Edirol UA-5
Edirol UA-5

External Audio Interface of the UA series

User Reviews: 4.113

All user reviews for the Edirol UA-5

Average Score: 4.1 ( 4.1/5 based on 13 reviews )
  7 reviews 54 %
  4 reviews 31 %
  2 reviews 15 %
Value For Money: Excellent
theaudioandvideoguy 07/25/2012

theaudioandvideoguy's review "Kind of pricey"

4
The Edirol UA 5 is a very sturdy interface that can handle some punishment. I no longer own this unit but I remember when I was using it I put it through all types of abuse by accident. I had this really small desk that I was using that my laptop could barely fit on, and I had this beside the laptop and it kept getting knocked off the desk and the basement floor was concrete. I though for sure it would end up breaking on me one day but it never did. Once of the drops did pop off the cap of the front output knob. But I was able to get it to go back on. The Edirol UA 5 has several different connects and records up to 24 bits.


UTILIZATION

It was very easy to use, it had a great sound quality and switch able phantom power. This device is very simple but at the same time its very complex with everything that you can do with it. But one key thing for me was that you cant record and then play simultaneously. I didn’t realize that until I read in the manual that you can do that at 96khz.


GETTING STARTED

The font of the device is where everything is, the back of the device has nothing. Your ins are in the front all the knobs and monitor levels are in the front, so this makes for a great device for home because you probably wont every have to turn it around to get a look at the back of it.


OVERALL OPINION

Great interface, but there are some other ones that are very similar and are cheaper. When this first came out I remember I paid almost 300 dollars for it. I wasn’t happy with that price, it didn’t hold up for a long time though and I don’t regret my decision. But there are other interfaces that will cost less and can sound the exact same.
FP User 10/31/2008

FP User's review

5
As its a 2 in/2 out audio interface, it has everything you need ! It has ASIO2 drivers for both Windows and Mac, which gives me a latency of just 4 msec. ! Nice to play softsynths with this interface.

Price paid: €300

UTILIZATION

Easy to install, easy to adjust settings, and works with ALL audio software. Can it get any easier ?

GETTING STARTED

Its a high quality audio interface. Robust, and has no breakable knobs or whatever. Customer support is just fantastic ! I once needed help to install it, and they wrote me back in just one hour !! (the problem wasn't really a problem..it was my stupid mistake to not hook up the power supply)..

OVERALL OPINION

The sound is warm, and good. You can also hook up your Mic or Guitar with the XLR busses on the front of the interface !

I use this interface at a daily base..and..i love it ! It ALWAYS works, Never clicks or Pops with asio, and i LOVE the sound ! If you're looking for just a 2/2 audio interface ...get this one !

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown (January 1-, 2003)
touchmusic 03/22/2007

touchmusic's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Quote:
CHARACTERISTICS c'tait dj said.
Audio Recording Direct To PC or Mac.
I possde PC P4 Chipset Socket478/3Ghz/Cmre Intel/1Go Ram / 160GB D.dur SATA.OS Xp.
For 2 years exprience, I would say this is the Plug & Record!
It works perfectly that little 1 / 2 rack! REC / READ Cubase Sx, Save -> Guitar,
Bass, keyboard, voice, and without me .. Other concerns trs simple to use, I RPET
Plug and RECORD.

UTILIZATION

Quote:

installing the drivers this worry-free PC Board + P4 + Cmre Intel USB chipset Intel, Texas Instruments, Os minimum WinXp, download any latest drivers on the net with new Updates RULES g nral better, although unzipped (if so) in a folder and install them before proceeding UA5 connections ---> PC.
What? Incompatibility NO! I do not believe (with my PC nickel) Os XP pack 1, 2 or not.
to configure the trick c'tait dj dit.hyper easy.
About the manual I think it's normal not be too angry (acceptable). fraais translate Japanese 'just for fun'.

GETTING STARTED

Quote:

Drivers = M.. Day, despite not often, however note: Updates are stable from new P4 PC + Win XP OS or higher (minimum requires me to be Zen).
acceptable latency (DSOL I remember).
with those for (rec / read) as I do not like too much utlise tracks, I got over 16 audio tracks (Stereo & Mono) quiet (with some better plug-ins) + more tracks Midi.on can benefit from up to down mix.
le'PLUG and RECORD. "Miracle! It can be used also without a computer (my fawn Mike Giver dpanner to live when you have no table) are those that can be done!" is not m 'Please blame' c.. say Ex: Micro or other ---> Edirol UA-5 -> (R Amp direct, through L-Effects Reverb, Delay, EQ etc ...) --- > Amp -> Hp. + Jack the entries 'In Stereo' the rear I plug my platinum double rdg. Jokey for CD. The trick is done!

OVERALL OPINION

Quote:

I've had two years he has really made services.
level particularity c'tait dj said.
I have tried with many other Digidesign cards in 99, guillemot Maxi, M-audio
autres.beaucoup case may be the era problem with some All-Os-Pc Drivers, etc. ..
Considering the price right now with Edirol UA-5 + (PC or Mac, Os, so powerful drivers), I think it has something to enjoy without hsiter.

A +
David.
fabamarie 01/19/2005

fabamarie's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Audio sound card

UTILIZATION

Trs simple ASIO driver download, works well with cubase trs, no latency

GETTING STARTED

Nice, simple, careful however, 96hz, bizzare, it must choose either recording or playing, so I do not use it, it's better with a lot of ram on his computer, if not fast enough means cracking in the mix and output level connections, nothing wrong

OVERALL OPINION

Well, I use it for my home studio with a powerful pc trs (bi-proc, 1GH RAM), no problem, I added a prampli and I turn into usb1 I use 3 years, trs well for a small model to be home alone
Gouyousf 11/07/2004

Gouyousf's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

4
I bought it for a small sound card passes everywhere for my laptop: HP Omnibook XE3 gc a pentium III 800 MHz 256 RAM .. etc ...
I especially took to get an input / output SPDIF on my protable ...

UTILIZATION

OK

GETTING STARTED

Installation is simple and works ...

OVERALL OPINION

A good toolbox trs audio ... At this price, it gnial. Nothing to say .... Well it's not Systm pro-tools Mbox .... although not gnial of APRS what I mean.
cake1975 06/17/2003

cake1975's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
24-bit 96 kHz input analos, digital, power famtom, coax and optical digital output, including all that is.
I use it both to record my guitar, synths or voices, and everything is super nickel, the converters are of great qualities. I also use virtual instruments, including a lot gourmants resources, and no problems, no lag or so, with the same buffer to a minimum.

My config: atlhon 1800, 512 Meg of RAM, an ATA 100 hard drive for the system (win XP patched to donf), two UW SCSI hard drives to back up projects with Adaptec 2940.

I put an Adaptec USB 2.0 to connect it, and cracking is never perfect, even with 5 or 6 virtual instruments at the same time, it's really pro!

Avoid like the plague VIA chipset is not designed to record audio, that's it.

UTILIZATION

We put the CD and five minutes later you can start recording (not exaggerating!) on the other hand must at the base machine is super stable, I had to reformat it before putting the drivers.
I have not read the manual, frankly there is not need.
As for the config, just adjust the resolution and sampling frequency on the front and all rolls

GETTING STARTED

The drivers are extremely stable, ASIO 2.0 and WDM too.
Personally, I used those CD's for the moment I have not seen the usefulness of patched, to see later if I need it.
I use Cubase SX and Sonar 2 XL and no discomfort, especially with Cubase, much more stable than Sonar, which is a shame given that Sonar is made only for the PC
Regarding latency, I descent below 2 ms, but the USB card I use has a buffer, which can be done as I can afford these rates.
As usually I record one track I can not say how much I can save the track at once, but easily more than 10 or 12

OVERALL OPINION

It's been 6 months that I have and I expect the output of a model with more rack analos to zap my mixing console.
Bon are still some flaws, but hey this is not necessarily related to the interface, but rather to win XP, so you're better interface plugée and turned the computer before running under pain of being without any sounds.
The quality / price = TOP, I do not regret my purchase, but I read many test before deciding.
Buy it back tomorrow if I do it again.
brunolui 06/06/2003

brunolui's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Professional musician, I was looking for an affordable sound card, fully connected and supported by Mac OS 9 and OS X.
"I mainly records (90%) of acoustic instruments (guitar, accordion, bandonon, clarinet)
I work on a G4 867MHz bipro 726 MB DDR 260 GB (3disques) 2 screens
-In sound recording I use a table eurorack Berhinger 1604, RODE NT1 + 2 Beyer Dynamic Opus 83 950 + headphones Vivanco

UTILIZATION

OS-9 drivers no problem, no problemo OS X
-I have several test program like Logic Audio platinum4.8.1 (OS 9) peak (OS 9 and OSX) Digital Performer 3 (OS 9) cubase SX (os x) + some poet shareware and freeware OS X, not a only incompatibilitbr /> thank you edirol.Je prcise the 2nd generation osX drivers are very developed.
The manual-there is not (you understand me! But in mac there is no need, just remember to put the rear panel to position "adv" or nothing at all)

GETTING STARTED

New-bone X drivers are stable, even a hot connection is possible (but not the software is open)
The 2nd-generation is largely better than the first
After multiple-test I work mostly on Cubase SX and acondition's insane to put a buffer means if it is too small there may drop or crack
I do not listen in rerecording, but I could listen at the same time I was recording there was no latency
I do not use that between analogue

OVERALL OPINION

I have used it for a year and a half first with Logic Audio Platinum 4.8.1 but as I was looking for software that was walking on OS X and Steinberg has competitive prices for teachers, I have cubase SX prices Dement is in audio,
and what a pleasure not a plant not stall
I was operating under a Audiowerk 8 (big poo full of shenanigans) but not the picture I hope to one da 2496 for osX drivers that will be released (same publisher but edirol sports area)
BeeOne 06/04/2003

BeeOne's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

1
My config: Laptop Presario 1515 / P4 2.4 GHz / 512 RAM / XPhome
I wanted a card with no problem, with a full range of I / O and analog numriques, to make my portable studio less than 500EUR

The connection of the UA5 is super complete, nothing to say! Top direct monitoring!
The converters are super good, in and out.
The microphone gain is correct, but not standard enough. The case is nice and solid.

It lacks the "battery compartment" and it would be perfect.

WARNING! The I / O is numrique resample! So the UA5 can not make VST-LINK! it's not real bit to bit.

UTILIZATION

Installation pnible: what is it that DLIR to have to change modes (simple and advanced along the way. Souk is a real set!
The manual is quite readable and the "troubleshooting" rprsente the 2 / 3 of the manual ... inquitant!

In short, endless problems to configure, loss of drivers in redmarrage etc ... taking the real short head, I lost about 3 days in all.
Can not completely uninstall ASIO drivers without typing in the Registry System.
It's really DIY.

GETTING STARTED

My USB chipset (NEC) works apparently not well with the UA5 trs. Cd audio in and out, but there are clicks and pops impvisibles continuously, input and output. With standard buffers it gets better but still has y '. Apparently a lot of people have this type of problem.

For example, the sound is impeccable voice into an outlet for 300ms, and then hop in wavelab we see a transition from a half waveform 0dB, like that, without prvenir. Wavelab function analysis is to identify dgradations signal.

OVERALL OPINION

Returned to the store five days later. Not enough pro. Too bad the connection is top, the great features, but overall not strong enough for me. I will still not mastered my titles in 24 bits / 96 kHz with crackling noise like "old vinyl" on my sound card! Hahaha!

So I upgrade on a VXpocket Digigram v2 (too bad for optics and 48 V) - more expensive: and no 580th 96kHz - but at least it runs really!

Vive Pro products and drivers in bttn. I Dsormais mfierai of Edirol.
zjulos 03/21/2003

zjulos's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Connectivity varied: XLR, jack, Sinch, optical, coaxial,
must have a machine running with a lot of ram, it is greedy,
phantom power supply that works very well

UTILIZATION

Easy installation, driver downloadage site edirol
the manual explains nothing, apart from the need to install drivers,
if I would not say I will be no prophet ... lol
apparently it's more than one card mac pc despite what edirol

GETTING STARTED

The usb complicates the deal, it should not be too fun disconnect and reconnect at any time
otherwise, we have to reinstall the drivers regulieremnet
very very accurate latency
Track 2

OVERALL OPINION

Not bad for the USB, power supply separately (do not forget)
good value quality price, a practice with a food portablemais of ram
-=z=- 02/11/2003

-=z=-'s review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

4
2 24/96 converters of good quality.
Trs good conection (XLR, jack, RCA, coaxial, optical)
Format external "real" knobs.
The USB can allow mobile use (take care, the UA-5 requires its own power supply!)
Low latency with no problem (except problem with VIA chipset)
Recording a mono track or stro possible.
Attention! No 96kHz in full duplex!

UTILIZATION

The manual is not great but by following the instructions on installing the UA-5 with no problem.
Note: big problem with cracking of VIA KT133 chipset. The only solution is t buy a simple USB port on PCI 30 ... Since I dropped a VIA chipset nForce2, everything works perfectly: this is not the fault of Edirol, although we are careful not to prvenir ...
The setup is simple: SETTING THE frquence of the chantillonage the UA-5 itself, SETTING THE latency through software (see below).

GETTING STARTED

The drivers are stable and the latency is fairly good.

HOWEVER, and this is the I t trsdu:
- Obligation to revive the squenceur or disable playback Czech background to change to Sampling frequency drives.
- No panel CONTRL Asio in Cubase (you have to go in the control of Windows conf ... or be a shortcut well-sr) for rgler latency.
- Still no set day for almost a year (of course the driver is stable but its use is more than pnible).

OVERALL OPINION

Ok, I calm ...

The UA-5 is a trs good product if you are like me have a solution low latency audio inputs + 2 24 / "pseudo" 96 + Connection complte for a low price.

Warning your PC config: no IRQ sharing between graphics card and USB if it is the horror (Avoid VIA) made trs attention if you want to use the UA-5 with a laptop ...

In short, the UA-5 is the product Edirol archtype: trs a good value but an ergonomic qualitprix really rotten in comparison with most other brands.
As we do not change frequency drives, or SETTING THE latency every 30 seconds, I'm not too pnaliser overall rating:
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