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How to Record Live Instrumental Music on your PC or Mac

This article is intended for Windows or Mac users wishing to record live band instruments such as vocals, keyboard, guitar and drums. It is also suitable for recording from classical instruments such as piano or classical guitars.

  1. Connect the Fast Track Interface to your computer - note that you may need to install the suppled drivers, however first check to see if the computer can automatically detect the device.

  2. Connect your XLR microphones to the XLR ports on the Fast Track Interface.

  3. Connect the 6.3mm cables from the 6.3mm output socket on your guitar amplifier(s) into the 6.3mm sockets on the Fast Track Interface.

  4. Download and install the MixPad Multi-Track Recording Software.

  5. The software will open automatically after installation. Go into the Options (Preferences on Mac), and in the 'General' tab, ensure the Fast Track device is selected - choose the 'ASIO' version of the device in order to access all the channels on the device. You may need to restart the software after changing the device.

  6. In the 'General' tab, select which output device you wish to use for playing back your recordings.

  7. Back in the main MixPad screen, for every channel you wish to record from using the Fast Track Interface, click on the 'A' button for a track in MixPad (starting at the first track), and select the appropriate recording channel in the window that opens.

  8. You can now commence your recordings.

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