M-Audio M-Track Eight - Frequently Asked Questions

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m audio mtrack eight mainThe M-Audio M-Track Eight is a professional USB audio interface ready to be the center of your studio or live sound setup. Eight inputs, ten outputs, and two dedicated headphone amplifiers accommodate a wide variety of audio production challenges. This article covers a few frequently asked questions about the M-Track Eight.


Frequently Asked Questions


Does the M-Track Eight require software drivers?

For an Apple computer running Mac OSX, no drivers are required. On a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer, only one driver installation is necessary, found on the M-Audio Drivers/Updates page. 


What recording software does the M-Track Eight come with?

The M-Track Eight comes with Steinberg's Cubase 7 LE software, making it ready to record eight channels at once and produce music out of the box. See this article for a full walk through of setting up Cubase LE 7 with the M-Track Eight!


Will the M-Track Eight work with other DAW software?

Yes! Virtually any Mac OSX or Windows Digital Audio Workstation software capable of using USB audio interfaces will work with the M-Track Eight.


Can I use multiple M-Track Eights together?

Although a Mac OSX or Windows computer may recognize multiple M-Track Eight units are connected, using them simultaneously in a DAW software is not recommended. The sample rates of each unit will not be synchronized, resulting in audio artifacts and unstable performance. 


Can I use an external microphone preamp or direct box with the M-Track Eight?

Yes! When connecting an external mic preamp, direct box, or any other type of preamplifier to the M-Track, use a 1/4" TS or TRS type connector as this will bypass the M-Track Eight's internal microphone preamps. Only use an XLR type connection for microphones. 


The LED lights on the front of the M-Track Eight do not light up all of the time. Have I set the levels properly?

To achieve optimum input levels, adjust the input gain while the source (microphone, instrument) is receiving the loudest signal. For example, have a vocalist sing through the loudest section of the song. At this loudest point, you should see one or two green LED lights. Drums and other percussive sources may occasionally display the yellow light. The red light indicates the input gain is set too high. 


What value does each LED segment on the level meters signify?

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The meters are calibrated relative to  0dBFS, which is the point of digital clipping.

They values are approximately as follows: 

Red: -0.5dBFS
Amber: -3dBFS
Green1: -6dBFS
Green2: -20dBFS


Which output on the back do I connect my speakers to?

Connect your speakers or studio monitors to the MONITOR OUTPUT. This output will be controlled by the large MONITOR knob on the front panel. The other 8 outputs of the M-Track Eight are assignable from the outputs of your audio software (ex, Cubase LE7).


Are the inputs and outputs "Balanced" or "Unbalanced"?

All inputs and outputs on the M-Track Eight can accept both balanced and unbalanced line connections. Note that only XLR and TRS type connectors carry balanced signals, while TS and RCA type connectors are always unbalanced. 


The sound from my Mac is very quiet, even when I turn the M-Track Eight up all the way! Is this normal?

Mac OSX has a separate, internal volume control. We recommend keeping this all the way up in your Mac's System Preferences > Sound > Output menu. On some Macs, you may also control the volume with the function keys on the keyboard.

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The M-Track Eight is very warm to the touch. Is this normal?

 Yes.  The M-Track 8 will be very warm during normal operation, but will not burn the skin when touched. Preamps of this design and quality require a good deal of juice to operate (19V 2.37A in this case).



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