Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
Roland Cakewalk V-Studio 100 – great interface, better price!
Right, let’s start the the feature that probably matters most to most of you: the Roland Cakewalk V-Studio 100 is a USB audio interface. And not just any old, basic, run-of-the-mill USB audio interface, but an 8-input, 6-output audio interface.
It’s also a DAW control surface.
And a standalone digital mixer and stereo recorder.
You want more? How about this: we’re selling it for £199. How’s that work for ya?!
Returning to my usual, serious self, this really is a huge amount of interface for the price. It’s a huge amount of interface for the £400 we were selling it for oringally, and at its original RRP of £629!
Sonar V-Studio 100: inputs and outputs
It all comes down to connectivity, doesn’t it? So let’s take a look at what you can plug in. On the front of the VS100, you’ve got two analogue inputs, both offer microphone inputs on XLR with switchable phantom power. Both these inputs also feature a 1/4″ jack input, with input 1 offering a high-impedance input for connecting your guitar or bass.
At the back, the V-Studio 100 gives you’ve a further six inputs: two on 1/4″ jack, two on RCA phono, and a coaxial digital input as well, so you’re well covered for plugging in most types of gear you have.
On the output side of things, you get six analogue outputs: four on 1/4″ and two on RCA. Easy. With this complement of ins and outs, you can get your monitors hooked up, and still have enough I/O to connect some outboard effects units to use as external plugins in your DAW.
DAW control surface
What’s the next thing you want in your computer-based studio after a good amount of I/O? What about taking control of your DAW without having to move your mouse pointer over to the ‘play’ button?
Done. The V-Studio 100 is also a fully-fledged DAW control surface. With a set of transport controls, assignable knobs AND a motorised fader, the VS100 earns its place within the reach of your control arm on your studio desktop.
Portable stereo recorder
Maybe your band has a rehearsal and you want to make a quick recording to hear just how tight you’re sounding these days. Chances are you don’t want to take your computer with you, and you might not want to buy a portable recorder for the rare times it might end up getting used.
If you’ve got a VS100, you’re covered. You can use the unit as a digital mixer and record the stereo mix to an SD card. Done. And with 4 different types of reverb as well as six channels of EQ and compression, you can get a pretty reasonable mix down onto ‘tape’ at that!
Your next interface?
The Roland Cakewalk V-Studio 100 offers quite a serious amount of functionality at a price at which you wouldn’t normally expect to see quite a range of functions and I/O. If you’re in the market for a new audio interface, DAW controller or portable stereo recorder, the VS100 is definitely one that should make your shortlist!
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