get a surround sound system eventually and play guitar through that with the output jacks on the M-Audio.
    Date published: 2011-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for beginners. Great product. I purchased this to go along with my MXL V88 and setup was a cinch. The quality is outstanding when recording either guitar OR vocals. A WARNING FOR PEOPLE THINKING ABOUT PURCHASING: If you are purchasing this because it comes with pro-tools, DON'T. The features in Pro-Tools are EXTREMELY limited and it keeps asking you to purchase the full version. I purchased this to use with my current recording software, so I was fine though.
    Date published: 2010-11-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast Track 2 = Awesomenes, PT E=Bad BH sent this prety quick, I record metal, alternative, reggaeton, hiphop. the fast track its realy good, reliable, usb bus powered so you'l be portable. Fast instal and easy too! The quality of its mic pre is very good for volas and acustic instruments, its clear and it a bit of pad (about -5db or -10db) and its good for screaming vocals and loud guitar cabs. The downside, pro tools is a pain due to its compatibility issues and im a pro tools guy but man does these guys have issues. Pro tools essentials its not good at all, its lumited to 16 tracks ( not bad for vocal tracking) but the real issue is that you cant use any third party plugins like waves, drumagog, autotune, well any whatsoever, only the ones from the program itself os pt essentials. FastTrack=awesome Pro Tools Essentials= baaad idea Pro Tools in general= awesome just isr cubase, logic, sonar, or nuendo
    Date published: 2010-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice price! I have the M-Audio Fast Track Pro for my home studio and I purchased the Fast Track for my travel voice-over rig. Works just like the Pro Version for nearly half the price and the size is a perfect fit for my laptop bag.
    Date published: 2010-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality/price Excellent balance! Excellent! Pros: Protools essential included Great recording Phantom Power Guitar Switch
    Date published: 2010-09-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from nice product I only gave this 2 stars because I am unable to load the program. I have an AMD processor and the processor and the program have issues. Make sure you have an intel if you are using PC. Probably going to return it.
    Date published: 2010-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Experience The product itself is very good. It is quite simply a convenient method of playing and recording guitar or bass on the computer. The software is excellent and user friendly. The hardware is basically just an adapter to be able to hook a microphone and guitar or bass directly into the usb port of a computer. The price was fantastic ...
    Date published: 2011-02-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and easy to use! This product was exactly what I was looking for and found for a great price. I needed something that could separate the vocals and a guitar feeding into my Mac. It did just that and easily. Very compact for travel and it's powered by USB so need for powere outlets it's totally mobile.
    Date published: 2011-02-14
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