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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Easy to install, easy to adjust settings, and works with ALL audio software. Can it get any easier ?
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)..
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)
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Web-bros's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
The UA-5 Has my first purchase for my pro card and it needs dpart trs well served its purpose. Its connectivity is trs complte and in fact a small home studio all in one: two XLR in facade allow the use of a microphone (48V phantom power and prampli) and even a guitar thanks to slecteur of impdance. There is another from the rear strro CAR and finally a range of e / s numrique, optical and coaxial.
The design and manufacturing quality are excellent, like the vast majority of products from Edirol.
I used this module with a 1GHz Athlon PC under Win2000 without any problem.
Installation is fairly simple.
However, unlike what a USB connection would suggest, it is not advisable to remove and reconnect hot) If the UA-5 n'tait not on the PC before dmarage It is not possible to use it half the time!
Another complaint: even if this card is 24bit/96kHz the gre with certain limitations, we can only play or record this resolution (by turning the knob fate that effect), but not simultanment two ... It has never worked since I drang in 16/48, but probably annoy the most demanding.
Finally, the UA-5 Submitted incompatibility with some of the VIA chipset.
The drivers are well made trs, it comes with ASIO drivers and WDM drivers are efficient trs, which rjouira cakewalk Sonar users. This gives a latency of 8ms painless.
I do possde over this card, I replaced it with a couple Terratec EWS88 a mixer, my home studio s'angrandissant.
But I t trs satisfied, it is little but she does well. The power supply and prampli Fatme Intgr particulirement are practical for a microphone or a guitar.
The USB format has its advantages and inconvnients ...
I loved particulirement its manufacturing quality and look.
I had bought 370 euros new, which I think is a good quality price.