Behringer U-Phoria UMC22 USB Audio Interface

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Street Price: 

$69
Behringer U-Phoria UMC22 USB Audio Interface

Gearank Recommendation

This first appeared on our recommended list for Audio Interfaces Under $100 in October 2020 where it remained until April 2022 when it was removed. We now recommend the slightly more expensive Behringer UMC202HD instead.

Overview

Midas is known for large-format consoles and mixing desks. After Behringer acquired Midas, the technology has been assimilated into Behringer's core lineup of products.

The Behringer U-Phoria line features Midas-designed preamps with the UMC22 being the most affordable in their roster.

The Midas designed preamp has a low noise floor and produces a clean, balanced sound.

Despite the cheap price, we've found that owners report the build quality is reasonable.

There were issues with the drivers when it first came out, so if you buy a second hand one make sure you update the firmware and that should prevent problems.

Note that the UMC22 does not provide MIDI, if you need that feature then you'll need to go for a more expensive option (we recommend the MOTU M2), or you will need to get a separate MIDI Interface.

For affordability, and quality, the Behringer U-Phoria UMC22 is a winner if all you need is an affordable interface with a great-sounding mic preamp and good build quality.

Specifications

  • A/D Resolution: up to 24-bit/48kHz
  • Preamp: 1
  • Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line), 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (main out), 1x 1/4" headphone out
  • MIDI: None
  • Power: USB bus powered
  • Phantom Power: +48V
  • Bundled Software: Tracktion DAW and 150 downloadable instrument/effect plug-ins

About the Author

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I've been an audio engineer for 20 years specializing in rock and metal recordings, and also I play guitar and produce original music for my band and other content creators.