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Cakewalk® Announces New Line of USB Audio Interfaces

Brandon Drury —  July 30, 2009 — Leave a comment

—The new Cakewalk UA-4FX, UA-25EX, and UA-101 provide Mac and PC-based
musicians affordable options to capture high-quality audio via USB—

Boston, MA (July 30, 2009) — Cakewalk, the world’s leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording, announces three new USB audio interfaces. The UA-25EX, UA-4FX, and UA-101 are designed to quickly and easily connect and capture audio for Mac and PC, and are the newest additions to the growing line of affordable, high-quality hardware products from Cakewalk. All three new products, designed in conjunction with Roland, offer the functionality, reliability, and high quality audio that are hallmarks of Roland design engineering.

“Today’s announcement reflects our continued efforts to work with Roland to introduce powerful, inexpensive hardware solutions for the consumer and pro-audio markets,” said Michael Hoover, Cakewalk’s executive vice president of products. “From our SONAR V-Studio products to our new foray into audio and MIDI interfaces, the response from the marketplace has been very encouraging and we look forward to bringing additional hardware products to our customers.”

Cakewalk UA-25EX

The UA-25EX is a feature packed, professional-level, ruggedly made 2×2 24-bit/96 kHz USB Audio Interface for Mac and PC. The UA-25EX is equally suited in the project studio or as a mobile solution on the road for high quality audio recording and music production.

Highlights of the Cakewalk UA-25EX include:
USB Bus powered, no AC required—perfect for mobile use
24-bit/96 kHz recording
2 Neutrik® XLR/TRS combo jacks that can accept XLR or 1/4″ inputs for easy connections
Professional-grade mic preamps with +48V phantom power
One input with Hi-Z option for better sound when recording high impendence instruments like electric guitar and bass
Built in compressor/limiter
Optical I/O
MIDI I/O with proprietary Fast Processing Technology (FPT)
Headphone output
Direct-box function for noise-free live use
Ground Lift—eliminates hum
Low latency drivers for Mac or PC (WDM, Core Audio, ASIO 2.0)
Vista support includes both 32 and 64-bit
Zero latency direct monitoring
Cakewalk Production Plus Pack: SONAR LE and Dimension LE (Windows)

Cakewalk UA-4FX

The UA-4FX is a compact and portable 24-bit/96 kHz USB audio interface featuring genuine Roland COSM® preamp emulation technology and high quality effects. The UA-4FX provides mobile recording, built-in effects, and great sound in a compact package making it ideal for guitarists, singer/songwriters, and keyboardists on the go.

Highlights of the Cakewalk UA-4FX include:
USB Bus powered, no AC required—perfect for mobile use
24-bit/96 kHz recording
Roland COSM® tube MIC preamp simulator
14 onboard effects, including Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Enhancer, Multi-band compressor/limiter, and more
XLR input with Phantom power
1/4″ input with Hi-Z option for better sounding recording of high impendence instruments like electric guitar and bass
S/PDIF optical I/O — provides highest possible sound quality when connecting digital devices
1/8″ Electret input
5 segment stereo LED Meters for mixing and checking levels
MIDI in/out ports for MIDI recording, playback, control, and sequencing
Low latency drivers for Mac or PC (WDM, Core Audio, ASIO 2.0)
Vista support includes both 32 and 64-bit
Fast and stable MIDI transmission using proprietary advanced FPT technology
Cakewalk Production Plus Pack: SONAR LE, and Dimension LE (Windows)

Cakewalk UA-101

The Cakewalk UA-101 is a high-speed USB 10×10 USB Audio Interface for Mac and PC that provides up to 24-bit/192 kHz audio quality. The UA-101 is a full featured solution with multiple I/O options, professional grade mic preamps with +48V phantom power, built-in analog limiter, zero latency direct monitoring, and much more—all housed in a sturdy, half-rack, solid metal enclosure.

Highlights of the UA-101 include:
Record and monitor 6 channels simultaneously at 24-bit/192kHz or all 10 channels simultaneously at 24-bit/96 kHz
A wide variety of I/O for high-quality connections to all your gear and instruments:
Pair of Neutrik XLR-TRS combo inputs with Hi-Z option for electric guitar/bass
(6) 1/4″ TRS balanced inputs
(10) 1/4″ TRS balanced outputs
S/PDIF Optical I/O with Digital Sync Indicator
Headphone out
MIDI I/O
Perfectly-matched premium analog components and internal 40-bit processing for optimal sound quality
Two professional-grade mic preamps with independent sensitivity control and +48V phantom power
Built-in analog limiter with indicator to prevent clipping
Integrated low-noise, wide-range power supply provides for +4 or -10 dBu selectable balanced inputs with PAD switches
Supports digital clock slave
5-LED level indicator on the front panel
Zero-Latency, direct monitoring to hear the music without a delay as you record.
Ultra low latency drivers (WDM, Core Audio, ASIO 2.0) for Mac or PC
Vista support includes both 32 and 64-bit
Software-controlled internal mixer and patch bay
Solid metal construction in a half rack body
Cakewalk Production Plus Pack: SONAR LE, and Dimension LE (Windows)

Availability

The UA-25EX, UA-4FX, UA-101 will be available at select music and sound retailers worldwide in September 2009. For more information on Cakewalk’s new USB audio interface products, please visit http://www.cakewalk.com/products/audiomidi.asp. Local prices may vary, please check with your local Cakewalk distributor, or your local retailer for more details.

Brandon Drury

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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of RecordingReview.com and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.
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