Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD

24-bit/192kHz, 4-in/4-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with 4 MIDAS Preamps, Phantom Power, Inserts, and MIDI I/O
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A Value-packed Interface for the Self-recording Musician

If you're putting together a home studio, the Behringer U-Phoria UMC404 USB 2.0 audio interface is worth a look. With 4 inputs and 4 outputs, the U-Phoria UMC404 is an excellent choice if you're a self-recording musician with a minimum of outboard gear. Add four remarkably pure, world-class MIDAS-designed mic pres and studio-grade 24-bit/192kHz converters to the mix, and you've got yourself a complete studio-in-a-box - right on your desktop. Make no mistake, the Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD USB 2.0 audio interface is packed with value! Got questions? Sweetwater Sales Engineers receive ongoing product training on nearly everything we sell. Give us a call, we'll point you in the right direction!

Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD 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 UMC404HD 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 UMC404HD. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer, and turn this U-Phoria UMC404HD 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 UMC404HD 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 UMC404HD 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 UMC404HD USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features:
  • MIDAS-designed mic preamps deliver high-quality audio reproduction
  • 24-Bit/1926kHz resolution for professional audio quality
  • Direct monitoring for zero-latency cue mixes
  • Headphone output with level control and monitor A/B source select for DJ-style cueing
  • High-quality components and rugged construction ensure long life
The Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD is a great desktop audio interface!

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Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 4 x 4
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 4 x XLR/TRS Combo, 4 x 1/4" (Inserts)
Analog Outputs 6 x 1/4", 2 x XLR, 2 x Stereo, 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Number of Preamps 4
Phantom Power Yes
MIDI I/O In/Out
Manufacturer Part Number UMC404HD

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Great Piece of Gear

I have a small home studio where I record solo music and instrumentals and and produce videos for YouTube. I had been using the Propllerehead Balance as my audio interface until it started giving me fits with the latest version of Mac OS. After a lot of research, I decided to give this Behringer unit a try. The Balance wasn't going to last long anyway as the video production side of my little studio was growing beyond a two input interface and I needed something with enough XLR inputs for video podcasting with microphones for each guest. I also needed something with a decent and workable preamp system as I am mostly recording spoken words in a room with ample echo and didn't want to be picking up every ambient reflection. I used this unit for the first time last night to record a video in my "echo chamber". I used an SM58 about three feet from my mouth and off camera routed through a Cloudlifter CL-2 into the interface. I had the gain knob up about a quarter to get a really clear, volume appropriate vocal track. I had to laugh when I ran levels and only had the gain up that high because it was always half to three quarters on the Balance with the CL-2 and wasn't near as quiet. I will say that the noise floor wasn't perfect, but I didn't pay for perfect. With a little (and I mean little) bit of noise reduction in Audacity, I don't think you'd be able to tell the difference between this interface and others double, triple or even quadruple the price. Bottom line is this, after going back and forth between this and the higher priced Focusrite and PreSonus models, I am glad that I bit the bullet and saved some money. It is a sturdy little unit and just cannot be beat.
5/5

An Excellent choice for Podcasters!

This is BY FAR the best option for people doing a multi-person podcast with everyone in the same room. This has 4 mic preamps that sound great (as far as I can tell, and let's be honest, your listeners won't notice the difference once it's 128kbps or lower anyway) you add your FX in post, and it's only $99. I couldn't be happier with it. It's powered by USB or by wall plug, so it's very portable (despite it's medium-ish size, it's about the same size as a wireless mac keyboard without the numpad). It has independent gain for each preamp, and it has one headphone out. If I wanted my guests to live monitor their voice (not really that important to me since I'm recording 4 tracks simultaneously and can normalize them separately) I would just get a headphone preamp and plug it in.I'm not a musician, but I imagine this would work well for you also. The issue for a musician (I would imagine) is that the line level inputs are located on the back whereas the preamps are on the front. This could make setup a little messy.
5/5

Great for the Price

I've been using it for three days so far and I'm very satisfied with the results this interface has given me. I aggregate it with my focusrite 2i4 and the work well together. No Latency whatsoever!
Music background: Heavy Metal
5/5

Awesome Interface

-Zero Latency -4 Killer Midas Mic Preamps -Phantom Power -192 khz Sample Rate -4 Inserts -MIDI I/O -Headphone Jack -USB -External Power Supply This is a surprising combination for the price, and a great piece of gear. I use this interface with both Pro Tools 10 and Logic X. Comparing it to my old interface (Avid Fast track Solo), this interface looks, feels, and sounds Beautiful.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Live Sound Engineer
5/5

BEHRINGER

THIS IS BEST INTERFACE AT THIS PRICE POINT. THE CLARITY ON THE PLAYBACK IS AWESOME. I HAVE ONLY HAD THIS UNIT FOR ABOUT WEEK.I CAN'T SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE. I HAVE USED MOTU,APOGEE DUET 2, INTERFACES OVER THE YEARS. I CAN'T HEAR ANY DIFFERENCE. THE ONLY DRAWBACK I CAN SEE, IT ONLY HAS 4INS, AND 4 OUTS. I'M USING PRO TOOLS 9HD, CUBASE 7. THIS UNIT IS VERY SIMPLE TO USE. NO PROBLEMS SO FAR.
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