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.
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.
Good stuff for sure
One of the best purchases I've made.
I've only owned my quad capture for 2 hours, now. Very easy to install, and it has already made a massive improvement on the quality of my voice acting auditions. I didn't expect the Auto-Sens to be of much use to me, especially since I only record a single, mono voice acting track. But, I was wrong. What a great feature. The Mono button is great for anyone who only records through one channel like I do. But, it's the improvement of my audio quality that I am most impressed with. I'm completely happy with this purchase. Everyone deserves an interface this nice.
Get this and throw away your rack
I've spent hours trying to dial in the right sound when recording my acoustic. With the Quad, minutes. All I had to do was plug in the USB, install, down load the driver for Window's 8, hook up a couple of good mics, push a red button to set the level, and play. I bought this when it first came out and I still am amazed at the sound quality of my recordings. It's like putting your ear on your acoustic while you play. Do yourself a favor and buy one or its big brother or little brother. You will not be disappointed! Roland distanced itself from all competitors with this unit. With a laptop and the Quad you are mobile. Roland raises the bar once again.
As a complete newbie to home recording, I can not imagine a more intuitive, well built interface. Just extremely simple to use and understand. If this is your first interface, the manual is very well written and easy to follow. This unit is dead quiet and appears well worth every cent. Lastly the Auto-sense feature is awesome and works perfectly. Great Unit.
I have never heard any thing so pure and clean as these preamps...just a "WOW" factor. I bought this as an interim interface while my 16 input interface is out to try to correct an (error 10 ) that prevents me from using it right now. If it can't be repaired, I'm defiantly going to buy their 16 input interface.
I would like to thank my sales engineer Brian Loony whom I've been doing business with since 2000.
Roland Quad Capture - exceeded expectations in quality
High quality interface, noticeable difference in audio quality compared to my old device [audigy 2 platinum]. Setup was a breeze, and even has software to configure the on-board compression and latency settings. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a high-quality interface at a great price. I'm using this mainly to record turntables from a DJ mixer into my laptop, but also use for recording guitars and mics. Works great! A++
I bought this unit to replace my old interface which was on it's last legs, and man, the Quad-Capture filled it's void and then some! The preamps are clean, the midi interface is seamless, and the unit has an exceptional track record when it comes to streaming and live recording. As a bonus, the 24-bit 192khz range allows me to playback any type of SACD with ease, allowing me to reach a level of sonic detail that I never knew existed. I don't use the digital inputs or outputs, but I'm sure that I will find a use for them in the future. All being said, this unit is a workhorse, and through the countless times that I have dropped it the outer shell has only gained about two scratches. Quality.
Sonars sexy sister!
With meters you can see from across the room sucking every spotless bit of audio, lightning quick midi AND...inserts itself into the track ins and outs!
Roland Quad Capture's or GREAT
This is the second quad capture i've purchased from sweetwater, I was so impressed with the first one, I got another one for my studio, I've never had any problem's with either one, the set up is a snap, I use sonar x1 and sonar x2 producer daw's,just run the install disk, plug it in and sonar profile's it and your ready to rock!! I believe the sound I get is compareable to an RME interface. Both unit's have worked flawless in many hour's of recording & mixing. Thanks to my sales engineer Bob Furlong for the suggesting this interface when I was looking! Sweetwater people or the best!!!
This interface is a real bang for the buck!
At first, I was skeptical about the price and size of the interface. However, after I plugged it in and started creating music, it kept up with what I needed to do. The sound quality is amazing. The preamps are solid and can compete with the top tier brands. Roland outdid themselves with this interface. I have officially been silenced! If your taste is gold, but the money is looking low, cop this! You will not be disappointed.
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.
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.
Flawless on Windows
I recently replaced my PC and upgraded to ProTools 10 on Windows 7. I ran into a series of frustrating driver problems trying to get my old interface to work after migrating to the new PC. I decided to give the Quad-Capture a try. The Roland drivers are rock solid on Windows and it works absolutely flawlessly. The Windows Quad-Capture control panel includes selectable compression, phase reversal and low cut. Running at 192kHz limits input to the 2 VS XLR/TRS inputs on the front of the unit. The Quad-Capture also has an auto-sense level control: hit the button, play the louest section for 2 or 3 seconds and you're good to go. It also came bundled with SONAR LE - not something I was looking for but nice to have anyway. ProTools 10 and SONAR LE both work fine installed on the same machine by the way. The Quad-Capture is a little more expense that the other interfaces I was looking at, but extremely reliable and rich in features. Worth every extra penny. If you're on Windows and only need basic two channel XLR/TRS input, this is the interface for you.
Roland Quad Capture Interface Review
Have only used my quad capture a few times since receiving it, But I am blown away by the sound of my produced tracks, very clean & noise free, even using unblanced patch cables out of my mixer, thru the Quad Capture into my DAW. I was looking at another interface, but my sales rep, Bob Furlong asked me to try the Quad capture & told me I would have to have very good ears or speakers to tell any difference & he was RIGHT!!! Set Up was a snap, took less than 5 minutes to set everthing up & I was up & running. My Sweetwater Sales Rep is the BEST!!!!! Thanks Bob!!!!!
Best so far after trying 5 other brands
I have used Zoom H4N , Presonus Firebox & 4x4 USB , Line6 UX1 & M-Audio Fast Track Ultra.
This Roland audio interface beats them all hands down for durability , ASIO reliability and sound capture quality. The mic pre-amps work wonderfully even with power hungry condenser mics (unlike the M-Audio Fast Track <--Shame on you M-Audio).
The driver installation on my Windows 7 Professional 64bit laptop was effortless. The SENS feature is great for avoiding clipping better than doing it by ear. So far I have explored the mic , guitar & midi features of this unit with my Roland GI-20 guitar synth , and there have been no hiccups nor disappointments.
It was a toss up between this Roland Quad & the Komplete Audio 6 from Native Instruments , but the Roland won since it was immediately available (not on extended back order).
This interface was a replacement for a firewire unit that had some major issues with drivers for 64bit. I had owned a Roland interface before so I knew that it was very stable and a perfect match for Sonar software. I bought this mainly for stability and wasn't expecting much in the way really good features, but this is packed with them. First off it has a built in gate and compressor, the gate is great for knocking down low level background noises and the compressor is good for a slight compression during the recording process. The default setting is light and doesn't squash the signal flat of dynamics. It does have threshold, ratio, attack, release and gain knobs in the on screen control panel so you can tweak the gate and compressor to your liking. Two features that really make this unit stand out among other units this price are the Auto Sens and the VS preamps. The VS preamps are dead quiet even with a very sensitive tube condensor mic hooked up there is no noise with sensible level settings. And for the settings this is where the Auto Sens comes in. Sing or play a section at the volume you'll be recording with the AS engaged and then click the AS button again to lock the setting automaticly adjusted to -12db.....easy no bumping up and down the sens knob trying to get a proper level. The advantage of -12db is headroom and not overdriving the preamps by having the levels too hot. But you can always set them manually or bump it up a bit hotter if you like but the AS works great and is a time saver especially if you are doing double duty in a homestudio. It dosen't come with an optical connection but it does have a coaxial I/O to send digital signals to near field monitors and such as well as MIDI I/O.
It comes boxed with Sonar X-1 LE which I didn't use because I have Sonar X-1 Producer Expanded but the drivers are rock solid with Windows 7 64bit and perfectly mated to the Sonar software.
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!
Better than TC-BMC2
1. AD/DA: more transparent tham TC-BMC-2.
very accurate and sterilized sound.
especially on percussive things.
2. Build Quality: military grade / sturdy
3. Easy of use: very logical and easy to install.
4. Muy Fuerte en CLIP. When you drive input of line signal as you want to record master output to input, there is no audible distortion even if the input level signal LED hit the RED!!
5. VSTi midi sequencing and recording with AKAI LPD8 / KORG MICRO KEY is fantastic. No latency at buffer 64 or 128
I really recommend this product.
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.
It' simply great, reliable and sounds great!
Solid, Clean, and Alive
This is my first ever review of a product, and i wanted to test it out a bit before i put my thoughts on here for people to use in making educated decisions about purchases. Things like this have helped me in the past so i wanted to share my experience so far with this product.
I had done some test listening to Presonus gear, had owned an older M-audio unit, along with some other equiptment, but they didn't really make me excited about the money i was paying vs. the quality of the product and the durability of it as well. After owning a Roland R-05 hand held field recorder, i had been really surprised and impressed at how Roland had made such a great and well made recorder. This made me investigate to see if they also made interfaces as well. I have also owned Boss guitar pedals (Boss is under Roland as well in Japan). For the money, size, and make of it, every product i have bought from them has never disappointed me. And after reading other reviews on here, i decided to take a dive and try it with Roland again.
The Quad-Capture is no exception to my past experiences with Roland products.. Like almost all their gear, the unit is mostly made out of metal with the knobs be sturdy (rotating with a clean, balanced and 'weighted' feel, gliding when they need and staying firmly in place when in rest without worry) with the levels being directly visible by brightly lit illuminated wheels. Most of the other reviews here already highlight the features that i loved about it as well: The drivers are solid, incredible low latency, super clean signal from the preamps that is clean but also has a bit of color that makes it come 'alive' (not to be confused with feeling distorted or unnatural), awesome build, midi in, etc. Anything that you read through the comments being positive about this unit are true.
The thing that most people complained about was that their is no option to control your signal routing of your headphones and monitors to whatever function or setting that you want. You have to manually adjust the volume via the output knob and that is what you are isolated to. Personally, this isn't a huge problem for me because i have a tiny home studio and am usually working through studio headphones as it is because of location. But that is the only reason i couldn't give it 5 stars, is because were i in that situation where i was using monitors constantly and switching between headphones and such in a larger space, it would be a slight setback (though not the end of the world by any mean). Other things that people complained about like not being able to bypass the preamps, etc. were not a huge issue for me.
But because the quad capture's other features are so spot on, i would recommend this to anyone who wants a serious interface that will last you for a very long time. It is simply solid, and for anyone who wants incredible quality for a very reasonable price, this is it. If anyone asked me if i would recommend them to take this investment after taking it myself, i would 10 times out of 10 recommend this product. I even had a local shop try to talk me into a focusrite and presonus beforehand, which they said were "basically the same for less money" but i am sooooooo glad that i took the plunge with Roland and paid the few extra dollars for this. For what extra you pay, you get so much more in such important areas.
Like i said before, believe all the positive reviews you read on this one. Roland doesn't get as much press or hype as the other companies and i think Sweetwater doesn't promote their products like this as much either, but they should. If i had more money i would have got the Octa-Capture, but for a small studio you can definitely get by with this. Can't recommend it enough.
This device is compact and great. It functions as the interface between my Kawai MP 11 keyboard and my computer. The nice feature is the mix dial, I can listen with headphones to either the keyboard or the computer, or both. It is USB powered, so there is no cord to tangle under my feet. The only drawback is it advertises 4 channels, but there really are only two mic inputs (the ones you see on the front of the device). Overall, though, it works great.
Solid Add-on for my laptop
deserves 4 & 1/2 stars
this device is awesome. the only thing that's weird is that using the headphone jack doesn't turn off the speakers, so i bought a little power strip for my monitors making it easy to turn them on and off. crystal clear recording. much lower latency than my previous device.
Rock solid upgrade of the UA-25 with some cool new features.
I used an Edirol UA-25 happily for years, and had tried both an M-Box and a PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL in anticipation of using ProTools - which would not work with the Edirol. Both had issues, so I decided to go with the Quad-Capture, which is essentially the current version of the UA-25. Installed easily and quickly and solved all the issues I had with the other 2 boxes. No issues whatsoever after about a month of daily use on a Windows 7 64 bit system.
Plenty of gain on the pres and output. I can't say for sure that the pres sound better than the UA-25, but for my application they're certainly just as good (I do VO work). Output gain is very sensitive and the usable range is a bit narrow, but this is a very minor concern. The software interface allows for precise control of input levels, and includes optional compressor, lo-cut and phase button.
As with most newer units, sample rate can be adjusted on the fly, no need to shut down and flip a switch like you did with the UA-25.
BTW - you CAN record What-U-Hear with this unit, You'll need to enable ASIO direct monitoring (in the Quad software) and then select the Quad-Capture MAIN as your recording input in your audio device routing. You may need to then disable ASIO direct monitoring for other functions depending on your system.
Sonar's right hand man!
Install the driver, plug it in and get to work!
For the first time ever I booted up Cakewalk Sonar X1 and the ins and outs were set to the Quad for me!!!
The sound quality is a notch better than the others in this price range.
Thanks Ryan for getting this great piece of gear to me so quickly!
This is exactly what I was looking for. I had a cheaper interface and I felt that I had outgrown it long ago and wanted something with a couple inputs and a little bit better control. This did that and more. I am very impressed with the ability to tweak your options on the unit itself or on your computer if you are not by the unit. It comes with some kind of recording software, but I haven't used because I already have a good program in reason. I highly recommend getting this if you are getting started in producing your own music.
The new Roland Quad-Capture is the successor to the Edirol UA-25 and UA-25EX. Iíve been a longtime user of the UA-25 and was hesitant to make the change to the new Quad-Capture. The UA-25 has Neutrik pres and a nice warm sound that I had gotten used to over the years. Also, it has always worked flawlessly with any computer Iíve hooked it up to. Now that Iíve been using the Quad-Capture for the last couple of months, I must say that Iím happy to have made the switch. The big draws to the Quad-Capture are the auto-leveling feature and the built-in compression. These two features work hand in hand to give you awesome results every time. Compression is handled via a software app that shows up in the control panel of your PC. You canít fine tune the settings as much as Iíd like, but, regardless, Iím getting the best results Iíve ever gotten. The thing I was worried about most with the Quad-Capture was that Roland replaced the Neutrik pres with a pair of their own VS preamps. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised to find them cleaner and more articulate than those found in the UA-25. Pretty much every other part of the new Quad-Capture is the same as the UA-25Ö Which is a good thing because that means this is a stable, rock solid piece of gear that will be with me for years to come.
Quad-Capture and Sonar X3
I purchased Sonar X3 Producer when I got a new studio computer to replace my aging system, and quickly realized that my tried and true USB audio interface was not compatible with my OS and Sonar. After searching blogs and forums, and talking to Cakewalk and Sweetwater directly, I decided to get the Roland Quad-Capture. The Capture series came as the most recommended in my price range, so I gave it a shot. It was a breeze to set up, and worked perfectly out of the gate! Thanks go to everyone that was part of the decision, not the least of which was my Sales Engineer, Josh Dillon.
Quad Capture for System Optimization
I had to replace an older mic interface that didn't support 64-bit Win 7 for use with my software analyzing program. I work with several colleagues that have the Octo-Capture and love it. The solid appearance is reflective of the overall quality, and so far, it looks and works great. I only use one test mic at a time so the smaller QC fits my work flow fine. It also fits into a computer bag nicely and doesn't require a 'line-lump' transformer.
I do wish the test tone/noise would route directly to the channel 2 input for Systune or Smaart, but perhaps I need to read the instructions bit more thoroughly...? That's not really a big issue however.
Met my needs. Still experimenting and learning, but I highly recommend this product.
Nice array of input possibilities good signal to noise ratios, especially when it comes to input for digital computer recording. Of all the audio capture devices I've used this is by far the cleanest. Highly recommended for small computer home studio users.
Crashes, ... a lot!
I am not sure if I got a faulty product or if this thing hates Windows 10 but it randomly crashes and reboots during gameplay, youtube videos, during streaming movies, and when trying to record music in various programs. I have tried many troubleshooting techniques to no avail. When it works, it works fine, but you never know when the sound is just going to pop and cut out.
It's Ok - The input is the best part but tends to crash after a while
I've been using this for about a year now and although it's a decent unit and I tend to like Roland stuff it's got some driver issues and tends to crash and have some connect issues almost every session.
1. The input indicators are really nice, the auto sense it decent.
2. Physically seems solid and controls work well.
3. Quality of signal is decent
1. Crashes Sonar X3 periodically and disconnects (I have no problem with UV22)
2. Lacks separate headphone and output volume controls. This is a serious annoyance since I often want one or the other but not both.