Avid intros M-Audio Fast Track with Pro Tools

has introduced the , a combination of hardware and software that promises to deliver all the studio-quality features and tools needed to create professional-sounding recordings right out of the box.

The Fast Track interface has been completely redesigned to provide improved usability and lend a sleek new look to any desktop insists Avid. Connect the unit to any computer via USB and use the upgraded preamps to capture any audio source in better than CD quality sound.

Users can record guitar and vocals at the same time, additionally, they can use the onboard +48v phantom power to connect professional condenser microphones and add studio quality sound to any project. The unit is compatible with most popular music recording applications including Pro Tools M-Powered and GarageBand.

Pro Tools M-Powered Essential is a recording application for Mac and PC based on the same Pro Tools software platform used by many established professional musicians. Up to 16 available tracks are available along with effects such as reverb, delay and more.

Audio recordings can be enhanced says Avid with instruments including drums, piano and more by using the included Structure Essential virtual instrument which offers a library of instrument sounds and 3GB of audio loops.

Minimum system requirements are Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher, and Windows XP (SP3) or Windows Vista 32/64.