Behringer U-PHORIA UMC202HD USB Audio Interface Review

Behringer U-PHORIA UMC202HD USB Audio Interface Review

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So recently the good people over at Behringer contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out their U-Phoria UMC202HD USB Audio Interface. I obviously couldn’t turn down the opportunity and a couple days later I had one in my hands. Now as most of you already know I use the Universal Audio Apollo as my main studio interface, but I’m always looking for affordable interface solutions for my mobile production set up as well as an admin area I have in another part of my house.

I also get a lot of emails from people just starting out and who don’t have a massive budget to get started. Well this interface might just be the perfect solution for you. To save you some time here is a direct link to the absolute BEST PRICE on the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC202HD USB Audio Interface from a reputable dealer: Behringer U-PHORIA UMC202HD USC Audio Interface under $100!

 

Now I’ll be upfront with you guys. Behringer actually sent me two of these so I’ve had a chance to try this out over the past few days, but I know some of you have been asking for unboxings so I figured why not. So the U-Phoria UMC202HD is an Audiophile 2×2, 24-Bit/192 kHz USB Audio Interface and features MIDAS Mic Preamps which is actually really impressive for such an inexpensive interface. It’s USB 2.0 Bus Powered and works with pretty much every DAW on Mac or PC. This one actually even comes with Free Audio Recording, Editing, and Podcasting Software which you just download from their website.

Now for all of my fellow tech nerds out there here is a complete list of the technical specifications of the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC202HD USB Audio Interface:

 

OVERVIEW
Everything you want in a two-input, tabletop audio interface is in the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC202HD Audio. Behringer has taken full advantage of their relationship with Midas in the design of their new digital mixing consoles by offering Midas microphone preamps in some of their other products. So, here you go, two scrumptious Midas mic pres in an affordable 2 X 2 audio interface. In the words of every infomercial spokesperson, but wait, there’s more!

 

192 kHz Precision
The UMC202HD provides up to 192 kHz resolution for even the most demanding applications in music as well as video post production. Work with confidence and accuracy in your favorite recording software for professional results every time.

 

“Zero-Latency” Monitoring
The UMC202HD mix control allows zero-latency direct monitoring, which means musicians can experience their performance clearly – with no delay or lag in the returning signal, resulting in a better performance and recording. A powerful phones output has its own level control and Monitor A/B source select for DJ-style cueing. Free audio recording, editing and podcasting software, plus 150 instrument and effects plug-ins are included.

 

Getting Connected
On the rear panel of the UMC202HD, you’ll find the USB 2.0 port for simple and easy connection to your computer, along with plenty of analog playback options including 1⁄4″ TRS, RCA and XLR. The UMC202HD also features 2 analog Inserts for use with external effects such as compressors, gates and EQs, etc. 

 

Tracktion – Record, Edit, Mix and Share
Tracktion is one of the world’s fastest and easiest Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) for composing, recording, editing, mixing and sharing your music with the world. Featuring a single-screen interface, and pushing the envelope in design elegance, Tracktion brings together outstanding Pro DAW features, such as dynamic automation, unlimited track count, MIDI recording and support for VST and AU plug-ins. This powerful music production software gives you all the tools of an entire professional-grade recording studio. Learning a DAW has never been easier, thanks to their vast and readily available library of resources. When you register your UMC202HD at behringer.com, you will receive a complimentary download code for the full version of Tracktion 4.
Everything You Need to Sound Amazing
The U-PHORIA UMC202HD is a powerful 2 input, 2 output USB recording interface featuring genuine MIDAS-designed mic preamps with exceptional 24-Bit/192 kHz high-resolution converters, designed to help your recordings and mixes sound their absolute best.
Audio interface with Midas mic preamps.

 

FEATURES
2×2 USB 2.0 audio interface for recording microphones and instruments
Audiophile 24-Bit/192 kHz resolution for professional audio quality
Compatible with popular recording software
2 state-of-the-art, MIDAS designed Mic Preamplifiers with +48 V phantom power
Zero-latency direct monitoring while recording

 

SPECIFICATIONS

U-PHORIA UMC202HD Audiophile 2×2, 24-Bit/192 kHz USB Audio Interface

Connectivity: USB 2.0
I/O: 2 x 2
A/D: 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 2 x 1/4″ (Inserts)
Analog Outputs: 2 x 1/4″, 2 x XLR, 2 x stereo RCA, 1 x 1/4″ (Headphones)
Preamps: 2
Phantom power: Yes
MIDI I/O: No

 

This thing is really incredible considering the price point. So once we open the box you’ll find the traditional sealed pack of booklets, warranty card, and a sticker. I always keep these and reference them when I’m setting up drivers or registering for the warranty which this actually has a 3 year warranty program that comes with it surprisingly. When we take it out of the box you’ll see it obviously comes with a USB cable which is a good length compared to some I’ve seen. I remember one of the first audio interfaces I ever purchased came with a cable that couldn’t have been more than a foot or two long, which was pretty annoying when trying to rearrange my set up.

 

Now the build quality of this thing is awesome. It has a metal housing and feels like it would be super durable which is one thing you look for if you plan on traveling with a piece of gear. Another thing that’s important to me is the quality of the knob movement and the knobs on this feel really solid. Even after using it for a week while testing it out. 

The overall look of this interface is great. It has a modern look while drawing influence from older vintage gear.

 

It has two XLR inputs that can also be used with 1/4” inputs and features 48volt phantom power as well as direct headphone monitoring. It even has a headphone volume knob which a lot of interfaces at twice the price don’t offer. I’m not being paid to do this review video either. I want to put that out there. Behringer told me to give an honest review of the interface which is the only way I’ll do something like this. Over the past week I’ve had the opportunity to record some stuff through this interface and honestly if you’re just starting out and on a tight budget this would be the way to go. I can easily fit this in my backpack when I’m on the road and I don’t have to be super gentle with it, which is nice.

 

Like I said, the awesome people at Behringer were kind enough to send me two of these which I’ll actually be giving away in the near future so if you haven’t yet make sure to subscribe to my channel so you can be one of the first to know about that upcoming give away

 

As always I appreciate you watching and would love to hear from you so leave a comment in the comments below. 

 

-Adam

 

 

Posted on November 14, 2015 in Home Studio, Music Production

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  • rickmcknight

    I sing with pre recorded sound trax (Karaoke style) and I have my music on an MP3 player. Will this work in recording what I am singing? Is this all I need to do so? Record to my PC and then put on CD? I do have a graphic equalizer and digital delay effects to tweak it some if necessary.

  • Adam Ivy

    If you want to record into your computer, this would be a good solution for you. You would just need a microphone which it sounds like you might already have. This interface comes with some software that would allow you to record and tweak your vocals to your liking as well. Then from your computer you could render the recording to a WAV or Mp3 file, then burn it to a CD. This interface is great for beginners for sure. I hope that answers your question Rick. Thanks for the comment!

  • rickmcknight

    Can someone tell me how to get started with UMC 202HD. I have watched the reviews ,,,,but cant get anything to work!

  • Adam Ivy

    I would highly recommend following the setup guide instructions step-by-step to help you get started. It’s a very straight forward process, but if you’re new to audio interfaces or recording software just take a deep breathe and go slow. I know from experience it can be very frustrating. First make sure you have installed any required drivers on to your computer. This is simply a bit of software that helps your computer communicate with the interface. Next, make sure the interface is plugged in to your computer and powered on. Now in your recording software there will be an option in the preferences where you can select the recording input. Make sure to set that to the Behringer interface. If you’re wanting to listen through studio monitors or headphones make sure to set the output to the interface as well. Next, make sure you have the microphone plugged in and if your mic requires phantom power, turn on the phantom power on the back of the interface so that the mic will get power. **Double check to see if your mic requires phantom power before turning that on. If it’s a dynamic mic and doesn’t require power you could ruin the mic by turning the phantom power on. From there it’s just trial and error. It took me 2-3 days to figure out how to use my first audio interface. I almost quit to be honest because I got so frustrated. That’s about as much as I can help with your set up unfortunately, but if you’re still having issues I’d recommend contacting Behringer technical support for help or if you purchased the interface from a local music store you could go back in and have someone help you set it up. To someone familiar with recording they should be able to walk you through the process in person in under 10 minutes. Good luck my friend. You’ll get it worked out.

  • Rick Hunter

    Adam, you say “Built-in MIDI I/O allows you to connect keyboards and all your favorite outboard MIDI hardware.” I saw an answer to a question someone asked on Amazon that said the unit does not do MIDI and suggested the UMC404 model. So, this seems to be contrary to your comment – so, would I be able to use my Akai LPK25 with this or not? Thanks

  • Adam Ivy

    You’re right about the MIDI I/O. I had simply copied the tech specs directly from the Behringer site so good eye. I’ve made the appropriate modification of the post. You won’t however need any MIDI capabilities via the interface luckily. 99% of all MIDI controller interfaces, including the Akai LPK25, connect to your computer using the provided USB connection. None of my MIDI keyboards are connected through my interface. They are directly connected to my computer. I hope that helps. Thanks again.

  • Umar Zain

    Hi. I’m looking for a solution to the noise problem I’m currently facing. I’ve been watching a lot of mic reviews and tests on YouTube where the speaker/singer didn’t edit the recording at all. And even if there are noises, they’re at a tolerable level. The noises in my recordings however are so loud like it was raining. If you want I can send you some recording samples (and sacrifice my dignity) or you can just record something with Apple earpods, boost the volume and you’ll listen to the kind of noise I’m having. Here’s my setup Condenser mic >> Xlr female to xlr male >> Phantom supply >> Xlr female to 3.5mm male >> Laptop audio port. Also, I’m using a $300 microphone. Can this interface solve this problem?

  • Adam Ivy

    So it sounds like you currently are recording directly in to your computer and if so, having any audio interface will certainly help solve the issue you are having. With the Behringer UMC202HD having nice preamps and also phantom power you would be able to record into your computer using that and with a $300 condenser mic you would be able to adjust the preamp gain to a level that’s right for you where the vocals shine through, but the noise isn’t a problem.

  • Ander

    Hi Adam: You’ve echoed the manufacturer’s feature descriptions, and said a lot about this unit’s build quality. But oddly, you’ve expressed no opinions about its actual recording quality. The closest you got was: “Over the past week I’ve had the opportunity to record some stuff through this interface and honestly if you’re just starting out and on a tight budget this would be the way to go.” That doesn’t sound too encouraging. Did you find the audio quality left something to be desired? If so, as a reviewer, don’t you think it’s important for you to be clearer about that?

  • Adam Ivy

    Once you have some experience under your belt it is possible to take recordings and increase the quality by using different digital plug-ins and whatnot. This wasn’t a technical review and I clearly stated that it was a great interface if you’re just starting out, on a tight budget, or looking for something to travel with. That being said, the audio quality is good. Can it compete with a more expensive and professional interface? Well, that’s comparing apples to oranges. It’s like if I did a review of a Toyota Corolla and then asking how it compares to a Mercedes. I stand behind my review and still highly recommend it for those who are just starting out or are on a tight budget. For $100 or less it is a fantastic little interface.

  • Mike Blaszczak

    You copied the specs from the manufacturer website without verifying them, and then wrote about a feature that you didn’t actually use (because that feature doesn’t even exist). Was that all part of your plan to offer an “honest” review?

    The mistake has been pointed out to you, but the review still says “MIDI I/O: Yes”.

    The whole “technical specifications” section of your review is copied from the Behringer website. It’s mostly marketing drivel. 192 kilohertz isn’t a measurement of precision; it’s a sampling rate. Here you are describing it as a “resolution”, which it isn’t; it’s a sampling rate. Resolution is quantitatively described as the number of bits taken per sample which lets us know the smallest measurement interval. Precision is measured by The sampling rate tells us neither of these things.

    It’s really remarkable how little information your review contains. Weaselly claims like “works with pretty much every” and “one of the world’s fastest” aren’t verifiable and don’t tell us anything useful about the product. The USB cable is a “good length”? You don’t say!

  • Nate Otto

    Hey Adam! Do you know exactly how long the usb cable is? 😀

  • Herbie Harris

    Hey Adam, does this thing have effects in it ? if so, can they be used as plug-ins from my DAW ?

  • Juan

    I’m planning to buy a pair of headphones (Beyerdynamic dt770 pro) of 250 ohm, will the behringer uphoria umc 202hd run them?

  • fDrg

    Hey Adam! Why is this review so lame? It seems you just copied the description from the promotional videos.

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