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USB audio interface from M-Audio belonging to the Fast Track series.

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M-Audio's Fast Track Ultra: The Test

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…
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  • Anonymous

    M-Audio Fast Track UltraPublished on 06/19/08 at 10:39
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    - 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

    ......
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    - 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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  • M-Audio Fast Track UltraPublished on 07/17/08 at 07:08
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    - 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? ...
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    - 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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  • Anonymous

    M-Audio Fast Track UltraPublished on 02/28/09 at 13:39
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    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.
  • Very happy

    M-Audio Fast Track UltraPublished on 02/18/13 at 20:59
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    The number of inputs / outputs, the possibilities of routing, integrated dsp
    Use for recording voice / guitar / accordion and composition in a home studio.

    UTILIZATION

    Composition in FruityLoops / AbletonLive.
    With a master keyboard, accordion / guitar / vocals, and a box of externalities. I put a few hours to develop the routing to send a send to my mailbox from external effects software. But once configured it works very well.
    A little disappointed for the "DSP" which only serves to add effects for listening. No use for virtual instruments or other ... Damage. But good for the price, I'm still very happy.

    I have not tried to record more than one track at the same time, but......
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    The number of inputs / outputs, the possibilities of routing, integrated dsp
    Use for recording voice / guitar / accordion and composition in a home studio.

    UTILIZATION

    Composition in FruityLoops / AbletonLive.
    With a master keyboard, accordion / guitar / vocals, and a box of externalities. I put a few hours to develop the routing to send a send to my mailbox from external effects software. But once configured it works very well.
    A little disappointed for the "DSP" which only serves to add effects for listening. No use for virtual instruments or other ... Damage. But good for the price, I'm still very happy.

    I have not tried to record more than one track at the same time, but I'm not a war machine either.

    GETTING STARTED

    No worries for installation in Windows7, recovering the prior maudio driver on the site.

    The routing is fairly simple to perform through the interface once you have understood.

    That plant from time to time, but I simply turn off / turn on the interface and here we go!

    OVERALL OPINION

    For 1 month.
    I am happy with my purchase, I wanted a robust and open interface in terms of inputs / outputs and routing. It meets my needs.
    Very good quality / price ratio I think.
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  • not too bad

    M-Audio Fast Track UltraPublished on 12/07/12 at 23:51
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    6 out Analogik 1 numerik same for entries! I bought it for its price and the audio out! no problem with the card works very well!

    UTILIZATION

    I use it with ableton and maschine, and soon with the rhizome! 16 on ableton track at the same time without any problem but it's going to depend on your processor and ram

    GETTING STARTED

    no

    OVERALL OPINION

    2 years! I like the price and output audio! I love the moin is now almost 100euro prices are more than I pay mine ....... and not out of sanitation for me ..........
  • Good stuff

    M-Audio Fast Track UltraPublished on 11/10/12 at 05:36
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    What motivated me to buy this card was the number input pre-amp (4 xlr). At the time it was the only card that offered as input for a reasonable price.
    As I am a drummer, I wanted to provide decision-battery.
    2 headphone jacks are also super helpful when we bump two. The six outputs are very useful and thanks to Driver can route all inputs and outputs a good point.
    I use it with an ASUS under Windows7 4GB of ram and i7 processor so a good Pc.
    I rather use the card with Cubase and Reason in rewire. Now this is Live, but not particularly Pb. I've always managed to make my mix without much bug. anyway I do not think with a super bug to € 1000 does not exist!

    UTILIZATION

    The......
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    What motivated me to buy this card was the number input pre-amp (4 xlr). At the time it was the only card that offered as input for a reasonable price.
    As I am a drummer, I wanted to provide decision-battery.
    2 headphone jacks are also super helpful when we bump two. The six outputs are very useful and thanks to Driver can route all inputs and outputs a good point.
    I use it with an ASUS under Windows7 4GB of ram and i7 processor so a good Pc.
    I rather use the card with Cubase and Reason in rewire. Now this is Live, but not particularly Pb. I've always managed to make my mix without much bug. anyway I do not think with a super bug to € 1000 does not exist!

    UTILIZATION

    The driver is stable but there are still some plays that come in addition to the signal when recording or they are from time to time to listen too. They are related to the buffer size, the problem is solved by increasing but it has increased the latency so this is a story included in each record.

    The driver has not been updated since the release of Seven but working well and I believe a new version of this card came out so it is not likely to see another update.

    At 14ms latency can be achieved in buffer with 512 to 44100kHz sampling okay!

    Against by the little problem with this card is the detection at startup. This is a USB card and the PC should detect it for it to work. and according to the weather condition (no I'm not kidding), it more or less difficult to be detected.

    Anecdote: I had an outdoor concert on a stage set up in town a hot day. There was no roof on the scene and the card was therefore exposed to significant heat. Because I took good sunburn! Making it impossible to detect the sound card. No sound card not together! So the only solution was to put the card in the fridge to see if it worked lower temperature. 15-20min after a short stay in the fridge, as if by magic it worked.
    So this is the weak point of this card.

    GETTING STARTED

    The second point is that the damage plastic knobs disintegrates ca not very clean but ca n alter the operation of the card.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 years now and I always use it every day also.

    This is my first sound card and I'm pretty satisfied. I mix less today but very practical for everyday use.

    What I like most about this card: ease of use, pre-amplified inputs and stability.

    What I like least about this card: detecting the start of the card that requires several attempts each time.
    I think I remake this choice, but perhaps for the same card, version new.
    For my use now I do not even useful to change.
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  • Perfect for me now

    M-Audio Fast Track UltraPublished on 10/15/12 at 08:59
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    A number of I / O that matched my needs, a good pre-amplification, response speed very very correct.
    I think that at the time I bought it, it was a very good price / quality ratio. I did not follow the new releases, maybe found better today

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers I have planted the PC sometimes, especially after standby and off with the sound card during the standby mode. In other words, it is rare that plant.
    I use Ableton and Native Instruments. I have a good pc so it is not fishing too late in the day but sometimes it starts to make a clicking

    GETTING STARTED

    Very clear once we got it how to handle I / O

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a year. I tried other models before......
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    A number of I / O that matched my needs, a good pre-amplification, response speed very very correct.
    I think that at the time I bought it, it was a very good price / quality ratio. I did not follow the new releases, maybe found better today

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers I have planted the PC sometimes, especially after standby and off with the sound card during the standby mode. In other words, it is rare that plant.
    I use Ableton and Native Instruments. I have a good pc so it is not fishing too late in the day but sometimes it starts to make a clicking

    GETTING STARTED

    Very clear once we got it how to handle I / O

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a year. I tried other models before but I was not satisfied or the number of entries, or pre-amplification. Since I mix, I hack on Native Instruments and Ableton and I play the guitar, this card is really, for the moment, a very good compromise.
    I would do this choice with the experience and I consider still to evolve and move on to the range above
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  • Good Q / P, but watch out for drivers.

    M-Audio Fast Track UltraPublished on 10/15/12 at 09:54
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    Sound card 6 inputs / 6 outputs + 2 I / O SPDIF (never used mine).

    USB connection, USB (2 I / O in this case) or sector.

    4 XLR inputs with preamps correct phantom power.
    2 headphone outputs with independent volume control.

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are not always very stable, it is true, but with a few precautions it can be used in Home Studio (disabling any internal sound card and any cards wifi, use 48kHz and not 44.1 drivers last generation).

    Otherwise, soundcard hyper reliable, already used in 6 tracks without problems.

    GETTING STARTED

    The front and rear panels are use clear (this is one of the reasons I chose), the housing is robust, the software is, as with any......
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    Sound card 6 inputs / 6 outputs + 2 I / O SPDIF (never used mine).

    USB connection, USB (2 I / O in this case) or sector.

    4 XLR inputs with preamps correct phantom power.
    2 headphone outputs with independent volume control.

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are not always very stable, it is true, but with a few precautions it can be used in Home Studio (disabling any internal sound card and any cards wifi, use 48kHz and not 44.1 drivers last generation).

    Otherwise, soundcard hyper reliable, already used in 6 tracks without problems.

    GETTING STARTED

    The front and rear panels are use clear (this is one of the reasons I chose), the housing is robust, the software is, as with any sound card, a bit long really take in hand (in order to make complicated routing).

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had it about 2 years ago, I had the opportunity to use other sound cards in the same price range, I've never been disappointed by the MPO in comparison.

    Stability problems sometimes encountered (especially on Vista and Seven) does not allow me to put an excellent rating, but 8 seems appropriate.

    I will trust M-Audio for my future purchases in this area.
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  • Very good for the price

    M-Audio Fast Track UltraPublished on 10/05/12 at 01:14
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    For specifications, search the internet ;)

    I use it mainly to make live, I need a USB sound card (I have no Firewire port on my Mac) for multi-output swing synths, click to the drummer and other front or to headphone output.

    UTILIZATION

    Simple to use, the device is recognized by Logic 9 without problem. Never to update the driver.

    GETTING STARTED

    I have configured with Logic 9. I have another sound card and I do not quibble too much for it to work with all programs.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's been a year and a half that I use. I'm also used to record multiple inputs, it goes very well too.
    For the price this is an excellent deal. ...
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    For specifications, search the internet ;)

    I use it mainly to make live, I need a USB sound card (I have no Firewire port on my Mac) for multi-output swing synths, click to the drummer and other front or to headphone output.

    UTILIZATION

    Simple to use, the device is recognized by Logic 9 without problem. Never to update the driver.

    GETTING STARTED

    I have configured with Logic 9. I have another sound card and I do not quibble too much for it to work with all programs.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's been a year and a half that I use. I'm also used to record multiple inputs, it goes very well too.
    For the price this is an excellent deal.
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  • Not reliable. No no no, not reliable

    M-Audio Fast Track UltraPublished on 09/21/12 at 15:43
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    I was motivated by the presence of good preamps, multiple inputs multiple outputs, and the ability to use it as a standalone mixer.
    I use it mainly for recording on Cubase, voices and guitars.
    I Fast Track, which I was very happy and go to higher model for me was a token of peace.

    I was initially a Sony Vaio, core2duo, 4GB Ram, Win7 64bit

    UTILIZATION

    This is where the plot thickens ca. The driver is in my opinion not stable or reliable.
    Firstly, it does not like the computer goes to sleep. It simply cuts and you must restart the computer for the system to work again. Therefore required to disable auto standby, not very green all this.
    I use Cubase 5, and when it works I......
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    I was motivated by the presence of good preamps, multiple inputs multiple outputs, and the ability to use it as a standalone mixer.
    I use it mainly for recording on Cubase, voices and guitars.
    I Fast Track, which I was very happy and go to higher model for me was a token of peace.

    I was initially a Sony Vaio, core2duo, 4GB Ram, Win7 64bit

    UTILIZATION

    This is where the plot thickens ca. The driver is in my opinion not stable or reliable.
    Firstly, it does not like the computer goes to sleep. It simply cuts and you must restart the computer for the system to work again. Therefore required to disable auto standby, not very green all this.
    I use Cubase 5, and when it works I can read twenty tracks simultanément.La latency is quite correct, but when you want to record with effects live ca impossible. Be.
    Following problems standby computer, I found myself in a few months with bous system less stable, my OS has taken a hit, and I had to reinstall windows. Tired but, after 2 years, I decided to buy a computer to start on a sound basis. My mistake, the current ordis are almost all equipped with USB3.0 ports, this is the case of mine, and I do not have USB2 .0.
    Surprise, the driver is not compatible. To use it gives good sound for 15 min, followed by large cracks and a total cessation of sound. Reboot mandatory. Impossible to work. The only solution is to buy a USB2.0 Hub and again, I have not tested this solution. In addition, after-sales service is non-existent in France since M Audio was acquired by Avid. The technician I had mail me dt he could do nothing better than to return to the U.S. or Canada.

    GETTING STARTED

    I refer to previous topics.

    OVERALL OPINION

    With 2 years of use, the card I was more disgusted the home studio she helped me create. I spent most my time solving problems than making music.
    Obviously, I would do that choice.
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