Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD Audio Interface

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 2100+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$109
Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD

Gearank Recommendation

The U-Phoria UMC204HD appeared on our recommended list for Cheap Audio Interfaces from May 2017 through June 2018.

It also appeared on our recommended list for USB Compatible iPad Audio Interfaces from May 2017 through October 2019.

Note that when it ranked high enough to be on our recommended lists that it was priced at only $80 - we noticed a decline in ratings when the price went above $100.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Audio Science Review amirm 86/100
Streamer’s Haven MonoDex 86/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Overview

The U-Phoria UMC204HD audio interface gives you two channels to work with, along with complementary features that you'd usually expect on more expensive units.

With its MIDAS-designed mic preamps and 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA conversion, you get the same sound quality as their popular mixers, but in a more portable form factor and at a mere fraction of the cost.

Each channel comes complete with essential controls, including dedicated gain knobs, Line/Instrument level switches, and a headphones volume knob.

These features should are enough for most home recording tasks, while extras like the switchable input pads and double insert jacks makes for even more flexibility.

The interface also comes with multiple LED indicators that make monitoring easier.

It works in USB class compliant mode so you can use it with operating systems such as iOS - note that you'll need a Lightning to USB adapter along with a powered USB hub to make it work with the iPad.

Note: There have been reports of problems running it in class compliant mode on Linux - see this bug report.

If you are looking for a budget recording interface that you can use with your iPad then do check out the Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD.

Specifications

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Preamp: 2 x Midas Designed Preamps
  • Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 2 x 1/4" (Insert)
  • Outputs: 2 x RCA Stereo, 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" Headphones
  • MIDI: In/Out
  • Power: USB Bus Powered
  • Phantom Power: 48V

Alternatives

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now options with higher ratings that you can see in our guide to The Best Cheap Audio Interfaces .

Comments

Thank you for pointing that

Thank you for pointing that out - I've changed the description above to highlight the linux bug reports.