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Cakewalk V-Studio 20 Stereo Audio Interface

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The Roland V-Studio 20 audio interface fulfills the dreams of guitarists who desire BOSS guitar effects and Roland's breakthrough COSM modeling built...Click To Read More About This Product

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Interface with 36 BOSS effects and Roland's COSM Effects Editor, plus Cakewalk's Guitar Tracks software.

The Roland V-Studio 20 audio interface fulfills the dreams of guitarists who desire BOSS guitar effects and Roland's breakthrough COSM modeling built into a powerful hardware and recording software bundle.

The Roland V-Studio 20 matches the simplicity of a portable, hardware recording system with the power, flexibility, and control of modern computer-based recording. Whether you're at home or on the road, you can easily connect a guitar or mic to the Roland VS-20 hardware and dial up genuine BOSS sounds. Once you're ready, the audio interface lets you record directly to your computer for further editing and mixing using Cakewalk Guitar Tracks recording software. Don't settle for imitations”choose an audio interface from a brand you can trust to deliver the best recording solutions for today's musicians.

Note: The V-Studio now supports both Macintosh as well as PC. Guitar tracks pro will not work but the COSM editor and interface will on a Mac and will now control Logic and Garage band.

  • Get high-quality recordings with a stereo audio interface
  • Compact, portable, and USB bus powered”perfect for mobile recording
  • Control your mix and playback with real faders, knobs, and buttons
  • Incredible tones from zero latency, hardware COSM DSP effects with software control
  • 36 genuine BOSS effects with COSM Effects Editor
  • Easy-to-use hardware matches Cakewalk Guitar Tracks software with tight integration
  • Includes connections for monitors, headphones, pedals, and footswitches
  • Supports both Mac and PCs
System Requirements:
  • USB Port
  • Windows XP (32-bit)/Windows Vista(32-bit)/Windows 7 (32-bit)*
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+or higher
  • 512MB RAM (1+GB recommended)
  • 1024 x 768, 16-bit color screen resolution
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation
  • Netbook Requirements:
  • USB Port
  • Windows 32-bit OS: XP /Vista /Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)*
  • Intel Atom or AMD Athlon Neo Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 100MB for core program (6GB recommended)
  • 1024 x 600, 16-bit color screen resolution
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation, software also available via download for Netbook users without DVD drives
  • Number of input Channels: 2
  • Digital Signal Processing: Maximum 24-bit (depending on software)
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
  • Frequency response: 2020Hz to 20kHz (+0/-3dB)
  • Residual noise level: 90dBu or less (INPUT: GUITAR/BASS, 47k? terminated, INPUT SENS knob = center, DIRECT MONITOR knob = center, OUTPUT LEVEL knob = center)
  • Nominal input level: GUITAR/BASS: -10dBu, MIC 2: -40dBu, LINE: -10 dBu
  • Input impedance: GUITAR/BASS: 1M?, MIC 2: 4 k?, LINE: 10k?
  • Nominal output level: OUTPUT: -10dBu
  • Output impedance:
  • Output: 2k?, Phones: 44?
  • Recommended load impedance: Outpt: 20k? or greater, Phones: 32-100?
  • GUITAR/BASS: 1/4" phone type
  • MIC 2: XLR type (balanced/phantom power +48 V)
  • LINE: 1/4" phone type
  • OUTPUT: RCA pin type
  • PHONES: Stereo 1/4" phone type
  • REC, PLAY (FOOT SW): TRS 1/4" phone type
  • EXP PEDAL: TRS 1/4" phone type
  • USB: B type
  • Current draw: 320 mA
  • Phantom power: +48 V/10 mA
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 299mm x 144mm x 53mm, 11-13/16" x 5-11/16" x 2-1/8"
  • Weight: 760g, 1 lb. 11 oz. (VS-20 hardware)
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CakewalkV-Studio 20 Stereo Audio Interface

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(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Beware of this and all Cakewalk / Roland

By Jimi

from Lincoln, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about Cakewalk V-Studio 20 Stereo Audio Interface:

Beware of this product, and all the v-studio products. I have used cakewalk products for years. When installing drivers, if you get an issue the driver install tries to uninstall. If you follow those prompts, you will not be able to use your computer with this product unless you have an image or back up to roll back with. Windows 8 drivers just came out, it works with the v-studio 20 editor and nothing else. Even more driver issues there. Can't use with Sonar X1, Guitar Tracks won't run on windows 8 and forget using FL Studio or Audition. I am not going to buy any cakewalk or Roland Product after this experience. Support is terrible.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Cakewalk V Studio 20

By Skip B.

from Altadena, Ca

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Comments about Cakewalk V-Studio 20 Stereo Audio Interface:

The Cakewalk Studio V 20 is an incredible hardware software combination that anyone who is interested in making quality music, big budget or small should have. The true excitement about the V 20 is getting it in a musicians hands, so they can record the music that that excites them and their fans.I have been involved in recording and performing for A number of years. I have worked with everything from a Tascam 4 track in a garage to digital 32 track in a state of the art studio. Currently most of my projects are Smooth Jazz and R&B, which means that I work with sample loops, midi files, DI Guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, vocals and a whole lot of saxophone.The two outstand qualities of this unit are simplicity and quality of sound. If you have the slightest understanding of recording using a computer or an old tape school deck, you are half way there.I have the unit connected to a modest Toshiba laptop that meet the program's minimum requirements. In the past two weeks I have thrown everything possible at the V-20 and it gets the job done. The connection and start up is very simple, just follow the directions on the disk. Once that is done, you can go to work. There is a large selection of midi files and drum loops on the program disk to get you started making music, or just import your previous .wav or midi files onto one of the units 32 audio tracks, or the midi track and that's it. Connect your instrument or mike and go to work. If you love to tweek sound, there are enough effects per track to keep you very busy.On my first V 20 project, I imported drums, keys and bass into the V-20 from Acid . Using the V-20, I overdubbed lead guitar, additional bass and keys, all with no latency issues. I have used the V-20 effects editor on the guitars and the results were equally impressive. At this point I should state, that I have yet to open the manual, but I have been assisted by several you tube videos that will help answer any little questions that you may have.Although this unit is extremely impressive, it will not replace your multiple input HD recording systems with numerous plug in's. But that's Ok, because the people that enjoy and buy your music don't care what it was recorded on. They care that it sounds good. See YaSkip B.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Great sounding piece of equipment with only minor limitations.

By William Scull

from Tampa, Fl.

Comments about Cakewalk V-Studio 20 Stereo Audio Interface:

I say "9" here because for most home recording guitar players, it will be that. Personally, I'd give it an 8 for myself simply because of the reamping limitations.
The closest thing I have ever seen to this is a box I used about a decade ago called the Edirol UA-100 (also Roland). Like the V-Studio 20, the UA-100 allowed you to add effects to your guitar or vocals and, although not exactly like COSM, the UA-100 had great effects, especially for its time. Surprisingly, the UA-100 set up an expectation for better reamping possibilities than the 12 year younger V-Studio could deliver, and that was my only disappointment with this unit. I like to record my signal dry to the DAW while monitoring with effects, so that I can have complete flexibilty to change that sound later. The V-Studio allows this, but unlike the UA-100, you cannot monitor the mix, while reamping, without hearing the guitar effect applied to EVERYTHING. There is also no way to isolate the signal in the DAW without muting the main mix, so if you can hear the rest of the mix during reamping, the reamped guitar signal is going to have that whole effected mix blended in with it. Therefore, if you are using ONLY this unit with your DAW, you must mute the rest of the mix (solo the reamped guitar signal) to apply an effect to a previously recorded clean guitar track. Easy enough to do but NOT conducive to making context-related decisions during mixdown. I solved this problem by using my FA-66 Firewire box as a monitor for the main mix (using the WDM/KS drivers with SONAR, as ASIO does not allow multiple soundcards at once) and running the headphone output of the V-Studio 20 into the left and right inputs of the FA-66. To me, this kind of sucks that I have to do this, but it is working flawlessly with no timing issues. Now, FOR MOST PEOPLE, this probably won't be an issue, as most guitarists I know like to record by printing the effects to the final recording immediately. But if you are a reamping freak, you better be sure to have another sound card to monitor a seperate signal from your DAW, especially if you like to audition different effects while mixing down. Other than this personal nag, I really love this unit. The effects sound great, it works flawlessly with SONAR, it looks good, feels durable and is quite flexible.
I had read that this unit felt flimsy but this is NOT the case. While it IS very light, it looks the majority of the surface is constructed from metal, except of course for the buttons, which feel like good strong plastic. The sound quality is very good and the flexibilty of the COSM effects is excellent.
Considering all this can do, it is a great value, no doubt.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Cakewalk V-Studio 20 Stereo Audio Interface:

I was looking for something that would allow me to record music on my laptop while I was in college. I found the perfect tool. It is small, sturdy, and has great sounds. It is perfect for a guitarist/singer who want to be able to write songs and record them quickly and efficiently. I am already recommending it to all of the other members in my band and would recommend it to anyone else.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great for the beginner!

By Mr. Bruce

from DC

Comments about Cakewalk V-Studio 20 Stereo Audio Interface:

As a novice with home-based recording I did as many of us do; and conducted countless hours of internet research before making my purchase. The final decision to purchase the VS-20 was based upon its ability to function with a netbook. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it works flawlessly with my current portable setup which includes an ASUS 1201N Netbook, Sonar Home Studio 7, the Korg Nano series and at home, a M-Audio Oxygen 61. I have currently recorded 2 tracks simultaneously and edited up to 8 tracks (with running effects too) without any issues. The software included works very well and is much more suited to a novice like myself, with a very good set of instructional materials included in both video and written format. The included software also works very well, with no clicks, pops or other issues that are so common in home based recording; especially for a novice that is just learning the various methods of setting up hardware. I had one issue with ASIO drivers and the link included in the "help menu" took me directly to the Cakewalk support site which provided a very simple fix. Overall (and please remember I am in my first 6 months of home recording) the device is absolutely wonderful and is everything that Cakewalk promised in their various online product videos. At least for novice's, I can highly recommend this product for someone who is intimidated by hardware and software that has a steep learning curve, yet is seeking a quality product/interface in order to begin recording, and leave room to grow with in the future. Be sure to check out the various flash, video and written VS-20 informational materials on the Cakewalk site, they offer a ton of information for those who are curious about this interface.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


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By staticnoyze

from Wisconsin

Comments about Cakewalk V-Studio 20 Stereo Audio Interface:

For a guitar player, this thing allows you to make music in no time. I'm a casual guitar player and have been playing for about 18 yrs, off and on. I've had this for approximately 2 weeks now and I'm happy. Very simplistic but allows you to create great sounding music. The standard COSM guitar effects are great - and you can also tweak them effortlessly to get a sound you truly want, your not limited to "just" the sounds that came with the unit. The Bass effects do sound like a bass when switched over - but make sure to pick with your fingers instead of a guitar pick to have it sound more like a bass guitar. And the vocal effects are great. I really enjoyed trying to make myself sound like a pro singer by changing my pitch and making it sound like I was harmonizing; really fun stuff. The Guitar Tracks that come with it is good, not complicated at all. The drum loops are limited but fair (I recommend getting other drum loops to allow you to have more available; ie, Big Fish Audio LA sessions 1&2, Natural Grooves, Drum Werks are the ones I have). The only knock I would have with this unit is that it does not have inputs for a keyboard (midi). But it's not like I know how to play a keyboard anyways...If you want to create music in a simplistic way, whether your a guitar player or just a musician in general, you'll never go wrong with this unit. I used to have the V-Studio 100, and in comparison, the V-Studio 100 was just to complicated to really want to learn the ins and outs of it. Yes, you get more inputs and outputs, but I never had time to learn the complex mechanisms it had to offer. With the V-Studio 20, it's basically a "plug in and play and creating great quality sound music" relationship. You won't be disappointed with the sound of music you create with this.

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