Steinberg UR242 4-Channel USB Audio Interface - 4 Analog Inputs


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Steinberg UR242 4-Channel USB Audio Interface
Steinberg UR242 4-Channel USB Audio Interface

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Gearank Recommendation

The UR242 appeared on our recommended list for 4 Analog Input Audio Interfaces when we published the first edition in November 2016 where it remained until October 2021 when it was out-ranked by other interfaces .


Being the developer of the popular DAW software Cubase, Steinberg knows the needs of home studios. This is evidenced by the success of their audio interfaces, to be more specific, the UR242.

For the price, this audio interface gives you four simultaneous input channels, two of which feature class A D-Pre mic preamps, and the other two are meant for line level sources.

To be specific, the 4-channel UR242 continues to gain traction in the market with its two class A D-PRE microphone preamps, 24-bit/192kHz resolution, multi-operating system compatibility, and Loopback functionality for live internet streaming.

As expected, it has plug-and-play compatibility with Cubase, but it also works well with competing DAWs.

An easy installation process and intuitive operation helps its ratings.

If you're a Cubase user, or you want an audio interface with more than two input channels, then check out the Steinberg UR242.

With its iOS compatibility and solid build, it's worth checking out.


  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Preamp: 2 x Class A D-Pre Preamps
  • Channels: 4
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 2 x 1/4"
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4". 1 x 1/4" Headphones
  • MIDI: In/Out
  • Power: USB Bus Powered
  • Phantom Power: 48V
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.