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M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R


M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R

high-speed USB 2.0 interface > 24-bit/96kHz professional audio on all I/O simultaneously

MX Core™ DSP technology > flexible channel routing, monitor sub-mixing, and effects processing

8 preamps with award-winning M-Audio Octane™ technology > premium input circuitry for recording an entire band

compatible with Mac and PC > works with most audio production software

Designed for comprehensive studio work, the Fast Track® Ultra 8R audio/MIDI interface delivers 8 x 8 I/O, high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, MX Core™ DSP mixing/effects and eight preamps with award-winning Octane™ technology.

Record drum kits and full bands on all eight inputs simultaneously-with superior 24-bit/96kHz fidelity. The on-board MX Core DSP mixer processes eight hardware inputs and eight software returns to the eight hardware outputs, expanding the total I/O to an impressive 16 x 8 configuration and delivering flexible routing and monitoring with delay and reverb.

With reliable, low-latency M-Audio drivers and compatibility with most major recording software, the Fast Track Ultra 8R puts the core of your powerful project studio in a single rack-mount unit.

High-speed USB 2.0 Technology

The next generation of recording interfaces has arrived. Fast Track® Ultra 8R utilizes high-speed USB 2.0 technology to deliver the bandwidth for 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution throughout the recording and monitoring process.

With a maximum data transfer speed of 480Mbps, this jump in performance allows you to enjoy outstanding sound quality on all inputs and outputs simultaneously.

Speed Comparisons in Mbps

Connection Maximum Speed

USB 1.1 12Mbps

USB 2.0 480Mbps

FireWire 400 400Mbps

Built-in Effects Processing

Tired of tracking vocals and instruments dry because plug-in effects introduce too much latency? Fast Track Ultra 8R features MX Core DSP technology to give you reverb and delay on the headphone outputs with separate sends for every channel.

Now you can inspire creativity by adding effects-without taxing your CPU resources.

Make the Connection

The Fast Track Ultra 8R was designed to provide all the I/O you need for your project studio.

Eight channels of analog inputs and outputs plus 2-channel digital S/PDIF provide input flexibility with room to grow.

Unlike most USB interfaces, it features two dedicated analog inserts on the first two channels, allowing you to insert outboard processing before A/D conversion.

Easy connection via USB 2.0 delivers both audio and MIDI communication with your computer. Fast Track Ultra 8R is compatible with most major audio software and seamlessly integrates into any studio setup.

MX Core DSP technology for sophisticated channel routing

Fast Track Ultra 8R makes it easy to create multiple monitor mixes when recording other musicians.

The robust MX Core™ mixer employs an array of eight individual DSP cores to deliver near-zero latency and a matrix for sophisticated channel routing options-accessible via an intuitive control panel that utilizes a separate mixer for each pair of outputs.

The mixer expands the total I/O to an impressive 16 x 8 configuration, allowing you to connect synths and outboard gear to any of the interface's hardware inputs, then mix them with the eight audio streams coming from your computer.

Eight Professional Preamps with Octane Technology

The quality of your recordings is only as good as the initial signal. The Fast Track Ultra 8R features eight preamps with multi-award-winning M-Audio Octane™ technology, creating a premium front end that delivers exceptional audio clarity.

You get professional, low-noise, high-gain preamplification with enough channels for applications like miking drum kits or recording complete ensembles.

Features include +48V phantom power for condenser mics, signal/peak LED indicator lights and a pull-out gain knob that activates a 20dB pad for recording at high volumes. See why world-class artists choose the M-Audio Octane preamp.

Dual Headphone Amp

Whether you usually track vocals or an ensemble, you're likely to need multiple headphone mixes.

Fast Track Ultra 8R has two completely independent headphone outputs so you can take advantage of the DSP mixer's powerful routing options and create the right mix for your performers-complete with reverb and delay.

The Perfect Combination

Apple's latest MacBook and MacBook Air laptops don't include FireWire connectivity-the latest models are all about USB 2.0.

If you want to make music with a MacBook, the Fast Track Ultra 8R high-speed USB 2.0 interface delivers the perfect solution.

Whether you're a musician, producer or DJ, the powerful combination of Apple and M-Audio gives you everything you need to put together a high-powered personal studio.


  • 24-bit/96kHz professional audio on all I/O simultaneously
  • high-speed USB 2.0 interface
  • MX Core™ DSP technology
  • monitor with effects while recording
  • flexible channel routing options
  • expands DSP mixing interface to 16 x 8
  • 8 preamps with award-winning M-Audio Octane™ technology
  • 8 XLR/TRS combo jacks for mic or line-level inputs
  • 20dB pad on each preamp
  • signal/peak LED indicator lights
  • +48V phantom power
  • 2 front-panel 1/4" instrument inputs
  • 8 balanced TRS analog outputs
  • 2 analog inserts
  • S/PDIF digital I/O
  • built-in 1 x 1 MIDI interface
  • 2 independent headphone outputs with individual volume control knobs
  • rugged, lightweight metal chassis
  • full ASIO 2.0, WDM, MME, Core Audio support
  • compatible with most major audio production software
  • Compatibility

  • WDM
  • Core Audio
  • MME
  • Minimum System Requirements (PC)

  • Windows XP (32-bit) with SP2**
  • DirectX 9.0c (included in XP)
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Windows Vista (32-bit versions)
  • 1.6 GHz processor (CPU may be higher for laptops)
  • 512 MB RAM*
  • Windows Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate require 1 GB RAM.
  • Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
  • Please check the minimum system requirements of your DAW software as they may be higher.
  • Minimum System Requirements (Mac)

  • Mac OS X 10.3.9
  • USB 2.0 port
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1 GHz CPU
  • Please check your audio software for additional minimum system requirements.
  • M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R Specifications:

  • 48kHz sampling rate unless otherwise stated
  • Mic Inputs (A/D)
  • Input Impedance 1.6k ohms unbalanced, 3.2k ohms balanced
  • Maximum Input Level from +28dBu @ min gain (with pad) to -45dBu @ max gain (no pad)
  • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk < -110dB
  • SNR (min gain, no pad) -106dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range (min gain, no pad) 106dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N (min gain, no pad) 0.0028% (-91dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
  • Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
  • Preamp Gain >53dB, no pad
  • Pad -20dB pad
  • Instrument Inputs (A/D)
  • Input Impedance 1M ohm, unbalanced
  • Maximum Input Level from +12dBV @ min gain (no pad) to -41dBV @ max gain (no pad)
  • SNR (min gain, no pad) -107dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range (min gain, no pad) 107dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N (min gain, no pad) 0.003% (-90dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
  • Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB @ 48kHz sample rate
  • Preamp Gain > 53dB
  • Pad -20dB pad
  • Line Inputs (A/D)
  • Input Impedance 18k ohms, balanced / 9k ohms, unbalanced
  • Maximum Input Level +20.2dBu balanced/unbalanced
  • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk < -110dB
  • SNR -106dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range 106dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N 0.003% (-90dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
  • Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
  • Input Inserts (analog)
  • Maximum Level Send +2.2dBV, unbalanced
  • Maximum Level Return +2.2dBV, unbalanced
  • THD+N 0.0022% (-93dB) @ -1dB from max level, 1kHz
  • Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
  • Line Outputs (D/A)
  • Output Impedance 470 ohms, unbalanced / 940 ohms, balanced
  • Maximum Output Level +20dBu, balanced
  • +11.8dBV, unbalanced
  • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk < -110dB
  • SNR -104dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range 104dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N 0.0025% (-92dB) @ -1 dBFS, 1kHz
  • Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
  • Headphone Output (D/A)
  • Max Output Level into 32 Ohms +2.8dBV at THD < 0.003% into 32 ohms
  • Power into Ohms 60 mW into 32 ohms
  • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk < -85dB
  • SNR -104dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range 104dB, A-weighted
  • Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
  • Working Range 24 to 600 ohms
  • Get Your M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R Today!


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