New Entry-Level USB Interface from M-Audio
October 12, 2004
M-Audio announced the Fast Track USB, a compact, entry-level audio interface specifically designed to provide a simple way to record vocals, guitar and other instruments with today's popular music software such as GarageBand.
This 2 x 2 mobile audio interface can be directly powered from the USB bus for mobile operation while delivering up to 24-bit/48kHz audio fidelity. The first of two audio channels is a dedicated XLR input for a dynamic microphone, complete with gain control and signal LEDs. The 1/4" input on the second channel can be toggled between instrument and line levels to accommodate a wide variety of signal sources. Audio outputs take the form of dual RCAs and front-panel 1/8" stereo headphone jack that share a common level control.
Direct hardware monitoring provides for synchronized overdubs, with the In/PB knob determining the monitor balance between input and output signal. For additional monitoring flexibility, the Mono switch sends the input signal equally to the left and right channels, allowing the source to integrate in a more balanced way with other tracks while recording.
The Fast Track USB ships with GT Player Express software, providing users with a variety of effects and virtual stomp boxes that eliminate the need for an amplifier for basic recording and practice. GT Player Express also plays standard audio files like AAC, MP3 and WAV, allowing users to learn and jamalong with their favorite music at variable speeds.
This compact unit is just 5.4" (w) x 1.6" (h) x 3.3" (d) and weighs in at a mere .45 lbs. The Fast Track USB is compatible with both Macs (Core Audio) and PC (ASIO2 and WDM -- Kernel Streaming).
The Fast Track USB is currently shipping at an MSRP of $129.95 USD.
For more information, visit their web site at www.m-audio.com