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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

M-Track and M-Track Plus


M-Track & M-Track Plus
M-Track PlusM-Audio's new M-Track at $99.99 and M-Track Plus at $149.99 offer an affordable entry to computer based music making.  With Ignite by Air and Ableton Live Lite included, you can start making music right away.

The M-Track interface from M-Audio transforms your computer into a digital recording studio with plug-and-play simplicity. A single USB cable provides both power and a data connection to and from your laptop or desktop computer. M-Track offers the right connections for any instrument, from an electric guitar to a professional condenser mic phantom power is provided. The low-profile format delivers professional control in a portable package. M-Track includes both Ignite by AIR and Ableton Live Lite music software programs.

The 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.

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

The included Ignite software 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, MP3 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.

The M-Track Plus adds a co-ax S/PDIF digital I/O for connecting other devices and has a metal casing instead of plastic.  However, the real extra value comes with the inclusion of Pro Tools Express and an iLok 2 USB key.  If you don't qualify for the academic price on Pro Tools, this gives you an opportunity to own the full Pro Tools 10 by purchasing the upgrade for only $399 instead of the usual $699.

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