M-Audio announced the release of Fast Track USB. This compact, entry-level audio interface is specifically designed to provide a simple way to record vocals, guitar and other instruments with today’s popular music software such as GarageBand. The Fast Track USB is currently shipping and costs $129.95 USD.
This mobile audio interface can be directly powered from the USB bus for mobile operation while delivering up to 24-bit/48kHz audio fidelity. The first of two audio channels is a dedicated XLR input for a dynamic microphone, complete with gain control and signal LEDs. The 1/4-inch input on the second channel can be toggled between instrument and line levels to accommodate a wide variety of signal sources. Audio outputs take the form of dual RCAs and front-panel 1/8-inch stereo headphone jack that share a common level control.
Direct hardware monitoring provides for synchronized overdubs, with the In/PB knob determining the monitor balance between input and output signal. For additional monitoring flexibility, the Mono switch sends the input signal equally to the left and right channels, allowing the source to integrate in a way with other tracks while recording.
The Fast Track USB ships with GT Player Express software, providing users with a variety of effects and virtual stomp boxes that eliminate the need for an amplifier for basic recording and practice. GT Player Express also plays standard audio files like .AAC, .MP3 and .WAV, allowing users to learn and play along with their favorite music at variable speeds.
“The price and functionality of the Fast Track USB reflect M-Audio’s commitment to bringing the joy of making music to more and more computer users,” says Adam Castillo, Marketing Director at M-Audio. “The unit and bundled software are extremely easy to set up and operate—perfect for entry-level users such as GarageBand owners who have just realized the importance of an external audio interface for recording things like guitar and vocals.”
This compact unit is just 5.4×1.6×3.3(WxHxD) and weighs .45 lbs. USB bus-powered operation allows for easy transportation and mobile operation.
The Fast Track USB is compatible with both Macs (Core Audio) PC (ASIO2 and WDM – Kernel Streaming). PC system requirements are Windows XP (SP1) running on a Pentium II 350 w/ 64MB RAM. Minimum requirements on the Mac are G3* 300MHz/G4* 350MHz with OS X 10.2.8 or greater and 128MB RAM (*native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported).
For more information, please go to www.M-Audio.com.