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Roland UA-1010 Octa-Capture USB 2.0 Audio Interface

Take your home studio to the next level with Roland's next-generation USB 2.0 interface, featuring 10 inputs, 10 outputs and 8 premium mic preamps. (11) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Combining ten inputs, ten outputs, and eight VS Preamp with transparent 24-bit/192 kHz audio quality, the Roland Octa-Capture sets a high standard for portable USB 2.0 audio interfaces. High-level audio production comes easy with this fusion of premium components, Roland-quality engineering, and proprietary preamp and streaming technology.Octa-Capture is not only the perfect interface for multi-channel computer-based production, but also a great solution for expanding the I/O capability of the V-Studio 700 and V-Studio 100. Brimming with quality and performance seldom seen in its price range, Octa-Capture is the next-generation audio interface.

Features:

- Eight premium mic preamps built in (VS Preamp)
- Auto-SENS function intelligently sets optimal input levels for all preamps
- Extremely stable low-latency VS Streaming driver
- Four independent software-controlled Direct Mixers for creating custom monitor mixes
- Supports all major DAW platforms on Mac or PC, including OSX 10.6 and Windows 7, through ASIO 2.0/WDM (Windows) and Core Audio (Mac) drivers
- Rackmount ears included
- Bundled with Cakewalk Production Plus Pack

Eight Premium Mic Preamps

Octa-Capture boasts eight premium-grade digitally controlled mic preamps (VS Preamps), built with the same high-grade components as the preamps in the V-STUDIO 700 and M-400 V-Mixer. Eight XLR inputs are provided for the preamps, plus independent phantom power, low-cut filter, phase invert, and digital compression for each channel.

Auto Input Level Adjustment

Never before has it been this fast and easy to set perfect input levels -- simply activate the Auto-SENS feature with the push of a button, play your connected instruments, and Octa-Capture automatically sets the ideal recording level for each input. It's great for quick, fail-safe audio capture when recording either a fully mic'd drum kit or an entire band.

Extreme Low-Latency Driver

Octa-Capture offers incredible stability and industry-leading low-latency USB performance via Roland's proprietary VS Streaming technology. All current Mac and PC DAW platforms are supported through ASIO 2.0/WDM (Windows) and Core Audio (Mac) drivers. Thanks to VS Streaming, you can use multiple devices (two Octa-Capture units or one Octa-Capture plus a V-Studio 100 or V-Studio 700) on the same USB bus without compromising stability, performance, or audio quality.

Four Flexible Monitor Mixes

Beyond traditional audio interfacing, Octa-Capture offers four independent Direct Mixers for creating software-controlled monitor mixes. Each mix can be routed to any of the analog outputs and can take advantage of the internal 40-bit DSP processing -- perfect for sending custom monitor mixes to headphones, speakers, or recording devices.

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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 5 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
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Overall: The Roland Octa-Capture USB has been pretty much rock solid as I have been using it for about 6 months now (I do not like to write reviews for things that I have not used for at least 6 months). I have not had any problems with it. There was a tricky update that required updating both the software on my computer and the firmware in the Octa-Capture unit itself. Once I understood that both were necessary, it was not too difficult to accomplish, but it was not abundantly clear that two types of updates were involved. I like the idea that now I can change sample rates without rebooting the computer or turning the external interface off as I used to have to do with my previous Roland FA-101. The Sound is very good but I do get occasional audio glitches every once in a great while. Now I have everything set to 48khz/24 bit, thought probably most program material is actually 44.1khz/16 bit anyway. Many of my VSTi's are able to run 48/24. The manual is difficult and cryptic and the design of the software is certainly not self-apparent, but most of my needs have been met. I usually do well with technical manuals, but this one could use some work. One thing that bugs me is that ONLY ONE major software can access the Octa-Capture at a time. Whichever one you use will preclude any other software audio device (unless you run a different driver model). I was able to run more than one software audio output from my computer into my previous FA-101, not so with the Octa-Capture. So that means that you can have 8 inputs AS LONG as they are external audio inputs. I tried the Steinberg Multi-Client application but my system popped, snapped and acted crazy, so I gave up on the Multi-Client. If you run Sonar, you cannot simultaneously run Band-in-a-Box. Even I cannot run Toby Bear's MiniHost and Xlutop's Chainer at the same time. One precludes the other (BTW, I have tried changing Window's settings, to no avail). Small simple audio software, however, can be run at the same time. I can listen to an YouTube video and WinAmp at the same time for instance (though that is not a spectacularly useful thing to do). Occasionally, an audio software application will crash or hang leaving behind a stub process or two on the machine. This locks the Octa-Capture and no subsequent audio application can access the Octa-Capture in that same driver mode (for me, usually ASIO). I am not sure what is going on, whether it is a Windows7 thing, a Toshiba thing or a Roland Octa-Capture thing. I usually have to reboot the machine; just turning off Octa-Capture does not do the trick. So although I have some reservations, I am overall happy with the Octa-Capture and its sound quality.
Style of Music: Very eclectic. I write for many genres.
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Sound: Love the sound. Once I set it up, I wasn't around any equipment to test the inputs so the first thing I did was plug my headphones in and see if there was a difference. Everything was MUCH clearer and tighter than through my computer. I usually use DSP to make my music sound better, but once I listened through this and noted the fidelity and resolution I never noticed before, I turned them off. Monitoring and mixing with this is sure to produce precise results, as you hear everything. So when I got to my equipment and chilled with my bandmates, we plugged up to work on an EP. The first two imputs are Hi-Z, meaning higher headroom for extra dynamic instruments like guitars. Well, guitars sounded amazing. Clear, tight bass, tight high end, almost in HD. Now, since the preamps are grade A, they are simply designed... no crosstalk or colorization. Some people may think that this means that tracks "lose character", but when you're recording, you need this transparency... and trust me, it is worth it. Tracks are not muddy and they are just perfect. The "Auto-Sens" feature is very handy... have someone play their instrument and push the button and it sets input levels automatically. Very nice and failproof. Another thing I liked about this was the potential to route all instruments and mix them in realtime using the software, and then output them to the engineer's mixer, so I would use OUR effects and DSPs. Well, with most of my programs, from input to processing to output (aka a "round Trip" through the system), latency was an average of 7 ms. This is pretty damn good, sure latency is somewhat noticeable, but the monitor mixes (more on that later) were nearly latency-less. In brief: Sound suffers no colorization, making this unit suitable for any recording application. 8 In/Outs and flexible routing means a crazy level of usefulness both routing live and in the studio. Feature: Well, this thing is packed full of features for the price. The most useful is the Auto Sens, which I previously covered. Something else I like is the easy routing... one can create 4 mixes from scratch and route them to any of the 8 outputs. And from within your DAW or effects software, you can choose down to the single input and output to use to route stuff... most interfaces are not this simple and it works so seamlessly. Don't have a computer? You can use the things as a standalone mixer and add compression, gating, etc. Not the BEST quality effects, and accounting for volume changes (even with comp) can be a bit tricky... but it has this capability nonetheless. Ease of Use: Ease of use? I set it up in my sleep. Install the driver, plug it in, and you're done. And how it performs is even better. Communication, traditionally, between the DAW, effect software, and the interface required all three to sync to a 'clock' on the computer. This method is unstable due to operating system meltdowns that always happen behind the scenes (especially on Windows). This interface instead syncs to a very precise crystal on the device itself, therefore all communication and streaming is super efficient and stable. Sure, all systems can't get latencies as low as 48 samples, but 64 will satisfy virtually 96% of personal computers out there now (not counting vista) Using ASIO V2, I currently get an average of 2 to 4 ms of latency, even with everything else fully loaded. That is effin' amazing. Quality: The first thing I noticed was that the case was METAL (Yes, I was very surprised.) The nobs are solid, buttons are solid, everything. The adapter seems cheap though, so take care of it. I wrapped where the wires connect into the stub with electrical tape just to give it some extra support, since the wires never get hot I figured this was a safe thing to do. Value: For the money, this thing is unbeatable. Sure there are minor gripes, there always will be. But quality, SOUND quality, flexibility, features... it's just amazing. Manufacturer Support: Well, I have had issues with Roland before... they don't seem overly interested in helping you. So since this is about the MANUFACTURER, I'd say not excellent. Be prepared to request Level 2 support if the Level 1 rep is an idiot. The Wow Factor: It looks sleek and modern. Nothing that blew me away. But thats alright... The interface sits on top of my table with a sophisticated modesty that most other interfaces dont have. Overall: I bought this unit to do all the audio work for my band For Once Today, whom I play keyboard for. This interface is absolutely mind blowing. I will get to all the good stuff later, but I would like to address a few potential concerns with the equipment (small stuff, but potential end consumers may want to pay attention here): 1. This interface IS NOT bus powered. Since it packs 8 grade A pre-amps in it, it must run off of an AC outlet. So if you demand bus power, look elsewhere. 2. Windows Vista users frequently report significant latency issues, sometimes having to set buffer values as high as 1024 samples per second to reach a level of stability. As all music guys like me know, this is unacceptable due to latency, especially during live routing situations. Windows XP and 7 work just fine though (Buffer size on my system is set to 48 SPS with rock solid stability!!). 3. Phantom power can trigger low level noise (nothing a gate can't handle), and grounding the unit can remove this. That's it. Sure, it seems a bit pricy but if you are a serious musician/engineer/whatever, then it will be worth it entirely. Lets move on...
Style of Music: Metal, Metalcore/deathcore. Personally, electronic, rock, symphonic.
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