Roland QUAD-CAPTURE - USB 2.0 Audio Interface

Roland QUAD-CAPTURE - USB 2.0 Audio Interface

Roland QUAD-CAPTURE - USB 2.0 Audio Interface

B&H # ROUA55 MFR # UA-55
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Product Highlights

  • 4 Input/4 Output
  • Dual VS Microphone Preamps
  • DI Inputs
  • S/PDIF and MIDI I/O
  • AUTO-SENS Auto Level Setting
  • Low-Latency USB Performance
  • USB Bus Powered
  • SONAR X1 LE Software for Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
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Roland UA-55 overview

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The QUAD-Capture from Roland is a 4 input/4 output USB 2.0 interface that features a pair of premium VS Preamps, accessed via 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs. The interface delivers 24-bit/192kHz audio quality, ultra-low latency performance, and is conveniently USB bus powered.

Each preamp has switchable phantom power, a low cut filter, phase invert, and provides digital compression. Activating the one-click AUTO-SENS makes it fast and easy to set perfect input levels. The unit also offers stable and low-latency USB performance via the company's VS Streaming technology.

A low-noise, wide-ranging power supply is designed to deliver a clean, balanced input and output. When driven by the USB bus power supply, the unit's power is regenerated, providing the analog circuitry ideal voltage for the very best sound quality and efficiency in mobile environments.

The included SONAR X1 LE software for Windows is derived from Cakewalk's SONAR X1 DAW software. While stripped down, the LE version still delivers a powerful set of software tools for writing, recording, editing, and mixing music.

Two combo XLR/TRS inputs with premium microphone preamps (VS Preamps), two TRS outputs
Coaxial S/PDIF I/O
Headphone output
Phantom power
Ground lift and Hi-Z switches
Graphical Control Panel software provides fast, intuitive control of the VS Preamps
One-click AUTO-SENS function intelligently sets optimal input levels for the preamps
Extreme low-latency VS Streaming driver
Low-noise, wide-range power supply
USB bus powered
Compact with durable aluminum body and Direct Box (DI) functionality
Bundled with Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE DAW software (for Windows)
In the Box
Roland QUAD-CAPTURE - USB 2.0 Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Cakewalk SONAR LE DVD-ROM
  • Driver CD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Waranty
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    Roland UA-55 specs

    Converters 24-bit
    Sample Rates AD/DA Conversion: 44.1, 48, 96 and 192kHz
    Digital I/O: 44.1, 48 and 96kHz

    Input/Output reduced to 2 channels at 192kHz

    Analog Input 2 x XLR/TRS Combi
    Input Impedance XLR: 4.8kΩ, balanced
    TRS: 15kΩ, balanced
    Nominal Input Level XLR: -60 to -6dBu
    TRS: -50 to +4dBu
    Headroom 14dB
    Analog Output 2 x 1/4" TRS phone
    1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
    Output Impedance Output 1 & 2: 2kΩ' balanced
    Headphone: 47Ω
    Nominal Output Level +0dBu, balanced
    Digital Input 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
    Digital Output 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
    MIDI In/Out 2 x 5-pin DIN In/Out
    Sync In/Out S/PDIF
    Noise -95dBu typical (minimum gain, 600Ω terminated, IHF-A)

    Internal Direct Monitor Mixer setting and input channel fader @ unity

    Dynamic Range AD: 104db typical (minimum gain)
    DA: 109dB typical
    Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +0/-2.0dB @ 44.1kHz
    20Hz to 22kHz, +0/-2.0dB @ 48kHz
    20Hz to 40kHz, +0/-2.0dB @ 96kHz
    20Hz to 60kHz, +0/-2.0dB @ 192kHz
    Power Requirements USB bus, 480mA current draw
    System Requirements Mac OS X
    Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.44 x 5.3 x 1.75" (185 x 134 x 45mm)
    Weight 1.3 lb (0.6kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 7.2 x 4.9"

    Roland UA-55 reviews

    QUAD-CAPTURE - USB 2.0 Audio Interface is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Roland delivers low latency as promised! I bought this unit to replace my UA-25EX, which is a similar USB audio interface from Roland that came out several years ago. I was most interested in the claims by Roland that the Quad-Capture has significantly lower roundtrip latency that the competition. This unit delievered on those promises. All other things being equal, the measured latency in my recording sessions dropped by well over 50%. With the same computer, same recording session, same buffer size, et cetera, the roundtrip latency dropped from about 13 ms to about 4 ms. Since I use lots of realtime audio processing plugins in my productions, this lowered latency has really made recording a much more painless and enjoyable endeavor. The Auto-sense feature is also nice for quickly setting levels, although I tend to do it manually anyway.
    Date published: 2014-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid performer with Mac OS X Mavericks I use this with two 27 iMacs running GarageBand and ScreenFlow, an SM58 and some Aerial7 headphones and it's great. Recordings are crystal clear and the signal meters are very helpful. I've only used it to narrate screencasts so far, so I can't speak for how well it works with instruments.I'm disappointed that I can't get it to work with my iPad Air. I even bought an Apple Lightning to USB camera adapter at the same time. I've tried putting a powered USB hub in line to make sure the Quad-Capture has enough juice. Nothing helps. I'm not sure it's possible since my Macs didn't even light it up until after I installed the driver. Its little brother, the Duo-Capture Ex does work with iPads so I assumed my Quad would too. That's on me, so I can't dock a star for that.
    Date published: 2014-04-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great, but watch input/outputs Primary use is to capture reel to reel tapes or cassette tapes to transfer to CD. The good: Analog capture is great. Very low noise preamps, very good dynamic range. The not so good: Not stereo, so need to use both analog channels for stereo source. The other two inputs are one MIDI and one digital coax audio. It would be nice to have another analog input to be able to do voice over commentary. The two analog outputs are phone jacks (PL-55s for us really old guys!). I don't have much in the way of phone jacks adapters so the digital coax output came in handy to output to my receiver/amp.
    Date published: 2014-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply awesome! The QUAD-CAPTURE is a great piece of equipment that is simple and inuitive to use. The mic preamps give the vocals a nice warm tone. The Auto-Sens function works perfectly every time to set the preamp/inputs to the right levels. If you don't want to use the Auto-Sens function, then you can use the QUAD-CAPTURE preamp plugin to set the levels manually. The onboard Phantom power is very convenient so that you don't have to use an in-line Phantom power supply. During recording, you have the option of three playback setting for you monitors/headphones: playback only, input only, and Mix (equal playback and input). You can also set the knob to have more or less input or playback depending on your preference. Definitely worth every penny!
    Date published: 2012-08-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works fine for me It's slightly early for a review but I use the product to record my guitar and mandolin right now. It also acts as my monitor so I use my headphones with it and occasionally speakers. No problems. I like the auto level feature. Installed without a problem. Feels very solid. My past history with Roland interfaces is very good so I feel in good hands with this unit. I've only started using this unit so I can't give you more detailed feedback, but so far so good!!
    Date published: 2013-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect Fit to my Home Studio The Quad Capture has become the work horse for my Home Recording Studio. So easy to set up that I can honestly say that it's plug and play, plus gets the job done very quickly. Believe me, you will not have to spend countless hours trying to figure it out as you probably might with what ever software you choose to use.
    Date published: 2015-01-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Piece of Wardware Pre-amps are great. Very good construction and functionality. I don't really consider this a quad cause it only has 2 XLR inputs but be that as it may, its a good unit. If you need more XLR inputs you might want to consider the Akia Professional EIE Pro which I have as well.
    Date published: 2013-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product Sounds good, looks good, autosense works, ground lift switch is present. Lacks independent headphone out with independent level control but not a big problem.
    Date published: 2014-02-24
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