M-Audio M-Track Plus - Setup with Pro tools
The M-Audio M-Track Plus is an all-purpose interface that provides instant plug & play recording capability. This guide walks through how to configure Pro Tools Express with the M-Track Plus properly on your system. This guide also covers how to start recording audio tracks in the Pro Tools Express software.
- Driver Installation
- Hardware Setup
- Pro Tools Audio Setup
- Creating Tracks and Recording
- Further Support
- First, make sure to get the latest driver for your M-Track Plus from the following link:
- Mac - M-Track Plus is class compliant and does not require an additional driver.
- Once the correct and latest driver is downloaded, install the driver. To do so, locate the installation file after it has downloaded and double click on it to run the program.
- Follow the prompts on screen to install the driver properly.
- Once the driver completes the installation click Finish.
- When the driver installs you will notice there is now an M-Track Plus settings panel in the docking tray at the bottom right hand corner of your desktop.
- Set the input switch on the M-Track Plus to Analog.
- Depending on the input channel you are using make sure to turn up the GAIN to an appropriate level. I would recommend starting at 12 o'clock.
- Set the channel to either MIC/LINE or GUITAR depending on the source you need.
- Set you MONITOR MIX to USB and finally turn up your Headphone Gain to an appropriate level.
Launch the Pro Tools Express software. We will now create a blank session that can be used as a template for all of your recording sessions.
- Click File then select New Session.
- Select Create Blank Session then click OK. Here are the recommended settings.
Navigate to the Setup > Playback Engine menu from the top bar.
Ensure that Playback Engine is set to M-Track Quad ASIO Driver. No other parameters will need adjustment. Generally, the H/W Buffer Size will default to somewhere between 128-512 samples.
If your Playback Engine was not already set to M-Track Quad ASIO Driver and had to be changed, you will see the following messages:
Click OK on the Playback Engine window to save your changes.
- Select Track from the upper toolbar and now click New.
- In this example we will create two Mono tracks. Choosing Stereo will mix inputs 1 and 2 into a stereo track.
- Select Window from the toolbar and then click Mix.
- When you bring up the Mix window, you will need to Record Arm the tracks for recording and monitoring. The record enable button will turn red when it is initialized.
- You can see in the example below that I am getting a signal indicated by the green lights.
- Click the Record button to get ready to record. When you are ready to record click the Play button. The Play button will not turn green and the recording will begin. Click the Stop button to end the recording.
Exporting your audio mixdown
- Click File and select Bounceto then select Disk.
- In the next window you can select various File Types. It is recommended to leave the default settings. Choose Bounce.
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