Behringer U-Phoria UM2

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USB Audio Interface

  • 16 Bit / 48 kHz
  • 2 Inputs and 2 outputs
  • 1 x combo plug XLR/6.3 mm jack and 1 x 6.3 mm jack
  • Xenyx microphone preamp including 48V phantom power
  • Guitar input
  • Signal and clip display
  • Direct monitoring
  • 6.3 mm jack headphone output
  • RCA output
  • USB bus powered
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7-10, as well as Mac OS
  • Includes USB cable
Available since December 2013
Item number 325918
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Recording / Playback Channels 2x2
Number of Mic Inputs 1
Number of Line Inputs 1
Instrument Inputs 1
Number of Line Outs 2
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface No
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 48 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 16 bit
USB Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply No
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 128 mm
Depth in mm 118 mm
Height in mm 46 mm
Connection Format USB port Type B
Included in delivery USB cable, software
Zero latency monitoring 1
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£42
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Entry into the world of U-Phoria

The Behringer U-Phoria UM2 is a compact and exceptionally affordable USB audio interface. Ideal for beginners and experienced technicians on a budget, it offers two input and output audio channels and is compatible with both Windows and MacOS for latency-free DAW environments. Despite being the entry model to the U-Phoria series, one of its inputs is equipped with a state-of-the-art, phantom-powered Xenyx preamp, with low self-noise and a rendering that is both detailed and natural. The second is a mic/instrument input, to connect a guitar or a bass. The 16-bit/48kHz AD/DA internal conversion rate meets the basic requirement for professional recording. The U-Phoria UM2 is a quality interface that will deliver a solid and functional basis for the aspiring home-studio producer, while delivering great results.

A studio in a box

The Behringer U-Phoria UM2’s two input and output channels provide everything needed for simple audio recordings. The mic/line XLR combo input provides 48V phantom power for condenser microphones, allowing a vast choice of mics to be used, and is also available as a line input. The second line input is Hi-Z, allowing high impedance instruments such as guitars and basses to be connected without an additional DI box. The Behringer U-Phoria UM2 features a stereo output for monitors on phono sockets, as well as a headphone output. Both output volumes are controlled simultaneously via a single knob on the top of the interface, next to the input gain knobs of the two inputs. A direct monitoring switch is also provided which allows the monitoring of both inputs of the Behringer U-Phoria UM2 without any perceivable latency, an important feature when recording live vocals and instruments.

A gateway to the home studio

The Behringer U-Phoria UM2 is an affordable USB audio interface that provides all the basic requirements for live recording and navigating DAW environments on a computer. The mic/line input and its high-quality preamp can be connected to a studio-grade condenser microphone, which coupled with the Hi-Z input allow vocal and instrumental duets to be recorded effortlessly and to a high standard. The minimalist and portable design of this desktop interface allows it to be taken anywhere, and used in any context, not just musical ones. For instance, YouTubers or podcasters looking for a flexible alternative to a USB microphone will find the U-Phoria UM2 to be an excellent choice thanks to its two inputs and outputs and intuitive interface, with all the important controls at hand.

About Behringer

The company, which was founded in Germany by Uli Behringer and now manufactures its products in China, has been known for affordable and great-value equipment since its very first product, the Studio Exciter F. An array of mixing consoles (such as the Eurodesk MX8000), signal processors, and later sound amplification and monitoring equipment, has made it possible for countless musicians to fit out their home studios, practice rooms, and mobile PAs within budget limits that were previously unthinkable. The acquisition of other companies, including Midas, Klark Teknik, and TC Electronic, meant that new product groups were added - and also resulted in the technical expertise of these companies being incorporated into product development.

A sturdy companion

The Behringer U-Phoria UM2 performs equally well "on the road”, thanks to its compact and robust metal casing, which can fit in a pocket and handle a few minor bumps during its many travels. It is also durable and USB-powered, so no external PSU is required for operation. Mobile recording with a high-quality condenser microphone is just as possible as playing back audio tracks from a laptop on stage, even in improbable places! Unlike the larger audio interfaces in the series, the UM2 does not have MIDI connectivity. However, this is unlikely to be a significant issue, since most modern keyboards and other MIDI gear are usually equipped with a USB interface as standard to transmit MIDI to a computer.

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Nice and very easy to use
YngveB 29.01.2021
I use the UM2 for connecting to my iMac for recording and controlling both Guitar and Mic inputs.

It is basically just plug and play. In Logic Pro X you are presented with two Inputs (1 & 2), 1 goes for Mic/Line 1 and 2 for Instrument fx. Guitar). Both inputs gain can easily be adjusted by the two knobs on the UM2. Sound quality from inputs are really good. Using the UM2 as sound output on the iMac is quiet nice, as the iMac has no other output than headphones or Bluetooth, where BT has a delay, using the UM2 there basically isn't any delay. My speakers have analogue RCA input, which works well with the UM2. Output sound quality is good, which means that the UM2 has a good D/A converter build in. Monitoring is also nice, it can be used easily to monitor the inputs directly throug headphones. I'm using both acoustic Western Guitar and Electric Guitar with the UM2, and the result for clean sound is awesome.

Pros/Cons: Build quality is actually quiet good, though the knobs would have gotten a better "touch" if there were made en metal instead of plastic, but that is just a cosmetic feel. It is very easy to use and adjust. It's good it has signal LED's to show when it can register signal, and it also has a clip LED so you easy can adjust input gain to a normalized level.

I am new to using instruments through the computer, but this made it really easy to get started.
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ckevar 28.09.2020
Bought it because I read it's good for beginners, and this is my first audio interface.
It's compatible with ubuntu (plug-&-play) no need to install any driver. I use it with Jack2 and an electric guitar, the sound is clear but there's a bit of white noise in the background (acceptable).

[EDIT]: I start using as default interface for listening music in my regular days because the sound is way better than the build-in laptop audio. You can hear all the details of the music
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OK for complete beginners
NTITI 26.12.2022
This was my first ever audio interface. It was with this piece of equipment i learned how to record takes. It opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

It did not take long however untill I was left craving for more. It frustrated me that the sound I got into my DAW was not the same I heard from my instruments.

The interface has a very loud and distinct self-noise, almost chime like in the upper register. This annoying rattle becomes unbearable even when the knobs are set at the half-way point .

Despite the fact that I don’t trust this piece of equipment enough to create music with it; I can not deny the fact that it truly is plug and play. It has ‘industry-standard’ features which familiarizes the newbeginner with different parts of the process of recording stuff.

I say this, but I still remember having to spend a considerable amount of time installing ASIO drivers to make this thing work as i wanted it to when switching to Windows. (I suppose this is mostly a windows-problem rather than the interface’s fault, as it worked flawlessly together with my old trusty mac).

I also had difficulty setting it up for live streaming. But again, I don’t know if this is due to the interface’s manufacturing or other factors outside of Behringer’s control.

I have mixed feeling about this piece of equipment, as by the time I finally decided to upgrade, I’ve been through it all, and learned a lot about many things, which helped me make a well informed choice. In other words it was the perfect entry interface for me personally. At that point I’ve used this device on a weekly basis for more than 2 years.

But I would not recommend this to anybody who actually plans to use this to create stuff, as it will not do your takes justice.

I would recommend this to someone on a tight budget with a lot of free time, who wants to start experimenting, and better understand what it means to record stuff. But not necesarily record anything on a professional level.

It pains me to give it 2 stars, considering how much priceless experience I’ve got out of it myself. But it simply does not hold up to my needs no more.
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Good Starter Interface
D.J.S 09.04.2020
The UM2 is a simple but effective interface that definitely does what you need to.

I had this coupled with an AT2020 and haven't had any issues with compatibility at all over the years. The only fault I could find was that if you raised your sound output to about 75% in the sound settings of your computer, you might find some static coming through your headphones/speakers. I tested this with my microphone unplugged so it's possible that Win10 might be argumentative at times.

Even with that, I can't fault it. It does what you need as a starter for any mic that needs phantom power and simple enough even for the newest of techies.
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