Roland/Edirol UA-5

momo wrote on 2/20/2003, 8:35 AM
I'm finally at a point where I really, really need a vast improvement in I/O. (to avoid the abuse, I'll not mention what I'm using now :^)

I'll be making a purchase decision soon, but as always, I don't have the money for what I really want. My requirements are: low latency, ASIO compliance, hybrid XLR/balanced inputs (minimum two), phantom power, and 24 bit/96 KHz. I really haven't thought much about the pros and cons of USB vs. PCI, although USB does promise portability down the road should I ever acquire a suitable laptop.

So far, the Roland/Edirol UA-5 seems to be the best deal, offering all of the above (w/ USB) at a respectable price that seems to hover between $250-$275 USD. I know of at least one person who's had difficulty using a UA-5 with Vegas; not much troubleshooting was done, though, since he was using it (successfully) with another application. Does anyone have any UA-5 experience to share or know of anything else to recommend that'll do the above for similar money?




soundguy63 wrote on 2/20/2003, 11:36 AM
The only info I can offer is this article that I found yesterday while also doing research on the UA-5.
The article is really aimed at field recording to a laptop rather than desktop-I/O with Vegas, but you might find it helpful for some details.
momo wrote on 2/20/2003, 4:05 PM
Thanks for that link, Jay - it was interesting and useful; I'm getting even more interested in buying one now.... Anyone else out there used a Edirol before?

bwb wrote on 2/20/2003, 4:11 PM
I've used the UA-5 as my main I/O device with Vegas a great deal and have had no problems to speak of. It has worked tremendously well.
momo wrote on 2/20/2003, 5:34 PM

Pending the inevitable horror story, that pretty much puts me in buy-mode. No more Radio Shack magic for me... As grampy used to say, that dog just don't hunt.

Thanks all for the help.