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New Avid Fast Track Solo and Duo, with iOS support
Avid has announced two new portable audio interfaces — Avid Fast Track Solo and Fast Track Duo. Both interfaces include Pro Tools Express software for Mac and PC, and, as a first time for an Avid interface, connects directly to the iPad.
Here are the key features, according to the press release:
Pro Tools Express software
* Provides many of the same tools and features used in commercial recording studios.
* Records up to 16 stereo audio tracks and offers full MIDI editing and notation tools.
* Includes high-quality virtual instruments and effects for creating the best sounding work.
* Facilitates time, tempo and pitch adjustments with Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch.
* Users get session compatibility with Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD systems.
Pro Tools Express is of course not new. Here are the details for the new hardware.
Fast Track Solo and Duo hardware
* Provides ideal form factor for home, studio, and mobile applications.
* Features a rugged metal chassis and reinforced controls and jacks, offering protection against physical damage.
* Enables the capture of two sources simultaneously at 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution with high-quality mic preamps and inputs:
o Fast Track Solo includes one mic preamp and one instrument input.
o Fast Track Duo includes two mic preamps/instrument inputs and two line inputs.
* Allows direct monitoring while recording without latency.
* Enables users to create anywhere on Mac or PC with the Bus-powered USB port.
* Allows direct iPad connection with tablet port — No iPad Camera Connection Kit needed.
iPad support isn’t something to sneeze at. While I’m sure some will write this off as nothing but toys, I applaud Avid for finally bringing it. I recently purchased a Camera Connection Kit to connect my RME Babyface to my iPad. This gives me good quality I/O and I don’t need to start my computer and Pro Tools to sketch up a recording – I call it “the sponto-rig”. I think it’s pretty cool that you don’t even need the Connection Kit to connect the new Solo and Duo. It doesn’t say whether or not you’ll need to connect to a power source when using it with the iPad (it’s bus-powered with a computer) but hopefully not.
Now all we need is something like Pro Tools Express for the iPad so we can effortlessly transfer our sketches to the full Pro Tools rig!