Fast Track Solo provides your iPad or. USB 2.0-equipped computer with two channels of analog audio input and output, phantom power, and headphone monitoring.

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Legal Notices© 2013 Avid Technology, Inc., (fiAvidfl), all rights reserved. This guide may not be duplicated in whole or in part without the written consent of Avid.Avid, the Avid logo, Fast Track Solo, and Pro Tools are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.This product may be protected by one or more U.S. and non-U.S. patents. Details are available at www.avid.com/patents.Product features, specifications, system requirements, and availability are subject to change without notice.Guide Part Number 9329-65277-00 REV A 02/13Documentation FeedbackAt Avid, we are always looking for ways to improve our documentation. If you have comments, corrections, or suggestions regarding our documentation, email us at techpubs@avid.com.

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ContentsiiiChapter 1. Introduction to Fast Track Solo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fast Track Solo Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 System Requirements and Compatibility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Conventions Used in This Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 About www.avid.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Chapter 2. Controls and Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Front Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Back Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Chapter 3. Installing Drivers and Making Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Installing Fast Track Solo Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Hardware Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Chapter 4. Using Fast Track Solo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Setting the Output Level. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Recording Microphones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Recording Instruments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Setting Recording Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Direct Monitoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Sample Rate, Buffer Size, and Bit Depth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Appendix A. Compliance Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Environmental Compliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 EMC (Electromagnetic Compliance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Safety Compliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Contents

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Fast Track Solo 1Chapter 1: Introduction to Fast Track Solo Welcome to the Fast Track SoloŽ audio interface from Avid®. Fast Track Solo provides your iPad or USB 2.0-equipped computer with two channels of analog audio input and output, phantom power, and headphone monitoring. Fast Track Solo in- cludes a professional-quality microphone preamp, an instrument-level input, and 24-bit/48 kHz ana- log-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters.Fast Track Solo integrates seamlessly with Pro Tools® software, and is compatible with third-party audio applications that support the Core Audio (Mac) or ASIO (Windows) standard.Fast Track Solo Features Ł1 front panel XLR input connector for micro- phone input with 48V phantom power for con- denser microphonesŁ1 front panel 1/4-inch input connector for instru- ment-level input (such as from an electric guitar or bass)Ł1/4-inch stereo headphone output with dedicated volume controlŁUp to 24-bit, 48 kHz operation ŁRCA stereo line-level outputs ŁDirect Monitor button ŁFront panel Signal and Clip indicators for each channelŁUSB bus powered operation ŁClass compliant operation ŁPro Tools compatible ŁCore Audio and ASIO support

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Avid Fast Track Solo User Guide 2Registration Review the enclosed Registration Information Card and follow the instructions on it to quickly register your purchase online. This is one of the most important steps you can take as a new user. Registering your purchase is the only way you can be eligible to receive:ŁInformation regarding technical support ŁFuture upgrade offers ŁLimited warranty on hardware Hardware Warranty Your warranty can be found on the Registration Information Card.System Requirements and Compatibility Fast Track Solo can be used with an Avid-quali-fied computer running Pro Tools software or third- party Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible software.Avid can only assure compatibility and provide support for hardware and software it has tested and approved. For complete system requirements and a list of qualified computers, operating systems, hard drives, and third-party devices, visit:www.avid.com/compatibility Conventions Used in This GuideAll of our guides use the following conventions to indicate menu choices and key commands::The names of Commands, Options, and Settings that appear on-screen are in a different font.The following symbols are used to highlight important information:ConventionAction File > SaveChoose Save from the File menuControl+NHold down the Control key and press the N keyControl-clickHold down the Control key and click the mouse buttonRight-click Click with the right mouse buttonUser Tips are helpful hints for getting the most from your system.Important Notices include information that could affect your data or the performance of your system.Shortcuts show you useful keyboard or mouse shortcuts.Cross References point to related sections in this guide and other Pro Tools guides.

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Chapter 2: Controls and Connectors 5Chapter 2: Controls and Connectors Front Panel 1 ΠMicrophone Input Gain Control Adjust this knob to control the input gain for the Microphone input when setting recording levels.2 ΠInstrument Input Gain Control Adjust this knob to control the input gain for the Instrument input when setting recording levels.3 ΠOutput Level Control Adjust this knob to control the Main and Head- phone output level.4 ΠMicrophone Input This jack is used for connecting a microphone us- ing a standard XLR cable.5 ΠInstrument Input This jack is used for connecting a 1/4-inch instru- ment cable.6 ΠDirect Monitor Button This button switches Direct Monitoring on and off, which provides a latency-free mix of the input sig- nal and the output of your music software. When Direct Monitoring is switched off, you must use the monitoring option in your music software.7 ΠHeadphone OutputConnect your stereo headphones to this 1/4-inch output. Set the volume using the Output Level control.486710118123 959

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Avid Fast Track Solo User Guide 68 ΠClip Indicators The red LED indicates ficlippingfl or distortion on the input of the corresponding input channel. If the LED lights, reduce the Input Gain control for the channel.9 ΠSignal Indicators The green LED indicates the presence of an audio signal at the corresponding input. If you are send- ing signal to the input and the Signal indicator does not light, try increasing the Input Gain control for the channel.10 ΠPhantom Power Indicator (48V)This red LED illuminates when the Phantom Power switch on the back panel is set to the fionfl position.11 ΠPower Indicator This green LED indicates that Fast Track Solo is receiving power from the connected host com- puter. When using Fast Track Solo with an iPad, you will need to power Fast Track Solo using the USB power adapter that was included with your iPad.

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Chapter 2: Controls and Connectors 7Back Panel 1 ΠLock Port Use this port to secure Fast Track Solo using a Kensington-style security lock.2 Π48V Phantom Power Switch When this switch is in the fionfl position, 48V phantom power is sent to the front microphone panel input. Enable phantom power for condenser microphones that require external power. The Phantom Power Indicator LED illuminates when phantom power is on.3 ΠTablet Port This port is used for connecting Fast Track Solo to an iPad.4 ΠUSB Port This port is used for connecting Fast Track Solo to your host computer, using the supplied USB cable. If you are using Fast Track Solo with an iPad, use this port to connect a USB power adapter.5 ΠLine Outputs Use this stereo pair of RCA jacks to connect Fast Track Solo to either a pair of powered studio monitors, a mixer, or stereo amplifier. The level for these outputs is controlled by the Output Level control on the front panel.12345Although phantom power can be used safely with most microphones, it is possi- ble to damage some ribbon microphones. Always turn off phantom power and wait at least ten seconds before connecting a ribbon microphone.Refer to the documentation for your microphone for more information about its power requirements.

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