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WNAMM13: Roland Announces Flagship Audio Interface
STUDIO-CAPTURE 16x10 interface features 12 premium mic preamps 21/01/13
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Roland tells us that STUDIO-CAPTURE is a high-performance USB 2.0 audio interface for studio and mobile production. They say that, with 16 audio inputs, 12 premium-grade mic preamps (a first for a compact USB audio interface) and 10 audio outputs, the STUDIO-CAPTURE provides extensive connection capabilities for professional production needs – and will fit easily into a travel bag. You also get 24-bit/192 kHz audio quality, comprehensive front-panel metering, XLR monitor outputs with dedicated level control, dual headphone outputs, rock-solid drivers with VS STREAMING technology, and much more.
A spokesperson told us, "Durable, portable, and capable of handling large-scale recording projects in the studio and on the road, STUDIO-CAPTURE is the perfect audio interface for the modern musician"
Here's more details in Roland's own words:
• High-performance USB 2.0 audio interface for studio and mobile production • 16 audio inputs (including 12 premium mic VS PREAMPS) and 10 audio outputs • VS STREAMING delivers ultra-stable, low-latency driver performance for Windows and Mac • AUTO-SENS intelligently sets optimal input levels for all preamps • Individual input/output meters and input channel buttons • Four independent, software-controlled monitor mixes • XLR monitor out, direct monitor, and dual headphone outputs with independent front-panel level knobs • Coaxial digital I/O; MIDI I/O with FPT (Fast Processing Technology) • Expand your I/O by using two STUDIO-CAPTUREs together, both controlled with a single driver • 2U rackmount ears included
Top quality for modern audio production Combining professional audio performance with plentiful I/O options and a versatile mobile design, STUDIO-CAPTURE is a powerful solution for today's musicians, producers and recording engineers. Audio quality and connectivity options are equivalent to dedicated rackmount audio interfaces costing much more. As a compact interface, the STUDIO-CAPTURE is equally suited for travelling production, tabletop use in home studios, or permanent installation in commercial studios with the included rack ears. The 16 audio inputs, 12 mic preamps, and flexible monitor mixing allow you to track most bands without adding any additional hardware, or you can simultaneously connect multiple synthesizers and other devices in large-scale composing setups. For really big projects, you can seamlessly expand your I/O to 32 inputs and 24 mic preamps simply by adding a second STUDIO-CAPTURE.
12 premium mic preamps STUDIO-CAPTURE has 12 digitally-controlled mic preamps (called VS PREAMPS) made with premium-grade components for exceptional low-noise performance, high headroom, and transparent sound quality. 12 XLR/TRS combo inputs are provided for the preamps, with four inputs on the front panel for quick and easy access. Each channel also has independent phantom power, a low-cut filter, phase invert, and digital compression, all accessible via the included software control panel.
Generous and flexible I/O STUDIO-CAPTURE has a total of 16 input channels and 10 output channels. Each of the 12 XLR mic inputs can alternately be used as a balanced/unbalanced ¼-inch line input. Front • Two headphone jacks each with own control knob • 4 XLR mic inputs with premium VS PREAMPS, also switchable to Hi-Z operation for connecting guitars and basses Rear • Eight XLR mic / combo jack inputs with premium VS-PREAMPS • Four TRS jack inputs • Co-axial digital in and out (TRS input 13/14 can be assigned to digital in) • Eight analogue TRS jack outputs, with the main stereo outputs mirrored on XLR jacks • Two additional outputs (9/10) also available via co-axial digital jack • MIDI I/O, with Roland's proprietary FPT processing for superior high-speed performance
High-performance VS STREAMING driver technology STUDIO-CAPTURE supports high-resolution, 24-bit recording at rates up to 192 kHz, with incredible stability and industry-leading low-latency USB performance using 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. The VS STREAMING driver also lets you expand your I/O by using two STUDIO-CAPTUREs on the same USB bus, without compromising stability or audio quality.
AUTO-SENS: perfect levels at the touch of a button The AUTO-SENS feature lets you quickly and easily set perfect input levels every time. Just press the AUTO-SENS button, play your connected instruments, and STUDIO-CAPTURE automatically sets the ideal recording level for each input in seconds. Useful for pros and beginners alike, AUTO-SENS is a great time saver, offering quick, fail-safe audio capture when recording a fully mic'd drum kit or an entire band.
Comprehensive monitoring and metering Bright, responsive LED meters let you instantly check your input, output and monitor levels, while dedicated input channel buttons make it quick and easy to get around. The MONITOR OUT section features a dedicated LEVEL knob for control room volume, plus a DIRECT MONITOR knob for listening to selected input signals. Two head phone jacks--each with their own level knob--allow a musician and engineer to monitor at the same time without additional hardware.
Flexible monitor mixing with effects STUDIO-CAPTURE also offers four independent Direct Mixers for zero-latency monitoring, operated via the software control panel. Powered by STUDIO-CAPTURE's internal DSP, each mix can be routed to any of the outputs, perfect for sending custom monitor mixes to headphones, speakers, or recording devices. Mix configurations can be saved for later use, providing quick setups for many different applications. A high-quality reverb processor is available for monitoring, allowing singers and instrumentalists to record dry tracks while listening to great-sounding ambience effects.