Roland Quad-Capture

4-channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface with 2 VS Mic Preamps and S/PDIF I/O - 24-bit/192kHz
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Exceptional Sound from a Portable Interface!

The Quad-Capture by Roland sets a new standard for interfaces in its class, giving you incredible 24-bit/192kHz audio quality in a USB 2.0 audio interface! If you demand superb audio quality from a portable interface built with on-the-go convenience in mind, then the Quad-Capture is the ideal companion to your laptop, Mac, or PC. Two vibrant VS preamps let you capture pro-studio-quality sound right from the source, while the Auto-Sens function (activated right from the front panel) sets your gain levels automatically for optimum sound, without the risk of clipping. And because it comes bundled with Ableton Live Lite, you'll be producing tracks in no time!

Roland Quad-Capture USB Interface Features at a Glance:
  • 2 x premium VS preamps (XLR combo)
  • Auto-Sens function intelligently sets optimal input levels for both preamps
  • Extremely stable low-latency VS streaming driver
  • 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 for a complete music production tool kit
Check out the Roland Quad-Capture for affordable recording on the go!

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Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 4 x 4
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x Combo XLR/TRS
Analog Outputs 2 x TRS
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Bus Powered Yes
Depth 5.3"
Width 7.3"
Height 1.75"
Weight 1.3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number UA-55

Customer Reviews

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Awesome little ADC / DAC capture device

Very easy to use and it's quality is top notch. I'm using this to capture all my Vinyl that I don't have a good high quality recording of and it's working flawlessly. From what I can tell it's completely neutral sound, what I hear is what it captures. Highly recommended for any on the go or home recording. It also sounds great when using it as a DAC. For the price you can't hardly beat it.
Music background: Amateur Musician

A great piece of equipment

Honestly, if you cant afford the octa-capture, or youre looking for something high quality that is also portable, and durable.... look no further. This device is built very solid, and smart. It functions flawlessly.A few things:1. The drivers are extremely stable, 1000x more stable than drivers Ive used for any audio interface in the past. Heck, theyre even more stable than drivers Ive used for computer video cards and chipsets.2. The preamps are pretty darn clean. Theres a slight bit of noise generated by them, but it doesnt become audible until high up on the potentiometer, and by then your input signal is way too loud and hot, possibly also clipping. 3. Quality of recordings is great. 4. Ground lift switch, for "just in case" moments. 5. Easy to install, unplug, replug and use. The driver control panel is very intuitive and easy to use. 6. Sound AMAZING. And I dont just mean the recordings, this thing sounds great in terms of output as well. I havent heard a sub-$500 interface sound this good in my experience before. It has crisp highs, but well defined lows and it could just be me but a decent spaciality. Not too extremely punchy. 7. MIDI and SPDIF In/ Out. Nuff said.8. Auto sense feature is pretty sweet, helps me get good levels while at the same time understanding how its working. In the driver control panel you can adjust how much margin or buffer room in dB the auto sense feature allows. Default is -6dB. 9. The direct mix running through the device (whatever sounds are coming out of it, regardless of their source, can be captured as an input in your DAW. So anything from youtube videos to online lectures, can be recorded with ease. Cons: 1. No separate control for headphone volume. Meaning if youre looking to recording something, and the person recording needs headphones, you need to manually turn off your studio monitors, because one knob controls the levels for both outputs. This is really sad they included this "feature" but regardless I rate it 5 stars.2. My first unit seemed to be defective, however Sweetwater replaced it and my new one is running flawlessly. 3. No way to bypass the preamps. While this is something that ticks me off a tad bit, the vs-700 preamps that come with the quad capture are very dry and dont color the sound much at all, so as long as you know what youre doing you should be good Trust me, youll thank me later. This may be a bit pricey, but with sweetwaters tech support and warranty you cant go wrong. Like I said, the driver is the secret weapon keeping it HIGHLY stable. Also, it seems to handle reverb envelopes pretty well, the internal clock must be pretty decent. Definitely a must-buy, despite the slightly high price. Also, Roland has some amazing tech support compared to other companies.
Music background: Hobbyist, Musician

Exactly what I wanted and expected

This is my first purchase of an audio Interface. I am producing my own music for the first time, and I can say a few helpful things even though I don't have experience with similar products: -The manual has really detailed instructions of how to set this device up with both a PC and a Mac. It's not quite a plug-and-play device, but if you follow the steps you will be able to get it working. They give you 20+ steps, so they didn't cut any corners with the directions. -There is no noticable latency. -I have used this to record audio from a XLR mic, and midi/audio from a Roland TD-12 drum module. It handled both easily when all the right wires were connected. -This device may not work with all computer speakers; you really should get studio monitors to get the most out of this either way. -The dials work well with nice LED indicators, and the mono button is useful if you're outputting to an amp. -It feels sturdy enough to take with you. It has a metal casing so it's not going to crack apart or anything. -Auto-sensitivity is a cool gimmick, but it's not really necessary most of the time. Not a negative, just saying. There's no harm in trying it out, at least. -It should be obvious from the 5-stars, but this thing does seem to give accurate output, which is really the main thing you need. I recommend the Quad Capture highly, but one thing to address is whether or not this is worth it for the money versus a cheaper interface. What led me to get this is that this looks to me like a sturdier model with really high quality output and low latency. and will be guaranteed to work well with Roland modules. It is going to be supported by Roland and they have really good documentation online for all their products. Beyond that I cannot compare this to another model. I can just tell you that it's a nice piece of gear.
Music background: Music Producer In-Training

Roland quad

Good stuff for sure
Music background: just starting out

No Regrets Here

Roland did a great job with this interface. This was a great addition to my home studio. I couldn't of asked for more. My sweetwater sales rep recomended this to me and i didn't question his advice. Recording with this device is easy, very straight forward. i mic up my amp for guitar and keyboard. i plug the bass guitar in directly for a pure deep tone. ZERO latency! For the money this is the best quality out there no doubt. Thanks Sweetwater, you guys rock!
Music background: Musician

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

Do you need the ability to record only one or two things at a time, but also want extremely low latency, crystal clear preamps, and top notch conversion? Also, do you want to get all of this without it costing an arm and a leg? This is the interface for you. Same great sound quality as its big brother the OctaCapture, but with fewer channels and no built-in DSP. The Roland Quad-Capture is a truly great option for small home studios who still need great sound quality.
See also: USB Interfaces, Roland, Roland USB Audio Interfaces