Steinberg UR22 MK2

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A workhorse
audiocan, 08.10.2018
This is a great interface in it's class (FocusRite Scarlett, Presonus Audiobox, Mackie Onyx, Tascam US, etc). I picked UR22 over the others because: Works at 192kHz, has midi in/outs; provides switchable external power; and it's fairly stable. Some of these features are missing in the above mentioned competitors.
Preamps are quite decent. Best thing is that the gain knob's resolution is quite high. And this thing is built like a tank.
Some negatives are: It doesn't come with a USB power, you have to buy your own; doesn't have a software interface to adjust settings or add FX digitally (other than sample rate and loopback); and I have some issues on Windows 10 on start up, sound device not defaulting to it (I have to restart the unit via it's power selection switch sometimes so the system recognizes it).
Despite it's perks and it's outdated and banal looks, it's a rather decent sounding, well-built and feature-rich workhorse. A good option in it's class.
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Sturdy casing, very good pre-amps
Windgunner, 02.06.2019
Seeing various options regarding 2-channel USB interfaces, one might become hesitant to choose which one to purchase. My shot went to Steinberg, mainly because I knew they've had a long run in the audio business and thought they would have a reputation to maintain, seeing as the are one of the biggest names out there.

It's one of the cheapest options, the casing is almost indestructible (mine has already had two encounters with the ground and is as good as new). The pres are very good, they don't color the sound in any way that I can tell and the AD/DA converters are as good, capable of very high sampling rates.

Never had any problems with my unit.

On features I only gave it 4 stars because there is no Hi-Z switch on channel 1, which would have been nice, meaning you would have to get a DI to record two instruments with mono jack outputs.
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Great budget interface
Emil O, 20.01.2018
The UR22 MKii packs a powerful punch in a small, robust package.
It's very easy to take with you on the go without having to worry about it getting damaged. It also looks pretty sleek.

The D-Pre pre-amps by Yamaha have a clean sound and go all the way up to 60 dB, although as with all interfaces, you'll definitely notice the noise when cranking the gain all the way up.
The line input sounds nice too and isn't nearly as susceptible to clipping as other similarly priced interfaces that I've tried.

The knobs are very sturdy and feel great. The monitoring mixing knob even has a stop about halfway through in between the input and the playback.
As far as handling goes, I haven't had any issues with latency whatsoever but an annoying issue I do have is that when I switch the phantom power on or off, the entire interface locks up for about 2 to 3 seconds, meaning that I'm unable to hear anything for a few seconds.

When it comes to monitoring, I mainly use headphones (Sony MDR7506) and I'm perfectly happy with the amount of gain but it might be worth looking into a separate headphone amp when using pairs with higher impedances.
Coming from the Focusrite 2i4 and the Zoom U24, I do find myself missing the option to output to both TRS and RCA, but I can't blame Steinberg for that. Hopefully that'll be included in a future iteration.

In short, if you're looking for a great budget interface, I'm happy to say that this one won't disappoint you.
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Dimitar Bakardzhiev, 05.02.2019
A good solid build(all metal casing) it has quite a heft to it, easy connectivity with my PC. Installed the drivers and firmware and i was ready to go. Come with nice software as well.
I still haven't checked out all of the functionalities (the inputs)
but as far as the sound quality goes i am very happy with the purchase
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Great product good value for money
Andrew822, 03.01.2018
Its a nice weighty desktop designed box that is metal construction. All the input jacks and knobs are plastic but fine. I chose this product mainly as it comes with a free with Cubase AI as a download and out of all the DAW's Cubase is my preference. It does offer an update to Cubase Elements for a further ¤50 Bit cheeky of them to try and sell you something else. Another good point is the fact that its portable so handy if you want to use it on a laptop for example in another location. I did have a bit of trouble installing it on my PC but the solution was to simply change to a different USB input on my PC and it worked with out an issue from then on. I noticed the device Volume output is a bit lower than expected and I had to turn up my amp to get it as loud as I needed. No noise or interference from this unit and thats the main thing really. So mic preamps are nice and quiet. Its also handy having the HI-Z on input 2 for your direct guitar input. This comes in handy when using a DAW's Guitar or Bass amplifier simulators. Although a dedicated external amp or device is recommended from me. Great product and good value for money.
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Really high quality and great sound response.
gidi.santos, 10.01.2019
I bought this interface for simple home recording of string instruments, i am really impressed with the whole construction. Nice and heavy metal case with solid buttons, looks like it will last for many years. Sound response is great and really easy to use with my laptop.
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Nice interface - awesome sound!
Ilko Iliev, 02.04.2019
Nice, sturdy interface. Works well with iPad as well. The reason I gave it 4 stars on features is because it is not a true stereo interface. If you use a stereo source like a keyboard, you cannot separate left from right channels because both inputs are centered. You can only do it from your DAW.
As far as quality, every now and then I experience short audio cuts which I think is due to the drivers. I tun Windows 10 and I have gone through all steps of optimizing my PC and OS for music production but I think this is due to drivers.
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Steinberg UR22 MK2
Lijo, 14.02.2019
Good Audio Interface... Sound is very good..built quality is very good..thanks Thomann...
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Perfection!
Abdou's, 23.10.2018
I use it for my home studo and couldn't be any happier.
Sturdy and solid, great nobs feel, mobile and a great recording quality (especially if you help it with a decent mic and room acoustic treatment)

cons: the no latency monitoring is dry, can't use any effect with it.

But, at this price point im 100% satisfied! i think the UR44 is my next upgrade.
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Does what it's supposed to do
Izmotion, 16.01.2019
Fair warning: I don't use the UR22 MK2 to record.

For the price, it does everything its supposed to do. Midi works as it should, does not have compatibility problems with reaper or anything else I use, I would definitely recommend it as entry-level equipment!
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Absolutely the best interface bellow 150¤!
F.ertah, 19.03.2019
If you're a guitar player, bass player, singer or anything in-between, Steinberg UR22 MK2 will find a place in your setup! It is the best choice for starting your home studio. I am using it to record bass guitar and the result is pretty good. I also use a condenser mic for on my cabinet, and with UR22 phantom power, I have absolutely no problems. If you're fiddling with electronic music, this interface lets you send and receive MIDI, so you can MIDI sync your external synths and rhythm machines to your DAW, or maybe you just have a MIDI controller that doesn't have USB but it has 5 pin MIDI connectors. This interface does it all.
It is small, lightweight and powerful! Not to mention the very affordable price!
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Constant dropouts!
Jakatone, 24.08.2018
A great product, very well built, everything you need in a small interface. BUT, the drivers are terrible and the frequent dropouts make it unusable. Apparently Steinberg still didn't address this issue and it's been a while since they were aware of the problem. Also, there are many users that have the same problem. A shame really.
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Very pleased
Driss El Bouacheri, 28.07.2018
I use all it's features. It's epic.

There is only one con, the headphone volume is low, and has nothing to do with my headphones. I have to use an headphone amp to get that bonus dBs.

It does what it says. Im very very very happy with it.
Hope you find this review useful
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Best audio interface for any user level
manug1818, 22.08.2018
I must say I am a beginner in terms of music production.

First of all, the device comes with everything ready. It is very easy to install and start using it. The license included for CUBASE it is awesome. The device itself is heavy, not difficult to handle it... but you can not expect to be moving it around. The steel casing, however, provides a rigid and solid feeling, which is welcome.

The inputs are perfect for beginners and medium level users. All the features work perfectly and it is very useful to have manual controllers at the front to manage volumes, input signal, etc. The phantom option for microphones is another key point, as well as the high impedance input for those of us trying to start recording guitars with plugins.

I bought this interface looking for something to start recording, not something specially cheap, with all the necessary features, and either massively expensive. Therefore, I just can say it is all I expected.
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Excellent Interface
Trubshaw, 27.05.2019
Not the most expensive piece of kit but well worth the money - good features and connectivity. Great sound. Includes access to free download of DAW software that is easy o use and does nearly everything you need as a beginner with frequent updates. I got this becasue of other reviews and they weren;t wrong. Very happy - so is my son and his music technician teacher.
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Jack Rock, 04.03.2018
I use it for my home recording studio and it does the job great. Bought it mostly to use it with my Rode NT1-A, and it's a great pair. I have previously used a M-Audio FastTrack Pro, and this feels way better.

The materials used are high quality, and I like that it has a metal housing.
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great build and great for the price
danny wabbit, 09.06.2018
i noticed the sound difference as soon as i plugged them in almost 0 effort hhoking it up just plug and use i would defintly recommend for people with a low budget for studio equipment
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Decent piece of hardware
snufkin, 07.09.2017
I use it daily with Yamaha PX5 and custom made passive speakers, as an interface for flac files playback.
I feel a little hunger for high frequency reproduction especially on low volume - i compared this device with Yamaha MG10XU and i prefer Yamaha. Also, get external power supply instead of relying on PC to power this up.
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Very nice and usable interface
Joe H, 28.12.2018
For the price point - surprsingly good.
I do own a much more expensive UAD interface, with better preamps and AD/DA conversion, and much wider set of features.
I use the Steinberg at home, and for its price - it's just great.
Pros:
-usable mic amps and headphone outputs.
-Cubase software
-Midi interface
-Stable
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Mid-entry Audio interface
YoungJack, 31.10.2018
I bought this Audio interface for homerecording porpuses.

It comes with Cubase, whis is a must if you want to home record your music, so the combo hardware+software is absolutly recommended.

But:

I dont know if it is my laptop but I had some issuses with it.
When I try to export a song wich is longer than 2 mins the software says "CPU overload" whic is not true because I was monitoring the CPU, I solved this problem with the "Live export" option.

Sometimes it pops when you are hearing music and worst it pops when you are recording wich means that the track that you just recorded has pops in it, but this happened few times, and maybe is my laptop's fault.

All in all it's a nice hardware, very usefull with a lot of features :D
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Good quality for budget set up.
Snoballz, 25.11.2018
I use the Steinberg UR22 MK2 for music production. Its good quality for the price and very reliable. Mic pre is ok!
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Great Interface for Ipad or computer
Jonathan G. 504, 04.01.2016
I bought this on a whim primarily to record using Cubasis on the ipad. I must say that this does an excellent job in this regard. It makes getting sound into and out of the ipad a very easy affair. There are only 2 criticisms that I have
1) There is no way to power the ipad from the interface. That would have been nice to have, especially as you have to power the interface separately so I would have thought it would have been quite a simple step to send power through to the ipad. Having said that, a fully charged ipad will give you hours of studio time so it's not too much of a headache (just make sure you have a fully charged ipad before you begin your recording session).
2) The headphone output is not very loud. It's good enough, but I do prefer headphones to be driven with more output.

The interface also works well on computer too (although I have that covered with Roland Octacapture, but it's good to have a standby).

In conclusion, a very useful device for hooking up to the ipad for occasional use.
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The best thing i could ask for myself and my td 15 e drums
Mickgadd46, 10.07.2018
So, after using alesis i/o 2 audio interface and failed time after time to configure the asio process which is horrible, i came across this amazing product, it's not so cheap but hey you get the best for the most worlds, i just upgraded my life and this is the beast !!!

all the best, buy it you won't regret.
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Awesome
Morning Conjacket, 13.04.2018
I was serching the net, looking for a budget usb audio interface and after quite a while until I stumbeled on this gem.

I use it almost every day on demo recordings. It deals with guitar, bass, keys and microphones with no problems. The software I use is mainly fl studio and Cubase and it is super easy to set the UR22 up.

The build quality is superb. It's nice and heavy with no jiggly plastic bits.

From my experience (about a year now) I can say only positive things, and I would definietly recommend it
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good interface
brunomaia, 16.07.2018
Pros:
does the job quite well as a USB interface ;
low noise ;
USB 2;
good sound resolution considering the price 192kHz/24bit;
sturdy ;
Hi-Z input;
48V phantom power;
can be powered by computer USB connection or separate USB

Cons:
no SPDIF,
no Coaxial,
no external clock word,
no ADAT I/O

Overall
I ended up getting the DAW Cubase AI to work on a Windows 10 64 bit. I like it.
I only use this interface now as a mic pre with phantom power input of a condenser mic on my double bass.
In my studio I recently upgraded another interface with more inputs, and USB 3 connection, with less latency.

After one year and a half, I conclude this interface would be suitable for entertainment projects. Cost effective.
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