Forget about using it on a kick track — the Trak Master seemed to suck the animation out of the already-recorded track I tried it on. Even the mic preamps found in some top-notch consoles leave a lot to be desired. Next along is the monitoring section where the listening balance between input signal and backing track is decided. The 3-Band Equaliser section is itself divided into three sections: Most of the components are surfacemount technology, and none of the IC chips are socketed, so forget about trying out different chips to change the sound of the unit. The latency free monitoring will be a revelation to anyone working with a basic soundcard set-up, but its mic amp and compressor are good and characterful enough to see the TrakMaster earning a home in all levels of studio. Regarding the front-panel layout and design, I like that the phantom-power switch is right next to the XLR jack rather than on the back of the unit, as is often the case.
But does that mean the unit offers just a fraction of the performance of its costlier cousins? The frequency of the filter and its shape seem poorly chosen. Your monitors can also be plugged into the back of the TrakMaster Pro. Next along is the monitoring section where the listening balance between input signal and backing track is decided.
The controls are nicely laid out, and the black legending is easy to read in low-light situations. I liked it quite a bit less on vocals, though with the right vocalist and microphone, it can yield some impressively edgy textures. The outputs are simultaneously available, which is useful for circumventing signal latency when recording into a computer-based digital audio workstation — you can use one output to monitor the input in real time while the other sends the signal to the sound card. It's capable of very fast attack times, and I could make any sound sit pretty well in my mix while recording.
The TrakMaster represents incredible value for money. There was plenty of low end to be had, and it was easy to obtain a great roundness of tone. Your monitors can also be plugged into the back of the TrakMaster Pro. Dependent on switch setting 35 mSec mSec 8 mSec. A Threshold knob decides when compression kicks in, the 'Comp Slow Attack' button offers a longer attack time, the Squash button ups the ratio from 5: Forget about using it on a kick track — the Trak Master seemed to suck the animation out of the already-recorded track I tried it on.