Behringer UMC404HD

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USB-Audio/MIDI Interface

  • 4x4 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI interface with MIDAS Mic Preamps
  • 24 Bit
  • 192 kHz
  • 4x XLR/jack 6.3 mm Combo Mic/Line input with Pad switch and Clip/Signal LED
  • 4x Line output jack 6.3 mm/RCA (2x L/R)
  • Main output XLR/jack
  • 4x Insert 6.3 mm jacks
  • MIDI in/out
  • Switchable phantom power 48 V (for channel 1-4)
  • Stereo headphone-output 6.3 mm jack
  • USB port
  • Power supply connector
  • Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring
  • For WIN XP and Mac OSX or higher
Available since April 2015
Item number 359076
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Recording / Playback Channels 4x6
Number of Mic Inputs 4
Number of Line Inputs 4
Instrument Inputs 4
Number of Line Outs 6
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 Yes
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 292 mm
Depth in mm 130 mm
Height in mm 45 mm
Connection Format USB port Type B
Included in delivery USB cable
Zero latency monitoring 1
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4-in/4-out audiophile interface

The Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD is an affordable yet high-quality 4-in/4-out USB desktop audio interface compatible with Windows and macOS. As the mid-range model of the acclaimed U-Phoria series, the UMC404 HD sports high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz converters (hence the "HD" suffix), MIDI connectivity and, most importantly, a flexible array of inputs and outputs. Each of the four input channels features a state-of-the-art (phantom-powered) Midas preamp, guaranteeing a pristine and crystal-clear sound. The UMC404HD also features four separate output channels, available on both balanced 6.3mm jacks and RCA sockets - and the main output is mirrored on balanced XLRs. The UMC404HD also features a compact but effective monitoring section (with a dedicated headphone amp) which will appeal to sound engineers and DJs alike. And being “built like a tank”, to quote the manufacturer, it can be used in any environment.

A studio in a box

The XLR/jack combo inputs of the Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD make it compatible with microphones and line sources (such as keyboards or synthesizers) as well as high-impedance instruments such as guitars or basses. Each input also features an analogue insert for outboard gear processing and a pad - which is impressive for a model in this price range. The monitoring section of the UMC404HD allows latency-free monitoring of the input signals and also includes a crossfader between sources 1 & 2, for DJ-style cueing.

For budding producers or DJs

As described above, the UMC404HD is a cost-effective 4-in/4-out USB audio interface with high-quality preamps and a wide range of useful features. It will be of particular interest to "serious" beginners, as it provides more complex recording options such as stereo pairing or multi-miking of instruments and drum kits. What is more, modules and keyboards as well as other controllers such as drum pads can be accessed via the MIDI interface, freeing up extra USB ports on the computer. The U-Phoria UMC404HD will feel equally at home in a project studio, on stage, or for mobile recording, given its sturdiness. Of course, the phono outputs and the A/B crossfader will also appeal to DJs.

About Behringer

The company, which was founded in Germany by Uli Behringer and now manufactures its products in China, has been known for affordable and great-value equipment since its very first product, the Studio Exciter F. An array of mixing consoles (such as the Eurodesk MX8000), signal processors, and later sound amplification and monitoring equipment, has made it possible for countless musicians to fit out their home studios, practice rooms, and mobile PAs within budget limits that were previously unthinkable. The acquisition of other companies, including Midas, Klark Teknik, and TC Electronic, meant that new product groups were added - and also resulted in the technical expertise of these companies being incorporated into product development.

Ready for multitracking in the studio

In a project studio setting, the four analogue inputs and outputs, the Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD offers a wide range of possibilities. A singer can record their electro-acoustic guitar in stereo using its onboard pickup for one side and a microphone on the sound hole for the other, while recording their vocals with a second microphone, for example. Obviously straight-up guitar/voice duos are also possible – as are minimalist drum recording setups, such as the Glyn Johns method, which only requires four microphones. The additional outputs provide even more flexibility, such as adding extra monitors for A/B comparisons, connecting to a second external headphone amplifier with a specific submix for the performer, or for more specialised tasks such as reamping a guitar or a bass (or any other signal for that matter!).

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Beyond imagination for that price!
fommof 07.02.2020
So, I wanted a 4 input USB interface that could record at 48Khz/24bit 4 tracks at the same time without issues in order for me to digitize my master tapes from my 4 channel analoge track recorder.

Mind that I used to have a Scarlette 4i4 1st generation which I never had any issues but I sold it long time ago. I was just about to pull the trigger and buy the Scarlette 4i4 3st gen which costs more or less double the money, until I noticed that not only it had only two line ins (at the back) but since the 1st generation they removed 2 of the front preamps. So, I would have to connect 2 channels to the preamps and 2 channels to the line ins. These two groups of connections have different specs (impedence) so I didn't want to mess around and waist time with any of this.

I read a ton of revivews and although I had never bought any Behringer device worth of 15 euros or more, I pulled the trigger and bought one.

It looks sturdy enough, the manual contains only the basic information but apart from the routins, it is a simple device.

No problems with the Win10 drivers (built 1909) which is always a good thing. That's the only thing I downloaded from the Behringer site, by the way, I don't need anything else. One thing I am already missing is the Control/Mixing Panel of the Focusrite. Don't get me wrong, it's not something you must have, but it was a very good and useful thing to have and the Behringer software is kinda of poor gut it does the job (and when it doesn't do it, you can always set a few things from within the DAWs).

The interface got paired with my Presonus Eris E5, no problems, the E5's have been set to unity (half their volume) and the Behringer takes care of the rest.

I also use the AKG271's and this soundcard can drive'em without any problems (no need for headphone amp in this case).

Now, the important stuff.

The card is dead silent, its convertors "sound" great, I've already digitize quite a few of my material without any issues.

The Mix pot was a little bit odd to me at first (mixes the input sound and playback sound) but that's alright.

Line/Instrument and Pad buttons are very useful, no problems with the quality of the pots etc except that the Volume is way too close to the Mix and if you have big hands/fingers it might be a problem (well, not a problem but maybe a mild inconvinience).

All in all, at that price and with these specs, this might be one of the best purchases I've ever made. the price is ridiculous for what you get, absolutely ridiculous!

So, yeah, I am gonna go ahead and recommend this interface as if you are looking for a card with the specs it packs, you really can't go wrong with the 404HD.


Cheap, good and compatible with Linux
zebarnabe 22.02.2021
4 channel input/output USB Audio interface that is cheap in price but quite nice in quality, additionally it is plug and play for Linux (tested with Ubuntu 20.04).

The good:
The microphone inputs are quite clean, at least when using condenser microphones with phantom power (slightly more noise than in a SSL2 interface).
The headphone output has more than enough power to drive 250 Ohm headphones (tested Beyer Dynamic DT 990 Pro and DT 297 PV)
The knobs feel really nice, time will tell, but they feel a grade above the ones used in other Behringer consoles.

The quirks:
When monitoring, you can mix the inputs and the outputs with the MIX knob.
For the inputs you can listen to all of them at the same time, and stereo mix them as well by pressing the Stereo/Mono button.
However when monitoring the outputs for channels 3-4 (by depressing the Monitor A/B button) they are completely separated from the rest, including the inputs.

The less good:
The CLIP and SIG LEDs are useful guides, but you need to monitor your levels through software to set the microphones gain (at least until you know how they behave with the interface).
Line level inputs start distorting before clipping, make sure your signals are not too hot (even though they are not clipping distortion will happen), this seems to be more evident at higher frequencies.

The bad:
The line outputs are low, if you are connecting to a pro line level you might find the output insufficient, if you are connecting it to a PA or a mixer down the line, make sure you can pick something with a -10dB option for the level (and even then they might be a bit on the low side with the MAIN OUT at maximum level).

Overall the price leaves little to complain about.


PACKED with features!
mind if i do 03.11.2019
Behringer killed it with this one. It is truly a one-time purchase.
For studio and live use, I'd throw this thing in those scenarios and it'd probably work out because of how versatile this thing is.

This thing is crazy good for its price tag. It is packed with features that can only be found on higher-end audio interfaces like the Arturia Audiofuse.
For one thing, it has 4 inputs at a price tag of only around a hundred bucks with individual gain control and pad buttons.
The pre-amps are very good and low-noise, even a tad better than the 2i2's I've noticed, though a bit less good than the Komplete Audio.
The build quality is phenomenal. This thing is built to last forever. That's what I meant by a one-time purchase. If you buy this thing, you won't have to upgrade in a while given its amazing build quality and its versatility.
The monitoring system is amazing and opens up a world of possibilities in the studio in terms of hot-switching between different sources of audio monitoring.

That being said, it does have a few drawbacks. Notably the drivers.
I don't know if it's just the experience I had with my computer but on a Windows 10 it was a nightmare to get the drivers to work properly without interfering with my native audio drivers. I've seen people say the exact opposite of that and that it's a plug & play interface, but I've also seen people say otherwise on the internet.
It also doesn't look the best and it isn't very portable, but that's obviously not what it was made for.

Overall, if you want a very versatile audio interface that is packed with features and that will probably last you forever and are ready to go through a hassle of installing and uninstalling the drivers numerous times to get them to work and aren't concerned with the looks and portability, this is just the best that you can get at this price range. A one-time purchase indeed.


Excellent Device for very little money.
gummblefish 02.08.2017
This isn't the first Audio Interface that I have bought. I have owned several over the years from companies such as Focusrite, M-audio, Line 6, Roland Etc. It is however the first Behringer Interface I have bought.

I use a focusrite Scarlette 18i20 in my Studio and I bought this UMC404HD for doing some video recording and also to act as a secondary device for home. I wasn't expecting this to be that great to be honest, having seen some Behringer products in the past that were less than outstanding. However, I am completely blown away for the quality of the unit especially for how little it costs.

This is a very solidly built device, it feels pretty rugged and made out of metal, though I wouldn't want to go throwing it about, I suspect it would survive a few drops. The knobs are very satisfying and the whole thing does not seem cheap at all.

Sound wise i was pretty impressed. The pre-amps are pretty clean, certainly not 'the best' but they are not bad and I have honestly heard much worse at higher price points. There is easily enough clean headroom on the preamps to get you where you need to be. I have heard that the noise floor on this device is slightly higher than the UMC204HD, this apparently down to this having an extra 2 preamps. You can record at 192khz with this device and there is a mix control for zero latency monitoring which is very handy.

I am very happy with this unit. As I said before for the money I don't think there is a better audio interface by a country mile. 4 ins, 4 outs, solid contruction, pads on each pre-amp. Possibly the only thing I could gripe about is the fact the phantom power switch is on the back, this isn't really a problem for me but it may be for someone else. All in all I don't think anyone would be disappointed with this unit. Behringer have built a solid unit and for very little money. A great bit of kit.

Excellent service by Thomann as usual as well. Very quick delivery to N. Ireland.


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