M-Audio unveils $39 audio interface, including Eleven Lite guitar amp modeling plugin

M-Audio M-Track Solo
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M-Audio has released two new ultra-affordable guitar audio interfaces, designed to be easy and affordable options for musicians who want to delve into the world of audio recording.

The M-Track Solo and M-Track Duo are intended for music production, podcasting and music listening, with the compact models promising pristine guitar sounds with proprietary preamps and user-friendly functions.

M-Track Solo and M-Track Duo

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Described as a portable solution to upgrade your existing home studio, the new interfaces promise professional quality recordings straight out the box.

The M-Track Solo features two input channels – an XLR input and a dedicated input for electric guitars and bass guitars – with an output control knob and a stereo line input, which allows you to record keyboards.

M-Track Solo

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The Duo is a slightly larger version of the Solo, featuring an extra XLR combo input, as well as independent headphone and output control knobs. It also has a USB /direct mono/direct stereo output, designed to give you greater monitoring control during recording.

Both feature a mains audio output, M-Audio's exclusive Crystal preamp – a transparent, low-noise preamp that promises to bring out the best in your microphones and guitars – and +48V phantom power, useful if you plan on using condenser mics.

M-Track Duo

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The units also come with a "comprehensive software package" which aims to help you get the ball rolling on your recordings, including Avid's Pro Tools M-Audio Edition and Eleven Lite guitar amp modeling plugin. 

The M-Track Solo is available for $49/£39, with the Duo coming in at $69/£49.

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Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.