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jmacke2174 02-18-2020 04:29 AM

Fasttrack Pro inputs
I have been using a Fasttrack Pro for some time with Garageband on a mid 2010 Macbook Pro, just using it for single input multitrack recording. I now play with two other people and would like to do simultaneous multitrack recording requiring 5 tracks. I was hoping to run the output of my mixing desk in some way towards acheiving this. My Macbook does have two USB ports, and I do have a second device "IMic" which does work to have a second pair of inputs to the computer. I was wondering if I could use the insert jacks on the back of the Fasttrack to have an extra pair of inputs ? All the references I can find seem to refer to using these inputs with an outboard device such as a compressor. I am almost sure they are inputs, but if I connect my mixer output to them, it seems to disable the main inputs on the front panel. My mixer also has SPDIF , but I dont understand how to use that. Perhaps I am just being stupid, but I thought the Fastrack Pro was a 4in 4 out device?

albee1952 02-18-2020 01:29 PM

Re: Fasttrack Pro inputs
Not the answer you likely want, but I'd say its time to move up to a bigger and better interface. If the mixer has a USB connection, you might be able to setup "aggregate", but using a more suitable interface is a better solution. Focusrite, MOTU, Presonus and RME all make interfaces that will handle more IO and will probably sound better too(M-Audio interfaces are/were mostly "budget" choices).:-)

jmacke2174 02-18-2020 02:03 PM

Re: Fasttrack Pro inputs
Thankyou Dave for your reply. I have been looking at other interfaces ,but to have 6 or 8 inputs on a device is a big jump in cost. I can already aggregate all of the inputs on my Macbook and I am able to multitrack 4 simultaneous tracks. It is not ideal the way I have it all wired up. At this moment in time I am not really looking for perfect quality sound, just the ability to isolate our individual tracks for rehearsal / experimental purposes. I can also use "built in input" on the Macbook as part of the aggregate inputs. I realise the Macbook is limited to a Max of 8 simultaneous inputs when using Garageband. I also have Logic Pro and Protools, but find them a bit too complicated to use for my simple needs. I may have access to a Focusrite device with 6 inputs, due to a friend with several interfaces. My Mixer does not have USB connection, only SPDIF or analogue outputs. I might just sell a guitar or two and upgrade the setup !!

albee1952 02-19-2020 09:00 PM

Re: Fasttrack Pro inputs

Less than $300 used:o

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