M-Audio Fast Track Usb
M-Audio Fast Track Usb

External Audio Interface of the Fast Track series

User Reviews: 3.718

All user reviews for the M-Audio Fast Track Usb

Average Score: 3.7 ( 3.7/5 based on 18 reviews )
  5 reviews 28 %
  5 reviews 28 %
  4 reviews 22 %
  3 reviews 17 %
Value For Money: Excellent
sw80 11/18/2012

sw80's review "Preamp is not so good"

4
The Fast Track from M Audio is one of the most popular interfaces they make because it is probably the most affordable ones and it is great for someone who is looking for their first interface. I was using the Fast Track about 4 and a half years ago and still have it to this day. It has held up well over the years but I just don’t think that it has a good enough preamp for me to even bother with it now. This interface only has 1 preamp and it is a 2 in and 2 out interface that can be used with either a MAC or PC.

UTILIZATION

Setting this interface up is extremely quick, installing the drivers takes no time at all. I am not sure if they are still coming out with drivers for it though since it is so old now. But they probably have since there are so many more machines and OS out now than there were a few years back.

GETTING STARTED

The microphone preamp on the Fast Track is not very good, and the knob on the front is not very well made. This whole interface is very cheap feeling and light but it will give you a decent recording quality. It also comes with Pro Tools SE which is a basic version of Pro Tools but it still has a lot of VST instruments that comes with it.

OVERALL OPINION

I remember trying to configure this interface to work in FL Studio back then and it gave me some problems. But when using it with the Pro Tools SE that it comes with gave me no issues at all. There are some pros and some cons to this device but if you need a good preamp then this is not the interface for you. You will need to spend a little more money to get a better preamp. This interface only cost about 150 when it first came out and it is even cheaper now.
Hatsubai 06/28/2011

Hatsubai's review "Outdated"

3
This was a super simple mic pre that M-Audio had sold for a bit for those looking for the bare minimums when it came to recording things. You have a gain knob, an input knob, mono/stereo button for monitoring your source, output volume knob, XLR input, 1/4'' jack input, guitar/line level selector, RCA output and USB. Really, this thing is about as bare as you can possibly get.

UTILIZATION

The device did alright. There aren't many features packed into this thing. It seems like M-Audio tried to get away with as little as possible. In fact, I'm not sure why they didn't just combine the XLR and 1/4'' into one jack to make it more convenient. Presonus did that with their Firebox, and it worked out perfectly fine. The USB is the biggest killer in this. It's USB 1.1, and there is some very noticeable latency once you start recording. For those that don't know, latency is when you play something on your guitar and you hear it a few milliseconds later. It can really mess up your playing because it's impossible to keep timing like that.

GETTING STARTED

It's super simple to set up. You just install the drivers you need to install, hook up the devices to their corresponding ports, open up your DAW, select the device in your preferences and you're ready to start recording. The device can work in quite a few DAWs out there, so you should have no issues in terms of compatibility for most of these, but it might start to lose support now that it's discontinued. I can't comment on the manual as I never read it. The device is simple enough to where you don't need to read it to set everything up.

OVERALL OPINION

If you are on a super tight budget and need something crazy cheap, this might work out for you. Keep in mind that it's USB 1.1, so you'll have to be running everything very bare when using this device. You can't have plugins running while using this or else you'll experience latency. I wouldn't pay more than $40 for this, personally.
Wedges2 04/03/2011

Wedges2's review "Average Preamp. Don't regret buying it. "

4
I got the FastTrack about a year ago and I was impressed with the quality for the price. It isn’t the best interface, but I’ve recorded clean vocals with it using a $100 mic. I originally got the FastTrack just to connect my monitors, which worked out great, but when I got a mic and the interface handled that pretty well I was happy with my purchase. Obviously there are better interfaces out if you spend more, and you can’t really expect great preamps from a $150 interface, but for the price it was a good buy.

UTILIZATION

The FastTrack makes a good soundcard if that’s all your going to use it for aswell. I get low latencies with it. I know that my computer is the one holding me back when it comes to that, and not my interface. My monitors connect well to it as well and setting it all up was pretty easy.

My only complaint with it is that it only has 1 headphone jack. I know that feature is pretty standard at this price point but I have to remedy it with a splitter cable so the artist and I can both hear what’s going on when recording.

GETTING STARTED

Follow the manual and you won't have a problem setting it up. It was my first interface setting up and I didn't have a problem. Will work with PT M powered and every other DAW / Computer. It's easy to set the buffer setting except for the fact that you'll have to change soundcards right before you do (which is easy in FL) because if the soundcard is in use the buffer won't let you change it.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, for the price this is a good interface or soundcard. It does the job well and has never given me any problems. I’d recommend it.
WuTangSht 12/16/2010

WuTangSht's review "Very good to start off."

4
The M-Audio Fast Track USB is very small, so its characteristics aren't so amazing, but it was great to start off with. I bought the M-Audio Fast Track USB so I could use Pro Tools pretty much. I use the M-Audio Fast Track USB with Pro Tools 8 M-Powered and i connect my headphones, microphones and turntables to it.
You have 1 XLR Input, 1 Line instrument input, 1 L/R Output and the USB Connection. I use it to start my Pro Tools and record with it. I use it with a MacBook Pro and it's very useful.

UTILIZATION

The M-Audio Fast Track USB is updated a lot and the latency is normal. Nothing big, nothing out of this world. The drivers are very stable though. I downloaded the driver once, and never had to change anything, just stayed perfect. I always use Pro Tools and rarely GarageBand. The M-Audio Fast Track USB can record just 1 track at a time, but I'm a beat prodcuer, so i do things at once. You can have over 100 tracks in Pro Tools so it's not so big of a deal.

GETTING STARTED

It was kind of hard to get it started because the driver CD wasn't working, so I had to find the site and download it there. But after that, it was all good. The manual was confusing and hard to follow. I had to go online and check things out myself which wasn't very convinient. The setup is very simple. You just connect it and you're ready to go. It's typical functions are easy to access as well. Once you connect it, you're done.

OVERALL OPINION

I like that it was cheap and good for what I wanted which was just start up Pro Tools. It has good quality sound a no hiss at all. It is very small and has 1 of everything, there's no variety but that's why it's cheap. The price was excellent and reasonable. I had no problem purchasing it. The sound quality is the best. It has a great sound and has no mass sound or hiss when connected. This was the first model I got and I'm happy with it. You should start off with this one first.
MGR/Laklander 01/04/2010

MGR/Laklander's review "M-Audio FastTrack USB Interface"

4
The M-Audio FastTrack is a compact, single input USB Interface for connecting an instrument or a microphone to your computer for recording. It's silver and black.

Purchased in 2007 at BestBuy. I was looking for an inexpensive USB interface to allow me to get guitar, bass and keyboard signals into my PC. $99.99 including some basic recording software.

The FastTrack is easy to use and very intuitive. Controls are simple: on the back panel, a single 1/4' input with a switchable guitar/mic button, an XLR jack for microphones, left and right out RCA jacks; and a USB out jack. On the front panel, a mic input level control, a mix control to blend live and recorded playback signals; stereo/mono pushbutton, 1/8' headphone jack; and an output level control. Setup is simple also: install the driver from the included CD, then hook up the FastTrack to a USB port.

Input level isn't the highest: In most cases it can be difficult to hear what you're playing unless you boost the signal before putting it into the FastTrack. Mic level seems to be better.

The FastTrack is solid, but I wouldn't call it rugged. the plastic case is designed for home use, though, so it's not a big problem.

For the money, the M-Audio FastTrack is a great deal for anyone who wants to start recording basic tracks quickly. The studio software included with the unit I bought was quite basic; new FastTracks come with Pro Tools M-Powered Essential software, which is a step up. The FastTrack box itself has been redesigned, putting all inputs on the front panel and making the three control knobs larger and moving them to the top of the box. The XLR mic input now also includes phantom power for condenser mics. The unit now also has a direct monitoring feature designed to solve latency problems.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Audiofanzine FR 12/05/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

5
(Originally written by purplehaze91/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
This is my first "high-quality" sound card. I tried to use the integrated sound card of my PC but I gave up because the latency was much too high.

Considering it was my first sound card I decided to take it easy on the bill. Depending on the performance I'll decide what will be the next step...

Good manufacturing quality and nice plastic housing considering the price.

PC: Q6600 CPU, 2 GB Ram, SATA 500 GB HDD, integrated RealTek sound card on a GigaByte motherboard.

Instrument: Electric guitar directly connected to the Fastrack, guitar amp with effects section and line output directly connected to the Fastrack.

UTILIZATION

Installation under VISTA 32 bit: I downloaded the drivers from M-Audio's website (version 5.10.0.5114), installed them and connected the FastTrack to the PC. It went smoothly.

Notice: I hadn't installed any other Fastrack drivers before.

If you did that Windows might use the old drivers instead of the new. To solve the problem, check the current driver version in the Windows device manager and click the update button in case it is necessary to change them. Then select manually the latest driver version.

The drivers also add a small program that runs automatically as soon as you start Windows. Double-click on the icon next to the system clock to adjust the buffer size (latency, from 128 to 1096 samples) and the sample rate (44.1 or 48 kHz).

I find the user's manual (12 pages) is comprehensive enough.

GETTING STARTED

The sound card comes with the M-Audio Session software. Download version 1.6.3 from M-Audio's website for the software to work under Windows Vista (otherwise you'll get a system error message).

I've had no problems up to this day (six months of use). I use this sound card in my home studio and as PC sound card.

OVERALL OPINION

Review to be updated...
naturalbornthriller2000 07/28/2008

naturalbornthriller2000's review

3
I purchased the M-Audio Fast Track USB when I first began toying with a home studio idea. It is an entry level USB-connect preamp and, while it isn’t even close to industry level preamps, it does it’s job for someone just starting out.

UTILIZATION

My biggest concern with this preamp is how it CANNOT operate with any condenser microphone that requires phantom power (which is pretty much all condenser microphones). This information is not noted anywhere on M-Audio’s official website, nor the box that the product comes in. For someone wanting stereo quality recordings, you cannot achieve anything close using this interface and a dynamic microphone.

My secondary concern was the compatibility with Windows VISTA. I used the SESSION USB microphone for pod casts, which ran slow and the latency levels were extremely high on my laptop. The microphone recording through Fast Track USB gave me the same issues.

GETTING STARTED

Shifting toward the positives about this product… The Session software that comes with almost any low-end product on the M-Audio market – including this one – is worth the price alone. However, if you’ve purchased any of the USB connected interfaces from M-Audio already, you probably have gotten the software in some sort of “package deal” already.

M-Audio should bill this exclusively as a tool for guitar recording, because the plug-in here is probably the simplest I’ve ever used. For all the hassle of trying to connect a microphone to this device, such hassle can be overlooked because of the user-friendly guitar connection. You also have to applaud M-Audio for continuing the use of the 1/8 inch headphones input – so users can plug in their commercial headphones or ear buds without the hassle of purchasing the sometimes expensive studio monitors.

OVERALL OPINION

Neither the retail price suggested by M-Audio ($129.95), nor market prices (ranging from $88-99 at different online retailers) are worth the price of this USB component. If you are lucky to score one on eBay for 50-75% retail value, then add it to your collection. If not, look elsewhere!
shallmar 11/14/2013

shallmar's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " do not plan to record an album with ..."

1
- My choice was motivated by its availability during a visit to a large surface. the price seemed right. At € 100, it was not in the high-end, but you could not be fooled ... if?

- I planned use to record my guitar directly above or try me singing with a Sennheiser microphone. The connection is simple, USB and two RCA stereo amp for the monitoring.

My config ... we do not care a bit, it's not that that will change the quality of the product tested. Powerful medium for those interested ca PC.

UTILIZATION

Well, that is "user friendly". Understand by this branch that is immediately recognized by win 7, there's more than to install the "légé-sky" provided with.

Fine pictograms on the frontage to know what to connect and where, in case you would not have recognized a hole 6.35 or XLR, unless he has the desire to take someone to plug a power caravan, you can never be too careful.

3 large knobs above, playskool way, mic gain, gain and output guitar. It's obvious. However nice, LED blushed when the gain is too elevated.

The tracks ... foutage an extraordinary pear. The problems to record a guitar in stereo are legion on the forum. Must hack pro tools to succeed, then this kind of feature should be proposed automatically.

Forget any other software that comes with having hoped for a stereo effect on your favorite guitar. Nothing works. I even tried to connect a zoom G3 via XLR, it's still hopelessly single. Infuriating.

I know of no shift driver / firmware for ages.

latency ... have. y ', I have not measured, but it is amply evident.

GETTING STARTED

manual now as everywhere, it is a folded A4 12 in 15 different languages.

yes config aisée.l 'install also plug into a USB port reclame not too diplomas.

OVERALL OPINION

A youthful, the GAS (gear acquisition syndrome / Compulsive buying gear syndrome) as I read in a magazine humorously.

he was a super G, I bought it, that's all.

restitution, regardless of the format, even lossless selected, generates a breath, and lack of precision of blatant way.

Another point annoying the effects of my G3, simply go to the door to the recording. we choose a preset light, or metal, it is hardly the difference, it shows a digital boiled ... kind harp electronic ...

it is VERY expensive for what it is, and I do recommend it to anyone. Keep your pennies for a real interface.
Foreverchild 05/19/2013

Foreverchild's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Attention to the stereo"

In 2009, I began in the computer music and I did not understand what was called the card interface etc etc .... I needed something simple.

I use two keyboards, guitar and multi-effects, BAR connected to two modules E.Drums.

I have an old computer in 2005 (I'm not even sure). 512 MO. I'm a quiche computer then should not ask me too! lol

UTILIZATION

The drivers appear to be stable (except when I'm on a page on the Internet, it jumps from time to time following the page I place).
I use Kristal, and it was hard to successfully connect all .... But there is finally arrivé.lol

For my part, I always record one track at a time (or two), but listening to others, and it does not jump. So record 20 tracks at once, I do not know if this is feasible??

Latency set: there are any more (or so really tiny, because I realize I do nothing).

GETTING STARTED

To install it, I drooled serious because I did not know anything (to be honest, it's a friend of a forum that has to do with LogMeIn). Y had any strange noises when I pressed a key on my keyboard. Latency sick (sound came out two seconds after I pressed a button).
Now I'm used to and it is much better.

Clear manual, but for me (again which began), I struggled to understand even what the computer terms).

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for almost 4 years.
It was my first model (I'll invest in a few weeks in a Scarlett 2i4).
That said, she has familiarized me with the world of Mao luis and I have at least that!

Warning: big problem stereo output: 1 + 1 XLR Jack, it gives you two "tracks" completely to the west in terms of signal. This is THE weak point of this card. On your sequencer, you get a wide track to the right and left while pokey! And Jack input is not stereo, so you did in the bone!

No, I do not have that choice because of what I wrote just above. Really the sh * t for stereo)!
Orienterais I live (in the same price category) to a Fast Track Pro .....
manorhead 04/26/2012

manorhead's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " small sound card"

3
I chose this card for its compatibility with cubase and ProTool Mpowerhead. This allows me to listen to all files stored in my studio by different groups.
In addition, I needed a small portable USB sound card to record ideas on a guitar riff and drum midi song melodies all on a laptop. (I have several notebooks usually come when the inspiration I get the first PC that I found)

it lacks a second input to connect a second microphone or to the stereo.
lacks phantom power on a particular version that I bought.

UTILIZATION

drivers are stable. I usually use two or three tracks reading this card, but she is able to read much more. latency is correct.

the only problem is that the preamp breath a lot when pushed to its limits. So to get a correct result, mount the volume of the source (in my guitar amp) and decrease the volume of the entered card. bof is to make man studio apartment.

GETTING STARTED

easy to use, lightweight, no need manual, no power supply (it is powered by the USB port, so when you want to record something in the nature with a laptop that is nickel.)

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 4 or 5 years. I tested a lot of cards in this category.

I love the weight, simplicity, compatibility cubase / protool.le ridiculous price
I do not like: the mono input (so there is a lack of opportunities). there is no power supply Phantom.le breath when you push the preamp.

if I were to buy a small USB sound card, I would take one with two inputs, a phantom power. According to the breath, in this slice taken, there are no miracles
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