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Fast Track Ultra, USB audio interface from M-Audio in the Fast Track series.


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M-Audio Fast Track Ultra review

M-Audio's Fast Track Ultra: The Test

M-Audio's Fast Track Ultra: The Test

Ultra affordable M-Audio recently presented their latest addition to the Fast Track family: the Ultra, a USB audio interface with 4 Octane preamps, integrated effects, and advanced routing. Is it a worthy successor to the Fast Track dynasty? Lets take a look… Read more…

M-Audio Fast Track Ultra tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:M-Audio
  • Model:Fast Track Ultra
  • Series:Fast Track
  • Category:USB audio interfaces
  • Added in our database on: 11/26/2007

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M-Audio Fast Track Ultra user reviews

Average Score:3.7( 3.7/5 based on 39 reviews )
 17 reviews44 %
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 1 user review3 %
 11 reviews28 %
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Hatsubai06/19/2011

Hatsubai's review"Average interface"

M-Audio Fast Track Ultra
The M-Audio Fast Track Ultra is a fairly nice, multi input pre from M-Audio. It features 24 bit/96KHz audio, USB 2.0, 4 preamps, 4 XLR inputs, LED indicator lights, phantom power, 6 balanced inputs, 6 balanced outputs, 2 analog inserts, S/PDIF, MIDI, 2 headphone jacks with controls and even has phantom power.

UTILIZATION

M-Audio did a pretty good job setting this whole thing up. The interface itself is nicely laid out, and everything is easy to use. There are no annoying breakout cables that cause a tangled mess. One thing I'm not a huge fan of, however, is the fact that they use USB 2.0. While USB 2.0 can work nicely, I find that it can be a pain once you start running lots of effects. The latency can get annoying, so you gotta monitor your latency more so than if you'd have a Firewire connection. M-Audio also tries to claim that USB 2.0 is faster, but anybody who knows about technology knows that theoretical output does not equal true output.

GETTING STARTED

Setting up is very easy, just like any other M-Audio device out there. Simply plug in the devices to their corresponding ports, and you're good to go. I didn't experience any compatibility issues, and that's a great thing. This works with both PC and Mac, so nearly anybody can use it without a problem. I never read the manual, but I can't imagine a real need to unless you're trying to figure out how certain connections work. Anybody who has used an interface before should know exactly how everything works.

OVERALL OPINION

The price is kinda high, but there are a lot of features packed in here. It's a solid device that has good sounding converters. There are better devices out there, but they either lack the versatility this has, have breakout cables, are Firewire only and/or are Mac only. For the features this thing has, it's definitely worth checking out.
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06/19/2008

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Fast Track Ultra
- What technical specifications have motivated your choice?
among several I / O
- For what purpose?
- What is your config (Map mother / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?
- Which instruments or systems (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections ...?
Branchs above are:
palmer pdi-03
output line out of my marshall JVM410H
DI
VG88
and digital out of my SW1000XG

USE

- Installation is it done without problem?
Yes no problem
- Have you encountered the incompatibilits?
Not at all
- Is Gnrale configuration is easy?
Yes, the control panel and very simple, and likewise the mixer.
- Is the manual is clear and sufficient? ...?
Simply pdf manual

IMPLEMENTATION

- Are the drivers stable?
Yes, I noticed nothing of problematic
- Are they often put day?
Yes
- What software do you use most often?
Cubase 5.1
- What you get lag?
7ms I can get off 5ms, even 3ms
- How many tracks you record / play simultaneously ...?
I record a maximum of 3 simultanne track, due to my setup:
- DI (to make re-amping and for some clean sounds)
- Palmer PDI03
- Marshall JVM410H (line output of the amp)

NOTICE GLOBAL

- How long have you use it?
3months

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?

+ Many inputs / outputs
- No rack !!!

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
Not

- How do you report qualitprix?
Very good

- With the exprience, you do again this choice ...?
Probably
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Worldcityzen07/17/2008

Worldcityzen's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Fast Track Ultra
- What technical specifications have motivated your choice? Dcrite that the data sheet ...

- For what purpose? Personel ...

- What is your config (Map mother / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)? Barbonne 8Gb - Quad Core 2.4Ghz - 2TB HDD - Vista SP1 / Core Duo 1.6GHz - 2GB Ram - XP SP3 - 80GB

- Which instruments or systems (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? M-Audio Axxiom 49

https://forums.audiofanzine.com/index,idtopic,343402,page,2.html#4981150

USE

- Installation is it done without problem? Buying a card replaced because the first was bugg the new card is also bugg (No dtection in the OS)
- Have you encountered the incompatibilits? https://forums.audiofanzine.com/index,idtopic,343402,page,2.html#4981150
- Is Gnrale configuration is easy? Installation of drivers, connect a priphrique priori ca look easy.
- Is the manual clear and sufficient? Yes, the M-Audio height

IMPLEMENTATION

- Are the drivers stable? I do not know, it is difficult to assess when the card can be used
- Are they often put day? A priori, M-Audio updates its drivers.
- What software do you use most often? I dbute in computer music, Fast Track Ultra is / was my first card.
- What you get lag? When it works, 4.85ms
- How many tracks you record / play simultaneously ...?

NOTICE GLOBAL

- How long have you use it? ...dropoff Window
- What is the particular feature you like best and least? the blue LED that lights on the facade of the interface ...
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir? This is my first map
- How do you report qualitprix? It advisable t me by a friend.
- With the exprience, you do again this choice? Ahahaha ...

Cf: https://forums.audiofanzine.com/index,idtopic,343402,page,2.html#4981150
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02/28/2009

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Fast Track Ultra
I take back everything I said, this is a big crap!

USE

The installation on Mac is extremely capricious!

NOTICE GLOBAL

I had two, one crashed after 2 months of loyal service and the other does not let install on MAC, WHICH IS FILLED!
MACHINE FLEE! THIS IS THE crap AND I FINALLY BREAKS WITH AUDIO M. I DO WORK PRO AND I CAN NOT ALLOW ME D'AVOIR CAPRICIOUS OF EQUIPMENT.
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