M-Audio Fast Track Pro Mobile USB Audio/MIDI Interface  

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One of the most popular audio interfaces ever, the M-Audio Fast Track Pro Mobile USB Audio/MIDI Interface is an affordable, reliable piece of equipment loaded with professional features for optimal mobile recording flexibility. You get 2 front-panel mic/line inputs complete with phantom power for condenser microphones, inserts for outboard effects, balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI I/O, and more.

The M-Audio Fast Track Pro also offers near-zero latency direct hardware monitoring and low-latency ASIO software monitoring, plus an A/B source switch and dual output pairs for DJ-style cueing. Compatible with most popular PC and Mac music software, the Fast Track interface's USB connection and bus power along with class compliancy for Mac OS X* make it a breeze to set up.

Professional Recording”Anywhere, Anytime
With the M-Audio Fast Track Pro, you'll get professional results whenever and wherever you want to record. A single USB connection gives you access to all the I/O you need for microphones and instruments like guitars, as well as MIDI- and S/PDIF-equipped digital audio gear. The microphone inputs are even phantom powered to accommodate studio-quality condenser microphones. M-Audio's acclaimed driver software gives you total routing control over the 4 x 4 I/O”including setting up an effects loop with external devices.

Monitoring Flexibility
The M-Audio Fast Track Pro audio interface also has a powerful headphone amplifier with volume control. Hardware direct monitoring eliminates the latency or delay inherent in even the best internal circuitry while listening to your input and existing tracks. You can also listen to your input complete with effects while recording by using the low-latency ASIO monitoring. Connect to a DJ mixer with the 2 pairs of analog outputs and use the front-panel A/B source switch to audition cues.

Ableton Live Lite
M-Audio also includes multi-award-winning Ableton Live 5 software. The Live 5's revolutionary loop-based paradigm dramatically simplifies audio production, so you can drag and drop audio clips in real time, record linear tracks, add effects, perform live remixes, and much more.

Features
  • 1/4", RCA, XLR, and MIDI inputs.
  • 24-bit/96kHz audio interface
  • 2 front panel mic/instrument preamp inputs (Neutrik XLR/ 1/4" TRS) with:
  • gain controls
  • signal/peak lights
  • pads for each input
  • insert jack (1/4" TRS) for outboard processors
  • 2 balanced outputs (1/4" TRS)
  • 4 unbalanced outputs (RCA)
  • 2 x 2 S/PDIF digital I/O with with 2-channel PCM
  • S/PDIF out also supports pass-through of AC-3/DTS surround-encoded content
  • 1 x 1 MIDI I/O with activity LEDs
  • headphone output (1/4" TRS) with level control
  • headphone A/B source switch for DJ-style cueing
  • input/playback mix control for hardware direct monitoring
  • mono switch for input/playback direct monitoring
  • master output level control
  • near zero-latency hardware direct monitoring
  • low-latency ASIO software monitoring
  • includes Ableton Live Lite 5 for creative recording and mixing
  • USB connection to computer
  • powered via USB or optional AC power adapter
Specifications
  • Mac and PC compatible; class compliant with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher.

    *Class compliancy supports 16-bit/48kHz 2 x 4 operation on OS X 10.3.9 and higher. Driver installation required to access more I/O.
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M-AudioFast Track Pro Mobile USB Audio/MIDI Interface
 
3.6

(based on 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

High Quality for a Great Price! Well Worth It In My Book!

I've been using the Fast Track Pro for a little over 6 months now and I've gotta say that it is a definite keeper! It was very easy to install, easy to understand and...Read complete review

I've been using the Fast Track Pro for a little over 6 months now and I've gotta say that it is a definite keeper! It was very easy to install, easy to understand and well... easy! I have recorded many artists who do audiobooks, sing, voice-overs, etc. although the latency is 20 millisecs, it has no problem in my book, you won't even notice if your' ears aren't tuned in completely (artists). I've heard a lot of people compare this to the Tascam, but tascam doesn't even come close to being as precise as this one! I'll be honest, I haven't worked with many interface items, but working with this one (if it's your 1st time) you definitely can't go wrong with it. I plan to upgrade to the M-audio Fast Track Ultra in order to have more available recording inputs at a time, but this is great for now. I normally give away my interface machines when I get a new one, but I don't think I'll get rid of this one for another 4 years. And if I do? I'll sell it, because it's worth it. -New users -experienced users -users who want simple, yet effective means to record.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Reliable Hardware, Unreliable Driver

I've used this box for one year now. The hardware is reliable and works well with my condenser mics that need phantom power. I've left it "on" for most of...Read complete review

I've used this box for one year now. The hardware is reliable and works well with my condenser mics that need phantom power. I've left it "on" for most of this year and the lights shine brightly and it still works fine.

The problem, as others have mentioned, is the ASIO driver. It hasn't been updated in years and it is simply not a well-written driver compared to what else is available. It hangs often, and absolutely if you let the computer enter sleep mode. If you route other software through the box (media players, etc.) then try to start your editing software (in my case, Ableton Live 9), the driver will fail in the editor with a message that the bit rate is not supported. To get it to work again, you have to reroute default output away from the box, then try to get the editor to open the ASIO again. Sometimes you'll have to reboot the box and/or the computer. I've learned the dance and it's more of an annoyance, but it took me days to figure out the path of least resistance to getting the box working again.

When you get it figured out, it produces fine recordings for amateur standards (given the 48K, not 96K, limit when you go bi-directional, which you will always do when you're, say, singing to a music track in your editor).

I've got the headphone volume all the way up and my Bose Quiet Comfort headphones are weak. I wish it had more gain on the headphone output.

I bought this as a bundled deal which resulted in a very nice price. If I had to pay more for it, I would have been even more critical. For the price I paid, I can live with a little hassle... still, I'm here looking for alternatives so if your time is real money, go for less hassle. I'm a (very) amateur singer so this is just entertainment for me.

I *have* recommended it to a friend, so I'll say "yes" to that, but it was because he is as "cost-conscious" as me and I was going to show him the workarounds. If you are pretty computer savvy you'll figure it out and save money.

I'll post a picture of my studio but unfortunately the one hidden thing is the Fast Track Pro box (behind a monitor). However, it is certainly sufficient for an amateur studio like this and is THE I/O box serving everything here. I've set the levels and really don't have to mess with it daily.

FYI, note the MIDI I/O is the old school style, and I still have equipment that uses that. If you've got USB MIDI devices this isn't for you.

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1.0

Ripped off By M-Audio

By Anonomous

from CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Looks nice

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Pricey / Poor Value
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

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

Never been able to record a decent vocal. acts as if it is in a windy room even with no mic plugged in. took me 2-3 years to figure all this out and too late to return. Thanks M-Audio. You have lost a customer. I will never buy anything with M-Audio written on it ever again after this. now looking to replace this horrible paper wait with the Behringer FCA1616 Firepower looks way better and is by a different brand. I just pray they are not like M-Audio with there false advertisement on quality vocals and such. I am so disappointed and upset. DON'T BUY M-AUDIO PRODUCTS UNLESS YOU WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE AND END UP LIKE ME WITH USLESS GARBAGE!!!

 
5.0

FAST TRACK IS A BEAST

By drakken

from Gotham City, Somewhere

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

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

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

This is a great little box for the home studio. Finally decided to get rid of my Behringer (surprisingly got out of it what I put into it shy of five bills) I never used it. I love the fact the fast track is USB powered because AC power without a furman is so obnoxious. The USB power allows the sound to be clear no matter what's running through your electrical system! Also, the phantom power and switcheable line/instrument is very nice. It comes with everything for the home project. MIDI, SPDIF, two mic or instrument plugins and outputs. I love it and plan to keep it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Reliable Hardware, Unreliable Driver

By SammyJ

from Austin, TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Asio Driver Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

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

I've used this box for one year now. The hardware is reliable and works well with my condenser mics that need phantom power. I've left it "on" for most of this year and the lights shine brightly and it still works fine.

The problem, as others have mentioned, is the ASIO driver. It hasn't been updated in years and it is simply not a well-written driver compared to what else is available. It hangs often, and absolutely if you let the computer enter sleep mode. If you route other software through the box (media players, etc.) then try to start your editing software (in my case, Ableton Live 9), the driver will fail in the editor with a message that the bit rate is not supported. To get it to work again, you have to reroute default output away from the box, then try to get the editor to open the ASIO again. Sometimes you'll have to reboot the box and/or the computer. I've learned the dance and it's more of an annoyance, but it took me days to figure out the path of least resistance to getting the box working again.

When you get it figured out, it produces fine recordings for amateur standards (given the 48K, not 96K, limit when you go bi-directional, which you will always do when you're, say, singing to a music track in your editor).

I've got the headphone volume all the way up and my Bose Quiet Comfort headphones are weak. I wish it had more gain on the headphone output.

I bought this as a bundled deal which resulted in a very nice price. If I had to pay more for it, I would have been even more critical. For the price I paid, I can live with a little hassle... still, I'm here looking for alternatives so if your time is real money, go for less hassle. I'm a (very) amateur singer so this is just entertainment for me.

I *have* recommended it to a friend, so I'll say "yes" to that, but it was because he is as "cost-conscious" as me and I was going to show him the workarounds. If you are pretty computer savvy you'll figure it out and save money.

I'll post a picture of my studio but unfortunately the one hidden thing is the Fast Track Pro box (behind a monitor). However, it is certainly sufficient for an amateur studio like this and is THE I/O box serving everything here. I've set the levels and really don't have to mess with it daily.

FYI, note the MIDI I/O is the old school style, and I still have equipment that uses that. If you've got USB MIDI devices this isn't for you.

 
1.0

BROKEN out of the box.

By Tracey Talevich

from Seattle, WA

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

A few months ago, I purchased this interface in store, along with a pair of KRK Rokit 6's. As soon as I had everything plugged in and set up, I attempted to play a song on iTunes through the interface, and the monitors played a scratchy, loud, buzzing sound. I opened Ableton and played a 100hz sine wave, which also caused buzzing. Then I played a 1000hz sine wave, which did not cause any buzzing at all. The interface would cause feedback in the low-end of the spectrum. I unplugged the interface, and ran the monitors into my Macbook Pro's headphone jack - which caused NO problems in the low end (no buzzing.) I took the interface back, and exchanged it for a Scarlet 2i2, which works FANTASTICALLY. I give the interface 1 star, and give the Guitarcenter employees 5 stars for their help.

 
5.0

Great for live MIDI use too!

By Joe Hazen

from Seabrook, TX

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

I run a dual-keyboard setup live, and while one (an M-Audio Keystation Pro 88) is run via USB direct to my laptop, the other is older and does not have that kind of built-in interface. When my cheapo E-Mu XMidi cable went out on me, I found this interface. It takes over the sound card on my computer, takes and converts the MIDI from my older keyboard for use with Reason 6, and allows me to record my guitars direct at home too! It interfaces with Reason perfectly, and except for some minor tweaks in my laptop's control panel, was basically a plug and play affair. Can't say enough good about it! Never had any issues and it's built solidly. It cranks for live use, and is powered via USB. A+ M-Audio!

 
5.0

Works Well-Great Value

By Paul Villanueva

from California

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

This product performs well, sounds great, and was a snap to set up on my MAC based Logic Studio. It comes with some outputs I do not use, but in general, it has everything one might need to run a home studio or a portable studio.

It is made of plastic, not metal, so some caution must be taken in handling. However, the product is sturdy and built well.

The only thing that did not please me was the lack of seperate volume controls for the rear outputs, but one can compensate by using a headphone amp plugged into one of the rear outputs and then using the amp to control the volume of the phones. This has nothing to do with the front headphone jack, which does have a seperate volume control. I just like using the rear outputs.

I use it to record a pre-recorded blog talk Internet radio show, and it performs like a champ. The set up was simple, and I use it on my MAC. The product's control panel (where you can select what outputs to use and what bit rate, etc.) will be placed in your MAC "System Preferences". Remember that! I installed the drivers and then I could not find the control panel anywhere. I read the instructions again, and found it in System Preferences.

The driver CD that comes with the product will be dated. However, it was a snap to go online, click on your product, and download the current and latest drivers for your unit.

I reccommend this product for the value.
I gave it a nine instead of a ten only because one cannot control the rear output(s) volume seperately. I had a PreSonus Firebox before it blew up and with it I could control the volume of my main studio monitors seperate from the volume (from the rear, not the headphone jack) to my headphone amp so I could run six headphones from the mix.

This is not a huge deal. I can "adjust" the headphone amp volume to make up the difference, but it was nice being able to set a level and leave it there without having to adjust the mains to compensate.
Quality: I gave it an eight instead of a ten only because it is made of plastic. However, the quality (sturdiness, dependability, etc) is excellent. Again, I went from a PreSonus FireBox that was in a metal casing with metal knobs, and it was heavey and sturdy (it also blew up on me after three years, so that is the quality there). The M-Audio is plastic, but I realize that if it were metel, it would cost $400-$500. It is sturdy, but it is plastic, and with that comes more careful handling.
You cannot beat this value! For the money, you get a full studio capable box and record up to four folks at a time. This has great outputs and sound and with plenty of features. This product is well worth the money. I would buy this one again.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M-Audio Fast Track Pro

By John Speero

from NJ

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

9
Took my latency away all together. mine is hooked up to my pc to pc speakers to my stereo speakers with this setup so far i hear sound from ableton from pc speakers an sound from my guitar from stereo speakers, works good.
im trying to get sound from both at the same time is my only trouble so far.

(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works with linux out of the box!

By Vasilii Artyukhov

from Undisclosed

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

Works with linux, no driver installation required.

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

No Customer Support !!!!!

By Sal Aversano

from New Jersey Apartment

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

Customer tech support from this company is very bad, there's no phone number to call, they might answer and an e-mail, but that's about it. I've just recently gotten a new tower and I'm having bad latency problems and there's no one to go to for help. I'm never buying anything from Avid again !!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Buy

By Chris Plecker

from VA

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

I bought this about a year ago and I still use it. It gave an exceptional difference in FL Studio when I hooked it up. I use it for pretty much everything now. Only thing I would say bad about this is the headphone jack. When you pull your headphones out, the 1/4 connector comes out too when it used to stay in. It can't be the connector because I use several. If you're into buying an M-Audio Interface, I would suggest the new C series or the Profire610 though.

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