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Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface

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The new head of its class is the multifaceted TRI-CAPTURE USB interface - a unique, compact audio interface optimized for personal and mobile recording, vocal and guitar recording, and streaming-inter... Click To Read More About This Product

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The new head of its class is the multifaceted TRI-CAPTURE USB interface - a unique, compact audio interface optimized for personal and mobile recording, vocal and guitar recording, and streaming-internet applications. With its mixer-like design and dedicated front-panel controls, TRI-CAPTURE makes it easy to mix, control, and monitor a variety of signals. Plug a microphone into the XLR input, an instrument into the 1/4-inch jack, and a stereo instrument or device into the AUX input. The unique REC MODE section provides instant selection of recording scenarios, including LOOP BACK for web streaming applications. TRI-CAPTURE is full-featured yet portable, and is USB bus powered for a clean, simple setup.


  • Affordable, easy-to-use interface for guitarists, vocalists, and other musicians
  • Also works great for video production, web streaming, and creating podcasts with unique LOOP BACK function
  • XLR mic input with phantom power, plus 1/4-inch input with Hi-Z switch for connecting a guitar directly
  • Stereo AUX input with dedicated volume control
  • Balanced 1/4-inch TRS outputs and headphone jack
  • Low-latency ASIO driver; recording and playback at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • USB bus powered with 24-bit/96 kHz operation
  • Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE included
  • Record: 1 pair of stereo
  • Playback: 1 pair of stereo
  • Full duplex (except 96 kHz)
  • 24 bits (linear)
  • 96 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
  • Mic input: -60 to -30 dBu
  • Guitar input: -25 dBu
  • Line input: -10 dBu
  • Output jacks: +4 dBu
  • (input terminated with 1 k ohm, Input Monitor: OFF, IHF-A typ.)
  • USB
  • LOOP BACK (expect 96 kHz)
  • PHONES knob
  • PHANTOM button
  • Hi-Z button
  • REC MODE button
  • OUTPUT MUTE button
  • INPUT MONITOR button
  • SAMPLE RATE switch
  • MODE switch
  • REC Mode indicator
  • PEAK indicators
  • SIG indicators
  • OUTPUT Level Meter
  • INPUT1 (Mic) jack (XLR type, balanced, phantom power DC 48 V, 10mA Max)
  • INPUT2 (Guitar) jack (1/4-inch phone type)
  • INPUT3 (AUX) jacks (L, R) (RCA phono type)
  • Output jacks (L, R) (1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced))
  • Headphone jack (Stereo 1/4-inch phone type)
  • USB connector (USB Type B)
  • Supplied from the computer via USB
  • 480 mA
  • Owner's Manual
  • CD-ROM
  • USB cable
  • Cakewalk SONAR LE DVD-ROM (for Windows)
  • Width: 6-3/4 inches (171 mm)
  • Depth: 5-5/16 inches (134 mm)
  • Height: 1-5/8 inches (40 mm)
  • Weight: 0 lbs. 12 oz. (320 g)
  • 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
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Happy with my Tri-Capture

By Gregory

from San Antonio, Texas

Comments about Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface:

This audio interface not only solved my "Noise" issues, but also allows me to record internet streaming. Had it set up in minutes. Using Audacity for my DAW. I'm so happy with this Audio Interface that I ordered me another one for my laptop. The Loop Back works perfectly. Guitar center shipped it to me and customer service was excellent.


Great for any setting


from Detroit, MI

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  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use


  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface:

So it took some setting up and digging around Roland's website to get the appropriate driver so that I could use this as my USB interface. Once I got it set up I took it for a test drive on Ableton Suite 9 by jamming with my bass guitar plugged directly into the Hi-Z port. The tone is nice and glassy, not too sharp on the high end but responsive and delivers a clear, punchy signal with almost no latency. I really like the idea of constraints so this will fit perfectly in my studio. Right now I am only tracking a dry guitar signal, a mono output from my GR-20, and a stereo mix of a TD-3 electronic drum kit. This thing is perfect for the solo instrumentalist / performer. I haven't researched the LOOPBACK function too much so I can't give any feedback on how well it sets up for synced online playback. Anyways, long story short, I've had interfaces ranging from mid-quality Focusrites, to cheap Presonus's & even an Apollo Twin at one point. This Tri-Capture is on par with any of those interfaces in terms of recording quality and is FAR more affordable than some of the better looking, sturdier interfaces. Would definitely recommend to anybody looking for a simple solution to their simple studio.

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Wrong Software

By ukulangley

from Pittsburgh

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Comments about Roland TRI-CAPTURE: USB Audio Interface:

In the product description it states that this interface comes with Cakewalk Sonar X1 LE software. When I received the product it included Ableton Live Lite. It CLEARLY states in the product description that Cakewalk is included. One of my primary reasons for purchasing this particular interface was the Cakewalk software, as I was going to purchase the upgrade to Sonar Artist for 29$ through Guitar Center.

I contacted Guitar who advised me to take it to my nearest GC representative. so, I drove 90 minutes to my nearest GC, only to have a representative tell me that there is nothing they can do, and ultimately directed the blame towards Roland.

I understand that Roland offers 2 versions, one with Ableton and one Cakewalk, however this product advertised on Guitar Center's website clearly states that this interface comes with the Cakewalk software. This is false advertisement.

GC did allow me to exchange the interface for a Presonus AudioBox with Studio One that will do the job, however this is not what I truly wanted for the $100+ investment.

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