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Edirol Releases Audio Capture Hardware

Company also launches new line of MIDI interfaces By Dave Nagel
Edirol today burst out with 14 new products spanning the gamut of hardware capture and editing devices, ranging from audio capture to a new line of MIDI interfaces to a stand-alone digital video editing workstation. All of the new products are compatible with Macintosh and Windows systems and range from simple USB audio capture to a higher-end rack-mount audio processing module.

Four of the new products fall into the category of USB audio capture.

  • The UA-1A ($99) is a 16-bit, 44.1 kHz AD/DA converter with stereo input and output (RCA connectors). The device is powered by the USB bus.
  • The UA-1D audio interface ($119) also supports stereo input and output but but includes optical/coaxial S/PDIF input and output jacks. It too is USB bus-powered.
  • The UA-3 ($225) includes one stereo pair for input, one fully duplexed stereo pair for output, 16-bit/44.1 kHz signal processing, input from 32 kHz to 48 kHz, USB and S/PDIF input and output. It is also powered through the USB bus.
  • The UA-5 audio interface ($375) takes it a bit further with 24-bit/96 kHz AD/DA conversion, stereo input and output (RCA) and optical/coaxial S/PDIF inputs and outputs. It also has 48v phantom power for microphones. (The device is not powered by the USB bus.)

All of the USB audio interfaces support Sound Manager in the Mac. The UA-5 also supports ASIO 2.0.

Edirol also introduced the $775 DA-2496 digital audio interface. It sports eight inputs and eight outputs in a 1U rack-mount chassis break-out box and ships with a PCI interface card. It also includes direct input for guitar (Hi-Z) and MIDI I/O. Its AD/DA conversion resolves at 24-bit/96 kHz, and it supports ASIO and Sound Manager on the Mac.

On the MIDI front, Edirol has launched an entirely new line of USB MIDI interfaces. These include the $49 UM-1S (one input, one output, female); the $69 UM-1E (one in, one out, male); the $99 UM-2E (two in, two out, up to 32 channels); and the $399 UM-880, with eight I/Os, two USB ports, "Zero Latency Hardware Direct MIDI Routing" and the ability to store 16 patch change commands.

The company has also announced a combo digital audio interface and MIDI tone module, which will ship in December. The $1,125 SD-90 includes 24-bit AD/DA converters, two MIDI I/Os, optical/coaxial S/PDIF I/Os and discrete 1/4" microphone and guitar inputs. It has 1,050 instruments and 36 drum sets and supports 128-voice polyphony and 32-part multi-timbral. On the Mac, it supports ASIO and Sound Manager.

Edirol has also released two powered desktop monitors for audio playback, selling for $135 and $175. The $175 MA-10D supports direct digital input.

Finally, the company has also introduced a stand-alone video editing workstation. The $4,995 DV-7 Video Canvas offers native DV format input and editing, a FireWire interface for export, real-time processing, a title creator and several video editing functions.

Most of the products announced today are available now or will be available this month. A few will ship in December. The company says the products are currently compliant with Mac OS X; however, there is no software right now to support the hardware in OS X. For pre-OS X systems, the hardware requires OS 9.0.4 or later. Visit Edirol's Web site for information on support for Windows. (Support varies by product.) For more information, visit Or visit Edirol's distributor, Thinkware, at

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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