Steinberg UR44 USB Interface
The UR44 is unique in its combination of input and output capabilities, stellar component quality and portability. Four Neutrik analog combo inputs with peak LEDs and switchable +48 V phantom power provide inputs for everything from an electric gu... read more
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This soundcard has everything i need. Phantom inputs for my mics and symmetrical line inputs for my KRK monitors. The main thing about it is that there's two phones output with for each of them one volume knob. It makes it really easy to switch from one headphones to another while mixing.
Awesome Except For One Thing
This is a very solid piece of hardware, kind of heavy. I really don't have any complaints except for random noise on the inputs when using Ableton Live (this doesn't happen at all with Logic Pro). I don't know what it is and if you've had this problem I'd love some feedback. Apart from that it's pretty mobile since it isn't huge and 6 inputs plus 6 outputs (1 main, 1,2 and 1,3 with two different mixes) work for most of my studio or live situations. It comes with software that lets you use the inputs and outputs directly without the need of a DAW, you can also choose which of the headphone outs has mix number 1 and mix number 2. I'd say it's much better than my scarlett 2i4 and almost the same size (although heavier).
Not for the faint of heart
This thing feels like i could bash open the skull of a small child with it. The hardware never fails me, but the software does. Installing the drivers for this is a huge pain in the ass. Sometimes, after disconnecting and reconnecting, it will be unrecognized and i have to "install" the driver for it again. (which is really just grabbing the driver in device manager and 'associating' it with it)
The UR44 is unique in its combination of input and output capabilities, stellar component quality and portability. Four Neutrik analog combo inputs with peak LEDs and switchable +48 V phantom power provide inputs for everything from an electric guitar through line-level audio equipment to boutique condenser microphones. Switchable Hi-Z support means no additional DI box is required to hook up your electric guitar or bass. Two additional line inputs allow connection of an extra audio source in combination with four mic preamps giving you a total of six input channels; that's enough to handle a huge range of recording situations.
This unique interface also brings you the advantages of latency-free monitoring powered by the dspMixFx application and offering DSP-powered FX, letting you record with compression, EQ, reverb and guitar amp simulation on the headphone mix. And if you're using Cubase, all this functionality is integrated directly into the Cubase mixer and custom Cubase windows. For composers and producers using MIDI equipment like keyboards or pad controllers, the UR44 provides MIDI I/O ports on the back panel.
Upwardly mobileThe UR44 is a unique production system as it puts first-class audio technology and outstanding sound quality in a rugged portable device that gives you enough I/O capability for complete flexibility: Recording live performances, producing in studio quality at home or in a hotel room, pre-production for your next album in your rehearsal space, playing back audio backing tracks on stageâ?¦ The UR44 means no compromises - you can keep your options open at all times. Enjoy the audio quality and advanced features of first-class, studio-ready components housed within an interface portable enough to accompany you wherever you and your music happen to be.
Project studiosWhile smaller project studios might not need a huge analog desk or dozens of inputs, they do require outstanding audio quality and the ability to record a wide range of musicians, vocalists and other audio sources. Phantom power for highest quality condenser mics is just as important as a feature as the ability to connect several pairs of monitors for A/B-ing mixes on different speaker combinations. Need to quickly record guitar to add to your score or song? Just plug in a guitar to a Hi-Z input and record your guitar with DSP FX and no latency. Record all your digital instruments and connect MIDI controller keyboards to completely integrate all your gear in one compact, portable interface.
The all-round solution for multi-role musiciansMusicians today often find themselves in several different roles: today you might be recording your band in a rehearsal room, tomorrow helping out on a friend's album production or DJing at a live venue or club; the week after you might need an interface to playback audio backing tracks for a live gig or spend a Sunday afternoon finally getting around to setting up that home studio. Or you might need a portable interface for your hotel room to record that idea that's been bouncing around in your head all day while on tour. The perfect balance between I/O capability, portability, outstanding audio quality and seamless handling throughout makes the UR44 the ideal interface for the modern multi-role musician.
Backing the band
These days many bands and groups augment their live music with pre-produced backing tracks, perhaps even using MIDI to trigger additional equipment like stage lighting. The UR44 offers an ultra-flexible and reliable portable solution for bands and live musicians. Independent headphone outputs with individual volume control mean playback mixes are readily available for one band member in charge of cueing the next song, while four individual line outputs mean up to two separate stereo mixes for the FOH mixer and musicians on stage. The MIDI I/O can feed lighting equipment with MIDI events synced to the song playing back. And with ultra-stable drivers, a rugged metal case and a sturdy AC adapter that guarantees a stable electrical supply, the UR44 is ideally suited to live bands and performers.
Mobile recording solution
With its stable driver technology, quality components and four first-class mic preamps, the UR44 offers all the functionality needed to record live performances at smaller, more intimate venues or compact rehearsal rooms, or even to record larger groups or vocal ensembles with a few well-placed, high-quality mics. The combination of a portable interface that can fit in a shoulder bag with first-class hardware and software components like the acclaimed D-PRE mic preamps and the ultra-stable drivers makes the UR44 perfectly suited for many mobile recording situations.
Pro-level recordings with the iPadProviding connectivity with Apple's iPad (V2 or later), the UR44 serves as a portable interface for iPad apps like Cubasis, Steinberg's streamlined, multi-touch sequencer tailored for the iPad. Perfect for on-the-fly productions and for sketching out musical ideas, Cubasis projects can then be transferred to a computer running Cubase for the next stage of production - while retaining the same audio interface.
- 24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface
- Four Class-A D-PRE mic preamps
- Rugged full-metal casing
- Compatible with major recording software
- MIDI input & output
- Cubase AI included
- iPad connectivity
- Basic FX Suite
- Latency-free monitoring with FX