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05-06-2013 12:23 PM
I've had an Octa-Capture for a week now and thought I'd add to this thread. Previously, I owned a Phonic 808U interface that was purchased after reading Craig's positive reviews. I had great luck with the Phonic, but sold it since support from them is nonexistant at this point. I looked at the Steinberg UR824, but moved on since it doesn't support MIDI. The MOTU 828mk3 hybrid looked great, but the reviews are very mixed and there seems to be some issues with drivers. The new Focusrite 18i20 looks great (and I loved my Saffire PRO 24), but I liked the idea of the compressors on the Octa-Capture and took the leap.
Everything in Craig's review is spot on. I was up and running in 5 minutes using the current driver set. The Octa is very intuitive and easy to use. The software is very powerful and intuitive as well. The 4-front-4-back arrangement of the inputs works very well for me as I have two synths and two other pres attached in the rear, leaving 4 pres in the front within easy reach. The Octa was recognized by Reaper immediately and there have been no problems at all with my DAW. Auto sense is very useful, as are the compressors on each channel.
I have noticed 3 issues with the Octa. First, I cannot change the sample rate from 44.1. The instructions to do so are quite simple, yet nothing changes when I dive into the menu and try to change the rate. Second, I can hear input from a channel when the channel slider is at zero. Third, I have a fair amount of noise in the pres. I have grounded the unit to my rack, but plan to try grounding it to the cable connector on my surge suppressor. I am using a power conditioner as well.
Overall, I really like the interface, but the problems 1 and 3 listed above have to be solved for me to keep it. Number 2 isn't really a big deal since I can shut off input at the source instrument or mic. I'll be emailing Roland for some input on the issues. I'm happy to hear that they have such great customer service.
05-07-2013 10:16 PM
Re (1), you definitely can change the sample rate! However, what can happen is that it locks to the sample rate in your software, or to some other audio process in your computer. When I've experienced what you describe, I change the sample rate in the DAW, change it back, then adjust the sample rate in the Octa-Capture. Don't forget you can also adjust the sample rate in the Octa-Captire Driver Settings control panel. Sometimes, opening up the control panel from within the DAW's preferences menu makes this process easier.
Re (3), please define "noise." Are you talking about hiss, a high-frequency whine, or...? I had "hash" from grounding issues, and running a ground line from the Octa to my uninterruptible power supply solved the problem. Experiment grounding to different places; it can make a big difference.
05-08-2013 06:07 PM
Thanks Craig. That fixed the sampling rate issue. I had read that you couldn't change it with the software, but I think the reference was to an earlier version. While changing it from the face didn't work, the software did. I'm going to find a length of cable to ground to my surge suppressor. Above 6, the preamps are noisy. Noisy being defined as hissy with an underlying hum.
06-17-2013 06:23 AM
As an update, all the issues were resolved after grounding the interface and the preamps are quiet. The compressor is a very handy feature and the software is powerful. All in all, an excellent interface. Thanks for the help, Craig.
07-27-2013 03:41 PM
Caould you help me with my Octa Capture? How to make this unit grounded? Which cable should I use? Can I connect ground cable to my APC SurgeArrest PF8VNT3?
07-27-2013 05:32 PM
Palio, I took a length of TV cable, cut off one end, and stripped the wire back with the shielding as my ground. This was attached to the Roland, with the fitted end screwed to my surge suppressor.
07-31-2013 05:26 PM
i have UA-101 and im in my way to buy OCTA Capture, i hate the way UA-101 Patch Bay work, i use 8 outputs from UA-101 to 8 Inputs Mixer, and UA-101 input 1 for Condenser Mic,
in UA-101 Patch Bay there is only 2 things in every output "INPUT so i can hear my MIC input ONLY and WAVE OUT so i can hear DAW out ONLY"
i cant hear both at the same time, any idea what about OCTA Capture ?
08-01-2013 02:40 PM
Thanks for your reply. Please should you send me some photos of this solution? I dont understand english very well and I am not sure if I clearly understand what you wrote
08-02-2013 07:01 PM
Palio, perhaps these pictures will help. This is what coax cable looks like on the inside. You will use the braided shield for the ground. Strip a bit of cable and loosen the braided shield from the cable so that you can wrap it into a wire.
Now, twist the shielding into a braid like this (B):
Wrap that end around the grounding screw on the Octa-Capture. The other end of the coax cable has a screw fitting like this:
Screw that fitting on the male connector on your surge suppressor-the gold fittings at the bottom of the image below. That's it.
08-13-2013 12:54 PM
Hi Craig , great article very informative , I have an Octacapture , Win 8 64 bit (not touch screen) with Sonar x2a pro. To my unskilled ear the results have been excellent , I bought this to record my band as a practice aid for new (original) songs , the band were so impressed they want to record more serious demo stuff . To date we always use a DTExplorer drum kit but now I'm about to embark on recording a full acoustic set . Do you think I should use the gate/compression or switch it off ? I thought I maybe able to reduce drum to drum spill in this way. Maybe I could report back with the results at some point?
10-12-2013 11:05 AM
Hello Craig and all others,
I'm torn between the Roland Octa-Capture and the newer Focusrite 18i20.
It would be nice to have the Roland's reverb and compression for monitoring, four monitor sends, digitally controlled preamps and auto-leveling, however it would be also be nice to have two separate headphone outputs, (the presumably nicer) Focusite preamps plus newer gear (as is the case with the 18i20) usually means better gear in the fast moving world of digital audio plus the Focusite is $100 less than the Roland .
I would be using for my hobby studio and I like the idea of flexible routing and numerous I/O's, but I have no plans for recording live bands, just myself (singer / guitarist/ keyboard player) and lots of toys which I would rather leave plugged in at all times.
11-15-2013 06:12 AM
zzzextreme, i like to now if you are succesfull using octa-capture and mmp-2 through spdif, cause i'm having trouble. I can only sync using mmp-2 as master but i get errors when running a daw making my octa-capture stop working.
I'm using 75 Ohm spdif cables.
Sorry fo my english.
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