Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD

24-bit/192kHz, 2-in/4-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with 2 MIDAS Preamps, Phantom Power, Inserts, and MIDI I/O
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A Studio-in-a-box - Right On Your Desktop!

If you want to get into home recording, the Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD USB 2.0 audio interface is an excellent place to start. Ideal for singer-songwriters or self-recording musicians, the U-Phoria UMC204HD provides you with two remarkably pure, world-class MIDAS-designed mic preamps, as well as the connectivity you need for your guitars, keyboards, and even MIDI devices - all in studio-grade 24-bit/192kHz resolution. Make no mistake, the Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD USB 2.0 audio interface is a value-packed studio-in-a-box! At Sweetwater, we've used just about every interface under the sun, so give us a call. We'll be glad to help you out!

Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD USB 2.0 Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Real MIDAS microphone preamplifier technology onboard
  • Direct Monitor function provides latency-free input monitoring
  • Behringer - a brief history
Real MIDAS microphone preamplifier technology onboard

One of the things that really makes the Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD USB 2.0 audio interface stand out is its genuine MIDAS preamplifier technology. Known throughout the world of live sound for delivering ultra clear sound with plenty of headroom, MIDAS preamps are among the most popular mic pres on Earth. What's more, these preamps come standard with +48V phantom power onboard, so you can use your choice of quality condenser microphones with your U-Phoria UMC204HD. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer, and turn this U-Phoria UMC204HD into a killer package deal with the perfect microphones and monitors for your complete recording rig.

Direct Monitor function provides latency-free input monitoring

The Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD USB 2.0 audio interface mix control gives you zero-latency input monitoring, letting you experience your performance clearly, with no delay or lag in the returning signal. It's a fact - if you can't hear yourself properly, your performance will suffer. Luckily, the U-Phoria UMC204HD is designed to bring out your best!

Behringer - a brief history

Uli Behringer showed an interest in music technology design at a young age, building his own synthesizer by the age of 16. In 1982, Uli began studying sound engineering and classical piano at the Robert Schumann conservatory in Dusseldorf, Germany. Uli's defining moment came when he was repairing a signal processor made by a high-end manufacturer. Despite the processor's expensive price tag, Uli realized that its internal components could be bought for a fraction of the cost. Being a strapped-for-cash student, Uli began building his own signal processors. Before he knew it, other students began requesting equipment from him. In 1989, after being bombarded with more orders than he could handle by himself, Uli created Behringer, Inc.

Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features:
  • Quality 24-bit/192kHz 2-channel USB 2.0 recording interface for your Mac or Windows PC
  • Combo inputs with MIDAS preamp lets you plug in any mic-, line-, or instrument-level gear
  • +48V phantom power lets you use studio condenser microphones
  • Switchable input pads accommodate even extremely hot line-level signal
  • Tip-send/Ring-return 1/4" insert points let you incorporate outboard processors
  • MIDI In and Out ports let you connect keyboard controllers and other MIDI gear
  • Stereo 1/4", RCA, and headphone outputs with latency-free monitoring make tracking easy
  • Includes Tracktion DAW and 150 downloadable instrument/effect plug-ins
Record like a pro with a Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD USB 2.0 audio interface!

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Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 2 x 4
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 2 x 1/4" (Insert)
Analog Outputs 2 x Stereo, 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Manufacturer Part Number UMC204HD

Customer Reviews

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Well done, Behringer.

The UMC204HD is one of the biggest unsung values in pro audio right now, period. I use mine as a general purpose headphone and mic pre-amp for mixing and tracking in Pro Tools. It's built like a tank, the headphone amp is dead silent, and the mic pres are not only high quality, but have enough gain to squeeze decent sound out of an SM7B or RE20 without much background hiss. It's also entirely USB powered (a huge bonus for me). It's also built surprisingly well. I'd recommend this unit for podcasters, voiceover professionals, and just about anybody that needs an ultra portable audio interface.

Very Impressed

It's compact, extremely well built and the preamps are ultra clean. It has enough clean gain on tap to power an SM7B without the need to use a cloudlifter, and there is no noise. Did I mention the price?The U-phoria series is a home run for Behringer. Well done and thank you.
Music background: Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Multi-Instrumentalist

Amazing Interface

This thing is unbeatable. Its feature set is similar to those other interfaces in its price-range, except for the ability to record in 192khz, but it does those same functions even better. Noise is never an issue because of the nice preamps and there's very little latency when monitoring. This is the perfect interface for the mobile musician and for the engineers who can't always have their biggest, baddest gear to take home from the studio.
Music background: Bassist, Engineer, Producer

Great Interface for the $$$

For 80 dollars, this is great! Very impressed with it so far. Everything sounds clean, from guitars to vocals and the fact that you can go up to 192K is awesome. Would recommend it. I just replaced my steinberg ci1 with this. Did a few ear tests comparing the two and was favorable of this one..
Music background: Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Mixer

Budget Friendly

This is my first audio interface, so I don't have anything to compare to. Other than trying the line in port on my PC and a USB microphone. I was in the market for an A.I for under $100. There seems to be a lot to choose from, but I wanted to be able to hook up my drum machine using midi cables. That pretty much narrowed the field down to two. This and the Presonus AudioBox. I read a lot of reviews about the AudioBox pre-amps running hot. Which is a bad thing. (so I'm told.) By comparing the two and looking at the price...It was a no brainer. I ordered it on a Friday and it arrived a day early on a Monday. I opened the box and hooked it up and couldn't be happier. This little black box has lots of buttons, knobs, and holes to hook up all my equipment. I installed the drivers (which need to be downloaded from Behringer's web site.) on my Windows 10 machine with no problems. I opened Sonar and there it was. Now I can hook up my amp or guitar into the UMC204HD and make beautiful music without dogs barking and kids screaming. I highly recommend this product to anyone starting a home studio on a budget, or to anyone looking for a small portable A.I that is strong, dependable, and has several I/O configurations.
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