Focusrite iTrack Solo Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 8 customer reviews
I've used the Focusrite iTrack solo to turn my iPad into a quick, portable composition tool in my studio. It also has the added benefit of giving me an on-the-go option to sketch out guitar or vocal ideas.
from Nashville, TN USA
January 9, 2013Music Background:
Big Sound From A Small PackageI was not disappointed in the i Track Solo.
Like others, it would have been nice if the cable connecting
it to the iPad had been a little longer. Not a big deal to me, though.
Sounds great. I'm very happy with it.
December 15, 2012
great product, great customer serviceI bought this to connect microphones to the music studio app and it is absolutely fantastic. It does not support midi, but that's one of the pros. Since the iOS 6.0.1 all my other iOS audio gear with midi i/o function has not been working properly. But the iTrack works fine every time I plug it in.
Above all, customer service was excellent. Sweetwater really knows how to handle customers' needs. I will definitely be using sweetwater for my next musical gear purchase.
from Chappaqua, ny
March 6, 2013Music Background:
Itrack is what you needThis I/o is a game changer. FINALLY--a way to get my Neumann into my iPad/iPhone for truly portable recording. I can now work on the road in a quiet room with this tiny kit, and give my customers the pristine audio that they have come to expect from my work in my home studio. No more USB mics! And the focusrite preamp sounds transparent and quiet.
Plus, the USB option for Mac and windows lets this amazing box perform double duty with my laptop or workstation.
This is the only product of its kind --with he iPad 30 pin adapter-- that I know of. I've waited a long time for this. Thank you, focusrite!
from Cincinnnati, OH
March 5, 2013Music Background:
Intuitive and Easy to UseI was looking for a simple, intuitive interface to record on my iPad. This was recommended by Sweetwater and it meets my needs perfectly. I now can put everything I need to record in a small backpack and have a portable studio. I've recorded perhaps a half dozen tracks on some songs. I record everything using the mic input and don't need to record multiple inputs at the same time. Simple, intuitive and the price was right.
from Lady Lake, Florida, USA
February 18, 2013Music Background:
30+ years of singing and guitar playing. Semi-Pro.
Simplistic ExcellenceAs a complete beginner to recording the iTrack solo could not be easier to use and operate. Couple that with the excellent back up from Focusrite when I called with a query plus Sweetwater's own great service. To any novice looking to start recording or indeed anybody who is using a Mac or iPad for recording look no furthe for a well made, quality interface that allows you to operate on either and all for a sensible price.Scored 4.5 as 5 will only go to Focusrire 's head !!
from United States
January 22, 2013Music Background:
High Quality, High Utility, Low PriceThis little box does exactly what it is supposed to do, which is to act as an effective input from mike and/or instrument to computer or IPAD. I bought the thing to use with my IPAD, as USB interfaces for PCs are about as common as dirt. However, I wound up using the ITrack mostly as an input device for my PC, where it works exceptionally well. The drawback for using with an IPAD is the not very reliable cable that connects the box and tablet. The included cable is the weak point of the unit. It is short, inflexible, and tends to work loose at the connection with the IPAD. These factors limit the usefulness for direct recording on the IPAD (although when it works, it works well).
My understanding is that a longer 30-pin interface cable is now available. Hopefully, this will take care of the problem mentioned. Otherwise, expect to spend a lot of time fussing with the cable to keep the unit functional with an IPAD. This is not an issue in using the unit with a PC, as connection for that purpose is standard USB.
Would I buy this unit again? Most certainly.
from San Antonio, TX
April 12, 2013Music Background:
Guitarist for 11 years
Focusrite iTrack SoloThe Focusrite iTrack Solo is a great tool for recording ideas to my iPad. For me I bought the Focusrite iTrack Solo to capture ideas for songs so i dont forget them and to come back whenever I want and put songs togeather. For this functionality the Focusrite iTrack Solo is awesome and is what i have been needing for awhile. The only thing that is kind of a set back(Not Really) is that there is no EQ section, which is expected for thid tiny device. It's just a matter of playing with mic position to get the sound you want. Again i got this to capture my ideas quickly, which the Focusrite iTrack Solo does an amazing job at. I am using a Blue Bluebird mic, a Blue e100, and an Audix i5 and i really like that the Focusrite iTrack Solo works great with all kinds of mics. I recomend the Focusrite iTrack Solo to anybody who wants a quick easy way to record to your iPad.
from Grand Rapids, MI United States
January 7, 2013Music Background:
iTrack Audio InterfaceI've been very impressed with the Focusrite iTrack Solo. It is rugged, very easy to use and the sound quality is impressive. In addition to recording tracks with my iPad 2, I've been able to feed the RCA output into a looper so I can use GarageBand instruments to supplement live performances.
If you're looking to get great-sounding audio in and out of your computer or iOS device, then you must take a look at two new offerings from Focusrite: Forte and iTrack Solo.
iTrack Solo is one of the first audio interfaces that can connect directly to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with a 30-pin connector. It can also connect to your computer via USB, making it a double value. On the front, you have two inputs -- one for mic (with phantom power) and one for instruments -- along with a monitor level control, a headphone output, and a switch for latency-free monitoring. Around back, you have a USB connection, a Device Link port for the 30-pin iOS cable, and monitor outputs.
I used iTrack Solo with my iPad 3, and it worked flawlessly with my apps, from Garageband to Auria, and with a variety of soft synths and instruments. The sound quality is great, and the direct monitoring does its job perfectly. If you're looking for a simple interface, but still want great quality, the iTrack Solo should be high on your list.
Moving on to the desktop-format Forte, we've got a 2-in/4-out interface that connects to your computer via USB 2.0. The unit itself has stereo TRS outputs and a headphone output, along with connectors for the power supply, USB, and the supplied input "loom." Connecting the loom cable to the Forte adds two 1/4" line/instrument and two XLR mic inputs. The advantage is that, if you're using the Forte only for monitoring, there's no need to connect the inputs and have the extra cables on your desk. But when it's time to track, it's a simple matter of hooking up the inputs.
Forte has a single large knob, four switches, and an OLED display. The switches control what the knob is controlling: input gain, monitor level, headphone level, or DAW control -- with compatible DAWs, pushing the control knob starts/stops playback, and turning the knob changes the DAW output level.
Other functions are handled by the included Forte Control software, such as input controls; two stereo returns for monitoring your DAW; monitor dim, mute, and mono; a separate headphone mix; and metering. You can save presets for easy recall when tracking and mixing.
The compact, streamlined Forte desktop interface delivers high-end performance in every regard. I can't emphasize enough how easy it is to use -- a real benefit when you are inspired to record or compose. It definitely gets out of the way of the muse. Very nice!