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- 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.
- Two TRS inputs, six TRS outputs and two Neutrik combo inputs, 48 volt phantom power, pad switches and high-impedance input.
- Console features a practical master volume knob alongside DIM, Mono, and Mute monitor level controls while the onboard dspMixFx technology provides DSP-powered, latency-free monitoring with effects
- 2-in/2-out Device is the Perfect Choice for Mobile Musicians
- Includes Cubase AI 6 DAW.
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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. Just as important as the preamps are, of course, the converters. 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.
On The Go
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. And regardless of its size, the UR22 exhibits all the core features of its bigger brothers, the UR824 and the UR28M, allowing you to realize rock-solid recordings without restrictions. Simply connect it via USB to your computer and start making music without any additional power supply — and always in class-leading sound quality.
Great Things Come In Small Packages
The UR22 features all the connections needed for pro-sounding recordings. Its two Neutrik analog XLR/TRS combo inputs with Peak LEDs and switchable +48V phantom power enable you to connect even the most valuable condenser microphones, whereas the Hi-Z switch on input 2 allows for direct recording of electric guitar or bass, without the need to use an additional DI box. Best of all, the UR22 offers latency-free hardware monitoring — 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.
24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 Audio Interface
With a maximum sampling rate of 192 kHz and a resolution of 24 bits, you are more than ready to deliver great-sounding music productions.
Two Class A D-PRE Mic Preamps
Yamaha's highly-acclaimed D-PRE preamps deliver a truly transparent and beautifully detailed sound that is unrivaled in this class.
Latency-Free Hardware 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.
Cubase AI Included
Based on the same core technologies as the popular Cubase DAW, Cubase AI offers an intuitive feature set for composing, recording, editing, and mixing. Prefer a different DAW? The UR22 is compatible with all major audio editing, mastering, and music production software supporting ASIO, Core Audio, or WDM standard.
Rugged Full-Metal Casing
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.
MIDI Input & Output
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!
Record and produce on the go with the Steinberg UR22 USB 2.0 audio interface. The UR22's incredible D-Pre microphone preamps, which feature true discrete analog technology, simply sound amazing! We're talking Class A discrete preamps with phantom power that give you awesome analog sound. What's more, each channel features an XLR/TRS combo jack, so you can easily track line-level gear, or guitars and basses alongside your microphones. You'll love the latency-free hardware monitoring no matter where you record. This portable interface also includes the latest version of Cubase's AI recording software. If you're looking for a powerful and portable recording rig, order your Steinberg UR22 audio interface from GearNuts.com today!
Top customer reviews
Anyway... when the switch on my 2i2 for the direct/monitor function failed (roughly 13 months into ownership, which is 1-month after the warranty expired... how do you like that??), I contacted Focusrite to see about getting it repaired. They said it would cost more than just getting a new one. Forget that... so I read a bunch of reviews for something that might be a better option and ended up with the Steinberg UR22.
So far I am VERY pleased. No issues with the driver - Mac OSX Mountain Lion. Everything works as it should. The unit is well made and robustly constructed - the controls knobs are definitely a step-up in quality from the Focusrite Scarlett and the overall impression is that the UR22 is a very high quality piece of pro gear. The pre-amps have a much better gain structure so no more issues with overload. I can easily find a great signal level with my Sadowsky or anything else I throw at it, and finally... I can use the full volume potential of my monitors. Nice! Regarding the preamp quality, I'd say they are a bit cleaner than the Scarlett 2i2. Not sterile in any way, just more transparent with a bit less color to the sound. I like them very much so far. Have used them to track bass, guitars, acoustic guitars with mics, etc. What you put in is what you get out, with just a touch of warmth and body. They do not color the signal as much as the 2i2 and I think I am going to appreciate that quite a bit. The overall feeling is that this unit is a step up from the Scarlett 2i2. When you factor in the included MIDI in/out on the Steinberg, it sweetens the deal completely.
So... I am quite happy so far with the UR22. Great I/O box. Very nice sounding preamps and a level of clarity that appears to surpass the competition.
My computer and bass amp are in separate rooms. So rather than lugging my amp into the other room, I've been looking for a way to play my bass through my computer (which is a desktop, and not easy to move into the room where my amp is either). This UR22 interface fits the bill quite nicely. I tried VOX Amplug for my bass and it worked okay, but couldn't get a good amount of volume. Plus I have my bass in one ear (half a headphone in one ear), and the computer through my PC speakers (so I can hear out of my other ear), which is okay but having everything through my headphones using the UR22 is much better.
Again, I'm not into recording music using the software Cubase that came along with the UR22; HOWEVER, I'm so excited about how well this is working, it might very well encourage me to dabble into recording. Of course that will require me to climb the awfully high learning curve to learn how to use Cubase (I feel intermediate level at using audio software like Magix, but this recording through an interface is new to me).
So I'm very happy with the purchase (on sale $120). All I do is turn on the UR22, plug in my headphones (I have no active monitors), plug my bass guitar into input #2 and start playing (don't even need Cubase or Audacity for that - which I was not aware...thought you needed the software play your guitar even without necessarily recording...wrong, just "plug and play").
However, there's an important detail that I hope will help others. I always run the latest Mac OS (in this case El Capitan) and have never had to install a driver for interfaces in the past (Pre Sonus, M Audio, etc). I almost returned the Sternberg because the USB light kept blinking indicating it was either under powered (not possible as MacBook Pro was plugged in) or that it wasn't making a hand shake with the OS.
It turns out that you do need to download the driver even for Mac OS X. The latest driver was updated Feb 25 '16 and as soon as I installed it and restarted it worked great. Good build quality good pre amps too; I do not use it outside of a theater environment but I did test it out with my electric guitar and a Sennheiser mic, and I think that for the home recording enthusiast it will more than foot the bill.
Just remember, Mac users, unlike other interfaces it's not just plug and play. You do need to download the driver. Also, the Cubase LE software you are given access to is not half bad. I use Amadeus Pro and Adobe CC but I can see how Cubase may be valuable to some users.