Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD 4-Channel USB Audio Interface - 4 Analog Inputs
The Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD is an affordable 4-channel audio interface with a wealth of input/output options.
At its core are four combo jack inputs with Midas Designed preamps, which allows for simultaneous recording of up to four sources. Each channel comes complete with dedicated controls that include Pad switches, Line/Instrument switches and Gain knobs.
To make monitoring even more convenient, Behringer equipped the UMC404HD with A/B monitor switching, stereo/mono switch and monitor mix - all of which are ideal for auditioning your mixes with different studio monitors.
Other noteworthy features include multiple LED indicators and MIDI compatibility. It comes with a suite of recording software and plug-ins that you can use for recording and mixing.
- A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
- Preamp: 4 x Midas Designed Preamps
- Channels: 4
- Simultaneous I/O: 4 x 4
- Mic Preamps: 4 x MIDAS-designed
- Inputs: 4 x XLR/TRS Combo, 4 x 1/4" (Inserts)
- Outputs: 6 x 1/4", 2 x XLR, 2 x RCA Stereo, 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
- Computer Connectivity: USB 2.0 - Class Compliant
- MIDI: In/Out
- Power: AC Adapter, USB Bus Powered
- Phantom Power: 48V
- Bundled Software: Tracktion, 150 downloadable instrument/effect plug-ins
The Behringer UMC404HD continues to be popular, thanks to its affordable price tag in comparison with other 4-channel interfaces, and this is reflected in many reviews. But it's not just about feature count, because overall sound quality does get a lot of love. Years after its first release, the sound quality still gets a lot of praise, thanks to its built-in MIDAS designed mic preamps. Many describe the preamps as being very quiet and transparent, with some comparing its performance to more expensive interfaces. Users who gave their thumbs up include podcasters, voice over artists, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and other musicians.
There are some users who had to update the driver before getting it to work with their DAW software, so we do recommend to first download the latest drivers from Behringer's website before setting up the unit. A few users experienced interference issues, probably due to external factors because most users find the UMC404HD to be super quiet. There was one user who cautioned that the phantom power switch controls all four channels, so you have to be careful when recording mixed sources.
With the ability to record on 4 channels similtaneously, the Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD offers very good value for money.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best USB Audio Interfaces.