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Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
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item number 263802
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available since July 2011
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Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture, USB 2.0 Audio Interface 24-bit/192 kHz, Two combo XLR/TRS inputs with premium mic preamps (VS Preamps), two TRS outputs, coaxial I/O, headphone out, and MIDI I/O, Graphical Control Panel software provides fast, intuitive control of the VS Preamps, Phantom power, ground lift, and Hi-Z switches, 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, Compact with durable aluminum body and Direct Box functionality, Power Supply: USB, Abma▀e: 185 x 134 x 44 mm, Gewicht: 570 gr.

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Good audio-interface, decent for home guitar recording.

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I bought this interface for playing/recording electric guitar. I did a lot of research on audio interfaces and this one seems to be decent for it's price category. Mind that I want to focus my review on guitar-related features!

Advantages:

+Great overall: solid design; usb-powered; support up to 24-bit/192 kHz; good sound; easy to use; mobile; includes good software.

+Nice auto-sens feature (I don't use it, though)

+Stable drivers, which allow you to use one program through ASIO without muting other non-ASIO sounds. So playing backing tracks in your media player or watching online videos is not a problem when your DAW is loaded.

+Low latency with no audio glitches. I use 24-bit/96 kHz mode, 192 samples. Full latency is 9.64 ms.

+Great pre-amps, with maximum instrument input level of +18dBu. This parameter is not listed in specs, but it's critical for high-output passive guitar pickups if guitar is connected to interface directly. With +18dBu you can avoid clipping with any pickups.

Disadvantages:

-Output knob regulates both speakers and headphones.

-Hi-Z impedance is only 680 kOhm, while standard is 1 mOhm. This parameter is also not listed in specs, and lower than standard impedance supposes it should cut high frequencies a bit. However, when comparing sound recorded with interface vs. instrumental preamp+interface, I can't really hear the difference.

-Signal/Noise Ratio is not studio quality: my measurements show -103 dB (A-weighted). So, when guitar is just plugged in and your input plugins are set to high-gain, you'll hear some amount of noise, but it's still good enough for home recording, since no noise cuts through while playing.

Conclusion:
This interface serves me as decent home mini-studio, keeps it simple, and I have zero problems with it. Really happy with my choice. Edit: some more interesting interfaces [for guitar recording] are present on the market now, which didn't exist when I bought this interface. But I'm still happy with this one.

Very easy to set up and the driver works very well

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I have used an Edirol UA-25 & UA-25ex in the past and had some driver issues although generally they were very good interfaces. This is an improvement in that the driver seems to have no issues at all and the software interface is also very good.
I would highly recommend!

Lacking on mid frequencies

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Was really surprised when I heard the sound. Its actual very noticable that this audio interface is lacking of mid frequencies. It does have less low as well but mid frequencies is its week point and makes everything sound fake and without a body. I bought this product for its direct monitoring and other features (VS Preamps, 192kHz) but didnt expect to have such a big difference in sound between other audio interfaces.

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