Alright, here is my write-up on the Focusrite iTrack Solo USB Audio Interface Review video I just published. What can I say, I love this device. It’s made for dummies like me. Easy to use, no knick-knacks, quality sound and it doesn’t cost much.
As mentioned in the video, I was simply looking for a way to produce a better audio quality when taping my videos. I’ve been using all different kinds of microphones. My main microphone, which I still use to this day, albeit as a stand-alone recording device and not in connection with the Focusrite iTrack Solo, is my AT 2020 USB condenser microphone. This has been working well, but I knew I could do better, especially as far as recording my guitar (with or without amp) was concerned.
So, I started asking around for a good audio recording interface for beginners. The problem was, all the folks I approached with my questions were way too deep into the subject and recommended tools and devices that were way over the top – technically and as far as my budget was concerned. Therefore, I ended up putting a call into the good people at Sweetwater and they recommended the FocusRite iTrack Solo USB audio recording interface along a Shure SM57 dynamic microphone. I was skeptical at first, but those concerns turned out to be unwarranted. It took me literally only a couple of minutes from the time I received the iTrack Solo until I had it hooked up and ready to go.
Here is my video review of the FocusRite iTrack Solo:
As you just witnessed it can’t get any easier than that. And considering that I paid $100 for this product, it easily one of the best investments I ever made. It’s fair to say that I use the interface practically on a daily basis and I couldn’t be happier with it.
The key-features of the iTrack Solo include:
– iPad, Mac and PC readiness
– high quality mic preamp
– high quality outputs
– metal unibody casing
– signal halos
– direct monitor function
– powered via USB or power-plug
2 in / 2 out USB audio interface, 96 KHz, 24-bit conversion, 1 Focusrite microphone preamplifier
Silver “soft-touch” aluminium unibody chassis
• 1 microphone input – XLR
• 1 Instrument input – ¼’ unbalanced
• 2 Gain knobs
• 2 Gain halo signal indicators
• 48V Phantom power switch
• Direct monitor switch
• Large monitor level dial (controls headphone and line level outputs)
• USB Connection LED indicator
• Headphone output – ¼” TRS Jack
• 2 unbalanced monitor outputs – RCA Phono
• DEVICE LINK port (to connect iTrack Solo to iPad)
• USB 2.0 Port
• Kensington Lock slot
• Ableton Live Lite 8 – professional music making software to use your iTrack Solo with a Mac or PC.
• Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite – collection of software plug-ins bringing effects to your music software (like Ableton Live for example).
Here is a link to more technical specs straight from the FocusRite website.
Alright, in sum: if you’re looking for a straight-forward, super easy to use, great quality recording device to tape your vocals and guitar, at very affordable price, you should check out the Focusrite iTrack Solo USB Audio Interface. I use it in conjunction with Mixcraft (audio-recording software) and it has been working like a charm.