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Cakewalk V-Studio 20 USB Audio Interface

This USB interface comes with built-in BOSS guitar effects and backing tracks! Plug in your guitar and XLR mic, connect your computer, and start recording. (19) Read 11 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Cakewalk V Studio 20 USB Audio Interface

Cakewalk integrates BOSS guitar effects with Roland's breakthrough COSM modeling into their powerful V-Studio 20 with Guitar Tracks software for an incredible and simple recording experience. The V-Studio 20 matches the simplicity of a portable, hardware recording system with the power, flexibility, and control of modern computer-based recording so whether you're at home or on the road, you can easily connect a guitar or mic to the VS20 hardware and dial up genuine BOSS sounds.

Once you're ready, record directly to your computer for further editing and mixing using Cakewalk Guitar Tracks recording software. Don't settle for imitations Roland, Cakewalk and BOSS are names you can trust to deliver the best recording solutions for today's musicians.

Features:

- Compact, portable, and USB bus-powered; Perfect for mobile recording
- Control your mix and playback with real faders, knobs, and buttons
- Incredible tones from zero-latency, hardware COSM DSP effects with software control
- Easy to understand, the hardware matches software with tight integration
- Includes connections for monitors, headphones, pedals, and footswitches

Guitar Track Software:

- Record and playback up to 32 tracks of audio
- Easily arrange, edit, and mix your song
- Includes a suite of 11 stunning effects
- Features the Roland TTS-1 synthesizer
- Jam to 1 GB of loops, songs, and backing tracks
- Tight integration with hardware for flawless recording

The V Studio 20 hardware combines a stereo audio interface, control surface, and built-in stereo mics providing amazing guitar tones with a Hi-Z input and on-board BOSS-powered, COSM DSP effects for amp simulation and 4 virtual pedal modules including Compression, Overdrive/Distortion, Chorus/Mod, Delay with 36 genuine BOSS effects and 50 presets. Record vocals with a phantom powered XLR input and get a great sound with built-in latency free COSM DSP for harmony, real-time pitch correction, reverb and compression.

The Hardware and software share a similar user-interface and feature controls that make it easy for anyone to record their music. The Compact design and USB-bus power make the V-Studio 20 perfect for mobile recording with a laptop or Netbook.

Recording in 5 Easy Steps

1. Connect a guitar or mic to the VS20 hardware
2. Dial up the perfect guitar or vocal tone using genuine BOSS effects
3. Choose your backing tracks, hit record, and then play your parts
4. Use the VS20 as a control surface for mixing and playback
5. Master your song and then burn a CD or make an MP3

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Number of Input Channels: 2

Digital Signal Processing: Maximum 24-bit (depending on software)
Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz

Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+0/-3 dB)

Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.): 90 dBu or less
- (INPUT: GUITAR/BASS, 47 k ohm terminated, INPUT SENS knob = center, DIRECT MONITOR knob = center, OUTPUT LEVEL knob = center)

Nominal Input Level:
- GUITAR/BASS: -10 dBu
- MIC 2: -40 dBu
- LINE: -10 dBu

Input Impedance:
- GUITAR/BASS: 1 M ohm
- MIC 2: 4 k ohms
- LINE: 10 k ohms

Nominal Output Level: OUTPUT: -10 dBu

Output Impedance:
- OUTPUT: 2 k ohms
- PHONES: 44 ohms

Recommended Load Impedance:
- OUTPUT: 20 k ohms or greater
- PHONES: 32-100 ohms

Connectors
- GUITAR/BASS: 1/4 inch phone type
- MIC 2: XLR (balanced/phantom power +48 V)
- LINE: 1/4 inch phone, OUTPUT: RCA pin
- PHONES: Stereo 1/4 inch phone
- REC, PLAY (FOOT SW): TRS 1/4 inch phone
- EXP PEDAL: TRS 1/4 inch phone
- USB: B

Current Draw: 320 mA

Phantom Power: +48 V/10 mA

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11-13/16 x 5-11/16 x 2-1/8 inches (299 x 144 x 53 mm)

Weight: 760 g, 1 lb 11 oz (VS-20 hardware)

Cakewalk V Studio 20 and Guitar Track Software System Requirements

Desktop Requirements
USB Port

Windows XP (32-bit)/Windows Vista(32-bit)/Windows 7 (32-bit)*

Intel, Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500 or higher

512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)

1024 x 768, 16-bit color screen resolution

DVD-ROM drive for installation

Netbook Requirements
USB Port

Windows 32-bit OS: XP /Vista /Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)*

Intel, Atom or AMD Athlon Neo Processor

1 GB RAM

100 MB for core program (6 GB recommended)

1024 x 600, 16-bit color screen resolution

DVD-ROM drive for installation, (available via download for Netbook users)

* Guitar Tracks 4 does not support Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, NT, or XP x64 Pro.
** Mac compatibility coming Q2 2010. Stay tuned for more details
Cakewalk Warranty 30 Days via manufacturer.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 888-CAKEWALK
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "A Unique Gem for the Home Studio!"
Sound: The preamps are clean and have decent gain. The built in mics are surprisingly good, but they are very sensitive to noise from touching the unit. Feature: Most useful for me are the faders which can control up to 24 DAW tracks,, and the transport controller. The COSM guitar effects are superb. Ease of Use: Easy to set up, and fairly easy to figure out. The only challenge for me was somewhat obscure setup screen, but I soon got it sorted. Quality: Solid feel, metal chassis. Value: At $179, the V Studio 20 has to be one of the greatest deals available for home studio enthusiasts. Manufacturer Support: Haven't used them, but the breakup of the Cakewalk/Roland partnership may make customer support more difficult. The Wow Factor: i think my VS 20 looks very cool on my desktop workstation. Overall: The V Studio 20 is a unique, highly affordable music production tool. The combination of an audio interface, mixer/control surface, and great guitar and vocal effects in a single good looking package has been invaluable to me.Setup was easy, as was the learning curve. The integration with the included Guitar Tracks software is amazing. i use it regularly for simple jam session projects. My main use for this device, though, is as a mixing and recording controller with Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer, where it works flawlessly.Cons: Turning on phantom power requires opening the COSM software and navigating to an obscure setup screen and clicking a tiny red button. A simple physical phantom power button on unit itself should have been used. I also miss not having a second mic input, but the many advantages of this unit far outweigh these shortcomings.The VS 20 was already an incredible value at $299, but since Roland and Cakewalk have split up the price has plunged to $179! I am going to by a second unit to use with my laptop away from home.
Style of Music: Blues, rock, neoclassical.
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Sound: It sounds great and has an immense variety of choices with no white noise from the box which is USB connected to the laptop until the laptop or outputs from amps are input to it. All sound support has to come from the box to keep a clean sound. Feature: The effects and clean recording is by far the best feature with all the controls accessible with a laser mouse hanging from a belt and activated by a trouser leg. It can import my written score to the MIDI Backing Track or export recorded analogue audio to Cake Walk 8.0 for writing score in Real Time Sync or edit the length or pitch to make it fit. Ease of Use: It produces great sound once it is installed, and records easily by step by step procedures. The learning curve depends on previous experience, but it is easier to just push buttons to find out what they do in a new file that you do not mind having mistakes on. F1 or the Help button usually gives related information to the buttons being activated at the time. pushed. It makes an instrument sound professional. Quality: It got yanked on to the cement from 24 inches and seems fine, but that will be unlikely to happen again. I have equipment made from plastic that is many years old still working; I will guess thirty years under normal use. Value: It seems worth the selling price, but the economy has made it unaffordable at that price and why I jumped on the opportunity even with funds being short. Manufacturer Support: There is a lot of support from many sources, but I did not use them much, since the problems were mostly form the variety of equipment types and their age. How to videos are the most helpful in general for blind procedures. The Wow Factor: It is a good product in its' controls on the unit in live performance where a laptop within view could produce an issue. The programs make it so there has to be a good view of the screens to keep from mistakes which in live performance need to be kept in check. Overall: With a program from 1998, a lap top with Win98 (no more support), and keyboard from USB 2.0 it was quite a study from all the support manuals and a book on basic MIDI except for the step by step procedures it took about 3 days to get enough experience to be able to transfer files for writing score and importing and exporting the variety of file types, get the equipment to communicate properly, and being able to use the editor through the laptop for live performance. I have taken notes but will not have enough time to organize them for posting for others to use.
Style of Music: Country, Blues, Christian, Jazz Imitation, Rock...
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