New M-Audio M-Track Audio Interfaces Announced at NAMM

As fans of the old M-Audio Fast Track as an entry-level interface for the home user (it has since moved under the Avid brand as the Avid Fast Track Solo), we’ve tried several of the other M-Audio interfaces over the years. One that became a bit of a staple in our small video production room was the M-Audio M-Track, a great 2-channel USB interface (which has also updated to the MKII). While the company has toyed with a few variations of the M-Track formula in the past, they seem to be going all-in this year.

At the winter NAMM show, M-Audio announced a whole range of new M-Track interfaces, from the M-Track Solo (2×2)…to the USB-C wired M-Track 84 (8×4)…to the M-Track 1212 (12/12). The team at M-Audio really do seem to be trying to appeal to a wide range of users, and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on one or two of them in the future. That studio could use an upgrade 😉

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Here is the full press release from M-Audio:

M-AUDIO RAISES RECORDING QUALITY AND CONVENIENCE TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH LATEST M-TRACK AUDIO INTERFACE SERIES

Family of five devices makes it simple for composers and musicians of any level to participate in the world of computer-based recording with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface.

Ash Vale, UK (January 21, 2016)— M-Audio (m-audio.com), synonymous with innovative music production technology, today announced the introduction of their latest versions of their renowned M- Track audio recording/monitoring interfaces. The M-Track family gives composers and musicians of any level the ability to participate in the world of computer-based recording with an intuitive, easy-to- use interface.

There are five models in the family. The first four models have full 24-bit studio-quality audio performance, along with a pro-grade rugged all-metal chassis, high-headroom pre-amps and class- leading audio performance on the inputs. The top model—the M-Track 1212 12-in/12 Out USB-C High Speed Audio Interface—boasts 32-bit 192kHz studio-quality audio, significantly raising the performance bar for elite audio interfaces. All models feature a striking, modern industrial design with large central control for simple, ergonomic operation.

Details on each model:

M-Track Hub

USB Monitoring Interface with Built-In 3-Port Hub

  • Studio-quality audio with 24-bit resolution on playback
  • (2)Balanced1⁄4”main outputs with dedicated large metal level control
  • Powers three separate USB MIDI devices
  • Headphone out with independent level control

M-Track Solo

24/192 USB-C High Speed 2×2 Audio Interface

  • 24bit/192kHz resolution for professional recording and monitoring
  • (1) Dedicated XLR/TRS combo input and(1) dedicated instrument input — perfect for solo artists
  • USB-C high-speed audio interface (compatible w/ USB-A) with zero-latency monitoring with USB/Direct Balance control
  • Headphone out with independent level control
  • Included software
    • AIR Creative Collection FX (20 World Class FX AU/VST plugins as made famous by Pro Tools®)
    • Ableton Live Lite
    • AIR Strike
    • AIR Xpand!2
    • AIR Mini Grand

M-Track 22

24/192 USB-C High Speed 2×2 Audio Interface

  • 24bit/192kHz resolution for professional recording and monitoring
  • Switch between (2) XLR/TRS combo inputs or (2) instrument inputs on the fly with auto sensing front and real panel jacks
  • 5-pin MIDI Input/output for connecting all external MIDI gear
  • USB-C high-speed audio interface (compatible w/USB-A) with zero-latency monitoring with USB/Direct Balance control
  • Included software
    • AIR Creative Collection FX (20 World Class FX AU/VST plugins as made famous by Pro Tools)
    • Ableton Live Lite
    • AIR Strike
    • AIR Xpand!2
    • AIR Mini Grand

M-Track 84

24/192 USB-C High Speed 8×4 Audio Interface

  • 24bit/192kHz resolution for professional recording and monitoring
  • (4) XLR/TRS combo inputs, (2) instrument inputs, with dedicated pre-amps for maximum recording control
  • (2) 1⁄4” Headphone outputs with independent source select switches (1/2 or 3/4) and level controls for recording 2 musicians with 2 separate mixes
  • USB-C high-speed audio interface (compatible w/USB-A) with zero-latency monitoring with USB/Direct balance control
  • Included software
    • AIR Creative Collection FX (20 World Class FX AU/VST plugins as made famous by Pro Tools)
    • Ableton Live Lite
    • AIR Strike
    • AIR Xpand!2
    • AIR Mini Grand

M-Track 1212

32/192 12-in/12 Out USB-C High Speed Audio Interface

  • 32-bit 192kHz studio-quality audio, raises the performance bar for elite audio interfaces
  • Switch between (2) XLR/TRS combo inputs or (2) instrument inputs on the fly
  • Fully expand your recording session with the smallest footprint with the (2) included DB25 8-channel TRS connectors for connecting 8 line-level inputs and outputs
  • Control Panel application built from the ground up for engineers and producers creating mix groups, and routing sub mixes
  • Included software
    • AIR Creative Collection FX (20 World Class FX AU/VST plugins as made famous by Pro Tools)
    • Ableton Live Lite
    • AIR Strike
    • AIR Xpand!2
    • AIR Mini Grand

“We are extremely enthusiastic about these latest M-Track audio interfaces,” said J.C. Sutherland, M- Audio Product Manager. “Their full-featured specifications and no-compromise performance guarantees that musicians and recording engineers of every level will enjoy immediate, impressive results that bring a new dimension of sophistication and depth to their productions.”

MSRPs for the M-Track Audio Interfaces will be as follows:

M-Track Hub £49.99

M-Track Solo £84.99

M-Track 22 £99.99

M-Track 84 £209.99

M-Track 1212 £279.99

They will all be available during Q2 2016

Find out more at M-Audio.com.

 

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