USB audio interfaces from Roland
Roland has announced the Tri-Capture UA-33 and Duo-Capture UA-11 USB audio interfaces.
The UA-33 is a stereo audio interface suitable for musicians, video production, web streaming, and creating podcasts. Powered via USB, the interface is equipped with three kinds of inputs – an XLR mic input with phantom power, a 1/4-inch input with a Hi-Z switch that allows users to connect a guitar directly, and a stereo AUX input with a dedicated volume control for connecting a stereo sound source such as a keyboard, rhythm machine, mixer, or portable music player.
Three recording modes provide a selection of recording scenarios, including loop back for web streaming applications. The Tri-Capture records and plays back 24-bit audio at sample rates up to 96 kHz, and comes bundled with Cakewalk Sonar X1 LE.
The compact Duo-Capture UA-11 meanwhile is a portable USB interface designed for use in tandem with laptops. It features a ¼-inch mic/guitar input with an impedance selector and a 1/8-inch stereo input for connecting stereo devices. Stereo output is provided on 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch headphone outputs, both of which are available simultaneously. Audio drivers for the Tri-Capture and Duo-Capture are available for both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
Also new is Roland’s UM-One USB MIDI Interface, a compact MIDI interface designed for hobbyists, musicians, and educators requiring MIDI connectivity to control or record music with a computer.
The UM-ONE is a bus-powered 1-In/1-Out MIDI port with LED indicators for MIDI I/O signal monitoring, and integrates both USB and MIDI cables for compatibility with computer-based music systems. Featuring high performance FPT processing, the interface claims MIDI transfer rates with lower latency and tighter clock timing.
The UM-ONE is suitable for small studios or academic settings where only one MIDI device will be connected in close proximity to a computer. In live performance settings, the UM-ONE can also be used to control MIDI light set-up, master recording console, or any other MIDI device from a computer.