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Cakewalk Announces New Line of USB Audio Interfaces

New UA-4FX, UA-25EX, and UA-101 provide Mac and PC-based users affordable options to capture high-quality audio via USB

By PSW Staff July 30, 2009

The new Cakewalk UA-4FX USB audio interface (all three new units are pictured below)

Cakewalk has announced three new USB audio interfaces – the UA-25EX, UA-4FX, and UA-101, designed to quickly and easily connect and capture audio for Mac and PC.

“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.”

The UA-25EX, UA-4FX, UA-101 will be available at select music and sound retailers worldwide in September 2009.

UA-25EX:
* 2 x 2
* 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-inch 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)

UA-4FX
* 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-inch 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-inch 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)

The three new Cakewalk USB audio interfaces (click to enlarge)

UA-101
* 10 x 10
* Record and monitor 6 channels simultaneously at 24-bit/192-kHz 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-inch TRS balanced inputs
* (10) 1/4-inch 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)

Cakewalk Website

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