Roland Octa-Capture

USB 2.0 Recording Interface with 8 Mic Preamps and DSP for Cue Mixing
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Get Flexible On-the-go Recording from This USB Interface!

The OCTA-CAPTURE by Roland packs eight impressively pristine VS PREAMPs and exceptional 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA conversion into a single affordable USB 2.0 interface. If you demand high channel count and superb audio quality from a multichannel interface built with on-the-go convenience in mind, then the OCTA-CAPTURE is the perfect companion to your laptop Mac or PC. It has 40-bit DSP-driven cue mixing onboard that lets you set up four independent stereo mixes quickly and easily. An Auto Input Level Adjustment also lets you instantly set the ideal input level of each of the OCTA-CAPTURE's analog inputs with just the push of a button. And thanks to Roland's extreme low-latency driver, you can use the OCTA-CAPTURE efficiently with almost any Mac of PC DAW.

Roland OCTA-CAPTURE USB Interface Features at a Glance:
  • 8 x premium VS PREAMP mic preamps (XLR combo)
  • AUTO-SENS function intelligently sets optimal input levels for all preamps
  • Extremely stable low-latency VS STREAMING driver
  • 4 x independent software-controlled Direct Mixers for creating custom monitor mixes
  • Internal 40-bit DSP processing for cue mixing
  • Supports most 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
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite Software
  • Dimensions: 11-3/16" x 6-1/4" x 2"
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs.
For professional-quality multitrack recording you can take anywhere, pick up an affordable Roland OCTA-CAPTURE USB interface!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Roland Octa-Capture Owners Manual
Roland Releases Mavericks Drivers
Roland Octa-Capture Preamp Input Impedance
Roland Octa-Capture Review

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 12 x 10
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x Combo (Mic/Hi-Z), 6 x Combo (Mic/Line)
Analog Outputs 2 x TRS (Main), 6 x TRS, 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Number of Preamps 8
Phantom Power Yes
MIDI I/O In/Out
Rack Spaces 1U
Depth 6.25"
Width 11.19"
Height 2"
Weight 2.94 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number UA-1010

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

From doubter to believer...

I was a little apprehensive about jumping into the Roland OC for a couple of reasons: 1) rumors of latency with USA 2.0 units in general and 2) how good are the preamps? My sales rep Greg Savino was able to address #1 (super knowledgeable about all the products I have bought so far) and my ears tell me all I need to know about the pres - super clean and natural sounding, audibly better than my old ones. Setup was a no-brainer, this thing just works. It can be as simple or complex as you want it to be, lots of great features. This is the latest in a series of great choices Greg has helped me make, thanks Greg!
Music background: Folk-rock performer, songwriter
5/5

Very Good Interface

Just want to say I was blown away By the clearness of the sound When using Garage band just sitting around Our set up is in our hearth room AKG's are on the boom Our kids walk by as we record Without picking up the sound off the floor The refrigerator is humming The freezer is doing its song And the Octa-Capture is ignoring As we record along The recordings sound amazing And we're in this open room I would recommend this portable interface For it delivers a mighty fine tune...
Music background: Musician/Composer/Assistant
5/5

So far very good - works well with 2 units connected together

I have just had these for a week but they have surpassed my other interfaces by a wide margin. I bought 2 of these for portable recording on 16 channels at the same time with a laptop with usb. 2 units are very easy to connect together and have exceeded my expectations. great units Install was smooth no troubles (win XP) I was up and running with both interfaces working together in 15min. The software mixer is basic (no led meters) but gets the job done and is very responsive. Preamps are low noise and sound great. They have enough power to work well with my (sorta power hungry) shure SM7B and still have 20+db of gain to spare with no noise. On-unit controls have a little learning curve but after a few hours of fiddling they become very useable. audio output including headphone amps is loud and clear. Latency with two units is the same as with one on and faster than my other units (very fast, under 10 ms round trip). The units are compact (about 2/3 of a rack space wide) and just less than 1/2 a rack deep. They have metal outer shell and the display has a fairly high resolution (for what it is) and is bright and clear. They do have a metal lip surrounding them that sticks out so they were a slight pain to rack mount (the ears are included though) but they will fit everywhere but the top of angled wood racks -which is where I first tried to put them. Normally, I am not crazy about the feel of soft buttons (all the lighted buttons on this are the soft jelly-ish ones) but these buttons do provide good feedback and the lights have extra functions (clip indicators). Overall very happy with these thanks Roland!
Music background: Semi-pro - hobbyist for 20 years
5/5

Octa-Awesome

I have used other audio interfaces, but this (at the price point) is amazing! The construction is sturdy and the recording are clear. I have been using this with Sonar producer and I have gotten great results. The auto sens is good and the pres are decent. There is plenty of headroom to record a good drum track. Love it!
Music background: Hobbyist
5/5

A great all-in-one interface

The Roland Octa-Capture is ridiculously useful and effective. I started out recording in the '80s with reel-to-reel, then transitioned into DAWs around 2000. When I took a break from recording to join a band in 2006, I had a roomful of gear: two rack-mounted Tascam digital mixers, a Mackie Universal control surface, Tascam-to-optical converters, headphone amps, powered monitors and a bunch of ancillary gear. These days I get it all done with a MacBook Pro, the Octa-Capture and a headphone amp (still have my studio mics, stands and so on). I like the fact that I can select +48 phantom power on individual tracks (I also use a ribbon) and that the graphic display on the laptop is so useful. I have up to 8 XLR inputs and I can plug my monitors directly into it. Downloading the latest software was fast and easy. There have been absolutely no issues with it.
Music background: semi-pro musician, recording engineer, multi-instrumentalist

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Bart Good

I own the Roland Octa-Capture, and I wish more people knew how great this interface is! First, the Class A mic pres are amazingly quite and sound fantastic. Not only are they quiet, but make any mic you plug into them sound great. Secondly, the conversion quality is top-notch. The clarity and depth of field that I hear on my monitors really blows me away. One of the other things that sets this interface apart is the software that comes with the Octa-Capture. The drivers are extremely stable and latency is very low on both Mac and PC.

Gilbert Janke

Roland is not the first company that comes to mind when considering interfaces, so I was naturally hesitant when told to check out the Octa-Capture. After spending a decent period of time with it, however, my experience has forever changed my opinion of what Roland brings to the table in the pro audio recording market. Simply put, I was blown away! What I heard was nothing but a crystal clear sound with a great stereo imaging field. No noise, no coloration, just clean gain and transparent output. I am a self-proclaimed control freak in the studio, getting exactly what I want exactly how I want it. So I originally thought the auto input level adjustments on the inputs would be a wasted value for my needs. In actuality, not only did it not get in my way, it worked so well that it greatly increased my efficiency and workflow. The latency exceeds one's expectations of a USB device, multiple cue routings were an absolute breeze, and the software-controllable features made things that much easier when tracking. When in the market for a high quality interface with high fidelity and super clean preamps that won't break the bank, don't forget to check out this brilliant and expandable interface from Roland!
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