Steinberg UR-RT4 USB Audio Interface with 4 Rupert Neve Transformers - 4 Analog Inputs

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$600
Steinberg UR-RT4 USB Audio Interface with 4 Rupert Neve Transformers

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 60+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Rupert Neve is a name that's always closely associated with audio engineering. His designs for preamps, consoles, and EQs are near-ubiquitous in the professional recording world and many top-tier audio engineers swear by his designs.

Steinberg brings a slice of the engineering genius to the table with the UR-RT4: A collaboration between Steinberg, Yamaha and Rupert Neve Designs that promises to bring big console sound to project studios.

At the core of the UR-RT4 are 4 custom transformers from Rupert Neve Designs that give character to your input signals.

Features:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Simultaneous I/O: 6 x 4
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4" combo (Hi-Z/mic/line), 2 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line), 2 x 1/4" (line)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (main), 4 x 1/4" (line out), 2 x 1/4" (headphones)
  • Computer Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • MIDI: In/Out
  • 4 D-PRE Class A preamps with switchable Rupert Neve Designs input transformers
  • Phantom Power: +48V
  • Bundled Software: Cubase AI, Cubasis LE

Pros

The UR-RT4 gets universal praise from users with many of them noting that the transformers designed by Rupert Neve really adds to the character of their tracks.

Cons

None that we could find from user reviews but the lack of any additional outputs limits the expandability of the device.

Overall

The UR-RT4 is a great audio interface featuring top-tier technology at an affordable price. If you run a project studio and believe the Neve magic, there's no reason not to get it. If you need expandability, you might have to let off a sigh and look elsewhere as the UR-RT4 has nothing to add additional inputs.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are more highly rated options now available which you can see in our guide to The Best 4 to 16 Input USB Audio Interfaces.