Steinberg UR12 2-Channel USB Audio Interface


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Steinberg UR12 2-Channel USB Audio Interface

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The UR12 appeared on our recommended list for Audio Interfaces Under $100 from December 2019 until it was removed due to a price increase that made it ineligible for that list in February 2020.


Steinberg, the creator of Cubase and VST technology had a lot of legacies to live up to when they announced they announced the UR12 as an affordable, entry-level audio interface in collaboration with Yamaha.

This means that the UR12 fully integrates with their software while providing true discrete class A preamp circuitry.

Couple this with compatibility with Windows, Mac OSX and iOS and you have an audio interface perfect tor taking with you.

The UR12 is a simple audio interface for those who need little: Just a microphone in and an instrument plug in. Perfect for solo acoustic guitar and vocals, podcasting, voiceovers and content creation. Get it if you want a portable interface with a great preamp and no more than 2 inputs. Avoid it if you're looking to build and expand a project home studio.


  • A/D Resolution: Up to 24-bit/192 kHz
  • Preamp: 1 Class-A D-PRE mic preamp
  • Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Outputs: 1 x (Stereo), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
  • MIDI: No
  • Power: 5V DC or USB
  • Phantom Power: +48V
  • Bundled Software: Cubase AI
Although this was previously on our recommended list there are now more highly rated options which you can see the guide to The Best Cheap Audio Interfaces.