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The power of three! Triple inputs & REC Modes

The new head of its class is the multifaceted TRI-CAPTURE USB interface - a unique, compact audio interface optimized for personal and mobile recording, vocal and guitar recording, and streaming-internet applications. With its mixer-like design and dedicated front-panel controls, TRI-CAPTURE makes it easy to mix, control, and monitor a variety of signals. Plug a microphone into the XLR input, an instrument into the 1/4-inch jack, and a stereo instrument or device into the AUX input. The unique REC MODE section provides instant selection of recording scenarios, including LOOP BACK for web streaming applications. TRI-CAPTURE is full-featured yet portable, and is USB bus powered for a clean, simple setup.

FEATURES
  • Affordable, easy-to-use interface for guitarists, vocalists, and other musicians
  • Also works great for video production, web streaming, and creating podcasts with unique LOOP BACK function
  • XLR mic input with phantom power, plus 1/4-inch input with Hi-Z switch for connecting a guitar directly
  • Stereo AUX input with dedicated volume control
  • Balanced 1/4-inch TRS outputs and headphone jack
  • Low-latency ASIO driver; recording and playback at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • USB bus powered with 24-bit/96 kHz operation
  • Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE included

Full-featured yet portable, and USB bus powered!

SPECIFICATIONS

TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface

  • NUMBER OF AUDIO RECORD/PLAYBACK CHANNELS:
    Record: 1 pair of stereo
    Playback: 1 pair of stereo
    Full duplex (except 96 kHz)

    SIGNAL PROCESSING:
    24 bits (linear)

    SAMPLING FREQUENCY:
    96 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz

    NOMINAL INPUT LEVEL:
    Mic input: -60 to -30 dBu
    Guitar input: -25 dBu
    Line input: -10 dBu

    OUTPUT LEVEL:
    Output jacks: +4 dBu
    (input terminated with 1 k ohm, Input Monitor: OFF, IHF-A typ.)

    INTERFACE:
    USB
    REC MODES
    MIC/GUITAR
    ALL INPUTS
    LOOP BACK (expect 96 kHz)

    CONTROLLERS:
    INPUT1 (MIC), INPUT2 (GUITAR), INPUT3 (AUX) knob
    PHONES knob
    PHANTOM button
    Hi-Z button
    REC MODE button
    OUTPUT MUTE button
    INPUT MONITOR button
    SAMPLE RATE switch
    MODE switch

    INDICATORS:
    REC Mode indicator
    PEAK indicators
    SIG indicators
    OUTPUT Level Meter

    CONNECTORS:
    INPUT1 (Mic) jack (XLR type, balanced, phantom power DC 48 V, 10mA Max)
    INPUT2 (Guitar) jack (1/4-inch phone type)
    INPUT3 (AUX) jacks (L, R) (RCA phono type)
    Output jacks (L, R) (1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced))
    Headphone jack (Stereo 1/4-inch phone type)
    USB connector (USB Type B)

    POWER SUPPLY:
    Supplied from the computer via USB

    CURRENT DRAW:
    480 mA

    ACCESSORIES:
    Owner's Manual
    CD-ROM
    USB cable
    Cakewalk SONAR LE DVD-ROM (for Windows)
    SIZE AND WEIGHT:
    Width: 6-3/4 inches (171 mm)
    Depth: 5-5/16 inches (134 mm)
    Height: 1-5/8 inches (40 mm)

    Weight: 0 lbs. 12 oz. (320 g)

    0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms

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RolandTRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface
 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (3)

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5.0

Exactly what I wanted

By CaptBob

from Anchor Point, AK

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface:

    Had the old Edirol UA-3FX and needed to replace it due to upgraded system and compatibility. I use my Tri-Capture for digitizing my old albums and replaying my music through my stereo. Would like to see RCA Stereo (out) on the back but managed with a TRS to RCA converter.

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    2.0

    Not what I expected!

    By RobWTAZ

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface:

    I purchased this unit for use as a audio interface for online jamming. Unfortunately the latency was too high and the sound quality was poor. To be fair my application may not be what it was intended for.

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    5.0

    Great Device doesn't break bank

    By SkywaveTDR

    from Bensenville, IL

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface:

      I bought this on the recommendations and ratings of others. They seem to be correct. The unit was really easy to connect and set up and the when I went to use it- it did a wonderful job. No it does not take the place of the nore expensive units but for the limited inputs that it has it really performed well as far as I have tested it so far.

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      5.0

      Works as advertised

      By Skeexix

      from New York State

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface:

      Like all of the Roland products in my experience, the Tri-Capture does everything it says it does. When GarageBand didn't immediately recognize it I contacted Roland and they got back right away via e-mail to inform me that you have to reconfigure in GarageBand, and not just in Apple Preferences. Roland continues to have the most available tech support in the industry.

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      5.0

      Simple, basic, affordable.

      By Niedec

      from Seattle

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Budget-friendly
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Not Many Bellswhistles

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface:

      This is an excellent little device. I've owned it for about two years now, and it's still working beautifully.

      If you're just starting out with home recording, and need a device that can hook up a guitar/mic up to a computer, this is perfect. Everything is organized and neatly labeled, and very easy to understand (as opposed to the scattered, Etch-a-sketch-from-Hell design of some more expensive interfaces). There's a mic jack with phantom power, a guitar/instrument hi-Z jack, a jack for your iPod if you want, some monitor outs, and a headphone knob, all of which have a little light to warn you when/if their signal peaks. I think that for the bulk of recording, that's honestly all you need. Occasionally, it gets annoying having to unplug my electric so I can plug in my bass for a track, but that's more my own laziness than a lack of a feature.

      There are some things I wish it had, though. For one, I wish there was a second XLR jack, so I could have two mics running at once. As it stands, I can't mic my acoustic guitar separate from my vocals. It all has to use the same mic, and that can make playing while singing a pain. An extra headphone jack and some MIDI ports would also be nice, but the former is missing from most interfaces and the latter only exists on more expensive models.

      Overall, this is an excellent interface for a home-studio setup, and you'll be happy with it 99% of the time. The other 1% comes down to a few bells and whistles, plus a lack of a second XLR.

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      5.0

      good deal for a low budget

      By daniel kaufman

      from fulton, ny

      Comments about Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface:

      Even though it is missing some features i like to see on an interface, for the money it is a great deal. I am very happy with this and will continue to use it untill i can upgrade.
      i rate it a 7 because it does not have the monitor/direct playback volume adjustment and i had to hook my vocal and guitar processer up to a reference speaker to control input volume and direct play volume, usually the input volume is lower than the direct play back volume and unless you hook up a referance speaker to your plug in instruments you can not tweak them seperately. I love the input monitor on/off button. The mute button is cool but an adjustable master volume would have been better, phantom power/ hi-z buttons are cool. the 1/4 inch outputs for the studio monitors sound the best and most clear i have heard so far. If you have a keyboard, mic, and guitar dont worry, you can plug them all in at the same time.
      If your a cakewalk user like i am and currently on a low budget this is a great deal for the money, good quality audio interface. It is well made and very stable.
      for the $130 i paid it is good, a brand new roland audio interface for that price is a great deal. it also comes with sonar le software to get you started unless you already using cakewalk.

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      5.0

      Great value at a great price

      By Kevin Garvin

      from Merced, Ca

      Comments about Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface:

      My new best friend. Acts as a middle man between me and my computer. Recordings sound nice and smooth.
      This is a great little interface. I use it with a laptop computer. Works really well. Hooks directly into the usb and powered by usb as well. Plug guitar, xlr mic, cd player or mp3 and studio speakers or hedphones. Also the Sonar LE is a light version but still has a lot to offer. easily upgradable through Cakewalk. Just get a condensor mic and your good to go. recording tutorials make it a lot easier for beginers. would definitly recomend for a little home studio where you want to learn as you record.
      Very nice compact design. all knobs are labeled and easy to use and understand.
      Great price. expecially coming with Sonar LE. As a home studio for beginers and advanced this is a great deal.

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