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Focusrite iTrack Solo USB Audio Interface
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- High-quality award-winning Focusrite microphone input
- Compatible with iPad, Mac OS X and Windows
- Directly connect your microphone or instrument
- Aluminum unibody case
- Signal halos for level and clip indication
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iTrack Solo provides the best solution for recording your instruments and vocals using an iPad and is a certified 'Made for iPad' device. Featuring a Focusrite microphone preamp and an input to record directly from electric guitars, iTrack Solo is the perfect companion for any singer-songwriter wanting to take their demos to the next level. Using the very best in digital audio technology iTrack Solo captures your sound with pristine quality. Simply plug in and press record. iTrack is also fully compatible with your Mac or PC. iTrack Solo’s input section features a clean, low-noise, low-distortion preamp, which is also found in our Liquid Safire 56. iTrack Solo also provides phantom power for professional condenser microphones. With a guitar input alongside the microphone input, you can record both vocals and your instrument simultaneously to separate tracks in your software. You could even use both a microphone on your guitar and the guitar input at the same time to get a different sound. Unique halo signal indicators let you know that you've got a good volume for recording. A large monitor dial provides a tactile control for the volume of your speakers and headphones, while a high quality headphone amp provides a clean yet loud signal to headphones connected to the front panel socket. The direct monitor switch routes audio directly from the inputs to both the headphone and speaker outputs so you hear the incoming signal with no latency from your music app. On the rear panel you will find phono outputs allowing you to connect iTrack Solo to a pair of powered speakers, or to your home Hi-Fi system. The speaker volume can then be controlled using the large dial on the front of iTrack Solo meaning everything you need is within reach. Ableton Live Lite and Focusrite's Scarlett Plug-In Suite are included. For extra flexibility when using your iTrack Solo, Focusrite offers a free longer USB to Device Link cable (1.2 Meter) to customers who register their purchase.The iTrack Solo doesn't have a power button and doesn't come with a mic. For any further queries please contact Focusrite’s via this link http://us.focusrite.com/answerbase/contact or Customer Support Number @ 1 (310) 322-5500.
From the Manufacturer
With Focusrite's iTrack Solo, you can record guitar and vocals on your Mac, PC, or iPad. iTrack Solo provides the best solution for recording your instruments and vocals using an iPad. Featuring a Focusrite microphone pre-amplifier and an input to record directly from electric and bass guitars, iTrack Solo is the perfect way to expand the audio capabilities of your iPad using Garageband or any other music-making app. Although it is an Apple-certified "Made for iPad" device, iTrack Solo is also fully compatible with your PC or Mac computer and comes with a host of free music making software including Ableton Live Lite and the Focusrite Scarlett Plug-in Suite.
The iTrack Solo is a 2-channel audio interface for iOS devices, Mac, and PC. Just connect your iTrack Solo to a power supply and an iPad and you're ready to go. With the very best in digital audio technology encased by a rugged aluminum unibody chassis, iTrack Solo will capture and playback your sound with pristine quality--up to 24-bit/96 resolution when used with PC or Mac.
Plug Straight In
The front panel has an input for a microphone and an input for an instrument (such as an electric guitar, bass guitar or the output of an electro-acoustic guitar). This makes the iTrack Solo perfect for capturing the output of a microphone, or using an electric guitar with one of the many guitar amp applications on iPad.
Keep an Eye on Your Audio
Unique signal halos let you know that you've got a good audio level for recording, with level and clip indication. Green is good and red means that your audio is too loud, and that you should turn down the level control.
Works with Garageband and Other Apps and DAWs
Record your songs with many apps including GarageBand, or connect to your favorite digital audio workstation on Mac or PC. iTrack Solo includes samples for Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station, Scarlett Plug-in Suite, and Loopmasters.
25 Years of Experience
Since 1985, Focusrite has been a leading manufacturer in the professional audio field. Focusrite mic pres are the choice of leading artists, recording studios and engineers around the world. Now get the quality of Focusrite on your iPad or computer.
Don't be Limited by Your Dock
Use the iTrack Solo's premium quality audio outputs to take your sound to Hi-Fi, speaker systems or headphones to hear the difference Focusrite can make. At Focusrite, that's all that matters--sound is everything. A supplied cable connects iTrack Solo to the iPad, and it is powered by the included USB cable that delivers the power necessary to run the iTrack's high-specification components. If you are using iTrack Solo with a Mac or PC you don't need to connect it to the mains, your computer will supply enough power via the USB cable. The cable supplied in the box with your iTrack Solo is designed to pass Apple's Made for iPad tests to ensure that any official iPad accessory can meet their standards for noise interference resilience, specifically the TDMA noise that can be induced when an iPad receives a telephone call over a 2G network.
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The complaints about the iPad connector cable are valid - it's too stiff and short. I feel like I might accidently break it off if I'm not too careful. Why it uses a proprietary connector on the back of the unit, I'll never know. To combat the included 30-pin cable I bought a $10 3ft 30-pin extension cable, which seems to do the job nicely. The GarageBand software on the iPad is simple enough to use, and while it can only record one of the 2 input channels at a time, that's fine for what I expected. To record from a live sound-board, I just use the XLR input, set the gain (with the awesome colored halo ring), and save the recording as a mono track.
Being small and solidly built, I've got no problem tossing this in the milk-crate with the rest of my cables and peddles.
In regards to how it records when plugging into a computer via USB (an iMac in this case), it's even better than I expected. The GarageBand software on the Mac does have the ability to record both input channels at the time time. The on-board monitor volume and headphone is fantastic. I thought it only would play back what was being input at that moment, but it does more than that. It's a real monitor (the GarageBand software recognizes it's the monitor output), and when you have a multi-track recording that you're working on, the software allows you to pass back other tracks from the computer while recording a new track.
For example, I recorded a track with just the guitar (track 1), I was using the 1/4" input channel, and laid down that track. Then I created a second guitar track and recorded a second guitar part (headphones plugged into iTrack Solo) and I was able to hear both the current track I was recording, and the first track. Lastly, I plugged in a mic into the first input, and created a 3rd vocal only track. When I was singing, I was able to hear both guitar parts with the headphones still plugged into the iTrack Solo as well as my vocals recording in real-time. I wasn't expecting this level of capability, and was very impressed by the lack of any noticeable latency in both the backing tracks and the vocals I was recording with all 3 going at the same time.
The last thing I want to mention is the XLR pre-amp. Focusrite has been making high-end professional recording equipment for a long time, and the thing they're most well-known for is the mic pre-amp. I have to say, it is spectacular. There is absolutely no noise (no hiss, or clicks) of any kind. The gain staging nobs with the color halos make it so easy to setup, it's almost too easy. The sound it captures is exactly what you expect, and you'll notice right away if you're using a low quality microphone. It definitely stands up to their reputation. Having 48v phantom power to use those top dollar condenser mics is also a really nice thing to have. The demos on their website show how simple it is to use. Once you start playing with it, you'll realize it is a really nice tool for a solo artist, or someone who wants high portability, but great sound quality.
If you’re looking for a high quality, portable, easy-to-use USB audio interface for 1 XLR input and 1 Line In input, the FocusRite iTrack Solo might just be for you.
The FocusRite iTrack Solo is a USB, RCA, and iPad-compatible interface.
This device features a durable, premium-feeling metal case with 4 rubber non-slip feet on the bottom.
It has 1 XLR input with 48v Phantom Power (USB power required) and a 1/4" Line In input, both with gain knobs. The iTrack Solo also has a 1/4" headphone output for monitoring.
Like the Scarlett 2i2, you can use the iTrack Solo as a DAC to listen to audio playback via USB from your PC, and you can use it for direct monitoring of your inputs.
The back of the device features a Kensington lock, USB 2.0 output, White and Red RCA-style line out for monitoring or running to an audio system, and a “Device Link” port for iPad.
The main target audience for the iTrack Solo seems to be those looking to record and mix music with their iPads. While this is a handy capability, this isn’t something I would ever use. I do not own an iPad so I cannot test this feature.
What I was able to test and use was the audio recording and playback. I originally purchased this interface for a small voiceover booth I put together for my voiceover work. I had an Audio Technica AT 2020 condenser microphone, this and a laptop. It was very, very easy to set up, and the quality was amazing.
The sheer ease and quality of recording with this interface from my microphone to Adobe Audition is what convinced me to try out the Scarlett 2i2 on my main studio setup, and I love them both.
I even tested the Line In input with my Casio keyboard’s line out, and the quality of that recording blew me away, as well.
Audio playback is very straightforward, just set the iTrack Solo as your default audio device and you’re good to go. However, since this interface is smaller than the Scarlett 2i2, it does not have an audio playback volume knob, so your playback volume comes in at line level. Be careful; this can get quite loud if you’re not careful.
For the price and intended use; this thing is great. Until USB 3.0 interfaces are standard; this will serve me nicely.
*windows 10 drivers are buggy and you will experience audio cut outs and reset issues....
If using Windows 10 or even 8... Before installing driver; Right click driver install file, click properties, set compatibility for windows 7 and checkbox "run as administrator" apply then install. This solved my issues and it works flawlessly 100% of the time now no matter what I have going on (music bee, YouTube, iTunes, mixcraft, sonar x1, guitar rig.... Whatever. It prioritizes accordingly and never drops out.
*install asio4all drivers as well.
If you're buying this to work with the newer iPads (4th generation and later), buy the latest version of iTrack solo (2015):
or buy a Lightning to 30-pin Adapter for Lightning port iPads to work with this pre-amp:
This pre-amp pack provides 30-pin connector, not Lightning.