Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
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Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture

UA-55 Quad-Capture, USB audio interface from Roland in the UA series.

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 25 reviews )
 18 reviews72 %
 4 reviews16 %
 1 user review4 %
Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
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Users reviews
MisterCanette11/07/2013

MisterCanette's review"A good soundcard"

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
I wanted a not-too-expensive soundcard to be able to compose without the master set to the minimum (I'm on a 1.8Ghz desktop PC, so it was a bit hardcore...). All the soundcards I saw were the same to me.
What caught my eye was the looks of the UA-55. The connections are somewhat ordinary: Two xlr/jack combo inputs, midi in/out, RCA output (which I have used as SPDIF with a Presonus Firebox, two jack outputs, a HiZ switch, phantom power. Something to meet my needs for some time.
I use (now) a Dell 17R, intel core i7, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb, an M-Audio Oxygen 49, MDP 26, and Mackie MR8.

UTILIZATION

Unless you really put some strain on it (I abused Reaktor with the "replayer"...), the drivers won't give you any trouble. Further, like on any other soundcard I guess, you can adjust a fader according to ten levels, going from "stability" to "real time," which is really useful depending on the situation.
With my i7 and with maximum stability (I don't like to keep it low-key when adjusting the parameters...) I run 96 tracks, most of which have at least 2 inserts, and some of them have even 8 inserts, and I can hear no crackles, the master is set halfway
I have 10ms when recording, and if I really push it, the latency goes to 30ms, but you have to try really hard. In other words, if you optimize, you have no latency.
You can control it via the potentiometers (with LED level indicators, which are really nice and useful). The auto-sens function adjusts the sensitivity automatically, which can be very useful when you use the built-in preamp, which is very useful.

It's made of solid metal to withstand transport. It is very sturdy, mine has no scratches yet.

GETTING STARTED

I use it with Cubase 5.1 and have no issues. The driver is very useful and well thought-out.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for almost a year. I just tried the firewire Presonus Firebox. I don't know what to say regarding its value for money, but I love to think I made the right choice. It is very cool, nice-looking and sounds good. To wrap it up, if you are starting out with your home studio, it's a good choice and a very good value for money, given all its features (level LEDs and pots, drivers, etc.).
I think I would buy it again.
stompboxjon03/14/2013

stompboxjon's review"Only two preamps but 4 channels"

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
The UA-55 is a 4 channel interface that has very good preamps in it. They are warm and clean, without coloring the sound of the recording. I was recording with this interface at 24 bit 192 kHz quality. Out of all of the times I recorded with this interface it has never given me any driver issues or problems. It has worked flawlessly from day one.

UTILIZATION

Setting this interface up took no effort at all, installing the drivers only took a few minutes and it was up and running and ready to go. I have never received a single driver update since I had this interface and never had the need for one.

GETTING STARTED

Using this interface with a condenser microphone was a good choice for me because it has a switched phantom power option on it to give the proper voltage for the condenser microphones that are very sensitive. There is a pair of ¼ Left and Right stereo outputs on the back of this interface that I ran right to my monitor controller. There are also MIDI ins and outs (5 pin).

OVERALL OPINION

This interface comes with a copy of CakeWalk Sonar X1 LE and it is very easy to set it up in that software. Only 2 of the channels on this interface have preamps though, and the other 2 do not so for me they really were not useable. I am not sure why they didn’t just put the preamps in all of the channels so they could really be more useable especially with this unit cost 300 dollars I think they could have afforded to put the preamps on the other two channels. That was the only downfall that I felt like was an issue with this monitor. I do love Roland products and they are always made to last a long time. This interface is great if you only need 2 preamps.
tokihano02/27/2013

tokihano's review"A safe bet"

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
Which technical specifications motivated your choice?
Compact, user-friendly, self-powered USB interface

What do you use it for?
To record demos (vocals and guitar) and as main output for laptop and desktop PCs.

What's your setup (motherboard, CPU, RAM, hard drive,...)?
Gigabyte H55/Core i3/16Gb DDR3
I don't recall the laptop specs, but it doesn't matter. Both run on Windows7-64

Do you use it with other instruments or systems (mixing console, preamp, DtD, ...) and what's your setup? ...
Zoom guitar preamp, Joemeek vocal preamp, Mackie mixer, jack/XLR balanced cables.

UTILIZATION

Are the drivers stable?
Yes, very stable.

Are they up to date?
Enough to be manifestly stable ;)

Which software do you use?
Cubase, VLC, Foobar2000, Audacity, Firefox

What's the latency of your system?
With the default buffer sizes, about 6-7ms

How many tracks can you record/playback simultaneously ? ...
- Personally, I only record one track, but according to the specs you could record 4 tracks simultaneously with inputs 1 and 2 on the front panel and tracks 3/4 via S/PDIF, but I have never tried it.
- Up to 90 tracks for playback with Cubase, with more tracks you have to adjust the buffer size but the latency increases...

GETTING STARTED

Was the installation hassle-free?
Absolutely!

Did you have any incompatibility problems?
None.

How complicated is the overall configuration?
It's pretty easy.

Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive? ...
No problems, so I think yes ;)

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you been using it?
1 year

Which feature do you like the most / the least?
The most: The ease of use, the compatibility, the sound
The least: It would be nice to have a separate volume control for the headphones, the lack of progressiveness of the pots, the digital I/O on S/PDIF RCA only

Did you try any other models before buying this one?
Yes, but not with the same application in mind, so not within its niche ^^'

How would you rate its value for money?
A safe bet.

Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? ...
Sure, it simplifies my life a lot. I only regret not having bought it 10 years ago, but it didn't exist or didn't work so well ^^
Lordswest01/12/2013

Lordswest's review"The quad seduced me"

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
Which technical specifications motivated your choice?

I wanted a USB soundcard capable of supporting 24/192, a simple unit with stable drivers to stay away of PC soundcards.

Do you use it with other instruments or systems (mixing console, preamp, DtD, ...) and what's your setup? ...

What do you use it for?
It depends on my mood. I use it with my laptop or desktop PC or the Mac, I also use my MiniDiscs, my studio live, my iPads, Ipod or iPhone, Neumann or Shure beta 87a vocal mic with a Voice live2.

Ditto on the Mac. Nothing to say, except that it works perfectly.

What's your setup (motherboard, CPU, RAM, hard drive,...)?
FYI, I put my PCs together myself. My main setup is a real beast, which nevertheless is starting to be outdated.
Quad core AMD, 8 GB Ram, 1 sdd for Windows...3 HDDs for storage, an Nvidia gtx680 for a bit of 3D (with a nice 27" display (a requirement for 3d ^^).

UTILIZATION

Are the drivers stable?
Nothing to say, impeccable.

Are they up to date?
Not right now, but what should I update for? ^^

Which software do you use?
Audacity, Soundforge, Studio one ,Capture

What's the latency of your system?
The what?

How many tracks can you record/playback simultaneously ? ...
My needs aren't' too demanding, but I do anything that comes to my head.
I'm not too limited in terms of Ram.

GETTING STARTED

Was the installation hassle-free?
No problems.

Did you have any incompatibility problems?
None. Neither on the Mac nor on the laptop or desktop PCs.

How complicated is the overall configuration? It's very easy.

Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive?
No, it's useless.
You have to get it from the CD, which I don't like.
It's true that it's not hard to get it going, but then again...

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you been using it? Several weeks.

Which feature do you like the most / the least?
The most: The sound, it's awesome.

Did you try any other models before buying this one? I used an old card on the PC or the Studio Live.

How would you rate its value for money? It's exactly what I was looking for, a solid unit (great sound, easy detection)

Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? ...
Without hesitation!
ericthegreat09/25/2011

ericthegreat's review"i love rolands quad capture"

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
The preamps in Roland Quad Capture are indeed VS preamps, clean, quiet and efficient. The first two support Hi-Z instrument direct input, while all eight channels offer individual low-cut filtering, phase inversion, phantom power, and their own compressor/limiter. The quad-Capture supports four discrete mixes (Mix A-D), too -- and these can be running simultaneously, routed to different pairs of outputs. The obvious application for this wiould be in recording, sending different performers mixes that boosted their contributions over others', but I also see a huge advantage here in using an quad-Capture in live sound for a school, small theatre or church environment, being able to vary the mix to different banks of monitors in a house PA system, to better take advantage of the room's resonant qualities.


UTILIZATION

Focusrite and M-Audio both have offerings with eight preamps in the same price range that are worth exploring too. In my own case, need to stay within the V-LINK family made the quad-Capture a foregone conclusion, but the Auto-Sens feature in particular makes it a formidable contender even to those without such a requirement. Furthermore, folks who are considering a second VS-700R, but don't quite need the massive iron and second Fantom it provides, would be well-served to take a look at the quad-Capture as a very cost-effective alternative for V-Studio expansion.


GETTING STARTED

No compatibility issues.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, I'm kind of amazed, really. At its price, it's a natural choice to pair with a VS-700 or just to run by itself as a project studio IO solution, but its applications in live sound as a control center for a small performance hall should not be overlooked either. This isn't just an IO box -- it's a highly portable, highly versatile virtual soundboard for live sound work, that can also produce amazing captures. One of these, plus a basic laptop with the quad-Capture's software for easier access to all the settings, would be a very cost-effective solution for mobile sound desk work. The ability to run concurrent mixes to different banks of speakers, and to automatically set levels, make it a "magic bullet" when dealing with most live sound concerns.
Oliviercool07/18/2014

Oliviercool's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Great sensitivity and accurate automatic entry"

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
External sound card USB 2.0 4 channels, 2 analog and 2 via the input - digital output 24 bits 24 bits 96 KHz 192 KHz view (in this case, this card is 2 channels: one pair of analog channels is used).

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UTILIZATION

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GETTING STARTED

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OVERALL OPINION

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Alex#406/26/2014

Alex#4's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The must-have phones!"

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
What motivated me to buy it: The brand combo inputs, self-supplied function "auto-sense" the advice of an engineer.

I use this sound card on an iMac and a MacBook Pro Home Studio or live session and I'm very satisfied
(Config: Intel i7, 12GB RAM)

UTILIZATION

For my part I have used on Mac, and drivers have never posed a problem for me on this point, no crash sequencer (Logic Pro), really ultra-stable!
- When recording, I am limited to two tracks Jack / XLR and I am using almost never optical inputs.

- In reading, I read projects 8-24 tracks without problem (be careful to have a computer that runs behind!)

- The drivers are updated with each new version of Mac OS!

- On my iMac I get a latency of 8ms and 6ms on my MacBook Pro.

GETTING STARTED

Installation without any difficulty (on Mac always), the panel is very clear, with the ability to adjust the compressors.

OVERALL OPINION

I use this sound card for 2 years, I have also tried other sound cards or almost the same range (M-Audio, Line 6, etc.) and there really is a big difference between these cards and the Quad- Capture! We really feel like spending a beginner to a pro really sound!
Indeed, this sound card has everything a great preamps since embarked worthy of the biggest sound cards and is found in incredible detail whether recording or playback!

So I think the quality / price is really unbeatable in this range and I even thought about buying a second to increase the number of tracks!
cvalera08/24/2013

cvalera's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unsuccessful trial"

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
I wanted purchased this occasion Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture twice, but I did not because it has a major flaw:
When recording microphone or the output of a device (console or otherwise), if we change the gain on one channel noise appears on the audio. It is useless to make a recording.
This problem also occurs if the buttons on the interface or if it is on the settings of the interface is running.
Roland How can he let this default?
I reported this fault to vendors who told me that during recording it should not touch the recording settings, there was compressors for that! I laughed a lot.
Reading (monitoring-all is well and all is well designed.
The sound seems good.

UTILIZATION

No problems Driver on a Mac.

GETTING STARTED

Easy and simple installation on Mac

OVERALL OPINION

I tested two models one of which had less than 6 months.
MPFree02/23/2013

MPFree's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ok money / Its Ok / Ok use"

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
-The quality of the preamps (it sounds!)
-It's Roland (not the edirol ..)
My PC config-CM Gigabyte / (Q Intell 6600 quad core, Rev. G0! [more reputation to a must have] / DD Samsung SSD 250 giga
choisissez01/11/2013

choisissez's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ravi, efficient equipment, which sounds"

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture
2 inputs, preamps and converters quality for its class. Hi-Z input for guitar.
Microphones used with static wide membrane (voice / percussion / guitar) and guitar line input on PC windows vista, cubase.

UTILIZATION

Stable no surprise but not too soon to judge the long term.

GETTING STARTED

Installation and configuration quick and efficient, no compatibility issues with Windows Vista and cubase.
English manual clear and sufficient.

OVERALL OPINION

I hesitated with the presonus audiobox including 22 in the same range but does not have a Hi-Z input for guitar by roland against the monitor and headphone outputs use the same gain as said before, the only default I use (and even the knobs are in front of my monitorings).

Value for money very good given the effectiveness of equipment and rendering accurate compared to my sources. A very good card in this price range.