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Edirol UA25 USB Stereo Audio Interface

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Edirol UA25 USB Audio Interface

Edirol UA25 USB Stereo Audio Interface
The UA-25 is a powerful USB Audio/MIDI interface designed to offer premium sound quality, rugged durability, and complete portability to the computer-based audio engineer. The UA-25 is compact enough to travel anywhere you can take your computer. It is designed using high-grade aluminum for the chassis, which offers two benefits: 1) The UA-25 can withstand hard impacts that are normally associated with traveling or working in the field, and 2) The aluminum is an excellent shield against high-frequency interference from other electrical components. The UA-25 is USB Powered, so you never have to plug it into a wall socket, but it manages to power condenser microphones with 48V Phantom Power. The Seasoned audio professional will love the UA-25 for its ability to output audio at +4dBu from the balanced 1/4'' outputs, making it the best portable audio interface to pack between the field and the studio.

Have to listen in real time? Monitor Direct! The UA-25 includes a power set of direct monitor controls that allow you to route audio directly from the inputs to the outputs & the headphone jack, so you don't have to listen with latency. You can turn direct monitoring on or off, adjust the relative volume of the input signal compared to the audio playing out from your computer, and even set the signal to monitor in mono. Why mono? Two reasons: 1) If you plug a microphone into the left input and want to hear it in both headphones, you want to have your direct monitor set to mono. 2) If you're afraid of phasing issues between your two inputs, you can hear the phasing issues by monitoring in mono.

The best reason to consider the UA-25 as the best audio interface to use in the field is the inclusion of an analog mild compressor built into the interface. This allows a little more discrepancy in setting the microphone levels and allows the user more freedom from audio clipping. If your first take is your only chance, you DONT want to get caught without this feature and the UA-25 is the only USB-powered stereo audio interface in the market that offers it. Add in 24-bit/96kHz audio performance, MIDI I/O, S/P DIF Optical I/O, and Neutrix XLR/TRS Inputs with High-grade microphone preamps, and the UA-25 is everything you need to get superb audio to and from your computer.

Yet another important consideration in choosing your audio interface is driver stability! And Edirol is #1 when it comes to stable drivers for our Audio Interfaces. With ASIO2.0, WDM, MME, and CoreAudio support, the UA-25 offers a wide variety of support for both Mac & PC.

Hidden little extras: The UA-25 also has the ability to reroute out-going audio signals back to the input without crossing into the analog domain. Why is this useful, you ask? If you are streaming audio from the internet, most applications won't allow you to record the audio directly. But if you run it out of your sound card & back to an input, you have an audio signal that you route to any recording application you like. The UA-25 allows you to do this without requiring you to make a physical connection with a cable, and most impressively, without leaving the digital domain.

Main Features

Solid Aluminum Chassis - Portable and Durable

Premium Audio Quality

Wide Variety of I/O Ports

Built-in Analog Limiter

Zero Latency, Direct Monitoring

USB-Powered Phantom Power Preamps

+4 dBu Output for professional application

Solid Aluminum Chassis - Portable and Durable
All of Edirol's latest audio interface technology is condensed into the compact UA-25, giving the user the highest performance 24-bit/96kHz recording and playback via USB.

Premium Audio Quality
The UA-25 uses powerful analog electronics coupled with well-matched A/D & D/A converters for superior audio fidelity.

Wide Variety of I/O Ports
Wide range of input and output ports in a compact case. A pair of Neutrix XLR/TRS combo jacks with Phantom power, Hi-Z port for guitar direct connection, S/P DIF optical I/O ports and MIDI IN/OUT ports.

Balanced I/O Ports
The UA-25 generates low-noise and has a wide-range power supply all via USB. Thanks to this, the UA-25 gives +4 dBu balanced professional audio input and output connections.

Two High Quality Mic Preamps
Includes a pair of high quality microphone preamps using premium analog components. It provides a clean recording environment to give a perfect recording.

Built-in Analog Limiter
Reduce sudden overloaded sounds or popping noises in your recordings. You can often get overloaded levels while recording on the fly. With this switch set, you can still achieve a high quality sound while retaining a wide dynamic range. The side diagram shows the Limiter characteristics.

Zero Latency, Direct Monitoring
The UA-25 provides ultra low latency with maximum performance from popular music software, such as Sonar, Logic and Cubase. You can control Direct Monitoring from the front panel, not only for ASIO 2.0 compatible applications but also for others. Ideal for soft synths controlled from MIDI devices.

Driver Compatibility (WDM, ASIO2.0, and CoreAudio)
The bundled CD-ROM has drivers for WDM (Windows XP/2000)/ASIO2.0 (Windows, Mac OS 9) and CoreAudio(Mac OS X). In addition, you can choose to use either the advanced or OS-standard driver, via the ADV switch. Sound Manager for Audio and OMS/FreeMIDI compatible on Mac OS 9 and Windows98 and Me, as well.

USB Bus Powered
Just connect one USB cable. No need for an AC adaptor. In combination with your laptop, you get a quality field recorder. The UA-25 is the audio interface for mobile users - ideal for the traveling musician.

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Specifications
Number of Audio Record/Playback Channels
Record: 1 pair of stereo
Playback: 1 pair of stereo
Digital Out Switch = Off:
Full duplex (except for 96 kHz setting)
Digital In Switch = On: Recording only

Signal Processing
PC interface:
24 bits (Advance = Off: 16 bits)
AD/DA Conversion:
24 bits (linear)

Sampling Frequency
Digital output: 44.1/48/96 kHz
Digital input: 44.1/48/96 kHz
AD/DA Conversion: 44.1/48/96 kHz
Advance Switch = Off: 44.1kHz only

Frequency Response
96 kHz: 20 Hz to 40 kHz (+0 dB/-2 dB)
48.0 kHz: 20 Hz to 22 kHz (+0 dB/-1 dB)
44.1 kHz: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+0 dB/-1 dB)

Nominal Input Level
Input Jack L, R (XLR type): -60 to -20 dBu
Input Jack L, R (1/4 inch TRS phone type): -36 to +4 dBu

Nominal Output Level
Output Jack L, R (1/4'' TRS phone type): +4 dBu (balanced)
Output Jack L, R (RCA phono type): -2 dBu

Residual Noise Level
Output Jack: -96 dBu (S/N ratio: 105 dB)
(Input terminated with 1 k ohms, Output Volume: max., Input Monitor: min., IHF-A, typ.)

Interface: USB

Digital input/output
Optical type (conforms to IEC60958 consumer format)

Connectors
Front Panel
Input Jack L, R
XLR type
(balanced, phantom power +48 V)
1/4'' TRS phone type (balanced)
Input Jack 2: high impedance is supported
Headphones Jack (Stereo 1/4 inch)

Rear Panel
Digital Input Connector (Optical type)
Digital Output Connector (Optical type)
Output Jack L, R
1/4 inch TRS phone type (balanced)
RCA phono type
MIDI Connectors (IN/OUT)
USB Connector (B type)

Power Supply: USB Bus Power

Current Draw: 480 mA

Dimensions:
164 (W) x 133 (D) x 46 (H) mm
6-1/2 (W) x 5-1/4 (D) x 1-13/16 (H) in

Weight: 554 g / 1 lb 4 oz

Accessories
Owner's Manual
USB cable
CD-ROM

System Requirements

Macintosh

OS: Mac OS 9, 10.2 or later
Computer: Apple Macintosh series with on-board USB port
CPU/Clock: PowerPC G3 400 mhz or higher
Memory(RAM): 256MB or More
Hard Disk: 200 MB of free space.

Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/ XP Professional /2000 Professional /Me/98 Second Edition/Vista
Computer: Windows XP Compatible PC
CPU/Clock: Pentium, Celeron, or Pentium compatible processor 600MHz or higher.
Memory(RAM): 256MB or more
Hard Disk: 200 MB of free space.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-380-2580
Customer Reviews
4 out of 5 (106 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Excellent quality, looks, and support."
Sound: Very clear sound. Noise at full gain when recording from a microphone, but back the gain down a little, and it has no noise. Feature: The built in pre-amps work only with a condensor mic. I bought a stereo pre-amp from radio shack for 25.00 (that was actually listed as for speakers) use it between my Sony ECM 909A stereo mic., and the results are very clear, very high-quality. Quality: Well made. Aluminum cover. Seems very sturdy. Value: I haven't used any other audio interface, but my online shopping seems to indicate that UA 25 is a very good value. Manufacturer Support: I called support because my microphone did not record loud enough and I wanted to be sure the built-in pre-amps were not usable with this microphone (They arent't). The technician I talked to was very helpful, patient, knowledgable. He looked up relevant information and told me the pre-amp I had, from radio shack was compatible and gave me other information I needed. The Wow Factor: Looks good. Looks sturdy. It's aluminum case is attractive and sturdy. Overall: I like it. The only reason I haven't given it 10 in most categories is that I haven't tried other, very expensive interfaces. I don't have anything to compare it to.
Style of Music: Hard to classify.
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This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Great for home and remote recording, not-so-great for mixdown"
Sound: Pros: - Mic pres are fairly quiet - Very nice soft limiting of analog inputs - Headphone output is quiet Cons: - Line inputs a bit hissy when gain is applied Feature: Pros: - USB interface - USB powered, even phantom mic voltage Cons: - USB interface is 1.1 only, which limits 24/96 operation to in or out, not both - Use of the optical SPDIF input creates a loop, so you can only use in or out, not both - Analog outputs are variable, not straight line level - Headphone level is tied directly to analog output level - Direct monitoring feed is only a volume, not a mix control - No coaxial SPDIF or AES/EBU I/O Quality: Rugged case, controls and I/O nicely laid out Value: If I were designing this box the coaxial connections on the back would be SPDIF I/O; using the SPDIF input wouldn't create a loop; the analog outs would be line level only; the output volume on the front would control the headphones only; the direct monitor control would be a mix control between direct in and out; and the USB interface would be 2.0 or Firewire. Two headphone outs with separate volumes would be a real plus. Stand-alone conversion between analog <=> SPDIF would be really nice as well. For that I'd pay $50-$100 more and the box would be a true Swiss army knife. Manufacturer Support: No email tech support that I could find. Kind of pathetic in this day and age. Drivers version remains at 1.0.0 (which is good or bad depending on how you look at it). The Wow Factor: As it is, this box is great for remote recording i.e. with a lap-top, and the soft limiting can't be beat. But it sucks for mixdown due to the SPDIF loop, the combined headphone / line output level control, and the poorly designed direct monitor. Overall: This little box is pretty nifty. I got it due to the all the handy interfaces it has. With a some changes it would be perfect IMO, but as-is it is very frustrating to use for mix-down. The BCA2000 is better for home recording and mixdown, and is cheaper to boot, but my BCA2000 poped the left channel when I was disconnecting a mic, so I decided to try this unit instead. I have rather mixed feelings about it, but have somewhat grudgingly decided to keep it.
Style of Music: Folk, Classical, Electronica
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