Thursday, June 16, 2011

Howto 24 bit M-Audio Fast Track Pro in Debian Linux with RT-Preemtible Kernel

For Kernels +3.x


UPDATE MAY 25, 2012 was on the fast-track-pro.conf file for better understanding of different modes.

UPDATE JUNE 16, 2012 changed kernel configuration in section "PROCESSOR TYPE AND FEATURES" Tickless System (Dynamic Ticks) to enabled, I wasn't thinking right, sorry for that one.


The Fast Track Pro by M-Audio is a really nice USB Audio interface, although small, it can perform well in a professional environment. I was given one of these a while back by one of my best web design clients and good friend.

The basic specs on this device are:
  • 24-bit/96kHz audio interface with dual mic/instrument preamps
  • Balanced/unbalanced analog I/O
  • S/PDIF coaxial; MIDI I/O
  • ¼” headphone output with level control and A/B source switch

Front and Back Views of the Fast Track Pro

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Shielding a Strat Guitar to Eliminate Hum and EMI Noise

For those of you who have a single coil pickup guitar or have had one such as a Fender Stratocaster or Fender Telecaster, know what a nice instrument it is and its trademark tone, but also know how noisy it can get, not like humbucker guitars, especially if played through high gains and heavy distortions.

I currently own a strat guitar that eventually I have been readjusting to my needs, playing preferences and style and have done a great hell of a job by adjusting the neck's tross rod, string height, fret dressing and intonation. The guitar has a nice set of pickups and I'm very happy with it and all the adjusting I've done to it, except, just like all single coil guitars (as I mentioned above) are just doomed for life to receive all kinds of outside noise and amplifying it through your speakers, making your playing and recording experience without hiss and hum a painful moment.