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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
October 12, 2011

AVID Fast Track C400 Review


M-Audio has long been a leading manufacturer of pro audio recording equipment.  One of their most popular interfaces, the Fast Track, was  considered the industry standard for home recording since it’s introduction in 2004.  It was a high quality USB interface that was very simple to use at home or on the road.

 

The Features

The Avid M-Audio Fast Track C400 is a compact and ergonomic USB audio interface with the capability to record up to 24bit/96kHz audio with up to 4 simultaneous channels at a time with the help of a digital S/PDIF input.  When it comes to playback and mixing, the 6 outputs of the Fast Track C400 will come in handy to give you separate feeds for, say, a headphone amp or outboard gear.

The Look

The Fast Track C400 departs from the traditional look of a USB audio interface and comes in an ergonomic form ideal for the home studio desktop.  Fully featured with high quality mic preamps, phantom power, 20dB pads, instrument input and headphone output, the C400 is an ideal home studio interface.  Now the Fast Track C400 audio interface makes it simpler than ever to transform your ideas into professional-quality music.

New to C400

Capture amazing performances with built-in reverb and delay effects.  To inspire great performances without taxing your CPU, the onboard MX Core DSP technology gives you reverb and delay on the headphone outputs, so you can enjoy low-latency monitoring with effects.  The MX Core mixer also provides sophisticated channel-routing options-accessible via an intuitive control panel.  You will sound incredible with an all-new signal path that delivers pristine audio quality.  You can easily check your mixes on multiple sets of speakers using the built-in monitor management system, and enjoy the flexibility to record with your favorite music software-including Pro Tools.  The Verdict

Fast Track C400 gives you the freedom to make music at the speed of your creativity and it definitely maintains the Fast Track standard of ease of operation and high quality recordings.  It is perfect for home studio or touring musicians, producers, and remixers.  Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned veteran the C400 will definitely suit your recording needs.  We also look  forward to seeing M-Audio’s expanded interface, the C600, very soon.  Until next time, happy recording!

Transcript:

Hey this is Scott Magno DJ MadFlip here with UniqueSquared.com. Today I’ve got the brand new, redesigned, Fast Track C400 from M-Audio.
M-Audio’s Fast Track line has definitely set the standard for simplicity without sacrificing quality. M-Audio has completely redesigned the layout of the Fast Track C400.
Everything is conveniently located right on the top. You’ve got your volume control, controls the volumes for each channel, your switches for instruments, like guitar on the front, to the back for XLR, or even instruments.
You’ve got your phantom power directly on the top, It’s really nice, comfortable.
You can switch to your monitor mixes and also your headphone volume. So you’ve got two analog inputs on the C400, 4 analog outputs, as well as SPDF in and out, and a headphone output.
Feasible you can run four simultaneous inputs and six outputs. That’s really amazing and convenient, if you’ve got a couple different sets of monitors setups.
You can A/B between themselves on the top. You’ve got MIDI in and out, and it also connects to your computer through USB.
Now, what separates this from the other Fast Tracks is that you’ve got mx core DSP built in. That means you can add reverb and delay to your monitor mix through your headphones.
It makes it really easy when you want to control, or want to record vocals. Very cool to have that feature.
This is going to ship with Pro Tools SE but it’s also going to be compatible with almost every other DAW out there.
So if you need more details on this, or you want a really great price and you want to pick up one today, definitely check us out on our website.
Thanks for following us on Twitter, keeping up with us on Facebook, and also checking our blog. This is Scott Magno, DJ MadFlip. Be you, be unique, at UniqueSquared.com.

Comments

  1. Cristiano says:

    Really nice, but they could invest on high ou mid-end equipments. M-Audio almost invest on low-end hardwares. But I’ld trade my “normal” fast track pro for one of these if I didn’t bought the Project Mix.

  2. Brad says:

    I love the design of this box, very sleek and strong.

  3. Taylor taylor says:

    Its really great to see AVID making affordable interfaces for musicians. I wish I had one of these when I was growing up.

  4. dj wack a mole says:

    i want the c600

  5. TW says:

    will this run ableton?

  6. Skylookspink says:

    Hi. Thanks for the review. Some of my friends say that AVID fast track pro c400 is a very good, dedicated sound card but it fails to give very good output, even it will give poor output if you do not have very good guitar, processor and mic. They say it will give you very good, distinctive sound only if you have very good guitar, processor, mic.

    Expecting your and other musicians comment.

    1. juney says:

      So if the rest of your equipment is bad, it won’t sound as good as if the rest of your equipment is really nice?

  7. sj says:

    does it work with Nuendo 4??

    1. Taylor Taylor says:

      Nuendo is for post production audio and if you are trying to score in 5.1 surround, you may want to consider a setup thats built for that. If you are looking for a soundcard, then the C400 should work just fine for that.

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