M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface  

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The M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface is an easy way to record your guitar with professional results. Just connect Fast Track to the USB port of your computer and you're ready to rock. It comes bundled with Ableton Live Lite intuitive audio recording and MIDI sequencing to help get you started.

Fast Track USB has a switchable (instrument/line) 1/4" input for instruments like guitar, bass, and keyboards, plus an XLR microphone input for recording vocals or other acoustic sounds.

The included GT Player Express software gives you killer effects and virtual stomp boxes so you don't need any other gear to sound great. GT Player Express also plays standard audio file formats like AAC, MP3, and WAV that let you learn and jam along with your favorite music at variable speeds.

Ableton Live Lite
Ableton Live Lite delivers much of the functionality of Ableton Live”the revolutionary, multi-award winning music production solution that allows you to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit your musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. Live brings your acoustic, electronic, and virtual instruments”as well as your digital audio recordings and MIDI sequences”together in a single interface with unparalleled ease of use.

Ableton Live Lite 7 sports up to eight tracks, more effect instances, an enhanced audio engine, 64-bit mix summing, multiple time signatures, new and improved devices, side-chaining, refined MIDI timing and more.

Live's Session View acts as a musical sketch and launch pad, encouraging you to try out new ideas and improvise freely. Each cell in the Session View grid can hold a loop, recording, MIDI file, complete song or any other musical element. These ideas can be recorded on the fly or dragged in from the Browser, combined and played in any order you wish.

The Arrangement View offers a timeline-based approach for traditional recording, MIDI sequencing, arranging, editing, and other musical production tasks. And when you improvise in the Session View, all of your actions can be recorded into the Arrangement View, where they can be edited and perfected whenever you like.

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Features
  • 24-bit/48kHz sound
  • Compatible with GarageBand and most other music software
  • Professional 24-bit/48kHz sound
  • XLR mic input with gain control and signal LEDs
  • Switchable 1/4" instrument/line input
  • 1/8" stereo headphone jack
  • RCA stereo output jacks
  • Level control for headphones and main outputs
  • USB bus-powered
  • USB class compliant (OS X 10.3.5 and higher)
  • Direct hardware monitoring
  • Mono switch equally distributes input signal to left and right channels
  • GT Player Express software: professional effects, amp and stompbox modeling, standard audio files play with variable speed playback, standalone operation, ReWire or VST plug-in
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Intuitive audio recording and MIDI sequencing
  • More than twenty built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors, and EQs
  • Includes two software instruments”Simpler for creative sample-based synthesis, and Impulse for dynamic, sampled drums
  • Supports VST and AU effects and instruments
  • Real-time time-stretching and warping of AIFF and WAV files for DJing and instant remixing
  • Tweak Live's controls in real time with any MIDI controller”just MIDI map it
  • All editing of your musical creations are non-destructive so you can experiment without worries
  • Integrated single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation
  • Dedicated Instant Mappings for many of M-Audio's controllers
  • A wide selection of presets for Live Lite's instruments and effects
  • Extensive built-in step-by-step tutorials
  • Localized software menus, tutorials, and PDF reference manuals available in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese
  • Live Lite is limited to eight tracks, four simultaneous built-in audio effects, four built-in instruments, two AU/VST effects and two AU/VST instruments per project
Specifications
  • Sample Rates: 44.1kHz and 48kHz

    Microphone Input
    Max Input: -2.2dBu (0.6 Vrms), min. gain
    Signal to Noise Ratio: -100dB @ 48kHz (a-weighted), min. gain
    Dynamic Range: 100dB @ 48kHz (A-weighted), min. gain
    THD + N: 0.0053%, 1kHz, -1dBFS @ 48kHz, min. gain
    Frequency Response: -0.12/+0.08dB, 22Hz to 22kHz @ 48kHz, min. gain
    Available Gain: 45dB
    Input Impedance: 1MOhm

    Input (Guitar setting)
    Max Input: +3.2dBV (1.5 Vrms)
    Signal to Noise Ratio: -97dB @ 48kHz (A-weighted)
    Dynamic Range: 97dB @ 48kHz (A-weighted)
    THD + N: 0.0049%, 1kHz, -1dBFS @ 48kHz
    Frequency Response: -0.45/+0.00dB, 22Hz to 22kHz @ 48kHz
    Input Impedance: 500kOhms

    Input (Line setting)
    Max Input: +2.3dBV (1.3 Vrms)
    Signal to Noise Ratio: -98dB @ 48kHz (A-weighted)
    Dynamic Range: 98dB @ 48kHz (A-weighted)
    THD + N: 0.0045%, 1kHz, -1dBFS @ 48kHz
    Frequency Response: -0.35/+0.01 dB, 22Hz to 22kHz @ 48kHz
    Input Impedance: 20kOhms (bal.), 10kOhms (unbal.)

    Line Outputs
    Max Output: +2dBV (1.2 Vrms)
    Signal to Noise Ratio: -105dB @ 48kHz (A-weighted)
    Dynamic Range: 105dB @ 48kHz (A-weighted)
    THD + N: 0.0039%, 1kHz, -1dBFS @ 48kHz
    Frequency Response: -0.15/+0.03dB, 22Hz to 22kHz @ 48kHz
    Crosstalk: -100dB, 1kHz, channel-to-channel
    Output Impedance: 240 ohms

    Headphone Outputs
    Max Output (@ 32-ohms): -2 dBV (0.8 Vrms)
    Signal to Noise Ratio: -102dB @ 48kHz (A-weighted)
    Dynamic Range: 102dB @ 48kHz (A-weighted)
    THD + N: 0.0395%, 1kHz, -1dBFS @ 48kHz
    Frequency Response: -0.20/+0.05dB, 22Hz to 22kHz @ 48kHz
    Crosstalk: -80dB, 1kHz, channel-to-channel
    Output Impedance: Less than 1 ohm
    Headphone Impedance: 32 to 600 ohms recommended

    Minimum System Requirements
    Mac:
    Any G4 or faster, (Intel Mac recommended)
    512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
    Mac OS X 10.3.9 (10.4 or later recommended)
    QuickTime 6.5 or higher
    DVD-ROM drive

    PC:
    1.5 GHz CPU or faster
    512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
    Windows XP or Windows Vista
    Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended)
    QuickTime 6.5 or higher
    DVD-ROM drive
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M-AudioFast Track USB Computer Recording Interface
 
3.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great piece, for the musician on a budget

I bought this M-Audio Box, because I had a strong desire for recording but didn't have very much cash to spend. When I hooked it up, with my newly purchased condenser microphone, I...Read complete review

I bought this M-Audio Box, because I had a strong desire for recording but didn't have very much cash to spend. When I hooked it up, with my newly purchased condenser microphone, I was highly impressed by the sound quality this box delivered. I got warm and crisp sounds that were just right for my vocals and guitar. I couldn't ask for more from a recording box at this price. A must have for the intermediate musician. Also -Built in pre-amp saves you a bundle. BUY IT!!!

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Only good if you're not serious about recording

You really need to know what you're getting and decide what you're after. I got it in my beginner stages of recording, and it worked for what I wanted. Now that I've learned...Read complete review

You really need to know what you're getting and decide what you're after. I got it in my beginner stages of recording, and it worked for what I wanted. Now that I've learned that I can get sooo much better quality, I wish I had invested in something more middle road. Even just anything powered and with some sort of pre-amplification. The good side is that since it isn't powered you can take it anywhere easily. But get something better for any serious recordings. P.S. - it really likes to confuse your computer so beware. It has to act as your sound card whenever its plugged in, and by the time you've plugged your speakers up to it(rigged it) and adjusted your output levels, your itunes stops working or your recording software shuts down because it doesn't know which sound card is boss. So use it sparingly.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing

By Austin

from Florida

Comments about M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface:

This interface is great for people learning studio recording. It gives a great sound and is easy to use.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not To Cool

By Gary Geissler

from Saint Clair Mo.

Comments about M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface:

I needed a simple recording device to record demos for the band i am in and to make practice cuts for my guitar students to use.It took us a while to download since it was not compatible with my computor and when we finnally got it up it was very difficult to figure out,then it got a hum in it like some kind of grounding problum. I tried to return it guitar center and they said couldnt do it. Right now I'm waiting to get a hold of a tech support line, but I get home at 4:30 and they close at 5:00. I guess I'm stuck!!!!

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

not worth it at all

By bummed big time

from alta loma CA

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this product is not worth the money at all. it is horrible to use. just getting this thing to work correctly is a challeng on its own. it is very frustrating and poorly designed. i would not recomend this to anyone. the phone support is terrible because they dont know what they are talking about and they sound more lost then the customer. another down side is you cant return interfaces. so if you dont like it, your stuck with it anyways. i will never use another m-audio product again. i have used 3 other products and all fail to get even the smallest job done.

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4.0

Good for what we needed...

By CSR

from Detroit, MI

Comments about M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface:

I have a computer in a separate office that we normally do not record on, however we sometimes use it for audio editing. I bought a pair of decent powered monitors but needed a decent-sounding outpu to connect them to with an accessible volume control. This device was perfect for that... it is small, sits on the desktop, and allows for easy control of the audio going to the monitors. Sounds fine too. I'm not likely to ever use it for recording--since it only has one mono line and one mic in; not much use, however for what we needed it for it is an excellent little tool. Check the specs before you buy; some of the negative reviews on here seem to be from people who just plain bought the wrong item.

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4.0

Purty Gud

By A

from Paw Paw Michigan

Comments about M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface:

Well, my band and I need to record every once in awhile, and I got this as a Christmas present two years ago. At first I rarely used it, but as the band became more serious, we needed to use it more.It works well for the price, especially if you plug your guitar straight through the box, don't bother micking it, there is a lot of feedback. The only real problem i found was the fact that you can't listen to the guitar and the click track through the headset unless you are recording with the mic. Other then that, the sound quality is great. I would recommend using amplitude for effects, the stock ones suck. a lot. other than that its a decent buy.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M-Audio Fast Track USB

By FAAR

from Austin, TX

Comments about M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface:

I bought the Fast Track USB because it is compatible with M-Powered Pro Tools. Technically I already have a pretty good audio interface (the M-Audio ProFire 2626), but I wanted something small to launch M-Powered Pro Tools at home, for creating, editing and/ or mixing sessions, etc. I have no intention of using this thing to track, although I'm sure it will come in handy when I need to quickly & easily record ideas. After downloading the latest driver from the M-Audio website and installing it on my MacBook Pro, I plugged in the Fast Track USB and had no problems. I was able to launch M-Powered Pro Tools and edit a session (which is what I bought the thing for). I haven't used it to record anything yet, so I can't comment on the sound quality. I own/have owned a number of M-Audio products (from midi a controller to various audio interfaces to studio monitors) and have never had any problems. Every item does exactly what it's supposed to do and in my experience "user error" is the #1 reason for problems.

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5.0

issues at first, now it works great!

By Tyler

from Madison, WI

Comments about M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface:

I've had this for a couple of months, and was unstisfied with crackling, popping audio that would come and go. i was ready to return it, but then i realized it was my laptop that was the problem. i have a dell laptop with windows xp. what solved the problem was disabling the built-in wireless. there are a bunch of other things you can do to help the performance, but now i have no problems whatsoever. i use guitar rig 3, reason 4, and acid pro 6, and it's just awesome. the latency is very low and unnoticable. unfortunately i think most of the negative reviews of this product are because of improper installation or setup. the setup can be frustrating, but as i've found, it's the computer, not the fast track.

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(21 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Only good if you're not serious about recording

By Ryan Flack

from Roanoke, VA

Comments about M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface:

You really need to know what you're getting and decide what you're after. I got it in my beginner stages of recording, and it worked for what I wanted. Now that I've learned that I can get sooo much better quality, I wish I had invested in something more middle road. Even just anything powered and with some sort of pre-amplification. The good side is that since it isn't powered you can take it anywhere easily. But get something better for any serious recordings. P.S. - it really likes to confuse your computer so beware. It has to act as your sound card whenever its plugged in, and by the time you've plugged your speakers up to it(rigged it) and adjusted your output levels, your itunes stops working or your recording software shuts down because it doesn't know which sound card is boss. So use it sparingly.

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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

not too shabby

By AcousticGuy

from Kville, Tx

Comments about M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface:

we used this to record a live acoustic show one night. We hooked it directly to the board and then to the laptop. Honestly, it was worth the 100 bucks. The recording is as good as you would get going to a studio and paying 400 bucks for studio time. It was 100 bucks and now you can record or use it for demos (as we do) to send to bars for gigs. Definatly worth the investment...

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good for Mac

By Songwriter

from Rochester NY

Comments about M-Audio Fast Track USB Computer Recording Interface:

I use this thing for recording demos for specific venues to get gigs. I'm a starving musician so I needed something inexpensive. I use garage band and a mixer with phantom power to go into this little box. I don't use the software that came with it. If you have a mac it is a true plug and play interface. I do my recording and mix downs in garage band, then I export to ITunes and import the recording into sound studio that came with my mac to adjust the compression levels. After that I use ITunes to convert it into a mp3. If you have a mixer with phantom power and need to record seperate tracks it is a good little interface. You need to experiment with it quite a bit though.

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