Steinberg UR242 4-Channel USB Audio Interface - 4 Analog Inputs
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.
- 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
- Bundled Software: Cubase AI
It's not surprising that many of the commendations are from Cubase users, but there are also other DAW users who find the Steinberg UR242 to be of high quality. Build quality seems to get the spotlight, with the quality of the D-Pre mic preamps being close second, while others are impressed by the Steinberg UR242's intuitive controls. The easy installation process and intuitive operation also help its ratings.Many experienced musicians and sound engineers liked the D-PRE preamps' quiet operation and clarity, with some stating that it exceeded their expectations.
There are a few reports of software and driver issues, mostly from users with older systems, or those who have to update the firmware/driver first before being able to use the unit. Most concerns point to software and driver issues on Mac OS.
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.
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.