Cakewalk V-Studio 20 Audio Interface, Control Surface

Cakewalk V-Studio 20 Audio Interface, Control Surface

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Great with Sonar Review by ben
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First of all, this box is just what you want if you use Sonar or other Cakewalk software. It's a control surface, a mic input, and a complete guitar processor. You can re-amp stuff, even. It's incredible when used with Sonar because every button is integrated.

The guitar processor is AMAZING. Chorus, delay (with tempo sync), distortion, amp simulation, etc. And it's not harsh like a lot of VST guitar sims, either. Very smooth and beautiful sound.

It's a little bit less awesome with other DAWs, however - the control surface, as far as I can tell, doesn't work at all with any non-Sonar software. It might work with Cubase or Nuendo that allow you to map MIDI stuff manually but it'd be manual setup. It doesn't work at all with Pro Tools 9, though. The rest of it works great - its' still good for re-amping, it's still a full-fledged guitar processor, it's still a mic input, and it's still a great box. Another con is that it feels kind of flimsy and the buttons are very stiff.

Just not quite as "do it all" as it is with Cakewalk's software. Tha'ts because Cakewalk is owned by Roland so they go together like peas and carrots.

There are 2 condenser mics built into teh device, and I use them for Skype. They're pretty good for that, but I wouldn't use them for anything else. If you use the VS20 editor to set up effects, the effects affect the built-in mics, so if you want to sound different, you can. It's silly and kind of fun to play with in that regard.

The Guitar Tracks software included is pretty lame - no MIDI editing at all; you have to use MIDI loops or pre-made MIDI files; you can't adjust notes, velocity, sustain, etc. AT ALL. The audio editing is pretty bare-bones, too. Sonar X1 Producer makes all those issues go away but it's not particularly cheap. (Posted on 4/3/12)
A real, mobile all-in-one box Review by Johnny5
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This is an amazing package, first and foremost. You're getting a ton of features, which I'll review in order.

1 mic preamp - which is quiet and very transparent, and has +48v phantom power

stereo mics built in - not something you'd want to use for a real recording but if you're just walking around with your computer, the vs-20, and a guitar (and really, who isn't?!) you can lay down a quick demo to record whatever inspiration just hit you at that time.

A ton of effects processing - it's mostly aimed at electric guitars, with the amp simulation and various chorus/distortion/phase effects, but it's also got a very usable compressor and harmonizer which are great with vocals.

A control surface - the only downer is that the faders aren't motorized. But still, they work and with Cakewalk software they don't even require any setup. So what you're basically getting in this little box is equivalent to a Roland Tri-Capture, a Korg nanoKontrol, a BOSS ME-25-style effects processor, and software control over the whole thing. That's a ton of value in a small package. (Posted on 7/19/11)
A real, mobile all-in-one box Review by Johnny5
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This is an amazing package, first and foremost. You're getting a ton of features, which I'll review in order.

1 mic preamp - which is quiet and very transparent, and has +48v phantom power

stereo mics built in - not something you'd want to use for a real recording but if you're just walking around with your computer, the vs-20, and a guitar (and really, who isn't?!) you can lay down a quick demo to record whatever inspiration just hit you at that time.

A ton of effects processing - it's mostly aimed at electric guitars, with the amp simulation and various chorus/distortion/phase effects, but it's also got a very usable compressor and harmonizer which are great with vocals.

A control surface - the only downer is that the faders aren't motorized. But still, they work and with Cakewalk software they don't even require any setup. So what you're basically getting in this little box is equivalent to a Roland Tri-Capture, a Korg nanoKontrol, a BOSS ME-25-style effects processor, and software control over the whole thing. That's a ton of value in a small package. (Posted on 6/25/11)

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