Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture 4-Channel USB Audio Interface Meta-Review
The Quad Capture is a sleek audio interface with the company's brand of quality and functionality. It features two XLR/TRS combo inputs that is equipped Roland's VS preamp.
Roland gave the Quad Capture Auto-Sens, which automatically adjusts the gain levels for optimum clip free sound. This feature makes the UA-55 easy to use with different instruments, making it novice friendly.
NB Although this is a 4-channel interface it only records from 2 analog inputs + 2 digital inputs simultaneously - you can't record from 4 simultaneous analog sources.
- A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
- Simultaneous I/O: 4 x 4
- Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
- Outputs: 2 x TRS, 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
- Computer Connectivity: USB 2.0
- MIDI: In/Out
- 4 x VS preamps
- Phantom Power: +48V
- Auto-Sens sets optimal input levels
- Low-latency monitoring
- Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite
- Bus Powered: Yes
A good number of users commented on how transparent and clear the VS preamps were, making it easier to apply effects after recording. The Roland Quad Capture's intuitive controls were also mentioned multiple times. And since the price of this interface is beginner friendly, many novice users found the Auto-Sens feature to be very useful.
Not having a dedicated volume control for headphones put off a few users. Others found the lack of a power switch to be a bit awkward. Finally, there are a few who expected four input ports because of the 4-channel label, only to find that it only has two analog input ports.
If you only need up to two instrument/vocal ports, and you're looking for a reliable audio interface, then the Roland Quad-Capture is highly recommended.