NAMM 2014: M-Audio announces M-Track Eight

The M-Audio claims the M-Track Eight "has the best-quality microphone preamps on the market for the cost"
The M-Audio claims the M-Track Eight "has the best-quality microphone preamps on the market for the cost"

NAMM 2014: M-Audio has launched a new addition to its M-Track interface series in the form of the M-Track Eight - an eight channel, 24-bit/96 kHz USB audio interface.

The new model includes eight XLR/1/4" jack combination inputs, eight 1/4" outputs, selectable phantom power and dual headphone outputs. The firm says its new interface uses the best pre-amps in the price range (although price is still TBC) and the signal path has been designed to minimise both noise and monitoring latency.

There's also the now-ubiquitous bundled DAW, in the form of Pro Tools Express.

M-Audio M-Track Eight press release

Ideal for recording groups, entire drum kits, or any multi-mic arrangement, M-Track Eight combines a practical design with professional features and includes Pro Tools® Express.

Cumberland, R.I. (January 23, 2014) - Adding to the M-Track interface line, which includes M- Track, M-Track Plus, and M-Track Quad, M-Audio has now announced M-Track Eight, an eight-channel, 24-bit USB audio interface designed for expanded recording capabilities with an ultra- low-noise signal path, 112 dB signal-to-noise ratio, and zero-latency monitoring. M-Track Eight will include Avid® Pro Tools Express with an iLok® USB key.

"The M-Track line is all about equipping recording musicians at every level with professional capability," said JC Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager.

"It has the best-quality microphone preamps on the market for the cost and it comes with Pro Tools, so, right away, musicians are equipped with pro-level hardware and software."

M-Track Eight has 24-bit / 96 kHz (max.) digital audio for recording audio higher than CD quality and, as its name implies, M-Track Eight includes eight XLR+1/4-inch combo inputs to accommodate any source.

All inputs are combo jacks with mic/line auto-sensing capabilities, and Channels 1 and 2 add an instrument level switch in addition to being front-facing, which allows for easy access when the unit is rack-mounted. Two banks of 48V phantom power are onboard for use with condenser microphones.

Outputs include eight 1/4-inch TRS, two pairs of 1/4-inch monitor outputs with A/B control, and two 1/4-inch headphone outputs, which are switchable between Outputs 1 and 2 or 3 and 4. M-Track Eight is class-compliant with Mac and a driver is included for PC.


  • Eight-Channel USB Audio Interface
  • High-headroom mic preamps; up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution
  • 8 XLR+1/4″ combo inputs with individual metering
  • Auto- level switching (7, 8) and selectable phantom power
  • Dual headphone outs plus dedicated control room outputs
  • 8 Balanced 1/4″ outputs ; USB/Analog Direct balance control
  • Avid® Pro Tools® Express and AIR Ignite included

M-Audio will exhibit M-Track Eight for the first time in Hall A, Booth 6700 at the 2014 NAMM Show, January 23-26 in Anaheim, California. For more information, visit

Matt Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.