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Connecting the Roland Octa-Capture with the VS-100/VS-700

The Roland Octa-Capture can be connected to the VS-100 to make an 18-in/16-out audio interface and the VS-700 to make a 29-in/34-out audio interface. To do this, follow the steps detailed below. Before you start the process, however, it is important that you make sure both devices are disconnected from a computer and their power is turned off.

  1. Switch on the power for the VS-100/VS-700. The Octa-Capture will be the clock master.
  2. Specify the sampling frequency.
  3. Turn on the Octa-Capture.
  4. In the Utility section on the Octa-Capture, turn on VS-Expand.
  5. Set the Octa-Capture to the same sampling frequency you set on the VS-100/VS-700.
  6. To digitally sync the two devices, use a coaxial cable to connect the Octa-Capture’s coaxial out 9/10 to the VS-100/VS-700’s coaxial in 9/10Note that if the Octa-Capture’s Digital setting located in the Utility section is turned off, the sampling frequency will not switch.
  7. Connect the VS-100/VS700 and the Octa-Capture to your computer.
  8. The next part will differ depending on your operating system.

Windows

  1. The two devices must be connected to the same USB controller. To ensure this, open the control panel and double click the VS-100/VS-700 icon to open the driver settings.
  2. Make sure that under ASIO Setting, VS EXPAND says “OK.”
  3. If it does NOT say “OK,” try plugging one of the devices into a different USB port. You can also ensure they are connected to the same USB controller by connecting both devices to a USB 2.0 hub.
  4. If you find that it says “Sampling frequency does not match” in the driver settings, disconnect both devices from the computer, reconnect, and start again from step 4 above.
  5. If VS EXPAND is grayed out in the driver settings, disconnect both devices from the computer, power off, and start again from step 1 above.

Mac OS X 10.5.8 or earlier

  1. Open Audio/MIDI Setup located in Applications>Utilities.
  2. From the Audio menu, choose Open Aggregate Device Editor.
  3. The device settings dialog box will appear. Click the + button to add an aggregate device.
  4. Add a check mark to VS-100/VS-700 and then next to Octa-Capture EXP.
  5. In the clock field, choose Octa-Capture EXP.
  6. If a check mark has been placed in the Resample field, be sure to uncheck it.
  7. Click Finish.

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

  1. Open Audio/MIDI Setup located in Applications>Utilites.
  2. Click the + button.
  3. Aggregate Device will appear in the list. Double-click it to edit the name.
  4. From the audio devices at the right, add a check mark to Use for Vs-100/VS-700 and also for Octa-Capture.
  5. In the clock source field, choose Octa-Capture EXP.
  6. If a check mark has been placed in the resample field, clear the check mark.

 

Alternatively, you can find these instructions and more in the Octa-Capture I/O Expansion Manual.