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Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface 

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With the ultra-compact, bus-powered Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 interface, you can link your Windows or Mac computer with any audio equipment. There i...Click To Read More About This Product

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Ultra low-latency 2 In/2 Out USB/audio interface with digital output.

With the ultra-compact, bus-powered Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 interface, you can link your Windows or Mac computer with any audio equipment. There is no setup or special driver needed. Simply plug the USB audio interface into an available USB port on your computer and get into the groove.

The Behringer UCA202 provides 2 analog inputs and outputs, as well as an additional S/PDIF optical output for direct digital conversion. The stereo headphone output with dedicated level control lets you monitor both input and output. And the cherry on top is that the U-CONTROL download area offers a huge software package for recording and audio editing.

FEATURES
  • For Mac or Windows
  • No setup or special drivers needed
  • 2 analog inputs
  • S/PDIF optical output
  • Stereo headphone output with dedicated level control
  • Downloadable software package for recording and editing
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BehringerU-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface
 
4.4

(based on 88 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for home studios

The Behringer U-Control UCA202 is a great little piece of equipment for home recording, especially if you already have a standard, non-USB mixer. Just as many of the reviews say, it connects instantly...Read complete review

The Behringer U-Control UCA202 is a great little piece of equipment for home recording, especially if you already have a standard, non-USB mixer. Just as many of the reviews say, it connects instantly with plug-and-play, as Windows (and probably Mac) will download the small drivers automatically. After connecting, I find that the sound is very clean and is only limited to the equipment being plugged into the interface. The headphone jack used for monitoring is a great option. It's a bit quiet, but that's probably just my headphones crapping out on me. That being said, I monitor from my mixer anyway, just because.

To address some of the faults I've seen in the reviews, here are a few explanations: The latency issue is dependent on your computer. I plug this into my Netbook with USB 2.0, it has about a 1/3 second delay (that's one-third, not one-to-three). I plug this into my computer with 3.0 USB dedicated to music production, the latency disappears.

This audio interface is a bit on the fragile side. I haven't broken it, but then again, it just sits on the desk, plugged into my computer. The durability shouldn't be an issue, unless you plan on using it as a mace in a Bloodletting Arena, or as a hammer to build the framing for your new dream house.

Simply put, use it for what it's made for on things it was made to be on, and this thing will not disappoint.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Gettin' Whatcha Pay For...

I got this unit from Musician's Friend, and enjoyed their fast service, low pricing, and general "lack of headaches" whenever I deal with them. Online retailing is harder than it...Read complete review

I got this unit from Musician's Friend, and enjoyed their fast service, low pricing, and general "lack of headaches" whenever I deal with them. Online retailing is harder than it might seem to the consumer... but these folks deliver. My kudos!I've been a Behringer junkie for years - Uli knows his price-point engineering! The unit itself is a cheap, low-cost means of getting audio into and out of my computer. But, it doesn't get much better - literal "plug and play" (I've iused mine on several XP systems, and have yet to need to load a driver). You just plug it in, wait a couple of minutes for the computer to realize it, and away you go.It's cheap, it's plastic, and if you step on it, it'll break. Who's ever drunk and wobbly in their studios late at night? Put it on the desk, and you'll be fine.My only nit to pick is that its' input and output gain is somewhat anemic compared to higher-priced interfaces I've used. I have ways to get around that in most cases... For ripping LP's and cassettes, it's quiet enough, although the weak gain means that (in a perfect world) I'll spit the signal through some gain stage bfore it gets to the UCA-202- but it's just too weak for me to use for my main recording studio inerface. I only notice this because I spent my money on keyboards and guitars, not on LCD monitors... so my 4 old CRT monitors increase the noise floor unacceptably. Folks with less RF bombarding their project studios might not even notice it. Bottom line - if you need a cheap, portable, reliable interface, this Behringer is the bomb. If you need pristine quality and high gain, be prepared to shell out a bit more than thirty bones. With the caveats above, I LOVE this cheap little box. It gets stuffed into my compuer bag, so no matter what the opportunity, it's there with me. Fortune favors the prepared Musician.Either way, deal with these guys at MF - they're rock-solid in what they're doing, even in this lousy economy.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for home studios

By NinjaRock

from Saint Louis, MO

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface:

    The Behringer U-Control UCA202 is a great little piece of equipment for home recording, especially if you already have a standard, non-USB mixer. Just as many of the reviews say, it connects instantly with plug-and-play, as Windows (and probably Mac) will download the small drivers automatically. After connecting, I find that the sound is very clean and is only limited to the equipment being plugged into the interface. The headphone jack used for monitoring is a great option. It's a bit quiet, but that's probably just my headphones crapping out on me. That being said, I monitor from my mixer anyway, just because.

    To address some of the faults I've seen in the reviews, here are a few explanations: The latency issue is dependent on your computer. I plug this into my Netbook with USB 2.0, it has about a 1/3 second delay (that's one-third, not one-to-three). I plug this into my computer with 3.0 USB dedicated to music production, the latency disappears.

    This audio interface is a bit on the fragile side. I haven't broken it, but then again, it just sits on the desk, plugged into my computer. The durability shouldn't be an issue, unless you plan on using it as a mace in a Bloodletting Arena, or as a hammer to build the framing for your new dream house.

    Simply put, use it for what it's made for on things it was made to be on, and this thing will not disappoint.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Update

    By zombiehunter

    from USA

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    Comments about Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface:

    This is an update to my earlier review. I had been using the Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 for quite some time, just as a plug and play device. It worked well, but i wasn't able to use it in stereo. So I got on Behringer's website and found the driver for it. I installed the driver, and it works perfectly now. You can do a two track recording if you pan your first track all the way to the left, and the second track all the way to the right. So, the bottom line is: install the driver before you even use it the first time...it will work so much better.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    simple and great

    By Demonic Sweaters

    from NY, NY

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    Comments about Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface:

    This is a great and cheap interface that gets the job done and works flawlessly. If you install the behringer drivers first, then asio4all, you can actually run this along with other interfaces and get more inputs with low lantancy. I'm using mine along side a yamaha interface into cubase and now can do 4 live ins and 4 outs through cubase.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Swell

    By Rovin' Boozers

    from Salt Lake City, Utah

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    Comments about Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface:

    Our band uses this device to do our home-studio recording and we've also jacked into the sound guys' mixer at gigs to record the live audio. It works great and we've had no issues; granted, we are only a two piece band with four lines, but it works.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gets the job done.

    By IXx Icecold xXI

    from Marshall, Texas

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    Comments about Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface:

    Good interface to add to a small studio. Make sure to go to the behringer website and download the extra drivers. Great item for the price.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect Gizmo

    By Shred Science

    from Tulsa

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    Comments about Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface:

    I use mine in conjunction with a small Behringer mixer and Audacity. Sound quality is excellent. Latency is never a concern. A real bargain, too.

    (3 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Software could have been better and not shareware

    By David Robbins

    from Indiana

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    Comments about Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface:

    It does work but as you can tell very disappointed. Should not advertise software as it is not in the box and is just freeware downloaded from the net.
    It does the job but the software actually has to be downloaded from the internet and is shareware. Pretty lame.
    Plastic housing, and cheap controls and jacks fits right in with all other junk made now days.
    Got what I paid for, maybe. Software-Freeware Device-Cheaply made... Inflated list price..

    Should be a dollar at the general store

    (3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    save your money

    By jer

    from eugene

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    Comments about Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface:

    "ultra low latency"? uh, no. if this thing were around in the '70s, dave gilmour would have used it as a delay unit. you get what you pay for, i guess

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works with iOS iPhones and iPads - use as a headphone amp!

    By Fordjc

    from Seattle

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    Comments about Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface:

    The UCA202 unit works great on iOS. The small power requirements of the unit makes it work with now extra powered ports or anything. It works as far back as iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and the original iPad mini that I own. Few units can say that - and this is a unit I bought back before iOS had hit it big.

    The sound: Used just as an external DAC, there is noticeable improvement in listening through this over the headphone jack, even with the latest iPhone 6 hardware. I use high impedance headphone including Bose and have plenty of volume. I can see where lower impedance and cheaper earbuds might not get a full sound. And actually you would need high quality cans to hear the difference of this unit to bother not just using the headphone jack.

    I have also used this for line recordings from analog mixer on PC. It makes as good a 16-bit recording as anything I have tried. Get this unless you really need 24 bit recordings. 44,100 or 48,000 sample rate is not a limiter IMHO. Much has been written about that elsewhere by experts. You only need 24 bit if you are going to do a lot of processing with plugins on your recordings.

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    suggestions for UCA202 USB-Audio Interface

    By David A Schneider

    from Elgin, IL

    Comments about Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface:

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    I need to use the UCA202 with a laptop running Audacity. USB is bidirectional so the monitor jack for headphones should be able to output the signal from the computer as well as output the source signal. Since the computer (Windows 7) automatically silences the usual audio from the computer's speakers or headphone jack as soon as the USB is connected (it assumes that the USB will pass the audio back to the device) I get no audio in playback. This made the whole operation a pain in the neck!

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