Sound Devices USBPre 2Item ID: USBPre2
2-channel USB Audio Interface
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Two Channels to Go!Borrowing the same award-winning microphone preamplifiers found on their 744T digital portable interface, the Sound Devices USBPre 2 provides one of the highest quality portable interfaces available for both Mac and Windows computers. The USBPre 2 is equipped with a pair of fully discrete, transistor-based XLR inputs and impressively lucid 24-bit converters that are capable of up to 192kHz sample rates (192kHz on Mac, 48kHz on Windows). Additional inputs for line-level sources and consumer audio electronics, as well as S/PDIF optical Toslink digital devices are also available. A 23-segment, multicolor LED meter provides you with the essential feedback you need to keep an eye on your levels, and are an invaluable asset when using the USBPre 2 as a standalone preamp and A-to-D converter.
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Brandy, Upper Sandusky, OH
Reviewsbased on 16 reviews
Love this unit
by Louis Watson from West Orange, NJI use this unit for everything. Live I use it to add two piano mics to my mixer. I've also used it to output soft synths from my laptop (huge improvement over the built-in headphone outputs). Can e... read more [+]ven use it as a DI for keyboards to the sound man. I've used it for remote recording/songwriting sessions, as well as remote voice over auditions with a Neumann KMS 105 microphone. All these applications have left me feeling giddy with pleasure at the quality and versatility of this unit. Even makes my itunes library sound good when I'm away from home.
February 19, 2013
Music Background: Pro Musician/Vocalist
What I love:
Most portable high quality product I could find.
No software, menus, drivers, etc. True quality, simple hardware device.
Love the build quality.
Love the size and portability. Easily fits in a laptop bag.
Love the metering.
Love the headphone output and the fact that you can use two sets of phones simultaneously. (Although one is 1/8 and one is 1/4, you can still do it.)
Sounds great. For my purposes, I like the cleanliness of the sound.
Very, very happy close [-]
Usbpre 2 review
by meredith peirick from saint louis moI just recently purchased this product. I am a voice over talent and strictly use this for spoken word. I have used several other usb preamps in the past, none come close to this product. It is mor... read more [+]e expensive for a reason. I have a AKG C414 XLII as well as EV RE 20 dynamic mic and it works great with both. The annoying hum.....URRRR..... I always had issues with my cheaper preamps. This one is nice a clean. It doesn't have a lot of color. But that's why I like it. This thing has no drivers. So it can be used on any recording software. I can't compare it for musicians. I am not one. If you are voice over artist and ready to invest, get this preamp! I can't stress it enough! Gives you the nice clean gain, so you have that great full sound that clients are wanting. My sales tech didn't recommend this preamp. Another voice over artist told me he uses it, so I bought it for myself.
January 5, 2013
Music Background: Full time Voice Over Artist
You get what you pay for. You pay $250-300 for a preamp, you get what you pay for. I was sooooo sick of stupid drivers that cause me headache, this preamp doesn't come with any drivers! Simplicity! close [-]
The Best I've ever worked with.
by Daniel from Texarkana TxI've had mine for maybe 3 years, not long since they came out and love it so much. Its simple and serious and doesn't have any 'gimmick' styling or features, just good solid functionality and sound. I... read more [+] really dig the metal case and tough knobs and switches, it reminds me of military style equipment. The sound is top notch in my book and I've had RME Fireface 800, Digidesign 003, Lucid 2496, etc.... I studied the dip switches and then set them for how I work and its all good. If you record live drums you may need a larger interface but I don't miss the Fireface 800 one bit or the 003 or 2496. I use mine with a Mac Pro and Pro Tools 10 so it never gets moved but it would be a great portable unit for someone who travels. I realize Apogee is a great company but the duet design seems weak to me (along with Babyface, Forte and other table top interfaces). Check it out and you just may agree with me... close [-]
January 4, 2013
Music Background: Home Studio owner, producer, engineer, artist.
by fromInterms of build quality,it is perfect and works well with field usage. I own rme babyface as well. It's great but as build quality goes - usbpre2 has an edge. Though rme babyface has a bit more music... read more [+]al than this, this also sounds good. You won't regret getting this. close [-]
May 6, 2012
The Sound Devices USBPre 2 gives you the best quality from outside in and from bottom to top. I've had very high-end customers compare this unit to convertors four times the price! No hype, no problems.
Sound Devices USBPre 2
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