Steinberg UR22 MK2 USB Audio Interface for iPad, Mac and PC

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Steinberg UR22 MK2 USB Audio Interface for iPad, Mac and PC
Steinberg UR22 MK2 USB Audio Interface for iPad, Mac and PC

With Steinberg's expertise in DAW software development, it is not surprising to find that their audio interfaces are highly regarded. The UR22 MK2 is a 2-channel audio interface with hardware and DAW compatibility being its strong point.

To connect with the iPad, it comes equipped with a CC (Class Compliant) mode and an additional USB mini socket to draw power from (since it cannot draw power from the iPad). All you need is Apple's Lightning to USB adapter and you can capture audio through its 24-bit/192kHz A/D resolution, and two Yamaha D-Pre mic preamps - right on your iPad.

Other essential features include "Loopback" for streaming performances live while recording, MIDI in/out and zero-latency hardware monitoring.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Connectors: USB (Requires Lightning to USB Adapter)
  • Simultaneous Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4" Combo (Mic/Line, 1 input switchable to Hi-Z/Instrument)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" Line Out, 1 x 1/4" Headphones
  • MIDI: In/Out
  • Power: Bus Powered (USB)
  • Phantom Power: 48V
  • Bundled Software: Cubasis LE (iOS), Cubase AI (Mac/PC)

Reviews for the UR22 MK2 are consistent with reviews of the first version - with many commenting that they are very happy with its professional quality sound without the hefty price tag.

Note that like most USB interfaces under iOS the Steinberg UR22 MK2 will require a 5V USB power adaptor to be connected.

From "The Best iPad Audio Interfaces" Guide:

The Steinberg UR22 Mk2 is a 2 in, 2 out USB 2.0 audio interface with D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps. Great converters and bundled Cubase AI and Cubasis LE ensures a smooth and uninterupted workflow and compatibility between software and hardware.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • Connectors: USB 2.0
  • Simultaneous Channels: 2
  • Inputs:2 x XLR/TRS Combo Jack
  • Outputs: 2 x TRS outputs
  • MIDI: I/O built in
  • Power:USB
  • Bundled Software:Cubase AI and Cubasis LE
  • Phantom Power: Yes

Pros

Users praise the unit's solid build quality which makes it great for use in mobile setups. Very few reports of the unit breaking down from continued use exist and are usually from major accidents. Many prefer the coloration of the preamps over other brands like Focusrite.

Cons

Latency settings may need tweaking to fix audio dropouts as reported by some user reviews. Comments under these reviews usually helped them solve the problems. Preamps can be noisy with higher gain and low quality cables.

Overall

If you need something physically sturdy that you can bring throughout a tour, a mobile or field recording setup or just something you can bring to a friend's to jam with, the Steinberg UR22 Mk2 is a good pick especially with the bundled software included.

From "The Best Cheap Audio Interfaces" Guide:

More popularly known for their music production software, they are becoming known for recording hardware. And since Steinberg is owned by Yamaha, Steinberg's software know-how and Yamaha's hardware expertise combine to produce highly rated interfaces with improved DAW compatibility. This includes the Steinberg UR22 MK2 which features two Yamaha D-Pre mic preamps, the same ones found on more expensive mixing consoles. Complementing the preamp section is the unit's high-quality analog to digital converter, with up to 192kHz sampling rate at 24-bits. It also comes equipped with Class Compliant mode for improved compatibility with different platforms. Other noteworthy features include MIDI connectivity, zero-latency hardware monitoring, and Loopback mode for live streaming audio while recording.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Preamp: 2 x Yamaha D-Pre Mic Preamps
  • Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4" Combo (Mic/Line, 1 input switchable to Hi-Z/Instrument)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" Line Out, 1 x 1/4" Headphones
  • MIDI: In/Out
  • Power: USB Bus Powered
  • Phantom Power: 48V
  • Bundled Software: Cubasis LE (iOS), Cubase AI (Mac/PC)

Pros

The Steinberg UR22 MK2's sound quality continues to satisfy, if not exceed, the expectations of many. Build quality along with its intuitive controls and operational stability are also well appreciated. While it is specifically designed to work with Steinberg's Cubase, it's right at home with all the other DAWs, including Audacity, Pro Tools, Logic Pro and many more.

Cons

There are some concerns over driver installation and the bundled software, but these are probably because of user inexperience rather than design fault. Those using the unit in class compliant mode have no complaints. Sound drop-outs are reported by some users on specific computers/laptops, but it's hard to pin these problems on the UR22.

Overall

If you are primarily a Cubase user, or if you switch between multiple DAWs, then you might want to consider the Steinberg UR22 MK2.

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