M-Audio SESSION, Session with Fast Track USB, Session User Manual

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Session with Fast Track USB User Guide

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Introduction

Congratulations on your purchase of M-Audio Session with Fast Track USB: an audio interface and software package designed for easy integration with your computer.

The M-Audio Session software for Windows contained in this bundle allows you to make professional-sounding songs and remixes the first time you open the software— even if you’ve never played a note before. If you have some musical experience, Session can take your ideas to the next level with a built-in virtual synthesizer and studio quality effects.

The included Fast Track USB is a quality audio interface for Windows or Mac

OS X. It features an XLR microphone input, a TRS line/instrument input, stereo RCA outputs, and a headphone output. It uses the convenience of USB connectivity, so there’s no need to disassemble your computer and no bulky external power supply. Fast Track USB gives you full 24-bit digital audio, supporting popular 44.1kHz and 48kHz sampling rates. With its lightweight form factor and compact design, you can carry it with you anywhere.

We recommend you spend a few minutes reviewing this User Guide to ensure proper setup.

Session with Fast Track USB Features

Session Software (PC only):

CD-quality multi-track audio and MIDI

built-in virtual synthesizer with

recording software

hundreds of instrument sounds

built-in studio quality effects

includes over 3.5 GB of content

 

for professional music creation

Fast Track USB Audio Interface:

single USB connection for input, output, and power

convenient front-panel headphone output

balanced XLR and 1/4” inputs

two line-level RCA outputs

signal and peak LED input indicators

high-quality 24-bit/48kHz recording

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What’s in the Box?

Your M-Audio Session with Fast Track USB bundle should contain the following items:

M-Audio Fast Track USB audio interface

USB cable

M-Audio Session DVD-ROM

This User Guide

If any of the above listed items are missing, please contact the retailer where you purchased the product.

About This Guide

This guide covers installation of the Session music-creation software for Windows and the setup and features of the Fast Track USB audio interface for Windows and Macintosh OS X. The Fast Track USB audio interface contained in this bundle can also be used with many Macintosh and Windows third-party music software applications like GarageBand, Logic Pro, and Ableton Live. Consult your software’s documentation for more information on this.

Minimum System Requirements

M-Audio Session Software (Windows Only)

Windows XP

Windows XP (SP2) or higher *

1.6 GHz processor

(CPU speed requirement may be higher for laptops)

512MB RAM

4 GB free HD space for complete installation of Session

DVD drive

AGP 4X or faster graphics **

32MB video RAM

1024 x 768 video resolution (1280 x 1024 recommended)

One native USB port

Windows Vista (edition) 32-Bit

Windows Vista (edition) 32-Bit

1.6 GHz processor

(CPU speed requirement may be higher for laptops)

1024 MB RAM

4 GB free HD space for complete installation of Session

DVD drive

AGP 4X or faster graphics **

128MB video RAM

1024 x 768 video resolution (1280 x 1024 recommended)

One native USB port

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Fast Track USB Audio Interface

Windows XP (SP2) or higher *

Intel Pentium / AMD Athlon 1 GHz or higher

512 MB RAM

DVD drive

One native USB port

Windows Vista (edition) 32-Bit

Windows Vista (edition) 32-Bit

Pentium III – 1 GHz or higher

1024 MB RAM

DVD drive

One native USB port

Macintosh OS X

G4 1 GHz or higher

Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later

512 MB RAM

One Native USB port

*Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not currently supported.

**Session does not support video cards based on any of the following chipsets: S3/VIA UniChrome, SiS EL315, Matrox

Please also check the minimum system requirements for third party software applications that are to be used with your new M-Audio hardware, as they may be greater than the above.

Installation and Setup Overview for Windows

It is important that installation and setup take place in the following sequence (these steps are explained in detail in following chapters):

1.Install the Session music creation software. This software enables support for the Fast Track USB audio interface, and must be installed before Fast Track USB is connected.

2.Connect the Fast Track USB audio interface. This device not only serves as a high performance USB audio interface, but also as the copy protection key for

Session. Fast Track USB must be connected for Session to launch.

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Session Installation for Windows

NOTE: If you have already connected your Fast Track USB audio interface to your computer, please disconnect it before beginning the Session software installation. Leave the Fast Track disconnected until instructed to connect it.

1.Insert the M-Audio Session DVD-ROM into your computer’s DVD-ROM drive.

2.The computer will automatically display the install screen. If your computer fails to launch the installer, manually start it by clicking on Start > My Computer > Session.

3.Follow the software installer’s on-screen direction prompts.

4.Session comes with a large library of loops and instrument samples for music creation, known as

Session Content. During the installation process, you will be asked if you would like to install this content, as well as the Session Application, and the driver for the Fast Track USB audio interface. You must select the Session

Application and the Fast Track USB options in order to use Session.

NOTE: Session’s Factory Content Library requires approximately 4 GB of disk space and may take as long as 30 minutes to install. This behavior is normal. If you do not have 4 GB of disk space available, you can choose not to install the Session Content, but you will then have to place the Session DVD in your DVD-ROM drive whenever you run Session. Accessing Session’s content via the DVD-ROM drive results in slightly slower computer performance, and if the required hard drive space is available, installing the Session Content on your computer’s hard drive is recommended.

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