The M-Audio M-Track Eight Audio Interface offers a connectivity set up that’s perfect for tracking large ensembles, a full drum kit, or recording your band, all with professional-quality components and sound quality.
A great interface for anyone needing more simultaneous I/O than smaller boxes can provide. Well engineered and a very solid performer.MusicTech.net
The Ins and Outs
As you may have guessed by the name, the 24-bit/96 kHz resolution is equipped with eight inputs and eight outputs. Dual-purpose, the eight inputs are combo XLR+1/4” jack, which accommodate microphones, and other Lo-Z sources, which, with switchable 48v phantom power, also allows the use of condenser microphones. Two of these eight inputs are located on the front panel of the unit and can be switch to instrument-level signal, so you can plug an electric guitar or bass in and record quickly. Each of the eight inputs also has a corresponding gain knob and meter for instant visual feedback of levels.
With the eight balanced ¼” outputs at the rear of the unit, you have plenty of options here for sending signals to outboard gear or analog mixers.
Octane Preamp Technology and up to 24-bit/96 kHz Resolution
Utilising M-Audio’s superb Octane Preamp Technology, each of the interface’s inputs has high headroom and the unit offers professional recording quality, with up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution. This all ensures the clarity of your recording, and with the addition of a dedicated line-input circuitry you can record and track your external preamps.
As advertised, the M-Track Eight boasts incredibly low-latency monitoring through speakers or headphones and you have the USB/Analog Direct Balance knob at your disposal to quickly move between direct input and computer monitoring. There are even two headphone outputs with individual level and selectable-source controls, located at the front of the interface.
The M-Audio M-Track Eight Audio Interface makes light work of connecting up to your computer .A single USB gives immaculate sound quality and two-way communication with your computer, so you can record straight into your DAW. The unit also uses the standard 1U 19” rack size, so it will fit in most studios perfectly.
If you’re new to all this and don’t have software ready and waiting, you’re covered with a copy of Cubase 7 LE included with the interface. This light version of Cubase 7 gives you a professional application to record and edit with ease, straight out the box. Also bundled is a Waves plugin bundle, comprised of: AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, TrueVerb, L1 Ultramaximizer, and Manny Marroquin Delay.
Manufacturer Model Dimensions (width x depth x height) 19.0" x 5.9" x 1.7" (48.3 cm x 15 cm x 4.3 cm) Weight 4.37 lbs (1.98 kg) All specifications are measured at 20 kHz bandwidth. Mic Inputs 1-8 (balanced XLR) Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+0.1 dB) Dynamic Range 111 dB (A-weighted) Signal-to-Noise Ratio 111 dB (1 kHz, +4 dBu, A-weighted) THD+N 0.002% (1 kHz, +4 dBu, -1 dBFS) Preamp EIN -132 dBu (max gain, 40 Ω source, A-weighted) -126 dBu (max gain, 150 Ω source, unweighted) Max Input Level +12 dBu Sensitivity -46 dBu Gain Range 58 dB Line Inputs 1-8 (balanced 1/4" TRS) Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+0.1 dB) Dynamic Range 112 dB (A-weighted) Signal-to-Noise Ratio 111 dB (1 kHz, +4 dBu, A-weighted) THD+N 0.002% (1 kHz, +4 dBu, -1 dBFS) Max Input Level +16 dBu Sensitivity -13 dBu Gain Range 29 dB Inst Inputs 1-2 (unbalanced 1/4" TS) Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+0.2 dB) Dynamic Range 112 dB (A-weighted) Signal-to-Noise Ratio 111 dB (1 kHz, +4 dBu, A-weighted) THD+N 0.001% (1 kHz, +4 dBu, -1 dBFS) Max Input Level +9 dBu Sensitivity -21 dBu Input Impedance 1 MΩ Gain Range 30 dB Monitor Outputs 1-2 (differential-balanced 1/4" TRS) Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+0.1 dB) Dynamic Range: 112 dB (A-weighted) 110 dB (A-weighted, with Dim activated) THD+N 0.003% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS) Maximum Output Level +28 dBu +8 dBu (with Dim activated) Line Outputs 1-8 (impedance-balanced 1/4" TRS) Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+0.1 dB) Dynamic Range 113 dB (A-weighted) THD+N 0.004% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS) Maximum Output Level +10 dBu Output Impedance 51 Power 19 V, 2.37 A, center-positive
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