Behringer U-Phoria UMC22

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2-Channel USB Audio Interface

  • 16 Bit / 48 kHz
  • 2 Inputs and 2 outputs
  • 1 Combi jack XLR / 6.3 mm jack and 1x 6.3 mm jack
  • MIDAS-designed microphone preamp with 48 V phantom power
  • Guitar input
  • Signal and clip display
  • Direct monitoring with level control
  • Headphone output: 6.3 mm jack
  • 6.3 mm jack output
  • USB Bus powered
  • Metal housing
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7-10 and Mac OS
  • Includes USB cable

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 2x2
Number of Mic Inputs 1
Number of Line Inputs 1
Number of Instrument Inputs 1
Number of Line Outs 2
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface No
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 48 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 16 bit
USB Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply No
USB Version 1.1
Width in mm 163 mm
Depth in mm 125 mm
Height in mm 46 mm

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Well made design, but many problems with the drivers and hardware
JustinasK, 03.04.2019
PROS: I love that its made from metal, feels very good in your hands and provides a sense of confidence. XLR mount is very stable and the knobs feel secure and rigid. Features give yout everything for small studio work. 10 points for design and overal exterior build. Thats all for the PROS.

CONS: For WIN users: what I hate, as many other people, is that Behringer doesn't provide their own dedicated WIN drivers for UMC22 and you're left with Asio4all which is outrageous! Asio4all is not even working correctly on WIN10 after certain update some time ago. If you want small buffer size, Asio4all is going to crash on you or make bad noises eventualy. Thats a shame, because I know that some time ago UMC22 worked flawlesly with Asio4all and provided very small latency. Anyways there are many recommendations to use older Behringer drivers from other users (BEHRINGER_2902_X64_2.8.40), which you can google. It works for many with less issues Asio4all (with the "rapid" option selected in the Behringer drivers settings), but Behringer themselves don't recommend it anymore for some reason.

I should point out, that I had my unit returned for money back. One of the reason is the driver issues, mentioned above, which leaves your very well built unit practicaly unusable. Another reason lies with white noise levels on MIDAS preamp. It was very audible, when I cranked the mic gain pass 70 percent, but I only got minus 20 dB (or less) on my DAW, so in the end you are left with bad noise on your recording after final mixing. I'm not sure if it was drivers' problem or a hardware fault. This may not occure on every Behringer unit, because I also tested another UMC22 unit of my friend with no issues whatsoever, but I've read a lot that the same problems as mine are very common.

That said, I think it could still be usable for beginners and you could get good results from the interface on the condition that you got a working unit (with no noise issues). Also, I should note that UMC22 is better to be used with MAC and not WIN systems, because of the serious driver issues (lack of them) with WIN10.
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Horrible unwanted noise at 3.15kHz, rendering it useless to me
victoryoverall, 06.04.2020
From the moment I received my UMC22 three months ago it produced a whistling noise at around 3.15kHz (a super visible spike can even be seen when using any simple EQ spectral analyser) which when amplified by any high gain virtual pedals/amps turned into a horrible screech. I spent a lot of time and effort troubleshooting the problem, to ensure it wasn't caused by external interference, including and not limited to the following:

- Trying a different computer
- Trying on a laptop connected to mains power and on battery power
- Using a laptop away from my house (outside and in my car)
- Using different plugs
- Guitar plugged either input
- No instrument plugged in at all
- Phantom power both on and off
- No other peripherals connected
- Connecting the UMC22 to each USB port and through a high quality powered USB hub
- Etc...

When I ran out of things to try I sent the unit back for repair, making sure it was carefully packed. Thomann's repair centre eventually found no fault, sent it back in a poorly packed box which meant it arrived with cosmetic damage, and after all that it turns out the noise is still there.

If they discovered no fault then I figure that this issue is inherent to the UMC22. Aside from this the product is physically well made, has all the features a simple USB audio interface would need, and was super simple to set up on Mac. It's just a shame that this problem renders it completely useless for me, ruining any high gain guitar tone with its constant screeching noise.

Now I have no choice but to buy another audio interface, and just accept I wasted money on this one.
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People on Win10 might find this useful
pviecelli, 02.04.2020
INST2 input was not working out of the box. Here's the solution:

Try this, but ensure that all other programs are closed before you start (my computer crashed on one of my attempts, even though this is a clean and fully updated Windows 10 testing machine - there appear to be system level bugs here).

1) Right click on the loudspeaker icon in the Taskbar and select "Open Sound Settings"
2) Click on the link "Sound Control Panel"
3) Close the "Sound Settings" window.
4) In "Sound Control Panel", select the "Recording" tab
5) Ensure that the default device is set to any available device that is NOT the device that you want to change.
6) Right click on the device that you want to change and select "Properties"
7) Select the "Advanced" tab
8) Select the Channels / sample rate that you require
9) Click "OK"

credits to Steve from Audacity.
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Great budget interface
Harry., 07.04.2020
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Whether you need to have a high quality microphone for podcasting or recording musical instruments this interface does the job!

Pros:
Good construction no real worries of it breaking too easily.
A microphone port and an instrument port! Real handy for vocals and playing guitar bass etc.
Cons:
Only one port for microphone so not going to do the job if you need to mic up a drumset for example, although I've been able to get a consistent enough highhat-snare-bassdrum sound with just one mic but its not ideal.

In conclusion this is a perfect interface at a perfect price for a budget budding producer or sing songwriter !

Although if you have the funds, I suggest going for the Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD !
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