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Roland OctaCapture USB 2.0 Audio Interface

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  • Eight Premium Mic Preamps, Compact I/O, Pristine Sound Quality
  • AUTO-SENS function intelligently sets optimal input levels for all preamps
  • Extreme low-latency VS Streaming driver. Low-noise, wide-range power supply. Compact with durable aluminum body and direct box functionality. Bundled with Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE
  • Four independent software-controlled Direct Mixers for creating custom monitor mixes
  • Supports all major DAW platforms on Mac or PC, including OSX 10.6 and Windows 7, through ASIO 2.0/WDM (Windows) and Core Audio (Mac) drivers
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 5 inches ; 5.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0048KM70Y
  • Item model number: OctaCapture
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,914 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 23, 2010

Product Description

Roland Octa-Capture
High-Speed USB Audio Interface
Roland Octa-Capture
High-level audio production comes easy with this fusion of premium components and technology. View larger

Roland Octa-Capture
Press the AUTO-SENS button, play the connected instruments, and the perfect recording levels are automatically set

Roland Octa-Capture
High-performance DSP onboard with support for four discrete mixes. View larger

Combining ten inputs, ten outputs, and eight VS Preamps with transparent 24-bit/192 kHz audio quality, the Roland Octa-Capture sets a new standard for portable USB 2.0 audio interfaces. High-level audio production comes easy with this fusion of premium components, Roland-quality engineering, and proprietary preamp and streaming technology. Octa-Capture is not only the perfect interface for multi-channel computer-based production, but also a great solution for expanding the I/O capability of the V-Studio 700 and V-Studio 100. Brimming with quality and performance seldom seen in its price range, Octa-Capture is the next-generation audio interface.

Roland Octa-Capture
Pro features for perfect multi-mic recordings. View larger

Roland Octa-Capture
Supports all major DAW platforms on Mac or PC. View larger
Eight Premium Mic Preamps

With its eight mic preamps, Octa-Capture shows its mettle in multi-mic applications like recording drums or full bands. The input level specs for Channels 7 and 8 have been optimized for extremely dynamic sound sources with high peak levels such as kick drums; the extra headroom (up to +16dBu) available on these channels helps prevent clipping and other recording problems. OCTA-CAPTURE also features independent compressors on its eight analog inputs to control the dynamics of difficult sound sources, ensuring solid recordings with clear sound and consistent levels.

One-Click AUTO-SENS: Automatic Input Level Adjustment

Setting optimum recording levels is an indispensable part of capturing high-quality recordings. If input levels are too high, the sound will distort; if levels are too low, you lose the advantage of the excellent resolution afforded by digital recording, and the sound suffers from signal-to-noise ratio deterioration. To solve these issues, OCTA-CAPTURE is equipped with a newly developed "AUTO-SENS" function, which makes it quick and easy for even novice users to set the optimum level for a particular sound source. With AUTO-SENS, all you have to do is press a button, supply sound input, and the built-in DSP will analyze the sound and set the optimum input level. In addition to Manual mode, where the DSP begins analyzing when you press the button and stops when you press it again, you can also define a preset analysis time of 30 seconds, 1 minute, 3 minutes, or 5 minutes. This revolutionary function is a real time-saver in recording sessions where setup time is limited.

Extreme Low-Latency Driver

Octa-Capture offers incredible stability and industry-leading low-latency USB performance via Roland's proprietary VS STREAMING technology. All current Mac and PC DAW platforms are supported through ASIO 2.0/WDM (Windows) and Core Audio (Mac) drivers. Thanks to VS STREAMING, you can use multiple devices (two Octa-Capture units or one Octa-Capture plus a V-Studio 100 or V-Studio 700) on the same USB bus without compromising stability, performance, or audio quality.

Four Flexible Monitor Mixes

With OCTA-CAPTURE and its high-performance DSP boasting 40-bit internal processing capability, you can use up to four digital mixers in two different categories (input mixer and output mixer) without tasking your PC. With these "direct mixers," you're able to directly output any connected source without routing it through your DAW program, and also tweak your sounds using OCTA-CAPTURE's built-in digital reverb and compressor. You can provide four independent latency-free mixes for performers, with different source volumes and dry-wet balances to suit the preferences of each musician. Each digital mixer also features a patch bay, which allows you to route your outputs for various applications and save these settings on your PC

Link Two Units for 16 x 16 Audio Input/Output

Need more flexibility? Link two Octa-Capture interfaces for 16 x 16 audio I/O, letting you add more instruments, mix more tracks, and more.

Supports Major Digital Audio Workstations (DAW)

Thanks to ASIO 2.0/WDM support for PC and Core Audio drivers for Mac, the Octa-Capture supports all major DAW platforms, including Cakewalk, ProTools, and more.

What's in the Box?

Roland Octa-Capture USB Audio Interface, rack mount angle x 2, owner's manual, Cakewalk Production Plus Pack DVD-ROM, driver CD-ROM, AC adapter, USB cable.

Choose the Roland Audio Interface Right for You

High Speed Audio Interface
USB 2.0 Audio Interface
Eight premium mic preamps, compact
I/O, pristine sound quality
Pro performance for portable production
Number of Audio Record / Playback Channels
Sampling Frequency = 96 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
Record: 10 channels
Playback: 10 channels
Record: 4 channels
Playback: 4 channels
Number of Audio Record / Playback Channels
Sampling Frequency = 192 kHz
Record: 4 channels
Playback: 4 channels
Record: 2 channels
Playback: 2 channels
Nominal Input Level Input jack 1-6 (XLR type): -56 to -6 dBu
Input jack 7-8 (XLR type): -50 to +0 dBu
Input jack 1-8 (1/4-inch TRS phone type): -46 to +4 dBu
Input jack 1, 2 (XLR type): -60 to -6 dBu
Input jack 1, 2 (1/4-inch TRS phone type): -50 to +4 dBu
Nominal Output Level Output 1-8: +0 dBu (balanced) Output 1, 2: +0 dBu (balanced)
Headroom 16 dB 14 dB
Input Impedance Input jack 1-6 (XLR type): 5 k ohms (balanced)
Input jack 7-8 (XLR type): 10 k ohms (balanced)
Input jack 1-8 (1/4-inch TRS phone type): 17 k ohms (balanced)
Input jack 1, 2 (XLR type): 4.8 k ohms
Input jack 1, 2 (1/4-inch TRS phone type): 15 k ohms (balanced)
Output Impedance Output 1-8: 1.8 k ohms (balanced)
Phones: 47 ohms
Output 1, 2: 2 k ohms (balanced)
Phones: 47 ohms
Residual Noise Level Main Out: -87 dBu typ. (Gain: min., Input 1-2 terminated with 600 ohms, IHF-A)
* Internal Direct Monitor Mixing setting
* Stereo Link: On, input channel fader: Unity
Input 1, 2 to Output 1, 2: -95 dBu typ. (Gain: min., 600 ohms terminated, IHF-A)
* Internal Direct Monitor Mixer setting
* Input channel fader: Unity
Dynamic Range AD Block: Input 1-8: 104 dB typ. (Gain: min.)
DA Block: Output 1-8: 113 dB typ.
AS Block: Input 1, 2: 104 dB typ. (Gain: min.)
DA Block: Output 1, 2: 109 dB typ.
Display 128 x 64 dots Graphic LCD (backlit LCD)
  • Input Jacks 1-8 (XLR type / 1/4-inch TRS phone type)
  • XLR type (balanced / phantom power +48 V)
  • 1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced)
  • Coaxial Input Connector
  • Coaxial Output Connector
  • Headphones Jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type)
  • Output Jack 1-8 (1/4 inch TRS phone type (balanced))
  • MIDI Connectors (In, Out)
  • USB Connector
  • Input jacks 1, 2 (XLR type / 1/4-inch TRS phone type)
  • XLR type (balanced / phantom power: DC 48V, 6mA Max per channel)
  • 1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced) (Input 1 supports high impedance)
  • Coaxial Input connector
  • Coaxial Output connector
  • Headphone jack (Stereo 1/4-inch phone type)
  • Output jacks 1, 2 (1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced))
  • MIDI connectors (In, Out)
  • USB connector

Customer Reviews

Buy it, you won't regret it.
Peter John
I don't review many products but this one is so well designed and is of such quality that I felt compelled to point others to it.
Amazon Customer
Wonderful for hooking up noisy old analog drum machines, bass line synths, and keyboards that I have.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 20, 2011
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I have two of these units strapped together to provide for a total of 16 ports. I am absolutely thrilled with the performance. I had a single MOTU 828 MKII which was working fine but I really wanted more ports and you cannot use ASIO drivers for multiple devices. I was particularly impressed with the documentation of this product which is significantly better than what you get used to for music products that you end up buying. Someone actually tried to write a manual which made the product useable quickly. Greatly appreciated! I will alert you to a few things NOT in the manual or not obvious that will help a lot and avoid problems:

Do NOT use the Octa-Capture on a USB 3.0 port. Despite the spec saying they are backward compatible you will get nothing but horrid garbage if you try to record. The interface can be seen and configured without a problem from the Octa-Capture control program but that is deceptive. Put it on a USB 2.0 port or be sorry. I spent a LOT of time wondering what was wrong before I figured this simple thing out.

If you put two Octa-Captures together you set the clock master to have VS100 Expansion mode OFF and the slave to have it on. Then you connect the S/PDIF out of the master to the S/PDIF in of the slave unit. You HAVE to leave the master S/PDIF in and the slave S/PDIF out ports unused. Don't try to be clever and find a new IO path because that will make the system NOT work. Again, not documented but something to think about. Take your main outs from the slave not the master. Make sure the digital audio port is set to auto on both units.

Be aware that you can only use 4 ports if you are running 192Khz sampling rates and that you cannot strap two Octa-Captures together if you do that also.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gideon October on February 7, 2011
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This unit works great with an HP Pavilion Dv7 laptop Win7 64. My DAW is Reaper. I am using separate HD 7200 for audio recording and have 8 gigs of ram. This replaced my defective MBOX3 which I returned to Avid after hours of trying to get it to work.

For the same price, I was able to get the Octa-Capture which does much more than the MBOX ever did. You can record up to 10 tracks at a time. WOW! Also, there are 10 outputs, and each pair of outs has it's own mixer. The practical application is different monitor mixes for each band member. (time to upgrade to in-ear monitors) There is a screen on the unit which doubles the information provided via the Win7 driver control panel. So that means you can use the unit as a mixer without the computer.

Also included is MIDI in/out. This was a must for our Roland V-drum kit which triggers our Superior Drummer software. A word about latency: This goes down to 48spls. This is the fastest turn around I have ever used, and it is certainly the fastest I have seen for a USB 2.0. It works if your just triggering a software synth very nicely. However, when my band tried triggering the synth and recording 8 tracks of 24bit audio, we experienced occasional dropouts in playback and recording (once ever 10-20min) This is more the fault of the computer than the OCTA-CAPTURE, as I'm sure on a more powerful system you could probably avoid dropouts. For example, I bet an i7 MacBook Pro would probably be perfect for this unit. Or, probably a powerful desktop. The most stable compromise we found for out computer was setting the buffer to 128, which allowed for flawless recording and decent low latency midi triggering and monitoring.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter John on October 3, 2011
I need to record classical chamber groups and piano, and wanted something portable with a good clean sound. One thing I needed was at least 4 phantom powered mic inputs. I didn't want outdated firewire (and don't have a port on my machine anyway), and I didn't want to spend more than 500.


I bought a zoom R24 a few weeks ago, spent the first week being excited about all the goodies (its a sampler! Its a drum machine! It's a piece of crap!!), then let down as more and more...noisy inputs, squealing when phantom power was engaged, timing drift, driver problems and audio cutting out...it was basically unusable for my purposes.

Today I got the octa-capture in the mail, set it up. First impression was how sturdy and solid it felt, the knobs all rubberized (unlike the cheap plastic ones on the R24). Drivers were immediately installed and recognized accurately, all inputs were detected. First thing when I played music from my computer through this device, I was shocked at how clear and crisp every sound was. The R24 seemed to actually degrade the quality of sound! This was like night and day, I couln't believe how drastic the comparison was. The sound on the preamps for the mics are great as well, recorded singing and solo mbira playing this afternoon and was stunned at the quality. And the auto sense button really works, great for a quick setup.

So glad I got this device, glad I shelled out the extra bucks for the quality. The integration of software and hardware is where this thing shines, and that is where music recording has been moving in the last 20 years. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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