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Two-channel USB audio/MIDI interface with digital I/O.

Transform your laptop into a mobile studio with the M-Track Plus from M-Audio®. This versatile interface accommodates any input, from an electric guitar to a professional condenser mic—and phantom power is provided. Ideal for on-the-go musicians, the sleek M-Track Plus features durable aluminum case to withstand the rigors of the road. A single USB cable provides both power and a data connection to and from your laptop or desktop computer. The circuit design minimizes laptop battery drain. M-Track Plus also provides MIDI and coaxial S/PDIF connections, to live at the heart of your digital studio. Completing this powerful package are two complementary software selections: Avid® Pro Tools® Express and Ignite by AIR music creation software. Together, they deliver a comprehensive path for transforming the ideas in your head into a finished piece of music.

Accommodating Inputs
M-Track is equipped with a versatile array of inputs to provide the best results with any type of audio source. Each channel offers an XLR input and a balanced 1/4" input. The XLR input is designed to work with microphones or other Lo-Z sources. The phantom power switch delivers 48V to the XLR inputs for use with professional condenser microphones. The 1/4" input can be set to receive line level signal, or switched to allow an electric guitar or bass to be plugged directly into the M-Track. The gain knob ensures the proper input level.

Inserts
Each input channel is also equipped with an insert jack, a professional addition not often found in this class of interface. The insert jack allows studio-grade effects to be used with any input source as you record.

Improved Monitoring for Better Recordings
M-Track offers ultra-low latency monitoring of the input signal—either through the speakers or via headphones. The monitor mix knob adjusts the balance between the direct inputs and the playback from your computer software. In addition, the input signal(s) can be monitored in stereo or mono using the convenient Stereo/Mono switch. This makes it easy to record new parts or add parts to an existing composition. The Headphone output offers its own level control.

MIDI Matters
In addition to the two audio channels, M-Track also support 16 channels of MIDI data and timing information. The MIDI In and MIDI out jack are compatible with all MIDI equipment.

LED Metering
Multi-color LED metering provides instant visual feedback of the main output levels, as well as the status of various M-Track settings.

Software Synergy
Your M-Track Plus interface comes complete with both Avid Pro Tools Express and Ignite from AIR Music Technology (downloadable below). These two programs can work alone or together to help you realize your musical dreams. Capture and arrange your ideas using Ignite, then use those tracks as the foundation for your professional production with Pro Tools Express.

Pro Tools Express
Compose, record, edit, and mix using the tools the professionals use. Pro Tools Express starts with 16 simultaneous stereo or mono audio tracks. Add in the popular Boom, Xpand!2, and Structure Free player virtual instruments from AIR Music Technology—all included. Finish off with dozens of high-powered effect plug-ins, including the in-demand AIR effects. Plus, Pro Tools Express offers session file compatibility with the entire Pro Tools family, so you can take your tracks to the finest studios around the world.

Pro Tools Express includes an iLok 2 USB key—a $49.99 retail value.

Ignite
Ignite provides a refreshingly original and musician-centric way to quickly capture, combine, and arrange your musical ideas. The intuitive graphic interface encourages you to experiment and explore new directions. Smart MIDI Chord and Phrase Players empower your ideas and bring them to life through over 275 superior instruments sounds created by AIR Music Technology. When you’re ready to collaborate with other musicians or take your ideas to the next level, you can share them through SoundCloud, or export your WAV and MIDI files and import them into Pro Tools—or any DAW software. Best of all, Ignite offers seamless integration with your M-Audio keyboard controller, with no set-up chores to perform.

Features

  • Digital audio, analog audio, and MIDI unites your computer-based music studio
  • USB powered provides convenience and mobility
  • Phantom power plus guitar-level switching accommodates any audio source
  • Insert jack on each channel easily incorporate your favorite effects
 

M-Track Plus with Pro Tools Express Specifications:

  • Minimum System Requirements (PC)
  • Pro Tools® Express Minimum System Requirements
  • Avid-qualified Windows computer (avid.com)
  • Pro Tools-compatible audio interface
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (32- or 64- bit)
  • 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
  • 5 GB hard drive space for Pro Tools Express
  • 1 available USB port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 included)
  • Compatibility: ASIO (Windows)
  • Ignite Minimum System Requirements
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate (Service Pack 1), Windows 8, or Windows 8 Pro
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB hard drive space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • 1 available USB port
  • Compatibility: ASIO or WASAPI (Windows)
  • Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
  • Pro Tools® Express Minimum System Requirements
  • Avid-qualified Mac computer (avid.com)
  • Pro Tools-compatible audio interface
  • Max OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
  • 5 GB hard drive space for Pro Tools Express
  • 1 available USB port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 included)
  • Compatibility: Core Audio (Mac)
  • Ignite Minimum System Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 or 10.8
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB hard drive space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • 1 available USB port
  • Compatibility: Core Audio (Mac)
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M-AudioM-Track Plus with Pro Tools Express
 
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3.0

I have an issue with mine

By Rikkor

from Minnesota

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Interference
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about M-Audio M-Track Plus with Pro Tools Express:

I bought this to upgrade from my M-Audio Fast Track. I happen to live about 1/4 mile from the antenna array for a 50,000 watt AM radio station. The Plus does not filter out the RFI sound, making it useless for recording. My Fast Track does not suffer from that problem. I think I would like the Plus, because it has more features, but I'd have to move to find out.

I cannot comment on a recommendation to a friend. If they didn't have an RFI issue I think they would like it. I could not recommend it to a neighbor, however.

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A Complete Nightmare!

By wisheyehadnt

from Frustrated City, USA

Comments about M-Audio M-Track Plus with Pro Tools Express:

Bought this setup to use on a PC. Running windows 8. Has been a total nightmare from the beginning. Won't load, won't connect, won't work. No help from Avid and if you open the package? It's yours to keep! You own it. Would love to time travel, go back and never do this.

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