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Steinberg UR22 2x2 USB Audio Interface

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Product Description

Loaded with two industry-acclaimed D-PRE microphone preamps, the Steinberg UR22 2x2 USB Audio Interface uses class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz converters providing pure sound wherever you roam. With a dedicated high- impedance switch, a separate headphones jack and phantom power supply, and MIDI I/O, the portable 2-in/2-out UR22 features a compact chassis design in a rugged housing to make it the perfect choice for mobile musicians, touring DJs and everyone in between.

Steinberg UR22 2x2 USB Audio Interface Features

  • 24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface
  • 2 Class-A D-PRE mic preamps supporting +48V phantom power
  • 2 Analog XLR/TRS combo inputs (Hi-Z switch on input 2 for electric guitar), 2 TRS line outputs
  • MIDI input and output
  • Headphones jack with independent level control
  • Zero-latency hardware monitoring with mix balance knob
  • USB-powered for mobile recordings
  • Rugged full-metal housing
  • Cross-platform compatibility with major recording software applications
UR Family
With the UR series, Steinberg offers professional solutions for musicians and producers. Sharing the same line of heritage as the highly acclaimed MR816 firewire interfaces, Steinberg's UR audio interfaces offer studio-grade converters and D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps plus analog and digital I/O, tending perfectly to your individual needs and on which quality is written everywhere in big fat letters.

D-PRE microphone preamps
All UR audio interfaces offer D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps from Yamaha. The D-PRE is carefully designed to capture all the subtleties and expressiveness of any audio source and is the culmination of years of development by the experienced engineers at the Yamaha Corporation.

The preamp is where sound creation begins in recording, and ultimately determines the quality of your mix. D-PRE Mic Preamps sound stunning, and the difference is in the design. Usually, preamps use one transistor each for the hot and cold signals at the input stage to amplify the signal. However, the D-PREs specified on Steinberg audio interfaces use an inverted Darlington circuit, where two transistors are used for each hot and cold- a total of four per unit. With only one transistor on a preamp circuit, distortion tends to increase along with the signal level. By using a pair of two cascaded transistors, very low distortion can be maintained regardless of signal level.

Some users might look for a microphone preamp to dramatically color the sound while others search for a very neutral response. For example, some highly sought after vintage microphone preamps excel at amplifying certain components of a given source, imparting a generous amount of color to the signal. Such a preamp might be great for a vocal recording, however those preamps will not suit every use. D-PRE has a very wide frequency range so that it can handle any music source and it does not overly amplify any specific components of the signal. It’s beautifully tuned to be able to capture the true expression of a given performance or audio source, while leaving flexibility for later editing. The end result is that D-PRE provides a sound that is a perfect amalgamation of understated signal enhancement combined with impeccable sonic integrity. The development team took a lot of time to adjust this subtle balance and the D-PRE sound quality speaks for itself.

Cubase AI 6 included
Cubase AI is a lean Cubase version tailored to record your music without additional bells and whistles. Based on the same core technologies as Steinberg's highly acclaimed Cubase advanced music production system, Cubase AI offers a comprehensive feature set for composing, recording, editing and mixing. Run it together with a Steinberg UR audio interfaces and Cubase AI provides a full system solution for recording music in studio quality, used by many musicians and producers around the world.

Product Specifications
Steinberg UR22 2x2 USB Audio Interface Specifications
  • MIC INPUT 1/2 (Balanced):
    • Maximum Input Level -10 dBu
    • Input Impedance 4k Ohm
    • GAIN Range +16 dB – +60 dB
  • LINE INPUT (Unbalanced):
    • Maximum Input Level +16 dBu
    • Input Impedance 20k Ohm
    • GAIN Range -10 dB – +34 dB
  • HI-Z INPUT (Unbalanced):
    • Maximum Input Level -4 dBV
    • Input Impedance 470k Ohm
    • GAIN Range -8 dB – +52 dB
  • LINE OUTPUT (Balanced):
    • Maximum Output Level +10 dBu
    • Output Impedance 150 Ohm
  • PHONES 1/2: Maximum Output Level 6 mW+6 mW, @ 40 Ohm
  • USB: 24 bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz/88.2 kHz/96 kHz/176.4 kHz/192 kHz
  • XLR INPUT:
    • Polarity
    • Pin 1: Ground
    • Pin 2: Hot (+)
    • Pin 3: Cold (-)
General Specifications
  • Operating Free-air - Temperature Range: 0 to +40 °C
  • Included Accessories:
    • Getting started (printed)
    • Cubase AI Download Instructions (printed)
    • TOOLS for UR22 CD-ROM
    • USB cable
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 158.6 x 45.4 x 158.3 mm
  • Weight: 998 g
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
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