New Steinberg Audio Interface

Portable USB 2.0 UR22 features audio quality of up to 192 kHz      14/01/13

Steinberg has announced the upcoming release of their latest audio interface. The UR22 features 192 kHz audio quality, USB 2.0 connectivity, MIDI input/output alongside two combo inputs with D-PRE microphone preamps and line outputs. Steinberg says that its portable size and solid build make it the perfect choice for mobile setups and small-spaced recording studios.

Stefan Schreiber, hardware product marketing manager at Steinberg, told Sonic State, "Together with Yamaha, we aimed at designing a compact audio interface with sufficient connectivity plus a build and audio quality that will simply blow you away. The UR22 is the result of this development. And by combining the UR22 with the Cubase AI music production software you get an eminently professional recording environment at an affordable price."

On the front side of the UR22 interface, two Neutrik combo connectors provide microphone and line input, each with gain control and peak indicators plus an additional high-impedance switch on the second input. The panel also includes a headphones output with a dedicated volume control, a master output volume control and a mix knob for hardware-based zero-latency monitoring. The rear panel features two balanced line outputs, MIDI input/output connectors, a phantom power switch enabling +48 Volt supply on both channels and the USB 2.0 port for high-speed connectivity to PCs and Mac computers.

The UR22's full-metal chassis houses studio-grade converters, delivering pristine sonic fidelity with a maximum sample rate of 192 kHz and a 24-bit resolution. Yamaha's discrete Class-A analog D-PRE preamps ensure unprecedented sound quality on top of the stable gain required by microphone signals.

Freely available as download to all UR22 customers, Cubase AI provides a comprehensive set of tools for recording, mixing and editing audio. The UR22 is compatible with other major recording software applications and includes drivers for Windows and OS X systems.

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 and best performance with included Cubase AI music software



Pricing and Availability:

The UR22 interface will be available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop from the beginning of February. The suggested retail price for the UR22 is 149 euros, including German VAT.

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4 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Not sure about this one...    Said...

What would "blow me away" would be an interface that has USB 3.0 and S/PDIF. This is just more of the same crap that manufacturers have been churning out for the last six years. Seriously? My NI Komplete 6 Audio was a better bargain than this new Steinberg nuisance. I love Cubase, and I like Yamaha, but this interface seems like a serious loser.

15-Jan-13 11:24 AM


Robotique    Said...

It is, sure as anything, ugly as crap. It feels like being thrown back to the grey 90's and a design that reflects how the future looks like.

Fortunately a bunch of audio interface companies (as an example, Propellerheads) knows how to please both the ears as well the eyes (this one better sound great)... If... IF I got forced to use this AI, I'd mount it under the table surface - still avalable, BUT OUT OF SIGHT! Spare us...

17-Jan-13 03:01 PM


franklinmentality    Said...

The only thing good about the UR22 is the Cubase software. The preamps on this unit are horrible and unusable. It's hard to believe that these are the same preamps used on the MR16 units.

30-Mar-13 08:42 AM


Michael B    Said...

Disagreed ! Nice little Audiointerface with clean preamps, rock solid, build like tank - You can even open a bottle of beer with it (no joke !). Latency is fantastic ! I love this piece !

23-Jun-14 04:49 AM


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