Behringer U-Control UCA202 USB Audio Interface with Optical Out
The Behringer U-Control UCA202 has got to be one of the most ubiquitous audio interfaces on the market. Despite its unassuming appearance, it features 2 RCA inputs which you can use to plug in a stereo out from a mixer, or with the use of adaptors, instruments straight into the interface. It has 2 RCA outputs for monitor speakers.
- A/D Resolution: 16-bit/48kHz
- Preamp: None (RCA In Only)
- Channels: 2
- Inputs: 2 x RCA
- Outputs: 2 x RCA. S/PDIF optical output
- MIDI: No
- Power: USB Bus Powered
- Phantom Power: No
- Bundled Software: Audacity DAW, KRISTAL Audio Engine DAW
Several reviewers use the UCA202 to convert old cassette tapes to digital while others use it as an affordable way to plug in a large format console mixer into a digital recording platform. Many recommend the interface for home studios on a budget as a multi-channel mixer feeding into the UCA202 via its stereo outputs is more than adequate for home recording.
"You get what you pay for" is a consistent sentiment with users as some said the unit lacked essential features found on newer, more expensive devices. Build quality was also an issue for some, so handle with care.
If it's your first time recording and you have a mixer already in your setup, or just want something for plugging your old cassette deck, vinyl player or stereo home component to record, having a small interface like the UCA202 might be all you need to get your tracks recorded. Avoid it if you plan on expanding. One thing to note is that Behringer released the UCA222 which is functionally the same unit housed in a red enclosure. Read about it here.