A lot of the audio interfaces out there are small and compact, with only two or four simultaneous inputs. At the other end of the spectrum, a full-on studio would have a far more complex I/O setup. Somewhere in the middle are a sizeable number of producers who need more channels than a portable box provides, but not enough to warrant bolting DI boxes to the studio walls.
M-Audio has been making audio interfaces for many years, and the M-Track Eight is the largest member of the M-Track family. It’s 1U rack mountable, and feels bomb-proof in its metal housing.
The MTRACK8 is a USB-Audio Interface, guaranteeing you a clear sound with 24 Bit/192 kHz Resolution. It is an eight-in, ten-out box, which are divided in 4 XLR/TRS combo-Inputs, 2 Instrument-Inputs, 2 Line-Inputs and 2 Headphone-Outputs with independent sources and level-controls. With this, you can connect the outs of a mixing desk to it, for example, or wire up a few synths, vocal, guitar or drum mics or indeed a whole multitracked drum kit.
Six of the inputs are on the rear but two are on the front for easier access, so you can whack in a guitar or bass.
There’s a USB2 port on the back for connecting to your Mac or PC, and power is via the bundled PSU.
There’s phantom power which is available separately for channels 1-4 and 5-8, allowing you to power mics that require it but plug those that might be damaged by it into the other ports and not power them.
Each input channel has its own gain control and level display - the first 2 also have an instrument switch to adjust them for receiving direct instrument input. You can record at up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution and each input channel has a high-headroom input that features M-Audio’s Octane Preamp Technology.
Additionally, each input comes with dedicated line-input circuitry, so you can record and track with external preamps.
This All-in-one Audio Interface comes with outstanding features especially for monitoring applications because the independent sources allow you to record and monitor two musicians at the same time. In addition to this the M-Track 8x4 comes with a huge software-pack which includes AIR Creative Collection FX, Steinberg Cubase LE, AIR Strike, AIR Xpand! 2 und AIR Mini Grand.
15.2 cm x 7.1 cm x 19.8 cm