M-Track Two-channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface

M-Track Two-channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface

Equipment - 2014
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Publisher: Rhode Island : inMusic-M-Audio, [2014].
Characteristics: 1 M-Track two-channel USB audio/MIDI interface + 1 USB cable + 1 user guide (23 p.) in a clear plastic case.

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saturno1
Mar 15, 2017

I used this interface to track an original instrumental rock song with my band. There are some pros and cons when using this thing.

PROS: It's amazing to have a piece of equipment like this available for free from a library. The midi connection worked perfectly to connect to my friends Yamaha DTXplorer V-Drum kit with almost no latency. The Mic/Line inputs have gain adjustment, which was helpful for boosting a weak signal coming from a bass guitar. We recorded both bass and V-drums with this bad boy and we couldn't be happier with the results. Especially since it cost us nothing to borrow.

CONS: In addition to recording bass guitar I tried to record my standard electric guitar. Even when I switched the Input from Mic to Line and turned the gain knobs all the way down I still found I had a signal that was way too hot, noisy and over-modulated. It was completely unusable for recording. Luckily I have own a m-audio Fast-track interface that I used for recording my guitar parts so that wasn't a problem for us and as I mentioned before this unit works great for recording bass guitar (better than my Fast-track). So I guess it depends on your instrument. This interface does not come with a MIDI cable so be sure you have one if you need to use the MIDI ports to record keyboards or a v-drum kit.

I didn't bother testing the mic inputs this time, but I did borrow this unit one time before and recall the mic preamps being a bit amateurish with the signal to noise ratio being the main issue. Overall I am happy to use this piece of gear for triggering midi instruments and recording bass guitar. It saved me money and we got our song recorded, so I'm happy.

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