Steinberg UR12 2-Channel USB Audio Interface

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85 out of 100. Incorporating 600+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$110
Steinberg UR12 2-Channel USB Audio Interface

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.

Specifications:

  • 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

Pros

Users report fantastic audio quality for voiceovers, podcasts and general vocal recording. The preamp plays well with various types of microphones and sweetens voices with a nice high frequency sheen that isn't overpowering.

Cons

Early versions of the unit had many complaints about audio dropouts and clicking. Before purchasing, make sure you check if the one for sale is a newer version.

Overall

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.

This was on our recommended list for interfaces under $100 until February 2020 when the price went up - we still think it's a very good option. To see our current recommendations see the guide to The Best Cheap Audio Interfaces.

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