Behringer U-PHORIA UMC202HD USB Audio Interface Review
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
U-PHORIA UMC202HD Audiophile 2×2, 24-Bit/192 kHz USB Audio Interface
Connectivity: USB 2.0
I/O: 2 x 2
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)
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
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