Steinberg UR12 Portable USB Interface

2-in/2-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with Discrete Analog Preamplifier and Phantom Power
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Portable USB Interface for Any Platform

Steinberg's ultra-portable UR12 USB interface combines the amazing sound quality of discrete analog circuitry with the ease of mobile portability. Featuring Steinberg's celebrated D-PRE microphone preamp, the UR12 gives you breathtaking Class A analog preamp circuitry anywhere you go. You'll love the cross-platform compatibility that lets you record crystal clear 24-bit/192kHz sample rates using iOS, Mac, or PC. Whether you're a musician or producer that needs a mobile interface with great sound, or a podcaster looking to upgrade your rig, the Steinberg UR12 USB interface is a great solution!

Steinberg UR28M USB 2.0 Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Loopback functionality for easy live internet streaming
  • Class A D-PRE microphone preamp
  • Amazing analog circuitry
  • Includes Cubase AI recording software
Loopback functionality for easy live internet streaming

There are certain situations, such as podcasting, where you don't need a ton of inputs but still want great sound and conversion. Steinberg had this in mind when they designed the UR12 with a convenient loopback function specifically for podcasting and other internet streaming activities. Loopback is a common function of most internet streaming programs, when it's active it merges your mic or any other input signals with the output from your DAW or other playback software and then sends the merged signal back to your computer for great live streaming audio.

Class A D-PRE microphone preamp

Steinberg's engineers teamed with Yamaha engineers to design the UR12. They used the acclaimed Class A D-PRE design, featuring advanced, inverted Darlington circuits, for an exceptionally smooth and detailed performance. The Steinberg UR12 features a single microphone preamplifier with XLR input and a TRS line level input, so you can easily track line-level as well as your microphones.

Amazing analog circuitry

True discrete Class A preamp circuitry makes the Steinberg UR12 stand out, particularly among USB audio interfaces at its price point. Wait till you hear the astonishing sound quality the UR12 has to offer! This preamp takes desktop recording to a whole new level. You also get phantom power to run your favorite condenser microphones. And to make sure you have consistent and ample power for phantom powering mics and for recording stability, Steinberg added a five volt DC USB port to the UR12 so that you can connect any standard USB power.

Includes Cubase AI recording software

Get started making music just as soon as you pull your Steinberg UR12 out of the box. You get powerful Cubase AI software included, for up to 32 audio tracks and up to 48 MIDI tracks. Based on the same core technologies as the Steinberg Cubase advanced music production system, Cubase AI offers great tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing. Cubase AI also comes with VST effects, VST3 plug-ins, and tons of drum loops. It's an excellent way to step into the production power of Cubase.

Steinberg UR12 USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features:
  • Excellent 24-bit/192kHz USB 2.0 audio interface with phenomenal analog and digital circuitry
  • Steinberg's D-Pre Class A discrete mic preamp with +48V phantom power onboard give you excellent analog sound
  • Line level RCA outputs for connecting your studio monitors
  • Latency-free hardware monitoring
  • Cross-platform compatibility for iOS, Mac OS X, and Windows
  • Includes Cubase AI music production software
Great sound and convenient features with Steinberg's UR12 - your small format interface solution!

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Audio Interface Buying Guide
Steinberg UR12 Audio Interface - Sweetwater at Winter NAMM 2015

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 2 x 2
Number of Preamps 1
Phantom Power Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 1 x (Stereo), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Bus Powered Yes (Switchable)
Depth 5.67"
Width 6.26"
Height 1.81"
Weight 1.87 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number UR12

Customer Reviews

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Great Interface!

Moved from a pretty nice (and expensive) firewire interface due to a recent system upgrade. I really didn't need a lot. An instrument input, and a balanced in, Audio out (rca, coax or optical) to interface with my stereo. As well as a decent headphone out. The sound quality on the UR12 surprised me. I was expecting to have a little loss. Not at all. The controls are simple and easy to use. The headphone amp can drive most any headphones. I use Senheiser HD380's and 580's. The 380's are easy to drive the 580's usually need a dedicated headphone amp. The Ur12 drive the 580's perfectly.Instrument in handles my passive and active basses equally well. This interface is perfect for me. Very happy with it especially for the price. It a well built unit that does everything it's built to do perfectly.

Excellent interface

This is a great interface for the money. The driver works just fine on OS X. It also sounds very good. The only downside for me is the headphone and speaker volume are on the same gain control. I also have the more expensive MR816 and the UR12 is fairly close to it on the D/A side. That's impressive.
Music background: Sound Designer

At 99USD, better buy the Behringer UMC202HD

I had it for a while now, and it's quiet good. Until I got the Behringer UMC202HD. All the high points I have for UR12 goes down!Compared to UMC202HD, UR12's gain needs to be adjusted up to 80% to get a good input without clipping too much. It doesn't have an independent knob for output and headset, which is troublesome. You have to unplug or turn the speakers off when recording. This interface is good, but looking at the price and the quality of Behringer UMC202HD, I will not buy this again.
Music background: Songwriter/home studio
See also: USB Interfaces, Steinberg, Steinberg USB Audio Interfaces