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Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface  

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Highlighting two industry-acclaimed D-PRE microphone preamps, class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz converters and a rock-solid metal housing, the UR22 audio ...Read More

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Fast, quiet, and rugged.

Highlighting two industry-acclaimed D-PRE microphone preamps, class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz converters and a rock-solid metal housing, the UR22 audio and MIDI interface provides pure sound wherever you are. With a dedicated high- impedance switch, a separate headphones jack and phantom power supply, this portable 2-in/2-out device is the perfect choice for mobile musicians, touring DJs and everyone in between.

Connecting: With a maximum sampling rate of 192 kHz and a resolution of 24 bits, you are ready to deliver great-sounding music productions. The UR22 includes first-rate A/D and D/A converters that provide supreme sonic fidelity. And where others come to a halt, the UR22 begins to shine. With a maximum sampling rate of 192 kHz and a resolution of 24 bits, you are more than ready to deliver future-proof music productions.

Sound: Yamaha's highly-acclaimed D-PRE preamps deliver a truly transparent and beautifully detailed sound that is unrivaled in this class. The microphone preamp is one of the key factors in recording - and that's why the UR22 interface is equipped with two stellar-sounding D-PREs. These preamps are the culmination of years of development by the experts at Yamaha. The result is a truly transparent and beautifully detailed sound that is unrivaled in this class. Whether you're looking to record acoustic instruments, vocals, an electric guitar or ambient textures, with the UR22 you can easily capture any audio source.

Reliability: Built to the most exacting standards by Yamaha's experienced engineers, the UR22's full metal chassis is rugged enough to withstand all the rigors of the road. The UR22 is addicted to touring. It's small enough to be rushed from gig to gig and rugged enough to withstand all the rigors of the road. Built to the most exacting standards by Yamaha's experienced engineers, the UR22's full metal chassis is reassuringly solid. You're free to hit it with your drumstick, throw it into the tour bus or simply open a beer with it - thanks to its impressive manufacturing quality the tour-tested UR22 is always ready to roll.

Monitoring: The UR22 features latency-free hardware monitoring and an intuitive Mix knob that allows you to blend between the direct signal and the output of your host. What you play is what you immediately hear. The Mix knob allows you to seamlessly blend between the direct signal of your instrument and the output signal of your host. And thanks to the independent headphones and main output controls you can adjust the monitor and phones level individually. The MIDI I/O allows you to connect your keyboard or any other MIDI-compatible control device, such as pad controllers, footswitches and sound modules. Two TRS outputs, ultra-stable drivers and a USB 2.0 connection complement the feature set of this professional yet affordable device.

Compatibility: The UR22 is compatible with all major audio editing, mastering, and music production software supporting ASIO, Core Audio, or WDM standard.

MIDI: For utmost flexibility, the UR22 is equipped with a MIDI I/O - connect your favorite synth, a drum trigger module or whatever MIDI device you prefer.

Software: Based on the same core technologies as Steinberg's highly acclaimed Cubase DAW, the AI version offers a comprehensive feature set for composing, recording, editing and mixing. Run it together with the UR22 audio interface and you get a one-stop solution for recording music in studio quality.

FEATURES
  • Rugged chassis
  • Great-sounding mic pres
  • Latency-free monitoring
  • Compatible with all major DAWs.

Order today and give your productions the quality they deserve.

SPECIFICATIONS

UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface

  • Mac OS X version 10.5.8/10.6.4/10.7/10.8*
  • Windows XP SP3/Windows 7/Windows 8
  • Intel dual core CPU Intel or AMD dual core CPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4 GB of free HD space
  • Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
  • CD-ROM drive
  • USB component port
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SteinbergUR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface
 
4.0

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (10)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Compact (9)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (11)
    • Home studio (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Performances (3)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    An absolute NO-BRAINER! The UR22 rocks!!

    I was looking to upgrade the sound recording capabilities beyond what's on my MAC Book Pro. Firewire's fading, and I don't need a high end Thunderbolt audio interface, so USB was going to...Read complete review

    I was looking to upgrade the sound recording capabilities beyond what's on my MAC Book Pro. Firewire's fading, and I don't need a high end Thunderbolt audio interface, so USB was going to be fine. I did a search on a few websites and saw that the recording boxes from PreSonus and Focusrite were pretty popular, but in this same price range, Steinberg offers the UR22.

    The Scarlett ships with a lite version of LIVE, which I don't need since I use the full version of LIVE. I was gonna purchase the Scarlet, but was really disappointed with it's cheap plastic feel. I then got interested in the UR22 when I read it's all metal and also comes with Cubase AI. I've heard Cubase is pretty good, so I figured having it would be a bonus.

    Well to cut to the chase, I went ahead and got the UR22 and I'm very happy with it. It's built very well and sounds great! Before, I used to adjust my headphone levels using my Mac's keyboard, but now I just grab the PHONES knob and the sound is louder and richer. WOW! No knock to Apple, but the UR22 really does sound great!

    Recording wise, it's very simple to use and you can monitor your signal right off the hardware. There isn't a dedicated control panel for panning or separate headphone routing, but that's OK considering my workflow is pretty simple and I can route everything the way I want in LIVE. Overall, I'm very happy with the UR22, It's built like a tank, sounds great and works with non-Steinberg software like Ableton Live.

    Another reviewer here complained about a hum in his speakers, but it sounded more like a ground loop in his setup is to blame. My UR22 showed none of the issues he described. I was also surprised to read that under the "CONS" he selected "Breaks Easily." This is totally wrong. The metal casing is very tough and well-made and the knobs are just fine. It actually has some weight to it. You could throw this thing down a flight of stairs and run over it with your car and I'm pretty sure it would still work.

    For the money, I am really impressed with the UR22. Does it have everything? No of course not. But for my budget and way of working, it's a no-brainer! The UR22 rocks!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    UR22- Good sound, lacks basic features

    I don't usually write reviews, but there aren't any reviews that I have seen yet, and there is some important common features missing in the UR22. Hopefully Steinberg will correct this.
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    I don't usually write reviews, but there aren't any reviews that I have seen yet, and there is some important common features missing in the UR22. Hopefully Steinberg will correct this.

    The UR22's combo mic/line preamps sound good. A little fuller/more bassy than Focusrite Saffire or Presonus Firestudio, definitely different. Also, the UR22's latency performance is quite good. I can run a basic guitar vst in a DAW session with the buffer set to 64 samples with very little problems, and very little latency. Of course the more vsts you add the more glitchy that becomes.
    (using a W7 pc,2.9ghz, 6gb ram)

    The UR22 is very bare bones, very basic. The UR22 DOES NOT have a software mixer program. You cannot make ANY routing or panning adjustments. The only adjustments are the knobs on the unit, and they don't cover the basic needs of a recordist. The only UR22 software is the Yamaha usb driver, which only allows you to set the buffer setting, that's it!!

    The point here is that every audio interface I've ever had (including basic sound blaster and internal audio) all have had a software mixer program. Examples of scenarios that cannot be accomplished with the UR22:
    1) Direct monitoring, and pan the input l/r in the headphones, only comes out in the middle.
    2) Direct monitoring, and mute one of the 2 inputs. no way.
    3) Route the signals to one or the other outputs (headphones or monitor output) no way- both get same signals.
    Again, every interface offers these and more with their software.

    Bottom line, sound is fine, but missing very basic routing and muting functions which brings this to the level of a bare bones basic hobbyist device.
    Very disappointing to come from Steinberg.
    Hopefully they will develop and release a software
    mixer for routing and muting!

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    5.0

    Amazing Preamps! Natural sound!

    By Alex81

    from Louisville, KY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Sounds Analog
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bus Powered

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Portable Recording
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface:

    I'm a long time loyal Presonus user. I recently picked up an iTwo for portable recording, and experienced all sorts of interference. When I went to exchange the iTwo, they were sold out, so I opted to try this Steinberg box. Immediately blown away by the natural sound of these preamps. Ultra-quiet, high headroom, accurate capturing and A/D conversion, and reproduction. This little box sounds like you are plugged into a high end studio grade analog amplifier, top notch. Even better sound than the pres in Presonus RM series mixer/interface. Blown away.

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    5.0

    Quality basic interface

    By Jimmy James

    from MD

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good value
    • Low latency

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface:

      The UR-22 is a great deal for amateur recording. I suspect there are better options at higher price points but it's just what I needed:

      An affordable, low latency interface with a couple of powered audio inputs, MIDI I/O, and outs for monitors.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      UR22 USB2,0 Audio Interface

      By Luis Martinez

      from Atlanta

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Recording Studio And
        • Home Studio
        • Perfomances
        • Performances

        Comments about Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface:

        This is better than the Fast track Pro from M Audio

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Factory recalls.

        By Ran

        from Llano, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

          Cons

          • Limited Functions
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface:

            My unit made a loud noise. I learned that many of these UR22 are defective. You can read about this at the UR22 websight or contact Steinberg. I sent mine back and bought the new Behringer Firepower, which sounds as good, for less money, and lets me record with more mics.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            An absolute NO-BRAINER! The UR22 rocks!!

            By OompaLoompa44

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface:

              I was looking to upgrade the sound recording capabilities beyond what's on my MAC Book Pro. Firewire's fading, and I don't need a high end Thunderbolt audio interface, so USB was going to be fine. I did a search on a few websites and saw that the recording boxes from PreSonus and Focusrite were pretty popular, but in this same price range, Steinberg offers the UR22.

              The Scarlett ships with a lite version of LIVE, which I don't need since I use the full version of LIVE. I was gonna purchase the Scarlet, but was really disappointed with it's cheap plastic feel. I then got interested in the UR22 when I read it's all metal and also comes with Cubase AI. I've heard Cubase is pretty good, so I figured having it would be a bonus.

              Well to cut to the chase, I went ahead and got the UR22 and I'm very happy with it. It's built very well and sounds great! Before, I used to adjust my headphone levels using my Mac's keyboard, but now I just grab the PHONES knob and the sound is louder and richer. WOW! No knock to Apple, but the UR22 really does sound great!

              Recording wise, it's very simple to use and you can monitor your signal right off the hardware. There isn't a dedicated control panel for panning or separate headphone routing, but that's OK considering my workflow is pretty simple and I can route everything the way I want in LIVE. Overall, I'm very happy with the UR22, It's built like a tank, sounds great and works with non-Steinberg software like Ableton Live.

              Another reviewer here complained about a hum in his speakers, but it sounded more like a ground loop in his setup is to blame. My UR22 showed none of the issues he described. I was also surprised to read that under the "CONS" he selected "Breaks Easily." This is totally wrong. The metal casing is very tough and well-made and the knobs are just fine. It actually has some weight to it. You could throw this thing down a flight of stairs and run over it with your car and I'm pretty sure it would still work.

              For the money, I am really impressed with the UR22. Does it have everything? No of course not. But for my budget and way of working, it's a no-brainer! The UR22 rocks!

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Catastrophic

              By scandot

              from clarksville tn

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily
                • Poor Sound Quality
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface:

                  I've owned a Steinberg MI4 for over ten years which has never given me any trouble so when I had to upgrade my interface to use with a newer OS which isn't supported by my faithful old MI4 I decided to stick with Steinberg. I'd left my DAW on (but wasn't working with it) for about an hour after setting up the UR22 and proving, initially, that I could record, with regular and condenser mics (phantom power), and playback with the new unit, when suddenly I heard a hum from my monitors, self powered Yamaha HSM80s, the only common tie between them was the UR22. They'll need to be replaced or repaired now the hum is present even when only the power cords are connected. Further, my VU meters read a constant
                  -5db level with no input when using phantom power with the UR22 (I've confirmed that the mic is ok). I will be sending the UR22 back tomorrow but dealing with the mess it left for some time.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Doesn't stand out

                  By Gabriel F.

                  from Asuncion, PY

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface:

                    Nice assembly. Seems solid.
                    All the features of audio interfaces at this price tag.

                    BUT...

                    Hi-Z input is useless. It clips with humbuckers and even single coils. Also, the input impedance on this input is 470 K, where the common value is 1 Meg.
                    So, if you plan to record dry guitar using this, get another one.

                    Comment on this review

                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Exceded My Expecatations

                    By Naterade

                    from St. George Ut

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface:

                      I was contemplating buying a Scarlett 2i2 but then found this for the same price, it has less useless features such as the light halos and what not. It is barebones but it gets the job done and it sounds amazing, i love having the daw/input mix knob, it's a really useful feature. I haven't had a single problem with it yet, and the preamps are amazing, they can handle a lot of input before clipping which is nice. I'd recomend this to anyone looking for a interface but don't know what to get.

                      Comment on this review

                      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      man, this thig is built like a tank!

                      By Greg

                      from Clarkston, MI

                      About Me Experienced

                      Ask me a question

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface:

                        First thing you'll notice is the heavy duty housing. You might be able to drop this thing down a flight of stairs and it will still work (havent tried it though). In that regard I can see this being great for a portable studio rig. Its sounds very clear, very easy to use and setup was a breeze. I wont go thru the specs.

                        One very important thing people need to remember with this unit is that steinberg has promised that with this bundle comes a DAW download Cubase7ai. When you download the AI version currently they only offer cubase6ai. I will be back to report if this ends up not true. This is based on the fact cubase6ai features a maximum sample rate of 96 kHz, this unit can do 192 kHz, evidently cubase7ai will spec 192 kHz.

                        Finally a quality unit at this price range.

                        I am a local gigging musician (keyboard) 38 yrs old using this item for home studio use

                        Comment on this review

                        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Professiona-Grade, No-Nonsense Interface

                        By Johanan

                        from New Mexico

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Ask me a question

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Steinberg UR22 USB2.0 Audio Interface:

                          The setup was very easy and, as advertised, the sound very clear and pristine. This unit was the only one that worked well with a setup of an anologe mixer using a variety of older, vintage rack sound modules. Since I am using a mixer, the two inputs are just what I need. The greatest feature is the simplicity and reliability, right out of the box!

                          I also discovered that with the midi input you can record both external sounds from mixer or keyboard as well as virtual instrument sounds within the DAW at the same time. Try that with most units and you will have serious conflicts.

                          At this price level, the UR-22 can't be beat.

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