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    A quick and easy audio interface solution for on-the-go or at-home recording.

    A next-generation mobile recording interface, the M-Audio Fast Track Ultra features high-speed USB 2.0 technology for advanced performance. This advanced interface delivers simultaneous 8x8 24-bit/96kHz audio via M-Audio ' s rock-solid low-latency drivers so you can record and route lots of audio. The MX Core™ DSP technology gives you flexible channel routing, monitor submixing, and effects processing to make handling all those audio signals straightforward and easy. 4 preamps with award-winning M-Audio Octane preamp circuitry give you premium sound.

    Like FireWire, USB 2.0 delivers the high bandwidth necessary for professional 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution throughout the recording and monitoring process. The increased data speed lets you enjoy exceptional fidelity on all of your inputs and outputs simultaneously.

    Speed Comparisons in Mbps
    Connection: Maximum Speed
    USB 1.1: 12Mbps
    USB 2.0: 480Mbps
    FireWire 400: 400Mbps

    Built-in effects processing
    Tired of tracking vocals and instruments dry? Fast Track Ultra features MX Core DSP technology that gives you reverb and delay on the headphone outputs with separate sends for every channel. Adding effects is an easy way to inspire creativity and infuse a performance with new energy--without taxing your CPU resources.

    Make the connection
    Fast Track Ultra provides a complete recording solution, with six channels of analog inputs and outputs plus 2-channel digital S/PDIF I/O. Unlike most USB interfaces, it features two dedicated inserts on the first two channels, giving you the ability to insert outboard processing before A/D conversion. Easy connection via a single USB 2.0 cable delivers both audio and MIDI communication with your computer. Compatibility with most major audio software, means seamless integration into any studio setup.

    MX Core DSP technology for sophisticated channel routing
    The Fast Track Ultra 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.

    Professional Octane preamp technology
    The quality of your recordings is only as good as the initial signal. The Fast Track Ultra features four preamps with multi-award-winning M-Audio Octane technology, creating a premium front end that delivers amazing audio clarity. You get professional, low-noise, high-gain preamplification with enough channels for a variety of miking applications. 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 the 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 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.

    Features

    • 24-bit/96kHz professional audio on all I/O simultaneously
    • High-speed USB 2.0 interface
    • MX Core DSP technology
    • Digital effects processing with assignable parameters
    • Flexible channel routing options
    • Expands DSP mixing interface to 16 x 8
    • 4 preamps with award-winning M-Audio Octane technology
    • 4 XLR microphone inputs–including 2 XLR/TRS combo jacks for mic or instrument level inputs
    • 20dB pad on each preamp
    • Signal/peak LED indicator lights
    • Phantom power
    • 6 balanced line inputs
    • 6 balanced analog outputs
    • 2 analog inserts
    • S/PDIF digital I/O
    • Built-in 1 x 1 MIDI interface
    • 2 independent headphone outputs with individual volume controls
    • Full ASIO 2.0, WDM, MME, and Core Audio support
    • Compatible with most major audio production software*

    If you want to get on the fast track to recording your guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals on your computer DAW, get the Fast Track Ultra!

     

    Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface Specifications:

    • Mic Inputs (A/D)
    • Input Impedance: 1.7kΩ unbalanced, 3.4kΩ balanced
    • Maximum Input Level: from +21dBu @ min gain (with pad) to -50dBu @ max gain (no pad)
    • Channel-to-channel crosstalk: < -110dB
    • SNR (min gain, no pad): -103dB, A-weighted
    • Dynamic range (min gain, no pad): 103dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N (min gain, no pad): 0.002% (-94dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz, ± 0.1dB
    • Preamp gain: > 60dB
    • Pad: -20dB
    • Instrument inputs: (A/D)
    • Input impedance: 1MΩ, unbalanced
    • Maximum input level: from +14dBV @ min gain (no pad) to -40dBV @ max gain (no pad)
    • SNR (min gain, no pad): -103dB, A-weighted
    • Dynamic Range (min gain, no pad): 103dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N (min gain, no pad): 0.005% (-86dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz, ± 0.1dB @ 48kHz sample rate
    • Preamp Gain: >45dB
    • Pad: -20dB
    • Line Inputs (A/D)
    • Input Impedance28kΩ balanced / 20kΩ unbalanced
    • Maximum input level: +3.4dBu, balanced/+1.2dBV, unbalanced
    • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk: < -110dB
    • SNR: -103dB, A-weighted
    • Dynamic range: 103dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N: 0.002% (-94dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz, ± 0.1dB
    • Input Inserts (analog)
    • Maximum Level Send:+6dBV, unbalanced
    • Maximum Level Return: +6dBV, unbalanced
    • THD+N: 0.002% (-94dB) @ -1dB from max level, 1kHz
    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz, ± 0.1dB
    • Line Outputs (D/A)
    • Output Impedance: 150Ω, unbalanced / 300Ω, balanced
    • Maximum Output Level: +10dBu, balanced, +1.8dBV, unbalanced
    • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk: < -100dB
    • SNR: -104dB, A-weighted
    • Dynamic Range: 104dB, A-weighted
    • THD: +N0.002% (-94dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz, ± 0.1dB
    • Headphone Output (D/A)
    • Maximum Output: 0dBV at THD < 0.05% into 32Ω
    • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk: < -55dB
    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz, ± 0.7dB
    • Working Range: 24 to 600Ω
    • Physical:
    • Dimensions: 10" x 5.5" x 1.6" (25.5cm x 14cm x 4cm)
    • Weight: 1.9lb. (.86 kg)
    • Compatibility
    • WDM, Core Audio, ASIO 2.0, MME
    • Microsoft Windows Requirements
    • Windows XP (32-bit) with SP2 or higher, DirectX 9.0c or higher (included in XP), USB 2.0 port, Windows Vista (32-bit versions), 1.6GHz processor (CPU may be higher for laptops), and 512MB RAM (Windows Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate require 1 GB RAM)
    • Apple Macintosh Requirements
    • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher, USB 2.0 port, 512MB RAM, and 1GHz CPU—Please check your audio software for additional minimum system requirements
    • *Compatible with all ASIO- and Core Audio-based applications.
    • **USB bus power enables analog channels 1 and 2, S/PDIF I/O, and headphone output 1; included power supply required for full 8 x 8 operation.
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    M-AudioFast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface
     
    2.8

    (based on 31 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Goodie!

    Well, I sold my mbox 2 Pro and pro tools 8 le and decided to go with the Fast track ultra and avid pro tools 9. The fast track is a good mobile unit...Read complete review

    Well, I sold my mbox 2 Pro and pro tools 8 le and decided to go with the Fast track ultra and avid pro tools 9. The fast track is a good mobile unit for on the road and it work good with pro tools 9. However, the signal to noise ratio is not. I recorded a sweet little contemporary gospel tune and it turned out nice. But, I had to remove all dead space in my vocal track because fast track produced slight noise. After, editing the vocals the song turned out great and the tracks were nice and clean. I think that the fast track ultra is a good unit if you can't afford a more expensive mbox 3 gen and if you need portability, but if you can I highly recommend its big brother the fast track rack instead. The features are great, especially the 6 i/o and the price is fair.

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    STAY AWAY

    Please, whatever you do, DO NOT waste your money on this piece of junk. I fell into the trap myself when I saw the low price on the interface/ProTools package, and have...Read complete review

    Please, whatever you do, DO NOT waste your money on this piece of junk. I fell into the trap myself when I saw the low price on the interface/ProTools package, and have had the biggest headaches ever since I made the purchase.

    While the instructions rightfully warn against "hot swapping" (turning off the interface before turning the computer off, and vice versa), the negative effects of doing this seemed to happen anyways. After using it for about 4 months, I turn the interface on to find a very loud, rapid clicking sound coming from it. Also, every last light on the thing was flashing very quickly. Sensing something was wrong, I shut my computer down, turned off the interface, and tried restarting everything all over again. No dice. Out of nowhere, the thing was rendered completely unusable.

    Then, calling up M-Audio support, I thankfully was able to get this covered under their 1-year warranty (apparently this is a common problem, the guy seemed to know exactly what I was talking about right off the bat). After waiting for about 3 weeks for the interface to come back, it finally returned in apparently working condition....until about another 4 months later, when the same exact issue happened all over again.

    Now, my first thought is that there's a very good chance this was just poor workmanship on the repair. Because of that, I decided to bite the bullet and trade it in for a brand new one once I got the original interface back from a second repair. While this one seemed to be working OK at first, it has been a total of 10 days that it has been in my possession and there's already a short in the first input.

    I really don't know what I was expecting with such a low price tag; if it's dirt cheap, it might as well be dirt itself. This just seems remarkably terrible after going through all of these issues. Without a doubt, this is the LAST time I buy an M-Audio interface, and I highly recommend you don't get yourself caught in this same mess as well.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Phantom Power is sketchy

    By Wolfsaiden

    from Provo, UT

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Power Supply Poorly Built

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

    It is an amazing product with one major flaw: the phantom power supply is ridiculously unstable. Tap the tiny cord and the whole thing freaks out, and your ears get sabotaged with a loud pop.
    I have been using this on a daily basis in apartment bedrooms for about two years now for home-recording purposes.
    It does work. and doesn't disconnect entirely. But I'd highly recommend taking into account the irritation that the power supply connection port can produce.
    It isn't snug, it's tiny, and generally does not inspire confidence in the whole experience. I can imagine that others with this product have had something actually break in regards to the phantom power port.
    Other than that - five stars.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    STAY AWAY

    By Elawn

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

      Please, whatever you do, DO NOT waste your money on this piece of junk. I fell into the trap myself when I saw the low price on the interface/ProTools package, and have had the biggest headaches ever since I made the purchase.

      While the instructions rightfully warn against "hot swapping" (turning off the interface before turning the computer off, and vice versa), the negative effects of doing this seemed to happen anyways. After using it for about 4 months, I turn the interface on to find a very loud, rapid clicking sound coming from it. Also, every last light on the thing was flashing very quickly. Sensing something was wrong, I shut my computer down, turned off the interface, and tried restarting everything all over again. No dice. Out of nowhere, the thing was rendered completely unusable.

      Then, calling up M-Audio support, I thankfully was able to get this covered under their 1-year warranty (apparently this is a common problem, the guy seemed to know exactly what I was talking about right off the bat). After waiting for about 3 weeks for the interface to come back, it finally returned in apparently working condition....until about another 4 months later, when the same exact issue happened all over again.

      Now, my first thought is that there's a very good chance this was just poor workmanship on the repair. Because of that, I decided to bite the bullet and trade it in for a brand new one once I got the original interface back from a second repair. While this one seemed to be working OK at first, it has been a total of 10 days that it has been in my possession and there's already a short in the first input.

      I really don't know what I was expecting with such a low price tag; if it's dirt cheap, it might as well be dirt itself. This just seems remarkably terrible after going through all of these issues. Without a doubt, this is the LAST time I buy an M-Audio interface, and I highly recommend you don't get yourself caught in this same mess as well.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Goodie!

      By SoniaD

      from sherrill, Arkansas

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      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

      Well, I sold my mbox 2 Pro and pro tools 8 le and decided to go with the Fast track ultra and avid pro tools 9. The fast track is a good mobile unit for on the road and it work good with pro tools 9. However, the signal to noise ratio is not. I recorded a sweet little contemporary gospel tune and it turned out nice. But, I had to remove all dead space in my vocal track because fast track produced slight noise. After, editing the vocals the song turned out great and the tracks were nice and clean. I think that the fast track ultra is a good unit if you can't afford a more expensive mbox 3 gen and if you need portability, but if you can I highly recommend its big brother the fast track rack instead. The features are great, especially the 6 i/o and the price is fair.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Very dissapointed

      By thunder thumb

      from Kansascity, Mo

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

      Ok so i got this joker for my 15th birthday,This was two years ago from today, I am 17 now and the preammps just quit working on me, I have had numerous problem after problem with this box, first the two mic imputs stopped working on mine,also the 2nd headphone jack stopped working, its not that big of a deal though because i only use one anyway.Although i have been successful with this box, It did sound very good when i hooked my fender jazz bass into it, Also it sounded good with the Kurzweil and the Yamaha MM6 i own,And also my drums.So it does have a very good sound and i was able to get over 100 songs made but that is it. This thing is not built to last and after reading other reviews, i know i just didnt get a lemon, this is a porely made product. Also i didnt mention that everytime i shut my computer down, it crashes with this thing and it has to reboot.To avoid that problem i disconnet the divice from the computer before it shuts down, which is a pain in the but and i should not have to do that. Also when i would plug instruments into the preamps it would just shut itself down and not pickup any signals and i would have to shut it off and turn it back on. And when the preamps did work there were times when i would turn the volume controls and it would crackle so bad as if it havent been used in over 20 years.I warn all people that is thinking about buying this product, It will not last and you will be very dissapointed like i am now and i will be returning mine ASAP. You have been warned.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Had to send for repair twice

      By willy-jT0T5

      from Colorado

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

      I've used a M-Audio Delta 1010 for about 8 years and have generally had good luck (although some driver issues). I bought the Ultra to do mobile recording and am very disappointed in the quality. Initially one preamp went out so I sent it back for repair. They sent me new one back. Now one of the microphone outputs stopped working and I'be sent it back again. Each time I am out of commision for 5 weeks. If they send me back a new one this time I'll Ebay it and get something else.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really Stoked

      By wardp

      from Owego, New York

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

      I was originally going to buy one of those Behringer mixers that hook up to USB, but the dude at Guitar Center said that those only output two channels (left and right). He told me about this thing which can track multiple channels. I think that it can do 8, but it only has four microphone inputs, so I think that I will just be using the first 4.I am using it with fruity loops and after updating the drivers (because windows 7 64-bit was not able to), everything worked fine. The only problem I was having was the 3rd input (I'm only using three mics currently), was not working while only having it plugged into USB. I found out that you have to have the power plugged in to get all the inputs to work.As far as the sound is concerned I've heard a lot of local recordings that friends have done, this thing (without mixing or equalizing) blows those out of the water. I'm definitely no recording engineer by any means, nor am I a good drummer (I'm a guitarist), but the sound of my crappy Sound Percussion set through this made it actually sound good!! I'm using that audio-technica 3 mic, 3 cable, 3 stand package with this. Therefore, if you have a small home studio or just want to multi-track some of your stuff, I highly suggest this.After installing the driver, fruit loops interacted with it well.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Lead Guitarist

      By Social Grudge

      from Cumberland Md

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

      Ive owned this for about a year. It does take some tweeking to get it running right, but with that being said, It works well. Im not sure why its getting bad reviews from others, but mine is working fine, and the recording quality is pretty good. The only thing I would say is bad with it, is the software. The internal mixer looks BASIC, and doesnt look that good, but it does work. Hey for $300 bux, I think its pretty good. If you buy this, just go to the M-Audio website and download the NEWEST DRIVERS, cause the ones on the CD that comes with it are out dated.And by the way, this thing runs on USB 2.0 and will record at 96k, and has several ins and outs. Its hard to find an interface for this price to do that.

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      1.0

      Looked cool but too many issues.

      By Stickman2112

      from Nashville, TN

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

      This thing looks really cool. Four pre's and two headphone jacks, wow! I got one and set it up. The pre's do sound very nice. However, the driver is complete garbage for W7-64. The software that comes with it looks so antique. I had to uninstall and reinstall drivers every time I wanted to try it. Frustration level through the roof and I'm a computer guy by trade. Save yourself the frustration and look elsewhere. I sent it back and got a Sonar VS-100. This was my first M-Audio purchase, I'm not sure about any future M-Audio gear in my rig because of this thing.

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      1.0

      Review

      By Tedy

      from Florida

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

      I am a 17 year live & recording engineer & have been thru many many gear & give this one a big thumb down. I had a fast track pro as a backup & I loved it so decided to buy the FT ultra, what a mistake. I read many bad reviews on the ultra and thought that the reviewers did not know what they were doing & they had little experience but I was wrong. It?s been almost a year since I had it & it was hell for the whole time, I had one problem after another, luckily I have other gear to get my work done. My one year warranty will be up in one month & I have a return authorization from m-audio but I don?t think it is worth sending it back to m-audio to fix, I think they just went wrong when they built the Ultra or I got one of a bad batch. This Unit left a very bad taste in my mouth, I will take my lost & move on.

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      3.0

      Excellent Hardware, Garbage Software.

      By Ahdy

      from Cairo, EGYPT

      Comments about M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

      The Fast Track Ultra is an excellent device with features that are great for any music producer but as soon as you install it on your PC, you'll immediately change your mind. The Fast Track Ultra comes with a Control Panel that is complete garbage, producing music is a complete pain because of an overload of bugs, sometimes out of no where the device won't be recognized and if you enjoy listening to music with crackles, that's the perfect product for that. I'm seriously thinking of downgrading my PC to my older Audigy 4 Pro card until M-Audio fixes all these problems.

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