Steinberg UR44 Audio Interface Review 2017
- Finalist for Best Audio Interface 2017
Since 1984, Steinberg has been providing audio products for musicians and producers of music. Their technologically advanced products have won many awards and have made them one of the world’s largest manufacturers of audio software and hardware.
Steinberg’s mission is to deliver the best products to help guide those in the music business throughout their creative journey. Based in Germany, Steinberg has more than 2 million users worldwide.
Steingberg sells a range of audio hardware including audio interfaces. One of the best audio interfaces on the market right now is the Steinberg UR44.
An audio interface is an essential part of your set up if you want to do professional recordings. The sound cards built into laptops, computers, and tablets are only suitable for very basic recordings. Audio interfaces provide a high quality sound for voice and instrument recordings.
What We Looked For In The Steinberg UR44
There are a few key features that any great interface must have.
The whole reason to buy an audio interface is to record better quality audio, so it needs to deliver pristine sound with no buzzing sounds. The inputs need to be high quality to allow for the best sound.
One of the most annoying things for recording musicians to deal with is when there is delay between what they are recording and what is being played back to them through their headphones. This makes it almost impossible to concentrate while recording. A great interface will have little to no latency to allow for the best recording experience.
Allows For Versatility
A great interface will have enough inputs and outputs to allow you to connect multiple microphones and instruments at the same time. This is especially important if you are recording a band. It will also have different types of connections to allow for versatility.
Audio interfaces range greatly in price from very affordable to pretty pricey. This is because of the different features they offer. Whichever interface you choose should give you the best bang for your buck without compromising when it comes to quality.
Interfaces often get thrown into bags to take to the studio or on the road, so a great one needs to be durably made to withstand those conditions. The casing should be strong and rugged. The inputs, buttons, and knobs need to be well made and durable.
Steinberg UR44 Product Overview
The Steinberg UR44 offers four Neutrik analog combo inputs with switchable +48 V phantom inputs to allow for versatility. You can connect everything from an electric guitar to line-level audio equipment to boutique condenser microphones.
The switchable Hi-Z support allows you to hook up an electric guitar or bass without any additional line inputs. There are two additional line inputs so that you can connect extra audio source in combination with four mic preamps. This gives you a total of 6 input channels which allows for range of recording situations.
Equipped with a MIDI I/O, you can connect a synth, a drum trigger, module, or other MIDI device.
The included dspMixFix software to provide latency-free monitoring so that you can record while listening to the feedback in real time. This prevents any distraction while recording.
With a sampling rate of 192 kHz and a resolution of 24 bits, the UR44 delivers crystal clear sound quality with no buzzing or hissing sounds. It uses Yamaha’s highly acclaimed D preamps to deliver pristine audio quality.
The Steinberg UR44 is an USB interface and is compatible with Windows (version 7 and higher), Mac, and Apple’s iPad.
Steinberg UR44 Pros And Cons
Users report that the UR44 produces crystal clear recordings. It comes with free software to enhance your recording
The preamps are good quality as well as all the other hardware on the device. The metal casing as well as the knobs and buttons are solidly built and are durable enough to withstand life on the road. It is easily portable as well.
The mic pres are very quiet both at low and high gain settings. The volume knob and monitor button are very useful during recording.
The UR44 has low latency to allow for the best recordings.
The software the comes with the purchase is useful but difficult to figure out for those who are new at using an audio interface. So the whole setup process is long and requires you have to do some research to figure it out.
Another complaint is that the music cuts in and out sometimes.
Final Verdict On The Steinberg UR44
If you are new on the audio interface scene, be prepared for a long setup process when it comes to the software to use along with the Steinberg UR44. Once you get all that set up, however, you will be able to enjoy a great quality interface. It is durable, produces crystal clear sound, and comes with a fair price tag.
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