Behringer U-Control UCA222 USB Audio Interface with S/PDIF Out
The Behringer U-Control UCA222 is one of the most popular and accessible audio interfaces on the market today.
While some may dismiss it as starved of features, this minimal device was designed for recording a stereo sound source.
It features 2 RCA inputs which you can use to plug in a stereo out from a mixer, or with the use of adapters, 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
The majority of the users that gave the device positive reviews are audio engineers that have consoles and mixers that have a stereo out going into the UCA222. Several of them mix "outside the box" with their consoles and mainly need a device to "print" their mixes into a computer. Some also used the device to archive tapes. Many recommend the interface for home studios on a budget. An example of a setup would be a multi-channel mixer feeding into the UCA222 via the mixer's stereo outputs. This setup is more than adequate for most home recording situations.
Build quality was an issue for many as the small device is made of plastic. Many users note that "You get what you pay for" referring to the UCA222.
The UCA222 is perfect for those that already have an analog mixer in their setup or want to digitize tape and vinyl. If you have plans of expanding, there may be better alternatives. One thing to note is that Behringer released the UCA202 which is functionally the same unit housed in a silver enclosure.