M-Audio M-Track Quad - Setup with Pro Tools Express

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m track mtrack quad main3The M-Audio M-Track Quad is an all-purpose, multi-channel interface that provides high quality recording and playback capability. This guide walks through how to configure Pro Tools Express with the M-Track Quad properly on your system.  This guide also covers how to record from the multiple inputs of the M-Track Quad simultaneously.

Please ensure the M-Audio M-Track Quad drivers have been installed first.

For installation instructions and FAQ for the Pro Tools Express software, see here.

 

Contents

  1. Creating a Pro Tools Session
  2. Pro Tools Audio Configuration
  3. Adding Tracks and Recording
  4. Further Product Support

 

Creating a ProTools Express Session

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.

  1. Click File then select New Session.
  2. Select Create Blank Session then click OK. Here are the recommended settings.

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Pro Tools Audio Configuration

  1. Navigate to the Setup>Playback Engine menu from the top bar.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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:

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    Click Yes.

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    Click No.

  4. Click OK on the Playback Engine window to save your changes.
  5. Navigate to the Setup>I/O Setup menu from the top bar. 

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  6. Your Input and Output menu will vary depending on what other sound cards Pro Tools may detect on your computer. The picture below indicates that Pro Tools is still showing a description of my computer's internal sound card I/O rather than the M-Track Quad's I/O. 

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  7. In both the Input and Output menu, click the Default button below and Pro Tools should refresh the proper inputs and outputs for the M-Track Quad. As shown below, there will be two pairs of inputs and outputs to reflect the available connections on your M-Track Quad. 

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  8. Click OK to save and close the I/O Setup window. 

 

Adding Tracks and Recording

  1. Navigate to Track>New from the top bar. 

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  2. You can create any combination of stereo or mono tracks in Pro Tools. For this example, let's create 4 - Mono - Audio Tracks to illustrate using all of the inputs of the M-Track Quad simultaneously.

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  3. Your Arrange view will now populate with 4 new mono audio tracks, already assigned to the four inputs of the M-Track Quad. 

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  4. Each track will have an I/O section where the inputs and outputs from the M-Track Quad are set. 

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  5. You must "arm" any audio tracks in order to listen to the input and to record. Do this by clicking the Record Arm button on each track. They will begin to flash red, indicating they are ready to record.

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  6. When you've armed the tracks you'd like to record, click the Record button from the Transport Control then press play to begin recording. Make some noise!

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    If you do not see the Transport Control as pictured above, navigate to Windows>Transport from the top menu bar. 

  7. As you record, you will see "Regions" being created containing the audio wave forms of your recording.

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  8. Now you're ready to make music. Enjoy!

 

 

Further Product Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an M-Audio product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the M-Audio technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.

 

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