Product Type: M-Audio sound cards
Newest Review: ... Let's face it, it's nor really often you're going to be using anything but those inputs. The Fast Track Pro came with a copy of Pro... more
M-Audio Fast Track Pro
Member Name: Bunters1994
M-Audio Fast Track Pro
Advantages: Opens up so many new possibilities with recording and mixing
Disadvantages: Software could be a little better, it's a bit of a jack-of-all trades
I encountered some issues with installing drivers when I got my M-Audio fast track pro, and went straight to the customer support site. On the site I found endless help from professionals and the general community. That's one thing I love about the music community, many people have worked out things for themselves and are eager to go online and help others out. It really boosts the community.
Well that's the community support we can check off the list, the next and most important aspect of this piece of kit is of course, the tone. Basically what this little piece of kit is, is a soundcard in a case that can be plugged into your computer via USB. This makes it great if you're a musician "on the go" and enjoy the handiness of simply plugging in your recording device and being ready to go in seconds. The box has a really nice Direct Monitor button which allows even faster processing of what is being recorded, minimising latency and delay.
For those who don't know what latency is, when you record something into your computer sometimes it does not record exactly where you pressed the record button, but may be 0.1 of a second ahead of itself. trust me this gets annoying when you have abuot 5 layers of guitars, bass and drums on one track!
The array of inputs on this little box is mindblowing. It's amazing to see how technology has come along over the previous years considering you used to pay around £1000 for a desk with the ability to plug a couple of mics into and do a little mixing. You are able to plug standard jack cables as well as XLR Mic cables which ticks all the boxes for recording inputs. Let's face it, it's nor really often you're going to be using anything but those inputs.
The Fast Track Pro came with a copy of Pro Tools which allows you to jump right into the game of recording as soon as you get the gear. I didn't choose to use this, I have become so accustomed to Cubase 4 that anything else it just confusing to me. I did take a little look around this software however, it seems to be easy enough to use (much easier than Cubase was at the begining for me) however did lag my computer quite a bit. However, just because this comes with Pro Tools, does not mean you have to use it with Pro Tools. The Fast Track will become a recognised input into your computer allowing it to be used for Skype, msn, audacity you name it! It's basically a handy way of plugging a jack cable into your computer.
I must say, I do not miss the £120 I parted with to pay for this, it was worth it!
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