Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820

USB 2.0 Audio Interface, 18-in/20-out, with 8 Microphone Preamps, ADAT I/O, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, and Dual Headphone Outputs - 24-bit/96kHz Resolution - Mac/PC
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USB Interface with Plenty of I/O

If you need lots of I/O for your home studio, the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 USB 2.0 audio interface is worth a look. With 18 inputs and 10 outputs, the U-PHORIA UMC1820 gives you plenty of options for connecting your synths and outboard gear. Add eight Midas-designed mic pres and high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz converters to the mix, and you have yourself a complete studio in a box. Not enough I/O? Connect a Behringer ADA8200 to the U-PHORIA UMC1820's ADAT input and expand to a total of 16 preamps. Have questions? Sweetwater Sales Engineers receive ongoing product training on nearly everything we sell. Give us a call, and we'll point you in the right direction!

Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 USB 2.0 Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Ample I/O provides extensive connectivity
  • Midas-designed mic preamps deliver high-quality audio reproduction
  • Direct monitoring for zero-latency cue mixes
Ample I/O provides extensive connectivity

The U-PHORIA UMC1820 provides 18 inputs and 20 outputs, as well as MIDI I/O, enough to connect and sync all of your favorite synths, modules, compressors, external mic pres, and whatever else you have lying around. The U-PHORIA UMC1820's TRS, RCA, and XLR outputs ensure that you have your analog playback options covered. With support for S/PDIF, ADAT, and S/MUX digital formats, the U-PHORIA UMC1820 lets you use all three signals simultaneously, allowing for plenty of expansion.

Midas-designed mic preamps deliver high-quality audio reproduction

Incorporating Midas-designed mic pres, the U-PHORIA UMC1820 allows you to record vocals or acoustic instruments directly into your DAW with surprising clarity. The U-PHORIA UMC1820 includes +48-volt phantom power for your condenser microphones and sufficient gain for your dynamic mics. On top of that, high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz converters ensure that what goes into your U-PHORIA UMC1820 is captured with accuracy.

Direct monitoring for zero-latency cue mixes

It's no secret that when artists can hear their performance with no delay or lag, they perform better. The U-PHORIA UMC1820's zero-latency direct monitoring ensures that technology will never get in the way of a great performance. Additionally, the U-PHORIA UMC1820 features dual headphone outputs with separate level controls and monitor A/B source select for DJ-style cueing.

Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features:
  • Midas-designed mic preamps deliver high-quality audio reproduction
  • 24-bit/96kHz resolution for professional audio quality
  • Ample I/O provides extensive connectivity
  • Simultaneous use of all signals allows for plenty of expansion
  • Direct monitoring for zero-latency cue mixes
  • Dual headphone outputs with individual level controls and monitor A/B source select for DJ-style cueing
  • High-quality components and rugged construction ensure long life
The Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 is a great all-around audio interface!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
U-PHORIA UMC1820 User Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop/Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 18 x 20
Number of Preamps 8
Phantom Power Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR/TRS Combo
Analog Outputs 10 x TRS
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x ADAT
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x ADAT
Rack Spaces 1U
Manufacturer Part Number UMC1820

Customer Reviews

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Nice features-Solid Build

Just arrived today, and I have yet to use it for any actual work, but I'm impressed with the quality of the unit. (I spaced on ordering the 1/4" TRS balanced cables to connect it to my monitors- so get those!) Quite sturdy- and putting it through some preliminary runs, it seems to be all it should be. Feature packed. The TWO headphone outs alone makes this beat some of the popular competitors with less inputs. Simple things like a "Stereo/Mono" button are indispensable. ZERO latency is a huge selling point (if you've ever dealt with latency issues, you know how screwed-up that can be for your performance). Mostly I will be using this unit by myself, but wanted the ability to record an entire band should the need arise (i.e: make some money!) something I couldn't do with my old interface. I labored over this purchase, reading reviews, both here and elsewhere, and when it comes to bang for your buck, this unit cannot be beat- hands down. (ALSO- I went to the Behringer site and downloaded the drivers while I was waiting for delivery- so when I plugged it into my laptop, BOOM, there she was, as well as all the accompanying software. You'll want to do this ahead of time, just so you don't have to mess around when the unit arrives).
Music background: Composer/Producer/Engineer

Best Bang for the Buck

Geez where do I start? Originally I bought this just to have some mobile recording capabilities, but ended up using it for so much more. First of all, while the preamps may not be the greatest in the world, they are clean and quiet. Had an sm57 as a secondary mic on an acoustic guitar, literally had the preamp gain up almost all the way and still quiet as a mouse. I decided to hook it up to my studio rack and run Pro Tools on it just for fun, and was even more impressed. Very intuitive interface, and plant of routing options for a wide variety of circumstances. The only slightly annoying feature is that phantom power is only selectable in groupings of 4. Not the biggest deal in the world, especially if this is not your main interface. However, for a Pro Tools interface it performs far beyond my expectations, even when I have an 8 channel ADAT feed coming in from my MOTU 896. This unit will not disappoint, especially for home and project studios.
Music background: Engineer and Musician

Very happy I chose this interface

Such a great interface for the money! Paired up with the ada8200 and you have a power house of recording options.
Music background: Many years

8 HiZ inputs low latency

Nice little audio Interface, clean sound, low latency. I have the FCA1616, but needed more channels in, especially for more instruments. This was the only AI I found (for under 1000) that is designed with more than 2 HiZ inputs. This has all 8 inputs capable of handling either an Instrument, a Microphone, or a Line level Input device. This allows me to split my guitar signals through 2 paths (Firehawk and M13), as well as recording the clean signal. I was hoping I could just ADAT the two together, but that doesn't seem to be happening right off the bat, however, I found ASIO4ALL (freeware) that allows both interfaces to feed my DAW (Reaper) and send all the output to just one of them. For a Standalone AI, or even an add on to current, it can't be beat!

Great Sound Output

Great sound output, and more input options without reduction in quality. I had to redo most of my early works because the sound output was greatly improved with the UMC1820. No regrets for this selection.
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