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  • hopefully a pro review soon

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    • Quote Originally Posted by wolfereeno2
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      I think I'm getting close to making the plunge for one of these. So far it seems to meet all of my requirements. Just a simple, kind a stupid question tho.



      Can this device be powered on and off quickly?




      There's a button that you push and hold to turn on, push and hold to turn off.








      Does it make sense to use this for general PC audio, games, itunes, youtube... Ie, would you leave it on all the time?



      Or would one typically use this kind of interface just for recording/editing and then just use the built in soundcard for general audio? And if so how do you switch sources and still use one set of monitor speakers?



      If you make the Octa-Capture the default sound device in the control panel (which also involves specifying the desired outputs), then it will play back computer audio as if it was a sound card, through the same speakers, except of course with much better fidelity. I use it for YouTube, Windows Media Player, etc. all the time.
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      • Thanks again Craig! Glad to hear that you're still using yours.



        Re steinberg UR824, seems nice but no midi in/out.

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        • Quote Originally Posted by wolfereeno2
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          Thanks again Craig! Glad to hear that you're still using yours.




          Yes, it's become part of my Windows setup - a major contributing factor is that it works with the V-Studio 700. The Octa-Capture's lack of ADAT I/O is a limitation for me, but the V-Studio has it so I'm covered no matter what.



          On the Mac I switch among various other interfaces. MBox Pro gets used the most; when I need more ins I plug in the Phonic Firefly. On my laptop, PreSonus FireStudio Mobile gets the nod.
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          • Hey, awesome review! It swung my vote and made me purchase one! I am having some issues though unfortunately.



            I originally installed the driver that came with the Octa-Capture and then found the 1.5 version and promptly uninstalled the original one and tried to install v1.5 but it failed. So it made me go through the uninstall process for that driver (which uninstallation requires a reboot everytime). So I thought maybe I need to download the System Program Ver.1.5 first and then install the v1.5 driver (the instructions on the Roland website seem very vague to me as to which one to do first). Same result though, the driver failed to install and I had to uninstall it.



            After that I decided to just install the old version that came with it again. The driver installed fine but my computer would then freeze after a few minutes of use and the only way to get it working was to do a hard shut off. I then deleted the System Program Ver.1.5 I had downloaded and the installation files for the v.1.5 driver and uninstalled the v.1 driver and reinstalled it. This seemed to do the trick. A few days later I recorded 5 tracks for drums added some guitar and everyone was hunky dory but earlier today I was mixing and my computer froze in the same way (mouse doesn’t even move) and it has since happened twice today (without my DAW open).



            Sorry this was long and confusing. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?

            Thanks a lot!

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            • You might be overthinking this. I just installed the 1.5 while the original was installed, the program took care of uninstalling the old one and installing the new one...it was all very painless, so I'm sorry you're having difficulty.



              Depending on whether you're using Windows or Mac, can you use System Restore or Time Machine to go back to when you had only the original driver installed?
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              • Thanks for the reply!



                I am thinking now that being opening my DAW (Cubase 5) without the Octa-Capture connected is maybe triggering the episodes. I haven't had any trouble after restarting my computer (without it freezing). I used Cubase with the Octa-Capture and everything is going well so far, no more freezing yet.



                I would like to have this settled so I can safely use Cubase on the go though. The Roland website says to upgrade to v1.5 you have to uninstall the old driver so I did the uninstall before trying to install v1.5. You are saying that installing the new driver takes care of the uninstallation of the old one?



                And also, the website says you must use upgrade to the Octa-Capture system program v1.5. In what order should I install the driver and the system program? I am assuming driver first and then the system program?



                I am reading their manual for updating to the system program v1.5 right now but I still would like someone with previous experience to confirm what worked!



                Thanks!!

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                • Hi. I just got my OCTA_CAPTURE a couple of weeks ago and I've got a question about the routing possibilites for the OCTA-CAPTURE:



                  I want to record the sound of my amp with a mic, but put some Amplitube Stomp FX before it and some Amplitube rack Effects after it. So how can I best set this up?



                  I was thinking, having my guitar in the Hi-Z channel 1 of the Octa-Capture, put Amplitube on the track in Sonar.

                  Send the signal to output 3 of the Octacapture and feed the signal to my amp, and then recording the signal with a mic.

                  And have this mic to channel 2 of the Octa-Capture. And apply any extra effects on this track.



                  Anyone ever tried a signal path like this?

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                  • Hi Craig,



                    I had my heart set on the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, until I went into a music shop and they started praising the Octa-Capture. Now I have no idea what to do.



                    I run a Macbook Pro 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo, and pretty much use Logic exclusively. How does the Octa-Capture compare with the Saffire Pro 40, Mac-wise? I see you've reviewed the Saffire Pro 24, which as far as I know is the same interface with less inputs and the added VRM feature (which I'm not too bothered about - I didn't spend money on KRK Rokit GP6's to start mixing through headphones!)



                    Which ever interface I use will be replacing an ageing Presonus Firebox (one of the preamps has started to crackle), however I wrote off buying a Presonus Firestudio because I heard that the pre-amps weren't as good as the Focusrite.



                    I currently compose music for video games but am looking at opening a small home studio for local bands. Auto-Sens sounds super useful for both these applications, but the Focusrite just seems like a more...serious product.



                    Help me out! I'd love some guidance.



                    Many Thanks,



                    Chris

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                    • just upgrade the firmware to 1.5. then un-plug the roland and install the new driver. it will take care of uninstalling the old one.



                      and saffire pro is firewire, roland is usb. roland's drivers are so good, as you can read in this review, the latency is ultra low. you can use it as a mixer without a computer. its capable of 4 different mixes. you can daisy chain two units.



                      however if I don't ever need to daisy chain, and I have $700 to spend, I'd take a look at the new Steinberg UR824

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                      • Quote Originally Posted by SEVerstraten
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                        Hi. I just got my OCTA_CAPTURE a couple of weeks ago and I've got a question about the routing possibilites for the OCTA-CAPTURE:



                        I want to record the sound of my amp with a mic, but put some Amplitube Stomp FX before it and some Amplitube rack Effects after it. So how can I best set this up?



                        I was thinking, having my guitar in the Hi-Z channel 1 of the Octa-Capture, put Amplitube on the track in Sonar.

                        Send the signal to output 3 of the Octacapture and feed the signal to my amp, and then recording the signal with a mic.

                        And have this mic to channel 2 of the Octa-Capture. And apply any extra effects on this track.



                        Anyone ever tried a signal path like this?




                        That should work, but of course, you'll have latency issues--going through the computer the first time, then monitoring off the rack effects and going through the computer a second time.



                        If you can forego hearing the rack effects until mixdown, that would reduce latency.
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                        • Quote Originally Posted by colourofsound
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                          Hi Craig,



                          I had my heart set on the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, until I went into a music shop and they started praising the Octa-Capture. Now I have no idea what to do.



                          I run a Macbook Pro 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo, and pretty much use Logic exclusively. How does the Octa-Capture compare with the Saffire Pro 40, Mac-wise? I see you've reviewed the Saffire Pro 24, which as far as I know is the same interface with less inputs and the added VRM feature (which I'm not too bothered about - I didn't spend money on KRK Rokit GP6's to start mixing through headphones!)



                          Which ever interface I use will be replacing an ageing Presonus Firebox (one of the preamps has started to crackle), however I wrote off buying a Presonus Firestudio because I heard that the pre-amps weren't as good as the Focusrite.



                          I currently compose music for video games but am looking at opening a small home studio for local bands. Auto-Sens sounds super useful for both these applications, but the Focusrite just seems like a more...serious product.



                          Help me out! I'd love some guidance.



                          Many Thanks,



                          Chris




                          These days it's hard to go too wrong with just about any interface, but as zzzxtreme points out, they all have their differences. I agree with him that the Octa-Capture's high points are excellent drivers and you can cascade them for more inputs. I also find auto-sens exceptionally convenient, and it has 5-pin DIN MIDI in and out, which some interfaces don't have any more. These days I'm trending toward USB over Firewire...I'm seeing fewer laptops that come with Firewire onboard.



                          As to preamps, there are more similarities than differences. Actually the PreSonus XMAX preamps are very good, with lots of headroom. I use the Firestudio Mobile for live performance with my laptop.
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                          • I suspect the Octa-Capture is right for a kind of weird project, but I could use some advice.



                            I have what I imagine is a somewhat atypical requirement for my interface -- and the difficulty is compounded a bit by not being exactly sure how to ask the right question. I'm hoping some patient soul in this forum could perhaps point me in the right direction.



                            ---



                            The short version: is each channel on the Octa-Capture recognized by Windows as a discrete 'soundcard' (or, audio input, etc.) so that each can be used as a separate audio input (simultaneously) in different standard Windows / non-multitrack recording applications -- for example, m3w ( http://m3w.sourceforge.net/ ).



                            ---



                            I'm looking for an interface to run 24/7 with a PC running Windows XP or Ubuntu that will allow me to stream 6 individual audio streams to a network server. The streaming part is pretty well figured out, but no streaming software we've found is designed for interfacing with multitrack interfaces -- in the software we're stuck with choosing the source from the standard list of windows audio inputs. So, in a nutshell, that's the tricky bit -- I need an interface that shows each channel as a separate Windows input. (We actually run multiple instances of the streaming software -- one for each stream, each listening to a different source.)



                            Someone suggested a M-Audio delta 66, which we tried, and also a PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL -- both almost worked, but neither made every channel available to be selected individually as a windows input.



                            Our other requirement is that every channel needs amplification (it's roughly mic-level audio) and we need one channel that is a mix of all other channels.



                            Forgive anything ridiculous I've said, and feel free to correct me or send me elsewhere :-) Also, I apologize for the length.



                            Cheers, Ryan

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                            • I think I understand your question correction...in the Sound part of the Windows control panel, the inputs and outputs show up as stereo pairs (1+2, 3+4, etc.). So if you have a way to pan signals in order to separate the left and right channels, that might work; otherwise you would need to cascade two Octa-Captures, which would give you eight stereo pairs and you could choose the six you want from those.
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                              • Can you use other preamps with the Octacapture via SPDIF?

                                Specifically I am thinking of using this unit to add two higher quality tube preamps to my rig:

                                http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_MPA_II.html



                                This will allow me to have 1o inputs total right? The MPA II won't just be substituting any preamps from the Octacapture if connected via SPDIF correct?



                                Thanks!

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