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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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Product Description

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. "Doesn't Get Much Better Than This"
Sound: Excellent. The built-in VS preamp actually provides a healthy dose of clean gain for any mic you plug in. The built-in effects are typical Roland digital and work in most situations. Feature: For being an audio interface, effects unit, preamp, AND control surface, the VS-20 does it all. For the price there are no competing products which makes this unit a gem. My only wishes would have been for Cakewalk to make either the L or R Line input a mono input as well. Also, the ability to mix ANY two inputs in simultaneous recording instead of just the guitar input and a mic input. Ease of Use: For the included Guitar Tracks software and the VS-20 effects editor, the integration is 100% seemless. Load the drivers, plug in the hardware, and launch the software. Those were the ONLY required steps in the setup. After that it worked EXACTLY as advertised. My only reason for not marking 10 here is that using the control surface aspect of the unit under other software is a little tricky to setup. But that might just be my level of knowledge getting in the way. Quality: Solid metal chasis. Built like a light-weight version of a Boss pedal. I'd expect this thing to last a long time. The knobs and sliders feel solid and the buttons even more so. Value: For $300 you could probably buy better control surfaces, mic preamps, audio interfaces, and computer effects units. But you'd be hard-pressed to find anything that performs all of those options at that price. The VS-20 is truly unique. Manufacturer Support: Haven't had to use it. The Wow Factor: Sleek, black interface that you can take with you if needed? Pretty much as sexy as audio equipment can get. Overall: It's the center-piece of my home studio. I will be using it until I can save up for the VS-700 in a few months. Even still, the VS-20 will be my first choice in portable interfaces.
Style of Music: Rock
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Sound: This unit sacrafices A LOT to include everything it offers. First up, you only get RCA main outs. So, no balanced signal to your monitors. Next, just like MOST of Boss/Roland/Edirol's interfaces you only get ONE mic preamp and one instrument input. There is also a stereo line input but the plugs don't have a mono-only single connection. If you plug an instrument into L or R line-in you only get the signal on that channel. This can be fixed from within Guitar Tracks by making your track mono but the process seems like a hassle. Next, there is NO WAY to route your output. The output signal is sent evenly to both the RCA outputs AND the headphone output. This means that if you track in the same room that you record, you'll need to unplug the monitors if you want to hear your track in the headphones without getting feedback from mic/monitor proximity. However, the quality of the recorded sound at 16-bit, 44.1KHz is good an despite some white hiss in the upper gain regions, it's pretty clean/transparent. The built-in stereo condenser mics sound amazing but pick up all handling noises from operating the unit's buttons. Feature: It is your audio interface, mixer, DAW control, and FX unit in one. It doesn't really excel at any one area but does an honest job performing for what you'd expect a piece of hardware in this price range to do. Ease of Use: The integration with the included version of Guitar Tracks is flawless. The knobs control software knobs in realtime and installation is a breeze. The recording process really can't get any easier than this. Quality: It's built from metal and the knobs/sliders are firm. Value: You won't find another product that does all the things the VS-20 can do for $300. The upcoming (2011) Zoom R8 may prove a worthy adversary but that's TBD. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed it but the Cakewalk forums have lots of good info. The Wow Factor: Portable all-in-one unit. Overall: Some issues built into the hardware prevent it from being a '10' for the price. I would have liked to see two combo XLR and 1/4" inputs vs. one plus a dedicated guitar input. It would have added a LOT of flexibility. Also, the capability to simultaneously record ANY two inputs instead of just guitar+mic 1.
Style of Music: Rock, Electronic
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