Roland FA-66CW

24-bit/192 kHz FireWire Audio Capture w/ Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring

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The Roland FA-66CW

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Roland's FA-66CW comes packed with Edirol's most advanced professional audio technology in a solid, compact body, making it conveniently portable for FireWire audio recording anywhere inspiration strikes. The FA-66CW boasts 6-IN/6-OUT 24 bit/96 kHz simultaneous, full duplex recording, or 4-IN/4-OUT 24 bit/192 kHz simultaneous full duplex recording (the maximum spec. for DVD-Audio) with this box. The FA-66CW utilizes the standard FireWire Audio driver included on Mac OS X, which means there's no need to sit around waiting for any driver installation - just hook it up and you're ready to go.

Input & Output Options
The FA-66 offers a wide array of input and output options to let you connect any audio device you need, including; 2 Neutrick XLR/TRS combo inputs with Phantom Power, Hi-Z (Guitar) connection, stereo RCA analog inputs, S/PDIF Optical I/O, 4 individual analog outputs, 1/4" stereo Headphone Output, and MIDI I/O. The FA-66 offers +4dBu balanced input & output. The FA-66 is a completely portable recording center with very clean,
high-gain microphone preamps & premium analog components perfect for home studio & field recording.

Built-in Analog Limiter and Indicator
Prevent clipping in your recordings. Get high quality live recordings with a wide dynamic range. See the side diagram for Limiter characteristics. No AC adapter required! Just connect one FireWire (6-pin to 6-pin) cable to your laptop to create a quality field recorder. Reduce your cables and record anywhere with the FA-66. For your desktop use, the FA-66 package comes with the AC adapter. Plus, the FA-66 comes with WindowsXP WDM & ASIO2.0 drivers for Low Latency with most audio applications.

Zero-Latency, Direct Monitoring
Listen to audio being recording directly, without routing through software, with the FA-66's Direct Monitoring function. This allows the input to go straight to the output offer ZERO-latency monitoring. The FA-66 also offers incredibly low latency when monitoring through software or performing with software synths through the Apple CoreAudio driver as well as the WDM/ASIO2.0 drivers for Windows XP.

What's In The Box?

  1. (1) Owner's Manual
  2. (1) Driver CD-ROM
  3. (1) AC Adapter
  4. (1) FireWire cable (6 pins to 6 pins)
  5. (1) FireWire cable (6 pins to 4 pins)

Product Features:

  • 24-bit/192 kHz FireWire Audio Capture
  • Compatible with Mac OS X Standard Driver Provided by Apple
  • Mac OS X CoreAudio and WindowsXP WDM & ASIO 2.0 Support
  • Zero-Latency, Direct Monitoring
  • 2x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks with Professional Grade Mic Preamps with +48V Phantom Power
  • +4 dB Balanced Input & Output
  • S/PDIF Optical Input & Output Ports with "SYNC" LED Indicator
  • MIDI IN/OUT Ports
  • Built-in Analog Limiter and Indicator
  • FireWire Bus Powered, AC Adapter Included
  • Both 6-pin & 4-pin IEEE1394 Ports
  • Compact, Solid Metal Construction
  • Also found as: FA66CW, FA66, FA-66, FA6-6, FA66-CW
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Parts/90-days Labor Manufacturer's warranty


  • Number of Audio Record/Playback Channels:
    • 44.1/48/96 kHz:
      • Record: 6 Channels
      • Playback: 6 Channels
      • Full Duplex
    • 192 kHz:
      • Record: 4 Channels
      • Playback: 4 Channels
      • Full Duplex
  • Signal Processing:
    • PC Interface: 24-Bit
    • AD/DA Conversion: 24-Bit (Linear)
  • Sampling Frequency:
    • Digital Output: 44.1/48/96 kHz
    • Digital Input: 44.1/48/96 kHz
    • AD/DA Conversion: 44.1/48/96/192 kHz
  • Frequency Response:
    • 96 kHz: 20 Hz - 40,000 (+0/-2 dB)
    • 48 kHz: 20 Hz - 22,000 (+0/-2 dB)
    • 44.1 kHz: 20 Hz - 20,000 (+0/-2 dB)
  • Nominal Input Level:
    • Input Jack 1-2 (XLR type): -50 to -10 dBu
    • Input Jack 1-2 (1/4" TRS phone type): -35 to +4 dBu
    • Input Jack 3-4: (-10 dBu to &inf;(balanced)
  • Nominal Output Level:
    • Output Jack 1-4: +4 dBu (balanced)
  • Residual Noise Level:
    • Output Jack 1-2: -95 dBu
    • (input terminated w/ 1 k ohms, MAIN VOLUME: 0 dB,
      INPUT SENS: +4 dBu, DIRECT MONITOR VOLUME: OUT 1/2 position
      IHF-A typ., Balanced)
  • S/N Ratio (Typical):
    • OUTPUT: 105 dB
    • INPUT: 102 dB
  • Interface:
    • FireWire (IEEE1394)
    • Digital input/output (Optical type, conforms to IEC60958)
  • Connectors:
    • Front Panel:
      • Input Jack 1-2 (XLR type / 1/4 inch TRS phone type)
      • XLR type (balanced / phantom power +48 V)
      • 1/4 inch TRS phone type (balanced)
      • Digital In Connector (Optical type)
      • Digital Out Connector (Optical type)
      • Headphones Jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type)
    • Rear Panel:
      • Input Jack 3-4 (RCA pin type)
      • Output Jack 1-4 (1/4 inch TRS phone type (balanced))
      • MIDI Connectors (In, Out)
      • FireWire Connectors (6 pins type, 4 pins type)
  • Others:
    • Power Supply: DC 9 V (AC Adapter) / FireWire Bus Power
    • Current Draw: 650 mA
  • Size & Weight:
    • Width: 6-1/2" (164 mm)
    • Depth: 5-7/8" (148 mm)
    • Height: 1-3/4" (44 mm)
    • Weight: 1 lbs. 7 oz. (650 g)


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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
90 days
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24-bit/192 kHz FireWire Audio Capture w/ Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring


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