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M-Audio M-Track - Initial Setup and Getting Started With Logic Pro
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m audio m-track mainThe M-Audio M-Track along with Apple's Logic Pro is a easy to use yet versatile music production system. This guide walks through configuring the M-Track with Logic and recording audio. 

 

Contents
  1. Confirming the M-Track is connected
  2. Configuring the M-Track in Logic Pro
  3. Adding an Audio Track and Recording in Logic Pro
  4. Warranty and Technical Support Information
Confirming the M-Track is Connected
  1. Connect the USB cable from the M-Track to an available USB port on your Mac. The M-Track requires no software installation to begin working. To confirm that the M-Track is recognized by your computer, click Apple Icon at the top left of your screen and select System Preferences. When the system preferences window appears, click on the Sound icon. 

    Sys Pref Output Device  Sys Pref Input Device
     
  2. In the Output and Input sections, you should see the M-Track as an option (the other options will likely differ from the pictures above). In both sections, make sure the M-Track is highlighted by clicking it.
  3. The M-Track is now defaulted to play all of the sound from your Mac, including internet browsers, iTunes, and other common programs.
  • It is normal to see "The selected device has no output controls" because you will control the output with the physical knobs on the M-Track itself.

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Configuring the M-Track in Logic Pro
  1.  Open Logic Pro and create a new session. Click the Preferences icon in the top left corner and select Audio.

    Preferences - Audio
     
  2. Select the M-Track as the Output Device and the Input Device.

    Audio Preferences with MTrack selected
     
  3. Click Apply Changes and close the window.
  • The I/O Buffer Size will be different depending on the speed of your computer. All computers suffer from "latency", which is a small delay between recording a sound and playing it back. Lower buffer size settings will lower the latency. However, this will demand more from your Mac's processor and can cause pops/clicks/distortion if it is too low. Higher buffer size settings will reduce the strain on your processor, but may introduce a longer latency that will make it difficult for you to record your performances. Most computers are comfortable somewhere between 128 and 512 samples.

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Adding an Audio Track and Recording in Logic Pro
  1. Click the + arrow at the top of the Arrange window. In the New Tracks window that appears, make sure the Type is set to Audio. The Format will either be Mono or Stereo depending on what you have connected to your M-Track's inputs. The Output will always be Output 1-2.

    Creating a Track
     
  2. You will now see an audio track added to your "arrange" view. Click the R button so it is highlighted red. This will "arm" the track to record and allow you to hear the signal coming in from the M-Track.

    Clicking on the record button
     
  3. In the "channel Strip" on the left side of your screen, you should see the incoming audio displayed on your meters. The number above this meter is the "peak" level. You never want this to get to zero, as this will indicate your input is too loud and distortion or "digital clipping" will occur. This cannot be undone later.

    Input Meter minues 12
     
  4. Adjust the GAIN knobs on your M-Track to get a proper input level. For "transient" material (drums, percussion), you will want this peak level to read around -6 at the highest. For less percussive or "smoother" sources like vocals, bass, strings, have them peak around -12. These numbers are not required but indicate a good habit to achieving consistent sound quality and less obstacles when it comes time to mix your song.
  5. At the bottom of your screen, in the "transport" section, click the "record" button.

    New transport bar
     
  6. You will now hear the metronome count off 4 clicks and then begin recording. It's time to make music!
     

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Warranty and Technical Support Information

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.

M-Audio Support Contact