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M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R USB Interface with Pro Tools SE  

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Designed for comprehensive studio work, the Fast Track Ultra 8R audio/MIDI interface delivers 8 x 8 I/O, high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, MX Core DSP...Read More

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OVERVIEW

The core of your powerful project studio in a single rack-mount unit.

Designed for comprehensive studio work, the Fast Track Ultra 8R audio/MIDI interface delivers 8 x 8 I/O, high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, MX Core DSP mixing/effects and eight preamps with award-winning Octane technology. Record drum kits and full bands on all eight inputs simultaneously—with superior 24-bit/96kHz fidelity. The on-board MX Core DSP mixer processes eight hardware inputs and eight software returns to the eight hardware outputs, expanding the total I/O to an impressive 16 x 8 configuration and delivering flexible routing and monitoring with delay and reverb. With reliable, low-latency M-Audio drivers and compatibility with most major recording software, the Fast Track Ultra 8R puts the core of your powerful project studio in a single rack-mount unit.

High-speed USB 2.0 Technology
The next generation of recording interfaces has arrived. Fast Track Ultra 8R utilizes high-speed USB 2.0 technology to deliver the bandwidth for 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution throughout the recording and monitoring process. With a maximum data transfer speed of 480Mbps, this jump in performance allows you to enjoy outstanding sound quality on all inputs and outputs simultaneousl.

Tired of tracking vocals and instruments dry because plug-in effects introduce too much latency? Fast Track Ultra 8R features MX Core DSP technology to give you reverb and delay on the headphone outputs with separate sends for every channel. Now you can inspire creativity by adding effects—without taxing your CPU resources.

Make the Connection
The Fast Track Ultra 8R was designed to provide all the I/O you need for your project studio. Eight channels of analog inputs and outputs plus 2-channel digital S/PDIF provide input flexibility with room to grow. Unlike most USB interfaces, it features two dedicated analog inserts on the first two channels, allowing you to insert outboard processing before A/D conversion. Easy connection via USB 2.0 delivers both audio and MIDI communication with your computer. Fast Track Ultra 8R is compatible with most major audio software and seamlessly integrates into any studio setup.

MX Core DSP technology for sophisticated channel routing
Fast Track Ultra 8R makes it easy to create multiple monitor mixes when recording other musicians. The robust MX Core mixer employs an array of eight individual DSP cores to deliver near-zero latency and a matrix for sophisticated channel routing options—accessible via an intuitive control panel that utilizes a separate mixer for each pair of outputs. The mixer expands the total I/O to an impressive 16 x 8 configuration, allowing you to connect synths and outboard gear to any of the interface’s hardware inputs, then mix them with the eight audio streams coming from your computer.

Eight Professional Preamps with Octane Technology
The quality of your recordings is only as good as the initial signal. The Fast Track Ultra 8R features eight preamps with multi-award-winning M-Audio Octane technology, creating a premium front end that delivers exceptional audio clarity. You get professional, low-noise, high-gain preamplification with enough channels for applications like miking drum kits or recording complete ensembles. Features include +48V phantom power for condenser mics, signal/peak LED indicator lights and a pull-out gain knob that activates a 20dB pad for recording at high volumes. See why world-class artists choose M-Audio Octane preamp.

Dual Headphone Amp
Whether you usually track vocals or an ensemble, you’re likely to need multiple headphone mixes. Fast Track Ultra 8R has two completely independent headphone outputs so you can take advantage of the DSP mixer’s powerful routing options and create the right mix for your performers—complete with reverb and delay.

The Perfect Combination
Apple's latest MacBook and MacBook Air laptops don't include FireWire connectivity—the latest models are all about USB 2.0. If you want to make music with a MacBook, the Fast Track Ultra 8R high-speed USB 2.0 interface delivers the perfect solution. Whether you’re a musician, producer or DJ, the powerful combination of Apple and M-Audio gives you everything you need to put together a high-powered personal studio.

FEATURES
  • 24-bit/96kHz professional audio on all I/O simultaneously high-speed USB 2.0 Interface MX Core DSP technology
  • Monitor with effects while recording
  • Flexible channel routing options
  • Expands DSP mixing interface to 16 x 8
  • 8 preamps with award-winning M-Audio Octane technology
  • 8 XLR/TRS combo jacks for mic or line-level inputs
  • 20dB pad on each preamp
  • Signal/peak LED indicator lights
  • +48V phantom power
  • 2 front-panel ¼” instrument inputs 8 balanced TRS analog outputs 2 analog inserts S/PDIF digital I/O built-in 1 x 1 MIDI interface 2 independent headphone outputs with individual volume control knobs rugged, lightweight metal chassis full ASIO 2.0, WDM, MME, Core Audio support compatible with most major audio production software

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SPECIFICATIONS

Fast Track Ultra 8R USB Interface with Pro Tools SE

  • System Requirements
  • Compatibility:
  • WDM
  • Core Audio
  • ASIO II
  • MME
  • Minimum System Requirements (PC):
  • Windows XP (32-bit) with SP2**
  • DirectX 9.0c (included in XP)
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Windows Vista (32-bit versions) / Windows Vista SP2 (32Bit , 64 Bit) / Win7 (32Bit , 64 Bit)
  • 1.6 GHz processor (CPU may be higher for laptops)
  • 512 MB RAM*
  • * Windows Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate require 1 GB RAM.
  • ** Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
  • *** Please check the minimum system requirements of your DAW software as they may be higher.
  • Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9
  • USB 2.0 port
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1 GHz CPU
  • Specifications:
  • (48kHz sampling rate unless otherwise stated)
  • Mic Inputs (A/D)
  • Input Impedance: 1.6k ohms unbalanced, 3.2k ohms balanced
  • Maximum Input Level: from +28dBu @ min gain (with pad) to -45dBu @ max gain (no pad)
  • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk: < -110dB
  • SNR (min gain, no pad): -106dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range (min gain, no pad): 106dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N (min gain, no pad): 0.0028% (-91dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
  • Preamp Gain: >53dB, no pad
  • Pad: -20dB pad
  • Instrument Inputs (A/D)
  • Input Impedance: 1M ohm, unbalanced
  • Maximum Input Level: from +12dBV @ min gain (no pad) to -41dBV @ max gain (no pad)
  • SNR (min gain, no pad): -107dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range (min gain, no pad): 107dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N (min gain, no pad): 0.003% (-90dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB @ 48kHz sample rate
  • Preamp Gain: > 53dB
  • Pad: -20dB pad
  • Line Inputs (A/D)
  • Input Impedance: 18k ohms, balanced / 9k ohms, unbalanced
  • Maximum Input Level: +20.2dBu balanced/unbalanced
  • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk: < -110dB
  • SNR: -106dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range: 106dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N: 0.003% (-90dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
  • Input Inserts (analog)
  • Maximum Level Send: +2.2dBV, unbalanced
  • Maximum Level Return: +2.2dBV, unbalanced
  • THD+N: 0.0022% (-93dB) @ -1dB from max level, 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
  • Line Outputs (D/A)
  • Output Impedance: 470 ohms, unbalanced / 940 ohms, balanced
  • Maximum Output Level: +20dBu, balanced
  • +11.8dBV, unbalanced
  • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk: < -110dB
  • SNR: -104dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range: 104dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N: 0.0025% (-92dB) @ -1 dBFS, 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
  • Headphone Output (D/A):
  • Max Output Level into 32 Ohms: +2.8dBV at THD < 0.003% into 32 ohms
  • Power into Ohms: 60 mW into 32 ohms
  • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk: < -85dB
  • SNR: -104dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range: 104dB, A-weighted
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
  • Working Range: 24 to 600 ohms
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M-AudioFast Track Ultra 8R USB Interface with Pro Tools SE
 
4.7

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5.0

Great Little Unit for the Price!

By Lightning Lee

from SC

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R USB Interface with Pro Tools SE:

    This interface is easy to use, pulled it out of the box and threw in the startup disc and BAM it was on. I'm linking in through USB to a HP Elitebook with Windows 7 x64 that's dedicated to recording ONLY with a 2TB external drive and it's been smooth sailing so far recording (and monitoring) 8 channels simultaneously. The version of Pro Tools that comes with it doesn't support 8x8 operation (only works as stereo) but I have Studio One 2 Artist and it does. I've been doing some recording with this unit and see no problems so I would recommend it to a beginner as fast or faster than I would the other interfaces for 8x8 in this price range. It's also well built... it's not a cheaply made brittle plastic unit. Too bad M-Audio is losing it's support from Avid. I'm expecting to see this unit disappear so get 'em while you can!

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    4.0

    Nice Interface, Poor Windows Support

    By Drunken Philosopher

    from Minneapolis, MN

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor Windows Drivers

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R USB Interface with Pro Tools SE:

    Works great, good sound quality, lots of features. However, the driver will bluescreen if you suspend while it's on and resume when it's off. Bluescreen if you switch it off while it's in use by an application. For one of three computers I've used it with (a new HP Envy 15 laptop running Win7 x64), it causes the entire computer to freeze when in use. (Doesn't freeze with a pre-USB3 desktop and an older laptop. USB3 issue?) Otherwise, it works great. Windows buyers beware!

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    5.0

    Extremely Handy

    By Steve

    from Okemos, MI

    Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R USB Interface with Pro Tools SE:

    My friend and I play acoustic gigs in bars/restaurants where it can be difficult to set up quickly, and twice as difficult if you plan on trying to record. With this unit in our rack the extra setup time isn't necessary, all we have to do now is bring a laptop and press "record", and we get a clear take of every isolated instrument and mic for every song. It's a godsend.
    I love that this is an 8x8 interface, meaning all 8 separate inputs can be recorded simultaneously. Be warned though, that only channels 1 and 2 allow gain control of the line input (and only if you plug the line into the front of the unit), where channels 3-8 only allow gain control over the mic input. A simple 1/4" to XLR adapter will fix that, but I learned the hard way. Otherwise everything else is there, including phantom power, two headphone jacks, analog outputs for monitoring, MIDI output, and pretty decent software for effects loops and such. I'm not a huge fan of Pro Tools SE, but the provided ASIO drivers work well with any other respectable DAW.
    The preamps surprised me for an interface in this price range. They're very quiet, and offer plenty of gain. The unit itself feels pretty solid too, you get that feeling of "heaviness" when using the gain knobs, like there's no way you could knock them out of place.
    I have a Focusrite Saffire 6 for studio use. This is essentially that, plus 6 more channels, another headphone jack, more outputs, rackmountable, plus Pro Tools SE, for a little more than double that price. I'd call that an awesome value.

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