M-Audio M-Track 2x2 Vocal Studio Pro - Frequently Asked Questions

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The M-Audio M-Track 2X2 Vocal Studio Pro has everything you need out of the box to set up your own recording studio and unleash your creativity, including a 2-channel audio interface, condenser microphone, cables and even recording software. This guide will discuss some of the popular questions about features and functionality of the M-Track 2x2 Vocal Studio bundle.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

What is included in the box with the M-Track 2X2 Vocal Studio Pro?

The Vocal Studio Pro comes with all of the following:

  • M-Track 2X2 interface
  • HDH40 Headphones
  • Nova Black Microphone
  • Shockmount
  • Windscreen
  • Mic Pouch
  • XLR Cable
  • USB-C-to-USB-C Cable
  • USB-C-to-USB-A Cable
  • Cubase LE download card 

 

What software is included?

The M-Track 2x2 Vocal Studio Pro comes with tons of software to help you get started, including:

All of the software can be found on your account page after registering your M-Track 2x2 Vocal Studio, except for Cubase. Look for a Cubase download card in the box for instructions on downloading Cubase and/or see our video below.

 

Where can I find the software to download?

All of the software can be found on your account page after registering your M-Track 2x2 Vocal Studio, except for Cubase. Look for a Cubase download card in the box for instructions on downloading Cubase and/or see our video below.

 

How do I authorize the other included software?

You'll find authorization codes for all of the included plugins located on your account page next to the respective download links. Once the software has been installed, you'll find authorizers on the desktop that you can use to enter the provided authorization codes and activate the plugins.

As an alternative, you can also manually enter the licenses into the iLok License Manager. This will be installed during the plugin installation and can help keep track of your licenses and even move them later if you need to change computers. See our guide below for a full walkthrough:

 

What is Cubase LE?

With Cubase LE you can turn your Mac or PC into a beautiful and easy-to-use music studio. This compact DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) offers you all the basic tools for recording, editing and mixing everything from the initial musical idea to the final track. Cubase LE assists you during the creative process — whether you are a songwriter, guitar player, vocalist or electronic music producer, Cubase has the right tools and features at hand.

 

How do I install and authorize Cubase LE?

We created a video guide for the M-Track 2x2 series that will walk you through downloading, installing and authorizing Cubase LE:

 

Do I have to use Cubase LE?

Of course not! Your M-Track 2X2 will connect with virtually any DAW or audio recording software for multi-channel recording. Or just use it as an audio output for your computer to listen to iTunes, Spotify, and other media players.

 

How do I connect the M-Track 2X2 to my computer?

The M-Track 2X2 comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable as well as a USB-C to USB-A cable to ensure that it can connect to all current and future available USB connections available.  USB-C is becoming the new industry standard connector and cable used for connectivity and power.  For more information on USB-C connections, check out this great article.

There are no differences in audio quality between the USB-A, B, or C connections.  

 

Do I need a power supply?

The M-Track 2X2 is USB bus-powered meaning that it is powered simply by connecting it to your computer with the included USB cable.  No additional power connections are necessary.

 

Why is my M-Track 2X2 not detected by my computer?

The M-Track 2x2 will require a driver in order to connect with a Windows operating system. If you're using Windows and have not already installed the driver, make sure to navigate to our Drivers & Updates page to download the latest Windows driver. Choose USB Audio and MIDI interfaces > M-Track 2x2 > your operating system, and then click Show Results to get a download link. 

The M-Track 2X2 is class compliant for Mac operating systems and will not require a driver. If you still have trouble, follow our article here for some troubleshooting tips and tricks. 

 

Why is my microphone not producing sound?

The Nova Black microphone is a condenser mic which means it requires phantom power to function. Your M-Track 2X2 is equipped with a +48V phantom power switch on the front to provide the necessary requirement. It's best to connect the microphone before enabling phantom power. 

 

What is phantom power?

Phantom Power is a DC (direct current) voltage that is used to power active electronics such as a condenser microphone.

 

Can I connect something other than a microphone to the M-Track 2X2?

Yes! The M-Track features a combo XLR/Line input. For microphones, use an XLR or 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS cable. For a guitar or bass with an active pickup, use a standard 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS cable. For line level signals, use a 1/4" (6.35 mm) TRS cable. View the input signal level with the LED Meters.

 

What does the monitor knob do on the M-Track 2X2?

The big monitor knob on the M-Track will control the level of the Main Outputs. Usually, these would be connected to your powered monitors or amplifier system. To control the level of the headphone output use the headphone volume knob in the top right. 

 

What does the USB/Direct knob do?

The knob labeled USB/Direct adjusts the mix of the audio signal from your inputs (Direct) and the audio output of your computer (USB) that will be sent to the main outputs and headphone output. This prevents latency by allowing you to listen to your microphone or other input signals directly from the M-Track. Latency is the delay between the actual sound of your instrument/voice and the recorded signal returning from your computer/DAW.

If you are experiencing latency when recording, adjust the knob towards the Direct position to increase the blend of the direct signal from your inputs in your monitor mix. This will let you hear the incoming audio from your inputs without latency while still being able to hear the playback signal from your DAW.

Most users will keep this knob somewhere in the center for all purposes. 

 

How do I know where to set the gain for my microphone?

The level of the gain will depend on the signal that you're recording. In general, a strong signal will be somewhere between -20dB and -6dB (i.e. the bottom two lights on the M-Track channel LED). This gives you plenty of headroom for peaks without being too low. In other words, turning the gain up to a point where your loudest level (within reason) reaches the -6dB light is a good place to be. It's also ok to hit the -3dB light, but going any higher could result in distorting your signal.

Depending on the strength of your source (voice, instrument, etc.), it's not uncommon to turn the gain knob about 75% of the way up if necessary. 

For a more in-depth explanation of recording levels and gain staging, check out our gain staging article below:

 

I connected my guitar to Input 1, but the signal is very low. Is this normal?

The 1/4" combo jack for input 1 is intended for line level signals like keyboards and synthesizers. To connect a guitar, bass, or other instrument-level devices, use the 1/4" input for channel 2 located on the front of the M-track to properly amplify the signal.  Most DAWs default to channel 1 and the instrument channel on the M-Track 2X2 is set to send on channel 2. 

Remember to then choose Channel 2 as the input for your track in your DAW to record the instrument signal.

 

What sample rates does the M-Track 2X2 support?

The M-Track 2X2 supports up to 24-bit and 192kHz studio-quality sample rates to capture every nuance and subtlety of your performance.

  

What are the minimum system requirements?

M-Track 2X2

  • Windows 7 (64 & 32-bit)
  • Mac OSX 10.8

Cubase LE

  • Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • Mac OSX 10.11

 

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Further Technical Support 

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Alto Professional product, or if you have pre-sales or parts questions, the M-Audio technical support team is available to help! Each product has a dedicated support page on the website where you can find manuals, specifications, software updates, drivers and troubleshooting guides: www.m-audio.com

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support. 

 

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