Roland Octa Capture 12-Channel USB Audio Interface - 8 Analog Inputs
The Octa Capture audio interface is true to its name, having eight combo XLR/TRS inputs with 8 Roland designed VS preamps that direct the signal to its 24-bit/192kHZ AD/DA converters.
The VS preamps are designed to deliver increased headroom and dynamic range while keeping noise levels low, making it applicable for louder instruments like acoustic drums, guitar cabinets and more.
The first two combo inputs are compatible with both microphones and Hi-Z sound sources.
Other features include a 40-bit DSP driven cue mixing feature, built-in reverb, and Roland's Auto-Sens technology which automatically sets the ideal input levels, to make setting up this 8-channel interface more convenient and novice-friendly.
- A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
- Simultaneous I/O: 12 x 10
- Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS (Hi-Z) Combo, 6 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x S/PDIF
- Outputs: 2 x TRS, 6 x TRS, 1 x TRS Headphones, 1 x S/PDIF
- Computer Connectivity: USB 2.0
- MIDI: In/Out
- 8 x Roland VS preamps
- Internal 40-bit DSP Processing
- Phantom Power: +48V
- Auto-Sens Technology and low latency monitoring
- Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite
The Roland Octa Capture gets increasingly good reviews from users of different backgrounds, with many describing it as an A+ quality product, in terms of build quality, sound quality and ease of operation. Experts are pleased with its versatile software and effects routing capabilities, and how it does all that while keeping an intuitive interface. The Auto-Sens feature also gets a lot of thumbs up, said to be especially useful for balancing more input sources, simplifying setup by quite a big margin, compared to other interfaces.
Most of the few complaints point to driver and operating system compatibility issues, but this is to be expected given the many OS versions and updates. There are some who are taken aback by the price, stating that it should be a bit more accessible.
If you are looking to expand your recording capabilities for recording things like acoustic drums or singing groups then the Roland Octa Capture should be high on your list.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are more highly rated options now available which you can see in our guide to The Best 4 to 16 Input USB Audio Interfaces.