Avid launches iOS-compatible audio interfaces

Avid Fast Track Solo teaser

Avid, a highly regarded name among pro audio engineers, today announced a pair of mobile audio interfaces with native support for Apple’s iOS platform and the iPad. The Avid Fast Track Solo and Fast Track Duo let you record your guitar, vocals and other instruments through a high-quality mic pres and inputs and tight integration with its Pro Tools Express suite for Mac or Windows PCs. Each interface has a bus-powered USB port on it and allows for a direct iPad connection without the need for Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit interface…

Avid says these accessories offer “easy entry into the Pro Tools family.”

The Solo and Duo are encased inside a rugged metal chassis with reinforced controls and jacks. On the front and back are level monitors, two gain controls and a bunch of other ports.

Any of these beauties lets you capture two sources simultaneously at 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution and both allow for direct monitoring while recording without latency. Pictured below: the Fast Track Solo on the left and the Duo on the right.

Avid Fast Track Solo (image 001)Avid Fast Track Duo (image 002)

Whereas the Solo has one mic preamp, one 1/4-inch instrument input and two RCA line outputs, the Duo features two mic preamps and instrument inputs, two 1/4-inch TRS outputs and two line XLR/TRS inputs.

The Solo device will set you back $179 while the Duo costs a little more for the extra features, but still a rather affordable $299. Included in these prices is your copy of Avid’s Pro Tool Express, which is a light version of their full-blown Pro Tools edition.

Avid Fast Track Solo (image 002)
Pro ports galore on the Solo.

Additionally, Avid today also refreshed its Pro Tools application today with a fully redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture, expanded metering, direct HD video workflows and lots more.

Pro Tools 11 and Pro Tools HD 11 will be available via the online Avid Store and at Avid resellers around the globe, some time during the second quarter of this year.