The M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R may find a home with those interested in audio production. M-Audio is shipping the rack-mountable 8 x 8 USB 2.0 interface.
The Fast Track Ultra 8R features high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, an MX Core DSP mixer and eight preamps with Octane technology, which the company says introduces a comprehensive studio solution to the Fast Track line. Users get low-noise, high-gain preamplification with enough channels for miking drum kits and ensembles.
The Core mixer uses eight DSP cores to deliver near-zero latency, effects and a matrix for channel routing options. It provides for up to a 16 x 8 configuration, allowing users to connect microphones, synths and other outboard gear to the hardware inputs, then mix them with the eight audio streams coming from the computer without taxing the CPU.
Features include +48 V phantom power for condenser mics, signal/peak LED indicator lights and a pull-out gain knob that activates a 20 dB pad for recording at high volumes. In addition, the eight inputs accept line-level signals. Fast Track Ultra 8R also provides two front-panel 1/4 inch instrument inputs.