Summary: I got the Fast Track Pro at Guitar Center five years ago as my first piece of recording equipment. Now that I know a little bit more about audio, I'm glad that I went with this and think the price to performance ratio is great(especially because this came bundled with Pro Tools M-Powered). The preamps are not bad quality and it has balanced inputs and outputs.
Summary: This is probably the worst product I have ever purchased period. The preamps sound fine and the dual channel is a good deal on paper. The problem with this device lies purely in its practical functionality. It simply doesn't operate properly and after a lot of searching every troubleshooting forum I could find it seems the problems don't lie in some operating system or DAW compatibility flaw. Its something with the engineering of the product itself.
Excerpt: I needed a soundcard with two stereo outputs, and preferred to have S/PDIF and MIDI inputs too. The ability to monitor either stereo pair, 1/2 or 3/4 was important for the DJing hobby (cueing and beatmatching etc) too. The speakers I had at that point were very prone to ground loop hum, so I needed balanced outs. There were no other options during the time of purchase. At this moment there's NI Komplete Audio 6, but it's slightly more expensive.
Summary: Review equipment: AKG K272 HD, Sony XB-500, Sennheiser CX-300 II and Behringer B3031A studio monitors. Compared with FiiO E7 and Realtek ALC892 integrated.
I gave it the full score, because I got it for $120, yet it includes diverse inputs, balanced 1/2 outputs, switchable headphone output.. Basically for me, every feature in the product description is worth a few pennies.
Very little hiss turned all the way up with Sennheiser CX-300 and Sony EX-10LP.
Pros: Phantom power, two stereo outputs, balanced, mix button, separate speaker/headphone amp volume, A/B source button for headphones
Excerpt: M Audio Fast Track Pro was a very affordable interface that I purchased from eBay in a package deal online about 2 years ago. It came with a basic version of pro tools. I think the pro tools version that it came with was the student version. That version of pro tools was really limited, I ended up giving that version of pro tools away because I already had the full version of pro tools installed on my mac and didn’t need it.
If you're just getting into recording and you're not minted.. here you go!
10 July 2012
Excerpt: Home recording is one of those tricky things that is so difficult to get spot on. I have heard many people (with the same equipement) produce great recordings, or recordings that sound like they were recorded using a phone mic. M-Audio already produces a huge array of products from mics to mixing boards and are pretty well established with regards to reputation and product range.
Excerpt: M Audio’s Fast track pro will get you up and running in a heartbeat! I actually really liked this interface, it was one of the only ones that worked in almost any program that I used it in without any issues. It comes with a Lite (not sure what its called exactly) version of pro tools. I think its like the pro tools student edition or something like that.
Excerpt: M-audio is one of my favorite companies and they really pack a lot of stuff into this box. 2 Mic inputs. Pro tools compatible. Monitoring support. Tons of TRS outputs and digital outs. It's even got midi if you want. I had one of the regular fast tracks before I got this one and it's amazing how much more they have packed into virtually the same sized box.