What’s not to love about the Steinberg UR22? Apparently, you’ll love everything about it.
Not one of its portable rivals could match something as awesome as a less-than-digital sound!
So you’ve got 24-bit and 192kHz recording capabilities, a very small package that you could throw around in your laptop bag with your laptop and 2in/out bus-powered USB 2.0 audio interface.
Features and Specs of the UR22 Interface
The unit has D-Pre microphone preamps which deliver the promised 24-bit/192kHz A/D conversion. Steinberg apparently borrowed this technology from Yamaha and most Yamaha users.
I know and have heard of this little tech say it’s a smooth and truly transparent sound that’s very useful with acoustic instruments, synthesizers, electric instruments and vocals.
If you have this resolution, you know that that’s enough for you to create a rock band and start rocking out to virtual instruments.
The D-Pre microphone preamps may be made of transistors, but it’s not bad at all (we’ll discuss the sound later). It has a MIDI in/out, a USB data link that can be bus-powered, a phantom-power switch and monitor outs at its rear.
“Simple as it is sturdy as it is made of some great aluminum.”
For $199 you get something that comes from the master of Cubase itself. An interface made for its DAW (and still compatible with other DAWs) can be trusted because they know what you really need. But Steinberg adds something much more.
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What make “Steinberg” so great?
This company is one of leading companies around when we are talking about pc recording and audio. They made the VST protocol which enables virtual instruments to connect with your digital audio workstation.
They also programmed the ASIO protocol, which enables your pc to connect to external audio devices. And the daw’s and pro audio editing suit that we all know: CUBASE, NUENDO and WaveLab.
So keeping that in mind you know that when it comes to analog to digital these guys know what they are doing.
The Cubase AI 6 comes with it.
I think I forgot to mention that the unit includes a Cubase AI 6 that supports up to 32 audio tracks and 16 instrument tracks.
It also includes some 180 basic instrument sounds Using the Halion Sonic SE Instruments. Of course, these are just basic and you could always buy plugins or download free ones (or pirate retail ones).
As much as it is awesome to say that you have a free Cubase on your hands, it’s not enough. You could have some great compression and a four-band EQ, but if your hardware can promise 192kHz, you’ll want a DAW that can handle more than 96Khz when recording.
And yep, you could upgrade to AI7 with a discount too, but it’s still 96kHZ so it’s a bad idea I guess.
How does it Sound?
The ultimate test for any DAW is to record with it acoustic instruments using a condenser microphone.
Stressing the limits of the unit using some phantom-power and grabbing the purest form of audio, you could notice that it gives out some pretty great levels of gain. Which is awesome because acoustic instruments tend to slack with gain.
It’s quiet too! I guess that’s the Yamaha D-PRE working its magic. It seems Steinberg really listened to their market when they wanted something small but something pure. You could even sense the dynamic range even if you’re testing this out with Cubase AI 6’s 96kHz limitation.
If you’re an audio engineer with a great nut for details, you’ll hate the fact that you don’t have an M/S switch for monitoring.
If you’ve used a Yamaha Audio Interface or mixer in the past, you’ll also hate the fact that you don’t have an option to use a condenser and ribbon microphone in combination because there’s only one master phantom power switch.
But then again, who would bring an assortment of microphones in your laptop bag?
Final Words about this audio interface
Buying an interface that comes packed with it’s own DAW is always a good thing for you. You know that when they do that the two will connect seamlessly. That’s why you should always look out for things like that.
If you’re just an acoustic soloist or an audio engineer always on the go, this one is for you.
If you’re a musician who uses mostly synthesizers and simulated amplifiers, this one’s for you too. The Steinberg UR22 USB Interface has got great construction and low noise.
For this price, this is the best you could get.
Another thing to note is that it has almost no latency despite very high sample rates.
If you see it on sale, grab it at once, I tell you!
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