Poll: Which interface is better?
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View poll results: Which interface is better?
Lexicon Alpha Studio
2 50%
M-Audio Fast Track (Mk1)
2 50%
Voters: 4.
#1
Hi guys I'm looking to upgrade my setup from just plugging my guitar into my laptop sound card and using Audacity!

I'm looking to pick up a cheap recording interface- and have seen the M-Audio Fast Track here: http://www.thomann.de/gb/maudio_essential_recording_studio.htm

and the Lexicon Alpha here: http://www.thomann.de/gb/lexicon_alpha_studio.htm

seem to fall into my budget (around £75). Which should I go for? Or is there another option I should consider?

I'm looking to record guitar tracks (several layers), keyboard, bass and vocals- obviously not all at the same time! The capacity to record drums (with the right mixer obviously would be useful too). I already have a Behringer mixer and a SM57.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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#2
I had a Lexicon Lambda (step up from alpha) and it was great

Many people swear by the Fast Track line though.

Here is your main problem sir. For vocals you are going to want to use a condenser mic powered by Phantom Power. Neither of these units have it. The Fast Track Mrk. II and Lexicon Lambda are the lowest of each line with Phantom Power and the price will reflect that.
#3
hmmm could I not go through my mixer first and use the phantom power on that?
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#5
It does so that shouldn't be a problem. I actually found a Fats Track Mk2 here within my budget:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/653404-REG/M_Audio_9900_53020_00_Fast_Track_USB.html

is there any real advantages over the Mk1 apart from the phantom power?
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Fender Telecaster Custom 72RI 2009
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#7
Quote by Redstar5wp
It does so that shouldn't be a problem. I actually found a Fats Track Mk2 here within my budget:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/653404-REG/M_Audio_9900_53020_00_Fast_Track_USB.html

is there any real advantages over the Mk1 apart from the phantom power?


A second input, so you can record 2 things at once. Also more options for output options into monitors.
#8
once this topic is up i might as well ask, what do you thinks a better deal, the fast track pro or the lambda?
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#9
They are both great interfaces. I used a Lambda for 4 years.

The majority of people it seems go for the Fast Track Pro. I think they are both safe bets. If I were buying with no experience using the two, I would probably go for the Fast Track Pro.

I own other M-Audio products that I would stand behind any day.
Last edited by FireHawk at May 27, 2011,
#10
Quote by Slapp62
once this topic is up i might as well ask, what do you thinks a better deal, the fast track pro or the lambda?



I'd go with whichever I could find cheaper, honestly. They're both great.