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

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  • Excellent

    M-Audio Fast Track C400Published on 08/08/14 at 11:37
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    What characteristics have motivated your choice? :

    Connectors, control button, can have two different pairs of monitoring (perfect for the final render)

    Which instruments and systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ...

    Home studio (3 keyboards: Akai MPK49, M Audio 45 and 88 platinum Numark TT500, stanton console)

    UTILIZATION

    Drivers impeccable on my PC, no crash since purchase!

    GETTING STARTED

    RAS too simple .....

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it now a little over a year and I am delighted.

    A remake I rush without any problems.

    Report / Qualities price return! ...
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    What characteristics have motivated your choice? :

    Connectors, control button, can have two different pairs of monitoring (perfect for the final render)

    Which instruments and systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ...

    Home studio (3 keyboards: Akai MPK49, M Audio 45 and 88 platinum Numark TT500, stanton console)

    UTILIZATION

    Drivers impeccable on my PC, no crash since purchase!

    GETTING STARTED

    RAS too simple .....

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it now a little over a year and I am delighted.

    A remake I rush without any problems.

    Report / Qualities price return!
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  • protools crap

    M-Audio Fast Track C400Published on 02/20/14 at 12:06
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    I use the card to save on my computer, buy with Pro Tools MP9. very good report card handy with these inputs.

    UTILIZATION

    An update is necessary at the outset to fast track. latency is correct. see no evil at all.

    GETTING STARTED

    Tools pro side, it takes a good day and patience to implement. And I think not to be nil info! It was not until I rename my hard drive and a bunch of manipe to operate. Now, it is no longer Ilok key and after-sales service is non-existent. I now use a free sequencer. next map, RAS, everything is all alone.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had 1year half before I board a ZOMM lamp very powerful, but I preferes the C400. a remake, I bought without Pro Tools. ...
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    I use the card to save on my computer, buy with Pro Tools MP9. very good report card handy with these inputs.

    UTILIZATION

    An update is necessary at the outset to fast track. latency is correct. see no evil at all.

    GETTING STARTED

    Tools pro side, it takes a good day and patience to implement. And I think not to be nil info! It was not until I rename my hard drive and a bunch of manipe to operate. Now, it is no longer Ilok key and after-sales service is non-existent. I now use a free sequencer. next map, RAS, everything is all alone.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had 1year half before I board a ZOMM lamp very powerful, but I preferes the C400. a remake, I bought without Pro Tools.
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  • Hmm ...

    M-Audio Fast Track C400Published on 10/16/13 at 00:49
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    For specifications, I'll let you watch the box or site.
    She is in a homestudio environment at home. It helps me to be able bosser on compositions, record my ideas.

    UTILIZATION

    It runs on a Cubase 5 and bug from time to time, the driver passes the C400 internal asio Cubase. Something that has never happened before with my Steinberg C1. After my system cash though, so I can read and write a lot of tracks simultaneously.

    GETTING STARTED

    No worries facility level.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I am not convinced by the quality of this card. She is very average, the preamps are very light. There are much better in this price range (Focusrite, Presonus ...). If this choice over again, bah I do......
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    For specifications, I'll let you watch the box or site.
    She is in a homestudio environment at home. It helps me to be able bosser on compositions, record my ideas.

    UTILIZATION

    It runs on a Cubase 5 and bug from time to time, the driver passes the C400 internal asio Cubase. Something that has never happened before with my Steinberg C1. After my system cash though, so I can read and write a lot of tracks simultaneously.

    GETTING STARTED

    No worries facility level.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I am not convinced by the quality of this card. She is very average, the preamps are very light. There are much better in this price range (Focusrite, Presonus ...). If this choice over again, bah I do it again at all. I just go to Focusrite.
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  • Everything is relative ...

    M-Audio Fast Track C400Published on 05/31/13 at 04:56
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Features:
    - USB sound card (firewire have disappeared on most laptops)
    - 4 inputs: 2 mic preamps / line to the rear with 20dB pads (with phantom power) + 2 instrument inputs on jack 6.35 (including one dedicated to recording guitars).
    - Digital Input / Output S / PDIF
    - MIDI input and output (it can still be used!)
    - 4 balanced analog outputs with monitor management to connect two pairs of speakers (or a pair and a subwoofer) and to switch from one pair to another very easily.
    - 1 headphone output with independent volume control
    - Reverb and integrated within
    - Master Volume
    - Assignable Multi button
    - Includes the latest version of Pro Tools SE
    - Format desktop......
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    Features:
    - USB sound card (firewire have disappeared on most laptops)
    - 4 inputs: 2 mic preamps / line to the rear with 20dB pads (with phantom power) + 2 instrument inputs on jack 6.35 (including one dedicated to recording guitars).
    - Digital Input / Output S / PDIF
    - MIDI input and output (it can still be used!)
    - 4 balanced analog outputs with monitor management to connect two pairs of speakers (or a pair and a subwoofer) and to switch from one pair to another very easily.
    - 1 headphone output with independent volume control
    - Reverb and integrated within
    - Master Volume
    - Assignable Multi button
    - Includes the latest version of Pro Tools SE
    - Format desktop already tested on a TC and it must be confessed, very useful!

    Used with a laptop core i5, 6GB RAM.
    The purpose of this purchase was to have a portable solution for making models ... C400 perfectly fulfills this contract ... but everything is relative ...
    The preamps are a fairly good quality for the price but they are far from sufficient for a definitive recording.
    We are in the low end and it feels a little ... anyway ...

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are quite stable even if it happens (occasionally) the card "picks" for no particular reason. No update since the purchase.
    The resulting latency in Cubase is on the record definition but is generally correct.
    Small disappointment at the rear / front function limiting the number of recordable tracks simultaneously. Either you record what is plugged into the front panel or on record which is plugged into the back ... but not, for example, record a guitar along with a keyboard plugged in stereo on the rear panel.
    The number of tracks played simultaneously also depends on which project you work and plugins used: dsp card or vst ... it weighs not the same in the end!
    For example, I have a piece of a dozen tracks which rowing map: using multiple VST instruments + effects ... and another 24 tracks passing very well since few different VST instruments used.


    GETTING STARTED

    Used with Cubase 5, I encountered no problems installing. Everything is very simple: you install the driver provided, plug the card and voila!
    The general configuration is easy for any musicos who already possessed an external card.
    The software part is rather well thought out, it easily makes its mark!
    Buffer size, sample rate, level, pan, etc. ... everything is clear on the software interface.
    At worst, you can fall back on the manual is pretty lousy (in any case, is much better and more explicit than some competing brands).


    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 8 months and, as stated above, this card is quite to my needs.
    I have not tried other model ... I trusted the test Audiofanzine well as various articles touting the relative qualities of this card considering its price.

    So ... +: the desktop screen provides real comfort because everything that is important in the eyes VU meters, gain, buttons rear / front, volume buttons (general and headphone), phantom power (single for both tracks, unfortunately) ... and the famous multi button that is, in my opinion, very useful since you can assign several positions, such as "record, stop, return to the starting point, read" ... all with a single button!
    Quality preamps and inputs in general is pretty good in this price range ... but everything is relative and stay away from the neutrality of high-end cards.
    Nevertheless, the color is light and made quite acceptable for registration.

    ... and -: I would say that the main problem is that converters are a very average quality. This card is good for the composition but can not get a professional result when moving from the south or when the audio starts in the mix for a title.
    The single phantom power for both tracks ... by a track would have been better!
    The knobs are not notched ... This is not dramatic for the volume part ... but a little annoying regarding entries.
    Finally, the plastic quality ... I do not know what it will give over time, but in any case, do not expect to prevent scratches! Even with great care, it is inevitable because any nail tip that exceeds a knob that rotates, and the scratch is top!

    The quality / price ratio is quite honest: the map shows a very decent quality for the entry level, despite some noticeable flaws quickly.
    For 160 euros, was m-audio / Avid accompanied by a light version of Pro Tools as well as some DSP effects built in good order.
    The choice of "all plastic" is both a good and a bad thing: some plastics used seem relatively fragile material but it has the advantage of lightness ... This can be convenient for mobile use ...

    Finally, with the experience, I do not know if I do it again this choice ... we must see what the competition will offer us in the near future but at the time of purchase, it was the most comprehensive map I could find: many styles happen midi inputs (which was a problem for me) ... and many models in the same price range, offer fewer inputs and preamps lesser quality.

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  • M-Audio Fast Track C400Published on 04/14/13 at 11:58
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    What characteristics have motivated your choice?
    Comes with pro tools, Easy to use.

    For what purpose?
    Voice recording and composition

    What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?
    2.8 Ghz / Intel ® Core ™ 2 Duo T9600 / 8 GB Ram

    With which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtD ...) you use it and how connections?
    Use without further console or preamp

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are stable? Are they often updated?
    The drivers are stable. The map of beuger once or twice in 6 months of use. Few updates

    What software do you use most often?
    Fruity Loops / Adobe audition 3

    How many tracks you get to record / playback simultaneously?
    thirty buffer......
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    What characteristics have motivated your choice?
    Comes with pro tools, Easy to use.

    For what purpose?
    Voice recording and composition

    What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?
    2.8 Ghz / Intel ® Core ™ 2 Duo T9600 / 8 GB Ram

    With which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtD ...) you use it and how connections?
    Use without further console or preamp

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are stable? Are they often updated?
    The drivers are stable. The map of beuger once or twice in 6 months of use. Few updates

    What software do you use most often?
    Fruity Loops / Adobe audition 3

    How many tracks you get to record / playback simultaneously?
    thirty buffer with max

    GETTING STARTED

    The installation was quick, but there was a problem installing windows seven and use the browser (you had to use internet explorer)

    The general configuration is easy?

    The manual is clear and sufficient? rather

    OVERALL OPINION

    How long have you been using?
    I used about 6 months

    Did you try many other models before buying it?
    Before I had a M-Audio MobilePre USB

    What is so special that you like most and least?
    I liked its ease of use, ergonomics, it has everything. We just wish that the drivers are not developed to control more tracks mix.

    How do you rate the quality / price? With experience, you do again this choice?
    Value for money is interesting but for a few dollars more you could have a better audio interface at the preamp (Roland Quad Capture / Avid mbox ....)
    With the experience I would take a direct interface better
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  • A good interface

    M-Audio Fast Track C400Published on 03/07/13 at 00:29
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    Use in musical composition

    UTILIZATION

    Use in MACOSX Lion (10.7) and Protools 9
    Quick Installation in 2 minutes with the included CD.
    I'm working on composition and mixing projects about 50 tracks (audio + Midi)
    Under these conditions the card is perfectly stable and low latency
    I also use the instrument inputs from time to time for recording guitar.
    I have only used the card for a voice vote taken (so demo)
    Converters have appeared to me very good, better than on my old DIGI002
    (At the same time is not hard)

    GETTING STARTED

    Installation without problems in my case.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I find good value for money, I love the central button which is very accurate,......
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    Use in musical composition

    UTILIZATION

    Use in MACOSX Lion (10.7) and Protools 9
    Quick Installation in 2 minutes with the included CD.
    I'm working on composition and mixing projects about 50 tracks (audio + Midi)
    Under these conditions the card is perfectly stable and low latency
    I also use the instrument inputs from time to time for recording guitar.
    I have only used the card for a voice vote taken (so demo)
    Converters have appeared to me very good, better than on my old DIGI002
    (At the same time is not hard)

    GETTING STARTED

    Installation without problems in my case.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I find good value for money, I love the central button which is very accurate, perfect on a desk in a home studio to have a hand.
    I am very satisfied with the map to use as I have, I think it does the job nicely for recording with the addition of a good preamp, converters me look very correct.
    it is also ideal for those who move given its small size!
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  • Simple to use, works with plenty of DAW's

    M-Audio Fast Track C400Published on 03/06/13 at 23:19
    The M Audio Fast Track C400 is a sleek designed interface that has a very appealing look to it. It sits perfectly on a desktop and cannot be racked but when on our desktop it will not look like an interface at all. It is a 4 in and 6 out interface that lets you record and play back multiple sources. One feature that I really liked with this interface is that I could connect more than 1 set of monitors to it and switch back and forth between them for monitoring on different speakers as a reference. A lot of interfaces in this price range do not have that feature.

    UTILIZATION

    The C400 also has built in reverb and other effects. The monitoring is very close to zero latency. The main......
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    The M Audio Fast Track C400 is a sleek designed interface that has a very appealing look to it. It sits perfectly on a desktop and cannot be racked but when on our desktop it will not look like an interface at all. It is a 4 in and 6 out interface that lets you record and play back multiple sources. One feature that I really liked with this interface is that I could connect more than 1 set of monitors to it and switch back and forth between them for monitoring on different speakers as a reference. A lot of interfaces in this price range do not have that feature.

    UTILIZATION

    The C400 also has built in reverb and other effects. The monitoring is very close to zero latency. The main controls of this interface are on the top panel of it making it easily accessible to change what is needed. When I purchased this interface it came with Pro Tools SE which I didn’t expect to get with it when I purchased it online. I was already using Pro Tools and didn’t need it but it was still a plus that they shipped it with it. I have used this interface is Logic, Cubase, and Reason many times and it never gave me any issues no matter what I used it with.

    GETTING STARTED

    There are 2 front panel ¼ instrument inputs and 4 balanced analog outputs with monitoring management for switching back and forth between monitors. Those features alone make this interface worth the money spend. It connects to your computer via USB and gets its power from the computer so there is no need to plug it into a wall outlet.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The Fast Track C400 interface is a must have for someone who wants a sleek and stylish portable interface that they can run their whole set up with.
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  • Not bad though ...

    M-Audio Fast Track C400Published on 02/27/13 at 01:40
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    Inputs and outputs, volume control, design and size.

    I'm on a PC powerful enough configuration and I really use to its full capacity. I run on Windows 7 64bit

    I use it for guitars, basses, microphones, keyboards.
    The two inputs are connected before on acoustic guitars and basses.
    The two inputs are connected to the rear tube preamp 2 channel microphones.
    MIDI is connected to the master keyboard
    The SPDIF is connected to a CD player
    Outputs 1 & 2 are connected to my monitorings
    Outputs 3 & 4 are connected to a multicasques leaves me headphones for the general mix.

    UTILIZATION

    Regarding drivers, I think the stability leaves to be desired, I am often forced to......
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    Inputs and outputs, volume control, design and size.

    I'm on a PC powerful enough configuration and I really use to its full capacity. I run on Windows 7 64bit

    I use it for guitars, basses, microphones, keyboards.
    The two inputs are connected before on acoustic guitars and basses.
    The two inputs are connected to the rear tube preamp 2 channel microphones.
    MIDI is connected to the master keyboard
    The SPDIF is connected to a CD player
    Outputs 1 & 2 are connected to my monitorings
    Outputs 3 & 4 are connected to a multicasques leaves me headphones for the general mix.

    UTILIZATION

    Regarding drivers, I think the stability leaves to be desired, I am often forced to disconnect and reconnect to the driver gets back on the road.

    Updates are interesting and fairly well attended.

    I use the card with Cubase and Reason in rewire most of the time.

    Level latency, I can get down to 128

    I manage to record multiple tracks at the same time but it's still light. This is a small card anyway.

    GETTING STARTED

    The installation is quite simple

    I have not had any problems in compatibility with this driver.

    The setup is quite easy to do and the driver a very interesting interface for controlling the map, which is definitely a plus. This adjusts its inputs / outputs as desired and send the signal that we want.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for almost 1 year.

    I like its design, ease of working, its size
    I do not like the pilot who often kidding

    yes, I tried the fast track ultra, which was good but less than this. The first mobile but also a bit overwhelmed.

    The price / quality ratio is quite interesting.

    In this range of sound card, I think so, I could redo this choice, but in the case of a minimal installation. For me, it is much too small now ... Ideal for a musician or nomadic then, as now I use a Macbook pro and it turns nickel.
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  • very well

    M-Audio Fast Track C400Published on 02/25/13 at 11:15
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    I tried a sound card usb'''' for use with mobile studio and a volume knob on top.
    it also works well on my tower windows 7 on my macbook pro or my macpro.

    UTILIZATION

    I must admit that the fast track is perfect for use with computer music, house & electro)
    Very well recognized by live, logic, traktor, rekordbox.
    The sound is perfect, I have prodipe pro 5 and HS 50 connected (have can control output) XLR.
    Project 32 live tracks plus effects it turns round, such as logic, latency top.

    GETTING STARTED

    All is perfect, no worries that it be under win7, leopard or snow leopard.
    Software volume control and nickel possibilitée to add effects.

    OVERALL OPINION

    6 months......
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    I tried a sound card usb'''' for use with mobile studio and a volume knob on top.
    it also works well on my tower windows 7 on my macbook pro or my macpro.

    UTILIZATION

    I must admit that the fast track is perfect for use with computer music, house & electro)
    Very well recognized by live, logic, traktor, rekordbox.
    The sound is perfect, I have prodipe pro 5 and HS 50 connected (have can control output) XLR.
    Project 32 live tracks plus effects it turns round, such as logic, latency top.

    GETTING STARTED

    All is perfect, no worries that it be under win7, leopard or snow leopard.
    Software volume control and nickel possibilitée to add effects.

    OVERALL OPINION

    6 months without any problem, and 7/7d, whether mao or listening to her.
    if I should advise a sound card for the single mao semi pro là.Elle it is that has all it takes.
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  • Do not buy!

    M-Audio Fast Track C400Published on 02/08/13 at 09:47
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Since the separation of AVID M-AUDIO interface that is part of Avid.
    Support for this equipment is non-existent in AVID.

    It's a shame because this product is a great quality, but without support it is worthless ...

    My config:
    Laptop with Windows 7 - 64 bit

    UTILIZATION

    I use this device for measuring acoustic.

    Microphone input and S / PDIF output only.

    GETTING STARTED

    No problems with installation.
    Nonexistent manual should read the pdf file.

    After installing PRO TOOLS SE, I find myself with an ASIO driver further. Find the error. But it is not essential for my application.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Using 3 weeks, then returned to the dealer.

    I asked a technical......
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    Since the separation of AVID M-AUDIO interface that is part of Avid.
    Support for this equipment is non-existent in AVID.

    It's a shame because this product is a great quality, but without support it is worthless ...

    My config:
    Laptop with Windows 7 - 64 bit

    UTILIZATION

    I use this device for measuring acoustic.

    Microphone input and S / PDIF output only.

    GETTING STARTED

    No problems with installation.
    Nonexistent manual should read the pdf file.

    After installing PRO TOOLS SE, I find myself with an ASIO driver further. Find the error. But it is not essential for my application.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Using 3 weeks, then returned to the dealer.

    I asked a technical question about the site M-AUDIO (http://community.m-audio.com) and the Avid forum.

    24 hours later I get a response from M-AUDIO AVID referring me to.

    "Thanks for Contacting Support.'m Happy to assist you.
    M-Audio is now part of inMusic Brands.
    Please note que le Following M-Audio branded products Were not included in the acquisition, and will continue to be sold, supported, and serviced by Avid. "

    20 days later, still no return score in AVID.

    No Comment!
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