Focusrite iTrack Solo Review

Focusrite iTrack Solo ReviewIn October 2012, Focusrite, the UK company famous for its high quality microphone preamps, released the first professional audio recording interface made exclusively for the iPad iOS: the iTrack Solo USB Audio Interface.

The iTrack Solo is a great little unit for recording both demos and professional tracks while you’re on the go.

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The iTrack Solo is a dual channel unit, one featuring Focusrite’s renowned low noise/distortion microphone preamp to record vocals (with optional phantom power) and another input for recording instruments like guitars. Both tracks can be recorded simultaneously as separate tracks up to 24-bit/96 kHz in the software of your choice.

The device is easy to use: plug in your microphone and/or guitar, set the gains according to the green to red LED signal indicators, and start recording. The simplicity of the iTrack Solo allows you to concentrate more on the process of making music and less time on setup.

[wp-review] PROS:
Superior audio quality; Easy to use

CONS:
Short and rigid connecting cable; iPad doesn’t charge when connected to the iTrack Solo

The iTrack Solo also features a direct monitor switch to prevent latency issues when recording and listening at the same time. The switch works by routing the audio directly to your headphones or monitors while recording, thereby bypassing the recording software/app entirely.

Although the iTrack Solo was designed with the iPad in mind, it’s also compatible with MAC and PC for desktop recording via a USB port located in the rear panel.

The rear panel also includes line level RCA outputs to connect to powered speakers. The speaker (and headphone) volume can be adjusted by a large dial located on the front of the interface.

The iTrack Solo includes a number of sofware suites to get you started: Ableton LIve Lite 8 (recording software), Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite (collection of plug-in effects), Novation Bass Station (renowned Novation synthesizer reinvented as a soft-synth plug-in), and Loopmasters (1GB of royalty free samples). For basic recording and saving, Ableton Live Lite 8 will serve you well. However, we’d recommend recording with a more robust program like Garageband especially if you need more advanced editing features.

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One of the more common complaints of the device is that the 30 pin port that connects the interface to the iPad is too short and rigid. The design of the cable restricts how you position the iPad, making the recording process challenging at times.

Something else to keep in mind concerns owners of the iPad 4G and iPhone 5: since the older 30 pin dock is incompatible with the newer “Lightning” dock, you’ll need to buy a dock adapter to get the iTrack Solo to work.

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Focusrite iTrack Solo Review Focusrite has made an important contribution to the portable recording market with the iTrack Solo USB Audio Interface:

  • Superior audio quality (comparable to professional mixing boards)
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Sturdy yet lightweight
  • Attractive design (aluminium casing)
  • Compact and portable

Based on these positive attributes, we recommend the Focusrite iTrack Solo USB Audio Interface.

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