Behringer UMC1820

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USB Audio Interface

  • USB 2.0 audio interface, 18 x 20
  • Up to 24-bit / 96 kHz
  • 18 Inputs and 20 outputs: 8x XLR / 6.3 mm jack combo microphone / instrument / line input, switchable
  • MIDAS designed preamp
  • 2 ADAT / SPDIF optical inputs and outputs (S/MUX capable)
  • 2 Coaxial SPDIF inputs and outputs
  • 10x 6.3 mm jack line outputs (1 + 2 monitor output L/R)
  • +48 V phantom power can be enabled
  • Pad switch for each input
  • Gain control per input
  • Main output gain control with mute and DIM switch
  • Monitoring control with stereo / mono switch
  • 2 Separate headphone outputs with control
  • MIDI input and output
  • External power supply
  • Compatible with Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 and Mac OSX
  • Design: 19" / 1U

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 18x20
Number of Mic Inputs 8
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 8
Number of Line Outs 10
Headphone Outs 2
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 96 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 483 mm
Depth in mm 130 mm
Height in mm 46 mm

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Game changing product
Just a customer, 30.08.2016
Firstly I'm really glad I bought this when I did, it's gone up in price significantly since I purchased, and I can see why. The price is still good for what you get.

I needed a 8-in 8-out interface (of course more I/O with ADAT) and I naturally looked at all the options from other makers, and because this was a secondary setup I decided to go for the cheap option.

out of the box you notice that Behringer have lifted their game in terms of construction. It's seems more than tough enough with good finishing. At this price point I don't expect pots with fastening nuts or exotic textures.

How do it sound? Very, very good indeed. I've heard some critics talk about how Behringer have just slapped the midas name on front of these products to make people think they are higher quality. I can assure you the preamps are as good as anything you'll get in the home to small project market. For instance they compare very favourably with my A+H ZED R16.It's also a noticeable step up from their Xenyx preamps (although they weren't bad at all), especially in terms of SNR. Indeed the SNR is very good and the sound is lovely and clear. I also achieved more than acceptable latency in DAW monitoring with no glitches. The first recording I made with this is one of the best sounding I've ever made, but this could be coincidental.

I tried out the ADAT with my ZED R16 out of interest and play back was fine. I found that I had glitches when recording that ended up being printed. The UMC was correctly slaved to the ZED so the glitches must be due to some other problem. I cannot blame the UMC1820 as I also tried SPDIF with a different input device and that was fine. So this is not conclusive, but I'm pretty confident with the right config the ADAT I/O will work fine and is no reflection on this unit. This kind of thing is sometimes tricky anyhow...

The provided control software is simple but effective. That suites me just fine. The only thing I had was that sometimes when turning on the PC, the UMC1820 was not recognised and needed reinstalling. i think this might be to do with USB 3.0 bus standards. However, I found that if I made sure the UMC was switched on before switching on my PC, the problem didn't occur. So I think it's mostly likely a glitch of some kind in one 'popular' operating system.

In summary I think this unit will make the heart of a fairly serious home or project studio, especially if you also combine it with an ADA8000 or perhaps the ART Tube opto 8 for extra inputs/flavour.

UPDATE: the problem with the unitmnot being recognised sometimes is completely solved by switching to a USB 2 port. No problem for me.

UPDATE 2: managed to get the ADAT working perfectly now both ways too.
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Great interface with very unique and clever features!
linux musician, 09.03.2020
My main purpose is to record several sound sources in a sophisticating quality in my home studio (2 keyboards (stereo), guitar, microphone, theremin).

I previously used a 2in/2out interface and due to the number of instruments a small mixer was necessary. The downside is more signal processing, thus affecting recording quality. Obviously a 4x4 interface wasn?t enough, so I was looking for a real capable solution (which is 8 INs).

I use this with two studio monitors. In addition I want to play music without the computer. Before this I had to unplug the interface and switch to the monitors manually every time.

My new solution is the MIX/MONITORING knob of the UMC1820. For me this is THE KEY FEATURE! It is just a knob and I didn?t really notice/understand it?s usefullness before I tried it the first time. I can switch between standalone monitor control (with a clever mode "stereo" - simple, but does the trick) or recording/playback. No mixer, one unit for all! Even more: I can monitor the real latency of the recording software. In the middle position one can hear the direct monitor and the sound with latency superpositioned and feel the latency.

I use this unit under linux (jack, ardour) and it works out of the box. With the KXStudio Kernel I get a roundtrip latency of 7,3 ms (this is independently measured folks, not a fancydandy Windows display number!), which is quite good for me.

Mic preamps were not my main focus (as I don?t own proper mics). By the way: Before Behringer acquired MIDAS: ... ohhh high quality preamps, excellent repsonse!!! After: ... sounds fairly OK, ... but obviously focusrite is superior! Really? Come on guys...
Digital signal I/O features are also not used (no suitable gear).

Other nice to have features:
- 2 MIDI ports with activity LED
- 2 loud! headphone jacks
- potential for a 7.1 surround mix setup: I will definetly run some experiments with such a setup later on!
- potential for live (software) mixing with a small band

and the bottom line: it?s sub 200 EUR!
To be honest: I would have paid more for it, if had to!
The 2,5 times more expensive Scarlett 18i20 has (in my opinion) inferior features (MIX/MONITORING knob).
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Punches way above its price range
awts7s, 03.02.2021
There's a lot of snobbery around the Behringer brand and I think that's the only possible reason for this product being so affordable. I run a pro studio that deals mainly with post production, composition for tv and film and a lot of work in the box. I do also record full drum kits and other things that call for more inputs. I bought this to give me that flexibility for those occasions I need to set up more ins and outs.

The UMC1820 easily stands up pre-amp and A/D conversion wise against my equivalent Apogee gear which costs a lot more. Sure, I need to drive the input gain a little harder on quiet sources but the noise floor is so low it really doesn't make a difference. For a whole project I just ran everything in and out of the UMC1820 and the end result was just as good as the projects I recorded using my Apogee gear. Anyone who says you can't deliver professional audio work using Behringer gear is just plain wrong - I've done it and will continue to do so!

I learned to record using a really similar PreSonus interface. Anyone looking to set up a home studio or even just add really affordable inputs and outputs to a pro setup should look no further. This really does everything you need. I've just ordered the ADA8200 ADAT to add another 8 ins to this and I can't think of many recording situations which would call for more.

Really superb gear at an unbeatable price point. Buy one and start making music. More expensive gear won't suddenly make your recordings better, this is definitely good enough!
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Excellent sound quality for the price
offog, 05.07.2021
I use my UMC1820 for recording music and speech and for playing back surround sound. I use it as a USB class-compliant device on Linux - it was easy to set up and runs under JACK very reliably with no dropouts.

I can't fault it in terms of audio quality - the inputs and outputs are very quiet. The dual headphone outputs and monitoring controls work well for recording with one or two musicians, and it seems to drive "difficult" headphones (e.g. HD650s) happily.

The unit as a whole seems solidly built. Inputs are on balanced XLR/jack combos, which are plastic but are bolted to the panel so they seem reasonably robust; outputs are on balanced jacks.

There are some minor downsides, as you'd expect for the price. The gain controls are a bit fiddly so it's difficult to set levels exactly and it's easy to knock one control while adjusting another. There's isn't quite enough gain to use an SM58-style dynamic mic (although it's quiet enough that you can boost it in software afterwards).

The monitor mix is just a straight sum of the analogue inputs - there's no built-in DSP mixer. The power supply's an external brick, which isn't very neat in a rack. And the channel numbers are right at the bottom of the panel, so they're impossible to see unless the unit's at eye height - I've added some labels to the top of mine!

But overall for the price this is excellent value, and I've been very happy with mine.
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