In audio part today we will talk about portable USB audio interface Roland Duo-Capture MK2 for professional stereo sound recording. Frontal panel of sound card has : 1/8″ mini-jack stereo input; TRS ( 1/4″ jack ) stereo input, which can work in microphone and instrumental Hi-Z modes ( phantom power +48 V can not be plugged to it ); TRS ( 1/4″ jack ) stereo output for monitor headphones; and 1/8″ mini-jack linear stereo output. On its top there are sliders for input volume control ( with peak indicator ) and output volume control with USB connection indicator. Its back panel has : USB port, through which it communicates with computer or mobile devices and powers; and buttons for switching Direct Monitor function, Hi-Z mode for TRS input and input signal amplification. It works with sampling rates up to 48 kHz ( for sound recording in wild nature and for vocals and instruments recording, if sound will not be processed intensively, this is enough ) and 24 bits per sample precision.
Roland Duo-Capture MK2 draws 96 mA current; its sizes are 81 ( width ) x 119 ( depth ) x 31 ( height ) mm and mass is 130 g. For it drivers are released for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 and Mac OS X with ASIO 2.0 and Core Audio interfaces support, through which it tightly integrates with modern DAWs : Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, FL Studio, Cackewalk Sonar, REAPER and others. Package contains : Roland Duo-Capture MK2 sound card itself, USB cable, optical disks with drivers and software ( DAW Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE ), warranty card and user’s guide. All in all, this is a good audio interface, for portable high quality stereo sound recording, which is superior to sound of photo and video cameras, dictaphones, smartphones and other portable devices.