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Steinberg UR242

USB 2.0 Audio Interface

  • 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • 4 In - 2 Out
  • 2x D-PRE Microphone preamps
  • 2 Analog mic / line combo inputs XLR / 6.3 mm jack - Input 1 available as Hi-Z input (guitar / bass), front side
  • Pad Switch for Input 1 and 2
  • 2 Analog line inputs 6.3 mm Jack balanced, back side
  • 2 Analog outputs 6.3 mm jack
  • 1x Headphone output 6.3 mm jack
  • MIDI I/O
  • USB
  • Zero-latency monitoring with DSP-based and no-latency effects: REV-X reverb, Guitar Amp Classics and Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip
  • Switchable 48V Phantom power
  • Apple iPad support (requires optional camera connection kit)
  • Includes Steinberg Cubase AI software (download version)
  • Minimum system requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or later, Apple iOS 6 or later, Apple iPad2 or later, Windows 7 or later
  • Dimensions: 198 x 47 x 159 mm
  • Weight: 1.3 kg

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 2x4
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 4
Number of 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 Yes
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 198 mm
Depth in mm 159 mm
Height in mm 47 mm

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for me the best audio interface w/4 inputs
08.12.2015
i have alsis io2 express but i needed more inputs and wasn't happy with the latency performance
so I've been making choice between focusrite scarlett 6i6 and steinberg ur242.
I went with scarlett as it has decent reviews for its audio quality. but after a day of testing i was totally upset. a lot of buzz and noise probably caused by the ground loops or whatever. once I have connected active monitors the noise level coming from the input was unacceptable.
so i sent it back and took ur242. additionally i have read a lots of similar complaints regarding the noise.
the ur242 is something completelly different. the D/A has very very nice sound and is totally clean. i had tried the inputs and the were no issues with the noise or ground loop. i'm using the same cables. latency is awesome and audio quality as well. fully reccommended over scarlett anytime! and the price is lower too :) on top of that you'll get the latest cubase AI which is also nice piece of software.

update:
after I have post this review I have realized that this box has a VERY nice feature. Yes, it has DSP which is not new to me. You may add a reverb and one of the 4 guitar amp models (each one can be tweaked) per channel. That was something I ignored that and did not intent to use as I have everything in my Cubase. BUT - you can use the preset even your computer is shut down. That's really awesome if just want to quicly grab and play guitar without making noise during the night hours using a proper guitar amp. just power the UR242, plug the guitar in, put headphones on, or turn on monitors. I really love that feature. The amps do not sound awesome, especially on higher gain, but cleans and crunch is just ... ok for some practicing.
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Great tool!
aamJ, 19.06.2021
One of the few small audio interfaces (or the only one actually?) with built in reverbs and effects. Literally can go on stage without a mixer, just an iPad and this thing for small gigs is perfect. No latency, good quality pre-amps, totally adequate, noise ratio is worse than the newest ones, but it's perfect for live and even recording even in 2021. Very sturdy!
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Antony Joseph, 28.01.2021
Great Interface that does everything a bedroom musician needs. Keep in mind 2 of the inputs are line inputs, so you'll need some processing in your DAW to have them operate as the main 2 in the front of the unit.

But honestly, all 90% of people using this interface will use is the first two line inputs which are phenomenal. The gain controls can bring a lot of lesser mics to life, phantom power is great, separate headphone and speaker out volume controls are awesome as well. 24bit/192kHz is way the hell more than you'll ever need.
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Allesandro, 16.05.2021
No complaints, always a joy to use Steinberg products.
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