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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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

STAY AWAY

By Elawn

from Salt Lake City, UT

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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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Goodie!

    By LaSoniaD

    from Little Rock, AR

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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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Very dissapointed

    By thunder thumb

    from Kansascity, Mo

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    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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Phantom Power is sketchy

    By Wolfsaiden

    from Provo, UT

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    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really Stoked

    By Patrick

    from Binghamton, NY

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    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.

    (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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Review

    By Tedy

    from Florida

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Looked cool but too many issues.

    By Stickman2112

    from Nashville, TN

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Lead Guitarist

    By Social Grudge

    from Cumberland Md

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    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.

     
    5.0

    So easy a guitarist can use it...

    By Josh P-V.7UJ

    from Lake Lanier, GA

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

    This thing is perfect for my home studio and seems to be the perfect step up from the AudioBox. I haven't had any driver issues and like a reviewer below me I am using a new unibody MacBook (the step-up model with the faster processor and 250GB HD. The only time I have any issues is if I unplug the USB cable from the computer and plug it back in I may have to restart, but big deal... how many times are you gonna be moving the thing from place to place without turning your computer off. It's a solid value for a solid price!

     
    1.0

    The best usb interface

    By Lcby

    from Chicago

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

    Very good stuff with very good features. But the driver is very bad expecially for Vista 64-bit.You have the choice to buy it now and wait x months for M-Audio to update the driver released on the 10/30/09 or wait for this driver to be updated one day to buy it.

     
    5.0

    This Product is Solid

    By Jesse-8rHw2

    from Mn

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

    I use this a/d converter with a mac book and logic 8. this is perfect for home recordings. where else can you get 24bit/96000 for this price! I found that it is best to mic drums with this product (kick, snare and a pair) for guitars I do a direct in from the m-audio and use plug-ins with logic. Very good product. If you know how to mix and use this product properly you can get close to a pro sound.

     
    5.0

    Best price for .....

    By Free waves

    from Toronto

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

    No lattency good sound good features

     
    5.0

    Not bad for the money!!!

    By Thunder

    from B'ham, Alabama

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

    This unit is very easy to operate. It gives a clean signal to the computer. I had no problems worth mentioning. It does what it's design to do. And it produces some very nice recordings.

     
    4.0

    Pretty good interface

    By QB

    from Indianapolis

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

    When I first got the interface I had issues with clicking and popping but after troubleshooting for a while, I realized this was my fault. I was using a long usb cable about 10ft. I used the shorter cable that came with the unit and it works perfectly now. Preamps are clean and nice sounding but not very powerful if you are using dynamic microphones. Works very well on condenser mics. Driver has been very stable for me on Win XP SP2. Never had an audio dropout.

     
    3.0

    Fast Track plus & minus

    By Steelman60

    from Louisiana

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

    The unit, itself, is high quality and well engineered. Beware the packaged software! Download your drivers from the company website. I bought mine for use with a PC and the driver CD only had Mac files on it.

     
    3.0

    Home Recording Studio

    By Grrreg

    from San Antonio, tx

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

    I bought this so I could run my electribe, my r3 synth, motif 6 and run vocals all at the same time into my laptop PC and iMac. It worked great... when it worked... The power input is terrible. Luckily it can run on the USB power; however, only two channels can be run under USB power. It is very annoying especially when you have ideas you'd like to record. If this worked it would be a great product. Unfortunately I would say it's reliable about 45% of the time. Also, if you're wonder if it has been bang around, it hasn't. It's only sat on two desks with minimal movement.

     
    2.0

    Great Features but USB driver issues

    By stephen v2

    from US

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

    I'm an extremely technicially savvy user and because of the feature set & price, decided to get this unit despite the many reports of USB issues as I have a very stable XP system that was running an M-audio 410 unit with zero issues.I got this unit and installed perfectly with latest drivers and firmware from m-audio site, sounded great. But then the problems began. It would vanish if you logged on, logged off or after remote login. Or just when sitting overnight. A full reboot would be needed to find the interface again. Also, the AC Adaptor port was not well-made and slightest wiggle on AC cord would produce much noise. Finally, the m-audio USB software is inferior to the Firewire series.I returned the unit after 10 days, replaced with a ProFire 610 (less inputs) but it now has been working beautifully for a month.

     
    5.0

    Excellent Next-Generation Interface

    By Nathan-w355F

    from Sycamore, IL

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

    The Fast Track is a high-quality, feature-packed unit that offers a wealth of features at an excellent value.There are noticeable improvements in the pre-amps and converters from previous M-audio interfaces that I have used. There is also a very intuitive software mixer for sending multiple monitor mixes, including two independent headphone sends. The onboard DSP is also very handy for sending reverb to the headphones of a performer.The only complaint that I have is that there is not enough gain in the headphones, especially when trying to record drums. Otherwise, this is an all-around excellent interface at an excellent value.

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